PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Frank Victor, Treasurer
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Scranton SD 544 School
Road 1113 Johns Street
P. O. Box 1699 425
N. Washington Ave New Milford, Pa. 18834 Hazle Twp,
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Scranton, Pa. 18503 607-237-9263
MINUTES OF JANUARY 21, 2014 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENER
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: Joe Farrell, Al
Holtzer, Chris Jones, Bill King, Vito Quaglia, Pat Sheehan, Jay Starnes, and
Visitors present included Don Rogers (District
II Solicitor) and Jim Sabatini (former District II Committee member).
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded Pat Patte, to approve the minutes of
the December 17, 2013 meeting. All Ayes. Approved minutes will be
posted to the District II webpage.
ITEM 3 The
treasurer’s report was presented by Frank Victor. Currently the total fund
balance is $213,626.22 as compared to a starting fund balance for the year of $182,926.56.
Included in the fund balance are total certificates of deposit of $12,563.33
and total savings and checking account balances of $201,062.89.
the presentation of the treasurer’s report, a motion was made by Chris Gegaris,
seconded by Eric Emmerich, to approve the report as presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 SPORTS
REPORTS: The District II Committee received reports on the following:
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Chairman Majikes distributed
the format for the upcoming District II Boys and Girls Basketball Tournaments
and reviewed the contents with the committee. He reminded the group that this
was the second year in the current two year cycle and the format will be only
slightly changed from the 2013 Championships. Following a request for
consideration by two of the A schools in the tournament, the A semifinal will
be played on either Friday, February 21st (Boys) or Saturday,
February 22nd (Girls) with the finals then being played on the
following Friday, February 28th (boys) or Saturday, March 1st
(Girls). He emphasized that there will be a meeting for the Principals and
Athletic Directors of all member schools on Monday, February 17, 2014 in order
to review the format and brackets for this year’s tournament. The time and
location of that meeting will be announced shortly. Following the
presentation, a motion was made by Chris Thomas, seconded by Danielle Adams, to
approve the format as presented. All Ayes. The format will be e-mailed
to Athletic Directors and placed on the District II website on Wednesday,
Competitive Cheer (Chris Gegaris): Chris Gegaris reviewed
the results of the recently completed District II Competitive Cheer
Championships and commented that 5 District II schools (Crestwood, Hazleton
Area, Delaware Valley, Pittston Area, and North Pocono) will be competing at the
State Championships in Hershey this Friday, January 24th. Results
can be found on the District II webpage on the Competitive Cheer page.
Swimming and Diving (Jim Higgins): Jim Higgins
distributed and reviewed the information for the 2014 District II Swimming and
Diving Championships. Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank
Galicki, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the format as presented. All
Ayes. The format will be e-mailed to Athletic Directors and placed on the
District II website on Wednesday, January 22nd.
Field Hockey: Chris Gegaris informed the committee that
there will be a meeting of Athletic Directors on February 6th to
begin discussion of the 2014 and 2015 District II Field Hockey Championship
format. He will get more information to the committee as the discussions
Track and Field: Danielle Adams informed the committee that
there will be a meeting of the Track and Field Committee within the next few
weeks in order to finalize plans for the 2014 District II Track and Field
Championships. She will update the committee following that meeting.
Wrestling (Jay Starnes): Chairman Majikes informed the
committee that here will be a press conference on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at
the Kingston Armory to announce the plans for this year’s District II Wrestling
Championships. Both the team and individual championships will be held at the
Armory. He invited all committee members to attend the 4 p.m. press conference.
The information for the 2014 Wrestling Championships has already been
distributed to member schools.
Awards: Bill Schoen informed the committee that the
plaques and medals for the Winter Championships will be available to the
various sports’ chairpersons for distribution at the championships.
Public Relations and Corporate Sponsors: Bill Schoen
informed the committee members that discussions with Geisinger Health Systems
for a potential corporate sponsorship are ongoing. Frank Galicki suggested
that the District review the potential for EIC arrangements with potential
corporate sponsors. Chairman Majikes will work with the District Solicitor
regarding that potential and report back to the committee.
