Representative Council Approves Divisions In
Lower Peninsula Golf, Return To Michigan Speedway For Lower Peninsula Cross
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --April 3, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford --517.332.5046
EAST LANSING, Mich. - April 3 - Golf in the Lower Peninsula will raise to
nine the number of tournaments in which the Michigan High School Athletic
Association classifies by divisions of nearly equal number of schools, in
action taken at its annual Winter meeting, March 27, in East Lansing.
The Council voted to divide the schools which participate in the Lower Peninsula
boys golf tournament into four divisions of approximately 129 schools beginning
with the 1998 tournament. Girls golf will expand to three divisions of approximately
65 schools in 1999. The MHSAA Upper Peninsula golf tournaments are unaffected
by this action.
The changeover to divisions should make regional and final round play more
manageable for tournament hosts. The number of Class A schools had been
proportionately higher than other classes, which was another reason cited
for the push to more equal divisions.
Other sports which the MHSAA breaks schools sponsoring a sport into nearly
equal divisions for tournament play are baseball, softball, boys and girls
soccer, Lower Peninsula boys and girls tennis and wrestling.
The Council also approved the recommendation of the MHSAA Cross Country/Track
and Field Committee to return to Michigan Speedway near Brooklyn for the
Lower Peninsula Cross Country Finals in 1998. The Speedway will be hosting
all races in both boys and girls competition in all classes for the third
straight year. The Council also directed the MHSAA staff to conduct a survey
of cross country schools regarding future options for formats and sites
after this year's finals, which will take place on November 7.
Football playoffs also occupied a spot on the Council agenda, with discussion
of proposals for expansion and the need for more information to be given
to and received from schools on key issues. The Council directed the MHSAA
staff to conduct, prior to its May 3-5 meeting in Thompsonville, a survey
of all football schools' principals and superintendents regarding their
attitudes towards playoff expansion; including advancing the first date
of competition for regular season football, and the converting of the ninth
regular-season date to a playoff date.
The Representative Council is the 19-member legislative body of the MHSAA.
All but five members are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed
by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities; and
the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership
by over 1,330 public and private high school schools and junior high/middle
schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and
competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which
was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues
or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted in 12
sports for boys and 12 sports for girls which attract approximately 1.3
million spectators each year.