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Massachusetts Adds Three-Foot Line Modification

Massachusetts is getting a new on-court accessory for the Fall high school season, a three-foot line. The MIAA is referring to it as the 'COVID Zone,' the space between the newly added three-foot line and the net. The reasoning for this is “To reduce intermittent contact with opponents," according to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. 

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    September 2, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    So what are the legal options if a ball is set in the Covid zone? Clearly the hitter can wait until the ball drops below the plane of the net. It is not statistically considered an attack if the ball is hit with the intent of just keeping the ball in play. Could a hitter hit the ball with a soft upward trajectory while the ball is fully above the net? I’m thinking the statistical and rules definition of attack are different so the latter is probably not allowed.

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