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The MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee (TMC) unanimously approved the statewide realignment of field hockey, soccer, basketball and girls’ volleyball during a recent virtual meeting. Those realignments will go into effect for the 2021-22 school year.
     Those four sports were up for discussion because the committee deemed the methodology at the sport-committee level to be in line with the expectations set forth by the TMC. The realignment is largely governed by enrollment size by school. The committee did indicate that that minor changes could still be made, based on the installment of the “urban schools factor” and an appeals process. The Leominster boys’ ice hockey program, slated to move from Division 3 to Division 1 in the proposed statewide realignment, is an example of an urban school that is likely misplaced despite their large enrollment number.
     Field Hockey
     As currently constructed, field hockey will feature four state-wide divisions for the 2021-2023 cycle, with 51 schools in Division 1, 2 and 3, and 52 schools in Division 4. That for- mat was unanimously approved on June 22 by the MIAA Field Hockey Committee.
     Schools wishing to move up will be automatically approved, while schools looking to move down would need to appeal to the TMC.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball
...will feature five statewide divisions.
Girls’ volleyball will feature four divisions.
Other Sports
Statewide tournament re-alignment of other sports, including football and ice hockey will be considered at a later date.
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