Photo by Keith Warren

Photo by Keith Warren

Important Dates for 2016

Practice begins, August 1
Scrimmage, August 12
Classic games, August 18, 19, 26
First game, August 26, September 2
End of season, October 28, November 5
Playoffs begin, November 4, 11
North/South, November 25
State Championships, December 2, 3

Football Notes

2015 Rules Clinic

Clarification to fall football practice regulations.  Preseason scrimmages shall be limited to four regulation quarters (two varsity, two JV).  Players shall be limited to participating in two quarters.

Schools that play football or have added football above middle school will be considered football playing schools as it concerns scheduling basketball games.

A Football Jamboree is limited to two quarters participation per team. A varsity team can play two quarters, and a jr. varsity team can play two quarters. A player may only participate in a total of two quarters in the jamboree.

Marketing Special Promotions will be on site at the MHSAA Football State Championships selling t-shirts and other items. Visit their web site at for more information.


Rules & Equipment

NFHS approves helmets rules

The latest football updates are listed on the NFHS website, or view the official MHSAA Football page

Uniforms updates

Game Balls

All game balls used during regular season and state playoff contests must have the National Federation Stamp.



For Coaches

1.  JV and 9th Grade Games must be played in quarters
2.  National Federation Rules apply.  Rule 3-1-5 will apply except JV and 9th grade may play 10 minute quarters.
3.  Players may not play in more than 6 quarters per week (varsity + JV).
4.  Games may not be played in halves.
5.  Quarters may be shortened by mutual agreement of both coaches.

Eligibility Roster

Coaches: the Team Eligibility Roster is due in our office as soon as you qualify for the first round of playoffs in a sport. If your Eligibility Roster is not completed and submitted to MHSAA before the first round of playoffs you will be fined $50.00 immediately.

Meeting Notice

*Notice of Meeting on April 11, 2016

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High School Head Football Coaches: all MHSAA member high school head coaches are required to attend:

Football Head Coaches Meeting: presentation and discussion of pertinent information and all aspects involved in coaching high school football in an MHSAA member school. The projected meeting time will be from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. A complete agenda will follow soon.

High School Head Football Coaches Meeting
Monday, April 11 2016
MALCO Theatre in Madison, MS
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Open Dates

Pearl - Football
Date posted: Friday, April 08, 2016
McAdams - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2016
H.W. Byers - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Greenville - Football
Date posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Noxubee County - Football
Date posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Eupora - Football
Date posted: Monday, March 21, 2016
Vancleave - Football
Date posted: Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Raymond - Football
Date posted: Friday, February 19, 2016
Kemper County - Football
Date posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Bay Springs - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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