IHSAA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Minutes of the March 23, 2001 meeting at the IHSAA office
Chairman Dale Crafton, Vice Chairman Mike Blackburn, Linda Barnett, Dan Cunningham, Denis Eller, Patrick Mapes, Janis Qualizza, Cecil Raymond, Jean Shonkwiler, Oren Sutherlin, Joseph Trimboli, Michael Necessary, Directors Curtis Casbon, Jim Feist, Phillip Gardner, Lee Lonzo, Mike Powell, Pam Noble, Director Elect Roger Weaver, Commissioner Blake Ress, Associate Commissioner Ray Craft, Assistant Commissioners Bobby Cox, Sandy Searcy, Theresia Wynns, Sports Information Director Jim Russell and Attorney Robert Baker.
The minutes of the Feb. 16, 2001 meeting were recommended for approval. A motion for approval was made by Dennis Eller; seconded by Joseph Trimboli; motion passed 12-0.
TENNIS COACHES PROPOSALS
The Executive Committee took the following actions in response to proposals presented by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association and the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association during the February meeting:
- An option of 10 dual matches and four tournaments (three matches per tourney) for a total maximum of 22 matches should be offered to supplement the current options. This item will be added to the April 30, 2001, IHSAA Board of Directors agenda as it requires a change in the IHSAA By-Laws.
- Each regional and semi-state must secure a USTA certified umpire to settle disputes. Each regional site must secure one USTA certified umpire or a non-partisan qualified tennis person to settle disputes. The staff has been afforded permission to work with tournament directors to obtain USTA certified umpires and/or non-partisan tennis persons for their contests on an as-needed basis.
GYMNASTICS COACHES PROPOSALS
Lorie Cook of Valparaiso High School appeared before the Executive Committee on behalf of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association’s Gymnastics Committee to thank the IHSAA for allowing two gymnastics teams to advance from each regional to the state finals.
SWIMMING COACHES PROPOSALS
Bev Arnold of Jay County High School (Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association), and Keith Buetow of Martinsville High School (Indiana High School Swim Coaches Association) appeared before the Executive Committee to present the following proposals:
- A fifth heat to be added in all swimming events at the Girls and Boys State Swimming and Diving preliminaries on Friday evening.
- Allow all members of a team’s coaching staff on the pool deck during the State Swimming and Diving Meets.
WRESTLING COACHES PROPOSALS
Ed Fox of Carroll of Fort Wayne High School, David McCloud of Pendleton Heights High School, and J.D. Minch of North Montgomery High School, representing the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association, appeared before the Executive Committee to present the following proposals:
- The dual meet tournament become a class system tournament following the IHSAA guidelines.
- The current four (4) level individual tournament be condensed from four (4) weeks to three (3) weeks.
- An additional one pound weight allowance for the teams competing in the regionals and semi-states of the dual meet team tournament.
2001-2002/2002-2003 BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, AND VOLLEYBALL REALIGNMENT
Commissioner Ress submitted the report of the Baseball, Basketball and Volleyball Realignment Committee for approval of the Executive Committee. This committee of 10 (equally divided between Executive Committee members and appointees of the Indiana Interscholastic Administrators Association) had representation from each district and representation from each class. The report included the following alignment of schools for sectionals:
East Chicago Central, Gary Wallace, Gary West Side, Lake Central, Lowell, Munster
Chesterton, Crown Point, Hobart, Merrillville, Portage, Valparaiso
LaPorte, Michigan City, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend Washington
Concord, Elkhart Central, Elkhart Memorial, Goshen, Mishawaka, Penn
Carroll (Fort Wayne), Columbia City, DeKalb, East Noble, Warsaw, Wawasee
Fort Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Homestead, Huntington North
Kokomo, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Jefferson, Logansport, Marion, McCutcheon
Anderson, Anderson Highland, Muncie Central, Muncie Southside, New Castle, Richmond
Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Indianapolis Broad Ripple, Noblesville, North Central (Indianapolis), Pike
Connersville, Indianapolis Arlington, Indianapolis Cathedral, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Warren Central
Avon, Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Decatur Central, Indianapolis Manual, Indianapolis Northwest
Center Grove, Franklin Central, Greenwood, Indianapolis Tech, Perry Meridian, Southport
