The Oregon Schools Activities Association on approved boys high school volleyball as an emerging activity Monday. That means it is being seriously looked at to become a sanctioned sport.
OSAA said 32 teams completed seasons in the spring, putting it above the 25 school threshold needed to become an emerging activity.
If at least 50 schools field teams, it is then eligible to become fully sanctioned.
“We’ll probably put a committee together to work with them and figure out the details and minutiae around it,” OSAA executive director Peter Weber said in a statement. “We’ll see if the growth and interest is there.”
A review is expected to take two years. One of the things OSAA will consider is whether spring is the best season for boys volleyball. While spring provides the most gym access, it’s also the busiest season for OSAA activities.
OSAA said boys volleyball is the first sport to be recognized as an emerging activity since the policy was adopted a few years ago. A vote to recognize skiing did not pass.
Organizers of water polo and girls flag football also have shown interest in being recognized as an emerging activity, OSAA said. Oregon High School Water Polo made a presentation late in Monday’s meeting and agreed to return with more information in April.