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June 26, 2013 Hearing - Penalty Points

 June 26, 2013

WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Tysons Corner
 
Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Bianca Berrios, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
VSA Heat 98G Gold  Members Present:  Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Team Manager 
 
The meeting started at approximately 7:10 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 
 
The VSA Heat 98G Gold Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that he has worked with this team to have them become more disciplined players.  He believes the red cards were received unfairly as they did not show dissent during their last match. The HC states the Center Referee agreed with the Assistant Referee to disallow VSA Heat 98G Gold’s goal.  In frustration, the  VSA Heat 98G Gold Assistant Coach (AC) had stated quietly his disbelief of the Center Referee decision to disallow the goal. The Assistant Referee believed the AC used offensive language and issued him a red card.  After the match, a player used identical words, and she was also issued a red card for offensive language.  The HC believes the words used did not justify the red cards, and he believes if his team did not receive those cards they would not be in violation of WAGSL Rule N.1.d.
 
A Committee Member asked the HC and AC if the AC’s actions and the player’s actions showed dissent to which they replied they didn’t believe the AC’s and the player’s actions  warranted a red card for the words they used.  
 
Another Committee Member asked them if they counseled the team on what transpired at the match to which the HC responded that he did not. 
 
A Committee Member asked the HC and AC if they were familiar with the WAGSL Rules to which they replied they were not.  They were further asked if they remember the content of the WAGSL Coaches’ Code of Conduct to which they replied they don’t remember when they signed them as they do not handle paperwork so they are not sure what is stated in them. 
 
 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following: 
 
  1. VSA Heat 98G Gold is assessed a fine in the amount of $200.00.   The check must be mailed to WAGSL, 1817 Emory Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136 and received no later than July 31, 2013. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. 
  2. The VSA Heat 98G Gold Team Manager must participate in the New Team Managers’ Webinar Meeting currently scheduled for August 6, 2013 at 7:30pm.  The VSA Heat 98G Gold Team should check the WAGSL web site for any possible changes to this meeting.     Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the start of Fall 2013 season.  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.
  3. The VSA Heat 98G Gold Head Coach must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which he coaches, irrespective of seasonal year.  He must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (1)  game suspension was served within 48 hours of the suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.    
  4. The VSA Heat 98G Gold Assistant Coach must serve a (2) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which he coaches, irrespective of seasonal year. He must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (2) suspensions were served within 48 hours of each suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions
  5. The VSA Heat 98G Gold Head Coach and Assistant Coach must participate in a Positive Coaching course prior to the start of the Fall 2013 season.   Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director. 
  6. VSA Heat 98G Gold Player # 88 must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates. The VSA Heat 98G Gold Team Manager must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (1) game suspension was served within 48 hours of the suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.  
  7. Any cards received by VSA Heat 98G Gold during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. 
  8.  Signed and submitted Codes of Conducts by all parents and carded members are to be provided to WAGSL R&D Director before the 1st league game of the WAGSL Fall 2013 season.  The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed on line. 
  9. VSA Heat 98G 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 14 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure.
  10. VSA Heat 98G Gold will carry over 10 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. 
 
 
The VSA Heat 98G Gold, U14/D2 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R&D Committee according to WAGSL Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures which can be found in the League Rules.  
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D 
 
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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Bianca Berrios, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
 ASA Magic Select Members Present:  Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, (4) players, (4) parents, 
 
The meeting started at approximately 7:55 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 
 
The ASA Magic Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating the team took the previous penalty point hearing seriously and implemented a plan of action to address the issues that were the cause of the receiving the accumulation of points. Although he believes there is still room for improvement, he does feel their plan is working as they have reduced the amount of cards they received.  At the start of each match, he reminds his players to pay attention to their play so they do not receive any cards.  He described the manner in which the cards were received, and he is working on improving the technical ability of his players. 
 
The ASA Magic Team Captain stated that she reminds the players to play clean and be careful so they do not receive any more cards. 
 
