MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS ATHLETIC HANDBOOK
I. DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
A school, member or non-member, must agree with the following doctrinal statement.
The MACS believes in the inspiration of the Bible, equally in all parts and without error in its origin; the one God, eternally existent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who created man by a direct, immediate act; the pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven, and the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; the fall of man, the need of regeneration of all to life or damnation; the spiritual relationship of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, living a life of righteous works, separated from the world, witnessing of His saving grace through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Participation in the MACS Athletics will not be afforded to those associated with, members of, or in accordance with the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Modern Charismatic Movement, or the Ecumenical Movement.
This shall be a voluntary association to provide Christian growth, both spiritual and physical, for the students of MACS Member Christian schools; to establish, maintain, and enforce such regulations as may be necessary to assure that all such activities shall be part of and contribute towards the entire educational and spiritual program of the MACS Member Christian schools; to safeguard the physical, mental, and moral welfare of students in athletic activities; and to provide for the conducting of post-season state Christian high school tournaments for the Michigan Association of Christian Schools.
III. GOVERNMENT—chain of command
- The Executive Board of MACS
- The Board of Commissioners—elected by representatives of member schools for a 3 year term
- SANCTIONED SPORTS
- Girls’ Volleyball
- Boys’ Soccer
- 11 Man Soccer
- 8 Man Soccer
- Girls’ Basketball
- Boys’ Basketball
- Boys’ Wrestling 4th – 8th Grade Division; 9th-12th Grade Division
Round Robin determined by weight classes for 4th-8th Grade Division
Medals no trophy for 4th-8th Grade Division
9th-12 Grade Division points plus Varsity Trophy
- Boys’ Baseball
- Girls’ Soccer
- Boys’ Golf
- Girls’ Golf
- A sporting event will only be considered for sanctioning when there are at least six schools competing in the event (the MACS Executive Board can temporarily lift this requirement).
- SCHOOL PARTICIPATION
- Tournament participation is a benefit of membership in the MACS. MACS tournament guidelines also apply to the regular season contest between members school.
- Membership in the MACS is not required for tournament participation; however, a non-member school may only participate for two years before having to decide to become a member. After the two year period, the non-member school can only participate by becoming a member.
- The Application for Participation with current enrollment numbers must be sent to the Board of Commissioners by Sept. 1st.
- Non-member schools are required to pay registration fees for tournament participation($500 per team per sport)
- Registrants that withdraw after the seed meeting will be fined $100.00 and charged for any other costs incurred.
VI. STUDENT PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY & Dual enrollment
- A student may participate in a MACS tournament beginning in the sixth grade: however, they will be eligible to participate in only six consecutive semesters while in grades 10-12.
- No student may participate who has reached his 19th birthday before September 1 of the current school year.
- Dual Enrollment
- Any student enrolled in their primary school is eligible for athletic competition.
- Primary school is defined as the school where the student receives their diploma.
- That student may be enrolled in another high school, but may only participate in athletics for their primary school.
- Upon request an administrator will provide a list of players and enrolled classes.
- Home School Students
- Home school students are eligible to participate in the MACS tournaments, if they are taking at least 1 class at the MACS member school that will count for credit.
- The MACS member school has included the home school members in their count for membership.
- There is no transfer date deadline. In order to play in MACS tournaments new students must be on the team for at least 50% of the games.
VII. TOURNAMENT DATES
- Girls’ Volleyball – Last two weeks in October up to the first Saturday in November
- Boys’ Soccer – Last two weeks in October up to the first Saturday in November
- Girls’ Basketball – Last two weeks in February up to the first Saturday in March
- Boys’ Basketball – Last two weeks in February up to the first Saturday in March
- Boys’ Wrestling – A Saturday in March or first Saturday in April
- Boys’ Baseball – Last two weeks in May up to the first Saturday in June
- Girls’ Soccer – Last two weeks in May up to the first Saturday in June
- Note that the State Finals dates for all tournaments will be posted 3 years in advance at macshome.org.
- Seed Meeting Information
- All schools must supply their win/loss record, scores, and opponent’s names to the MACS Athletic director:
Faith Christian School
7455 N. Woodland Rd
Lake Odessa, MI 48849
- All scores must be submitted by 9:00 am the day before the seed meeting.
- Any school not supplying the needed information by the set deadline will forfeit their right to participate. MACS may assess a fine of $100.00.
- The goal of seeding is to seed all teams into the tournament.
- For the 2018-2019 school year teams that haven’t played at least 25% of their games against MACS schools cannot be seeded higher than a 5th seed.
- For the 2019-2020 school year and going forward the teams that haven’t played at least 51% of their games against MACS schools cannot be seeded higher than a 5th seed.
- Hosting Tournament Games
- The visiting team has the option to travel to the home team’s facility (preferred).
- The home team has the option to travel to the visiting team’s facility.
- The home team is responsible to secure a neutral site equal distance between each team’s home facility and to secure officials.
- The home team may opt to give the site responsibilities to the visiting team.
- Game times should be established with the furthest team in mind.
- Criteria will be considered in this order.
- Head to Head with the result of the most recent game given higher priority
- Record against common opponents
- Strength of schedule
- Coin toss
- Divisions will be made based on current 9th – 12th grade enrollment.
- Division I will consist of the top 8 teams participating.
With the exception of soccer:
11 man teams will be Division I and 8 man teams will be Division II.
- Division II will consist of all the other teams participating.
X. EVENT LOCATION
- Sites must have adequate facilities to be used for tournament play.
- The Finals will be held at predetermined sites. These will attempt to provide a centralized location for all involved.
- All rounds of play, leading up to the finals, will be hosted by the highest seeded team for each game. The host team will provide concessions.
All MACS athletic competitions will abide by the National Federation of State High School Association’s rule book (for the rules of the game) as adopted by MHSAA. Exceptions will be noted at seed meetings.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
11724 PLAZA CIRCLE
PO BOX 20626
KANSAS CITY, MO 64195
MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
1661 Ramblewood Dr.
EAST LANSING, MI 48823
- Each game is to use at least three officials for semifinals and finals registered with the MHSAA, in soccer USSF certification is acceptable.
- The officials should not have officiated more than two games for either team throughout the season. The last game should not have been officiated recently.
- The officials must not be connected with the competing schools, churches, or conferences without mutual agreement of the schools involved.
XIII. HAIR AND DRESS CODE
- Uniforms must be modest.
- Hair must be out of the eyes, off the ears and collar, and worn in a conventional manner.
- Facial hair is not permitted.
- Girls (Players and Cheerleaders)
- Uniforms must be modest and loose fitting.
- Uniforms must come to the knee.
- Culottes, sweat pants, and warm-ups are allowed.
- Players in violation will not be allowed to play until properly attired.
- It is the responsibility of the administration to make sure that the coach, athletes, and spectators behave in a Christ-like manner. ie. worldly music, dress code, worldly attitude, respect for officials
- It is the responsibility of the coach to make sure that the athletes participate with proper sportsmanship.
- If a player/coach is ejected from a tournament game, that player/coach will be suspended for the next tournament game (unless rules stipulate otherwise) in which he will be involved:
- The next game of the tournament
- The first game of the next year’s tournament
- The first game of the next season’s tournament (if a senior)
- Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams in each division.
- Individual certificates will be provided for members of the championship team.
- The policies and bylaws may be changed by a recommendation of the Commissioner and upon approval of the MACS Executive Board.
- The policies and bylaws may be changed by the MACS Executive Board.