July 7, 2015 Penalty Points

July 7, 2015

WAGS R&D Committee Meeting

Comfort Inn Capital Beltway

 

Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Rich Fabrizio, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, Michelle White (Administrator)

SEVP Lasers:   Head Coach & Club Representative

The meeting started at approximately 7:05 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The SEVP Lasers’ Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that he has been coaching this team since U8.  The roster has remained pretty consistent with players with the exception of moving some players up from the second team. He stated that he used the accumulation of penalty points as a learning opportunity for his team, and he spoke to them at practice. He further stated that last season they won the sportsmanship award, and he believes they accumulated so many cards this season because it was a result of inconsistent officiating.  His team received their first ever Y/R expulsion since he has coached the team.  He didn’t feel the second yellow card his player received was warranted, but he accepted the decision of the referee.  Upon the Y/R, he explained to his player how serious the card negatively impacted the team as they had to play about 30 minutes with 9 field players. 

A Committee Member asked about the team receiving 4 cards in two days to which the HC responded that he never received a card in his playing career or as a coach until these two games.  In both games, he questioned the referee about the officiating, and he received two cards for dissent.  The other two cards were received by his players for unsporting behavior.  The first yellow card received by his player was given when she was trying to recover the ball from the opponent who was shielding the ball from her. His other player received a card because of the confusion of the referee as to what player should have received a card so he gave the card to his player.

No players attended the hearing, and there were no players’ statements submitted.

A Committee Member asked why no players’ statements were submitted to which the HC replied that he didn’t feel it was necessary as he can speak to the nature of the cards.

The Club Representative stated they do take the accumulation of penalty points seriously, and the club often updates the coaches on the Laws of the Game.

The meeting concluded at 7:45 p.m.

The Committee commends SEVP Lasers’ HC and Club Representative for attending the hearing but they are disappointed that no players’ statements were submitted. 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. 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. The SEVP Lasers Head Coach must participate in a Positive Coaching course prior to the start of the Fall, 2015 season.   Failure to comply will result in further sanctions. Proof of attendance must be provided to the WAGS R&D Director before the first league game.
  3. SEVP Lasers 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.
  4. SEVP Lasers will carry over 9 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The SEVP Lasers, 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 the League Rules in its entirety.  

Sincerely,

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director), Rich Fabrizio, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, Michelle White (Administrator)

WYSC Mustangs 98:   Head Coach/Club Representative & Team Manager

The meeting started at approximately 7:45 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The WYSC Mustangs 98 Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that it pains him to be here because this behavior is so against his club’s philosophy and his own personal approach to youth sports.  He stated that he is in his 23rd season of coaching, and he has coached most of his players since kindergarten.  He is also a certified referee.  At this age group, he approaches each player after they received a card based on their attitude at the moment so he can affectively explain to them the serious nature of their actions. Sometimes he discusses the nature of the card with them immediately, and sometimes he discusses it with them at the next practice after they have cooled down.  He also explained to the committee that he has implemented an R.E.S.P.E.C.T program for his club so the teams exhibit good sportsmanship and play appropriately.  He provided the committee with his programs’ expectations as well as the club’s code of conduct that each person must sign every year.  The R.E.S.P.E.C.T program is implemented at every level of the club from the recreational level to the club level.  He apologies to the committee and asked for any suggestions they may have that he has overlooked to avoid accruing so many points.

Player #16 submitted a statement stating that she tries and plays a clean game as expected by her coach and club.  She received the yellow card during her last game for unsporting behavior as she made contact with the opponent.  She believes that this will be addressed during summer training.

Player #7 submitted a statement stating that she received her cards by being too assertive as an attacking midfielder and forward.  She states that she always tries to demonstrate good sportsmanship and adhere to strong ethical standards of play.

Player #20 submitted a statement stating that she received her card for unsporting behavior by committing an inadvertent foul. She has always tried to play a clean game, and although she will not be returning to soccer, she will always carry with her a strong sense of fair play in her life.

