|
June 21, 2012

 

June 21, 2012
WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Crowne Plaza-Tysons Corner
 
Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
SAC Kickers Team Members Present:  SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson/Parent, Club Representative, (2) parents, (3) players
 
The meeting started at approximately 7:10pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson began his testimony by stating that players learn life skills through sports and that character wins on and off the field. He stated they are not proud of their behavior, and they do not take the penalty points lightly. However, he does believe this season has been unusual in respect to the team receiving so many infractions. He further stated that the American culture of winning has mounted pressure by parents, whether it was verbal or implied, on the players.  He is also a parent of a player and did state that at times the parents’ behavior can be a little unsatisfactory. 
 
The Club Representative expressed that the Head Coach was very concerned about not being able to attend the hearing due to vacation. The Head Coach did submit a statement but no other statements were provided by the Assistant Coach or team manager. 
 
The Head Coach’s  statement was submitted into the record. He has coached this team for 7 years, and he believes this season’s abnormally high point total is an anomaly. Until this season, their record has been excellent. He has always stressed to his players to play hard, play fair, and have fun. However, the team was promoted to D1 for the first time, and he believes  the players had difficulty adjusting to the level of competition. He does not believe that his players were deliberately trying to foul other players. It was the first time most of the players received a yellow card in their career. He will try to do what he can to minimize receiving future infractions, but he hopes the committee will give the team an opportunity to compete without any further penalties.
 
Player #19 submitted a statement explaining her yellow card. She contends that she was in pursuit of a 50/50 ball that was heading into their defense end of the field. As both players went for the ball, they became entangled and she fell into the player as they both fell to the ground. She did not tackle with any malice, and she takes full responsibility for her actions. She will work harder to avoid this situation in the future.
 
Player #22 explained that she had disagreed with the center referee’s call but she did not swear.
 
A committee member asked the players to explain the high accumulation of penalty points to which Player #17 responded she felt the higher speed of play caught them off guard and they found difficulty in adjusting their play.
 
Another committee member asked if there was ever a discussion about the amount of cards the team was receiving. Player #17 responded they did not have a discussion about the yellow cards. She knew they were receiving them, but was unaware they accumulated over the season.
 
The Club Representative added that the team manager discussed the card accumulation with the Head Coach but they had lost track of the amount. 
 
Another committee member asked the SAC Technical Director/R&D Chairperson if he held a meeting and discussed the situation with the team officials, parents and players. The SAC Technical Director/R&D Chairperson responded that he did not feel it was necessary because he didn’t see it being a player issue since the cards were not really with just one player. 
 
Based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
1.         The SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson and WAGS Representativemust hold a meeting with team officials, parents and players to discuss the severity of accumulating 20 penalty points in one season and implement a proactive program to address and prevent further issues that may result in penalty point accumulations. Additionally, the SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson needs to review WAGS Rule M.a.1.d. Minutes of the meeting as well as signed attendance needs to be submitted to WAGS R&D Director within 10 days of the meeting. The meeting must be held before the first day of league game of the fall 2012 season.   Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.
2.         Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.  
3.         The SAC Kicker team officials must report to the SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson and WAGS Representative any cards received during the season. The SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson and WAGS Representative must then report any cards received to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the match. Upon review of the infractions, WAGS R&D Director reserves the right to request SAC Kickers to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
4.         SAC Kickers will carry forward 10 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
 
The SAC Kickers, U15/D1 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures.
Sincerely,
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
 ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
SAC United I Wolves Team Members Present:  SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson, Club Representative.
 
The meeting started at approximately  7:40pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The Club Representative informed the committee that the Head Coach was willing to come and participate but had a previous conflict. However, she was able to get a brief statement from him the day of the hearing to submit to the committee. She also informed the committee that the Head Coach and the carded players will not be returning to the team in the fall season. The team is reforming by joining two teams and will be playing under U18 for next season.
 
The Head Coach submitted a statement. He stated that he received his card on May 12, 2012 because a player on his team was injured  with a head injury and the center referee did not stop the play. He further stated the player has been out for two months with a serious concussion.
 
The SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson further stated that he looked into the team and determined there were problems with certain players. He advised the committee those players are no longer with the SAC organization. He further stated that SAC is not proud of the behaviors, but he feels SAC has rectified the situation.
 
A committee member asks if the incident of the head injury was reported to SAC so they may inquiry considering the serious nature of the injury to which the SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson  stated that he did not believe it was ever reported until the day of the hearing. 
 
Another committee observed that the incident occurred on May 12, 2012 and the Head Coach statement claimed the player has not been able to play for two months when it only has been about 5 weeks since the incident occurred. The SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson believes that maybe the coach meant the player would not be able to play for two months.
 
The Club Representative added that she encourages team officials to submit the referee form.  She also stated that she was not notified of the incident but is unsure if Head Coach reported it.
 
Based upon testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
1.         The SAC Technical Director/SAC R&D Chairperson must submit an official Roster to the WAGS R&D Director by the first league game of the fall 2012 season. Failure to submit the official roster will result in further actions.
2.         Val Teixeria must notify WAGS R&D Director , if at any time he becomes a carded official or member of any WAGS League/Club and or participates in any form in the WAGS Tournament. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.
3.         Val Teixeria, Head Coach, will be required to attend a Positive Coaching Alliance session before he coaches ANY team in WAGS. Proof of Attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to first league game in which he coaches. 
4.         Val Teixeria, Head Coach, must serve a (1) game suspension in the 1st WAGS’ game he coaches.
5.         SAC United I Wolves will carry forward 7 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
The SAC United I Wolves HS/2 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures.
Sincerely,
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
MSC Magic Team Members Present:   Parent
 
The meeting started at approximately 8:10pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The Parent began his testimony by stating that he will likely be the new team manager as the old team manager and his daughter have left the team. He provided the name of the parent who was responsible for the first red card incident. 
 
MSC submitted a statement apologizing for the blatant misconduct of the MSC Magic’s team officials. They take accumulated penalty points very seriously, especially with regards to red cards given to players, parents and coaches. MSC has outlined the disciplinary actions it will implement to address the blatant behavior by the MSC Magic team officials by enforcing an additional (1) game suspension to the Head Coach so that he will serve (2) suspensions at the next WAGS season in which the team participates. The MSC Magic Head Coach will also review the WAGS Code of Conduct with the team, reinforcing the importance of proper sideline behavior as well as good sportsmanship.
 
Furthermore, MSC submitted an email that was sent from the Team Manager to the MSC Magic parents requesting they review the Codes of Conduct after a parent was ejected from the game. He also requested that at least one parent from each family to be present prior to the beginning of the next game to review the Code of Conduct and its interpretation and any consequences of further violations which can be severe.   
 
Moreover, the Team Manager submitted a statement explaining the two red cards received at the last game by the coaches. He believes there was a misunderstanding of intent of views between the Head Coach and the AR regarding the use of an under-inflated ball. The Head Coach believed the ball was under-inflated and tried to get the AR to replace it with the approved spare ball. The under-inflated ball went out of play so the Center Referee replaced it with the spare ball. However, the AR instructed for play to stop and exchanged the balls back again.   A conversation had occurred between the AR and the Head Coach. The Head Coach eventually just walked away and decided to speak to Mr. Hinds, in Dutch, their native language. The AR took offense and asked the Center Referee to stop the game. The Center Referee immediately issued red cards without warning.   The Head Coach made a comment to himself “Welcome to America” which was misinterpreted to be said to the referees. 
 
The Center Referee and the AR statements were submitted. In these accounts, the Center Referee stated he observed the Head Coach repeatedly show dissention to the AR. After discussing the situation with the AR, he gave both coaches red cards. The Center Referee states the Head Coach tells him, “Welcome to America.”
 
The AR states the Head Coach disputed his calls throughout the match. During the match, the Head Coach threw a water bottle onto the field to his player who was about 15 yards from the touchline. The AR explained that players can come to the touchline to take a drink from their water bottles but no objects can be thrown onto the field.   The last incident occurred with dispute over the inflation of the ball. The dissent became louder which resulted in two red cards for the coaches from the Center Referee.
 
