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December 15, 2012
Game Conduct & Penalty Points Hearing Minutes

 

December 15, 2012
WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Sheraton Washington North
 
Committee Members Present: Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, John Evans, Emily D’Italia, Carmen Nichols, Bob Vincent, Lyndse Hokanson,, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
 TSC Siafu Team Members Present: Head Coach, TSC Club President, and Club Representative.
 
The meeting started at approximately 9:30am. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The Head Coach (HC) apologizes for his behavior that caused him to appear before the Committee. He stated that he has been coaching since 2007, and he has never received a card with WAGS. It is not in his nature to lose control and over react to a referee’s decision, and he realizes that he was wrong to let his emotions get the best of him in this particular game. After reflecting upon the moment, he understands that his behavior negatively impacted his players which caused them to react poorly. At the next practice, he explained to his players that his behavior is unacceptable as they should not question a referee’s call or display any disrespectful behavior. The Thunder’s Technical Director also spoke to the team after the incident and reiterated such behavior is unacceptable and the referees’ calls are not to be questioned.  Upon receiving the referees’ official reports, Thunder’s Club President met with the HC to discuss the incident. The Club President decided the HC’s behavior did warrant disciplinary action, and informed the HC of the actions to be taken.  The HC further explained that he is a young coach, and he does not want to foster a negative reputation for his coaching career. He wants to provide and instill in his players a respect for all aspects of the game.
 
The Club Representative (CR) stated that the HC has coached her daughter for 5 years on an older Thunder team, and she has never seen the HC exhibit such behavior. He has provided a positive experience for her daughter, and he has encouraged the girls to respect the game and the officials. 
 
The Club President (CP) stated Thunder took this incident very seriously and does not want coaches behaving disrespectfully toward game officials. Upon receiving the referees’ official reports, he held a meeting with the HC and discussed the nature of the offense and believed the club needed to take disciplinary action. He informed the HC that the club does not tolerate this type of behavior, and he will serve the sit out and be monitored indefinitely. The HC is also required to take a positive coaching course.  Furthermore, Thunder is in the process of forming a sub-committee to handle disciplinary actions.  
 
Three players submitted statements to the Committee apologizing for their behavior during the match. They realize they should not question the referee’s calls and act respectively at all times.
 
According to the Center Referee’s & Assistant Referee’s official report, the HC used explicit foul language. A Committee Member asked the HC if he used explicit foul language to which the HC replied that he used some foul language but did not use the “F” word.
 
Another Committee Member questioned the HC about not immediately leaving the field when he was red carded to which the HC replied that he turned around to watch the PK, and then he continued to leave the field until he was stopped by another referee crew who expressed their opinion to him regarding the call.
 
A Committee Member asked if the HC protested the game to which the HC replied that after he took a step back he realized his behavior was wrong,  and he chose not to protest it or file a report on the referees.
 
A Committee Member informed the HC that players watch how he handles adversity,  and they respond and learn from his actions. It is important for him to set a good example on how to handle adversities so they will learn how to rise above them in life.  
 
The Committee commends TSC for realizing the need to form an internal committee and encourages them to formulate a standard operating procedure for dealing with disciplinary situations. 
 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
 
1.    The HC will be will be required to attend the Coach Meeting which is held on February 3, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner from 9:00am to 11:00am or February 9, 2013 at Sheraton Washington North from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Your attendance is only required at one of these meetings.   Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the first League Game of the Spring 2013 season regardless if the team elects to sit out 2013 Spring league play. If the HC does not attend the Coach Meeting, the HC must pay a $200.00 fine by March 9, 2013 before they can coach ANY WAGS’ team.
2.    The HC must serve a (1) game suspension. Additionally, if the HC is issued any cards during the Spring 2013 league play ( or Fall 2013 if TSC Siafu sits out during the Spring 2013 league play), this infraction must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s). Upon review of the infraction(s),the WAGS R&D Directors reserves the right to request HC to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
3.    A TSC club representative will observe the HC at all Spring 2013 league matches (Fall 2013 if team sits out during the Spring 2013 league play) and submit a written report at the middle of the season AND at the end of the season detailing their observations of the HC’s sideline behavior and demeanor.
 
The TSC Siafu, U14/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, Lyndse Hokanson,, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
 TSC Strikers Team Members Present: Head Coach, Team Manager,TSC Club President, and Club Representative.
 
The meeting started at approximately 10:10am. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The Head Coach (HC) apologizes for being in front of the committee. He stated that he addresses the cards with the team at every game. At first, he addressed the players who have incurred multiple cards by themselves, but then approached the whole team regarding the infractions. He further asserted that his permanent team captains have not received any cards. He informed the Committee that during his playing career he hardly received any cards, and therefore, he expects good behavior and composure from his players. However, he believes that sometimes it is out of the control of the player as they don’t know how the referee will make the call.
 
