changes to tennis
The Executive Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted on several proposals during its quarterly meeting Wednesday in Saratoga Springs, including changes to both tennis and boys’ volleyball.
The committee approved changing the designation of boys’ and girls’ tennis from an individual sport to a team sport, beginning in the fall of 2021 (girls) and spring of 2022 (boys). The change will allow the NYSPHSAA to conduct the first-ever team championships in one division for both boys’ and girls’ tennis — in addition to the current individual championships.
In boys’ volleyball, the committee approved the use of the NCAA rule allowing two liberos. The new rule stipulates that teams must declare prior to a match if they are using two liberos, and only those designated players can be used as liberos during the match. Only one libero can be on the court at a time, and only one libero can serve during a set.
Also approved was a two-year pilot program to change the current at-large procedure for bids to the state wrestling championships. The program would streamline the process of selecting at-large wrestlers to fill out the brackets for the state tournament. Under the approved proposal, sections will be ranked in order based on power points. For the top two sections in both Division I and Division II, the first-, second- and third-placed wrestlers will qualify for the state tournament. The next five sections in the rankings will send the sectional champion and runner-up, with the remaining sections only earning berths for sectional champions.
The committee also approved three proposals for competitive cheerleading: one permanently adopting a pilot program that began in 2018 to establish a structure, training and scoring format; one to modify the scoring areas of the state scoresheet and one to approve gameday regional cheer competition beginning in the fall of 2021.
The LECOM Harborenter in Buffalo was approved as the site of the boys’ ice hockey state championships from 2022-24, and fall regional and state tournament rotations were approved to advance to 2021 for all fall sports. All fall 2020 state championship venues had their bids extended for one year due to the cancellation of fall state championships this year.
A proposal from Section I to move the start of the Fall Sports II season ahead one week from March 1 to
Feb. 22, 2021 was defeated with NYSPHSAA President Julie Bergman voting in opposition to break a 10-10 tie with two abstentions.