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January 25, 2006.
January 25, 2006.
WAGS R & D Committee Meeting
Fairview Park Marriott
January 25, 2006
 
Committee Members Present: Lula Bauer ( Director ), Debi Honaker, Chris Mroczek, Karen Parker, Clarence Jones,  Ruben Bolognesi.
 
Meeting Notes
 
Penalty Points Accumulation – PWSI Courage 88 U17 D1 - 19 Total and Current Penalty Points.
Team Members Present: Head Coach,  PWSI Club Representative, Players, Parents.
 
The Head Coach started out by thanking the Committee for their existence, mentioning that it was good for the game of soccer.  He continued his statement by saying that the whole team was embarrassed to have to come before the Committee and apologized for it. He added that he does not punish players for playing hard, but does so for not being disciplined.  In summary, he finished his comments about the point accumulation by saying that mainly frustration was the reason for the majority of the cards the team received this past Fall 05 season.  He said it is not an excuse, but just a plain explanation.
 
The Head Coach proceeded to hand out to the Committee members copies of a “Courage Character” statement, which resembles a Code of Conduct, and a “Team Goals” list, as well as a written explanation for each card received.
 
Players present explained the cards they each received. The Head Coach also explained his 2 cards, a yellow and a red, and in the process, admitted that he is “intense”.
 
A Committee member asked the HC whether the team submitted a referee report card for the game he felt the referee did not perform, to which the HC responded negatively.  He was encouraged to do so next time he faces a similar situation.
 
 A second Committee member pointed out to the HC that 14 of the 19 points were accumulated in a period of 14 days, and asked him if he had an explanation for it.  The HC agreed to the comment and based the accumulation purely again on frustration.
 
A third Committee member advised the HC to “take a hard look into the mirror”.  That he accumulated approximately 50% of the penalty points, therefore, was the main reason the team had to appear before the Committee tonight.
 
The Director thanked all team members present for attending this hearing, and continued to point out that the accumulation of 19 points in just one season is high.  Furthermore, the Committee is very concerned with the type of Penalty Points accumulated by the HC.  Seven of the team’s nineteen penalty points were for “dissent”. Coaches and players must understand that we live in an imperfect world, and field play will often be viewed differently by opposing players, parents, and coaches / team officials. However, judgments by the referee and their assistants must be respected and unquestioned except in the case of misapplication of the Laws of the Game.  And in that event, there are specific and appropriate actions that should be taken.  Nineteen points in one season is a significant accumulation, a very serious matter that the Committee will not tolerate.
 
DECISION:
 
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following:
 
The PWSI Courage 88 Head Coach is suspended for the next two ( 2 ) WAGS games.  Please remember that a sit-out form needs to be filled out and mailed to the WAGSL R&D Director for each game a player / coach sits out.
 
The PWSI Courage 88 Head Coach must attend a Positive Coaching Alliance course.  Proof of attendance must be mailed / e-mailed to the WAGS R&D Director.
 
The PWSI Courage 88 will lose the privilege of having two ( 2 ) home games from the total amount of home games they will be scheduled to have on the next WAGS season the team participates.
 
The PWSI Courage 88 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, “Protests and Appeals Procedures”.
 
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Penalty Points Accumulation – FREE Phoenix U14 D1 - 22 Current & Total Penalty Points.
Team Members Present:
Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, WAGS Club Representative.
 
The Head Coach ( HC ) started out by mentioning that it was his first season with this team.  He continued by testifying that, of all the cards received, he concurred with just 3 of them, and that the other ones were for hard tackles, that in the boys’ side of the game would not have been called.  He  added that there was no malice in any of the fouls, and that he was “mystified” as these cards were piling up on this team.  He said that he teaches his players to play the game in the right manner, including, being physical. 
 
In order to solve this problem, he mentioned to the Committee that he will have a referee come out to a practice and talk to his players.
 
The Assistant Coach ( AC ) testified that they had a short roster of 14 players, and that the majority of them are on the small side physically.  During games, he could tell that they were getting tired, and thus, out of sync.
 
A Committee member asked the HC what his plan to solve this problem was.  The HC responded that he will not ask his players not to play hard, and reiterated that the fouls charged against them would not be called during a boys game.
 
A second Committee member asked the Team Manager ( TM ) whether she was keeping track of the accumulated points as they were piling up throughout the season.  The TM responded that she did not know about the huge accumulation of penalty points.
 
A third Committee member advised the HC and the AC that the players need to get fitter with low numbers on the roster.
 
A fourth Committee member advised the HC to enroll his players in a referee course.
 
The Committee appreciates and thanks everyone for attending the hearing.  Nevertheless, the Committee is disappointed based on the fact that not one player that received a card during the past season was present to discuss their penalty points.  Furthermore, the Committee is very concerned that 13 and 14 year old girls are accumulating this tremendous amount of penalty points. Last, but no least, twenty two points in one season is a significant accumulation, a very serious matter that the Committee will not tolerate
 
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following:
 
The FREE Phoenix Head Coach must attend a Positive Coaching Alliance course.  Proof of attendance must be mailed / e-mailed to the WAGS R&D Director.
 
The FREE Phoenix will lose the privilege of having three ( 3 ) home games from the total amount of home games they will be scheduled to have on the next WAGS season the team participates.
 
The FREE Phoenix Team Officials and Players will develop a very detailed plan of action / game conduct plan to prevent getting cards. A copy of this plan signed by every member of the FREE Phoenix ( Team Officials & Players ) must be mailed to the WAGS R&D Director no later than March 1, 2006.
 
The FREE Phoenix U14 D1 was informed that they have the right to appeal the decision of the WAGS R & D Committee according to Rule O, “Protests and Appeals Procedures”.
 
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Penalty Points Accumulation – MSC Freedom U19 D3 - 16 Current & Total Penalty Points.
Team Members Present:
None
 
The Committee feels very disappointed based on the fact that not one member of the MSC Freedom attended the hearing.
 
After deliberation, the Committee directs the following:
 
The Head Coach is suspended for the next three ( 3 ) WAGS games should he opt to coach a team affiliated with WAGS in the future. Please remember that a sit-out form needs to be filled out and mailed to the WAGSL R&D Director for each game a player / coach sits out.
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