MHSLA Board of Directors voted to approve the creation of Division 1 and Division 2 for both the boys and girls replacing the current model of Varsity and JV.
To all MHSLA programs and families:
On September 22nd the MHSLA Board of Directors voted to approve the creation of Division 1 and Division 2 for both the boys and girls replacing the current model of Varsity and JV. This model creates a “small-sided” 8v8 option for programs that have fluctuating registration numbers who may not be able to field a full-size 10v10 boys or 12v12 girls team, have enough registration numbers to field 1 very large team but not enough for 2 teams, or a new program looking to join the league but don’t have large numbers.
This change allows programs much greater flexibility with regards to being able to field a team while also spurring more growth at the lower levels. By promoting growth at the lower D2 level it will become more competitive allowing players an opportunity to develop their skills further. With both divisions recognized as competitive divisions, with the size of rosters being the major determining factor, both divisions will have a State Championship and players eligible for All-State consideration.
Teams that were a Varsity team would register as a Division 1 team and be played as 10v10 or 12v12 unless your program requests to move down to Division 2. JV teams would now be a Division 2 team and would play 8v8 with the option to play 10v10 or 12v12 whenever possible.