was convened at 4:40 p.m. by Chairman Majikes
Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:40 p.m.
but accounted for:Danielle Adams,
Vito Quaglia, Mike Costanza, and Jim Higgins
Present:District II Solicitor Don
Majikes began the meeting asking the committee to observe a moment of silence
in the memory of Ann Spagna, wife of former District
II Officials’ Representative, Bob Spagna.
Majikes passed around the recently received American Cancer Society Recognition
Award to the District II Committee members present.The award is in recognition for the fine
work done by Coaches, Officials and Schools throughout the District in the
“Coaches versus Cancer” campaign.
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Bill King,
to approve the minutes of the October 20, 2010 meeting.All
Victor, District II Treasurer, presented the monthly treasurer’s report
which reflects a current balance of $89,539.95.That balance includes total certificates
of deposit of $72,165.21 and a total savings and checking account balance of
presentation, a motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Pat Patte, to
approve the report as presented.All
Majikes reminded the Fall Sports’ Chairpersons of the upcoming PIAA Fall
Workshops scheduled at the PIAA State Offices in Mechanicsburg on Thursday,
December 9, 2010.All chairpersons
are expecting to attend.
Majikes reviewed a request received from Tim Honeywell, Athletic Director at
Berwick High School, regarding the Student Leadership Workshops scheduled for
April 6, 7, and 8 in Pennsylvania at sites to be determined.Tim has sent out a note to all Athletic
Directors in District II on the subject as well.
Ognosky reviewed the developing plans for a workshop for students, parents,
coaches, athletic directors, and school administrators in conjunction with the
Positive Coaching Alliance.The
District II Committee is working in conjunction with the University of Scranton
and the Bochicchio Sport Character Initiative to
offer the program on March 15th and 16th.Information is expected to be
disseminated to member schools prior to the Christmas holidays.Stay tuned!
Committee discussed the potential for the creation of an archives containing
information on past playoff results, including championships, by the various
teams/individuals in the District.Mike Ognosky explained that an archive of championships exists for the
years 2005-2010 on the webpage and would be very interested in building a
larger data base of information.Suggestions included working with local newspaper staffs and other
volunteers to create such an archive and place it on the webpage.This will be a continuing discussion item
at future meetings.
Majikes reviewed a request from Bob Ide, Fox 56 TV Sports Director, to televise
live the District II A and AAA finals at a cost of $500 and $1000 respectively.After discussion, the Committee agreed
to respectively decline the opportunity and maintain our current rates as
stated in the Football Playoff Procedures.
District II Committee then acted upon the following eligibility requests by
·A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Maureen
Williams, to approve eligibility for Molly Burke, Holy Cross to Dunmore, in
accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Section 4,
Principal to Principal Sign Off, of the PIAA By-Laws, effective immediately. All Ayes
·A motion was made by Jeff Gregory, seconded by
Jay Starnes, to approve eligibility for Tyler Chaffman,
Coughlin to Lake-Lehman, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers, Residence,
and Recruiting, Section 4, Principal to Principal Sign Off, of the PIAA
By-Laws, effective immediately. All Ayes
·A motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by
Gerald Grimaud, to approve eligibility for Charletto
Pascal, Scranton to Holy Cross, in accordance with Article VI, Transfers,
Residence, and Recruiting, Section 4, Principal to Principal Sign Off, of the
PIAA By-Laws, effective immediately. All
Majikes updated the committee on the recent termination of PIAA Membership for
former District II PIAA member schools Fell Charter and St. Rose Academy.
Majikes reviewed a request from a member school asking that
the District II Committee provide eligibility for an
international student as
an exception to the current PIAA By-Laws.Chairman Majikes advised t
the Committee that he had discussed the request with the
and it is not in the realm of the authority of the District II
Committee to act on such a request.
Majikes provided a revised request from the PIAA State Office asking for member
schools’ feedback during the PIAA Strategic Planning Committee
initiative.Member schools will be
provided a copy of the updated, revised information request and asked for input.
Majikes announced that three Pennsylvanians have been recommended for induction
into the 2011 National High School Hall of Fame:Steve Javie,
Billy Owens, and Roy George Snyder.
Majikes updated the committee on the status of the PIAA Board of Appeal
Decision on Jason McGovern, a student-athlete at Carbondale Area.At the time of the November meeting, the
action of the PIAA decision had not yet been appealed.
Majikes updated the committee on the status of a concern from a PIAA District
II registered soccer official regarding the actions of the GAR Junior High Head
Soccer Coach in the posting of comments on facebook.Following a discussion, a motion was
made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Tom Jenkins, asking the District II Secretary
to send a letter to the GAR administration requiring their appearance, as well
as the Junior High Head Soccer Coach, at the next District II Committee meeting
to be held on December 15, 2010 in order to discuss this issue.All
Majikes reviewed correspondence received from the administration of both the
Dallas and Tunkhannock High Schools regarding the recently contested
Dallas-Tunkhannock football contest – the first contest since the 2009
contest.Following discussion, the
committee asked the Secretary to send a letter to both administrations complementing
them on the spirit of cooperativeness and their efforts on maintaining the
appropriate atmosphere as well as encouraging them to continue their efforts at
Majikes provided the committee with two informational items.The first was a news article prepared by
Dr. Wesley Knapp, Superintendent of the Mid- West School District criticizing
the PIAA for not taking a position regarding males participating on Field
Hockey teams.The second was a
rebuttal letter from Brad Cashman, Executive Director
of the PIAA, explaining that the PIAA has been under an injunction from the
Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania prohibiting the PIAA from establishing rules
or regulations that would prohibit boys from playing or practicing on girls’
teams or girls playing or practicing on boys’ teams.
·Cross Country:Bill King commented that he has received
very positive feedback on the recently completed Cross Country Championships
and praised the Elk Lake School District for their site and site
both Elk Lake and Holy Redeemer on their first and second place finishes in
both the PIAA AA Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country State Championships.
·Volleyball:Maureen Williams presented the final financial report for the District
II Volleyball Championships.Committee members expressed concern over the AA Pool Play format citing
that it is not consistent with the format in both A and AAA as well as tripling
the expenses for the Championships as opposed to previous years.
·Soccer:Don Kanavy thanked Al Holtzer and Irv DeReemer
for their assistance throughout the tournament as well as the site managers at
the specific venues who all did a wonderful job.
·Football:Tom Jenkins reported that the championships are moving along
successfully and will culminate with the A, AA and AAA championship games this
weekend.He congratulated Wyoming
Valley West on their AAAA Championship as well.
·Golf:Joe Farrell thanked Mark Kirsten and Charlie Turco
for their help in the most recently completed championships.
·Wrestling:Jay Starnes presented the wrestling format for the 2011
championships.A motion was made by
Mike Ognosky, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the format as presented.All
Grimaud surveyed the Committee members on the job descriptions
and certifications that they have in place in their
districts for the position
of Athletic Director.He thanked the Committee members for their input.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m.
THE NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
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WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER.
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