Future high school sports seasons are set to become a little shorter.
With the exception of football, all high school sports seasons will be reduced by a week in length beginning in the 2020-21 school year following approval by the Executive Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Thursday at its quarterly meeting in Saratoga Springs. Football will have its five state championships moved to the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend, while all other championship dates will remain the same.
The Executive Committee defeated a motion to abide by NFHS rules in all sports when available. Gymnastics will continue to use the NYSPHSAA Technical Handbook as its rule book, softball will follow USA Softball, and basketball and volleyball will continue to follow NCAA rules. This proposal has been discussed for a number of years, and the Executive Committee vote was 12 against and 10 in favor.
In other actions:
- SUNY Cortland was approved to continue to host the girls' soccer state championships through 2022. Hofstra University was approved to host the boys' lacrosse state championships in 2020-22. The University at Albany was approved to host the boys' lacrosse East semifinals and SUNY Cortland was approved to host the West semifinals, both from 2020-22.
- The format for the girls' state tennis championships will be revised to a Thursday through Saturday format, and it was additionally approved to use an at-large rotation to fill byes in the state tournament. A two-year experiment was approved to eliminate the consolation bracket and add medal playoffs to the top eight participants in the girls' tennis championships. The sport of boys' tennis will also use an at-large rotation to fill byes in the state championship tournament.
- In baseball, a postseason pitch count summary form was approved for use starting this season.
- The three-year regional rotation in the sport of girls' lacrosse was approved. The sport of football had its seven-year regional rotation approved.
- The classification cutoff numbers were approved in the sports of boys' volleyball, girls' lacrosse and boys' lacrosse.