Football Finals

IMPORTANT NOTE: 4 and 7 Player Coaching

2017 Play Clock Option and Forms

2017 Ford Field - 11-Player

November 24 
Division 8 - 10 am
Division 2 - 1 pm
Division 6 - 4:30 pm
Division 4 - 7:30 pm
November 25 
Division 7 - 10 am
Division 1 - 1 pm
Division 5 - 4:30 pm
Division 3 - 7:30 pm

2017 8-Player - NMU Superior Dome 

Football Home

NEW BLINDSIDE BLOCK RULE

The New Rule 2.3.10 adding a definition for Blindside Blocks is a major change which in summary states that such blocks are illegal if not delivered with legal positioning and “Open Hands”. The rule aims to lessen excessive and unnecessary contact.
Please see this video presentation provided by the Oregon School Activities Association for their 2016 Football experiment that is now published as the NFHS new rule.

Tracking the Tournament

2016 Season

2016 FINALS HOME PAGE

2016 Playoff Scores and Schedules

  • 2016 Weekly 11-player Schedules and Scores:
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | PD | D | R | SF | F
  • 2016 Weekly 8-player Schedules and Scores: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | PR | R | SF | F

2016 Playoff Point Summary
2016-17 Enrollment List
2016 Football Schools by Enrollment
Screencast: How to Enter a Football Score (YouTube)

Coaches' Requirements

High school head coaches of a varsity sport must have a valid CPR Certification (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). More information on this CPR Certification can be found here. CPR Certification is tracked by the school athletic director, similar to the rules meeting-risk management course requirement for assistant and sub varsity coaches.  Athletic Directors must confirm (attest) each season through MHSAA.com that both these requirements have been met. If a coaching requirement is not complete prior to the deadline, the school shall prohibit that coach  from coaching in that season's MHSAA tournament for the sport involved and shall not be present at the facility where the MHSAA tournament involving that coach's sports team is being held.

All individuals who have been designated by their school or district to serve as an assistant or subvarsity coach (paid or volunteer) at the high school level must complete the same rules/risk management meeting requirement as the high school head coach.

The deadlines for each MHSAA member high school athletic director to certify, while logged into MHSAA.com, that all of its assistant and subvarsity coaches (paid and volunteer) have completed this requirement are below. These are the same deadline applies for certifying that head coaches have met the CPR Requirement:

  • Fall Sports - Sept. 14
  • Winter Sports - Dec. 14
  • Spring Sports - April 12

2017-18 Rules Meeting Dates and Coaches Requirements

Assistant and subvarsity coaches who have been registered in the MHSAA’s system with an up-to-date email address may log in to MHSAA.com and complete the same required rules meeting, just as the varsity head coach must do. In the alternative, the school may direct or permit assistant and subvarsity coaches to complete the rules meeting requirement individually or in a group setting. Regardless of the method utilized, the administration of the school is responsible for attesting to the completion of the requirement by all sports team coaches by the deadlines listed above. Click the headline above to see the MHSAA  Handbook Coaching Requirements Regulations (Reg. II, Section 3 (B & C) and Section 8  (B & C).


Dates to Remember


Online Rules Meetings -- 7/24-9/14

Practice Begins -- Aug. 7
First Contest -- Aug. 24
Maximum No. of Days/Contests -- 9C
Ratings Due Date - Dec. 1


Selection Sunday -- Oct. 22
District Tournament -- Oct. 27 or 28 & Nov. 3 or 4
Regional Tournament -- Nov. 10 or 11
MHSAA Semifinals - Nov. 18
MHSAA Finals -- Nov. 24-25


8-Player Tournament

Regional Tournament -- Oct. 27 or 28 & Nov. 3 or 4
MHSAA Semifinals - Nov. 11
MHSAA Finals -- Nov. 17

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Wilson

The MHSAA has an agreement with Wilson Sporting Goods, as the Official ball of the MHSAA Football Playoffs. The agreement will run through the 2020 season, during which each playoff-qualifying school will be provided a Wilson football.

Finals on the Air

8-Player
Nov. 19 – Streamed live on FOXSportsDetroit.com and FOX Sports Go!
Nov. 22 – Airs on FOX Sports Detroit at 7 p.m.

11-Player
All games – except Divisions 4 & 3 – Live on FOX Sports Detroit (Division 5 will air on Fox Sports Detroit-PLUS)
Division 4 & 3 games will be streamed live on FOXSportsDetroit.com and FOX Sports Go! Both will re-air Nov. 27 on Fox Sports Detroit, Division 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Division 3 at 9 p.m.

Live Finals audio will be available at MHSAANetwork.com for home and handheld listening. All games will be archived shortly after their completion on MHSAA.tv. Postgame press conferences following all games will be shown live at MHSAA.tv. DVDs are available for order at MHSAA.tv.