Monthly Meeting Minutes
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
The meeting was brought to order at 7:44
Members in Attendence:
President - Gary Brindle
Vice President - Wayne Gardella\\
Girls’ Commissioner – Bob Gray
Boys’ Commissioner – Randy Martin
Treasurer – Debbie Cervantes
Secretary – Paul O’Connell
Members in Absent:
Registrar – Lisa Wilson
Administrator – Dave Milne
Minutes of Prior Meeting:
Minutes of the June, 2005 meeting were read and approved.
There are still some player fees trickling in, as well as some game cards from referees who need to be paid
Approximately 40 teams have not paid for the fall.
Approximately 10 teams have paid amounts that are not the expected amount and require research. Dave will follow up with those teams.
Dave is waiting for division structures before doing first cut at schedules/
Cugini Soccer Club has moved all teams to WAGS and NCSL
About half of the Harrisonburg Soccer Association have left to join a new league called Skyline along with teams from Charlottesville. This new league was approved in executive session after the state AGM. ODSL is the largest soccer league in the state, but we have no representation on the board.
ODSL will have approximately 360 teams this fall.
The new program coming online has caused many questions. Training was not sufficient. League registrars are going to have to be flexible. As clubs and teams work through this process.
As this was Wayne’s first board meeting, Gary discussed his duties as VP including chair of Conduct Committee.
Randy shared some statistics about the Fall registration;
127 boys teams (down from 133 in spring)
U-14 age group is down 10 teams (28 to 18) Harrisionburg, Cugini, 5 to NCSL
U-15 age group is down from 16 to 9
Younger age groups, especially U-9 and U-10 are up
Of the 54 teams at U-10 last season, only 17 are returning for their U-11 season. This is consistent with prior years. Having enough teams in this age group for two divisions is a plus.
Wayne asked if ODSL will consider giving U-11 teams a choice between 8v8 and 11v11. Gary predictged that small sided games at that age level will come up again at the January league meeting. ODSL votes on all rule changes in January. Bob pointed out that, at the national level, some are backing away from the small sided concept. Gary has heard the same rumblings.
Dates for the fall season have been posted on the web site.
The season will start after Labor Day
There will be no games Columbus Day weekend
The coaches’ meeting will be the last Sunday in August, 28th
Sportsmanship voting participation was attrocious. Only around 50% of teams voted. Also, some teams only voted for one team even though rules and ballots say everyone must vote for three.
The vendor we have been using for trophies has moved to Florida. Before he left, he completed the sportsmanship awards and purchased clocks for the winning teams’ coaches. He has recommended that we use Cassel’s Sports and Awards for trophies.
Gary will invite Gordon Miller to speak at the fall coaches’ meeting.
Interleague play has received limited response from teams. Gary will email the other leagues to see what kind of responses they’ve received. Debbie mentioned some club reps are not sending out inforamation about interleague play to eligible teams.
Most items tabled at AGM are for discussion in October.
Bob asked if the Competition committee should consider penalty points when deciding on division structure. Gary pointed out that nothing in the ODSL league rules say teams that finish first in their division have to move up. Division structures are the responsibility of the Competition committee and the committee may consider penalty points in their decisions.
Debbie asked that Dave notify club reps to remind them to check with their club treasurers to remind them that they may need to send one check for all fees if we vote “Yes” in October.
A motion was made to adjourned at 8:36. The motion was seconded and passed.