The HC believes that his players have made a real effort to reduce the amount of cards.  He does not contest any cards, but he believes they are working really hard as they know they have to deal with the carry over points from the previous season. 
 
The Committee commends ASA Magic Select team officials and players for taking the situation very seriously and implementing a plan of action that made a positive step forward in the reduction of penalty points.  We also commend ASA Magic Select on complying with their Letter of Censure dated December 27, 2012.  
 
Based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following:
 
1.    ASA Magic Select will carry forward 11 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 which can be located in its entirety in WAGSL League Rules.
 
 Sincerely,
 
 Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
 
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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Bianca Berrios, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
HERN Choas Members Present:  Head Coach, Team Manager, and Club Representative  
 
The meeting started at approximately 8:30 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 
 
The HERN Chaos Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that he has been coaching for about 10/12 years and the last two years at HERN.  He believes that youth players need to communicate respectfully and effectively with adults especially in escalating situations.  He further states that it is the coaches’ responsibility to demonstrate how to maintain composure when the calls are unfavorable.  During the first half of the match, HERN Chaos only received one card.  At halftime, the HC approached the Center Referee to get feedback on his team’s performance. The second half began with their second card being received, and the situation on the field seemed to escalate with his players showing their frustration and receiving more cards. Eventually, a second yellow was given to one of his players, and HERN Chaos had to play with 9 field players. He believes it was a very competitive match, and he let his emotions get the best of him which resulted in his ejection. 
 
A Committee Member asked the HC if his actions on the sidelines contributed to the frustration of the players on the field which resulted in them receiving cards to which he replied that he felt that he could have handled it better as hindsight is 20/20. 
 
Another Committee Member asked if he spoke to his players regarding the match, and the HC responded that he did talk to his players and instructed them to keep playing a clean game even when a referee makes bad calls. 
 
Another Committee Member asked about the Center Referee’s report stating that HERN parents approached him after the match to which the HERN Club Representative replied that an email was sent immediately to all team parents that they are never to approach a referee under any circumstances. 
 
 
Statements were subsequently submitted by the HERN Chaos HC, players, and the HERN Club Representative (CR).  In reviewing what occurred at the match, the HC believes that he could have reacted in a professional manner in a challenging situation.  He further states that he takes full responsibility for not remaining calm as he believes his behavior affected the behavior of his players which escalated the situation. He further believes the lessons learned from that day will prepare him to be a better coach, leader and mentor to these young adults. 
 
The HERN Chaos players’ reflected upon their actions and expressed remorse for their behavior.  
 
The HERN CR proposed their plan of action that ensures the WAGS’ sanctions will be followed, HERN Chaos HC will be attending the Positive Coaches Clinic in January, a senior coach will be present at HERN Chaos games for the fall season to offer support and to ensure a positive sideline/game environment will be maintained, and the entire team will review WAGS Player Code of Conduct as well as the HC will review the Coaches’’ Code of Conduct.  Furthermore, all referee issues will be reported to the HERN CR. 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following: 
 
  1. The HERN Chaos Team Manager must participate in the New Team Managers’ Webinar Meeting currently scheduled for August 6, 2013 at 7:30pm.  The HERN Chaos Team should check the WAGSL web site for any possible changes to this meeting.    Failing to do so will result in the HERN Chaos Team Manager receiving a 1 game suspension.  Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director prior to the first League Game of Fall 2013 season.  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.
  2. The HERN Chaos Head Coach must serve a (3) game suspensions during the next WAGSL league play in which he coaches, irrespective of seasonal year. He must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (3) suspensions were served within 48 hours of each suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.
  3. The HERN Chaos Head Coach must participate in a Positive Coaching course prior to the start of the Fall 2013 season.   Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director.
  4. HERN Chaos Player # 19 must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates. The HERN Chaos Team Manager must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (1) game suspension was served within 48 hours of the suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.  
  5. Any cards received by HERN Chaos during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. 
  6. Signed and submitted Codes of Conducts by all parents and carded members are to be provided to WAGSL R&D Director before the 1st league game of the WAGSL Fall 2013 season.  The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed on line. 
  7. HERN Chaos 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 14 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure.
  8. HERN Chaos will carry over 9 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. 
 
