As many of you now know from yesterday’s Journal News feature, the Section 1 athletic council changed the qualifying standards for the section tournament, which will greatly affect several teams — particularly those who play tougher schedules. I was informed yesterday that the appeal process had made some nice progress. The full article is in Tuesday’s edition of The Journal News if you want to grab a hard copy, but you can view it below. I will be tracking the appeal until a decision is made sometime within the next couple of weeks. When that happens, you’ll be the first to know.
The move to overturn the Section 1 athletic council’s decision to force all volleyball teams to calculate their seasonal points against a 20-match schedule took a giant leap forward Monday.
Hen Hud athletic director Tom Baker’s argument for teams to use a 16-match schedule for their seasonal points was unanimously approved by a Championship Committee comprised of area athletic directors, The Journal News confirmed.
Teams are awarded four points for each win and can earn bonus points for facing teams with a winning record. All teams must accumulate 40 percent of the maximum points to qualify for sectionals. That would be 26 based on a 16-match schedule as opposed to 32 points with a 20-match schedule.
The next step is to have each conference vote in favor of the 16-match proposal.
Conference 4 has already voted in favor of it. When the votes are in, Baker and John Jay athletic director Chris McCarthy will present their case to the athletic council, comprised of principals and superintendents, in an attempt to overturn the earlier 20-match ruling.
One of the sticking points is that while tournaments count as regular-season matches, no points can be awarded in tournament play. This, in essence, penalizes teams competing in tournaments.
“We’re making positive strides,” Section 1 coordinator and Hen Hud coach Diane Swertfager said. “It’s very positive. We’re doing all the right things for the children.”
Swertfager said it is “urgent” that conferences have the matter voted on by the end of the week.
“The athletic directors get it; I think now it’s just a matter of convincing the athletic council,” she said. “I feel positive that everyone will do the right thing.”
The Section 1 tournament begins Oct. 24.