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June 19, 2002
June 19, 2002 - Minutes R & D Committee
Members Present:
Lula Bauer, Director, Christine Mroczek, Chuck Keefer, Hap Kwiatkowski, Richard Will, Committee administrator

Penalty Point Accumulation: MATT Flames U-15/5, 19 points,
13 points current season, 6 carried over from Fall 2001

The team was represented by the assistant coach, 5 players, and 3 parents. The assistant coach indicated that players, coaches, and parents accepted complete responsibility for the situation which they admitted was unacceptable. She described a series of measures that will be taken to rectify the situation, including development of a team handbook that spells out an appropriate code of conduct.

The committee expressed disappointment that the team's penalty point accumulation did not drop from last season to the current season. Thirteen points were assessed in both the current and previous seasons.

The Committee voted unanimously to issue a written censure, calling on coaches/team officials to take greater measures to deal with incidences of retaliation, to communicate to players the seriousness of the situation, and to convey the Committee's belief that unless significant improvement is achieved in the coming season, additional team and individual sanctions could be imposed. The Committee also directed that heavily carded players be individually counseled as to the seriousness of their behavior and the possible consequences.

The Committee also directed that the coach, if he returns to the team in the Fall 2002 season as a carded coach or team official, be assessed a 3-game suspension to be served at the start of the season. This measure was taken, in part, to reflect the assessment of 7 penalty points to the coach over the past 2 seasons.

Penalty Point Accumulation: BRYC United U-13/2, 16 points,
13 points current season, 3 carried over from Fall 2001

The team was represented by the assistant coach, a BRYC club representative, and the team's parent representative. The assistant coach and parent representative outlined a number of steps being taken to rectify the situation, including development of a code of conduct, and a sportsmanship counseling session for players and parents.

The committee was disappointed that heavily carded players did not attend the meeting, even though the R&D Director strongly encouraged such action. (See Note to all teams, below).

The Committee voted unanimously to issue a written censure, calling on coaches/team officials to take greater measures to deal with player attitude problems, to communicate to players the seriousness of the situation, and to convey the Committee's belief that unless significant improvement is achieved in the coming season, additional team and individual sanctions could be imposed.

The Committee also directed that heavily carded players be individually counseled as to the seriousness of their behavior and the possible consequences.

Penalty Point Accumulation: BRYC Impact U-13/1, 13 points,
13 points current season, no carryover.

The team was represented by the coach. He discussed a number of the cards given to players, and expressed the feeling that several of the incidents were fouls but undeserving of cards. He agreed that several players were prone to dissent, and assured the committee that these situations would be addressed individually.

The Committee voted unanimously to issue a written censure, calling on coaches/team officials to take greater measures to deal with player attitude problems, to communicate to players the seriousness of the situation, and to convey the Committee's belief that unless significant improvement is achieved in the coming season, additional team and individual sanctions could be imposed.

The committee also directed the coach to serve a one game suspension at the first game of the coming season, as a result of a red card received on 5/19/2002.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:25pm.

Note to all teams:
WAGSL Rule N, 2, d, for U-13 teams and above, states in part "After a hearing in which the team's coach/team official, club representative, and offending players must participate… " The Committee feels that heavily carded players (of any age) benefit from a positive, direct, interaction with the Committee. It is one of the most effective ways to communicate the seriousness of the situation in a positive but firm manner. In situations where a personal appearance is not possible, team officials may request the R&D Director to accept a written statement from the player.

Coaches/team officials, players, and parents should be aware that penalty point accumulations can be and are considered by the WAGSL Board of Directors in making division structure decisions.

In all situations where a coach/team official or player is required to sit out a game due to the issuance of cards or penalty point accumulation, a condition of satisfying that suspension is the inclusion of the suspended person's name in the appropriate section of the Game Card.

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