PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky Frank
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Scranton SD District II
Secretary District II Treasurer
P. O. Box 1699 425
N. Washington Ave 544 School Road 1113 Johns
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Scranton, Pa. 18503 New
Milford, Pa. 18834 Hazle Twp., Pa. 18202
MINUTES OF ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
APRIL 9, 2014 MEETING
@ ARCARO & GENELL’S RESTAURANT
Meeting was convened at 8:45a.m.
by Secretary Ognosky
ITEM 1 In
Chairman Frank Majikes’ absence, Secretary Ognosky welcomed member schools to
the meeting and quickly introduced the PIAA District II committee members as
well as PIAA Chief Operating Officer Mark Byers, and PIAA Director of Business
Affairs, Greg Biller. Secretary Ognosky followed by introducing District II
Committee Member, Frank Galicki, who delivered both the invocation and the
ITEM 2 On
behalf of Chairman Frank Majikes, Secretary Ognosky 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 appreciated.
ITEM 3 A
motion was made by Simon Peters (AD – GAR), seconded by Ted Anderson (AD-Scranton)
to approve the minutes of the 2013 Annual Business meeting. Copies of those
minutes were provided to all member schools present. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Frank
Victor, District II Treasurer, gave the 2013 Treasurer’s Report. Our Total
Expenses for the 2012-2013 operating year were $310,520.65; while our Total
Income for the same period of time was $379,314.54 – a gain of $68,793.89. Our
fund balance as of June 30, 2013 was $182,926.89; an increase in the fund
balance of $68,793.89. We currently have $170,385.55 in our checking and saving
accounts, and $12,541.01 in a Certificate of Deposit.
motion was made by Cliff Jones (AD- Wilkes-Barre Coughlin High School),
seconded by Brian Durkin (AD-Forest City High School) to approve the
Treasurer’s Report as submitted. All Ayes
ITEM 5 Jim
Higgins presented the Credentials Report. There are 43 High Schools and 38 Junior
High Schools present at today’s meeting.
ITEM 6 Secretary
Ognosky introduced Greg Biller, 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. Greg
Biller then offered a review of the Policies and Rules-Regulations Changes. A
handout was distributed to members present and highlights discussed included:
Volleyball Libero – effective 2016, a solid colored uniform top
that is immediately recognized from all angles is to be worn. It is to be a
solid colored uniform top that shall clearly contrast from the predominant
color of the team mates uniform top.
Tournament application process – applies to non-members of the
association, not member schools. The application process requires a school to
have a physician on site or within a few minutes on call.
The brackets, pairings, and number of qualifiers are through a second
reading process. Contact your district sport steering person if there are any
Reimbursement Policy Changes for 2014-2015 in the sports of
Football and Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball – there will no longer be a meals and
lodging formula in the reimbursement procedures.
It is stressed to member schools that they need to get their
information to the PIAA in a timely fashion for those teams that qualify for
The PIAA is considering the possibility of hosting a Spring Festival
– common, site, most spring sports – in order to get away from the end of the
school year activities and host the spring championships at a common site and
PIAA has entered into a new ball contract with Rawlings – all
inclusive for a 4 year period of time. Rawlings has guaranteed to the PIAA
that they will be fully stocked in their distribution centers for all sports as
of July 1, 2014.
ITEM 7 Mark
Byers, Chief Operating Officer of the PIAA, then offered other comments and
remarks highlighting PIAA By-Law Amendment changes made during 2013-2014 as
follows (all schools received handouts):
Changes in cooperative sponsorship agreements that effect
classifications must be to District Committees by September 15th and
to the Board of Directors by October 1st.
Football end of regular season will be moved to the 85th
day to accommodate sub-varsity schedule completion by the following Tuesday of
the last regular season varsity play date.
Modify language in Code of Ethics to address a school cancelling,
scheduling, or rescheduling a contest in order to gain a competitive advantage.
Modify language to clarify that Probation MAY be placed on a
school’s particular team.
Certificates of eligibility shall be submitted on or before the
first regular contest in each sport to the PIAA Office and for each sport
season to the PIAA Office. Districts can have eligibility lists submitted
directly to them and assign a person to upload those eligibility lists to the
Coaching education requirement is effective 2016, must be
completed by 2018. NFHS Coaching Fundamentals; First Aid – online; ASEP
Coaching Principles (classroom). The State Office is working to develop a PIAA
coaching education compliance database. This will be a requirement for Head
Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Junior High Coaches, and Volunteer Coaches.
An amendment addressing mixed gender participation, Article XVI,
Seasons and Out-of-Seasons Rules and Regulations, Section 4, Mixed Gender
Participation, is before the PIAA State Committee for a third reading. All
member schools have received a copy of that proposed amendment in today’s
packet and are strongly encouraged to review its content and ask questions of
their local district committee.
ITEM 8 Mark
Byers then discussed the remaining Policies and Rules-Regulations Changes
listed on the handout provided to member schools:
Lacrosse balls – boys and girls regular season – NFHS mark or
NOCSAE mark or both; all member schools need to have properly marked balls for
Football contact once the regular season begins is limited to 3
days per week and now only 90 minutes total per week. Member schools were
provided with a handout that clarified the specifics of these changes. Live
action football contact, as defined by USA Football, is contact at game speed
where players execute full tackles at a competitive pace taking players to the
ground. A team may continue to dress in full pads for practice, but may only
participate in live action drills and game time simulations no more than 90
minutes per athlete per week.
Charter Schools- the PIAA addressed the issue with the PAOC at
their request and believe that charter schools should host athletic programs
only in sports that are not provided at the local public school.
ITEM 9 Mike
Ognosky, Secretary of the District II Committee, conducted the awarding of
State Championship plaques to member schools.
ITEM 10 SPORTS REPORTS: The following sports
reports were presented at
today’s meeting –
Lacrosse (Al Holtzer): Al provided member schools with a copy of
the format for the upcoming District II Lacrosse Championships. Information
will also be placed on the District II website.
Track & Field (Danielle Adams): Danielle provided schools
with a copy of the format for the upcoming District II Track and Field
Championships. Information will also be placed on the District II website.
ITEM 11 NEW BUSINESS – The following new business
items were conducted:
Ognosky entertained motions for the election of committee members for the
District II Committee for the 2014-2015 school year.
A motion was made by Chuck Suppon
(Superintendent of Schools- (WVW) and seconded by Joe Gilhool (AD – Montrose)
that the present committee members be retained. All Ayes
A motion was made by Sandy
Mackay (AD-WVW), seconded by Ken Janiszewski (AD- Tunkhannock) that the
nominations be closed. All Ayes
The current committee members
will be retained as presently constituted.
ITEM 14 Frank
Galicki offered benediction.
ITEM 15 A
motion was made by Mark Rinaldi (AD-Dunmore), seconded by Nancy Roberts (AD-Dallas)
to adjourn. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m.
Ognosky, District II Secretary