High Schools: MIAA committees discuss football scheduling, basketball rules

Staff Writer
Published: 10/15/2020 4:32:33 PM

The MIAA held football and basketball committee meetings on Wednesday, as the football meeting focused on future scheduling and the basketball meeting went through a series of potential rule changes. 

Here’s a recap of what was discussed: 

Football

Postseason scheduling was the main topic of the football meeting. The proposal put forward followed the Connecticut high school football plan, which was established in 2010. 

The plan allows schools to schedule 10 games throughout a 12-week period, including a Thanksgiving game. Each team must take two byes, one between weeks 4-6 and another in either week 11 or 12 (week 12 being Thanksgiving, the final possible regular season game). 

From there, the statewide postseason would consist of the eight highest-ranked schools in each division. The current proposal has the quarterfinals being played the Tuesday after Thanksgiving at the site of the higher ranked team, followed by the semifinals on Sunday (five days later) at a neutral site and the Super Bowl the Friday after the semis, also at a neutral site. 

Basketball

Four rule changes were put to a vote on Wednesday, and all were passed by the MIAA Basketball Committee for further approval by the MIAA’s Board of Directors. 

One change would allow players to participate in a total of six quarters per day, split between JV and varsity. The committee also approved a change that resets the shot clock to 15 seconds after a kicked or fisted ball. The clock would not reset if a kicked/fisted ball occurs with over 15 seconds on the shot clock.

A third rule change that was passed no longer penalizes a player for a five-second call while dribbling the ball. The call would still be in place if a player is not dribbling.

The final proposal that passed was returning the 10-second backcourt rule to the girls game, as it was changed years back but has remained a rule on the boys side.




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