Tournament changes: MHSAA introduces seeding top teams in basketball districts, adding extra week to hockey postseason

By Journal Sports Staff

EAST LANSING — Some changes may be noticeable in late February and March during Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball and hockey tournaments.

For the first time, the MHSAA has introduced a limited amount of seeding for district tournaments in girls and boys basketball. The idea of seeding teams, in a way similar to football, has been touted by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan for a number of years.

In addition, the MHSAA hockey tournament will be spread over three weeks instead of its traditional two weeks.

There were a number of other rules changes that will affect some sports more subtly.

Hockey extended

The traditional dates for the start of the regular season and the MHSAA tournament state championship games haven’t changed, and neither has the number of regular-season games allowed.

But the tourney will now start three weeks before the finals, meaning the regular season will be shortened by a week.

Now the maximum six games that can be played in the tourney are stretched over 20 days, instead of the previous 13.

This year’s hockey regionals run from Feb. 24 to March 4, with quarterfinals on March 7, semifinals March 12 and 13, and finals on March 14.


Other changes

There are some detailed rules changes affecting a legal finish in swimming events, diving degree of difficulties, hockey stick length, competitive cheer formations, wrestling injury evaluation and wrestling meet tiebreakers.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.