Navigating Athletic Eligibility Requirements

Location: Edison D
A panel of association leaders will discuss recent developments at the state level with regard to the athletic eligibility of international students.  Representatives from CSIET, Kentucky, Arizona and Washington State will discuss specific athletic eligibility requirements, the definition of “Direct Placement”, and how best to collaborate with State Athletic/Activities Associations. Q&A to follow.
Panelist: Harold Slemmer, Arizona Interscholastic Association
Harold Slemmer is the Executive Director of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, which serves 267 member schools. Since 1999, he has also been a member of the National Faculty for Character Counts. From 1990 to 1999 he was the inaugural principal at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1996 Redbook named Mountain Pointe one of America’s Best Schools, and in 1998 it won the Business Week Award for Instructional Innovation in Character Education. Dr. Slemmer earned his B.A. in 1975, his M.S. in physical education/athletic administration in 1976, and his doctorate in educational leadership in 1986, all from Arizona State University. He has received numerous awards, such as the Tempe Diablo Administrative Award of Excellence (1997), the Distinguished Arizonan Award in 2001, as well as Circle of Excellence from North Central Accreditation. Dr. Slemmer also serves on the Governors Commission for Character Education. Since 2001 he has delivered speeches and workshops 54 times in 19 states, served on the NFHS Football Rules Committee (2000-07), served on the on the NFHS Board of Directors (2011-2014), and was President of the NFHS Board of Directors (2013-2014).
Panelist: Julian Tackett, Kentucky High School Athletic Association
Named the 7th Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association in 2010, Lexington native Julian Tackett is now in his 32nd year with the organization, having served previously as Sports Information Director, Business Affairs Director and Assistant Commissioner. Tackett is a graduate of Bryan Station High School where he participated in a variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities and is a member of the schools’ Alumni Hall of Honor. He was a four-year letterman in the basketball program at Transylvania University where he received his Bachelors degree before earning his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. He began his full-time career with a two-year stint at the University of Kentucky before joining the KHSAA staff in 1984. Julian spent 17 years as a staff assistant for the University of Kentucky Football Program working with scouting, recruiting and special teams (Claiborne, Curry), and headed up game day statistics operations for UK Football and Basketball for nearly 15 seasons. He was also an accomplished college football and basketball official, working contests in seven conferences for more than twenty years including post season assignments in both sports before retiring from officiating in 2006. He currently serves on both the NFHS Football Rules and Technology Committees, serves on the National Association of Sports Officials Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council on Standards for International Education Travel. He is a past member of several other NFHS committees including Baseball and Records, formerly served as chairman of the Football Rules Committee, was an original author of the NFHS Statisticians Manual and is a frequent speaker and presenter at NFHS national meetings. He also has served more than twenty-five years on the Kentucky Medical Association Sports Medicine Committee. He and his wife Donna reside in Lexington with son Jeremy.
Panelist: Tom Welter, Oregon School Activities Association
Tom Welter was born and raised in Stayton, Oregon, a small rural farming community located about 15 miles east of Salem, the state capitol. After high school he attended Oregon State University, graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1971. His first teaching job was in Whyalla, South Australia, where he taught math and science. Welter returned to the United States in 1974 and started teaching math and coaching football, basketball and baseball at Central Catholic High School in Portland. He completed his M.S. in Mathematics Education at Oregon State University in 1975. He remained on staff at Central Catholic for 20 years, serving as the school’s Athletic Director for 18 years and Vice Principal and Dean of Students for 15 years. He was the President of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA) in 1990-91, and was selected as Oregon’s Athletic Director of the Year in 1993. He also received the NIAAA state Award of Merit in 1993 and the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 1996. Welter became an Assistant Executive Director of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) in 1995 and was selected as the Executive Director of the OSAA in 2001. He has served on numerous National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) committees including the Sanctioning Committee (1995-98), the Football Rules Committee (1995-2004), and the Strategic Planning Committee (2008). He has made presentations at the NIAAA Conference, the NFHS Summer Meeting, and the NFHS Legal Meeting. He is currently serving as the President of the NFHS Board of Directors and also is a member of the NFHS Foundation Board of Directors.