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 JULY 6, 2016 MEETING
@ WILKES-BARRE AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Meeting was convened at 1:10
p.m. by Chairman Majikes
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.
Absent but accounted for: Danielle Adams, John
Coyle, Vito Quaglia, Mark Rinaldi, Chad Vinansky, Maureen Williams, and Mike
ITEM 2 A
motion was made by Bill Schoen, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to approve the
minutes of both the April 12, 2016 monthly meeting and the April 20, 2016
Annual Business Meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 3 Pat
Patte presented a brief summary of the current activity in the Treasurer’s
Report. With the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2016, Pat is completing
all of the various reports required by the State Office and will have a
complete report for the Committee to review at the upcoming August meeting. He
did comment that all of the reports from the recently completed Spring
Championship playoffs have been completed and all bills have been processed.
As of July 5, 2016 the total fund balance is $272,732.41. A motion was made by
Eric Emmerich, seconded by Jay Starnes, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as
presented. All Ayes
ITEM 4 SPORTS REPORTS:
Baseball (Frank Majikes, Ron Collins): There was discussion
regarding the disqualification process in Baseball and definition of
“restricted” to the bench following disqualification.
Basketball (Frank Majikes): Frank provided the committee members
with the schedule for state playoff games with the expansion to 6
classifications in both boys and girls basketball. The championship games will
begin on Thursday, March 23rd with the following schedule: AA Girls
(Noon), A Boys (2 p.m.), AAAA Girls (6 p.m.), and AAA Boys (8 p.m.). On
Friday, March 24th the A Girls game will begin at Noon, followed by
the AA Boys (2 p.m.), 6A Girls (6 p.m.) and 5A Boys (8 p.m.). On Saturday,
March 25th action begins with the 3A Girls game at Noon followed by
the AAAA Boys (2 p.m.), 5A Girls (6 p.m.), and 6A Boys (8 p.m.)
Cross Country (Bill King): Bill reported that all is in place
for the 2016 District II Cross Country Championships to be held at Lakeland
High School on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The rain date will be Saturday,
October 29th. Please note the change in venue from Elk Lake High
School to Lakeland High School.
Softball (Pat Patte): Congratulations to Holy Redeemer on their
second consecutive State Championship in AA Softball. Also, congratulations to
both Hazleton Area (AAAA) and Abington Heights (AAA) in advancing to the state
Swimming (Fred Barletta): Fred informed the committee that there
have been discussions regarding a change in the format for the District
Swimming and Diving Championships. More information shall be forthcoming.
Awards (Bill Schoen): The Committee held a lengthy discussion
regarding recent concerns with our current medals supplier. Following the
discussion, the committee directed the Officers, as well as Bill Schoen (Awards
Representative), to meet with the current supplier in order to discuss a remedy
for those concerns and to return to the committee with a recommendation for the
future. There was also a lengthy discussion regarding the additional medals
that will now be required as we move to additional classifications in a large
number of our sports’ championships. It appears that with the increase in
classifications there can be up to a 30 % increase in the number of medals
Officials (Maureen Williams, Bill Schoen): Maureen Williams has
been named to the PIAA Board of Directors for a two year period effective July
1, 2016, serving as the Female Officials’ Representative. Congratulations to
Maureen! Also, congratulations to Chris Thomas on being appointed as the
District II Softball Interpreter, replacing Tony Cerminaro. The Committee
thanked Mr. Cerminaro for his years of service to softball.
Private Schools (Ben Tolerico): Mr. Tolerico explained the
policy recently adopted by the Pennsylvania Catholic Bishops and Pennsylvania
Catholic Conference that prohibits females participating/competing against
males in contact sports.
Sportsmanship (Chad Vinansky); In Chad’s absence, Frank Majikes
was asked to check into a reported disqualification in Lacrosse in which the
officials assigned to the game did not file with the PIAA the requisite
ITEM 5 A
motion was made by Bill King, seconded by Chris Thomas, granting immediate
eligibility to Connor Hazlet, Holy Redeemer to Northwest Area, in accordance
with Article VI, Transfers, Residence and Recruiting, Section 4, Principal to
Principal sign off.
