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
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.
NFHS approves helmets rules
The latest football updates are listed on the NFHS website, or view the official MHSAA Football page
All game balls used during regular season and state playoff contests must have the National Federation Stamp.
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.
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.
A Guide to Heat Acclimatization and Heat Illness Prevention
Heat Illness Prevention
NFHS free course on heat illness prevention
The 14-Day Heat Acclimatization Period
Watch these events live on the NFHS Network
Full 2014 Schedule
Free course about concussions: Concussion In Sports - What You Need To Know
"Heads Up": Reducing the Risk of Head and Neck Injuries in Football
No football helmet older than 10 years will be reconditioned or re-certified.