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October 21, 2008
 
Lula E. Bauer, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Fairview Park Marriott
October 21, 2008
 
Committee Members Present:  Lula Bauer (Director) Clarence Jones, John Davis, Dottie Talbott, Debi Honaker, Michelle White (Administrator).
 
FRED FC Royals Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, (2) Team Managers, & Club Representative
 
Others Present:  Center Referee
 
Meeting Notes
 
FRED FC Royals (U14 D5);  alleged violation of WAGS Rule M.1.  Game Conduct; K.10. Forfeits, and Parent Code of Conduct
 

The Center Referee (CR) filed a report pertaining to the Head Coach (HC); game misconduct, forfeits, and Parent Code of Conduct which initiated this hearing.

 
The CR began his testimony by explaining the chain of events leading up to the reason for filing his Game Report.  He explained that during the first half the FRED FC Royals’ parents loudly expressed dissent with the CR’s calls. The CR approached the parents and informed them that he would ban them to the parking lot only leaving the grandparents on the sideline. The match was evenly played between both teams. Parents and the HC continued to question the CR calls. A yellow card was issued to the FRED FC Royals’ player for not allowing restart of the match. The HC intensified his dissent with derogatory comments made to the CR to which the CR issued the HC a red card.  The match was played to completion.
 
A Committee member asked if the HC immediately left the pitch without incident and the CR replied that he did.
 
The HC testified that he completely agreed with the CR’s match report. He continued by apologizing to the CR for his dissent.   He did leave the pitch and went to the parking lot to be out of sight and out of sound. He further stated that he has been coaching for 4 years and he has never been cautioned or ejected from a match. 
 
The Team Manager (TM) testified that the CR approached the parents warning them about their behavior. She grabbed the lollipop bag and started to hand them to the parents trying to diffuse the situation.    She also testified that there were some opponent’s parents standing behind them in the shade who were loud. 
 
A Committee member asked about the whereabouts of the FRED FC Royals’ TSL to which the TM replied that he was there standing next to parents who were very vocal keeping them calm.
 
The Club Representative entered into record a letter from a parent who admitted to violating the Parent Code of Conduct and voluntarily did not attend the next game.     
 
After the deliberation, the Committee directed the following:
While the Committee concludes that no additional suspensions need be served, the FRED FC Royals’ Head Coach is put on probation for 1 (one) year effective immediately. The Head Coach for FRED FC Royals (U14 D5) is placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the season and the next season in which the team competes in the WAGSL. The terms of this probation require that the HC maintain a completely satisfactory disciplinary record. Cautions and ejections in matches, supplemental reports from referees and comments on the Official Game Cards will all be evaluated to ensure that Head Coach has satisfied the terms of probation. Violation of the terms of probation will result in an additional R&D hearing.
The Committee also endorses the voluntary sit out of the FRED FC Royal’s parent.
The FRED FC Royals U14 Division 5 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,
 
Lula E. Bauer, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
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WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Fairview Park Marriott
October 21, 2008
 
Committee Members Present:  Clarence Jones, John Davis, Dottie Talbott, Debi Honaker,  Michelle White (Administrator).
 
SYA Freedom Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, TSL, Club Representative
 
Others Present:  Center Referee
 
Meeting Notes
 
SYA Freedom (U15 D1);  alleged violation of WAGS Rule M.1.  Match Conduct; K.10. Forfeits; I.4. Match Information
 

The Center Referee (CR) filed a report pertaining to the Assistant Coach (AC); game misconduct, forfeits, and match information which initiated this hearing.

 
The CR began his testimony by explaining the chain of events leading up to the reason for filing his Match Report.  He explained that pitch conditions were slippery and that the opponent cleanly slide tackled the SYA Freedom player. He called no foul and the AC showed dissent by throwing up her arms. Yellow cards were issued to both teams for various offenses. A foul was committed by a SYA Freedom player that potentially could have been considered to be worthy of a red card; however, she was issued a yellow card and given a verbal warning not to repeat the behavior. However, the player repeated the behavior and was issued a second yellow card and then a red card. The player left the pitch. Immediately after the match, the AC approached the CR on the pitch and asked why the player was carded. The CR explained the call to her at which time the AC became rude and belligerent and wanted to argue the point. The CR issued a red card to the AC, and the AC left the center circle. The CR returned to the referee corner where he was approached by a person who identified herself as the SYA Freedom’s TSL. According to the CR, the TSL complained to the CR that he allowed the play to be too physical which could result in injuries.  The CR listened to the TSL and then indicated to  her that the conversation was over. After the TSL walked away, the ejected AC approached the CR again asking for an explanation about the cards.  The CR explained the cards again to which the AC became belligerent and wanted to argue. The CR told the AC that the conversation was over and he walked away from her. Later that evening when preparing the referee report, the CR noticed the TSL name on the match card was not the same person who approached him on the pitch as the team’s TSL. 
 
