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WPSL CONFERENCE CALL
March 10th, 2004
6:00 PM PST/7:00 PM MST/8:00 PM CST/9:00 PM EST


TEAMS REPRESENTED
Ajax Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) - Jeff Thomas
California Storm (Sacramento, CA) - Jerry Zanelli
Denver Diamonds (Denver, CO) - Scott Dedycker
FC Indiana (Goshen, IN) Shek Borkowski
Houston Stars (Houston, TX) Luis Labastida
New England Mutiny (Springfield, MA) Joe Ferrara
Northern California Blues (San Jose-Santa Cruz, CA) Cori Houston
Rhode Island Rays (Wakefield, RI) James Kelly
Rochester Reign (Rochester, NY) Jami Dansingburg
San Francisco Nighthawks (San Francisco, CA) Dick Cross
Steel City Sparks (Pittsburgh, PA) John Kowalski



TEAMS NOT REPRESENTED
East Bay Power (Orinda, CA) - Ernesto Silva
San Diego WFC (San Diego, CA) - Lu Snyder
Elk Grove Pride (Elk Grove, CA) - Frank Vellutini
Utah Spiders (Salt Lake City, UT) Jamie Schock
Maryland Pepsi Pride (Millersville, MD) Jack Wetherson
Houston Tornados (Houston, TX) Rose Leverton
Las Vegas Tabagators (Las Vegas, NV) Guy Hobbs
Central California Gold (Escalon, CA) Luciano Silviera

  1. Treasury Report by Richard Cross There are still several teams with outstanding bills. Payment is requested.
  2. Commitment Forms A few teams have not sent in their Annual Commitment Form yet. These teams need to mail their form to the league office on Montgomery Street ASAP.
  3. League Schedule The East Division has sent out the first draft via email. The West/South Division has finalized their schedule. Game times and venues need to be sent to Colette Hanlon as soon as they are confirmed.
  4. USASA National Cups Region IV does not have to go through their State Association when applying for Open Cup. They may use WPSL player cards throughout the competition. *Colette will find out if the same is true for the other Regions. Applications need to be sent in ASAP.

* Mike Maloney of Region IV believes all Regions will be allowing this, but suggests the team check with their Region to make sure.

  1. USSF AGM Report The MPSL was granted National League Status. The only major Bylaw change that will affect our league is **Bylaw 321. COMPOSITION, which will now allow our league to have representation on the Regional Council for regions where we have at least 6 teams. K&K Insurance is offering a $10,000 limit per player (normally $5,000) for $4 per player extra. However, they could only do this for the entire league, not individual teams. Another insurance carrier has proposed in the past to offer a $25,000 limit for $521 per team, and this would not require the entire league to participate. Colette Hanlon will explore this a little further and report back to the Board her findings.

**Bylaw 321. COMPOSITION

Each region shall have a Regional Council composed of the Regional Director, Regional Deputy Director, Regional Secretary, Regional Treasurer, representatives from each State Association within the region, and Regional Leagues of the region. Any National League that has a minimum of (6) teams domiciled in a region shall be entitled to be represented on the Regional Council in such region and have one (1) vote in that Regional Council.

  1. Championship Tournament Proposal by Jerry Zanelli Storm will fund the Championship Tournament (air, hotel, field and possibly vans) in return for a game against the Wildcard team for the fourth spot if his team does not win his division or is not the wildcard team. All teams participating in the conference call accepted the proposal.
  2. It was agreed that the wildcard would be determined by the percentage of wins, not number of wins.
  3. Championship Tournament Committee The Committee will consist of 2 East Division teams and 2 West/South Division teams. Saeed Bonabian/Guy Hobbs and Dick Cross will represent the West/South Division and ***Joe Ferrara will determine the 2 East Division committee members.

*** Joe Ferrara has named Richard Serignese of Steel City and Jack Weatherson of Maryland for the Championship Tournament Committee

  1. Other Business Teams will be allowed to have sleeveless jerseys.
  2. The East Division stayed on the call to discuss scheduling.

Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 6:44 PM PST. The next monthly conference call is scheduled for April 14, 2004.

Minutes respectfully submitted.
Colette Hanlon

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