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

ITEM 1           Chairman Majikes called the meeting to order at 4: p.m. with a moment of silence in honor of Coach Jim Atherton, longtime friend of District II.  Chairman Majikes also announced that he has received a resignation letter from Tom Jenkins from the District II Committee effective June 16, 2011, the date of his retirement as the Superintendent of the Wayne Highlands School District.  Chairman Majikes also presented a card from the Elm Park United Methodist Church as acknowledgement of the donation made by District II in honor of the late Ann Spagna.

                        Absent but accounted for: Bill King, Frank Galicki

ITEM 2           A motion was made by Mike Costanza, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2010 meeting.  All Ayes  

ITEM 3           Frank Victor provided the committee with a financial review of the 2010 District II Football Playoffs.  Receipts for the 11 games involving District II teams accounted for $86,762, while expenses in the administration of those games were $28,736.  Our net income for the entire playoffs was $58,026 prior to the distribution of school shares.  A total of $28,306 was distributed back to the participating District II member schools in shares, leaving a net effect on the District II Treasury of $29,720.  Following the report, a motion was made by Tom Jenkins, seconded by Jim Higgins, approving the report as delivered.   All Ayes

ITEM 4           Sports Reports from the PIAA Workshop Meetings held on December 9th at the PIAA State Offices:

§  Football (Tom Jenkins):  Tom explained that School Bands will not be able to play at games as the opponent is approaching the line of scrimmage on offense.  The Committee also recommended to advance by one week the beginning and ending of the Regular Season and Postseason in the sport of football, effective July 1, 2012.

§  Soccer (Don Kanavy):  It was unanimously voted by the Steering Committee to recommend to the PIAA Board of Directors that it modify the overtime procedure for all playoff and Regular Season Tournaments; and to discontinue the practice of declaring co-champions if a tie still exists at the end of regulation time and two sudden- death overtime periods.  Discussion was held concerning the implementation of the NFHS rule on “solid white jerseys”.  Additional information was provided on the number of schools which participated in the playoffs in illegal uniforms.

§  Tennis (Mike Ognosky):  It was unanimously voted to recommend to the PIAA Board of Directors that it approve the modification of item 3 of the Team Tennis Tournament Rules and Regulations to allow the Team Tennis Tournament Director the option of using a 10 point match tie-break set in lieu of the standard six game 3rdset..

§  Volleyball (Maureen Williams):  The Steering Committee voted to recommend to the PIAA Board of Directors the discontinuance of the first round pool play format and return to the first round single elimination format effective immediately

§  Golf (Joe Farrell):  The Steering Committee had a very lengthy discussion on the format for the State Championships – both Team and Individual.  A PGA option was considered separating the individual and team championships by class with sub-regionals for teams while the individual championships will keep the same regional qualification as present.  A USGA option would separate the individuals and team championships.  Team championships will be held for two classes while individual championships with present regional format in one class.  A hybrid option of the USGA and PGA formats was also proposed.    Given these three possible options, the District Golf Chairpersons were asked to go back to their Districts and consult with both the Golf Committee and District Committee on a favored format.

ITEM 5           The District II Committee acted on the following requests for eligibility:

·         A motion was made by Jim Higgins, seconded by Gerald Grimaud, to approve the eligibility of Lacey Mackey, Delaware Valley to Wallenpaupack, in accordance with Article VI, Section 2, Principal-to-Principal sign off, effective immediately.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Jeff Gregory, seconded by Bill Schoen, to approve the eligibility of Detinee Tyman, GAR to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Section 2, Principal-to-Principal sign off, effective immediately.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Jay Starnes, seconded by Don Kanavy, to approve the eligibility of Unique Tyman, GAR to Coughlin, in accordance with Article VI, Section 2, Principal-to-Principal sign off, effective immediately.  All Ayes

·         A motion was made by Vito Quaglia, seconded by Danielle Adams, to approve the eligibility of Alyssa Adamo, Dunmore to Holy Cross, in accordance with Article VI, Section 2, Principal-to-Principal sign off, effective immediately.  All Ayes

ITEM 6           Jay Starnes, District II Wrestling Chairperson, announced that there will be a meeting of the District II Wrestling Tournament Directors’ on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

ITEM 7           Mike Ognosky reviewed an updated agenda for the “Schools Shaping the Culture of Sport” Conference, co-sponsored by District II and the University of Scranton, with the support of the Bochicchio Sport Character Initiative and the Pennsylvania Association of Athletic Directors.  The two day event is scheduled for March 15 and 16, 2011 at the DeNaples Center on the campus of the University of Scranton.  Registration forms and a formal schedule will be sent out to schools immediately following the holidays. 

ITEM 8           A brief discussion was held regarding the creation of a District II Archives that will hold championship results back to the initiation of District II.  There is much interest and it is hoped that over the course of this summer work will begin on the project.

ITEM 9           Chairman Majikes informed the District II Committee that the appeal in the McGovern eligibility case has been dropped.

ITEM 10         Chairman Majikes informed the committee that the Wilkes-Barre GAR hearing scheduled for this evening has been postponed pending action by the GAR Administration.

ITEM 11         A brief discussion was held regarding the potential interest in the creation of National High School Championships.  At this time there is no interest on the part of the District II Committee to compete in NFHS sponsored national championships.

ITEM 12         Jerry Grimaud asked the committee to take a lead in the issue of parochial schools in the state competing for state championships versus public schools.  He feels it is an unfair advantage for private schools given the current method of determining enrollment classifications.    He has conveyed that opinion to the state offices as well.

ITEM 13         A motion was made by Mike Ognosky, seconded by Maureen Williams, to approve the purchase of updated Meet Management Software for Track and Field, as well as swimming, at a cost of $229.  All Ayes

ITEM 14         A motion was made by Pat Patte, seconded by Jeff Gregory, to adjourn the meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:13 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Mike Ognosky

Mike Ognosky

District II Secretary