Player #90 submitted a statement explaining she received her red card after the opponent struck her in the face to which she replied, “What the hell?”  Her opponent received a red card for violent conduct, and she received a red card for offensive, insulting, abusive language. She regrets making the comment and recognizes that it was an impulsive reaction to the shock of being struck in the face.  The impact of this red card not only penalized her but also her team as they had to play down a player, and she had to sit out the next game.  She is truly remorseful for her behavior, and she has learned from the experience in a positive way.

The meeting concluded at 8:15 p.m.

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

The Committee commends the coach and the club for taking responsibility for their actions and implementing a plan of action to address such matters.  The Committee decided to issue the team an Oral Censure for their actions. . WYSC Mustangs 98, U16/D3 will carry over 7 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The WYSC Mustangs 98 U16/D3 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 in its entirety.  

Sincerely,

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

 

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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director), Rich Fabrizio, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, Michelle White (Administrator)

ABGC X-Treme:   Head Coach, (2) players, (1) Parent  

The meeting started at approximately 8:20 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The ABGC X-Treme Head Coach (HC) began her testimony by stating that she has been playing soccer for over 40 years, and she has been coaching this team since U9.  Her team has very little turn over and the roster has remained consistent.  She doesn’t condone unskilled play or bad sportsmanship, and she tells her players the best way to get even is to put the ball in the back of the net.  When her players received a card, she addresses the reason as to why they received the cards and to improve their play at the next match and contain their frustration.  They are competitive players, and she has worked with them to keep their composure while calls may not go their way.

A Committee Member asked about what measures were taken when her one of her players received three cards to which the HC responded that she speaks to her and explains how her actions negatively impacts the team.

Player #12 explained that she received her card when the ball hit her arm inadvertently.  She further told the committee that she didn’t receive any cards during this season.

Player #15 stated that she was getting frustrated because her teammates were getting knocked around, and she questioned the referee as to why he wasn’t calling any fouls.

Player #8 submitted a statement explaining that she needs to work on controlling her reaction to referee calls and opponents’ play. She has learned how her actions have affected her team, and she has made her goal not to receive any yellow cards for next season.

Player #7 submitted a statement explaining that she was questioning the referee’s calls, and she has learned that she is not to question any of his calls.

Player #99 submitted a statement explaining that she received a card when she made contact with a player during a throw in.

The Club Representative submitted a statement in support of the HC and the team. He explained that players develop at different rates during their teenage years.  He has discussed with the HC that they will use this as a teaching moment for the team to ensure that they all understand the on and off the field implications of their actions so they are not in the same position again in the future.

A Committee Member asked the players what they learned from this season to which they responded that they need to control their reaction to the referee calls as it will not change the referee’s decision.

The meeting concluded at 8:50 p.m.

The Committee commends ABGC X-Treme 99 HC, the players and the parents for attending the hearing but they are concerned with the accumulation of points over two seasons.  

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. ABGC X-Treme 99 Player #8 must serve a (1) game suspension during the next WAGSL league play in which the team participates. The ABGC X-Treme 99 Team Manager 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
  3. ABGC X-Treme 99 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.
  4. ABGC X-Treme 99 will carry over 8 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

The ABGC X-Treme 99,  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 in its entirety.  

Sincerely,

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

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Committee Members Present:  Amy Thompson (Director),Rich Fabrizio, Elissa Moritz, Donna Pike, Mark Cook, Linda Norton, Michelle White (Administrator)

WALD SC 97 Orange:   Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, TSL, Club Representative, (2) Players and (2) Parents

The meeting started at approximately 9:00 pm.  After introductions were made, the R&D Director explained the hearing procedures.

The WALD SC 97 Orange Head Coach (HC) began his testimony by stating that his team has only received 9 cards since 2009, and that his players are very good players who play a clean game.  He believes that his team would not be in violation of penalty points with the exception of this one game where most of the penalty points were received.  He further stated that the games for him are not result driven but more about playing a good, clean game of soccer.  During this one game, he explained that it was the first time in all his coaching career and playing career that he ever felt his frustration when he was faced with his first “bump in the road”.    

