NYSPHSAA holds February Executive Committee meeting in Troy

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association held its quarterly meeting of its Executive Committee in Troy on Feb. 2. The Committee voted on several key proposals important to the Association’s 786-member schools.

The Executive Committee approved State Championship venues for 2019-2021 in the sports of Individual Wrestling (Times Union Center, Albany), Boys Ice Hockey (HARBORCENTER, Buffalo), Cheerleading (Rochester Institute of Technology), Girls Golf (Deerfield Country Club, Rochester) and Boys and Girls Bowling (AMF Strike-N-Spare, Syracuse 2019 & 2020). The Boys and Girls Skiing Championships were awarded to Gore Mountain in 2019, Bristol Mountain in 2020 and White Face Mountain in 2021.

The proposal brought forward by Section X was approved, revising the five classification cutoff numbers for the sports of Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball and Softball.

The cutoff numbers approved for the 2018-19 school year:

Class Cut-Off # of Schools Percentage

AA 965 – UP 107 13.40%

A 500 – 964 169 21.20%

B 270 – 499 185 23.20%

C 150 – 269 171 21.70%

D 149 – DOWN 162 20.40%

The baseball state committee had two proposals approved by the Executive Committee.

The first was an adjustment to the regional rotation when byes create a direct berth to the NYSPHSAA State Final Four in Class D. If Sections 1, 8 and 11 do not have a school qualify for the regional play, Sections 2 and 9 would play each other and Sections 7 and 10 would play each other. A game-ending procedure was approved in baseball with Section and League approval. The run rule states that the game will end with a run differential of 10 runs after 5 innings (or 4 ½ if the home team is winning).

The game ending procedure is a two-year experiment. Both rules are effective in the Spring of 2018.

The sport of girls golf had two proposals moved from discussion items to actions items. Both items were approved by the Executive Committee. One allows Sections and Leagues to determine a method of maximum per hole scoring. A second proposal removed markers from being able to point out rulings during state tournament competition.

It was approved in modified softball that pitchers need only a day of rest between contests, which had previously been two days rest.

The Executive Committee approved the placement of Utica Academy of Science of Section III into the Center State Conference, as permitted within the NYSPHSAA Constitution.