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Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 11:23 a.m.

New Ypsilanti-Willow Run high school will likely have exemptions from MHSAA postseason ban

By Kyle Austin


Ypsilanti and Willow Run athletes will likely have immediate postseason eligibility in a new consolidated district.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has clarified its intentions for a new consolidated Ypsilanti-Willow Run high school regarding transfer rules and postseason eligibility.

The MHSAA would consider a new consolidated school a first-year member school, and first-year member schools by rule are ineligible for postseason play.

However, MHSAA Executive Director Jack Roberts said in an e-mail Thursday morning that the MHSAA Executive Committee would not apply that condition to a new consolidated high school, and the school would be eligible for postseason play immediately in the 2013-14 school year.

The MHSAA would also likely allow students who transfer out of the new school district and enroll in a different district by the first day of the 2013-14 school year immediately eligible to play. State rules typically require a transfer student to sit out for one semester.

The new school must officially apply for MHSAA membership before any official decisions can be made.



Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

This is common practice. IIRC Royal Oak High School was formed the same way. Dondaro and Kimball were combiined into Royal Oak High. The same thing is happening next fall with Bloomfield Hills Lahser and Bloomfield Hills Andover. They are combining into one building from two. The big difference between those instances and this is that they are in the same school district, while this is a combination of two different districts combining into one. I personally think this is a great decision by the MHSAA. There is no reason students in these schools should be penalized by missing the post-season because the voters decided to combine districts. The MHSAA new school rule is designed to prevent new schools, that have never existed before from immediatly being eligible to compete in the post-season. The MHSAA has granted waivers to schools to many schools over this rule in the past.


Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

Great to read! Thanks for the updte!