A Committee member asked about the parent who received the red card to which the Parent believed that red –carded parent questioned the referee’s call and the referee escalated the situation. The exchange occurred in front of the players. A meeting was held before the next game and the issue was addressed. The parents were embarrassed by the behavior and chose to remain quiet and not even cheer for the team at the next match.
 
Another committee member asked as to why the Head Coach did not attend the hearing or submit a statement to which the Parent responded that he didn’t know why the Head Coach didn’t attend or why he didn’t submit a statement.   The Parent also informed the committee that the assistant coach would not be returning in the fall.
 
A committee member inquired to the nature of the uncarded person on the players’ sideline. The Parent responded that the Head Coach invites coaches he mentors to join him on the sidelines and videotape the games for future use. The Parent wasn’t aware the person was not a carded official.
 
 
Based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
1.         The Head Coach is required to serve a suspension for the red card received from the June 10, 2012 match. He must also serve an additional (1) game suspension that was imposed by MSC.
2.         The Head Coach must submit a letter within (10) days of receipt of this Letter of Censure explaining why he received the cards, why he failed to follow the explicit directives of the R&D Committee hearing notice, and why he failed to present testimony to answer the charges against him. Failure to submit letter will result in another (1) game suspension.  
3.         Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.  Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.   
4.         MSC Club officials must hold a meeting within 10 days of this receipt of this Letter of Censure with the MSC Magic Team Officials regarding uncarded persons on players’ sidelines. MSC is responsible for protecting their players and providing a safe environment. It is required that all carded officials submit to a background check to ensure the safety of the players. Therefore, the Head Coach may not allow uncarded officials on the players’ sidelines. Documentation and proof of attendance needs to be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.
5.         The MSC Magic team officials must report to the WAGS Representative any cards received during the season. The WAGS Representative must then report any cards received to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the match. If any MSC Magic Team Official receives a yellow or red card and or parent/MSC Magic spectator is ejected from any league game, WAGS R&D shall hold a hearing in which all carded Team Officials must attend.
6.         MSC Magic will carry forward 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year
 
The MSC Magic, U15/D3 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures.
Sincerely,
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
CSC Explosion Team Members Present:  Team Manager, Past President/Current Treasurer
 
The meeting started at approximately 8:40pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The Past President/Current Treasurer began testimony by stating that he is working with team officials and players to change the current culture on the team. During his 14 years of coaching, there was only one yellow card received. He stated that behavior is unacceptable, and he will be attending all practices and games to make sure behavior improves.
 
The Team Manager stated the girls were surprised there were such consequences to receiving cards. She stated that the team officials, players and parents sign a Code of Conduct before every season. The Head Coach discusses the Code of Conduct with the team. He also discussed with the team regarding his behavior and explained to them that you never question a referee’s decision no matter how angry you may become with his call.
 
The Assistant Coach submitted a statement stating that he questioned an offside call. He explained to his players that arguing with the referee was not the appropriate behavior for them to follow.  
 
A player’s mother submitted a statement that her daughter ran into her opponent when the opponent suddenly stopped. The referee believed it was an intentional push so a yellow card was awarded to her daughter. She believes her daughter’s actions were not intentional, and a yellow card should not have been awarded. However, she did discuss with her daughter the importance of playing a clean game.
 
Player #2 submitted a statement explaining her two cards. She explained the first card was given to her because she questioned the referee for what she deemed to be a bad call. The second card was given because she was defending herself by removing an opponent who was pulling her jersey. She didn’t feel the cards were justified but she said she will learn to not question the referee’s calls.
 
Player #22 began her statement that she apologizes for receiving her two cards.  She states that she is an aggressive and competitive player, and she becomes frustrated when opponents pull jerseys but do not receive fouls for doing so. She stated that she will try her best in the future to not receive any more cards.
 
Player #5 submitted a statement stating that she received her cards for playing too aggressive. She further stated when she received the yellow cards she apologized to the referees as well as her opponents who were involved. She has never intentionally tried to hurt anyone, and she will try to be more cautious and not so aggressive during the game.
 
