Meeting was convened at 4:15 p.m. by Chairman Majikes

ITEM 1           Chairman Majikes welcomed member schools to the meeting and quickly introduced the PIAA District II committee members as well as PIAA Associate Executive Director Dr. Robert Lombardi.

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 commented on the awards’ banquet to follow and the fact that 28 of the 45 school districts in District II will be receiving a district championship award. 

ITEM 3           A motion was made by Tim Honeywell (AD – Berwick), seconded by Cliff Jones (AD-Coughlin) to approve the minutes of the 2009 Annual Business meeting and to dispense with the reading of said minutes.  All Ayes

ITEM 4           Frank Victor, District II Treasurer, gave the 2009 Treasurer’s Report.  Our Total Expenses for the 2008-2009 operating year was $361,415.24; while our Total Income for the same period of time was $356,206.05 – a loss of $5,209.19.  Our fund balance as of June 30, 2009 was $134,459.24; a decrease in the fund balance of $5,209.19. We currently have $57,747.79 in our checking account, $58,843.02 in our PIAA corporate account, $5,734.07 in a Money Market account, and $12,134.36 in a Certificate of Deposit. 

                        A motion was made by Frank Parra (AD- Wyoming Area High School), seconded by Charlie Turco (AD-Pittston Area High School) to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  All Ayes

ITEM 5           Jim Higgins presented the Credentials Report.  There are 37 High Schools and 39 Junior High Schools present at today’s meeting.

ITEM 6           Vice Chairman Tom Jenkins introduced Dr. Lombardi, who then spoke to the group on a number of topics:

·         There are no proposed amendments to submit to the member schools for their vote at today’s annual district meeting.

·         PIAA By-Law Amendment Highlights: Dr. Lombardi referred to a handout distributed to all member schools and emphasized the following:

o       The natural break transfer was clearly defined as occurring in one of four circumstances: a student has completed the highest grade of a Junior High and is promoted by the school district to the Senior High; a student has completed the highest grade of a public or private Junior High and has enrolled in a Private Senior High School; a student has enrolled in the lowest grade of a public Senior High after having completed the previous grade at a Private Junior High; and, a student has enrolled in the lowest grade of a Private Senior High after having completed the previous grade at a public Junior High.  No paperwork is required to approve any of the examples of a “natural break transfer”.

o       A student who participates in a interscholastic practice, scrimmage, or contest in a sport under a name other than the student’s own shall be ineligible to participate in that sport for one year from the date of such participation under an assumed name.

o       Clarified the meaning of “physical” contact in the out-of-season rules and regulations for Football and explained that a principal may permit students to use, in addition to helmets and shoes, its shoulder pads outside the PIAA defined season.

o       Explained that a student who participates in organized physical contact football camp, clinic, drill, practice, inter-school practice, scrimmage, contest, or similar physical contact activities outside of the PIAA defined football season shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic football for a period of one year from the date of such participation.  Also, school’s blocking sleds may not be used by schools, coaches and students outside of the PIAA defined football season.

o       Rescinded the amendment to move girls spring soccer to the fall effective July 1, 2010 and approved the same move effective July 1, 2012.

·         Other Matters of Interest: Dr. Lombardi referred to a handout distributed to all member schools and emphasized the following items:

o       The PIAA has adopted a disqualification response form in all sports, similar to the form utilized in the sports of football and soccer, effective July 1, 2010.

o       Accepted the recommendation of the PIAA Golf Steering Committee to authorize a set of forward tees for girls playing on boys’ golf teams, which approximate 85 % of the total yardage of the course that the boys play, effective July 1, 2010.

o       Amended the policy for determining number of enrollment classifications in the sports of Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling, to include the sport of Golf, effective July 1, 2012.

o       Implement NFHS Softball rule that changes the distance from the nearer edge of the pitcher’s plate and the apex of home plate from 40 feet to 43 feet for female fast pitch softball, effective July 1, 2010.

o       Dr. Lombardi also thanked the member schools for their assistance with the PIAA in serving as host sites for PIAA State competitions in a variety of sports.

o       Dr. Lombardi clarified the issue of boys’ participation in traditional female sports such as field hockey and girls’ participation in traditional male sports such as wrestling and football.  The PIAA does not have a stance on this issue and member schools must establish their own guidelines and procedures.

ITEM 7           COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Chairman Majikes informed member schools that all of the information for the spring district championships is located on the web page.  If you have any questions, please refer to that sports’ chairperson.

ITEM 8           OLD BUSINESS – There was no old business conducted at today’s meeting.  

ITEM 9           NEW BUSINESS – The following new business items were conducted:

                        Phil Latinski entertained motions for the election of officers.

                        A motion was made by Jack Kelly (AD- Dunmore) and      

seconded by Tom Smith (AD – West Scranton) that the present committee  members be retained.  All Ayes

A motion was made by Gerald Bavitz (AD-Nanticoke Area), seconded by Tim Honeywell (AD- Berwick) that the nominations be closed.  All Ayes

The current committee members will be retained as presently constituted.

ITEM 9           A motion was made by Brian Durkin (AD-Forest City), seconded by Nancy Roberts (AD-Dallas) to adjourn.  All Ayes

Meeting was adjourned at 5:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Ognosky

Mike Ognosky

District 2 Secretary