Martinsville, Mooresville, Northview, Plainfield, Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South
Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Franklin Community
Bedford North Lawrence, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Jennings County, New Albany, Seymour
Castle, Evansville Central, Evansville Harrison, Evansville North, Evansville Reitz
Hammond Clark, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond, Hammond Morton, Hammond Gavit, Highland
Andrean, Calumet, Gary Mann, Gary Roosevelt, Gary Wirt, Griffith
Mishawaka Marian, New Prairie, Northridge, NorthWood, South Bend LaSalle, South Bend St. Joseph’s
Angola, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Concordia, Lakeland, Leo, West Noble
Culver Military, Kankakee Valley, Knox, Plymouth, Tippecanoe Valley, Whitko
Fort Wayne Elmhurst, Fort Wayne Luers, Fort Wayne Wayne, Harding, Heritage, New Haven
Bellmont, Blackford, Jay County, Maconaquah, Norwell, Peru
Benton Central, Frankfort, Northwestern, Twin Lakes, Western, West Lafayette
Alexandria, Delta, Elwood, Pendleton Heights, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Yorktown
Crawfordsville, Hamilton Heights, Lebanon, Tipton, Westfield, Zionsville
Beech Grove, Brebeuf, Greenfield-Central, Indianapolis Chatard, New Palestine, Roncalli
Franklin County, Greensburg, Rushville, Shelbyville, South Dearborn, Whiteland
Corydon Central, Madison, North Harrison, Providence, Scottsburg, Silver Creek
Brown County, Danville, Edgewood, Greencastle, Owen Valley, West Vigo
Jasper, Pike Central, Princeton, Sullivan, Vincennes Lincoln, Washington
Boonville, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Memorial, Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills, Mt. Vernon (Posey)
Boone Grove, Hanover Central, Lake Station Edison, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, Wheeler
Bremen, Glenn, Jimtown, LaVille, North Judson, Triton
Central Noble, Eastside, Fairfield, Fremont, Prairie Heights, Westview
Adams Central, Bluffton, Churubusco, Garrett, South Adams, Woodlan
Manchester, Northfield, North Miami, Rochester, Wabash, Winamac
Cass, Clinton Central, Delphi, Eastern (Greentown), Sheridan, Taylor
Eastbrook, Frankton, Madison-Grant, Mississinewa, Muncie Burris, Oak Hill
Covington, Fountain Central, North Montgomery, Seeger, Southmont, Western Boone
Cascade, Cloverdale, North Putnam, South Putnam, South Vermilion, Tri-West Hendricks
Cambridge City, Centerville, Hagerstown, Northeastern, Shenandoah, Winchester
Indian Creek, Indianapolis Ritter, Indianapolis Scecina, Monrovia, Park Tudor, Speedway
Batesville, Eastern Hancock, Knightstown, North Decatur, Triton Central, Union County
Austin, Brownstown Central, Lawrenceburg, Southwestern (Hanover), South Ripley, Switzerland County
Charlestown, Clarksville, Eastern (Pekin), Mitchell, Paoli, Salem
Eastern (Bloomfield), Evansville Mater Dei, Linton-Stockton, North Knox, North Posey, South Knox
Crawford County, Forest Park, Perry Central, Southridge, South Spencer, Tell City
Michigan City Marquette, River Forest, South Central (Union Mills), Washington Township, Westville, Whiting
Hebron, Kouts, LaCrosse, Morgan Township, Oregon-Davis, West Central
Carroll (Flora), Frontier, Lafayette Central Catholic, North White, South Newton, Tri-County
Argos, Caston, Culver Community, Pioneer, Southwood, White’s
Attica, Eminence, North Vermillion, Riverton Parke, Rockville, Turkey Run
Clinton Prairie, Covenant Christian (eligible for IHSAA tournaments beginning Spring 2002), Indiana School for the Deaf, Lapel, Rossville, Tri-Central
Cowan, Daleville, Marion Lakeview Christian, Southern Wells, Wapahani, Wes-Del
Bethany Christian, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Christian, Hamilton, Howe Military,
Lakewood Park Christian (eligible for IHSAA tournaments beginning Fall 2002)
Blue River Valley, Monroe Central, Randolph Southern, Tri, Union (Modoc), Union City
Edinburgh, Indianapolis Lutheran, Morristown, Morton Memorial, Southwestern (Shelbyville), Waldron
Hauser, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, Oldenburg Academy, Rising Sun, South Decatur
Bloomfield, Clay City, North Central (Farmersburg), Shakamak, Union (Dugger), White River Valley
Barr-Reeve, Loogootee, North Daviess, Shoals, Vincennes Rivet, Washington Catholic
Cannelton, Evansville Day, New Harmony, Northeast Dubois, Oakland City Wood Memorial, Tecumseh
Lanesville, Medora, Orleans, South Central (Elizabeth), Springs Valley, West Washington
Borden, Crothersville, Graceland Christian, Henryville, Madison Shawe, New Washington
A motion to approve the committee’s recommendation as submitted was made by Cecil Raymond; seconded by Michael Necessary; motion passed 12-0.
BIDS FOR OFFICIALS PATCHES
Assistant Commissioner Wynns recommended that National Emblem provide IHSAA officials patches for the period 2001-2006. A motion to approve the recommendation was made by Mike Blackburn; seconded by Oren Sutherlin; motion passed 12-0.
