High Schools: MIAA votes to approve state tournaments for spring sports

Staff Writer
Published: 3/17/2021 6:23:51 PM

State tournaments are returning to the Commonwealth this spring.

Following a vote last Friday to approve sectional tournaments for the spring sports season, the MIAA Board of Directors approved having a state tournament as well with a 14-7 vote on Wednesday.

The vote came after a survey went out to each school in the membership to get their feedback on whether they supported a state tournament.

The state tournament will be the typical semifinal and final rounds, running until July 3.

“I’m glad that the collective work of our Board of Directors, Covid-19 Task Force and Tournament Management Committee has allowed for us to not only have an upcoming spring season, but one which will provide for a sectional and statewide tournament,” MIAA president Jeffrey Granatino said. “It has not been an easy task but it is one that has always the best interests of our student-athletes in mind.”

Fifty-three member school principals responded to the survey (14 percent of membership) while 192 athletic directors (57 percent of membership) responded.

The first question asked whether their school would opt into the sectional tournament — based on the vote last week, each school has the option of opting into the sectional tournament no matter how many games it has played or its record — with 216 out of 249 responders saying they would.

The next question was based on the cutoff date, asking if schools would be in favor of pushing the June 15 start date to the sectional tournament up to June 11 to accommodate a state tournament, with 104 responses in favor and 141 opposed.

The final question was whether your school would support starting the spring season earlier, with 58 schools saying yes and 187 saying no.

“I think it’s pretty clear based on the survey results that nobody wants the regular season touched any more than it already is,” BOD member Lindsey von Holtz said. “It would be irresponsible to ignore the survey results.”

The motion to have a state tournament passed, with the BOD voting after to keep the June 15 cutoff date for the tournament in tact to assure the regular season remain the same. The vote passed 18-3.

The Tournament Management Committee (TMC) is now tasked with coming up with a schedule for the spring season that now includes a state tournament at the end.

“Affording our spring season student-athletes a full tournament opportunity is a credit to our Association’s Standing Committees,” MIAA executive director Bill Gaine said. “The special nature of this Spring Tournament structure is that it is an opt-in as well as an opt-out opportunity, thus providing member schools to determine their own path.”


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