ITEM 6 Chairman
Majikes reviewed the Sports’ Chairmanship tentative assignments for the
District II Committee members for the next year. They are as follows- for each
sport first name listed is the chairperson:
Country Bill King. Eric Emmerich, Chad Vinansky
Ognosky, Ron Collins, John Coyle, Vito Quaglia
Field Hockey Chris
Gegaris, Pat Patte
Rinaldi, Fred Barletta, Vito Quaglia
Coyle, Ron Collins, Bill Schoen
Williams, John Haas, Ben Tolerico
Competitive Spirit Chris
Gegaris, Eric Emmerich, Mary Ruth Tanner
Frank Majikes, Mike Ognosky, Frank Victor,
Collins, Joe Farrell
Starnes, Pat Patte, Fred Barletta, John Haas
Majikes, Eric Emmerich, Bill Schoen
Patte, Chris Thomas
Field Danielle Adams, Bill King, Eric Emmerich, Chad Vinansky
Rinaldi, John Coyle
Majikes, Bill Schoen (Male Rep), Maureen Williams (Female Rep)
Relations Bill Schoen, Mike Ognosky
Relations Frank Majikes
Directors Fred Barletta, Mark Rinaldi
Patte, Frank Victor
Athletics Danielle Adams, Fred Barletta, John Coyle, Mary Ruth
Tanner, Maureen Williams
Vinansky, Ron Collins, John Haas, Chris Thomas
Collins, Jay Starnes, Chris Thomas
Schools Rep Ben Tolerico
Parent Rep Eric Emmerich
Board Rep Mary Ruth Tanner
High Athletics Joe Farrell
ITEM 7 Chairman
Majikes reviewed with the committee the information and actions taken at the
May 25, 2016 PIAA Board of Directors’ meeting. Complete minutes of that
meeting can be found on the District II webpage at www.piaad2.org.
ITEM 8 Chairman Majikes provided the committee
members with handouts from
the various roundtable discussions
that he participated in at the most
Federation Conference held from June 29 to July 2nd.
Frank shared information he
gathered at the Assistants/Associates Roundtable Forum, the Board Members
Roundtable Forum, and the Officials’ Discussion Forum.
ITEM 9 Chairman Majikes informed the committee
that Northwest Area and Benton have terminated their cooperative agreement in
Varsity Football as approved by the PIAA Board of Directors.
ITEM 10 Chairman
Majikes informed the Committee that the PIAA is establishing a Second
Assistant position and that the job description is on line at the PIAA website www.piaa.org
ITEM 11 Chairman
Majikes distributed an article from May 24, 2016 Citizens Voice of Wilkes Barre
entitled “District 2 should reconsider open tournaments”. It emphasized that
financial times are changing in our school districts and by moving from an open
tournament we would eliminate travel costs for a number of our schools. Chairman
Majikes has reached out to the reporter by phone and is awaiting a return call.
ITEM 12 Chairman
Majikes distributed additional materials received at the National Federation
Conference including an article entitled “High School RIO” which is an internet
based data collection tool used in the National High School Sports Related
Injury Surveillance Study. This study has tracked high school sports injuries
over that past decade.
ITEM 13 Chairman
Majikes distributed an article to the Committee detailing the recently passed
anti-hazing legislation passed by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in House
Bill 1574 and signed into law by Governor Wolf. The new law will take effect
on July 25, 2016.
ITEM 14 Chairman
Majikes informed the committee of the recent passing of Jim Ferris, a retired
District II Vice Chairman.
ITEM 15 Chairman
Majikes shared with the committee two thank you notes received from
Scholar-Athlete Award winners, Joshua Hospodar and Youngeun Park.
ITEM 16 A
motion was made by Fred Barletta, seconded by Chris Gegaris, to adjourn the
meeting. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
District II Secretary