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June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014

WAGS R&D Committee Meeting

Courtyard Marriott -Tysons Corner

 

Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Lyndse Hokcanson, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Nicole Peters, John Camm, Michelle White (Administrator)

 

ALSC Premier 00:  Head Coach/Club Representative, Team Manager, & TSL

 

STER FC:  Team Manager, Parent Volunteer, STAR , and (1) player

 

The meeting started at approximately 7:00 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

 

ALSC Premier Head Coach (ALSC HC) began his testimony by stating that he feels WAGSL Rule I.2 was violated because a discussion never occurred between the teams as to what STAR was to be used during the match. He did not realize the Assistant Referee (AR) was a STAR from the other team until one of his parents told him.   He further asserted that he felt their STAR made wrong calls during the match. 

 

The STER Team Manager (STER TM) began her testimony by stating that she feels no rules were violated.  The Center Referee (CR) asked the STER STAR to be the AR as the assigned AR was not there for checking in the teams.  It was a well hard fought match between the players, and she believes there was no partiality shown by their STAR. 

 

The STER STAR testified that he is a Grade 8 referee, and he has officiated many matches at the club and high school levels as well as many tournaments. Although at the time he was not dressed, but he alerted the CR that he was a STAR.  The CR asked him to get dressed as he needed him to be the AR.

 

A Committee Member asked were any STARS from either team dressed and ready for the match to which the ALSC HC and the STER TM replied no.

 

Another Committee Member asked if the STARS from each team alerted the CR to their availability if they were needed.  The STER STAR stated that he did let the CR know he was a STAR, and he had his uniform with him if he was needed.  The STER STAR further stated that he asked the CR if he needed to suit up approximately ten minutes prior to the match time as there were only two assigned referees present.  The CR advised him to suit up.

 

The ALSC HC said he did not know if anyone from his team told the CR that ALSC had STARS available as he did not talk to the referees about STARS. He further stated that when he saw three referees suited, he assumed they were the assigned referees, but he did not ask if any of them were a STAR. 

 

The ALSC Team Manager (ALSC TM) stated that she did advise a parent who she thought was STER’s team manager they had STARS available for the match.  She discovered later that it was not the STER TM.  She further stated that she did not believe anyone from her team alerted the referees that they were STARS as they thought the three referees standing there were all assigned referees.

 

A Committee Member asked STER TM why he didn’t speak to the ALSC TM to which he replied that he was warming up their goalkeeper, and he asked a parent to speak to ALSC.

 

A Committee Member asked who checked in the teams to which the STER STAR responded that the teams were checked by the referee crew.  Basically, the CR checked in the teams while the STAR and AR stood beside him.

 

Another Committee Member asked the ALSC HC if he felt the CR lost control of the match to which he replied that he is not here to question the calls of the CR, but he feels the WAGSL Rule was violated.  He further stated that he felt the CR yielded to the decision of the STAR to make his calls. 

 

The Hearing concluded at 7:35 p.m.

 

The Committee has reviewed the testimony and statements submitted, and they do not feel there was a willful violation of WAGSL Rule Appendix I.2 – Teams on Game Day.  Therefore, the Committee has denied ALSC Premier ’00’s protest, and GRC #14319, Alliance Premier ’00 v. STER FC Elite Black ’00, U13/D2, will stand as played.  Please submit the game card within 24 hours to the WAGSL Administrator. 

 

The Alliance Premier ’00, U13/D2, 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 its entirety in the WAGSL League Rules.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Doug Walls, Lyndse Hokcanson, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Nicole Peters, John Camm, Michelle White (Administrator)

 

LOUD 99G Black:  Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, & Club Representative

 

The meeting started at approximately 7:40 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

 

The LOUD head coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that they were aware of the infractions.  He stated that this team had a unique situation as they had two head coaches, and he was not at every match.  However, he stated that he did have conversations with the player who incurred the most points on her infractions and style of play.

 

A Committee Member asked where are the players and/or their statements to which the HC replied that Player #0 will not be returning to the team, and Player # 44 will be moving to the LOUD Red team in the fall.  The Committee Member then asked if the LOUD Red was the next level team to which he responded yes.

 

A Committee Member asked about the violent conduct call to which the AC responded that while she was going for a 50/50 ball, she hit her elbow into the opponent’s neck.  The AC felt the center referee made the correct call. 

 

Another Committee Member asked if the coaches had a discussion with the team to which the HC and AC responded they did not speak to the team about the incidents.

 

The LOUD team manager (TM) stated the girls understood the impact of the infractions as they were lean on numbers with no substitutions for the next match.  The players were not happy with their teammate’s behavior, but they did not berate her for it.

The meeting concluded at 8:00 p.m.

   The Committee expressed concern regarding the number of points the team accumulated during the season.  Although the committee appreciates the attendance of the team officials, we are extremely disappointed that no statements were submitted by the players.  The purpose of these hearings is to provide a forum to address inappropriate and repetitive behaviors so coaches, players, and parents understand their responsibilities and learn in order to make it a more positive environment keeping with the spirit of the game.

 

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

1.    Player #0, Klein, must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates. She must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (1)  game suspension was served within 48 hours of the suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions.

