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 ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
APRIL 18, 2012 MEETING
@ ARCARO & GENELL’S RESTAURANT
Meeting was convened at 8:45a.m.
by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes welcomed member schools to the meeting and quickly introduced the PIAA
District II committee members as well as PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman.
Chairman Majikes followed by introducing District II Committee Member, Frank
Galicki, who delivered both the invocation and the necrology.
ITEM 2 Chairman
Majikes thanked all of the member schools for their cooperation during the past
year in regard to hosting district championship events in all of the various
sports. The cooperation of all of the member schools in District II is greatly
ITEM 3 A
motion was made by Simon Peters (AD – GAR), seconded by Ken Janiszewski (AD-Tunkhannock)
to approve the minutes of the 2011Annual Business meeting. Copies of those
minutes were provided to all member schools present. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Frank
Victor, District II Treasurer, gave the 2011 Treasurer’s Report. Our Total
Expenses for the 2010-2011 operating year was $302,843.26; while our Total
Income for the same period of time was $322,284.88 – a gain of $19,441.62. Our
fund balance as of June 30, 2011 was $107,277.57; an increase in the fund
balance of $19,441.62. We currently have $34,489.55 in our checking account, $60,368.38
in our PIAA corporate account, and $12,419.64 in a Certificate of Deposit.
motion was made by Tim Honeywell (AD- Berwick High School), seconded by Frank
Parra (AD-Wyoming Area High School) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as
submitted. All Ayes
ITEM 5 Jim
Higgins presented the Credentials Report. There are 36 High Schools and 38 Junior
High Schools present at today’s meeting.
ITEM 6 Chairman
Frank Majikes introduced Brad Cashman, who, in turn, introduced Emily
Rhinevault from Med Express. Emily provided a brief presentation regarding the
services offered by Med Express. They will be partnering with the PIAA and have
2 offices – Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre, to serve member schools. They will
be offering trainers’ services if needed and will be providing low cost
physicals as well. Information and materials were provided to all member schools.
Brad Cashman then offered a review of the proposed amendment for consideration
by the body at the meeting. Ballots were distributed to each member High
School and Junior High School:
An amendment to Article VI, Board of Directors and Officers, Section
2, Membership of the Board of Directors, subsection 1, and Section 3, Term of
Office, of the PIAA Constitution, which, if approved, would (1) clarify and
modernize Section 2, and (2) change the term limit for registered sports’
officials representatives from one year to two years, effective July 1, 2012. 72
Ayes, 6 Nays
ITEM 7 Brad
Cashman, Executive Director of the PIAA, then offered other comments and
remarks highlighting PIAA By-Law Amendment changes made during 2011-2012 as
follows (all schools received handouts):
Amended Article II, Amateur Status and Awards, Section 3,
Permissible Awards, of the PIAA By-Laws, to add a provision authorizing PIAA
member schools to address issues relating to “pay to play” policies, effective
July 1, 2012.
Amended Article III, Amateur Status and Awards, Section 3,
Permissible Awards, subsection F, Payments to Schools. Of the PIAA By-Laws, to
permit PIAA member schools to receive donations of athletic equipment and/or
product consistent with the existing authorization to accept payments to
schools of Consideration, effective July 1, 2012.
Amended Article III, Attendance, Section 11, Cooperative
Sponsorship of a Sport, subsection B, Provisions Applicable to All Agreements, subsection
2, Requests to Approve Agreements, subsection (b), and subsection 3,
Modification or Termination of Agreements, subsection (b), Grounds for
Determination, of the PIAA By-Laws, to require that approved amendments be for
a duration of at least a two year enrollment classification cycle, effective
July 1, 2012.
Amended Article VI, Transfers, Residence, and Recruiting, Section
4, Regional Panel or District Committee Review, subsection (c), Review and
Rescission of Presumptive Eligibility, of the PIAA By-Laws, to (1) reorganize
that subsection and (2) rescind the provision that permits a student to regain
eligibility after transferring again during an already imposed one year period
of ineligibility, effective July 1, 2012.
Amended Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students, International
Students, and Foreign Students, Section 1, Foreign Exchange Student, subsection
6, and Section 2, International Student, subsection 4, of the PIAA By-Laws, to
require a Foreign Exchange Student or an International Student to meet the
requirements of Article III, Amateur Status and Awards, of the PIAA By-Laws
effective July 1, 2012.