A Committee member asked if the girls were in the vicinity to hear the exchange between the AC and CR to which the CR replied that they could have heard the yelling when the AC approached him in the center circle.   Another Committee member asked if he felt threatened by the AC to which he replied that he certainly felt intimidated, but at no point did he feel like the AC was going to attack him. However, she was rude and explosive. A third Committee member ask if the woman who posed as the TSL was there to which to the CR replied that she was in attendance. He furthered explain that at first she was polite and then she become a little rude. 
 
Testimony was then given by the AC to which she stated that she was sitting in a chair when the CR issued the first yellow card to her player. She put her hands on her head and was issued a yellow card for dissent.   She said that she wasn’t sure what her player had done because the foul was committed on the other side of the pitch and she could not see it. She said she did approach the CR, but at no time was she rude or belligerent. She stated that she did not raise her voice, but she did express her opinion. She was issued a red card, and she walked away to retrieve her belongings which were behind the goal. She stated that she had to wait for her daughter as there was no one else there to take her home. The AC saw the TSL talking to the CR. After the TSL walked away from the CR, the AC approached the CR again to ask him why the cards were issued. She stated that she never raised her voice or approached him in a rude matter. She decided to walk away from the CR.
 
The SYA TSL testified that when she approached the CR the players were on the other side of the pitch. Her daughter did not play in the match because she was injured. She felt as though the match was very physical and was concerned about the safety of the players. She felt that the CR lost control of the match and shared her opinion with him. He did not share in her opinion so she walked away disagreeing with him.
 
The team manager (TM) testified that he is also the SYA Freedom’s Assistant TSL for SYA Freedom and signed the match card. He felt the first yellow card was warranted. He did not hearing anything when the AC talked to the CR in the center circle
The HC testified that he was not in attendance at the match.
 
The SYA Freedom Club Representative testified that she believes that her TSL understands her position. She stated that there are better ways to find out why the cards were issued and reminded SYA Freedom of these different ways.
 
A Committee member asked the AC if she has discussed the incident with the players to which she replied that she has not. Another Committee member asked if she understands WAGS’ procedure when issued a red card to which the AC stated the WAGS’ procedure.  
 
After the deliberation, the Committee directed the following:
 
 
            The behavior of the Assistant Coach was inappropriate. Judgments made by the Center Referee and their assistants must be respected, and unquestioned except in the case of the misapplication of the Laws of the Match. And in that event there are specific, appropriate actions that should be taken. The AC did not immediately leave the vicinity and be out of sight and out of sound after receiving her red card. Therefore, the Assistant Coach must serve an additional two match suspension for choosing to return to the pitch and arguing with the Center Referee. The AC is placed on disciplinary probation, effective immediately, for the remainder of the season and the next season in which the team competes in the WAGSL.The terms of this probation require that the AC maintains a completely satisfactory disciplinary record. Cautions and ejections in matches, supplemental reports from referees and comments on the Official Match Cards will all be evaluated to ensure that AC has satisfied the terms of probation. Violation of the terms of probation will result in an additional R&D hearing.
 
The SYA Freedom U15 Division 1 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,
 
Clarence Jones, Acting Director, WAGSL R&D Committee
 
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WAGS R&D Committee Meeting
Fairview Park Marriott
October 21, 2008
 
Committee Members Present:  Lula Bauer (Director) Clarence Jones, John Davis, Dottie Talbott, Debi Honaker,  Michelle White (Administrator).
 
