NYSPHSAA holds annual summer meeting

LATHAM — NYSPHSAA held its annual Central Committee summer meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Verona.

The primary focus of the meeting was to vote on proposals, introduce discussion items pertaining to interscholastic athletics and to afford superintendents, principals, athletic representatives and section executive directors the opportunity to meet in small groups.

The Central Committee approved Ithaca College as the host site for the 2021 to 2023 boys swimming and diving championships.

Kenmore West High School was approved as the host of the 2021 girls gymnastics championships.

A proposal to host the boys golf championships at Cornell University on week 47 — one week earlier than the traditional week the event is held — of the NYSPHSAA standard calendar was defeated by a vote of 24-22.

As a result, the NYSPHSAA office will re-bid the tournament in an effort to secure a venue to host the championship on week 48 of the standard calendar.

The Committee approved the girls volleyball regional rotation listed on page 90 of the agenda.

A proposal to make a significant change to the transfer rule that would allow student-athletes to participate at the sub-varsity level was approved by a 35-11 vote.

The proposal will allow students in grades seven to 10, who are ineligible as per the NYSPHSAA transfer rule, to practice and participate at the sub-varsity level during their period of ineligibility.

Non-corresponding transferring students in grades 11 and 12, who are ineligible as per the transfer rule, would be limited to practice only.

The proposal to follow National Federation of State High School Associations rules in the sport of ice hockey and play 17-minute periods for the 2019-20 season was defeated by an 18-16 vote with 12 abstentions by three sections who do not have hockey.

A proposal to increase the number of games with restrictions on the number of scrimmages was defeated, 26-20.

By a 26-20 vote, the committee defeated a proposal to revise the prescribed penalty for exceeding the maximum number of games or contests.

The Committee approved increasing the filing fee to $500 and require a unanimous decision by the NYSPHSAA appeals panel to overturn a sections decision.

The creation of a NYSPHSAA Foundation was approved.

A committee will be created by presidential appointment to discuss the formation, structure and operation of the NYSPHSAA Foundation.

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