The MSHSL Representative Assembly approved girls postseason wrestling and rejected adding boys volleyball at yesterday’s meeting.
Girls wrestling won’t look much different than it currently stands with girls and boys wrestling together on the same team. However, girls will now be able to participate in their own division during the postseason.
“Under the approved amendment, girls will train and compete with the boys’ teams during the regular season, but will have the option of competing in a girls-only individual section and state tournament that would occur simultaneously with the boys postseason individual tournaments. As part of the approved amendment, girls would be eligible to remain a part of the boys’ team for postseason dual tournaments.”
There were 153 girls wrestling last year. Good job, MSHSL for getting this right.
Boys volleyball was rejected as a MSHSL sanctioned sport.
“A proposed amendment to add Boys Volleyball fell two votes shy of passage. Twenty-nine members of the Representative Assembly voted in favor of the proposed amendment and 18 against with one abstention. With the abstention, the requirement threshold was 31 affirmative votes. The proposed amendment had the required support of 9 of the 16 administrative regions more than a year ago, but requested it be tabled for consideration prior to the Representative Assembly’s meeting in May of 2020.”
It’s too bad this wasn’t approved. I know I would have given it serious consideration as a high schooler. That being said, boys volleyball is likely much more relevant in the metro than it is in central Minnesota and those students in metro are already presented plenty of opportunities to play on club teams or intramurals. I think we’ll see boys volleyball statewide very soon. It’s a great sport and deserves a spot.
Read the entire MSHSL PRESS RELEASE.