Adopted an interpretation of Article XV, Officials, Section 4,
Requirement of Written Contract, of the PIAA By-Laws, to clarify that member
schools and/or assignors and sports officials may utilize electronic assignment
programs to effectuate contracts to officiate contests, effective October 6,
Amended Article XV, Officials, Section 6, Removal of Registered
Sports Officials, of the PIAA By-Laws, to (1) reorganize that section, (2) provide
for the Executive Director to implement the statutorily required removal of
certain sports officials, and (3) add a reinstatement provision following
removal period, effective March 24, 2012.
Amended Article XVI, Season and out-of-season rules and regulations,
Table II- Schedule of Winter Sports, of the PIAA By-Laws, to (1) assume
jurisdiction over the girls’ sport of competitive spirit and (2) establish PIAA
Competitive Sprit Championships on the Saturday prior to the PIAA Team
Wrestling Championships weekend, effective July 1, 2012.
Amended Article XVI, Season and out-of-season rules and
regulations, Table II-Schedule of Winter Sports, Note 6 of the PIAA By-Laws, to
provide for a method of counting regular season individual tournaments,
multiple school (dual) events, and combination tournaments, in the sport of
wrestling, effective July 1, 2012.
Approved the recommendation of the PIAA Football Steering
Committee to amend Article XVI, Season and out-of –season rules and
regulations, Section 2, Rules and Regulations, subsection (c), Football,
subsection 5, of the PIAA By-Laws, to clarify that participation on community
based non-school affiliated youth fall football programs does not constitute a
violation of subsection 2, provided such participation is concluded no later
than December 31st of the same calendar year, effective July 1,
Amended Article XX, Amendments, of the PIAA By-Laws, to authorize
the Executive Director to make technical, typographical, spelling and
grammatical changes to the PIAA By-Laws, Policies and Procedures, and/or Rules
and Regulations, in order to assure editorial continuity with substantive
changes approved by the Board of Directors, and to delete provisions which have
become obsolete, effective July 1, 2012.
ITEM 8 Brad
Cashman then discussed current issues that the Board of Directors is discussing
and urged schools to contact their District Chairperson and offer feedback:
The PIAA Board of Directors rejected the recommendation of the
Executive Director to present an amendment to Article VII, Powers and Duties of
the Board of Directors and Officers, Section 1, Powers and Duties of Board of
Directors, of the PIAA Constitution, to the member schools for their vote at
the 2012 District Annual Meetings, to require a minimum number of schools
within a District to have representation on the Board of Directors effective
July 1, 2014.
The PIAA Board of Directors accepted the recommendation of the
PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to establish a new Section of the PIAA
Comprehensive Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE) Form to replace
Section 2, Certification of Parent/Guardian, with subsection F, Understanding
of Risk of Concussion and Head Injury, which is consistent with the relevant
provision of the Safety and Youth Sports Act 101 of 2011, effective March 22,
The PIAA Board of Directors is considering, due to the current
economic climate, the reduction of the maximum number of Regular Season
Contests in all sports, except football, and offered a hand out to all member
schools present listing the reduction under consideration.
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes introduced Jack O’Malley, Professor of Psychology at the University of
Scranton and avid Coaching Education proponent. Dr. O’Malley then reviewed the
current initiatives regarding coaching education in District II and praised the
member schools for their hard work in working toward the goal of an education
standard for coaching candidates. Currently, District II sponsors an annual
conference as well as coaching education workshops throughout the year.
ITEM 10 Chairman
Majikes led a discussion with member schools present regarding the District II
Basketball Championship format. Following the discussion, Chairman Majikes
explained a survey will be developed addressing the concerns brought forward
today and all member schools will be asked to participate. The District II
Committee will then analyze the results of the survey and make adjustments
where necessary to the format of the tournament. Among the questions to be
asked will be the potential for an open format in AA and AAA, the establishment
of a point system in AAAA, and the format for the state championships based on
a regional versus traditional format. That survey will be distributed to
member schools by the end of April.
Majikes also reminded schools that District II does not sponsor any Junior High
Championships and to disregard any information they receive to the contrary.
ITEM 11 NEW BUSINESS – The following new business
items were conducted:
Healy, Superintendent at Tunkhannock, entertained motions for the election of
A motion was made by Sandy MacKay
(AD- WVW) and
seconded by Ken Janiszewski (AD
– Tunkhannock) that the present committee members be retained. All Ayes
A motion was made by Frank Parra
(AD-Wyoming Area), seconded by Tony Mozeleski (AD- Crestwood) that the
nominations be closed. All Ayes
The current committee members
will be retained as presently constituted.
ITEM 14 A
motion was made by Brian Durkin (AD-Forest City), seconded by Joe Gilhool (AD-Montrose
Area) to adjourn. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 11:55 p.m.
District 2 Secretary