The objection of smaller schools to the equal divisions format in these sports has diminished over time as the Class D enrollment range has shrunk.
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While media will opine that increasing classifications waters down the tournament, our arguments are more practical.
During the 2016-17 school year, there will be two new opportunities for MHSAA member schools to consider with respect to cooperative programs.
If there is need for more than four classes in basketball or girls volleyball, or for more than four “equal divisions” in most other sports, it is not because of the reason most often cited.
Two forces have combined to bring increased attention to the participation of public and nonpublic schools in the same tournaments:
From the Director is the official MHSAA Blog which will touch on pertinent school sports topics periodically throughout the school year from various MHSAA Staff.