Changes approved for MSHSAA sports

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The Cassville basketball teams and Kyren Postlewait may see a shorter schedule in the coming season after a vote by the Missouri State High School Athletics Association. Jared Lankford/

Basketball season could shorten in Missouri

Missouri high school basketball could see a shortened season in the near future after the voting members of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) approved a ballet question asking if the current season in Missouri should be shortened.

By a 273-69 vote, the question of “Do you support shortening the basketball seasons (girls and boys) if we were able to preserve Thanksgiving tournaments on the front end and secure state championship facilities earlier on the back end?” was approved.

Currently the season begins the week of Thanksgiving and runs through March.

Additionally the topic of basketball classification was asked with the majority of voters telling MSHSAA to maintain the current classification and playoff bracket with no change.

More than two-thirds of schools favored changing varsity volleyball from the three-set formula, presently used in Missouri high schools, to the five-set formula used in colleges. The issue was posed to voting schools this way: “Would you support permitting volleyball schools a one-year transition period (2020-2021 school year only) as the sport moves forward to the three-of-five-set format for varsity volleyball, which would allow the varsity team to utilize a two-of-three-set format for no more than 50 percent of its scheduled dual matches, with the rest of the dual matches required to utilize the three-of-five-set format? Mutual consent by both schools would be required to play a two-of-three-set format; if schools do not agree, the three-of-five-set format would be played.” This passed 169-78.

MSHSAA members also voted 315-45 to allow sixth grade competitions to be included in the junior high designations.

The group also took up the question of the growing e-sports gaming section.

Only 54 schools responded to the questionnaire that their district offered e-sports, compared to 306 that did not.

Of those, 244 voted to keep e-sports as a club activity and not under MSHSAA jurisdiction, with 116 voting to add it to the MSHSAA offering list.

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