Announcements and Important Events
Winter Tournament Sites & MPR Brackets
- MHSAA staff is working to finalize all winter tournament sites in the next few days, and once sites have been finalized, those will be posted at MHSAA.com.
- Ice hockey brackets will be finalized using MPR on Sunday, March 7 for the Regionals that begin on Monday, March 15. The minimum number of games played by March 7 for a team to be “seeded” as the #1 or #2 seed is 8 games.
- Basketball brackets for girls and boys will be finalized using MPR on Sunday, March 14 for Districts that begin on March 22-23. The minimum number of games played by March 14 for a team to be “seeded” as the #1 or #2 seed is 8 games.
Winter Tournament Finances & Spectators
- Effective March 5, MDHHS has increased spectators limits to 375 spectators (venues with less than 10,000 seats) and 750 spectators (venues with 10,000 or more seats). There is no longer a percentage for smaller gyms or ice rinks. Schools may set local limits under 375 based on facility size or other factors. Indoor pools are limited to 30% of the bather capacity under the updated order and bowling centers are now allowed up to 50% occupancy as set by the fire marshal.
- GoFan digital tickets will be used in all remaining MHSAA winter tournament events. More information will be sent to all winter tournament hosts and participating schools in the coming week. Andy Frushour (email@example.com), Cole Malatinsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paige Winne (email@example.com) will be the primary staff contacts for all GoFan questions and issues. Please email ONE of these individuals with your GoFan questions for the most timely response.
- In basketball, competitive cheer and team wrestling, the MHSAA will guarantee reimbursement of all officials costs and will then split the remaining revenue between the MHSAA (90%) and the host school (10%). The 10% share to the host school has been commonplace for many years in many tournament sports. In ice hockey, the guaranteed reimbursement will include officials costs and ice costs with the remaining revenue also being split 90-10.
- In bowling, the MHSAA will guarantee the managers fees and remaining revenue will be split 90-10. LP Diving Regionals will use this same formula. Note that zero spectators will be permitted for both UP and LP Swimming & Diving Finals because indoor pool capacity remains at 30% of the bather capacity under the updated MDHHS order.
- In gymnastics and individual wrestling, all costs will be reimbursed by the MHSAA and 100% of the remaining revenue will be returned to the host site. These are the most challenging winter events to host and all revenue will go back to those host schools after host site expenses have been paid.
- In all of these sports, the GoFan revenue will go to the MHSAA with checks being cut back to host schools that will include guaranteed expenses and the host school percentage shares. The MHSAA continues to be incredibly grateful to our member schools for the support during these difficult financial circumstances with limited crowds and fans.
- Reimbursements to competing teams in MHSAA team Final tournaments were suspended in the fall, and will remain suspended for winter team Finals. There will be no reimbursement for competing teams for any mileage, per diem and housing costs.
- As in the fall and winter, NO SCRIMMAGES are permitted in any spring sport during 2020-21.
- For the team sports of baseball, lacrosse (boys and girls), soccer and softball, the maximum number of teams at a regular season tournament-type event is FOUR. When determining the number of teams present at a tournament, count the school’s varsity team as one team, and its JV team as a second team, etc. These five sports have the potential for varying degrees of physical contact between participants thus have the four-team limit for regular season events.
- For OUTDOOR track and field meets, a maximum of 16 single-gender total teams are permitted given the expansive outdoor space of tracks, varying sizes of teams and zero physical contact between opponents in all events. For example, this could include 8 girls teams and 8 boys teams, or any other such combination. Leagues or conferences may request from the MHSAA a variance for more teams to be included that have more than 8 conference schools for league meets, only. For indoor track meets, there can be no more than 4 single-gender total teams. Indoor examples would include 4 girls teams, 4 boys teams or two boys and two girls teams.
- There are no longer team or individual participant limits for the non-contact, lowest risk sports of golf and OUTDOOR tennis. For indoor regular season tennis events, there remains the limit of no more than four teams.
- Remember the ongoing goal of achieving physical distancing at all possible times and teams not in competition should be provided adequate space with spectator limitations being followed. Consider staggered contest and team arrival times to maintain that physical distancing.
- The spring sports “Return to Play” guidelines will be finalized and published on Monday, March 15. The previous bullet points have been provided to assist schools in finalizing spring schedules.
- Updated guidance for spring sports regarding face masks and spectator limits will be provided later in March based on the current MDHHS orders at that time.