The Team Manager (TM) stated the HC approached the whole team regarding the accumulation of cards. Additionally he spoke with the four players who received the cards. After the receiving the WAGS R&D hearing notice, a parent meeting was held to discuss the penalty point accumulations. The TM felt everyone understood the severity of the situation and the changes that needed to be made. 
 
The Club President (CP) apologized for being called in front of the Committee for these infractions. He explained to the Committee that the Club has a new direction and they are developing a sub-committee with new policies to address these types of situations.
The club is in the process of realigning club resources that will have a positive impact on players, coaches and parents.
 
The Club Representative (CR) stated there has been a shift in the club board, and they are in the process of implementing new rules and procedures for coaches, players and parents to follow that will in part address this issue. 
 
Players #17 & #11 submitted statements in which they apologized for their behavior and explained the reason for their cards.
 
A committee member asked as to why there were no players present at the meeting as requested by the hearing notice, and the TM responded they didn’t think they had to appear and statements would suffice. She apologized for misunderstanding the importance of their attendance.
 
The Committee was extremely disappointed that no players’ were in attendance at the meeting.  The purpose of these hearings is to provide a forum to address inappropriate and repetitive behaviors so coaches, players and parents understand their responsibilities and learn in order to make it a more positive environment. 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
1.    The HC will be will be required to attend the Coach Meeting which is held on February 3, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner from 9:00am to 11:00am or February 9, 2013 at Sheraton Washington North from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Your attendance is only required at one of these meetings.   Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the first League Game of the Spring 2013 season regardless if the team elects to sit out Spring 2013 league play.  If the HC does not attend the Coach Meeting, the HC must pay a $200.00 fine by March 9, 2013 before they can coach ANY WAGS’ team.
2.    Any cards received by TSC Strikers during the Spring 2013 league play (or Fall 2013 if TSC Stikers sits out during the Spring 2013 league play), must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).Upon review of the infraction(s),the WAGS R&D Director reserves the right to request TSC Strikers to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
3.    TSC Strikers will carry forward 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
 
The TSC Strikers, HSD/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, Lyndse Hokanson,, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
ASA Magic Select Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Club Representative, (6) players, and (5) parents.
 
The meeting started at approximately 10:50am. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The ASA Magic Select Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that he took the WAGS R&D notice of possibly reaching the penalty point violation very seriously. In communication with the WAGS Club Representative (CR), he was advised to meet with ASA’s Director of Coaching (DOC) to discuss possible changes he could make to improve the performance of his team.   In addition to meeting with the DOC, he took corrective actions. The HC and Assistant Coach (AC) held a meeting with players, and then a meeting with parents and players to discuss the infractions and the measures that will be taken such as team imposed sit outs and a change in team captains. The HC and AC discussed with the players on how to improve their play on the field. The HC believes his new directives were working as the team played in three tournaments and only received 2 cards in the last 13 games. Although ASA Magic Select penalty point average per season is not good, he feels they have been able to begin a change in team culture to improve the play on the field.
 
The ASA Magic Select Team Manager (TM) stated that she has been the team manager for about 8 years. She feels the cards received at this one particular game were not relative to the play on the field.   She didn’t feel the girls deserved the cards they received.
 
The AC asserted that he and the HC has been coaching the team for about 1 ½ years. ASA Magic Select is taught to play hard but not to play out of control. The AC stated that he and the HC met with the ASA DOC regarding the accumulation of cards. The AC feels they have initiated changes that seem to be working as they have reduced the amount of cards received since the plan was enacted.
 
The CR began his testimony by stating that ASA takes this very seriously, and he contacted the HC, AC, and the DOC to address the high accumulation of penalty points. He further stated that he has been the WAGS Club Representative for approximately 10 years, and he can only remember being in front of the WAGS R&D Committee twice during that time.
 
A Committee Member asked when the team captains were removed to which the HC responded that they were removed at the end of the season. 
 
Player #24 explained that she received her first card for failure to respect distance as she was not 10 yards away from the kick. She received the second yellow card of the game when there was a quick restart and the opponent hit her in the back of the head. She said she left the field respectively and did not dissent.   She said her coach spoke to the referee about the card.
 
Player # 9 stated that she didn’t think ASA Magic Select was a vicious team. She was asked to guest play several times before she decided to join the team.  
 
