Santa Fe High School

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Activities Association wasted little energy shooting down any notion that it would bow to parental pressure and move Saturday’s Class 5A volleyball state championship match to Santa Fe.

As dawn broke Friday morning, a handful of parents from Santa Fe High and Centennial requested to school officials that the match be moved out of The Pit and to Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium because fans are not permitted to attend indoor sporting events in Bernalillo County.

The county’s status as “yellow” in the New Mexico Department of Health’s red-to-green framework for handling public gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic means spectators are only allowed at 25 percent of a venue’s capacity for outdoor sporting events. Only counties in the green and turquoise status are allowed to have fans indoors.

Santa Fe County was elevated to turquoise March 24, allowing indoor venues to accommodate up to 33 percent of capacity with all social distancing and preventative health measures still in place. With a capacity of 15,411, The Pit — given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of 6 feet of space between small groups — could hold about 4,000 fans in ideal conditions.

The NMAA offered a one-line response Friday morning for an inquiry seeking information about the possibility of moving Saturday’s match to Santa Fe: “All volleyball finals are scheduled to be played at The Pit.”

Saturday’s match will be streamed online by the National Federation of State High School Associations for a monthly fee of $10.99.

(3) comments

John Cook

When I started this article I wondered if local parents were being altogether reasonable in seeking a home field advantage. Then it turns out parents of both teams wanted to move to Santa Fe. For the excellent reason that both sets of parents could see their kids play for the championship in person. That seems sensible and fair.

RJ Sanchez

Congratulations to the SFHS Volleyball Team! What an amazing & wonderful season & team... Best of luck, to these phenomenal girls & coaching staff!

As for the NMAA, the most sanctimonious & unreasonable sanctioning body that shows it’s true colors of a governing body that really doesn’t care to do the right thing for the betterment of our kids & families... For the first time, the almighty dollar was not the NMAA motivating factor, but the power & authoritarian rule over our kids & families memories remains par for the course.

Mark Mutz

RJ you're 100% correct NMAA (No-one Matters After APS). If it was an APS school they would have moved it! These girls could have cared less about playing in The Pit for a volleyball game. In the midst of a crazy year the NMAA prevented some of the senior parents from seeing their daughters play their last volleyball game live. They should be ashamed of themselves, but they won't be. They'll hold their heads high because they stood by their decision of playing volleyball in The Pit.

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