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NYSPHSAA to vote on switching to NFHS rules

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Binghamton, N.Y.  - Out with the old and in with the new? Well, what if the old works just fine. That's how high school coaches throughout the state of New York feel about the NYSPHSAA trying to vote on switching to NFHS rules. Since 1974, high school girls basketball in New York state has played by NCAA rules. For the third time in the last decade, tomorrow, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association will vote to determine whether it will change the rules to follow the national federation of state high schools association.

Sports that would be affected by the vote are girls basketball, softball, gymnastics and boys and girls volleyball.

The motion has been extremely defeated in the past due to continuous push back from coaches and officials throughout the state. 

The vote stands to have the most serious implications on girls basketball, which has been playing by NCAA rules — with modifications for high school play — for over 35 years.

"A lot of our coaches throughout Section IV and throughout the state are really in favor of keeping the rules as they are with NCAA" said Susquehanna Valley girls basketball head coach, Chad Freije. "There was a couple of polls, emails and voting and as many as 85% who responded like the current system. So, we're hoping tomorrow, the executive directors who vote kind of support the coaches and those who are the most closely tied to the game."

The voting takes place tomorrow, May 2 at the NYSPHSAA Annual Meeting at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs. The meeting is open to the public.