Latham, NY– The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) concluded the 99th meeting of the Central Committee on Wednesday, July 27th. The Committee voted on several key proposals important to the Association’s 787-member schools during Wednesday’s meeting.

Representatives of the 11 sections approved the sports of boys basketball, girls basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer, baseball, softball and girls volleyball to begin competing in a sixth classification starting in the 2023-24 school year.

The Committee approved abiding by the NFHS, national governing body, jewelry rule for all sports. The sport of football had two more proposals approved (two were approved on Tuesday). Today, using the NFHS rules for 8-man football with waivers and NYSPHSAA specific rules was approved for implementation starting in the fall of 2022. The classification cut off numbers for the sport of football were also approved for the 2023 season, the numbers can be found on page 104 of the agenda.

The NYSPSHAA Strategic Plan for 2022-27 was approved by the Central Committee. The strategic plan will focus on increasing student participation, diversity, equity and inclusion, officials recruitment and retention, and long-term financial stability of the Association.

The Central Committee meeting will conclude with the induction of the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The class is made up of Fred Ahart (Administrator, Section IX), Jim Amen, Jr. (Coach/Administrator, Section VIII), Maria DeCristoforo (Official, Section VIII), Dennis Fries (Administrator, Section V), Molly Huddle (Athlete, Section IV), and Jim McGowan (Coach, Section XI).

The next meeting of the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will be on Wednesday, October 19th at Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs.

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