The WPIAL has a message for administrators: Be careful about what you post on social media sites.
The WPIAL Board of Control met Monday and passed a resolution as to the duties of administrators, such as Board members, and steering committee members. Every sport in the WPIAL has a steering committee whose members do things such as make playoff pairings or align sections.
The resolution says "at no time should steering committee members engage in any form of negative, public criticism of the WPIAL, school districts and/or their employees" through use of social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. If there is such criticism, the WPIAL can remove the individual from steering committees or even the Board of Control.
When asked if a certain post on Twitter or Facebook prompted the resolution, WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said, "I have no comment on that."
O'Malley said WPIAL legal counsel came up with the language for the resolution.
"In today's day and age, social media is a way to instantly communicate things, some positive and negative," O'Malley said. "One of the reasons for this is because we are coming up to a realignment year when the steering committees get together for sectional alignments. In the past, people will leak things, especially as it relates to football. It's imperative that confidentiality is kept."
Imani drops football
Imani Christian's venture into WPIAL football was short-lived. The small private school in the East Hills section of Pittsburgh informed the WPIAL it has folded its football program because it didn't have enough players. Imani Christian joined the WPIAL last year for football and boys basketball. It plans to honor the basketball schedule for the upcoming season. Imani Christian was in the Class A Black Hills Conference. Now, every team in the Black Hills has an open date.
Imani Christian's foray into the WPIAL never went well. At first, the school wasn't following WPIAL guidelines or rules and the school had some eligibility issues with the WPIAL concerning players.
"I don't think we can be upset with the Imani Christian people who were idealistic in their approach, but we had concerns even when they applied for membership a few years ago," O'Malley said.
Imani Christian can't apply for membership in WPIAL football again for at least three years.
While Imani folded its team because of a lack of players, Geibel plans to play this season, despite having only 17 players, including a kicker. Geibel, a small Catholic school in Connellsville, did not participate in a three-way scrimmage with Serra and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Saturday because only nine players were available.
Geibel forfeited its first two games last year because of low player numbers, but athletic director Shawn Holup said the team will have 16 or 17 players available for a three-way scrimmage Friday with Mapletown and Wilkinsburg.
"We had 16 [position] players on the team, and our new coach [Pete Nace] decided to have the first week of camp at school, where the kids slept over at the school," Holup said.
"Well, five ended up with the stomach flu and two were on vacation who are now back. That's why we would've had only nine for a scrimmage. We're actually better numbers-wise than last year."