Player #26 explained in her statement that she received a yellow card for dissent because she yelled  at the referee.   She was frustrated at the lack of calls, and she realizes that she needs to keep her frustration in check and not yell at the referee. She stated that she will work hard to maintain her composure and realizes that referees’ call should not be questioned.
 
A committee member asked if there was a discussion with the team regarding their accumulation of penalty points to which the team manager responded that she is a new team manager and was not aware of the rule. 
 
Another committee member asked if a parent who yelled inappropriate comments which resulted in the head coach receiving a red card for offensive, abusive, insulting language have any experience as a referee or has ever taken a referee class to which the team manager responded that he had not. The team manager also stated that the player and the parent said they would not return in the fall. 
 
Based upon testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
1.         The Head Coach and WAGS Representative must hold a meeting within 10 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure with team officials, parents and players to discuss the severity of accumulating 19 penalty points in one season and implement a proactive program to address and prevent further issues that may result in penalty point accumulations. Additionally, the Head Coach needs to review WAGS Rule M.a.1.d. A Plan of Action, Minutes of the meeting as well as signed attendance needs to be submitted to WAGS R&D Director within 10 days of the meeting.   Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.
2.         Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.  Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.   
3.         CSC Explosion will carry forward 9 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
The CSC Explosion, U17/D4 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures.
Sincerely,
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
ASC Premier Gold Team Members Present: Head Coach, Team Manager, Club Representative, (1) father, and (2) players.
 
The meeting started at approximately 9:15pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The ASC Premier Gold Head Coach began his testimony by stating he has coached this team since they were 8/9 years old, and he has never coached his girls to foul. During the team’s first 5 years of league play, they had never received any cards. He trains the girls to keep their composure on the field when they do get fouled. However, players do make mistakes, and he stated that he will substitute the player out of the game to explain  the nature of the foul so they will learn from their mistake. 
 
The ASC Premier Gold Team Manager  stated that she has managed the team for about 8 years, and they never had a card issue. She further apologized for having to appear before the Committee.
 
Player #28 stated that she does not intentionally foul other players. She stated that she grew a lot this year, and she was adjusting to her body change. She had to learn how to adjust her play so she would not foul. 
 
The team captain stated that when she recognizes players starting to lose composure she steps up and takes responsibility by talking to them on the field to remain calm. She further stated that her teammates usually listen to her. Also, she has learned to limit contact of opponents when Player #21 loses her composure and starts to foul.
 
A committee member observed that most of the cards were received by just two players, and he asked what steps the Head Coach takes to insure they learn from their mistakes to which the Head Coach replied that he removes them from the field and discusses their play. In dealing with Player #21, the head coach will substitute her out , and she will sit the rest of the half.   He explains to her that she must improve her attitude or he cannot recommend her to college coaches. However, the Head Coach further stated Player #21 is very creative and technically sound but she lose her composure  when she loses possession or gets fouled. 
 
A committee member expressed that such behaviors can negatively impact a team and suggested that other measures may need to be taken in order to reduce such negative behaviors.
 
The Head Coach, Team Manager and the players did express they were sorry for their actions that brought them in front of R&D Committee, and they stated they would continue to improve the current environment.
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
1.         ASC Premier Gold must submit a plan of action outlining measures the team and club will be implementing to prevent further issues that may result in penalty point accumulations within 10 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure.
2.         Signed WAGS’ Codes of Conduct by team officials and players must be submitted to WAGS R&D Director no later than the first league game of the fall 2012 season. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions.
3.         Player #28 and Player #21must sit out (1) one of the 1st two games. Suspensions can be served together or however the Head Coach decides for the first two games. A red card sit out form must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director with 24 hours of the suspensions. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.
4.         Any cards received by ASC Premier Gold must be reported directly to the WAGS R&D Director within 24 hours of match in which cards were received. Upon review of the infractions, WAGS R&D Directors reserves the right to request ASC Premier Gold to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
5.         ASC Premier Gold will carry forward 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
 
 
The ASC Premier Gold HSD/1 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R&D Committee according to Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
© Copyright 2014 Washington Area Girls Soccer League, LTD. All rights reserved.
© Copyright 2014 Demosphere International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Youth Sports WebWriter Websites, Online Registration Management, Tournament and League Scheduling Systems