Recap of NYSPHSAA Executive Committee Meeting

Date Posted: 05/02/2019
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


NYSPHSAA Holds Quarterly Executive Committee Meeting in Saratoga

Latham, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) held its quarterly meeting of its Executive Committee in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, May 2nd. The Committee voted on several key proposals important to the Association’s 787-member schools.

The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee defeated a motion to abide by NFHS rules in all sports when available. Gymnastics will continue to use the NYSPHSAA Technical Handbook as its rule book, softball will follow USA Softball, and basketball and volleyball will continue to follow NCAA rules. The proposal to revise the sports season length, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, was approved.  All sport seasons will be reduced by one week, except for football which will have its state championship moved to the weekend after Thanksgiving; all other championship dates will remain the same.


SUNY Cortland was approved to continue to host the girls soccer state championships through 2022. Hofstra University was approved to host the boys lacrosse state championships in 2020-2022. The University at Albany was approved to host the boys lacrosse east semifinals and SUNY Cortland was approved to host the west semifinals, both from 2020-2022.


The format of the girls tennis championship will be revised to a Thursday through Saturday format and it was additionally approved to use an at-large rotation to fill byes in the state tournament. A two-year experiment was approved to eliminate the consolation bracket and add medal playoffs to the top eight participants in the girls tennis championships. The sport of boys tennis will also use an at-large rotation to fill byes in the state championship tournament.


In baseball, a post season pitch count summary form was approved for use in the post-season starting in the spring of 2019.


The three-year regional rotation in the sport of girls lacrosse was approved. The sport of football had their seven-year regional rotation approved by the Executive Committee. The classification cut off numbers were approved in the sports of, boys volleyball, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse.


The meeting was called to order by President Paul Harrica at 9:00 am with adjournment at 12:10 pm. The next meeting of the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will be in conjunction with the Central Committee meeting at Turning Stone Resort July 30-August 1, 2019.


Recap of Voting Items


About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.