PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky Frank
Wilkes Barre C
& TC Montrose JSHS District II
Secretary District II Treasurer
P. O. Box 1699 75
High School Road 544 School Road
1113 Johns Street
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Montrose PA 18801 New
Milford, Pa. 18834 Hazle Twp., Pa. 18202
MINUTES OF ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
APRIL 14, 2015 MEETING
@ ARCARO & GENELL’S RESTAURANT
Chairman Majikes called the
85th Annual Business Meeting to order at 9 a.m.
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes welcomed all of the representatives of the membe schools and quickly
introduced the PIAA District II committee members as well as PIAA Associate
Executive Director Melissa Mertz, and PIAA Assistant Executive Director Patrick
Gebhart. 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
appreciated. He also reminded all of the schools to take their two
student-athlete plaques prior to leaving today.
ITEM 3 A
motion was made by Brian Durkin (AD – Forest City), seconded by Russ Davis (AD-Hanover
Area) to approve the minutes of the 2014 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 2014 Treasurer’s Report. Our Total
Expenses for the 2013-2014 operating year were $316,404.58; while our Total
Income for the same period of time was $351,429.14 – a gain of $35,024.56. Our
fund balance as of June 30, 2014 was $217,951.12; an increase in the fund
balance of $35,024.56. We currently have $205,366.03 in our checking and saving
accounts, and $12,585.09 in a Certificate of Deposit.
motion was made by Jeff Shook (AD- Lake-Lehman High School), seconded by Joe
Pizano (AD-Wyoming Area High School) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as
submitted. All Ayes
the conclusion of his report, Frank Victor announced that he will be retiring
as the PIAA District II Treasurer. Chairman Majikes thanked Frank for his
service and there was a large ovation from member schools.
ITEM 5 Frank
Galicki presented the Credentials Report. There are 42 High Schools and 39 Junior
High Schools present at today’s meeting. Mr. Majikes thanked Walter Allabaugh
and Matt Himlin for their assistance in taking attendance.
ITEM 6 Chairman
Majikes introduced Pat Gebhart, Assistant Executive Director of the PIAA, who
discussed the following talking points:
A reminder to all member schools that uniforms for “cause” games
must adhere to PIAA regulations. The use of pink uniforms for particular
causes is not in adherence to those regulations. There are examples of the
PIAA main website of those items that are within PIAA regulations and it is
recommended that member schools review that area carefully.
There has been discussion at the state level regarding the move
to 6 classes, primarily in football. There are currently four proposals being
studied – 4 equal classes, 6 equal classes, five equal classes and a Super 700;
and, 5 equal classes and a Super 800. The next PIAA State Committee meeting in
May will review these proposals carefully. There is also consideration being
given to review the counting of charter school students in enrollment figures.
Currently, a school must count all charter students – there is consideration to
counting only 10 % of that population for enrollment purposes.
Finally, Pat reviewed changes in the by-laws including the
Modernization in the language in Article 19 regarding Junior High
Addition of a preamble to the Code of Ethics with examples of
what is considered to be sportsmanlike and unsportsmanlike conduct
Clarification of wrestling events allowing for 2 multiple dual
events per season not including tri-meets and quad meets
Clarification of the CIPPE requirement which will now include a
sign off by the athlete if their likeness is on the CIPPE. They must sign the
waiver to participate.
Requirement of officials to submit new Act 153 forms every three
ITEM 7 Melissa
Mertz, Associate Executive Director of the PIAA, then offered other comments
and remarks highlighting the following points:
Clarification of the Libero jersey – must be a solid color by
2016. It is recommended that member schools check out the Power Point on the
Announced the launching of a new PIAA website on July 1, 2015 at www.piaa.org. It will be more contemporary and
easier to navigate.
Reminded schools that the coaching education requirement is
effective as of July 1, 206 and that the coach education portal will be opening
on the website as of July 1st.
Thanked member schools for their cooperation in providing their
eligibility lists on line. The first year went rather smoothly and she thanked
District II schools for their 100 % participation.
Heat acclimatization for football is now extended for a 5 day
period. Schools may start as early as August 10th with the process
and must have a minimum of 3 consecutive days for an individual player. She
cautioned schools that if they wait until August 17th you must have
5 heat days and 5 practice days prior to your first scrimmage. That would
cause schools to have to eliminate their first scrimmage.
The PIAA is continuing its effort to work with Special Olympics
in offering unified competitions at various state playoff sites. A Bocce
tournament was held in conjunction with the Basketball Championships and the
PIAA is working to schedule possible events with the Track and Field
Championships at Shippensburg.
It is recommended that all schools put in place an Emergency
Action Plan for all of their athletic venues. A kit on the subject will be
distributed to all member schools during the upcoming year.
At the request of Chairman Majikes, Melissa reviewed the out of
season regulations. Schools are not permitted to allow teams to utilize their
school uniforms or any other uniform that would identify the school by name.
Schools, with the permission of the principal, can authorize the utilization of
school equipment such as shoulder pads, helmets, etc.
ITEM 8 Scott
Gower, Athletic Director of Scranton Prep, asked that the committee consider
modifying their open tournaments to require teams to win a certain percentage
of their league contests.
ITEM 9 Chairman
Majikes informed the member schools that District II is very close to
completing negotiations for the utilization of the Mohegan Sun Arena for the
Basketball Championships over the next two year cycle. He also reminded the
schools that the Baseball Championships will be held on Memorial Day at PNC Field.
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.
Boys Volleyball (Maureen Williams): Maureen provided schools
with a copy of the format for the upcoming District II/XI Boys’ Volleyball
Championships. Information will also be posted on the District II website.
Football (Mike Ognosky): The information regarding the official
football for next year’s post season is available on the PIAA main website at www.piaa.org.
Baseball (Frank Majikes): Frank provided schools with a copy of
the format for the upcoming District II Baseball Championships. Information
will also be posted on the District II website.
ITEM 11 NEW BUSINESS – The following new business
items were conducted:
Majikes entertained motions for the election of officers for the District II
Committee for the 2015-2016 school year.
A motion was made by Dave
Nawroki (Principal- WVW) and seconded by Jon Kandrick (AD – Crestwood) that the
present officers 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
current officers will be retained.
ITEM 12 Vice
Chairman Bill King recognized the 2014-2015 District II schools and individuals
who won state championships during the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Winter 2015
ITEM 13 Chris
Gegaris, Region representative for PASSP, announced that there will be a
reception at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday, April 29th from 5 to 8 p.m.
and encouraged all administrators to attend regardless of membership status.
ITEM 14 Frank
Galicki offered benediction.
ITEM 15 A
motion was made by Joe Gilhool (AD-Montrose), seconded by Cliff Jones (AD-Coughlin)
to adjourn. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
Ognosky, District II Secretary