Classifications for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments in traditionally classified sports (A, B, C, D) for the 2013-14 school year have been announced, with enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments set up by divisions to be posted Monday on the MHSAA Website.
Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was February 13. The enrollment figure submitted for athletic classification purposes may be different from the count submitted for school aid purposes, as it does not include students ineligible for athletic competition because they reached their 19th birthday prior to September 1 of the current school year and will not include alternative education students if none are allowed athletic eligibility by the local school district.
After all the counts are submitted, tournament-qualified member schools are ranked according to enrollment, and then split as closely into quarters as possible. For 2013-14, there are 756 tournament-qualified member schools and 189 schools in each class.
Effective with the 2013-14 school year, schools with 893 or more students are in Class A in MHSAA postseason tournament competition. The enrollment limits for Class B are 429-892; Class C is 207-428; and schools with enrollments of 206 and fewer are Class D. The break between Classes A and B decreased 18 students from 2012-13, the break between Classes B and C decreased 20 students, and the break between Classes C and D is 10 students fewer than the current school year.
The new classification breaks will see 24 schools move up in class for 2013-14, while 20 schools will move down.
Schools were recently notified of their classification. MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts said schools may not subsequently lower their enrollment figure. However, if revised enrollment figures should be higher and indicate that a school should be playing in a higher class, that school would be moved up.
Schools have the option to play at any higher classification for a minimum of two years, but must exercise the option by April 15 for fall sports, August 15 for winter sports, and October 15 for spring sports.
MHSAA tournament sports that will be conducted in traditional classifications for 2013-14 are Basketball and Girls Volleyball. Football will use traditional classifications to determine playoff points.
Sports which will compete in nearly equal divisions are: Baseball, Bowling, Girls Competitive Cheer, Lower Peninsula Cross Country, Lower Peninsula Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Lower Peninsula Soccer, Skiing, Softball, Lower Peninsula Swimming and Diving, Lower Peninsula Tennis, Lower Peninsula Track and Field and Wrestling.
Visit the respective sport pages on the MHSAA Website on Monday to review the divisional alignments.
The divisions and qualifiers for the MHSAA Football Playoffs will be announced on Selection Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
A complete list of school enrollments used to determine classifications for the 2013-14 school year can be found on the Enrollment & Classification page of the MHSAA Website.
Here is a complete list of schools changing classification for 2013-14. (Note: This list does not include schools opting up in class/division for tournaments, which can be found on the Administrators page of the MHSAA Website under Enrollment and Classification):
Moving Up From Class B to Class A
South Lyon East
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg
Moving Down From Class A to Class B
Detroit Henry Ford
Moving Up From Class C to Class B
Dearborn Advanced Technology Academy
Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory
Detroit Plymouth Educational Center Prep
Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Detroit University Prep Science & Math
Grand Rapids Wellspring Preparatory
Detroit Westside Academy
Moving Down From Class B to Class C
Detroit Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies
Moving Up From Class D to Class C
Detroit Dr. Benjamin Carson HS for Science & Medicine
Kimball Landmark Academy
St. Ignace LaSalle
Detroit Universal Academy
Moving Down From Class C to Class D
Detroit Collegiate Prep
Harper Woods HEART Academy
New Postseason Eligible Tournament Schools in 2013-14
Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership Academy
Detroit University Prep Science & Math
Grand Rapids West MI Aviation Academy
Kalamazoo Lakeside Academy
Marquette North Star Academy
Wetmore Munising Baptist
Enrollment Breaks by Classes – 2013-14
(Number of schools in parentheses)
Class A: 893 and above (189 schools)
Class B: 429 – 892 (189)
Class C: 207 – 428 (189)
Class D: 206 and below (189)