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 27, 2017 MEETING
@ ARCARO & GENELL’S RESTAURANT
Chairman Majikes called the 87th
Annual Business Meeting to order at 8:45 a.m.
ITEM 1 Chairman
Majikes welcomed all of the representatives of the member schools and asked all
present to please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman Majikes then
reminded all of the schools to take their two student-athlete plaques prior to
leaving today. Chairman Majikes followed by introducing District II Committee
Member, Fred Barletta, who delivered both the invocation and the necrology.
ITEM 2 Vice
Chairman Bill King 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 quickly introduced the PIAA District II
committee members as well as PIAA Assistant Executive Director Patrick B.
Gebhart, and PIAA Assistant Executive Director Jennifer S. Grassel.
ITEM 3 A
motion was made by Joe Gilhool (AD – Montrose), seconded by Brian Durkin (AD-Forest
City) to approve the minutes of the 2016 Annual Business meeting. Copies of
those minutes were posted for review on the District II website and sent to all
member schools prior to the meeting. All Ayes
ITEM 4 Pat
Patte, District II Treasurer, gave the 2016 Treasurer’s Report. Our Total
Expenses for the 2015-2016 operating year were $350,139.40; while our Total
Income for the same period of time was $387,137.35 – a gain of $36,997.95. Our
fund balance as of June 30, 2016 was $265,890.54; an increase in the fund
balance of $36,997.95. We currently have $253,217.21 in our checking and saving
accounts, and $12,673.33 in a Certificate of Deposit.
motion was made by Russ Davis (AD- Hanover Area High School), seconded by Mike
Namey (AD-Wilkes-Barre Meyers High School) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as
submitted. All Ayes
ITEM 5 Bill
King presented the Credentials Report. There are 42 High Schools and 51 Junior
High Schools present at today’s meeting. Mr. King thanked Walter Allabaugh and
Tony Modrovsky for their assistance in taking attendance.
ITEM 6 Bill
King introduced the 7 District II State Champions from the prior year:
Dallas, coached by Matt Samuel, the 2016 PIAA AA Boys Cross
Country Team Champion.
Holy Redeemer, coached by Jerry Paulukonis, the 2016 PIAA AA
Softball Team Champion.
Marcos Rico, Wyoming Seminary (coached by Phil Mercatili), the
2017 PIAA AA Boys Swimming 100 Yard Breaststroke Champion.
Dominic Hockenberry, Lake-Lehman (coached by John Sobocinski),
the 2016 PIAA AA Boys Track 3200 Meter Run Champion.
Matt Kravitz, North Pocono (coached by Jason Sepkowski), the 2016
PIAA AAA Boys Track 3200 Meter Run Champion.
Raheem Twyman, Wilkes-Barre Meyers (coached by Hayden White), the
2016 AA Boys Track 300 Meter Hurdles Champion.
Lakeland, coached by Art Davis, the 2016 PIAA AA Boys Track 1600
Meter Relay Champion.
ITEM 7 Chairman
Majikes introduced Patrick B. Gebhart, Assistant Executive Director of the
PIAA, who discussed the following talking points:
Ball Adoption for the next 4 years as follows: Football, Tennis
(Wilson); Soccer, Basketball, Baseball (Spaulding); Softball (Dudley); and,
Reviewed the Baseball pitching rule and required rest based on
pitches thrown in a game as follows – 1-25 pitches require no rest day; 26-50
pitches require 1 calendar day; 51-75 require 2 calendar days; and, 76-100
requires 3 calendar days of rest.
The PIAA Board of Directors has instructed the staff to
discontinue the ability to upload PDF’s as eligibility lists, effective the
2017-18 school year.
Eliminate the use of shoulder pads for out-of-season activities
except for quarterback throwing activities; and, allow member senior high
schools to play one (1) additional Regular season varsity football contests
with District approval.
The Volleyball Steering Committee has requested that a dress code
policy be put in place for volleyball coaches and referred it to the
Pennsylvania Coaches Association for further review and recommendations.
The Tennis Steering Committee recommended to implement policy if
one of the two individuals on the doubles team cannot participate for any
reason, the team will have to withdraw from the tournament. This is for State
The Soccer Steering Committee has recommended that a school be
required to provide a report or have a hearing before their District Committee
if that school experiences, in a single season, three disqualifications, by
team level, for fighting and/or foul language in the sport of soccer. Soccer
DQ’s were at an all time high last year with 459 total disqualifications.
The Track & Field Committee will continue to discuss three
classifications in the sport. They met in January and will review this year’s
qualifiers and how the championships may look based on two or three
In an attempt to attract more candidates, there is now online
testing for prospective sports’ officials. The cost is $30 per test.
Asked the administration teams of our member schools to assist in
crowd control and unsportsmanlike behavior by fans in your facilities.
Updated those present on the current initiative in District VII
regarding the attempt to unionize high school sports’ officials.
ITEM 8 Jennifer
S. Grassel, Assistant Executive Director of the PIAA, then offered other
comments and remarks highlighting the following points:
Reminded schools that if they contract with the Safe Schools
Program there is now a coaching education track that can be utilized to satisfy
our coaching education requirement.
Updated those present on the concussion class action lawsuits as
well as the newly filed concussion lawsuit in District VII.
Explained that there were a number of By-Law amendments approved:
Sportsmanship, and Unsportsmanlike conduct, addressing
unsportsmanlike behavior by student-athletes, coaches, and/or teams during
awards/medals ceremonies, from PCA and Sportsmanship Steering Committee;
Definition of “Assignor”;
Definition of “Team” clarification.
Strategic Planning reviewed a 21 day sit out for in season
transfers in a sport, the cooperative sponsorship of a sport and the limit of
300 students in a school, all transfers by District for the 2016-17 school year
and discussed the Indiana success model for classifications. President Zack
established the Competition Committee to discuss all facets of the transfer
rules and school enrollments, classification and competitive balance.
There are 3 edits to the CIPPE form – all for clarification:
Until the next May 31st or the conclusion of the
spring sports season.
Student’ Health Conditions of which an Emergency Physician or
Other Medical Personnel should be aware.
Student’s Prescription Medications and conditions of which they
are being prescribed.
The NFHS Communicable Skin Form will be modified to allow the
authorized medical examiner- which is a MD, DO, PA certified, certified
registered nurse practitioner or school nurse practitioner under the direction
of MD or DO, to authorize treatment for a communicable skin condition.
ITEM 9 NEW BUSINESS – The following new business
items were conducted:
II Committee member, Fred Barletta, entertained motions for the election of members
for the District II Committee for the 2017-2018 school year.
A motion was made by Greg Butler
(Assistant Athletic Director-Western Wayne) and seconded by Joe Pizano (AD – Wyoming
Area) that the present members be retained. All Ayes
A motion was made Cliff Jones
(AD-Wilkes Barre Coughlin), seconded by Jeff Shook (AD- Lake-Lehman) that the
nominations be closed. All Ayes
current committee members will be retained.
ITEM 10 Chairman
Majikes presented an award on behalf of District II to Fred Barletta, who
received this year’s Pennsylvania Athletic Director of the Year award.
Congratulations to Fred!!
ITEM 11 Scott
Gower (AD – Scranton Prep) asked Chairman Majikes if the issue of non-preferred
lists of sports’ officials in the various District II Championships would be
revisited. Chairman Majikes replied that the District is constantly reviewing
procedures and practices.
ITEM 12 A
motion was made by Joe Pizano (AD-Wyoming Area) seconded by Chris Killiany (AD-Valley
View) to adjourn. All Ayes
Meeting was adjourned at 10:50 a.m.
Ognosky, District II Secretary