Announcement of classifications for the 2022-23 school year | Michigan High Schools Athletic Association
Standings for Michigan High School Athletic Association elections and postseason tournaments for the 2022-23 school year have been announced, with registration breaks for postseason tournaments posted on the page. of each sport on the MHSAA website.
Classifications for the upcoming school year are based on a second semester count date, which for MHSAA purposes was February 9. The enrollment figure submitted for sport classification purposes may be different from the tally submitted for academic aid purposes, as it does not include students. ineligible for athletic competition because they reached their 19th birthday before September 1 of the current school year and will not include students in alternative education if none are cleared for athletic eligibility by the local school district.
All sports tournaments are held with schools assigned to equal or nearly equal divisions, with the lines depending on the number of schools participating in those respective sports.
For 2022-23, there are 750 qualified member schools for the tournament. Schools were recently notified of their rankings and sport-by-sport splits were posted on the MHSAA website today (March 28). MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl said schools could not subsequently reduce their enrollment numbers. However, if the revised enrollment figures are higher and indicate that a school should play in a higher division, that school would be moved up.
Several MHSAA Finals champions awarded so far in the 2021-22 school year are assigned to different divisions for 2022-23. In 11-man football, Detroit Martin Luther King will move to Division 4 after winning Division 3 in the fall, with Hudson moving to Division 7 after winning Division 8 last November. Muskegon Western Michigan Christian won the Lower Peninsula Division 4 Women’s Cross Country Championship in the fall, but will compete in LP Division 3 next season. Dearborn Women’s Golf Team Divine Child, winners of the LP Division 2 title in the fall, will move up to LP Division 3 next season. The East Grand Rapids women’s swim and dive team will return to LP Division 2 after winning LP Division 3 in the fall.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Softball, a defending Division 2 champion but playing in Division 1 this season, will return to Division 2 for 2023. Richmond Softball, which won Division 3 last season and remains in this division for this spring, will move to Division 2 for 2023.
Visit the respective sports pages on the MHSAA website at https://www.mhsaa.com/sports review divisional rosters for all MHSAA-sponsored tournament sports.
The traditional classes (A, B, C, D) – once used to establish tournament rankings – are only used for MHSAA elections. To determine traditional classifications, after all tallies are submitted, member schools that qualify for the tournament are ranked based on registration and then divided as closely as possible into quarters. For 2022-2023, there are 187 member schools in Class A and Class C and 188 member schools in Class B and Class D.
As of the 2022-23 school year, schools with 814 or more students are in Class A. Enrollment limits for Class B are 388 to 813, Class C is 183 to 387, and schools with of enrollments of 182 and less are class D. The break between classes A and B decreased by 21 students compared to 2021-22, the break between classes B and C decreased by 11 students and the break between classes C and D is six students fewer than for the 2021-22 school year.
The new classification breaks will see 32 schools move up in class for 2022-23 while 24 schools move down:
Upgrade from Class B to Class A
Battle Creek Harper Creek
Detroit Henry Ford
New Boston Huron
Sault Ste. Married
Switch from class A to class B
Dearborn Divine Child
Eastern Detroit English
Detroit Martin Luther King
Switch from class C to class B
Brooklyn Columbia Central
Township of ClintonClintondale
Dearborn Heights Star International
Preparing for Detroit Voyageur College
Switch from class B to class C
Detroit Communication Media Arts
Otisville LakeVille Memorial
Switch from class D to class C
Plymouth Christian Academy
Indian River Interior Lakes
Muskegon Heights Academy
Switch from class C to class D
Adrian Lenawee Christian
Detroit Benjamin Carson Science and Medicine
Grand Traverse Academy
Town of Rogers
Warren Michigan Math and Science
New playoff-eligible tournament schools in 2022-23
Escanaba Holy Name Catholic
Farmington Hills Huda School
Battle Creek Academy
Enrollment Breaks by Classes – 2022-23
(Number of schools in brackets)
Class A: 814 and more (187 schools)
Class B: 388 – 813 (188)
Class C: 183 – 387 (187)
Class D: 182 and under (188)
The MHSAA is a private, nonprofit voluntary membership corporation of more than 1,500 public and private high schools and colleges that exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or taxes support MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament fees from schools. Member schools that follow these rules are allowed to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.