They've never had to resort to it, but someone noticed last year that the procedure had never been ratified by the Executive Committee as official policy. It came up for a vote Friday and was rejected by a 14-8 margin, meaning the NYSPHSAA is more or less committed to postponing the semifinals for as long as it takes to complete regionals.
Coming attractions: I'm not planning on attending the annual NYSPHSAA Central Committee meeting this July -- there are too many really big hills between Rochester and Lake Placid -- and that's probably a mistake. The agenda is shaping up to be pretty weighty.
There likely will be discussion and possibly a vote on patching a loophole in the process of assigning teams to classes based upon enrollment data. As I wrote back in March, Buffalo East won the NYSPHSAA boys Class D basketball championship despite an enrollment that should have placed it in Class C.
It's a relatively narrow issue pretty much restricted to schools that are being reorganized after being placed into receivership by the State Education Department. Unfortunately, that happens more than just occasionally in Buffalo and Rochester, so someone has to figure out how to flag numbers that get knocked out of whack when it happens.
The agenda also figures to include:
• Discussion of the Safety Committee's recommendation that all New York high schools have a full-time athletic trainer available.
• Continuation of the discussion of whether softball, volleyball and girls basketball should be following the National Federation rule books like the state's other sports do.
• Discussion of the football committee's desire to add a sixth class.
• A potential vote on another change to the graduated scale used to calculate enrollment figures for schools that combine teams in a sport. A proposal from Section 9 advocates for using the sport-specific class cutoffs rather than the so-called "five-class" cutoffs.
A bit of humor: As the roll was being called at the beginning of the meeting, Section 7 representative Trish Ryan-Curry rose to her feet and asked, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
It triggered a standing ovation for Zayas, who recently successfully defended his thesis and was awarded his Ph.D in sports administration from the University of New Mexico. It culminated a decade-long process for him.
"I don't look forward to being referred to as 'doctor' as much as I do to being done," he joked.
Extra points: Financial reports noted that attendance at the boys basketball tournament in Binghamton hit a record low of 9,367 and that girls attendance at Hudson Valley Community College was its lowest in six years. Combined, the basketball tournaments still turned a profit of $178,000.
Wrestling's inaugural dual-meet championship was a bit of a surprising, operating in the red by more than $4,600.
When all the winter sports were added up, profits slipped by about 9 percent to $243,042.