The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association does not have a "contact" vs "non contact" designation for given sports. What they do have that might imply it, is a mouth guard rule. You have to wear a mouth guard in Football, field hockey, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, and basketball. There is only a mouth guard recommendation for baseball, volleyball.
Of course the definition of contact needs to be revisited here to include being breathed on and trading sweat with teammates and opponents for an extended amount of time in a small designated area. In that sense I see volleyball as a contact sport.
edit: found this - "As it stands now, the initial step of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan for youth and adult amateur sports allows for competitive practices (intra-team/group games, contact drills, scrimmages) and competitions to take place in the high school fall sports of cross-country, field hockey, boys’ golf, and girls’ volleyball, all of which are considered “moderate risk.”" (MA has been in their phase 3 since early July)
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2020 12:29:42 GMT -5 by ned3vball
Post by rambleratheart on Jul 30, 2020 11:29:47 GMT -5
IL announced yesterday that they consider VB a "Medium" risk sport, which means VB lives in "Level 1 and Level 2." Level 1: No-contact practices and trainings only. Level 2: Intra-team scrimmages allowed, with parental consent for minors; no competitive play. Based on this, IHSA decided to move high school VB to the spring...
Post by vbcoltrane on Jul 30, 2020 12:36:12 GMT -5
While volleyball's only real "contact" is net play or a player inadvertently running into another, there is quite a bit of "clustering" when playing. People running towards the same ball and getting fairly close to each other before one player takes it; the net players moving in tandem to block, even if they don't touch each other. And, people are obviously breathing hard, expelling when this happens.