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October 16, 2014
Hearing MInutes

October 16, 2014

WAGS R&D Committee Meeting

Crowne Plaza Hotel Tysons Corner

 

Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director), Elissa Moritz, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, and Michelle White (Administrator)

 

VYS Fury Red Team Members Present:  Head Coach, Team Manager, Assistant Coach, VP of Travel (2) Parents and Club Representative 

 

The meeting started at approximately 7:41 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

 

The VYS Fury Red Team Manager (Tm) began his testimony by stating that he has been team manager for three years, and he was never faced with having an ejection of his head coach before.  He reviewed the rules, and he felt they were complex and confusing so he reached out to his VYS Club Representative (VCR).   After receiving communication from his VCR, he informed the VYS Fury Red Head Coach (HC) that he could coach his next game until WAGSL posted the red cards on the web site.  The HC coached his next WAGSL game, and did not serve his required suspension from WAGSL. WAGSL R&D Committee ruled the game a forfeit according to WAGSL Rule K. 12.

                 

            12.  If a suspended coach/team official is within sight and sound or a player participates in the game (s) for which they were suspended, their team shall forfeit the game in question.

 

 

The TM believes the WAGSL R&D Committee should overturn the forfeit and allow the HC to serve his suspension because WAGSL Rules are unclear regarding suspensions for ejections and his VCR informed him the HC could coach at the next WAGSL match.

The VCR began his testimony by stating that he saw the emails from the HC and TM regarding the HCs ejection, and he meant to forward them to the R&D Director. However, another issue distracted him, and he failed to forward them to R&D Director.  He admits that he did not give his HC and TM correct information. 

A Committee Member asked if they understood that he was ejected, and the HC and TM stated that he was ejected from the match as stated in both of their emails. 

Another Committee Member asked the TM if he has participated in the Team Managers seminar to which he replied that he did.

According to WAGSL Rule

 

  1. GENERAL

 

2.     Lack of knowledge of these WAGS Rules will not relieve any Coach, Team Official, Parent or Player of a team participating in WAGS, or seeking entry into WAGS, from the responsibilities and   possible penalties herein.  ALL CLUBS, TEAM OFFICIALS, PARENTS AND PLAYERS, BY PARTICIPATING IN WAGS PLAY, AGREE THAT THEY ARE BOUND BY THESE RULES.

            K.  FORFEITS

12.  If a suspended coach/team official is within sight and sound or a player participates in the game (s) for which they were suspended, their team shall forfeit the game in question.

N.      DISCIPLINARY ACTION

1.     Sanctions - All Age Groups

a.             A coach/team official/spectator will be considered ejected if any of the following situations occur during a match: 1) he/she is shown a red card, 2) he/she receives a second yellow card, 3) he/she is sent off without being shown a red card.  He/she shall IMMEDIATELY leave the game site and its vicinity.  In the event that all of a team’s USYS Carded coaches/team officials are ejected, the game shall be declared a forfeit in favor of the opposing team and entered in the standings as a 0-3 loss for the offending team.

b.             The following penalty points shall be assessed to coaches or players who are issued Yellow and/or Red Cards:

1.             Yellow Card (Caution):      Two (2) Points

2.             Red Card (Ejection):           Five (5) Points

3.        If a player or coach receives a Red Card, the player/coach must be ejected and shall be assessed five (5) points.  If a referee instructs a coach to leave the field, without showing a red card, that coach has been ejected and shall be assessed five (5) points.

6.        No player or coach/team official will be assessed more than five (5)    points in any one game.

c.        A player or coach/team official shall be suspended from WAGS participation because of the accumulation of the penalty points during the season, whether assessed as the result of play in league competition, the Rael Vodicka Tournament, or in a sanctioned tournament sponsored by a WAGS member club, if the Tournament Director reports the Red and/or Yellow Cards to the WAGS R&D Director.

1.    Five (5) points or more but fewer than ten (10) - a one game suspension;

 

R&D Committee is very disappointed that VYS Fury Red did not adhere to the WAGSL Rules regarding ejections and suspensions from matches. Lack of knowledge of the rules does not absolve any team official from the penalties incurred from not following the rules.

Therefore, based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee upholds the Letter of Censure, 09/18/14, and the forfeit will stand.

The VYS Fury Red, U12/DN 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), Elissa Moritz, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, Doug Walls, Nicole Peters and Michelle White (Administrator)

SAC Blitz Ajax Team Members Present:  Head Coach, and TSL

CYA Santos Team Members Present:  Head Coach, TSL, Parent Volunteer, Club Representative

The meeting started at approximately 8:43 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The SAC Blitz Ajax Head Coach began his testimony by stating that a free kick was awarded to CYA Santos and his player received a yellow card. The Center Referee was making some notes and blew the whistle after the kick was made.  There was confusion on the field to the purpose of the whistle, and his players believed the whistle stopped the play. CYA Santos scored a goal in the confusion of play.  The Center Referee consulted with the Assistant Referee and awarded the goal to CYA Santos. The HC believes the Center Referee misapplied FIFA Laws of the Game by allowing the goal.

A Committee Member asked what is the time estimation of the whistle to the kick to which the SAC Blitz Ajax Head Coach replied about two seconds.  CYA Santos Head Coach also stated that the whistle was about 1 to 2 seconds after the kick. 

Another Committee Member asked if the Center Referees back was to the player when she kicked the ball to which the SAC Blitz Ajax Head Coach responded that the Center Referee was writing down some notes but he is not sure if she was watching the kick.

Based on the testimony and facts presented at the hearing, the Committee believes that the Center Referee did misapply the Laws of the Game in the use of the whistle.  When a player is awarded a yellow card, the play is stopped and the center referee uses their whistle to restart the play.  The Committee feels the free kick was started before the whistle was blown to restart the play.

Therefore, GRC 15709, CYA Santos v. SAC Blitz Ajax, U14/D1 will be replayed. The teams must reschedule the match within 72 hours from the date of your Letter of Censure according to WAGSL Rules.  

The SAC Blitz Ajax and CYA Santos, U14/D1 are 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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