NEW JERSEY STATE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
NEW JERSEY STATE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 1161 Route 130, PO Box 487, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 League/Conference Officers Meeting Summary May 5, 2016 Attendees: Stan Fryczynski Tim Gillen Sharon Hughes Mike McGhee Rusty Todd Brad Bauer Carl Weigner Ann Clifton Bill Librera Al Stumpf Bud Kowal John Porcelli Jerry Maietta Rich Roche Joe Sprague Derryk Sellers Jamy Thomas Joe McColgan Gus Kalikas Steve Fortis Tim Walsh Steve Gazdak Rich Harrison Conference Topics Stan Fryczynski – NJIC – “Wrestling Proposal” - Handout The NJIC Conference would like to recommend to the NJSIAA and wrestling committee that the 4th place medalist’s in each region tournament qualify for our state wrestling tournament in Atlantic City. Several committee members, including Steve Timko, agreed that this is a great idea that should be brought to the attention of the Wrestling Committee. Jerry Maietta brought up a topic of increasing the qualifying wrestling teams from 6 to 8. Most of the officers present in the room appeared to agree with the concept of expanding the wrestling tournament to 8 teams and in this way all teams would have first round matches. Sharon Hughes – BNC – County Facilities There is a concern that county facilities may be charging the League & Conference to use their facilities for tournaments. The cost could be very steep and have a negative financial effect on the schools. Steve Timko Report Legislative Update by Paul Anzano (Handout) Advisory Committee/Executive Proposed Legislation for 2016-2017-Presented by Jack DuBois o i. West Jersey Football League Proposal to divide the non-public football schools into Non-Public North A&B and Non-Public South A&B. If 2/3 of the votes are in favor they will fast track this rule and implement it for the 2016 Football Season. If it does not pass it will be voted on in December. o ii. West Jersey Conference Alliance/Tri County Conference proposal to change NJSIAA Rule 2: Section 8, Start of Regular Season by changing the state of regular spring season from April 1 to March 25 for all spring sports. Defeated 14:9:3 o iii. Holy Spirit HS proposal to reclassify the two non-public groups in baseball and basketball into four geographic sections that would mirror the public sectional classifications of North I, North II, Central and South. Passed 22:9:3 o iv. NJSIAA proposal to divide public school enrollments into four groups every two years rather than the current one year. Passed 34:0 o v. Tri County Conference proposal to increase the number of athletic directors on each sport specific committee to five so each public and non-public section is presented by an athletic director. A subcommittee will convene to review the proposal and make a recommendation at the June Executive Meeting. The 2016-2017 List of Banned Substances has been approved by the Medical Advisory Committee. The list can be found on the NJSIAA website under Important Documents titled Banned Substances List. The 1st Reading of the Nomination of Officers for the 2016-2017 Executive Committee are as follows: Elaine McGrath-President; Chuck Klaus-Vice President; Vincent Smith-2nd Vice President The 2016-2017 Executive Committee Dates have been approved for the following year. Please note that the League & Conference Meetings will be held the Thursday after the Executive Committee Meeting. Steve attended the NFHS Legal Meeting. The meeting was held in Indianapolis for Executive Director’s and their attorneys. Ohio and New York are facing similar challenges as the State of New Jersey. These states would like to get together with the NJSIAA to further discuss their issues. The medical advisory committee has released a report by Jack Kripsak on opioid and prescription drug abuse in teens. Kids are getting their hands on these dangerous substances and it has become a major issue in all communities. Please pass this information along to your conferences. Co-op Uniforms- Several schools are not following the rules set forth in the Constitution. Two school names are not permitted on the uniform. The name on the jersey is supposed to be the LEA school. A discussion ensued as to why having two schools listed would be a concern and how the parents bring this issue up at the meetings. It is clearly stated in the Constitution such Cooperative Sports Programs will be based upon an agreement between the cooperating schools whereby one of the two schools shall have the complete responsibility as the Local Education Agency (LEA) for the conduct of the specific sport(s), which will be available to the students at both schools. August 11, 2016 will be the next League & Conference Meeting. Have a great summer! Kim DeGraw-Cole Report A handout was provided for Boys Tennis, Girls Lacrosse and Softball Updates. Boys Tennis cut off was on May 3, 2016 and the seeding will take place on May 9, 2016. Girls Lacrosse cutoff date is May 13, 2016 and Seeding will take place on May 16, 2016. Softball seeding will take place on May 17, 2016. 