There were several changes for a few sports in the upcoming season made by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association at its summer meeting Wednesday.
In boys ice hockey, periods will be 17 minutes, an increase from the current 15-minute periods. An associated adjustment of penalty times was also made, which will begin in the 2020-21 season. The 17-minute period length was tried on a one-year basis, in the 2018-19 regular season, but was abandoned after one year. The penalty times will increase from 1.5 minutes for minors, four for majors and 7.5 for misconduct to two, five and 10, respectively. Boys ice hockey was also approved to use a two-referee, one-lineman officiating system in all regional and state final four games.
A new baseball pitch count restriction was also approved for the 2021 season. The change allows for a quicker progression to pitch counts of 125. In March, pitchers will be required to a night’s rest after up to 30 pitches, two nights after up to 45, three nights after up to 75 and must rest for four nights when throwing up to 85 pitches. In April, those rest restrictions will expand: no change for 30 pitches, two nights for up to 65 pitches, three nights for up to 85 and four for up to 105 pitches. They’ll expand further in May: one night for up to 40 pitches, two for up to 71, three for up to 102 and four nights for up to 125 pitches.
In field hockey, the game clock will run when a five-goal differential is reached.
Wrestling will move from 15 weight classes to 13 in a two-year pilot beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
In indoor track and field, only one relay team per school will be allowed at the State Championships.
The Albany Capital Center was approved to host the boys volleyball championships from 2021-23 and the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls will host the girls volleyball championships from 2021-23.