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July 1 Hearing Minutes

WAGS R&D  Committee Meeting 

Fairview Park Marriott 

 July 1, 2008

 Committee Members Present:  Lula Bauer (Director), Debi Honaker, Maria Ramos, Tom Gross, Michelle White (Administrator).

 

BAYS Baltimore Nomads Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, TSL and Third Coach/parent.

Meeting Notes

BAYS Baltimore Nomads – U15 D2 – 24 Current Penalty Points.

The meeting began with introductions and the R&D Director explaining the procedure of the hearing and the appeal process.

The Head Coach (HC) started his testimony by explaining the cards received. In the first match, three cards were awarded for dissent.  He further explained the other cards received and assumed responsibility for the cards.  The Assistant Coach (AC) agreed with the HC assessment of the cards, but added he was surprised by the three cards awarded in the first match.

 

A Committee member asked if they communicate to their players the expectations of the referee so that the players can adapt and adjust their play to respect the referee’s authority to which the HC and AC responded that they talk to their players at half time. 

 

A second Committee member asked what plans will be put into effect to prevent future penalties.  The third Coach provided          several steps to remedy the situation such as educating the coaches, parents and players to respect the authority of the referee, behaving in an appropriate manner, and communicating referee’s expectations and having everyone adjust to those expectations.

 

A third Committee member expressed that the coaches are role models and their demeanor and actions influence the actions of their players. 

 

Based on testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee decided the following:

          On June 3rd, a hearing was held that addressed (10) points received by the Head Coach and Assistant Coach.  At this hearing a censure was applied to the Head Coach and Assistant Coach for these points which increased the BAYS’ Nomads’ points to (24). The Committee has incorporated the censures of this hearing into their decision.  Therefore, the Head Coach and Assistant Coach are placed on (1) year probation.  If either one of these coaches receive excessive yellow cards or red cards, they are subject to an additional hearing. .  It should also be noted as stated in WAGS’ Rule N.1.e,   that (12) penalty points shall be carried forward to the next season in which the player, coach, or team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

In closing, the R&D Director thanked the BAYS for attending and informed them 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 R&D  Committee Meeting 

Fairview Park Marriott 

July 1, 2008

 

Committee Members Present:  Lula Bauer (Director), Debi Honaker, Maria Ramos, Tom Gross Michelle White (Administrator).

 

 PSC Waverunners Present, Assistant Coach/Team Manager.

 

 Meeting Notes

PSC Waverunners – U16 D3 – 24 Current Penalty Points.

The meeting began with introductions and the R&D Director explaining the procedure of the hearing and the appeal process.

 

The Assistant Coach (AC) stated that he and the Head Coach (HC) focus on good tactical soccer, and the players are taught to exercise good sportsmanship.  He further explained that Player jersey # 64 received 5 cards because of her rudimentary playing style.  They are working with her to become a more skilled player.  They have a new HC and he is the AC.  The team will be sitting out in the fall, and they will only play in tournaments. 

 

A Committee member asked the whereabouts of the HC to which the AC responded that he didn’t know.  The Director stated the HC should have attended the meeting as he is responsible for this team. 

 

A second Committee member asked if Player jersey # 64 submitted a statement to which the AC said no.

 

A third Committee member asked if Player jersey #64 served out a sit out for WAGSL Rule  N.1.C.1 which requires a player to serve (1) game suspension if they have accumulated (5) points or more but fewer than (10).  The AC responded that he wasn’t aware of the rule so she did not sit out. He took full responsibility and apologized for the oversight. 

 

Based on testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee decided the following:

            Player #64 accumulated (10) penalty points during the Spring 2008 season and therefore should have served a sit out according to WAGS Rule N.1.c.1.  WAGS Rule N.1.c.1., requires a player to serve (1) game suspension if they have accumulated (5) points or more but fewer than (10).  Therefore PSC Waverunner player #64 must serve her required one game suspension.  In addition player #64 must serve a second suspension for violating WAGS Rule N.1.c.1..  These suspensions must be served in the first WAGS’ season in which she participates regardless of the team she is rostered during that season. Please remember that a Red Card sit-out form must be filled out and mailed to the WAGSL R&D Director for each game a player/coach sits out.

           On June 3rd, a WAGS R & D hearing was held that addressed (10) points received by the Head Coach and Assistant Coach.  At this hearing a censure was applied to the Head Coach and Assistant Coach for these points which increased the PSC Waverunners’ points to (24).  The Committee has incorporated the censures of the June 3rd hearing with this hearing into their decision. 

            The Head Coach must serve a two game suspension for allowing a player to play with 10 accumulated points, neglecting to enforce the red card sit out rule, and failing to provide the Committee a reason for not attending this scheduled hearing.  Coaches are responsible for their players, and it is the responsibility of the Head Coach to comply with the instructions of the WAGS R & D hearing announcement.  Accumulating 24 penalty points in one season is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly by the HC.  It should also be noted as stated in WAGS’ Rule N.1.e,   that (12) penalty points shall be carried forward to the next season in which the player, coach, or team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

In closing, the R&D Director thanked the PSC AC for attending and informed him 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 R&D  Committee Meeting

Fairview Park Marriott

July 1, 2008  

 

Committee Members Present:  Lula Bauer (Director), Debi Honaker, Maria Ramos, Tom Gross, Michelle White (Administrator).

 

 STAF Freedom Present:, Head Coach, Assistant Coach, (2) Parents, (2) Players, Club President

 

 Meeting Notes

 STAF Freedom – U16 D4 – 19 Current Penalty Points & 9 Carry Over Penalty Points.

 The meeting began with introductions and the R&D Director explaining the procedure of the hearing and the appeal process.

 

The Head Coach began his testimony by stating that he took his previous penalty point hearing to heart, and he has worked hard to remedy the situation by implementing several changes.  He explained the cards

 

The two players explained their cards.

 

Player 1 stated that her first card was received when her cleat came apart and she slid into the player from the back.  She received her second card when she was caught pulling on the opposing player’s jersey.  She said that they both were doing it. 

 

Player 2 stated that she received a card for dissent because she thought the referee was finished speaking and she walked away before she knew he was finished.   Her second dissent card was given when she lost control in a match.

 

Both players expressed remorse for their cards.

 

The President of the STAF Club assured the Committee that they are working to change the course of behavior.  He further stated that STAF has incorporated the Positive Coaching Alliance to educate the coaches, players and parents on proper behavior for a more positive environment.  He will also work with STAF Freedom HC and team.

 

The Director stated that she is disturbed about the amount of penalty points incurred by STAF Freedom.  She further stated that players and coaches do not have control over Referee “judgment” calls. She continued by saying that the one thing the players and coaches do have control over is what they choose to say and how they choose to say it.   

 

Based on testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee decided the following:     

             Any team official and player that receives a yellow card for dissent (DI) will serve a (1) game suspension and any player who receives a red card for offensive, abusive, insulting language (OAIL) will serve a (2) game suspension for the entire next season of league play. .  It should also be noted as stated in WAGS’ Rule N.1.e, that (9) penalty points shall be carried forward to the next season in which the player, coach, or team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

 In closing, the R&D Director thanked everyone for attending and informed them 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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