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Copyright 2017 Colorado Springs Gazette LLC Apr 17, 2017

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The Colorado High School Activities Legislative Council will vote on Thursday whether boys' volleyball will be adopted as a sanctioned sport starting in the 2018-19 school year.

The proposal needs a majority vote to become Colorado's first sanctioned sport since boys' and girls' lacrosse and field hockey were unveiled from 1997-99, according to the association.

Early indications are the vote could be decided by a tight margin.

"I don't know if anybody knows which direction it will go," CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann said. "I think it could be a very close vote, I really do."

A survey sent out in November to athletic directors around the state showed that 200 out of 258 responding schools would support sanctioning it. Ninety-three schools said they would be interested in starting a boys' volleyball team, while 107 additional schools said they would support it but would not immediately host a team.

However, any traction from the survey was derailed when the association's equity committee chose not to support the sanctioning of it in a meeting in January.

Their issue centers around Title IX and the negative impact the sport would have on the proportionality between girls' and boys' high school sports in Colorado. The committee stated that 81 percent of schools in the state would be negatively affected with the sport's inclusion, but advocates point out that 59 percent would maintain compliance with the law.

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