Player #22 believes her team has really matured since the coaches have enacted their new rules for the team. She states that her team has become more disciplined both at games and at practices.
 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
 
1.           ASA Magic Select is assessed a fee in the amount of $200.00.   The check must be mailed to WAGSL, 1817 Emory Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136 and received no later than January 28, 2013. 
2.           Any cards received by ASA Magic Select in the Spring 2013  (or Fall 2013 if ASA Magic Select sits out during the Spring 2013 league play), season must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).Upon review of the infraction(s),the WAGS R&D Director reserves the right to request ASA Magic Select to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
3.           ASA Magic Select will carry forward 12 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
The ASA Magic Select, U16/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, Lyndse Hokanson, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
HERN Heat Team Members Present: Team Manager & Club President, (2) players, and (2) parents.
 
The meeting started at approximately 12:00pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The HERN Heat Team Manager (TM) explained the team has made two coaching transitions in the last three seasons. The coaches were not meeting club standards so the parents decided to change coaches. The TM is a licensed coach, and he is currently coaching the team. The team has struggled with loss of players due to injury, but he has tried to maintain a certain standard since he assumed the coaching role. The Club has a R&D Committee, and they are closely monitoring the team and the penalty points.
 
Player #27 stated that as team captain she is to set the attitude on the field. She said she plays aggressively but does not play to injury anyone. She is working to improve her play so she doesn’t receive any cards. 
 
Player #14 stated that she sometimes loses her composure on the field. When TM became head coach the attitude on the team changed. The TM spoke to her regarding her aggressive play and made her sit out.
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
1.    Thiago Silva and Gus Donolo will be required to attend the Coach Meeting which is held on February 3, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner from 9:00am to 11:00am or February 9, 2013 at Sheraton Washington North from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Their attendance is only required at one of these meetings. Mr. Silva and Mr. Donolo must attend one of these Coach’s meetings before they can coach ANY team in WAGS. Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the first League Game of Spring 2013 season.  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. If the Thiago Silva and Gus Donolo do not attend the Coach Meeting, they must EACH pay a $200.00 fine by March 9, 2013 before they can coach ANY WAGS’ team.
2.    Any cards received by HERN Heat during the Spring 2013 league play (or Fall 2013 if HERN Heat sits out during the Spring 2013 league play), must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).Upon review of the infraction(s),the WAGS R&D Director reserves the right to request HERN Heat to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
3.    HERN Heat will carry forward 9 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
The HERN Heat, U17/D2 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, Lyndse Hokanson,, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
HERN Power Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, (7) players, and (5) parents.
 
The meeting started at approximately 12:30pm. After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.
 
The HERN Power Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating it is his first season coaching HERN Power and his first time coaching in WAGS. He is a high school coach, and he has coached in other leagues. He apologized for having to be in front of the Committee, and he does not believe in negative behavior or dissent. The team was challenged during the season with the number of players which lead to frustrations on the field. He tried using the club pass system but the referee would not allow him to use the guest players so they played short at one of their games, and the players lost their composure on the field. He is working to obtain more players so he can address the frustration issues and disciplinary situations. However, he does not offer any excuses for his players’ behavior as they should maintain their composure under the circumstances. He will implement new policies when season resumes in the Spring.
 
The Club President (CP) stated that HERN Power is a new team to WAGS, and they are in the process of making necessary adjustments. The Club will be monitoring the team in its upcoming WAGS’ season.
 
Player #7 stated that her numerous cards were because of her frustration with being short of players. She is working on trying to control her behavior and maintain her composure.
 
Player #17 asserted the coach has made a positive impact on the team. He addresses the negative behaviors and instructs the players to keep their composure under the pressure.
 
A Committee Member asked if the team is aware of the new policies to which the HC responded that he will present them to the team and they will be published before the season begins. 
 
Another Committee member asked how the team captains address frustrations on the field to which the team captain replied that she tries to talk to them to get them to calm down.
 
           Based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
 
1.    The HC will be will be required to attend the Coach Meeting which is held on February 3, 2013 at Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner from 9:00am to 11:00am or February 9, 2013 at Sheraton Washington North from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Your attendance is only required at one of these meetings.   Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the first League Game of the Spring 2013 season regardless if the team elects to sit out Spring 2013 league play.  If the HC does not attend the Coach Meeting, the HC must pay a $200.00 fine by March 9, 2013 before they can coach ANY WAGS’ team.
2.    Any cards received by HERN Power during the Spring 2013 league play (or Fall 2013 if HERN Power sits out during the Spring 2013 league play), must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).Upon review of the infraction(s),the WAGS R&D Director reserves the right to request HERN Power to attend a hearing where further sanctions may be implemented.
3.    HERN Power will carry forward 9 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.
 
The HERN Power, U16/5W 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
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