Leading off today:
The bigger issues will be settled Wednesday, but the NYSPHSAA Central Committee worked its way through a large portion of the annual meeting's agenda Tuesday at Turning Stone Resort in Verona.
With the exception of the need to table a vote on the proposed two-year rotation for the girls volleyball first- and second-round tournament pairings, the meeting ran mostly to form. Approval was given to create an Officials Appreciation Day and to change the tie-breaker rules for boys volleyball championships action, adjustments to rules in nine modified sports sailed through and the girls tennis committee got the OK to disqualify players for practicing on match courts on state tournament competition days.
The Central Committee, consisting of four representatives apiece from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's 11 sections plus the organization's officers, also approved football's classification cutoffs for the 2020 and '21 seasons but turned down a modification to ejection-triggered suspensions in the sport. That vote by a 26-20 margin thwarted a proposal to have ejected players serve a suspension of the next four quarters of game action rather than the entire next game.
The football cutoffs vote came after the matter was tabled at the Executive Committee's May meeting.
|Class ||2018 & '19 cutoffs ||2020 & '21 cutoffs|
|Class AA || 1,025-over || 1,025-over |
|Class A || 585-1,024 || 630-1,024 |
|Class B || 355-584 || 397-629 |
|Class C || 230-354 || 261-396 |
|Class D || 229-under || 260-under |
In anticipation of Tuesday's vote, the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin sketched out what would have happened if the newly approved cutoffs took effect this fall instead of in 2020.
These Class C schools (in order of size) would slide down to Class D, with six Section 2 programs highlighting the list:
Saranac Lake (assuming there is no merger with another school), Cambridge/Salem, Marcus Whitman, Silver Creek/Forestville, AuSable Valley, Stillwater, Little Falls, Cato-Meridian, Portville, Westmoreland/Oriskany, Canajo- harie/Fort Plain, Granville, Harpursville/Afton, Herkimer, Rensselaer, Hoosic Valley and Sidney.
These Class B programs would move to Class C:
Johnstown, Croton-Harmon, Hasting, Livonia, Marcellus, Alden, Albertus Magnus, Blind Brook, Newfane, Oyster Bay, Schuylerville, Eden/North Collins, Babylon, James I. O'Neill, Bishop Kearney/Rochester Prep, Chenango Valley, Windsor, Potsdam/Norwood-Norfolk, Chenango Forks and Cazenovia.
The these Class A teams would move to Class B:
Monticello, West Seneca East, Massena, Hendrick Hudson, Valley Stream South, Scotia-Glenville, Clarke, Saugerties and Shoreham-Wading River.
There would be no Class AA teams dropping to Class A.
Two of the day's longest discussions came on wrestling and girls volleyball topics.
The wrestling committee submitted four proposals for discussion with votes projected to come in October. The one drawing the most comments and questions was the proposal to do away with the 99-pound weight class, which isn't recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations, in dual meets as a two-year experiment.
The girls volleyball rotation snafu came about when concerns were raised about pairing Sections 2 and 10 in one Class D bracket and Sections 5 and 7 in another. The volleyball committee's desire for equitable competition collided head-on with the Central Committee's concern over long trips that might better be avoided.
The matter will get a second look Wednesday, mixed in with votes on increasing the maximum number of contests allowed in most sports, softening the current penalty (immediate end to the season) for exceeding the maximum number of contests and tweaking the rules dealing with transfer students currently ineligible to play or practice for a year after changing schools. There will also be a vote on hockey's last-ditch effort to revert to 17-minute periods.
An observation: The 99-pound weight class proposal has already been discussed to some degree within each section and will now get additional scrutiny ahead of the October vote. Those wanting to preserve it point to the desire to encourage participation, while detractors cite the number of forfeits that occur in that division each season because of small rosters. There are additional arguments supporting either point of view.