2.    Player #44, Benson, must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates. She must submit a Red Card Sit Out Form to the WAGSL R&D Committee showing the (1) suspensions were served within 48 hours of each suspension. Failure to comply will result in further sanctions

3.    Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed online. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions

4.    LOUD 99G Black must submit a plan of action outlining measures the team and club will be implementing to prevent further issues that may result in penalty point accumulations within 14 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure

5.    LOUD 99G Black will carry over 10 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The LOUD 99G Black , U14/D5 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, Lyndse Hokcanson, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Nicole Peters, John Camm, Michelle White (Administrator)

ALEX Red Revolution:  Assistant Coach (1), Assistant Coach (2), Team Manager, & Club Representative

The meeting started at approximately 8:05 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The ALEX Red Revolution Assistant Coach No. 1 (AC1) began his testimony by stating that this is the first time this team has appeared before the R&D Committee. He stated that he doesn’t dispute the center referee’s (CR) decisions.  He explained the goalkeeper believed she had the ball when she took down the opponent.  He further stated that his player was distraught after the call, and he let her calm down before he explained to her the nature of the call, and why she received the red card. 

The ALEX Red Revolution Assistant Coach No. 2 (AC2) explained that they work on teaching the girls how to play good, clean soccer.  If a player commits a foul, the coaches want to correct the player so they do not continue that style of play.   The AC2 further explained that she received her red card because she asked the center referee what foul the player had committed, and he did not respond with a specific foul.  AC2 stated she became frustrated with the CR, and there were an exchange of words between them which resulted in her ejection.  After the match, the AC2 explained to her players that her behavior went too far, and she crossed the line.  This behavior is not acceptable under any circumstances and players as well as coaches must say in control no matter what the circumstances. 

Player #22 submitted a statement apologizing for the yellow card she received stating that it was not an intentional foul, and that it was her first card she has ever received. 

Player #21 submitted a statement apologizing for her yellow card.  She stated that she thought she had a fair shot at the goal, but misjudged her play.   After the card, she realized that she should not be that aggressive because no goal is worth hurting another player.

Player #8 submitted a statement apologizing for her red card.  She stated that she misjudged her play in goal.  She further stated that she has never received a red card in her soccer career, and she will do her best to play safe moving forward.

AC1 stated there will be a new head coach in the upcoming soccer year, and he submitted a statement which assumed responsibility for the actions of the team during the spring season.  His statement included a plan of action to reduce the incidents of cards by the players and the coaches in the coming season.

A Committee Member asked if the team held a post game discussion after the AC2 ejection to which the AC2 replied that they did.  She informed her players that her behavior is unacceptable.  She deeply regrets exhibiting such behavior as it is not appropriate on or off the soccer field.

The meeting concluded at 8:25 p.m.

The Committee commends ALEX Revolution Red team for taking this matter very seriously by accepting responsibility for their actions. The Committee also appreciates the team taking a proactive approach in presenting a plan of action which focuses on reducing the accumulation of penalty points for the next season.

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

1.    Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed online. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions

2.    ALEX Revolution Red will carry over 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The ALEX Revolution Red, U15/D2 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, Lyndse Hokanson, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Nicole Peters, John Camm, Michelle White (Administrator)

FPYC Wildcats Blue:  Assistant Coach, Team Manager, TSL & Club Representative

The meeting started at approximately 8:30 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The FPYC Wildcats Blue HS Assistant Coach (AC) began his testimony by stating that his players were unable to attend the hearing because they are home studying for their finals.  He further stated that the team has never received any red cards during their time together, and they were proud of the numerous sportsmanship awards they received.  The infractions they received this season were from one match, and it doesn’t reflect who they are as a team.  The AC began to explain to the committee the circumstances of each card the team received during the match.  Although they do not agree with the center referee’s decisions, they respect that the cards will stand.

A Committee Member asked if the coaching staff talked to the players to which they responded they did speak to the team.  The AC further stated that after Player #27 received her red card for offensive, insulting, abusive language, she apologized to the team for her actions.

The meeting concluded at 9:05 p.m.

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

1.    Signed Codes of Conduct by team officials, players and parents must be submitted to the WAGS R&D Director no later than seven (7) days prior to the first league game of the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year. The Codes of Conducts are also to be completed online. Failure to submit documentation will result in further sanctions

2.    FPYC Wildcats Blue HS must submit a plan of action outlining measures the team and club will be implementing to prevent further issues that may result in penalty point accumulations within 14 days of receipt of this Letter of Censure.

3.    FPYC Wildcats Blue HS will carry over 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The FPYC Wildcats Blue HS , HSD/1 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, Lyndse Hokcanson, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Nicole Peters, John Camm, Michelle White (Administrator)

A3 Ponies:  Club President/Assistant Coach, (2) Parents

ASA Premier 99’s: Head Coach, Team Manager, ASA Club Representative

The meeting started at approximately 9:15 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

Testimony was given by both teams as to the nature of the alleged recruiting violation. 

The Hearing concluded at 9:45 p.m.

After reviewing the testimony and statement submitted, the R&D Committee concludes that there is not enough evidence to substantiate a recruiting claim.  Therefore, the R&D Committee has denied A3 Ponies protest.

The A3 Ponies, U14/D2, 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 its entirety in the WAGSL League Rules.

Sincerely,

 

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

  

  

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