WPSL CONFERENCE CALL
September 8th, 2004
PM PDT/7:00 PM MDT/8:00 PM CDT/9:00 PM EDT
- Ajax Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) - Jeff Thomas
Storm (Sacramento, CA) - Jerry
- Denver Kickers (Golden, CO) ö Craig
- Las Vegas
Tabagators (Las Vegas, NV) ö Guy Hobbs
Mutiny (Springfield, MA) ö Joe
- San Diego WFC
(San Diego, CA) - Lu Snyder
Nighthawks (San Francisco, CA)
ö Dick Cross
- SWC Houston Stars (Houston, TX) ö Luis Labastida
TEAMS NOT REPRESENTED
- Denver Diamonds (Denver, CO) - Scott Dedycker
- East Bay Power
(Orinda, CA) - Ernesto Silva
- Elk Grove Pride (Elk Grove, CA) - Frank Vellutini
(Goshen, IN) ö Shek Borkowski
- Grand Rapids Alliance (Grand Rapids, MI) ö Abrahm Shearer
- Maryland Pepsi Pride (Millersville, MD) ö Jack Wetherson
- Massachusetts Stingers (Swansea, MA) ö Raul Reis
- Rhode Island Rays (Wakefield, RI) ö James Kelly
- Steel City Sparks (Pittsburgh, PA) ö Chris Quahliero
- Utah Spiders (Salt Lake City, UT) ö Mark Drown
- Stephen Kowalski ö League Media Director
- Financial Report given by D. Cross. Teams with balances remaining were named. L. Snyder and M. Drown will follow up on the Diamonds, Gold and Blues fine fees due. J. Ferrara will follow up on the Stingers, Rhode Island and Maryland balances. J. Zanelli will follow up on the Grand Rapids balance. D. Cross will set-up the bond system.
- The Denver Kickers would like to remain as a provisional team. This will be discussed at the AGM in November.
- By-law changes and addition proposals need to be submitted to C. Hanlon by Oct. 1 st . All non-controversial changes will be taken up on the next conference call. All others will be discussed at the AGM.
- USASA Registration fees are now $15.50. The league will most likely raise the fee to $16 to make accounting easier and to help pay for registration administration and credit card processing fees.
- Ajax is disputing their forfeiture fine for the 2 Houston games. J. Thomas says that he asked to cancel the Houston games so that they can make-up the Denver Diamonds and San Diego games. He states that he never said he would be forfeiting the Houston games. L. Snyder will discuss reducing fines with L. Labastida of Houston and J. Thomas of Ajax and come back to the Board with the results of those discussions.
- The league would like to send letters to Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico and China to invite them to play for a couple of months in our league as amateurs.
- J. Zanelli, D. Cross, L. Snyder, J. Ferrara and C. Hanlon will discuss deadlines for fees and scheduling before the next conference call.
- The annual general meeting will be held Nov. 12-14 in Las Vegas. The schedule will be flexible, but will include the following: social, by-law changes and election of officers, regional meetings, national business and workshops.
- Whether to pay referees on the field or through the league will be discussed and voted upon at the next conference call.
- 5-a-Day Power Play ö The league has been approached about a program that tries to get kids to exercise, be healthy, etc. They are interested in Central California and San Diego teams. They are asking for 3-4 players to do photo-ops, autographs, make a speech (scripted). There are about 3 events a year and a meeting in October. They pay for hotel and meals. The league would get exposure through press releases. San Diego has agreed to work with them on a trial basis.
Meeting adjourned at 7:11 PM PST.
The next monthly conference call is scheduled for October 13, 2004.
Minutes respectfully submitted.