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November 20, 2002
November 20, 2002 - Minutes R & D Committee
Members Present:
Lula Bauer, Director, Christine Mroczek, Chuck Keefer, Hap Kwiatkowski, (abstained, STAFF Shooting Stars), Clarence Jones, Wendell Domon, (abstained, BSU Blast) and Karen Parker.

Penalty Point Accumulation: BSU Blast U-17/2 - 14 Current Points,
4 carry over points from the Spring 2002 Season.

The BSU Blast was represented by their WAGS Club Rep, the Team Manager and their Treasurer. Players and parents of the team had been asked to attend but stated that the drive was too long and that many of the girls had jobs they could not be absent from. The Team Manager expressed that there had been a lack of focus and continuity on the team as a result of coaching changes. The WAGS Rep who is also a BSU Board Member advised the R&D Committee that they are closely monitoring the activities of this team and that they must approve a new coach before the team may hire him or her.

The Committee expressed their disappointment that Player #2 and # 17 were not present at the meeting. The Team Manager informed the Committee that both players did not intend to return to the team next season.

The Committee voted unanimously to issue an oral censure to the U-17 Division 2 BSU Blast.

Player #2 will be suspended for the first game of the Spring 2003 WAGS season, and that as a condition of serving this suspension, this player be entered in the appropriate place on the Game Card. WAGSL Rule N, 2, f states in part that "A coach/team official must be out of sight, out of sound, before, during, and after a game for which the coach/team official has been suspended". The Team Manager of the BSU Blast will provide the R & D Committee the name of the Club/Team Player #2 transfers to.

Player #17 will be suspended for the first game of the Spring 2003 WAGS season, and that as a condition of serving this suspension, this player be entered in the appropriate place on the Game Card. WAGSL Rule N, 2, f states in part that "A coach/team official must be out of sight, out of sound, before, during, and after a game for which the coach/team official has been suspended". The Team Manager of the BSU Blast will provide the R & D Committee the name of the Club/Team Player #17 transfers to.

Penalty Point Accumulation: STAFF Shooting Stars U-15/1 - 17 Current Points,
5 carry over points from the Spring 2002 Season.

The Stafford Shooting Stars were again represented by their coach, players and their parents. The main purpose of this hearing was for the Shooting Stars' coach to explain to the Committee the additional penalty points that had been assessed to the team since their hearing on November 4,2002. The Stafford Shooting Stars now have a total of 22 penalty points for the Fall 2002 season. The team received an additional red card for OIAL and a yellow card for USB the last weekend of WAGS league play. The referee who issued the red card provided a detailed report to the R&D Head and Committee members. After much discussion between the Committee members and Player # 17 who received the red card, the player apologized to the Committee and assured them that she would try to deal with her aggression on the field in a more acceptable manner. The Committee commends Player # 17 for attending the meeting and taking responsibility for her behavior.

The Committee voted unanimously to: (with the exception of the additional one game suspension for player #17, the vote was 4-1),

Player # 17 shall serve her red card suspension in the first game of the next WAGS league season that her team participates in. The red card must be served regardless of whether the player remains on this team or transfers to another.

Player # 17 shall serve an additional game suspension for the OIAL towards the referee to follow consecutively from the first sit-out, and that as a condition of serving this suspension, this player be entered in the appropriate place on the Game Card. WAGSL Rule N, 2, f states in part that "A coach/team official must be out of sight, out of sound, before, during, and after a game for which the coach/team official has been suspended".

The Stafford Shooting Stars team loses the privilege of hosting home games for the next WAGS season of which they are participants.

PROTEST: GFRL Strikers vs SWYA Freedom U-14/2
Failure to Produce Official State Roster.

The match between the GRFL Strikers and the SWYA Freedom was played fairly and resulted in a 2-1 win for SWYA. The GRFL Strikers protested the result and asked for a forfeiture as a result of the SWYA coach's inability to produce the Official State Roster at the end of the match.

Prior to the start of the match, the GRFL Team Manager asked for the game information sticker from SWYA as they were the home team. The SWYA coach said that it had not arrived at the field yet. The GRFL Team Manager then returned to her sideline where she heard some SWYA parents discussing the paperwork for the team and their concern as to the whereabouts of the Player Passes and the Roster for that game. These questions prompted the Team Manager to pursue the matter.

The SWYA Assistant Coach stated that she showed the Player Passes for her team to the referee prior to the start of the match and completed the Game Card to the referee's satisfaction. She then continued to warm up her team with the coach.

The GRFL Team Manager stated that she tried to get the attention of the referee before the match started to ask about checking the Player Passes against the Official State Roster but that he was starting the match at the time and unable to hear her. There was some dispute as to the number of times that the GRFL Team Manager asked the referee to check again.

The SWYA Assistant coach stated that she was unaware of any problem until well after the game ended though the GRFL Team Manager stated that she asked the referee for the State Roster both at half-time and at the end of the game. The referee stated that though he did check the Player Passes of both teams prior to the start of the match, he admittedly did not check them against either State Roster. At the end of the match, the referee asked the SWYA Assistant Coach for her Official State Roster per the request of the GRFL Team Manager and she was unable to produce it within the fifteen-minute grace period.

The SWYA Assistant Coach would like it noted that there was never an intent to deceive and that if the GRFL Team Manager had asked her for the State Roster before the game, that she could have produced it in a timely manner. It is also noted that when a Committee member questioned the GRFL Team Manager, she admitted that she had never previously requested to see another team's State Roster in the other eight games that her team had played this season.

The R & D Committee is saddened when such a case comes before it. However, the Protest is granted and shall be entered as a forfeit of 3-0 for the SWYA Freedom. The requirement that the Official State Roster be present at the field of play at all times is absolute. No exceptions can be made, even in cases where there is no evidence of any wrongful intent.

Based on testimony heard at this hearing, the R&D Committee will make a recommendation to the Division Structure Committee. The committee was impressed with the honesty and integrity shown by the SWYA assistant coach. We believe that this error was unintentional and in no way meant to impugn the integrity of the game or allow an uncarded player(s) to participate. Had the team officials communicated with one another in a timely manner, it is the opinion of this committee, this situation for the players could have been prevented. Therefore, we would like to recommend that this forfeiture not have a negative impact when assessing division structure for U-14/2.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 PM.

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