PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Frank Victor, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Scranton SD Montrose Area
School Dist 1113 Johns Street
P. O. Box 1699 425
N. Washington Ave 237 Meteor Way Hazle
Twp, Pa. 18202
Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18705 Scranton, Pa. 18503 Montrose, Pa.
18801 570-427-8681 x 1010
MINUTES OF MARCH 28, 2012 MEETING
@ SCRANTON HIGH SCHOOL
Meeting was convened at 4:15 p.m.
by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
Absent but accounted for: Jim Higgins, Mike
Costanza, Jay Starnes, Eric Emmerich, Jeff Gregory
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Chris Thomas, to approve the
minutes of the February 15, 2012 meeting. All Ayes
At 4:30 p.m., the District II Committee
went into executive session in order to review 8 disqualifications of players,
coaches or team personnel. In attendance for Carbondale Area were Principal
Joe Farrell and Athletic Director Erik Larson. At 5:05 p.m., the committee
returned from executive session following deliberation. A motion was made by
Chris Thomas, seconded by Bill Schoen, to accept the report of the Carbondale
administration as presented and to endorse the actions of the administration in
dealing with the various situations. All Ayes
There was continued discussion
and a second motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Chris Thomas, to have
the officers sent a letter to the Board of the Carbondale Area School District
regarding their actions in the matters. All Ayes
At 5:10 p.m., the District II
Committee went into executive session in order to review the 8
disqualifications of players, coaches or team personnel. In attendance for
Wilkes-Barre GAR was Principal Colleen Robatin. At 6:00 p.m., the committee
returned from executive session following deliberation. The minutes have been
amended (board vote on April 11, 2012) as follows: A motion was made by Mike
Ognosky, seconded by Eric Emmerich, to schedule a hearing with Wilkes-Barre GAR
to further investigate this matter. All Ayes (Frank Majikes, Pat Patte,
Maureen Williams abstained). The Secretary will communicate the date and
time of the scheduled hearing to the administration of Wilkes-Barre GAR.
At 6:05 p.m., Jack O’Malley,
Psychology professor at the University of Scranton, addressed the District II
Committee and thanked them for their outstanding support of the Annual
Conference held at the University in March. He asked the committee for
continued assistance in the efforts to continue coaching in-servicing and
education throughout District II. He summarized the efforts of the Bocchichio
Institute in attempting to achieve that goal and asked that District II
continue its partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance in those efforts.
ITEM 3 Frank
Victor presented the Treasurer’s Report as of March 28, 2012. As of that date,
the District has a total of $72,852.43 in Certificates of Deposit and
$95,300.91 in Total Savings and Checking Accounts for a total fund balance of
$168,153.34. Following discussion, a motion was made by Maureen Williams,
seconded by Pat Patte, to distribute revenue from the recently completed
District II Basketball Playoffs with 70% to the District, and 15% to each of
the participating schools. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Following
discussion, a motion was made by Pat Sheehan, seconded by Vito Quaglia, to add
an Athletic Director from the Lackawanna League and an Athletic Director from
the Wyoming Valley Conference as members to the District Committee. The
process to select the new members will be discussed at the upcoming Annual
Business Meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 5 SPORTS
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes will schedule a
meeting of the basketball committee in order to discuss the recently conducted
district playoffs and to discuss any potential changes in the format as we move
into the next two year cycle. Chairman Majikes also discussed a request from
Holy Redeemer to have the committee approve their move from AA to AAA in both
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball. The PIAA State Office has indicated this would be
at the discretion of the District II Committee. A motion was made by Mike
Ognosky, seconded by Chris Thomas, to approve the reclassification of Holy
Redeemer in both Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball for the next two year cycle from
AA to AAA. All Ayes
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): The Committee discussed the venues for
the District II Championships and, following discussion, directed Wrestling
Chairperson Jay Starnes to come back to the Committee at a future meeting with
a recommendation for consideration.
Boys’ Tennis (Bill Schoen): Bill presented the format for the
upcoming District II Boys’ Tennis Championships. A motion was made by Joe
Farrell, seconded by Bill King, to approve the format as presented. All Ayes
Track and Field (Danielle Adams): Danielle reminded the
committee that there will not be a District II Junior High meet this year. She
also has established the AAA Varsity Championship date on Monday, May 14th
and AA Varsity Championship date on Tuesday, May 15th, with a rain
date established as the first available date after the postponed meet. The
State Championships will be held in Shippensburg on May 25th and 26th.
This year two qualifiers will automatically go to the state championships from
AA boys and AA girls. The date to start entering athletes for Districts is
April 18th on Milesplit at www.pa.milesplit.us.
District qualifications have not changed and remain the same as last year. All
information will be distributed at the upcoming Annual Business Meeting. A
motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve the
format as presented. All Ayes
Volleyball (Maureen Williams): Maureen announced that the dates
for District playoffs will be May 21, May 22, and May 24. The format will be
Swimming (Jim Higgins): Chairman Majikes informed the Committee
that Rebekah Campo (Scranton Prep) was the 2012 PIAA State Champion in the 100
yard Breaststroke event held at the recently conducted PIAA State Championships
at Bucknell University.
Baseball/Softball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes informed the
Committee that the Baseball and Softball Committees will be meeting shortly in
order to establish the District playoff formats for 2012.
ITEM 6: A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Bill King, to approve an
application for cooperative sponsorship for boys’ and girls’ volleyball between
Forest City and Carbondale. All Ayes (Joe Farrell abstained).
