January 19, 2011


            The District 9 Committee held the January 19, 2011 meeting at Aiello’s’ Café in Ridgway, PA.  The meeting was called to order by Chairman Jim Manners. The

following members were present: Bud Brennen, Randy Cathcart, Roger Collins, Tony Flint, Kevin Doverspike, Jim Manners, Sandi Hanes, Carla Smith, Aaron Straub, Bob Tonkin, Susan Valentine, Bill Vassallo, Tom Wagner, Tim Walter, and Bob Wicker.

            Sandi Hanes was introduced and welcomed as the newest member of the committee.  Sandi is the female parents’ representative.

            A motion was made by Roger Collins and seconded by Randy Cathcart to accept the minutes of the November 15, 2010 meeting.  The motion carried unanimously.



A motion was made by Susan Valentine and seconded by Tony Flint to accept the November, December, and January treasurer’s reports.  The motion carried unanimously.

Accounts receivable were reviewed.                                                                                                  The financial report from the District 9 football tournament was presented.

At the next meeting, an update concerning the corporate sponsorship agreement with Northwest Bank will be given by Tim Walter.

Discussion was held concerning reimbursing Clarion Area High School for their cost to host a quarter-final football game at Clarion University.  The discussion centered on the amount to reimburse the high school. (Clarion University is the home field for Clarion Area High School)  A motion was made by Tony Flint and seconded by Tim Walter to reimburse Clarion Area High School $200.00 for security.  The motion carried by a seven to six vote.  Voting in flavor of the motion were Tony Flint, Tim Walter, Tom Wagner, Susan Valentine, Bob Wicker, Sandi Hanes, and Bill Vassallo.  Voting against the motion were Aaron Straub, Bob Tonkin, Roger Collins, Kevin Doverspike, Carla Smith, and Bud Brennen.  Randy Cathcart abstained from voting



Letters were received from the Allegheny Mountain League and the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference requesting permission to conduct league championship basketball contests.  A motion was made by Tom Wagner and seconded by Carla Smith to grant the request.  The motion carried unanimously.



            A summary of the December Board of Directors meeting was e-mailed to District 9 schools.

            The committee instructed Chairman Manners to vote on the following items in the following manner:

            Second reading:          Provide for the disqualification from participating in the next two contests of the same level of competition from which a soccer player was previously disqualified for fighting and/or foul language.  The recommendation carried with Susan Valentine and Tom Wagner voting against recommendation.

            Second reading:          To advance by one week the beginning and ending of the regular season and postseason in the sport of football, effective July 1, 2012. The recommendation carried with Randy Cathcart voting against recommendation.

            Second reading           To encourage additional participation opportunities through cooperative sport agreements by reducing from 100% to 25% the number of students from the non-host schools that are included in the enrollment of the host school, effective July 1, 2011.  The recommendation carried with Tony Flint voting against recommendation.



The Annual Principals Meeting and Banquet will be on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Aiello’s Café in Ridgway. 

Time schedule:

                        11:00   District 9 Committee meeting (time may be adjusted)

                        2:15     “AAA” Football Principals Meeting

                        3:00     Principals Meeting

                        4:00     District 9 Committee Elections

                        4:15     Representative from PIAA

                        5:45     District 9 Committee – re-organization meeting       

                        6:00     Annual Banquet

If you have any agenda items for the principals meeting or questions for the representatives of the PIAA, please e-mail or send to Jim Manners or Bob Tonkin.

Bob Wicker voiced a concern about the impact of athletics on the annual school district’s budget.  Discussed was a reduction in the number of contests and the number of scrimmages.  A motion was made by Bob Wicker and seconded by Tony Flint for Chairman Manners to introduce reducing the number of contests to the Strategic Planning Committee of the PIAA.  The motion carried with one no vote cast by Aaron Straub.

Committee chairs should update and remove outdated materials from the District 9 website.  Schools are asked to update their school information on the District 9 website.

Any suggestions dealing with different methods of classifying PIAA schools should be sent to Jim Manners.

Schools are to have a representative at district and inter-district tournament events.  School representative are asked to “sign-in” with the game manager.  If a school does not have a school representative at the contest, a letter will be sent to the schools principal.

The procedure for running for a position on the district committee is attached.  Election chairman, Roger Collins, will e-mail election materials to member schools.




OFFICIALS:             The next date for officials testing is February 7, 2011.  Any questions should be referred to Carla Smith or Bud Brennen.







            Tournament entry information for winter sports will be e-mail to principals and athletic directors.


BASKETBALL:       A motion was made by Kevin Doverspike and seconded by Susan Valentine to accept the format for the 2010 – 2011 basketball tournament.  Much discussion centered on changing the site of “A” quarter-final and semi-final games if the host school’s gym can not seat the anticipated attendance.  The motion carried.  Voting against the motion were Bud Brennen, Sandi Hanes, Tim Walter, and Aaron Straub. 


SWIMMING and DIVING: The District 6 and 9 Swimming and Diving Championships will be held on March 4th and 5th at Pennsylvania State University.


Notes:              The date for the next District 9 Committee meeting is yet to be determined.  If there is enough committee business, a meeting will be scheduled in February or March.


A motion was made by Randy Cathcart and seconded by Susan Valentine to adjourn.  The motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,




Robert J. Tonkin,

District 9 Secretary