PENNSYLVANIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bill King, Vice Chairman Mike Ognosky,
Secretary Pat Patte, Treasurer
CTC Montrose Area JSHS 544 School
Road Coughlin High School
P. O. Box 1699 75
High School Road New Milford PA
18834 80 N. Washington St.
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
18705 Montrose, PA 18801
607-237-9263 Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
MINUTES OF ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
APRIL 20, 2016 MEETING
@ ARCARO & GENELL’S RESTAURANT
Chairman Majikes called the 86th
Annual Business Meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes welcomed all of the representatives of the member schools and quickly
introduced the PIAA District II committee members as well as PIAA Associate
Executive Director Melissa Mertz, and PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert
Lombardi. Chairman Majikes followed by introducing District II Committee
Member, Fred Barletta, 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 Scott Gower (AD – Scranton Prep), seconded by Tony Blaisure
(AD-Elk Lake) to approve the minutes of the 2015 Annual Business meeting.
Copies of those minutes were provided to all member schools present. All
ITEM 4 Pat
Patte, District II Treasurer, gave the 2015 Treasurer’s Report. Our Total
Expenses for the 2014-2015 operating year were $310,166.42; while our Total
Income for the same period of time was $321,107.89 – a gain of $10,941.47. Our
fund balance as of June 30, 2015 was $228,892.59; an increase in the fund
balance of $10,941.47. We currently have $216,200.51 in our checking and saving
accounts, and $12,692.08 in a Certificate of Deposit.
motion was made by Joe Pizano (AD- Wyoming Area High School), seconded by Jeff
Shook (AD-Lake-Lehman Area High School) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as
submitted. All Ayes
ITEM 5 Bill
King presented the Credentials Report. There are 44 High Schools and 50 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 reviewed a number of items with the member schools present:
Pending approval at today’s LIAA League Meeting, there will be a
power rating in place for the 2016-17 District II Basketball playoffs. The
rating will be determined by calculating both the Team Weighted Winning
Percentage (TWWP) for District II teams utilizing their full 22 game schedule
and their Opponents’ Weighted Winning Percentage (OWWP) utilizing all of their
regular season and exhibition season games. All games against PIAA District II
opponents will count in calculating a team’s TWWP and OWWP using the approved
system. Games against non-District II PIAA opponents will use unweighted wins
and losses for a team’s OWWP for that opponent; and, games against Non-PIAA
opponents will use unweighted wins and losses for a team’s OWWP for that
opponent. Teams are expected to complete all of their scheduled games. Games
that are not made up are subject to a final rating affected by a multiplier.
Criteria for assignments in all District II Championship sports
for 2016-2017 will be changed. The District will no longer be required to hold
to the “geographic” method of appointing game officials in basketball, soccer, lacrosse,
field hockey, football, baseball and softball. The league affiliation of the
teams will no longer determine the makeup of the officiating crews as the
assignors will work together to place the most deserving officials in district
Chairman Majikes reviewed the recently conducted District II
Basketball Championships held at the Mohegan Sun Arena and provided
championship programs for all of the schools present today. More than 10,000
fans attended the two days of championship competition. He quickly reviewed
the policy regarding gold passes at the Arena for the championships. Gold
Passes were not accepted this year and will not be accepted in the future at
the Mohegan Sun Championships.
ITEM 7 Chairman
Majikes introduced Melissa Mertz, Associate Executive Director of the PIAA, who
discussed the following talking points:
Reviewed the changes in the number of classifications in various
sports for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 two year cycle. In the Fall, Football moves
from 4 to 6 classifications, Girls Volleyball from 3 to 4, Soccer from 3 to 4,
and Field Hockey from 2 to 3. In the Winter, Basketball from 4 to 6; and, in
the Spring, Baseball from 4 to 6, Softball from 4 to 6, and Lacrosse from 1 to
The PIAA is currently involved in a class action suit brought
forward in District 7 regarding concussions. The suit involves two football
players and 1 softball player.
There is also a court case involving the potential unionization
of Boys & Girls Lacrosse Officials in Districts 7 & 8. The National
Labor Relations Board is now reviewing the question as to whether PIAA
officials should be considered independent contractors vs. employees. If
officials are found to be employees they must pay union dues, taxes, and be subject
to seniority vs. quality rules.
RFP’s are currently out for all the winter championships. The
RFP’s are asking for 4 year contracts and the deadline for completing the RFP
was April 22nd. Hopefully, those sites will be announced in late
May or June.
The PIAA Coaching Education Requirement – effective July 1, 2016
– requires all coaches to undergo certification training in Coaching
Fundamentals/Principles & First Aid. Coaches will have two years from the
effective date in order to complete certification requirements. Coaches hired
after July 1, 2016 will have two years from their hire date to complete the
The 2016 Baseball & Softball Championships have been moved up
by one day to Thursday, June 16th due to scheduling commitments at
ITEM 8 Dr.
Robert Lombardi, Executive Director of the PIAA, then offered other comments
and remarks highlighting the following points:
Reminded all schools that they must have their Emergency Action
Plans (EAP) in place. The PIAA sent information on this to principals in
Explained that there were a number of By-Law changes that can be
found on the PIAA website – they will be highlighted in the By-Law section in
RED and include:
Article II – Amateur status – regarding the signing of a contract
for consideration/participation as well as the procedure to return donations to
Article X – Curriculum – regards a change involving students with
Sportsmanship & Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Athletic courtesy
in the cancelling, scheduling or re-scheduling of contracts with schools
Article XV- Officials – language is now consistent with the Child
Protection Act and officials can not be assigned to a PIAA competition without
Article XVI – Season & Out of Season Activities – definition
of week “0” in Football for those schools who are now scheduling games on the
second scrimmage date.
Competitive Cheer Tryouts – spring try outs can’t include 7th
and 8th graders. You can include those students for cheerleading
squads for sports, but not for the Competitive Cheer squad.
Explained that there were a number of Policy Changes – they will
be in RED on the PIAA website and include:
Athletic transfer waiver request form – non-school athletic
Drone policy – case by case basis for each school, drones can’t
fly over competition surfaces
Transgender policy –principal’s determination as to which gender
student will participate in for the school year
Payments by check for inter-district games – expedited process.
There will be a 90 second limit for video streaming of
inter-district PIAA contests and must have prior PIAA approval to do so.
CIPPE changes – shaded on PIAA website – certification date is
not the authorized date. Items E & F – Section 2 must have a signature in
order to comply with FIRPA and HIPPA requirements.
The Rawlings R2 football is not available as production has
stopped due to a patent infringement finding. The PIAA will bid all ball
contracts in January 2017 for a 4 year period. Football will be utilizing the
Wilson GST 1003 for its inter district competitions.
Heat acclimatization for football must have 5 days beginning on
Monday, August 8th or Tuesday, August 9th if schools are
going to utilize week “0” as a play date. That will provide for 5 days of heat
acclimatization and 5 days of full practice prior to first scrimmage date –
first scrimmage date must be Saturday, August 20th.
ITEM 9 NEW BUSINESS – The following new business
items were conducted:
Committee member, Marty Lawler, entertained motions for the election of members
for the District II Committee for the 2016-2017 school year.
A motion was made by Joe Gilhool
(Athletic Director-Montrose) and seconded by Cliff Jones (AD – Coughlin) that
the present 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
current committee members will be retained.
ITEM 10 Fred
Barletta offered benediction.
ITEM 15 A
motion was made by Ted Anderson (AD-Scranton), seconded by Jon Kandrick (AD-Crestwood)
to adjourn. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
Ognosky, District II Secretary