ITEM 7 The
following motions were made and acted upon by the District II Committee
regarding student eligibility requests:
A motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Joe Farrell,
granting immediate eligibility to Easton Adams, North Haven Community School
(Maine) to Tunkhannock, in accordance with Article VI, Section 4, Athletic
Transfer Waiver, Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes.
A motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Chris Thomas,
granting immediate eligibility to Kayla Lorino, Lackawanna Trail to
Tunkhannock, in accordance with Article VI, Section 4, Athletic Transfer
Waiver, Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes.
A motion was made by Chris Gegaris, seconded by Pat Patte,
granting immediate eligibility to Destiny Marut, Lodi High School (NJ) to
Wallenpaupack, in accordance with Article VI, Section 4, Athletic Transfer
Waiver, Principal to Principal sign off. All Ayes.
A motion was made by Danielle Adams, seconded by Maureen
Williams, to grant immediate eligibility to Vyachelsav Litvin, Israel to West
Scranton, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Student. All
ITEM 8 Chairman Majikes reviewed correspondence
from Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 regarding “Looking Forward”, an all-day
experience for students and their parents regarding career and academic
planning. Following discussion, a motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by
Pat Patte, to approve a $100 Bronze Level contribution in support of the
event. All Ayes
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes led a discussion on a request from Chris Kucharski, representing
“Attinik Media”, regarding the potential to radio/internet audio streams of
District II events for a fee. Following discussion, the Committee requested
that Chairman Majikes arrange a future presentation from Chris to the District
Committee regarding his proposal.
ITEM 10 The
District II Committee considered a request from the Wyoming Valley Volleyball
Conference on behalf of one of its members, Freeland MMI, regarding the
District II format for the “A” championships. Following discussion, a motion
was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Bill King, to provide MMI with the
opportunity to participate in a play-in game with the lowest qualifying
Lackawanna League team with the contest to be played at the site of the
Lackawanna League qualifier. All Ayes
ITEM 11 Chairman
Majikes informed the Committee that the motion regarding the format for the
Boys’ Volleyball championships has been tabled by the PIAA State Committee
until a future meeting.
ITEM 12 Chairman
Majikes distributed the 2011-2012 Basketball and Wrestling disqualifications.
In Basketball, District II disqualifications for 2011-212 included 7 Varsity
players, 4 Junior Varsity/Junior High players, 3 Varsity coaches, and 6 Junior
Varsity/Junior High coaches for a total of 20 disqualifications. In Wrestling,
District II disqualifications for 2011-2012 included 4 Varsity players and 1
Junior Varsity/Junior High player for a total of 5 disqualifications. In
2010-2011 there were a total of 15 Basketball disqualifications and 11
ITEM 13 Chairman
Majikes reported 2 concerns directed to his office during the recently
conducted Basketball and Wrestling District championships. The first was the
report that at one of the Basketball sites tickets were sold at $8 and not $6.
That report proved to be incorrect. The second report was in regard to the
behavior of the crowd at the AA Individual Wrestling Championships held at
Lake-Lehman. Chairman Majikes will discuss this with Lake-Lehman officials.
ITEM 14 Mike
Ognosky reviewed the events of the recently sponsored conference at the
University of Scranton and thanked Jack O’Malley and the University of Scranton
for their assistance in providing for a very informative two days. This year
the conference attracted 127 student/athletes and 63 coaches.
ITEM 15 Chairman
Majikes informed the Committee that the PIAA State Committee has approved on a
third, and final, reading the move to three classifications in Cross Country
for the next two year cycle.
ITEM 16 Chairman
Majikes also informed the Committee that Requests for Proposal have been
approved to be advertised for the 2013-2016 four year period in Basketball,
Competitive Cheer, Swimming, and Wrestling.
ITEM 17 Chairman
Majikes provided the Committee with the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
Request submitted to the PIAA State Committee for consideration. Highlights of
the 5 day proposed regulations for a heat acclimation period in the sport of
football are as follows:
All preseason football practice, at all levels of interscholastic
competition, shall begin with a heat acclimation period.
During that period, helmets shall be the only piece of equipment
students may wear.
During that period, no physical contact activities are permitted.
Teams may not hold more than one practice on consecutive days and
students may not participate in multiple practices on consecutive days.
Students may not engage in more than three hours of practice on
those days during which one practice is conducted.
Students may not engage in more than five hours of practice on
those days during which two practices are conducted. The second practice shall
be a teaching period/walk through practice only, with no conditioning
On the days when 2 practices are conducted, there shall be a
minimum of 2 hours of recover/rest time between the end of the first practice
and the beginning of the second practice.
ITEM 18 Chairman
Majikes announced that the Annual Business Meeting will be held at Arcaro &
Genell’s in Old Forge on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 with an 8:30 a.m. breakfast
followed by a 9:15 a.m. Annual meeting. Retiring PIAA Executive Director Brad
Cashman will be in attendance. Information will be sent out by the Secretary
in the next few days.
ITEM 19 Chairman
Majikes then quickly reviewed the various awards to be distributed at the
Annual Business Meeting and asked the Committee members to review those awards
for discussion at the April 11th Monthly Meeting to be held at the
Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technology Center at 5 p.m.
ITEM 20 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Maureen Williams, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 7: 40 p.m.
District II Secretary
NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11h
AT 5:00 P. M. AT THE WILKES-BARRE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18th
AT ARCARO AND GENELL’S RESTAUANT IN OLD FORGE AT 8:30 A.M.