By DOUG DONNELLY
Are you ready for more basketball?
Next year boys and girls basketball season will expand by two games for teams across Michigan as the MHSAA has adopted a proposal that allows teams to play up to 22 regular season games for the 2022-23 school year.
Schools have been limited to 20 regular season games since the early 1970s.
“This adjustment brings MHSAA school schedules in line with what is allowed in most other Midwest states,” MHSAA spokesman Geoff Kimmerly said in a press release.
The Representative Council of the MHSAA – which includes Whiteford Athletic Director Jason Mensing – voted to approve of the change at its March 25 meeting in East Lansing.
Additionally, as part of that proposal, mandatory preseason practice will be reduced by one week, allowing teams to begin playing games after 14 days instead of 21.
Whiteford boys basketball coach Nick Abalos said the move is a positive one for the sport.
“That will give us more opportunities to play and get better,” Abalos said. “It seems we always have a couple of weeks of just one game in the middle of the season. This will help to keep us active and sharp.
“I’m all for more basketball.”
With the Tri-County Conference having just seven current members and 12 league games, that will allow for 10 non-conference games to schedule each year. Mensing said he didn’t feel that would be an issue.
The change impacts all levels for girls and boys – freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams.