LATHAM, NY - The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) conducted its annual Central Committee meeting in Lake Placid and voted on numerous items that impact high school athletics in New York State.
The Central Committee representatives reflect the vote of their respective Sections and is the voting Board of the Association each summer. Official minutes of the meeting will be released in the next seven days and can be found at www.nysphsaa.org.
A topic in the forefront of high school athletics in New York has been the reduction of varsity games in numerous sports voted in January of 2009 and implemented starting in the 2009-10 school year. At the Central Committee meetings this week, it was voted 27-19 in favor of returning games for the sport of basketball. Starting with the 2014-15 school year, varsity basketball teams will be permitted to play 19 games in a season.
Another emerging topic in high school athletics in New York is cheerleading being recognized as a sport both by the Association and the NYS Board of Regents. The NYSPHSAA staff and the central committee had a long discussion regarding implementation of the sport and when it would occur. A motion was made but defeated to delay the implementation of cheerleading in 2014-15. Competitive cheerleading will be implemented in the 2014-15 season.
Numerous action items pertaining to NYSPHSAA State Championship sites were approved including bowling returning to Mardi Bob Lanes in Poughkeepsie in 2015 and Cornell University hosting the 2015 & 2016 Indoor Track & Field Championships.
A weight throw was also added to the indoor track and field championships.