Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes of the IESA Board of Directors

January 19, 2001

The regular winter meeting of the Board of Directors was held on January 19, 2001, at the IESA Office, Bloomington, Illinois.

The meeting was called to order by President Link at 10:00 a.m. The following members were present: Lee, Hochstatter, Spiezio, Vaughan, Link, Isackson, Silvey, Lindsey, Birkey, Reising, Cox, Mulligan, Schmitz, and Graham. Ms. Isackson arrived at 10: 20. Also present were Steve Endsley, Brad Lucey, and Nicole Schaefbauer from the IESA staff.

Motion by Graham/Silvey to approve the September regular meeting minutes. Carried.

Mr. Reising presented the Treasurer's report. Mr. Endsley informed the Board that four C.D.'s that were maturing in January netted over $12,000 of interest and would be re-invested with Bank One. Motion by Lindsey/Lee to approve the Treasurer's report and file for the auditor. Carried.

Division Reports

Division L--Mr. Mulligan reported that he had been contacted concerning a recommendation by the Baseball Advisory Committee to change the way the split is made to Class A and Class AA. He indicated he would bring up the matter during the baseball advisory committee report.

Division N--Mr. Graham reported that Virden will serve as the host for the music solo and ensemble contest and the organization contest.

President Link introduced Tim Davis who discussed with the Board itineraries for the National Federation summer meeting.

After Mr. Davis addressed the Board, President Link then introduced Dr. Marty Hickman, Associate Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association to the Board. Dr. Hickman explained the IHSA's By-Law pertaining to home schooling and answered questions from the IESA Board. President Link asked the IESA By-Laws committee to discuss the current IESA rule regarding home schooling, compare it to the IHSA's rule, and report any suggestions for change during the June meeting.

Assistant Executive Director's report

Mrs. Schaefbauer presented the Assistant Director's Report. She informed the Board that pep bands will play at two of the boys basketball tournaments and three of the volleyball tournaments this year.

Associate Executive Director's report

Mr. Lucey presented the Associate Executive Director's Report. He updated the Board on the work that the student intern has done on the IESA web site and plans by Martin Diversfied, Eureka, IL, to videotape some of the boys basketball tournaments. He also reported on two sportsmanship incidents involving Edinburg and Urbana Middle School. The Board instructed the staff to meet with Edinburg and Urbana to discuss the situations.

Executive Director's report

Mr. Endsley gave the Executive Director's report. He informed the Board that divisions A, C, E, K, and L will be up for election this spring. All Board members from those divisions indicated they will seek re-election. It was announced that Thursday, April 26, 2001, will be the date of the 3rd annual IESA Scholar Attitude Award luncheon. Mr. Bernie Saggau, Executive Director of the Iowa High School Activities Association will be the guest speaker. The Board received copies of correspondence that had been received and answered concerning the wrestling regional assignments. Mr. Endsley announced that the Illinois Principals Association recently sent a flyer to all IPA members concerning their new building campaign. Motion by Lindsey/Lee for IESA to contribute $250 toward the building fund. Carried.

President Link recessed the meeting at 12 noon for lunch and reconvened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Old Business

Mr. Endsley informed the Board of his attendance at the Tennessee State High School Cheerleading Championships in early November. Motion by Lee/Silvey to form an ad-hoc committee to study the feasibility of an IESA sponsored and sanctioned cheerleading championship. Carried.

Mr. Endsley updated the Board on the employee health insurance quotes that have been received. The Staff Relations Committee will discuss the quotes and prepare a report for the April meeting.

New Business

Mr. Endsley addressed the Board concerning the numerous questions the IESA Office receives in regard to the number of teams that advance to the finals in each sport, playing dates, the split between Class A and Class AA, etc. He indicated that he thought it would be a good idea to appoint an ad-hoc committee comprised of principals, coaches, and A.D's to study the issue and report to the Board their findings. Motion by Hochstatter/Spiezio to approve the formation of an ad-hoc committee. Carried.

