November 9, 2005
WAGS R & D Committee Meeting
Fairview Park Marriott
November 9, 2005
Committee Members Present: Lula Bauer (Director), Clarence Jones, Wendell Domon, Debbie Honaker, Karen Parker, Ruben Bolognesi.
Penalty Points Accumulation – LOUD Lynx U19- D3 – 26 Total Penalty Points
Team Members Present: Head Coach, Manager, Players, Parents.
The Committee thanked the Head Coach, Team Manager and players for attending the hearing. The Head coach stated that his team has never been before the R & D Committee and apologized for having to appear. He stated that the cards were issued during “heated battles” and that they were not intentional. He felt that the referees collectively did a very good job and understood that that all cards that were issued were judgment calls. The Head Coach provided a team “code of conduct” which was reviewed by the Committee members. One of the three LOUD Lynx players in attendance stated her team was not a “dirty” team, and they have never had to appear before the R & D Committee for penalty points in the past. All three players took responsibility for their cards.
After questioning the LOUD Lynx, the Committee discovered:
1) The team rarely came together as a team to practice.
2) Most of the cards were for Unsporting Behavior (USB) and that none of the cards were for Dissent. 3) Several of the players want to play at the next level and
4) It appeared that the primary reason for the cards were due to technical breakdowns.
The Committee suggested that the players that were present encourage their teammates to attend practices as often as possible in order to work on their technical breakdowns. The Coach agreed and felt that would prevent further penalty point accumulation.
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following
The LOUD Lynx U-19 D3 is assessed a fee equal to their full WAGSL league fee. The check must be received no later than January 7, 2006. If the fee is not paid, all LOUD teams affiliated with WAGS and participating in the Spring 2006 season will be denied the privilege of having home games for next season. Check must be mailed to: WAGSL - 8000 Old Parsonage Court - Alexandria, VA. 22315.
The LOUD Lynx U-19 D3 will be denied the privilege of having three ( 3 ) home games for next season.
The LOUD Lynx U-19 D3 were informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, “Protests and Appeals Procedures”.
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WAGS Rule M.1, "Physical Violence, Foul, and Abusive Language, or Harassment Will Not Be Tolerated” The Center Referee has alleged that the MSC Alliance U19 - Division 2 “Parents” violated this rule during game # 4127 on October 2, 2005.
GAME CONDUCT -ALL AGE GROUPS -
COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THEIR PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS. IF A SPECTATOR’S CONDUCT WARRANTS THE ISSUANCE OF A YELLOW AND/OR RED CARD, IT WILL BE CONSIDERED AS AWARDED TO THE COACH AND REFERRED TO THE R&D DIRECTOR FOR ACTION.
Members Present: The CR and AR, MSC Alliance’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach
The Director welcomed and thanked everyone for attending. The Center Referee (CR) was given the floor to testify on what lead up to the incident, what occurred during the incident and what took place following the incident. He began by stating game # 4127 only had a CR and one Assistant Referee (AR) assigend. A club linesman (CL) was appointed. He stated that during the course of the game, he never had an issue with the coaches. He continued by stating the players “dissented” throughout the game. He warned players but did not issue any cards. He recalled parents on both teams complained a lot but the MSC parents were the loudest. He stated that the MSC Alliance had a number of opportunities to score and could not and that the LOUD Team eventually scored. The CR stated that sometime toward the end of the game a situation was taking place behind him and by the time he turned around, he witnessed a MSC Alliance player that he has since determined was retaliating and issued her a yellow card. This is the point when the three MSC Alliance Parents verbally harassed the CR. The CR stated that the MSC parents’ began shouting things like, “You’re a fool” and “I couldn’t keep up with the play” while including profanity. The CR stated once they started using profanity, he had had enough.
The AR testified that he was positioned on the other side of the pitch, and he could hear the profanity used by the MSC Alliance parents. A Committee member asked that he share with the Committee what was said. Considering the AR was under 18 years of age, he was asked to abbreviate the profanity that he over heard, which he did. The CR stated, that he stopped the game and went over to the three MSC Alliance parents and told them to leave. He testified that two left willingly while the third MSC Parent decided to stay a bit longer. That parent then decided to walk away slowly. The CR did not feel threatened by this parent’s decision to not leave with the other two MSC parents. He also didn’t want to abandon the match for the players.