He further states that the referee was inconsistent in his calls, and the play got very physical very quickly to the detriment of the safety of his players. In the first half, he questioned the referee, and he received a yellow card.   Shortly thereafter, the referee was upset about an opposing team parent, and he asked the parent to leave the field. In the second half of the game, the HC stated his player was injured on the field. As he approached his player to assess her injury, he expressed out loud that he knew an injury was about to occur because the allowance of excessive physical play.   The referee gave him a red card and escorted him to the sideline.  The HC didn’t feel he had enough time to leave the area because his assistant coach decided to abandon the match.  

The WALD SC 97 Orange Assistant Coach (AC) believed the referee lost control of the match so she decided for the safety of her players to abandon the match. 

The WALD SC 97 Orange Team Manager (TM) stated that the parents on both teams were cordial and polite.  In the first half, the referee asked a parent from the opposing team to leave the field.  During the match, their team’s parents were getting upset and more vocal about the referees’ officiating but they remained respectful.  However, the referee did ask a WALD SC 97 Orange player to tell the parents to be silent.  Shortly thereafter, the referee asked the parents to leave the field, and the parents did not.  

A Committee Member asked the coaches how they addressed their players about what occurred at the match to which they replied that they let the players discuss their frustrations regarding the officiating. Also, the coaches addressed the player about not using the foul language.  The coaches also stated that at training they spoke about maintaining composure on the field and not showing dissent to the referee.

Another Committee Member asked what actions the club took after this game to which the club representative replied that they did speak with the team on several occasions.  He also stated the club has all the teams sign a code of conduct in addition to the WAGS’ codes of conduct.

Another Committee Member asked if they have the signed club’s code of conducts to which the club representative said they did not.

Additional parents’ statements were submitted indicating the referee lost control of the game, and their frustration rose to the level of vocal dissent.  They did not leave the field when asked by the referee.  They also indicated they support the actions of their coaches.  

The meeting concluded at 9:45 p.m.

The Committee appreciated and thanked all the members of WALD SC 97 Orange for attending the hearing. However, the Committee was disappointed by the WALD SC 97 Orange parents’ actions and behavior.  Their actions and behavior violated the Parent Code of Conduct. Coaches, players and parents must understand that we live in an imperfect world, and field play will often be viewed differently by opposing players, parents, coaches and 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.

The WAGS’ Parent Code of Conduct states:

“Refrain to the greatest extent possible from disagreeing publicly with the referee’s decisions, remembering that loud or persistent disagreement can undermine the referee’s ability to monitor and control the game—to the detriment of the players—and can undercut the referee's authority, and over time, the status of all authority figures.

Never insult, demean, or criticize any participant, whether player, game official, or team official. Offensive, insulting, or abusive language is absolutely contrary to the spirit of the game.

The league reminds parents and other spectators that in the WAGS league, as in soccer leagues of every level and in every country of the world, it is an accepted practice to require any spectators who show themselves unable to comply with the game’s behavioral norms to leave the field, and to impose longer bans for repeat or particularly serious violators. It is the league’s earnest hope that it would never have to resort to such punitive measures, but that outcome rests in the end with the individual spectator.”

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. WALD SC 97 Orange 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. With the exception of the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, (1) STAR, (1) Team Manager, and (1) TSL, ALL WALD SC 97 Orange parents and affiliates must be 100 yards from the pitch during the next played WALD SC 97 Orange match. The Committee strongly recommends a list of cell phone numbers for any emergency be given to the team manager.
  4. WALD SC 97 Orange will carry over 11 penalty points to the next season in which the team participates, irrespective of seasonal year.

 

The WALD SC 97 Orange, U17/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 in its entirety.  

Sincerely,

Amy Thompson, Director, WAGSL R&D Committee

 

 

 

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