By Joseph Hayes
The High School sports season might be over.
But that hasn’t stopped the Michigan High School Athletic Association from making changes to future years.
The MHSAA announced several changes from its spring meeting of representative council:
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• Hockey will be seeded at the regional level, using the MPR computer formula, focusing on making sure the top teams in each regional are on opposite sides of the bracket, and can’t meet until the regional finals. Brackets will be drawn 15 days prior to the start of regional play.
• The seeding process also changes for soccer and basketball (with hockey included) for the top two seeded teams to earn a bye, if the bracket has multiple byes, with the remainder of the bracket drawn randomly.
• The MHSAA also loosened the restrictions on the number of quarters a player may participate in per week, allowing athletes to contribute to teams on both the varsity and junior level at the same time. Football players may play in five quarters per week (but only four per day), and basketball players may compete in five quarters per day, but no more than three dates per week and 20 dates per season. This is to help programs with a low number of participating athletes.
• The council also waived the requirement for a physical for athletes who got one the year before.
• The council chose to allow athletic directors to request a waiver for student athletes to wear athletic competition uniforms to school-sponsored events recognizing this year’s senior class.
• The council also gave schools the option of waiving the annual dead week in the summer for this year.