BHBL’s Bynon would not consider volleyball is a high-risk sport
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake women’ volleyball coach Gary Bynon has had a troublesome time explaining to his crew why it can not apply in its regular trend when the autumn sports activities season begins on Sept. 21.
Volleyball was among the many fall sports activities Gov. Andrew Cuomo deemed “greater danger” final month, when he stated its groups may start “no- to low-contact coaching” and couldn’t play video games “till a later date or December thirty first.”
Such restrictions weren’t positioned on lower- and moderate-risk fall sports activities like subject hockey, soccer and cross nation.
“I’m comfortable different sports activities are allowed to start out. I’m glad they’ve an opportunity,” Bynon stated. “However I actually really feel what’s occurring to volleyball youngsters is unfair at instances.”
Bynon stated he was shocked when the game he has coached for many years was categorized earlier this summer season as “greater danger” by the New York State Division of Well being.
“We really feel we’re not the excessive danger sport they are saying it’s,” stated Bynon, talking on behalf of his college and in his position as president of the New York State Volleyball Coaches Affiliation. “We simply wish to be heard.”
In keeping with an data packet offered to The Day by day Gazette by the New York State Division of Well being, in reference to the completely different danger ranges for sports activities: The flexibility to take part in sports activities and recreation actions is decided by a mix of the chance for COVID-19 transmission (1) inherent within the sport or recreation exercise itself and (2) related to the “sort of play” (e.g. particular person apply vs. recreation).
Regarding greater danger sports activities, the NYSDH data offered states: Increased danger sports activities and recreation actions are characterised by: Least capacity to take care of bodily distance and/or be completed individually; Least capacity to: (1) keep away from touching of shared gear, (2) clear and disinfect gear between makes use of by completely different people, or (3) not use shared gear in any respect. Examples of upper danger sports activities actions embody: Soccer, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby, basketball, contact lacrosse, volleyball, martial arts and aggressive cheer.
“Sharing of the ball and proximity, we will repair these issues,” Bynon stated. “We have now all of it found out. We’ve talked about no huddles. Staying on one aspect of the web has been introduced up.”
Bynon has loads of assist within the hope that volleyball will get the okay to maneuver ahead by way of practices and video games within the coming weeks by state authorities.
The Nationwide Federation of State Excessive College Associations places volleyball in its average danger class.
“We perceive that our athlete’s well being and welfare are of utmost significance,” Baldwinsville coach and state women’ volleyball committee member Mary Jo Cerqua wrote in an electronic mail that Bynon forwarded to the Gazette. “However so is their psychological well being. Watching their buddies being allowed to compete once they can’t is unfair. With that being stated, if different sports activities are allowed [soccer, field hockey, swimming] volleyball needs to be given an opportunity. These youngsters deserve an opportunity.
“As president of the affiliation, that’s what I’m listening to throughout the state. We might help. What’s upsetting to coaches throughout the state is we will repair this like neighboring states have completed.”
Any volleyball video games performed this fall can be on the native stage. Fall regional and state-level competitions, which Burnt Hills received final fall, have already been referred to as off by the New York State Public Excessive College Athletic Affiliation as a security measure within the coronavirus surroundings.
“Our youngsters need an opportunity to play, even when it’s simply within the league or Part II,” Bynon stated. “Our hope is to play video games this fall.”
That received’t occur with out state-level authorization, and transferring volleyball (and soccer) from the autumn to someday in 2021 is among the many actions being thought of by Part II athletic leaders.