Lawmaker Wants to Make Volleyball 'Official Recreation and Team Sport' of Massachusetts

Massachusetts lawmakers want to make volleyball the state's "official recreation and team sport."

This year, the ballroom polka became Connecticut's official state polka, huckleberry whole wheat became Montana's official pancake and the Washington state Legislature defined its official endemic mammal, the Olympic marmot.

With state legislatures finding official designations for almost anything imaginable, a push at the Massachusetts State House to name volleyball the Bay State's "official recreation and team sport" seems perfectly reasonable (former Governor Mitt Romney signed a bill in 2006 that identified basketball as the "official sport"). Republican Senator Michael Knapik and Democratic Rep. Michael Kane sponsored the volleyball bill for the second year in a row, after it moved through the Senate last year but was rejected in the House after a backlash from some soccer-loving congressmen.

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