After the three MSC Alliance parents left the surrounding area of the pitch, the CR approached the MSC coaches and informed them of what had occurred with his parents. After the game, the CR was leaving and was approached by an MSC Alliance parent that was not one of the initial three MSC Alliance parent. This MSC Parent as reported by the MSC Head Coach, is a Certified Basketball Referee. This gentleman asked for the CR’s name. The CR stated he felt this was a continuation of the verbal harassment he was enduring from the other MSC Parents. The CR stated that this fourth parent came very close to his face when asking his name. The CR stated he informed this parent that he could go on line to research his name if he wanted it.
The MSC Coaches were asked to testify next. They stated they did not see or hear the incident. The MSC AC complained about not having a 3-man system and that provokes upset with parents. He stated that parents’ wonder where their money is going when they do not have a 3-man system at their games. The MSC HC stated that he does not condone parents harassing referees and that he assured the Committee this behavior will not be tolerated. He presented to the Committee statements from two of the parents in question. He continued to say that he was proud of his players for never having to appear before the R & D Committee for penalty point accumulation and because of that, they have received several Sportsmanship Awards. He apologized to the CR, AR and Committee Members for the behavior of his parents.
A Committee member pointed out to the MSC AC that the reason WAGS has a problem with providing a 3-man system during league play is for the very reason we are here today. He stated, “Why would anyone want to subject themselves to this type of harassment?”
The CR and AR were thanked for their services and that this Committee hoped that they would continue serving the WAGS community. The AR, who was the CR’s son, was commended for remaining professional on the touch. The Committee recognized how intimidating it must have been for this young man to watch and listen while three adults verbally harassed his father.
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following:
ALL MSC Alliance parents are suspended for the first three games of the WAGS Spring 2006 season. Should the MSC Alliance parents not comply with this censure, the Head Coach will serve a game suspension for their next WAGS league game.
If the three identified parent plus the Certified Basketball Referee that approached the CR after the match, attend the Positive Coaching Alliance course for Parents, two of the three games will be waived. Dates and times of the PCA course can be found on the WAGS website.
The MSC Alliance U-19 D3 were informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, “Protests and Appeals Procedures”.
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Penalty Points Accumulation BSU Magic U-19 D3 - 23 Total Penalty Points (17 Current + 6 Carry Over)
Team Members Present: BSU WAGS Club Representative – BSU Team Manager
The BSU Manager stated that the Head Coach had a work related commitment that just came up and therefore could not attend the hearing. Also that most of the players were working and could not attend as well.
The Committee thanked the BSU WAGS Club Representative and the BSU Magic’s Team Manager for attending the scheduled R & D hearing. Nonetheless, the Committee feels extremely disappointed and most disturbed that neither coaches nor players were present at the hearing. The Committee would have seen as proper that at the very least the Assistant Coach as well as the players that received Penalty Points were in attendance regardless of their personal plans. The BSU Magic’s Manager had never appeared before the R & D committee and stated that she did not know what to expect. The Committee expressed their understanding, however, considering the BSU Magic appeared before the R & D Committee in the Spring 2005, the Committee felt the team officials and the Club let the Manager down by not preparing her accordingly.
The BSU Team Manager expressed her sadness that the Fall 2005 season will be the last season together for the team. She stated that the team had a very strong bond and that she personally will miss watching them play. It was apparent to the Committee Members that the Team Manager was extremely fond of the all the players, which the Committee felt spoke volumes about their character. The R & D Committee asked the BSU Team Manager to extend our best wishes to each and every player as they venture off to college.
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following
The BSU Head Coach and Assistant Coach are suspended for the next three (3) WAGS games should they opt to coach a team affiliated with WAGS in the future. Please remember that a sit-out form needs to be filled out and mailed to the WAGSL R&D Director for each game a player / coach sits out.
The BSU Magic is assessed a fee equal to their full WAGSL league fee. The check must be received no later than January 7, 2006. If the fee is not paid, all BSU teams affiliated with WAGS and participating in the Spring 2006 season will be denied the privilege of having home games for next season. Check must be mailed to: WAGSL - 8000 Old Parsonage Court - Alexandria, VA. 22315.
The BSU Magic U-19 D3 were informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, “Protests and Appeals Procedures”.