Submitted by Rick Strunk
CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors completed its winter Board meeting on Thursday at the NCHSAA offices.
Among the major items discussed was the approval of a request to seed the 2012 basketball playoffs.
The placement into sectionals geographically will be similar to the “pod” system in football, but will not really represent a sweeping change since the conference predetermined brackets are already similar in that regard. Members of the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association will assist on seeding day with draws, and details of the seeding process will be developed.
In other news, the board:
-Voted to allow schools to drop any non conference football game for seeding purposes, provided they play 11 games for 2012; this reverts to the previous policy before this year, when only the Endowment game could be dropped.
-Began discussion of the Centennial Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NCHSAA, which will start in 2013.
-Approved increasing to $2 million coverage for catastrophic insurance plan and to go with K&K Insurance/Nationwide; will not increase premium being paid by schools - a study committee will be established to discuss the possibility of the NCHSAA taking on responsibility of middle school athletics, involving Department of Public Instruction, as well as NCHSAA; budget impact, how it would be organized, how much would still be left to LEA policy would be among those things discussed.
-A recommendation was tabled that all non-school employee coaches must complete NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course prior to coaching any NCHSAA team; this will be discussed at the May meeting.
-Approved new policy that any official charged with a felony will be ineligible to officiate until the charge is settled or dismissed.
-Approved two new booking agents: Rick Cataldo, Women’s Lacrosse Coastal Officials Association; and Seth Keener of Western Piedmont Baseball Officials Association.
-Accepted the fall 2011 ejection report, which included 317 total ejections.
-Approved the playoff calendar for 2012-13.
-Approved two separate conference basketball tournaments for each classification in a split conference in 2012, if a conference elects to use this option; all sports with conference tournaments in split conferences, if conference wants to exercise the option, would be approved for 2012-13.
-Jerry McGee Scholarship; the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association has set up a scholarship in honor of Jerry McGee, long time executive director of the NCADA; the Board approved the NCHSAA making $3,000 donation to the NCADA scholarship fund.
NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield said, “We had a very productive two days of meetings with our Board of Directors. We appreciate their attendance, dedication and service to the young people of our state. We are pleased with the work and the actions that our Board discussed and implemented.”