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Offline Tobes

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Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:32:39 PM »
Starting in 2019/2020

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/high-schools/2018/08/07/miaa-aligns-rulebooks-with-nfhs-standards/PaYONZeBzPxHRDhlNwQldM/story.html

The article seems to deal mostly with volleyball, but the MIAA wanted to make the switch across the board in every sport.

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Re: Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 05:28:31 PM »
Never mind, saw this was posted already. Sorry.

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Re: Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 04:07:29 PM »
Well, basketball is not aligned because of the shot clock. All the other rules are NFHS, but the shot clock rules are not aligned unless NFHS chooses to adopt it nationally by 2020.

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Re: Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 10:37:41 PM »
Well, basketball is not aligned because of the shot clock. All the other rules are NFHS, but the shot clock rules are not aligned unless NFHS chooses to adopt it nationally by 2020.

True. Point taken.

Also, the Globe article talked about a desire to avoid lawsuits as one of the reasons for the switch?

What could be a reason for a lawsuit? An injury sustained while playing with NCAA rules that may have been prevented by using NFHS rules or something like that?
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Re: Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« Reply #4 on: Today at 01:17:53 PM »
Not a lawyer or anything, but what is the reasoning for this change? I know the article says it avoids possible litigation, but unless there is a threat of one, what possible litigation could you have by choosing to use a specific ruleset over another? What about sports that DONT have an NFHS rulebook? Are you still under threat of litigation because of that? I dont see how that is a justification. "NFHS addresses sportsmanship, fairplay..." so does the NCAA. This seems baffling to me

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Re: Massachusetts switches to NFHS rules
« Reply #5 on: Today at 04:04:35 PM »
Not a lawyer or anything, but what is the reasoning for this change? I know the article says it avoids possible litigation, but unless there is a threat of one, what possible litigation could you have by choosing to use a specific ruleset over another? What about sports that DONT have an NFHS rulebook? Are you still under threat of litigation because of that? I dont see how that is a justification. "NFHS addresses sportsmanship, fairplay..." so does the NCAA. This seems baffling to me

Just a guess, but it seems logical: Blocking below the waist.  Massachusetts may have seen the potential for liability for an/some injury/injuries caused by blocks below the waist, even if legal as permitted by NCAA rules.  Not at all a stretch for an attorney to make the argument that the governing organization should have recognized the potential for injury due to such blocks, and either made all blocks below the waist illegal, or switched to NFHS rules. 
"This poor boy had his entire future stolen from him by this governing body, which chose to ignore the evidence, and allow actions that are obvious to any reasonable person as being clearly dangerous."  Or something like that.

Robert