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NJSIAA Votes Down Playoff Change – The Hometown View 12/6/11

One thing is for sure. There are 102 school administrators in New Jersey who are one of the following:

a. Fearful of change

b. Close-minded

c. Uninformed

d. Dumb


Pardon the negativity but it’s hard to imagine anyone could vote against a proposal that was submitted at yesterday’s NJSIAA annual meeting. That meeting was to include a representative from each of the state’s 433 schools but only 285 made it to the Pines Manor in Edison. The proposal was a rather simple one as proponents were seeking to change the language in the current NJSIAA constitution which prohibits state championship games in football.

As it now stands we only play as far as sectional champions in North, Central and South Jersey. What’s important to note is that no plan was being considered or pushed as all the proposal would have done was to alter the constitution and allow for the possibility that a system could be developed to expand the playoffs.

Bill Bruno

Brick Township School District Athletic Director Bill Bruno was a co-sponsor of the proposal and was very clear that if it passed then he and others would travel the state to get input on a plan for expansion. That plan would have needed to get through committee and it was hoped would be voted on at this time next year. But again we are putting the cart before the horse. As far as yesterday was concerned the idea was to allow for further discussion but unfortunately that is not going to happen.

Since a change was being voted on two-thirds of the voters had to be in favor for that to happen and the measure failed although yes votes were the clear winner by a 167-102 margin. However 190 yes voted were needed so the question was rejected by 23 votes. While the entire issue can come up again in two years I think it’s dead…at least until many of the 102 nay-voters retire and take their nice pension checks with them. It’s obvious on their watch they don’t want to be bothered by change…might result in a little more work for them. What a shame!

On an unrelated note condolences to Joe and Nick Arminio of Toms River on the passing of their mother Victoria Sunday night. Joe is the District Athletic Director in Toms River and my right hand when it comes to the WOBM Christmas Classic.

Services are today at the Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals on Main Street in Toms River from 2-4 and 7-9 and also tomorrow morning from 9-9:45.


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