High school officials numbers set record in 2007-08
The final numbers are in, and officials registrations for the 2007- 08 school year for high school sports set a record with 12,743 people signing up with the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
The previous record was 12,159 during the 2003-04 school year. Registrations were up in all sports during the 2007-08 school year except in girls gymnastics, which saw a decrease of seven over the previous year; and ice hockey, which was down by four. Sports in which registrations were up significantly over 2006-07 were basketball and volleyball. There was an increase of 845 registrations in basketball (16.5%), and the volleyball total was up by 533 (24.3%).
Registration for the 2008-09 school year continues with the exclusive online registration period for new registrants and renewals running through June 1. After June 1, applications will be accepted online, by mail, and on a walk-up basis in the MHSAA office for the upcoming school year. The MHSAA Office has a lobby kiosk available for online registrations.
To address the continued need for more officials in basketball and volleyball, the MHSAA will again provide an incentive to all currently registered individuals to add either or both of those sports to the activities they are already working when they renew their registration online. Those officials who add basketball or volleyball for the first time for the coming year when they register online will have their sport registration fee of $10 waived.