In a virtual meeting Wednesday, the MIAA’s Basketball Committee recommended four rule changes that will go to each sports committee and the MIAA Board of Directors for approval.
With 17 voting members in attendance, the committee voted unanimously to both remove the 5-second closely guarded violation for players that are dribbling in the frontcourt, and to increase daily participation limits from four to six quarters, allowing more student-athletes to play nonvarsity and varsity games in the same day.
The committee voted, 15-1-1, for the shot clock to be reset to 15 seconds following a kick ball violation, rather than a full reset, as well as approving a motion, 16-1, to install a 10-second backcourt violation during girls' basketball games.
Those rules may not go into place until next year, but the committee has a special one-year request to the MIAA Board of Directors to allow for six quarters of daily participation during the 2020-21 season.
Peter Smith, liaison to the basketball committee, said the expectation is that the committee will receive guidance from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in early November. In the meantime, a basketball subcommittee for COVID-19 modifications will continue to meet weekly, with plans to formalize plans for a season under the guidelines outlined by the EEA. It will submit a document to the full committee, which would then go to the MIAA COVID-19 Task Force and Sports Medicine Committee.
At the outset of the meeting, St. Mary’s athletic director and girls' basketball coach Jeff Newhall was elected committee chair. Old Colony AD Matt Trahan was elected vice chair, and Malden principal Chris Mastrangelo was elected secretary.