2013-03-28 / Sports

MHSAA announces 2013-14 classifications

EAST LANSING – 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, as well as enrollment breaks for postseason tournaments set up by divisions.

Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was Feb. 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 Sept. 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, Aug. 15 for winter sports, and Oct. 15 for spring sports.

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.

A complete list of school enrollments used to determine classifications

for 2013-14 can be found
on the Enrollment and Classification page of the MHSAA website.
Here is a complete list of schools
changing classification for 2013-
Moving Up From Class B to
Class A
Detroit Osborn
Warren Regina
South Lyon East
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Trenton
Moving Down From Class A to
Class B
Detroit Henry Ford
Redford Union
Detroit Southeastern
Moving Up From Class C to
Class B
Dearborn Advanced Technology Academy
Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory
Delton Kellogg
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
Southfield Bradford
Detroit Henry Ford Academy
School for Creative Studies
Houghton Lake
Moving Up From Class D to
Class C
Beal City
Detroit Dr. Benjamin Carson
HS for Science & Medicine
Kimball Landmark Academy
St. Ignace LaSalle
Mio-Au Sable
Detroit Universal Academy
Moving Down From Class C to
Class D
Detroit Collegiate Prep
Harper Woods HEART Academy Marcellus
New Postseason Eligible Tournament Schools in 2013-14
Detroit Jalen Rose Leadership
Detroit University Prep Science
& Math
Grand Rapids West MI Aviation
Kalamazoo Lakeside Academy
Marquette North Star Academy
Wetmore Munising Baptist

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