Sportsmanship: Frank Galicki reported that there has been
a noted increase in the number of basketball incidents resulting in player and
coach ejections. Chairman Majikes has discussed specific incidents with member
schools and is awaiting reports from the respective principals regarding those
ITEM 5 A motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded
by Chris Thomas, to approve the eligibility of Violette Hiegel, France to
Crestwood, in accordance with Article VII, Foreign Exchange Students, effective
for the 2013-2014 school year. All Ayes
ITEM 6 Chairman
Majikes distributed information to the committee members present regarding
recent discussions at the PIAA State level regarding boys and girls to
participate together on various sports’ teams at their schools. The Packel
Case, which began in 1973 when the Attorney General sued PIAA on behalf of a
girl who wanted to participate in boys’ sports, eventually arrived in
Commonwealth Court in 1975 and the PIAA was directed to allow boys and girls to
participate together. In 2013 the case was reopened and in August 2013, the
Court narrowed the scope of the 1975 injunction to make clear that the court
only intended to bar PIAA from interfering with girls seeking to play boys’
sports. If PIAA chooses to restrict boys from playing girls’ sports, the 1975
injunction is not a bar in doing so. The PIAA has started the three reading
protocol to develop a by-law to address this issue. The proposed approach
utilized a 3 prong test to be determined by the administration of each member
school. The 3 points are: (1) if a school has a Team in a student’s gender,
the student must play on that team; (2) If a school does not have a girls’ team
in a sport, such as football or wrestling, girls may play on the school’s boys’
team; (3) Boys may play on a girls’ team if three criteria are met: (a) the
student’s school does not sponsor a boys’ team in that sport: (b) the Principal
determines that the overall boys’ athletic program at the student’s school
provides fewer opportunities for boys to participate than for girls; (c) the
Principal determines that the boy would not displace any girl on the Team and
would not provide his Team with an unfair competitive advantage. If any
school administrator has any comments or suggestions please contact the
District II Chairman, Frank Majikes.
ITEM 7 Chairman
Majikes informed the committee that at the next PIAA State meeting he will
receive an update on the various state qualifiers for the next two year cycle.
That update will reflect those schools that have opted to participate at a
higher classification during that cycle.
ITEM 8 Chairman
Majikes polled the committee members present regarding their availability to
participate in a potential eligibility hearing this Thursday following the
wrestling press conference at the Kingston Armory. He will get back to
committee members with details should a hearing be scheduled.
ITEM 9 Committee
members discussed the potential for the District to purchase tents to be
utilized at various District Championships. Following discussion, the
committee agreed to continue the current practice of renting tents when it was
necessary, rather than purchase our own at this time.
ITEM 10 A
discussion was held regarding the March Conference at the University of
Scranton. The committee agreed that no additional funds should be made
available for the conference and that it be limited to the scheduling of the
student seminar that has proven to be so popular in the last few years.
Chairman Majikes will make the necessary communications on this matter.
ITEM 11 Following
a discussion of the current two year cooperative agreement in Junior High
wrestling between Mid Valley and Scranton, Chairman Majikes reminded committee
members that cooperative agreements are for a two year cycle at a minimum.
ITEM 12 A
motion was made by Frank Galicki, seconded by Chris Thomas, to direct the
Chairman to respond to the most recent request by FOX 56 regarding the
potential broadcasting of winter sports’ championships. The Chairman was
directed to inform FOX 56 that our current fee schedule will not be altered. All
ITEM 13 A
motion was made by Chris Gegaris, seconded by Frank Galicki, to instruct the
Chairman to put together a group tasked with developing a Professional
Development Plan to serve the needs of the school districts and their personnel
in District II in regard to various matters dealing with athletics. All
ITEM 14 A
motion was made by Maureen Williams, seconded by Fred Barletta, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
District II Secretary
NEXT MEETING IS SCHEDULED AT THE WILKES-BARRE
AREA CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 AT 4:15 P.M.