Baldwin AD doesn't see major impact from new rule

JJ Eads is Baldwin athletic director and boys basketball coach.

JJ Eads is Baldwin athletic director and boys basketball coach.

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BALDWIN – Baldwin athletic director JJ Eads has indicated he doesn’t feel recent action by the Michigan High School Athletic Association will impact his school when it comes to determining if they’ll have sports such as softball, baseball and girls basketball.

This is the new rule passed by the MHSAA:

"The Council approved a proposal by the Classification Committee that will result in postseason divisions more reflective of the number of schools actively sponsoring teams for that season.

“Divisions are assigned by taking the number of teams playing a sport and dividing equally by the number of team championships awarded in that sport (for example, four in baseball and softball). Previously, by the time seasons started the smallest-school divisions in many sports ended up with fewer teams than larger-school divisions because several small schools would declare they would be sponsoring a team during the classification process in March but then be unable to do so because of lack of participation or other reasons.

"With this change, schools that have indicated they will sponsor a sport but haven’t participated in that sport as a team or with individual qualifiers over the previous two years will be removed from the classification process before divisions are determined. Those schools that have been removed must then notify the MHSAA they have an active team before being added back into the tournament."

Baldwin has offered baseball, softball and girls basketball but hasn’t had enough of a turnout to have teams in recent years.

“I don't think that the new rule will affect us too much,” Eads said. “I notify the MHSAA as soon as I know if we don't have a team for a specific sport. So I will do the same if all of a sudden we have a varsity girls basketball, softball, or baseball team.”