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December 3, 2013 Penalty Points Hearing

Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Bob Vincent,  Lyndse Hokanso, Linda Norton, Elissa Moritz Michelle White (Administrator)

ODFC Lightning Members Present:  Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, and Club Representative  

The meeting started at approximately 7:15 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 

The ODFC Lightning Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that he has been coaching for about 15 years, and he starting coaching ODFC Lightning since they were U10 in the WAGS league.  Since U12, ODFC Lightning has obtained 8 cards in 6 seasons.  He tracks every foul and card received, and he speaks to each player when they receive a card.  He instructs his team to keep composure when pressured, and to never dissent to the referee staff.  He and his team take full responsibility of their actions, which lead to them receiving 16 penalty points. He plans to institute further sanctions to his players if the behavior continues.  He believes his team plays a clean game, but they had to adjust to the increased time length of the matches and the growth of their bodies.  He apologized to the Committee for having to appear in front of them.

Upon review of the players’ statements that were submitted, the Committee commends the honesty of the players for taking full responsibility for their actions. 

The ODFC Lightning Assistant Coach (AC) began her testimony by stating that she has been the assistant coach since the beginning of the team.  She states the team has very little turnover, and most of the players have been together for a long time.   She believes they understand the gravity of the cards, and they are taking a proactive approach to not repeat these behaviors for the future.

A Committee Member asked why the AC is not listed with the team officials to which the ODFC Team Manager (TM) replied that she inherited the position in the Spring mid-season, and she forgot to update the website.  

Another Committee Member applauded the players for taking responsibility for their actions, but cautioned the coaching staff not to let this behavior become a new trend with the team.  The HC responded that he plans to discuss with the team the severity of their actions and will implement further sanctions to his players such as serving suspensions if the behavior continues. 

The hearing concluded at 7:45pm.

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

 

  1. Signed and submitted Codes of Conducts by all parents and carded players/members are to be provided to WAGSL R&D Director before the 1st league game of the WAGSL Spring 2014 season.  The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed on line. 
  2. All team officials must be listed on the WAGSL team page before the start of the next season.
  3. ODFC Lightning will carry forward 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The ODFC Lightning, U15/D1 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,  Lyndse Hokanso, Linda Norton, Elissa Moritz, Michelle White (Administrator)

 

HERN Chaos Members Present:  Team Manager, Club Representative, (2) players, (3) parents, Director of Total Futbol.   

 

The meeting started at approximately 8:06 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures. 

 

The HERN Chaos Head Coach (HC) could not be present as he was out of the country at this time. 

 

The HERN Chaos Team Manager (TM) began her testimony by submitting a statement prepared by the HC.  In his statement, the HC apologized for not being able to attend the hearing.  He asserts the two cards received by his players were “very ordinary athletic plays that were either timed wrong or clumsy”, and they were not malicious.  He counseled the girls upon receiving their cards on why they were carded and how they can handle it differently in the future. The HC explained he received his card for dissent because he was concerned about player safety issues and inconsistent calls.  Upon receiving his card for dissent, he remained quiet the rest of the game. He further states he emailed the HERN Club Representative (HCR) explaining each infraction.  At practices, he spoke with his team regarding the infractions on how to approach the play a little differently.  He maintains a positive atmosphere at practices and games.  He promotes good sportsmanship and respect for all officials and opponents. 

 

The TM requested to read her statement into the record.  She expressed a positive growth of the team since they appeared in front of the Committee in the Spring despite a losing record this Fall season.  She credits the HC and coaching staff for the turnaround of the team in their reduction in penalty points.  Through their leadership, she believes the HC and coaching staff encourages an atmosphere of sportsmanship and accountability. She does not feel the infractions were malicious in nature, but were from hard play. 

 

Three players submitted players. Player No. 20 understands why she received her yellow card, and she accepts the referee’s decision. Player No. 8 apologizes for the two cards she received these last two seasons.  She is working to adjust her play when trying to win balls.  Player No. 4 describes the support she receives from the coaches and her teammates through their positive encouragement.

 

A Committee Member asked why the HC’s statement to the HCR regarding his card did not mention any safety concerns for his players but in his statement submitted to the Committee at the hearing he now mentions safety concerns.   Furthermore, the Committee Member asked if these safety concerns were reported to WAGS at the time of the match, and the TM replied they were not raised at that time.  The HCR also stated the HC did not express any safety concerns to her as well.   

 

Another Committee Member asked why the team officials did not comply with HERN Chaos’  July 10, 2013 Letter Of Censure (LOC) in reporting the cards within 48 hours to the WAGS R&D Director as Sanction # 5 specifically stipulated to which the TM replied that she reported the cards to the HCR since she is on the WAGS Board.  The HRC explained that she assumed the team officials were also sending these reports to the WAGS R&D Director.  After being contacted by the R&D Director, the HCR and TM forwarded these reports to the R&D Director.  The TM explains it was just a misunderstanding. 

 

Another Committee Member asked why the Red Card Sit Out forms showing the suspensions were served were not submitted in the required 48 hours of the suspension to which the TM thought she had submitted all Red Card Sit Out forms to R&D.  A Team Parent stated that the HC did serve his three game suspension as he did not coach the first three WAGS games. 

 

A Team Parent stated that the atmosphere on the team is a supportive and encouraging one. He commends the HC for fostering a culture of respect and inclusion on the team. He believes the HC should be credited for the positive influence on the team. 

 

The Total Futbol Director (TFD) stated that he employs the HC to coach the HERN Chaos team.  He is disappointed with the HC’s response to the R&D Committee, but he believes the HC has improved since the last season.  TDF advised the Committee of the measures he will take with the HC to further his improvement as a coach. 

 

A Committee Member asked the new TSL if they have completed the TSL course, and if he is listed on the team page to which he responded that he had completed the course a couple of years ago as he was a TSL previously.  However, he has not taken a recent course.  The TM stated he was not listed on the team page.  The new TSL also submitted a statement praising the behavior of his parents. 

 

The Committee commends the team for their improvement, but is concerned with the non-compliance of the LOC.  The Committee believes the HC did not take the R&D LOC seriously as he did not fully comply with the sanctions imposed on the team.  As the HERN Chaos HC, it is his responsibility to make sure there is full compliance  and  all LOC sanctions are completed.   In addition to coaching players, coaching responsibilities also include respecting league rules and all aspects of the game including the administrative elements.  It is incumbent upon the HC to make sure that all the sanctions were completely followed.  It is disappointing that despite the strides the players have made, the HC approaches the league and the LOC with an indifference to compliance. 

 

The hearing concluded at approximately 9:30pm. 

 

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

 

  1. The HERN Chaos Head Coach must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which he coaches, irrespective of seasonal year for failing to fully comply with the July 10, 2013 Letter of Censure.  He must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Director showing the (1) game suspension was served within 48 hours of the suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. 
  2. 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 report any card received to the WAGS R&D within 48 hours will result in a $200.00 fine for each card unreported.  Failure to comply may result in further sanctions. 
  3. HERN Chaos  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 January 6, 2013.  The fine is based on HERN Chaos’ failure to fully comply with Sanction Number 2 and 5 of the July 10, 2013 Letter of Censure. 
  4. All HERN Chaos TSLs must be in compliance with WAGSL rules and participate in the TSL class before the start of the next WAGSL league play, irrespective of seasonal year. 
  5. All HERN Chaos Team officials including the TSLs must be listed on the WAGSL team page before the start of the Spring 2014 season. 
  6. HERN Chaos will carry over 7 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. 

 

The HERN Chaos, HSD/2 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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