BSU Storm Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager/TSL, Club Representative & Parent
 
 STAF Freedom Team Members Present: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager/TSL, Club President, STAF ATTACK Assistant Coach, (8) Parents & (3) Players 
 
Meeting Notes
 
BSU Storm and STAF Freedom (U17 D4);  alleged violation of WAGS Rule M.  Match Conduct and Parent Code of Conduct
 
The Center Referee (CR) filed a report pertaining to the STAF Freedom Head Coach (HC) Game  misconduct and Parent Code of Conduct which initiated this hearing.
The Center Referee submitted a written report in lieu of attending the scheduled hearing. He made several points. 1) There was a confrontation between the BSU Storm parents and the STAFF Freedom parents. 2)  The BSU parent claims a STAF Freedom player verbally abused her and she retaliated verbally at a later opportunity.  3) The CR  approached the parents to address the situation and he informed parents that no verbal or any other contact will be permitted between a player with any spectator and the match continued. 4) The match took on a more intense overtone and a yellow card was issued to a STAF Freedom player.  4)  A red card was issued to the STAF Freedom HC for derogatory comments and continuous verbal dissent. At first, the STAF Freedom HC refused to leave the pitch and threatened to withdraw his team, but he did eventually leave the premises.   5) The remaining match was played until its completion.  
Prior to the hearing, the R&D Director made it clear that the hearing was not based on whether or not they agreed or disagreed with the Center Referee’s judgment calls. She continued to explain that if the CR’s calls were brought in to these discussions, you will be called out of order.
The BSU Storm TSL began her testimony by stating that it was a physical match. The BSU Storm parents made comments regarding the rough play to which a STAF Freedom player responded negatively. The BSU Storm TSL further stated that the same player elbowed a BSU Storm player in the neck. A BSU Storm parent stated to the player that she must like to play rough, and the BSU Storm TSL spoke to him not to say anything. During a throw in, the same BSU Storm parent yelled not to let the STAF Freedom player to push the BSU Storm player around. The STAF Freedom player started using profanity and walked off the pitch. The BSU Storm TSL followed the STAF Freedom player up the pitch when suddenly the STAF Freedom player turned around and yelled; F*** You, you are not my mother. I don’t have to listen to you.” She was then encountered by the STAF Freedom TSL. The BSU Storm TSL furthered testified that the STAF Freedom TSL grabbed her by the arms and tried to move her to the side.   She alleges the STAF Freedom parents were yelling. The TSLs were separated and it was agreed that the parents move back three feet.
The BSU Storm HC began his testimony by stating that during the match a STAF Freedom player was injured. He attempted to get his players to kick the ball out of bounds to stop the play. Being on the other side of the pitch, he could not hear what was being said but he did see the STAF Freedom TSL approach the BSU Storm TSL. He said that there was a lot of finger pointing back and forth. He saw the STAF Freedom parents starting to walk towards the BSU Storm TSL and informed the CR to intervene. The STAF Freedom HC yelled at the CR that he had lost control of the match. The CR issued a red card, and the STAF Freedom HC did not want to leave the pitch, but he eventually did. The STAF Freedom AC said to let the girls continue to play the match to which the BSU Storm HC agreed.
The STAF Freedom TSL began her testimony by stating that shortly after the match started, a STAF Freedom player was being verbally attacked by a parent seated at the end of the pitch. The STAF Freedom player changed positions with another player and alerted the coach. The STAF Freedom TSL further testified that she located the BSU Storm TSL to discuss the exchange and asked her to remind her parents not to directly confront the players as per WAGS’ rules. The BSU Storm TSL responded that her daughter had been elbowed by a STAF Freedom player and did not receive a call. The STAF Freedom TSL further stated that she reminded the BSU Storm TSL to control her parents and the parent sitting next to BSU Storm TSL agreed. Shortly after their conversation, the STAF Freedom player walked off the pitch with the BSU Storm TSL following behind her in an intimidating manner. The STAF Freedom TSL stated that she tried to usher the BSU Storm TSL away from the crowd to straighten out the situation. The BSU Storm TSL continued to yell and be verbally abusive to the STAF Freedom TSL. The CR arrived to sort out the situation but never asked the STAF Freedom TSL what the issues were. The STAF Freedom HC stated he would like all parents to vacate the pitch to which the STAF Freedom TSL suggested the parents to move back from the sidelines to the appropriate distance from the pitch. The CR continued the match.
The STAF Freedom HC stated that he will let his parents testify and that he will add to their testimony when they were finished.
Several STAF Freedom parents began to testify by stating that they saw the BSU Storm TSL closely following the STAF Freedom player as she walked off the pitch. They furthered testified that they saw the STAF Freedom player suddenly turn around and exchange words with the BSU Storm TSL. They were not in the vicinity to hear what words were stated except for one STAF Freedom parent. She stated that she heard the STAF Freedom player say “that you are not my mother and I don’t have to listen to you.” She denied she heard any profanity. Another STAF Freedom parent testified that she saw the BSU Storm TSL “chest butt” the STAF Freedom TSL.  The STAF Attack AC testified that he saw the STAF Freedom player leave the pitch in tears, took off her shin guards and stated that she cannot play. The CR came over to investigate but he stated he couldn’t do anything as he did not hear what happened. He further testified that the STAF Freedom HC said that he wanted all the parents to leave the pitch. The parents calmed down and the match continued.
The STAF Freedom player testified that it was an aggressive match and the CR did not call hardly any fouls. She stated that a BSU Storm parent stated to her that she “must be a tom boy.”   She informed a STAFF Freedom parent who she thought was the TSL as well as the STAF Freedom HC.  She asked him if she could be move to the other side of the pitch. As the play continued, she did wind up on the parents’ side again to which she stated that she was subjected to repeated harassment by the BSU Storm parents. She decided to leave the pitch because she could not continue to play with such harassment. She stated that the BSU Storm TSL continued to walk behind her making derogatory statements to her. She responded verbally to the BSU Storm TSL. As she was sitting on the bench, the STAF Freedom AC convinced her to return to the team.
The STAF Freedom AC testified that he saw the mob of parents on the other side of the pitch. He felt that the situation was very confusing to the CR and AR. He said that he asked the BSU Storm coaches if they wanted to continue to play to which they replied yes. The match continued until completion. When the AC reached the parking lot, he stated he did not see STAF Freedom HC. 
The STAF Freedom HC began his testimony by discussing his total disapproval of the CR’s calls. The R&D Director quickly reminded him his testimony should pertain to the incident regarding the parents and his behavior. The STAF Freedom HC displayed complete disrespect for the R&D Director. He was given a chance to add anything new to prior testimony but chose to abruptly leave the hearing by admonishing the R&D Committee because he felt he was being wronged. The STAF Freedom AC followed behind him.
 A Committee member asked the STAF Freedom player as to why she chose to leave the pitch on the parents’ side and not return to her team to which the player responded that she felt secure with her parents.
Another Committee member asked the BSU Storm TSL why she didn’t  take another route to the STAF Freedom TSL to which she replied that she followed the STAF Freedom player to hear what was going to be said.
Another Committee member asked the BSU Storm parent what he had said to the STAF Freedom parent to which he replied that he said something like, “You like to play rough.”
The BSU Club Representative stated that they take the Parent Code of Conduct very seriously and that she informed the team and parents that this should not have occurred. She further testified that this has never happened before. The BSU Club wanted to hear the STAF Freedom’s point of view before they proceed with their own determination of what actions BSU should take.  
The STAF Freedom Club president testified that he has talked to the STAF Freedom HC and he will take the matter to his R&D after hearing the BSU Storm testimony.
The hearing was concluded.
After the deliberation, the Committee directed the following:
 