Information was distributed to the Board members that was received from Wilson Sporting Goods regarding a change to the softballs and volleyballs that Wilson will be providing to the Association for the next three years. This change is at the request of Wilson. Member schools are encouraged to contact IESA for specifics regarding new models of balls in these two sports.

The Board received a quote for the financial audit for the next three years from Striegel Knobloch & Company. Motion by Reising/Mulligan to accept the three-year bid. Carried.

Board Committee Reports

Finance--The committee reported that there will be no changes in membership dues or athletic entry fees for 2001-2002. Changes to music entry fees for 2001-2002 have previously been approved by the Board and there is a recommendation by the Speech Advisory Committee to increase some of the speech entry fees for 2001-2002.

Advisory Committee Reports

Baseball--Mr. Hochstatter presented the recommendations of the Baseball Advisory Committee that met on October 19, 2000. Motion by Hochstatter/Silvey to adopt the National Federation rule regarding bat length and weight for all bats that are 32 inches and longer. A bat that is 31 inches in length may have a weight differential of 6 ounces and there are no restrictions (including barrel diameter) for any bat 30 inches and shorter in length. Carried.

Motion by Hochstatter to adopt the following pitching innings limitations:

    A.Sixteen innings will be the maximum total number of innings a pitcher may pitch in a calendar week.

    B.A pitcher may not pitch more than a total of nine innings in any one day or 11 innings on two consecutive days. The 11th inning must be followed by two days of rest.

If a pitcher pitches on each of two consecutive days with the combined total greater than four innings, he will follow with two days off for rest. Carried.

A motion to use a 60/40 split to determine the classification in baseball was not approved for lack of a second.

Cross-Country--Dr. Silvey presented the recommendations of the Cross-Country Advisory Committee that met on November 1, 2000. Motion by Reising/Schmitz to allow the uniform to be taped or knotted for the purpose of allowing a better fitting uniform. Carried. Motion by Silvey/Lee to award a third place team plaque at the sectional level. Roll Call: Ayes: Lee, Hochstatter, Spiezio, Vaughan, Isackson, Silvey, Reising, Mulligan, Schmitz Nayes: Link, Lindsey, Birkey, Cox, Graham Carried.

Softball--Mr. Vaughan presented the recommendations of the Softball Advisory Committee that met on October 25, 2000. A recommendation to mandate that each school entering the state series must play at least three games before entering the state series was sent to the By-Laws Committee for further discussion and was not brought before the Board for a vote. Motion by Lindsey/Schmitz to use a Wilson 9016B SST Optic Yellow cork softball beginning in 2001. Carried. Motion by Schmitz/Silvey to set the starting time of the sectional for 1:00 p.m. Carried. Motion by Schmitz/Cox that softball be split into two classes on a 50-50 basis. Carried.

Speech--Ms. Isackson reported that the Speech Advisory Committee met on January 8, 2001. Motion by Lindsey/Cox to add to the Speech Terms & Conditions and to the By-Laws information about appropriate dress at contest and that no costumes are allowed. Carried. Motion by Isackson/Silvey to add to the Speech Terms & Conditions and to the By-Laws information about appropriate material that should be used for presentations. Carried. Motion by Lindsey/Spiezio to move the entry deadline and the contest dates ahead by one week starting in 2001. Carried. Motion by Reising/Lindsey to increase the entry fees to $5.00 for all individual events and $10.00 for duet events. Carried. Motion by Graham/Silvey to increase the judges' compensation to $20.00 per hour with no mileage. Carried.

Track & Field--Mr. Endsley informed the Board of a company called First to the Finish who wants to provide the equipment used at the IESA State Track and Field Meets.

Sportsmanship--The Board was informed of the dates for the 2001 Sportsmanship/Leadership Summits. They will be held on September 24 at NIU, September 25 at ISU, and September 26 in Collinsville.

Motion by Silvey/Cox to approve the expenses of the meeting. Carried.

There being no further business, motion by Schmitz/Lee to adjourn the meeting. Carried. President Link adjourned the meeting at 2:25 p.m.

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