 
The HERN Chaos, U17/D2 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R&D Committee according to WAGSL Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures which can be found in the League Rules.  
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
  
 
 
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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Bianca Berrios, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
 HERN Power Members Present:  Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Treasurer and Club Representative  
 
The meeting started at approximately 9:15 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 
 
The HERN Power Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that they took the previous penalty point hearing seriously and implemented a plan of action to address the issues that were the cause of receiving the accumulation of points.  He informed his players that they need to improve their play and attitude so they would not receive any more cards.  He was not going to accept any dissent or hard tackles or they would be removed from the field.  During the season, they struggled with low numbers, but the HC still implemented his plan of action of removing players when they did not follow his instructions. The HC states the players worked really hard, but despite their efforts there was not enough commitment to the team, and the team has disbanded.. 
 
 
The Committee believes that HERN Power instituted a plan of action which took a positive step forward in addressing the challenges the team faced in reducing their penalty point accumulation.  The Committee also commends HERN Power for taking the matter seriously and complying with their Letter of Censure dated December 27, 2012.  Furthermore, the Committee appreciates HERN Power’s attendance at the hearing despite the team disbanding.  Based upon the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee believes that no disciplinary action was necessary. 
  
 Sincerely,
 
 Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
 
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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Bianca Berrios, Michelle White (Administrator)
 
 SEVP United Two Members Present:  Head Coach, Club Representative,
 
The meeting started at approximately 9:50 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 
 
The SEVP United Two Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by apologizing for his team’s actions that resulted in the accumulation of penalty points.  He explained that his team consists of players who play in high school but would like to get more game experience and extra touches on the ball. SEVP United Two players want to continue to stay involved in soccer. The HC takes responsibility for the cards that were received, and he has addressed the seriousness of the situation with his team. He further stated that although the Center Referee awarded him the two cards for dissent, it was actually his assistant coach who received these cards.  The Administrator informed him that his contact information had not listed an assistant coach which explains the center referee awarding the cards to him.  The HC was advised to update his contact information so WAGSL can assign the cards to the SEVP United Two Assistant Coach (AC).  The HC further stated that he is disappointed with the actions of his AC.  
 
Statements were subsequently submitted by the SEVP Club Representative (CR), and the AC.  The AC admitted to dissent, and he regrets his actions as he is there to set a good example for his players.  He also stated that his players’ offenses were more out of “clumsy” play and there was no malice or intent in their challenges.  He believes he should serve the sit out at the beginning of the next season in which SEVP United Two plays. 
 
The CR was very apologetic in his statement, and he took full responsibility for the cards the team received.  He believes this is an opportunity to review penalties and disciplinary action with WAGS coaches in the Severna Park programs.   He submitted a plan of action that entails addressing the WAGS team officials for each team about the importance of providing positive role models and how to handle the appropriate management of frustration by young athletes and parents. The CR will also perform follow up discussions regarding penalty cards and carry over points at the SEVP coaches mid-season meeting.  At this meeting, they will review Positive Coaching Alliance as well as WAGS R&D guidelines.  Additionally, the players who receive any cards will be addressed individually to help them understand their actions. 
 
 
Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee directs the following: 
 
  1. The Team Manager must update all current contact information on team page immediately.
  2. The SEVP United Two Assistant Coach must serve his red card sit out on the first WAGSL game in which he coaches.  WAGSL does not tolerate offensive and foul language so the Assistant Coach must also serve an additional sit out and submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (2) suspensions were served within 48 hours of each suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions
  3. Any cards received by SEVP United Two during the next WAGSL league in which the team participates must be reported to the WAGS R&D Director within 48 hours of the issuance of the card(s).  Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.   
  4.  SEVP United Two will carry over 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. 
 
 
 
 
The SEVP Untied Two U19/D3, was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R&D Committee according to WAGSL Rule O, Protest and Appeals Procedures which can be found in the League Rules.  
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
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