The Committee was completely saddened by the series of events and believes the egregious behavior was completely avoidable. The Parent Code of Conduct was instituted to provide a safe and competitive environment for its players without negative interactions with spectators. The Committee feels that the parents violated the Parent Code of Conduct. 
 
The WAGS’ Parent Code of Conduct states:
  
            Remember at all times that they are adults, and therefore examples, and always consider the likely effect of their actions on the league’s players.
 
            Never insult, demean, or criticize any participant, whether player, match official, or  team official. Offensive, insulting, or abusive language is absolutely contrary to the spirit of the match.
 
This is an issue that the Committee considers of great importance and will not be tolerated.
 
Therefore, the BSU Storm parent who admitted he addressed the STAF Freedom player needs to serve two match suspensions. 
 
The BSU Storm TSL and the STAF Freedom TSL failed to meet the requirements of the TSL. The TSL position requires that the TSL:
 
   Ensure the team spectators/parents observe the spectator  line.
 
     Be the “cooler head” should sideline behavior become extreme.
Therefore, the BSU Storm TSL and the STAF Freedom TSL are immediately removed from their position of being their team’s TSL for the  remainder of the season and the next season in  which the team competes in the WAGSL.
The STAF Freedom HC must serve a one game suspension. Questioning Referee’s calls cannot and will not be tolerated. 
The BSU Storm and the STAF Freedom U17 Division 4 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,
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