INDIANA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION (IIAAA) PROPOSALS
Geoff Penrod of Columbia City High School, Jerry Stauffer of Warren Central High School, John Evers of Castle High School, and Ralph Scales of Jeffersonville High School, representing the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, appeared before the Executive Committee to present the following recommendations regarding the basketball tournament format:
IHSAA Week #33 for girls; IHSAA week #36 for boys; 96 teams, 16 sectionals per class.
Play games on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.
IHSAA Week #34 for girls; IHSAA Week #37 for boys; 16 teams, 4 regionals per class.
Four-team regional at one site, all in the same class (two games in the a.m. session; one game in the p.m. session).
IHSAA Week #35 for girls; IHSAA Week #38 for boys; 16 teams, 4 teams in each class.
Friday format – Play two semifinals game at each of four sites (one site for each class).
Saturday – Play four championship games at one site, using same times as current format (two games in the a.m.; two games in the p.m.).
REPORT OF THE PUBLIC/PRIVATE COMPETITION COMMITTEE
Chairman Mike Blackburn reported on a proposal from the Public/Private Committee that will be placed on the IHSAA Board of Directors agenda for the annual meeting on April 30, 2001. A proposed addendum to Rule 20 (Undue Influence) will be submitted for action by the Board of Directors. This committee will continue to meet and address this issue during the 2001-02 school year.
REPORT OF THE REALIGNMENT COMMITTEE
Chairman Dennis Eller reported on a proposal from the Realignment Committee that will be placed on the IHSAA Board of Directors April 30, 2001, agenda. The proposal to realign the IHSAA Board of Directors includes the following points:
- IHSAA legislative districts would change from five to three. Four representatives (one per class) would be elected in each of the three districts.
- For the purposes of electing female (2), minority (2), and urban (2) representatives, the state shall be separated into two districts: Northern and Southern.
- Definition of an urban school – An urban school is any school who meets at least two of the following criteria:
- The high school is in a school corporation with 20% or more students on free or reduced lunch;
- The high school is in a school corporation that enrolls 5% or more limited English proficient students as shown on the IDOE language minority totals;
- The high school is in a county with a population greater than 70,000;.
- Central Office administrators would be eligible to serve on the IHSAA Board of Directors.
- All references to the IHSAA Executive Committee shall be changed to Board of Directors. This group would be one and the same.
EMPLOYMENT OF A DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
Commissioner Ress introduced Tom Perkins as the first director of technology for the IHSAA.
Associate Commissioner Craft reported on transfers that have been ruled upon during the 2000-01 school year. This report included the following actions as of March 23, 2001:
Full eligibility – 2,222.
Limited eligibility – 187.
Ineligible – 31.
Total – 2,440.
Assistant Commissioner Wynns reviewed the unsportsmanlike conduct reports received by the Association since the beginning of the 2000-01 school year. A total of 287 schools have had at least one incident of unsportsmanlike behavior reported. Eight schools have been reported for unsportsmanlike behavior at least 10 times this school year.
Commissioner Ress presented the monthly financial report of the Association.
Attorney Robert Baker updated the Executive Committee on the current status of litigation against the Association.
The following penalties were assessed for various violations of the IHSAA By-Laws:
Cowan High School
Commissioner Ress reported the following action as a result of a violation of Rule 19-3:
- The Cowan High School boys basketball program is issued a warning.
- Junior Varsity Coach Rick Elsworth is reprimanded for opening the gymnasium for players on a Sunday.
- The actions taken by Cowan High School administration in response to this violation are accepted by the IHSAA.
- The administration is commended for its prompt handling of this matter.
North Daviess High School
Commissioner Ress reported the following action as a result of a violation of Rule 15-1a:
- The North Daviess High School boys basketball program is issued a warning.
- The student-athlete involved in this violation shall be suspended from three contests.
- The administration is commended for its prompt reporting and handling of this matter.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
2003-04 IHSAA Centennial celebration – David Cranfill.
2001-02 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Format.
Site for 2001 volleyball state finals.
Email from Tina Anderson, Albion, Ind.
Letter from Cathy L. Carnes, West Baden, Ind.,
Letter from Dr. John R. Cochren, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Email from Brian Dunbar, Kokomo, Ind.
Letter from Larry Feldmeyer, superintendent, Perry Central Community School Corp.
Letter from Ben Karasiak, athletic director, Penn High School.
Letters from Richard W. Kirchner, principal, and James E. Samuel, athletic director, Portage High School.
Email from Bill Krammes, girls basketball coach, Floyd Central High School.
Letter from Larry Sigler, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Letter from Joshua D. Smith, student, Attica High School.
Letter addressed to legislators from IHSAA member-school principals in Henry County.
Letter addressed to media outlets from North Central Conference principals and athletic directors.
A motion to adjourn the March meeting of the IHSAA Executive Committee was made by Michael Necessary; seconded by Pat Mapes; motion passed 10-0. The next meeting of the Executive Committee will be at IHSAA headquarters on
April 30, 2001.