Many of the area’s coaches made the trip to Harrison High School on Wednesday for the annual preseason coaches meeting, which announced several significant changes for the upcoming season. Here are some highlights from the meeting:
• Section 1 referee Karen Valko discussed some disciplinary rule changes that will affect both players and coaches this season.
• Players will be issued a yellow card for self-directed infraction, which includes but is not limited to slamming a ball on the ground after an error and/or using foul language at oneself.
• If an infraction is directed at the opposing team, the player will receive a red card, resulting in the loss of a team point. If a player receives two red cards in one match, they will be ejected from competition in addition to the loss of a point for the team.
• Teams will be issued a yellow card if all players are not on the court once the buzzer sounds after a timeout. Valko informed coaches that she and her colleagues will be looking to crack down on this rule.
• Pelham coach Mark Finegan (pictured above), who also serves as head of the coaches association, announced that teams will have a 20-match maximum schedule this season and that tournaments will count as a match played.
• Teams will have to earn 26 points to qualify for the Section 1 tournament. Teams earn four points per win and will receive bonus points for beating teams with a winning record.
• All regular season matches must be completed by October 21, so that all records are finalized by the annual seeding meeting the following day.
• John Jay athletic director Chris McCarthy announced that he received an email from BOCES executive director Jen Simmons regarding boys participating in girls volleyball, a hot-button issue all of last season. As of July, Section 1 coordinator and Hen Hud coach Diane Swertfager told The Journal News that no decision has been made.
• Boys who wish to tryout must get approval from their coach and athletic director to participate, moving the case to Section 1. Section 1 will evaluate the case and determine whether to deny the request or pass it on to BOCES, where a final decision will be made. The process remains the same as year’s past, but McCarthy said that the evaluation process will be watched much closer.
• McCarthy said that, as of Wednesday, no schools have submitted paperwork to have a male student play on the female team.
The regular season begins on August 29, but there will be plenty of material on here before then.