With more than 1,400 people and 55 teams playing in the club league this season, the boys’ volleyball is a popular Minnesota sport. But for Minnesota teachers, not popular enough.
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Representative Assembly met Tuesday to vote on legal recognition of the game. A two-thirds majority – 32 votes – needed to be approved.
The final vote was 31 in favor, 17 against.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating. We were so close,” he said. Sports manager Paul Como Park Koua Yang, the first Hmong native to speak at the event and a large support team at Marriott West in Brooklyn Park. “It’s not about sharing some games with their peers. It’s a great opportunity for kids.”
After a two-vote defeat in 2021, members of the Minnesota Boys High School Volleyball Association resumed their work. They tried to address the concerns of those who voted against the idea and tried to get the idea back at the convention this year.
“We thought we had it this year,” said Krista Flemming of Shakopee, director of the agency. “We answered all their questions, but it seems they didn’t listen.”
Among the reasons given for this is the suspicion of seasonal weather, spring, or spring. The request was originally intended for the spring season to use the gymnasium which may be unused, but many administrators did not want to leave a few areas in areas that are often in high demand in March and April due to the difficult winter season. MSHSL is committed to creating a team to know the right weather timing.
Other issues include price, which the running directors always remember, the presence of seniors and whether adding a boys ’volume would force the movement to meet the requirements of the IX theme.
The most controversial debate over boys ‘volleyball stemmed from his popularity, with more than 1,400 players playing in the boys’ volleyball club league this season, especially with members of the Minnesota Asia team. Forty-four percent of volleyball players are identified as Asians, a region with a strong sense of volleyball.
Park Center manager O’Nell Moua had never played high school until he joined the boys’ volleyball team last year. He believes that the game is approved and it is important to help students stay active in their school.
“If it’s a club, people think you can easily quit, you don’t learn anything,” Moua said. “Being allowed to help you get involved and do well in school. Most of us have never played a game. That’s a tragedy.”
Yang, who said that the game helped him change his mind when he moved in 1980, expects many Asians to feel the same way.
“I know they’ve been looking to make them feel like they belong,” he said. “[Volleyball] is one of the few games we are known for and that can be found near our home. I feel the pain of our community, I feel the pain of the boys. They are looking forward to it, and it is frustrating to be rejected. ”
Said Flemming, “All these children have just been told they have nothing. That means nothing to them. That’s what they heard.”
MSHSL general manager Erich Martens remained happy, although the results were unexpected.
“We’ve seen a lot of representation here today and we see that the volleyball support for boys is growing,” Martens said. “While it has not been completed today, we see it continuing and we hope it will continue.”
- The conference also voted for the Bylaw 110 term, which means how long a student athlete should be. Now, a student athlete who plays the seventh or 8th grade can take up to a year to clear up for grade 9 and still qualify.