Against the better judgment of most people involved in Michigan school sports, the MHSAA was forced by federal courts in 2007 to change the seasons during which several of its tournaments are scheduled. Neither that case nor Title IX requires local schools to schedule regular season boys and girls basketball games on any particular days or times; and late in 2010 a federal district court in Indiana made precisely that point.
In Parker v. Indiana High School Athletic Association, No. 09-885 (S.D. Ind. Oct. 6, 2010), the court ruled that playing more boys than girls basketball games on Fridays and Saturdays did not constitute a Title IX violation nor violate equal protection rights.
Perhaps this decision will encourage local school administrators in Michigan to listen more to their players and coaches about when they would like to play their games and to settle on schedules that have enough common sense and regularity so that spectators can more easily know which teams are playing where and when. Mixing up the days and times for regular-season basketball games is doing a disservice to our students and their supporters.
Our views are shared in the following articles from the Grand Rapids Press and Detroit Free Press.
As for MHSAA tournaments, we already know which gender plays when:
- Week 1 – Girls Districts – Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Feb. 28, March 2, 4)
- Week 2 – Boys Districts – Monday, Wednesday, Friday (March 7, 9, 11)
Girls Regionals – Tuesday, Thursday (March 8, 10)
- Week 3 – Boys Regionals – Monday, Wednesday (March 14, 16)
Girls Finals – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (March 15, 17, 18, 19)
- Week 4 – Boys Finals – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (March 22, 24, 25, 26)
There is some sentiment to reverse this schedule. The MHSAA Volleyball Committee has proposed that boys precede girls; the MHSAA Basketball Committee opposes that change. The 2009 MHSAA Update Meeting Opinion Poll revealed 71.7% of 709 respondents opposed the change.