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Important Dates

Practice begins, August 3
Scrimmage, August 14
Classic games, August 20, 21, 28
First game, August 28, September 4
End of season, October 30, November 6
Playoffs begin, November 6, 13
North/South, November 27
State Championships, December 4, 5

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.

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.

Open Dates

Bay Springs - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Kemper County - Football
Date posted: Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Lumberton - Football
Date posted: Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Raymond - Football
Date posted: Monday, February 01, 2016
Coahoma County - Football
Date posted: Monday, January 25, 2016
Coahoma AHS - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Vancleave - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Coahoma AHS - Football
Date posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lafayette - Football
Date posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Itawamba AHS - Football
Date posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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