Leading off today:
Video replay will make its debut in the 2018-19 boys hockey postseason following a vote Tuesday by the NYSPHSAA Central Committee.
On the first day of its annual meeting, the governing body of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association approved the recommendation of the hockey committee to use video replay to determine goal/no-goal rulings and to resolve clock issues.
The use of replay technology kicks in for sectional tournaments and continues through the state tournament championship game at HarborCenter. Only video from arena camera systems will be used.
In contests in which video technology is in place, goal judges behind the nets would no longer be used.
The hockey committee's proposal, which it recommended unanimously to the NYSPHSAA earlier this year, noted that other states playing under National Federation rules have approved the use of video technology.
The NYSPHSAA already has provisions for limited video replay in basketball and competitive cheerleading.
Date shifts: The Central Committee also approved a pair of calendar shifts, one temporary and one permanent.
The NYSPHSAA softball tournament semifinals and finals will be pushed back one week to June 15 next spring to take advantage of scheduling that will see students sit for Regents exams a week later than usual. By adding a week to the regular season, the softball committee expects to alleviate weather-related issues that see some teams play as many as six or eight games in the final 10 days of the regular season to make up for earlier postponements.
The NYSPHSAA bowling tournament will make a permanent move to a week later on the winter calendar following a vote Tuesday.
The Central Committee also OK'd changing the format of the event to three days of competition from the previous two. Bowlers were already on-site for three days, using Friday as a practice day. Going forward, Friday will become a competition day, which will help address spectator overcrowding triggered by the switch to a two-class format last winter.
The Central Committee also approved amendments to the bowling substitution rule and revisions to the sports rule governing the maximum number of contests.
Also approved: Outdoor track and field's proposal to adopt a new super qualifying standard on a two-year trial was also approved. The decision will allow a limited number of third-place finishers from the state qualifying meets to advance to the NYSPHSAA championships based on hitting a specified time/distance during the regular season.
Because the super qualifying standards are based on a five-year average of the fourth-place finishes in state finals, the track committee expects only 10 to 12 athletes a year to benefit from the experiment.
Split decision: With the change to 17-minute periods from the previous 15 having previously been ratified, the hockey committee's request to institute a standardized warmup protocol was approved by the Central Committee.
The proposal assures that the ice will be resurfaced at least twice from the start of a 10-minute warmup to the end of the contest, though teams with less time-sensitive rink arrangements can continue to cut the ice three times if so inclined.
On the other hand, the girls volleyball committee's request to extend its standard operating procedure for state tournament contests to the regular season was tabled for further review at a later date.
Looking ahead: The Central Committee meeting continues Wednesday, with relatively few action items remaining on the agenda. The Central Committee will be asked to tackle a pair of proposals related to cheerleading and two related to the procedure of determining enrollments for combined teams via the graduated scale.
Much of the remainder of the day will be used on discussions setting the table for potential October votes by the Executive Committee on season start and end dates and evaluating whether all sports should be abiding by National Federation rules. The latter has become a point of contention for the girls basketball committee in particular because many in the sport would prefer to continue playing under NCAA rules.
It was the basketball committee's request last year for additional waivers to certain NCAA rules that triggered the