2016-2018 Tournament Dates were provided in a handout. An electronic copy of the schedule will be posted on the forum. Tournament Refusal forms for the Spring Season is up and running on the website. Spring sports rules committee dates are posted under each sport. Kim will be sending out an AD Forum message listing all the dates and requesting input to the appropriate NJSIAA director. The executive committee in a first reading unanimously endorsed a softball tournament of champions for 2017. Bill Bruno Report Cooperative Sports Program Applications Approval A. Mount Olive HS / Hopatcong HS – Ice Hockey B. Hopatcong HS / Mount Olive HS – Bowling C. Manasquan HS / Point Pleasant Beach – B/G Swimming, Ice Hockey, Gymnastics and B/G Bowling D. Lawrence HS / Ewing HS – Ice Hockey E. Morris Catholic HS / DePaul Catholic HS – Ice Hockey F. Ocean Twp HS / Shore Regional HS – Ice Hockey G. Manasquan HS / Point Pleasant Beach HS – B/G Swimming, Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, B/G Bowling Spring Track & Field Update was provided to the committee as a handout. The NFHS Network will live stream the Meet of Champions and Group Meets. Larry White Report A handout was provided which provided the Baseball and Volleyball Updates. Baseball cutoff date is Friday May 13, 2016 and Seeding will take place on Thursday May 19, 1016. Volleyball cutoff date is May 12, 2016 and the Seeding will take place on May 17th, 2016. A grid was provided with items that are needed by each Conference. We ask that all of these items are sent to the NJSIAA no later than September 2016. If you have not provided the Constitution & By-Laws to this office prior to our August 2016 meeting. Please bring a hard copy with you. Larry and Kim will continue to monitor the cut off dates for baseball and softball. Jack DuBois Report Workshops & Clinics Update – Detailed information on each clinic is posted on the NJSIAA Website. o Friday May 6, 2016- NJSCA 22nd Annual Wrestling Coaches Clinic at Princeton University o Monday May 9, 2016- Legal Liability and Athletics-Inclusive Athletics and Physical Education for ALL Students: Best Practices and Legal Requirements. o Friday May 20, 2016- NJSIAA and Tri-County Orthopedics Evidence Base Practice Continuing Education-Sports Emergency Care Training & Certification Presented by Sports Medicine Concepts-at Tri-County Orthopedics in Cedar Knolls, NJ NJSCA Hall of Fame – The 21st Hall of Fame Luncheon was held on April 10, 2016 at the Pines Manor. 575 people attended the event. Thirty four new high school coaches and one athletic trainer was inducted. Several coaches and officials were also honored by the National Federation. Scholar Athlete - The 23rd Scholar Athlete Luncheon will be held on May 15, 2016 at the Pines Manor. 333 Schools are attending the event. $182,000.00 in Scholarships will be provided to the student athletes. Boys Lacrosse Seeding will be held on May 16, 2016. The Ice Hockey Committee Report set forth 3 changes. 1) It was recommended that a school employee other than a coach or athletic trainer should serve as the site manager at all interscholastic ice hockey contests. 2) Cory Robinson, the athletic director at Fair Lawn High School was selected as the Ice Hockey Tournament Director. 3) A pilot program will be put in place to allow 3 officials on the ice for the Gordon Division if both schools agree. Colleen Maguire Report Tournament seeding starts on May 9, 2016. Just a reminder that your school cannot be seeded in the tournament if you have an outstanding balance. A list was provided to those Officers with schools on the 90+ days past due outstanding list. Final Winter Results – Net profit was approximately $2,000 under budget for the entire Winter season. Earlier in the week, the Directors met with Rutgers and had a very positive conversation regarding our relationship overall. The Association received $18,000 in net proceeds for the boys basketball games held at the RAC…this is the contractual maximum amount. Everyone was very pleased with this settlement. The proposed 2016-2017 Budget has been endorsed by the Finance Committee. The budget will be presented at the Executive Committee meeting in June for the formal approval and adoption. On May 18, 2016 a NJSIAA Sports Cardiology Seminar will be held at the Robbinsville office. The workshop will run from 9am to 10am. The workshop will be free and capped at the first 60 participants that respond. Anyone interested in attending should email Anne Marie Walters at [email protected] The NJSIAA has posted a new position for an Assistant Director to take charge of the Unified Sports Program as well as other sports-related responsibilities within the Association. The cutoff date to submit applications is May 20, 2016. Interviews will be held in June. Mike Zapicchi Report Compliance Update: Please continue to notify me of any new athletic director’s so that the compliance officers are prepared for the following school year with up to date information. NJDOE Study Group on Later School Start Times – Handout The Department of Education recommends providing resources to schools that wish to participate in a Pilot Program. They will also look at schools that currently have a start time of 8am or 8:30am. The program has to be passed on a local level for each school district. This will not be a requirement state wide if it passes. If any of your conference schools currently have a late start time could you please provide me with a list via email: [email protected] Public/Non-Public Committee - We continue to examine changes to the transfer rules.