MIAA's Tournament Management Committee suggests modifications to spring sports rules in order to get seasons in

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's Tournament Management Committee met on Friday and came up with a list of modifications for the spring sports seasons, at the request of the MIAA's Board of Directors.

In a press release posted on the MIAA website, the two big concepts that were discussed by the TMC were "the amount of required practice days prior to the start of competition and post-season competition."

The proposals are based around the seasons starting on April 27, the date the BOD decided to push the start of the season back to.

The most critical vote centered around if, and when postseason tournaments would be held. By a 13-3 vote, the TMC recommended that if spring sports start on April 27, there will be a MIAA postseason. If spring sports start after April 27, there will not be a MIAA postseason.

Also, via a 15-0 vote, the TMC recommended to extend the sports season for all teams, at all levels, through June 20, giving JV and middle school teams the chance to complete full seasons, as well.

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The TMC also recommended a change to how many days a team must practice before starting competition. In the MIAA Handbook, rules stipulate that the first competition cannot start before the "11th calendar day after and including the first day of practice." By a 16-0 vote, the TMC recommended changing the competitive start to "the seventh calendar day after the start of the 2020 spring season."

By a 13-1 vote, the TMC recommended changing the regular-season cutoff date to June 10, if there is a postseason tournament.

By a 14-0 vote, the TMC recommended that the maximum number of competitions is 12, and the minimum for tournament participation is eight.

The TMC did not propose a change to how many games a team can play in one calendar week. Per Rule 34 of the MIAA Handbook, baseball, lacrosse, softball, tennis and boys volleyball teams can play three times a week. Golf can compete four times per week, and rugby just once.

The next TMC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. Per the release, the TMC said that "discussions around spring sports will be on-going and fluid. Thank you for your support, understanding and patience."


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