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NYSPHSAA Defeats Proposal For 17 Minute Hockey Periods

Latham - The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is holding its annual summer meeting of the Central Committee on July 30-31 in Verona, NY. The primary focus of the meeting is 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 2021-2023 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 Championship 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 7-10 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 NFHS 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/contests with restrictions on the number of scrimmages was defeated 26-20. By a 26-20 votes, 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 $500.00 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.

The complete Central Committee agenda can be found here:

The 2019 Central Committee meeting concludes with the 2019 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Banquet Wednesday evening. The 2020 Central Committee meeting will take place July 28-29 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.


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