The MGVCA would like to inform our membership and coaches at large about the recent recommended rule change to the MIAA which, if approved, will have a significant impact on the future of girls’ volleyball
This past February, the Blue Ribbon Committee voted to ELIMINATE the MIAA rule modifications, #83.5.1 and 83.5.2. This is the first step in the process of the rule being removed. If approved by the MIAA BOD, this change would go into effect in Fall 2021.
Rule 83.5.1 states: “It is a fault for a male player on a mixed gender girls’ team to attack a ball, if, on contact, the ball is both completely above the height of the net and in the ‘front zone.’ The play becomes illegal when the ball has completely crossed the net untouched or is legally blocked by an opponent.
Rule 83.5. 2 states, “Only female players are permitted to participate in a completed block.” Girls net height (7 feet, 4⅛ inches) and boys net height (7-11⅝)
MGVCA’s concerns if this proposal is adopted by the MIAA:
The potential negative impact on the integrity of both the girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs
Safety and health implications for all athletes if boys’ are allowed to play front row on a girls’ net height
The 2020 Annual MGVCA Coaching Clinic WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH, 2020
Thank you for your interest in attending our annual MGVCA Coach Clinic. Due to the current health crisis with COVID-19 and the state of emergency declared in Massachusetts in response to the spread of the virus, THE CLINIC WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH, 2020.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope you can be patient as we work through these unprecedented next steps. The MGVCA board is currently working on alternative options to see if we will be able to reschedule or have to cancel for this year. Once we have this answer, we will reach out to our members, sponsors and vendors with information regarding date changes and refunds. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the current health crisis. Stay safe.