Co-oping Schools Policy
1) Schools may apply for a co-op if they meet the following criteria:
- Combined populations of the schools involved (grades 9 – 12) must not exceed 425 students.
- Co-oping is limited to "A" and "AA" schools only.
- Co-oping can occur for a single sport and single gender in a school.
- Co-oping must take place for a minimum three-year period for that sport (co-ops cannot switch schools during the three years, without MHSAA approval).
- A maximum of four schools only may combine to form a co-op entry.
- The team must go under one school name – a new co-op name cannot be created.
- The schools must maintain administration of the co-op (i.e. it cannot be managed or controlled by a parent or other group).
- The co-op must be beneficial for all schools in the area.
- Co-op is limited to the sports of Soccer, Volleyball, Hockey, Basketball, Fast Pitch, Baseball, Rugby, Lacrosse, Ultimate, and Football.
- For the sports of Volleyball, Hockey and Basketball, combined co-op populations will determine the category that the new co-op may compete in at the Provincial Championships.
2) Exception to the Co-op Rule: All schools that enroll only a single gender, in any classifications (A, AA, AAA, AAAA), may co-op with one other MHSAA member school, in order to compete in the coed sport of Ultimate only. The combined enrollment would determine the classification.
3) Co-op Application: All completed applications should be emailed to email@example.com and must contain the following:
- All co-oping applications must first receive Zone endorsement before being considered for final approval by the MHSAA.
- A letter of endorsement from the administrators of all schools involved in the proposed co-op. The letters should identify the lead school and name of the proposed co-op.
- The MHSAA will review all co-op applications. They will consider the history of the area, the sport, and how the application will affect the other schools in the area. The MHSAA will also consider historical co-ops.
- The decision of the MHSAA is final. The MHSAA has the right to monitor co-ops and if it feels a co-op is being abused, has the right to revoke the co-op or place a school on suspension or probation.