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WPSL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
November 13 - 14, 2004
Alexis Park Resort
375 E. Harmon, Las Vegas, NV 89109

•  CALL TO ORDER

Commissioner J. Zanelli called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, November 13.

•  ROLL CALL

TEAMS REPRESENTED

  • *Ajax Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) - Lisa Herman
  • California Storm (Sacramento, CA) - Jerry Zanelli
  • Elk Grove Pride (Elk Grove, CA) - Frank Vellutini, Carrie Vellutini
  • Las Vegas Tabagators (Las Vegas, NV) Guy Hobbs
  • New England Mutiny (Springfield, MA) Joe Ferrara
  • Northern California Union Football Club (Palo Alto, CA) Greg Paker
  • San Diego WFC (San Diego, CA) - Lu Snyder, Scott Dreher
  • San Francisco Nighthawks (San Francisco, CA) Jill Lounsbury, Angela Santiago
  • Utah Spiders (Salt Lake City, UT) Mark Drown , Jamie Schock, Paul Burke

TEAMS NOT REPRESENTED

  • *Denver Diamonds (Denver, CO) - Scott Dedycker
  • Denver Kickers (Golden, CO) - Debbie Rock
  • East Bay Power (Orinda, CA) - Ernesto Silva
  • FC Indiana (Goshen, IN) Shek Borkowski
  • *Massachusetts Stingers (Swansea, MA) Raul Reis
  • *Rhode Island Rays (Wakefield, RI) James Kelly
  • Steel City Sparks (Pittsburgh, PA) Chris Quahliero
  • SWC Houston Stars (Houston, TX) Luis Labastida

*Teams not in good standings (owe over $500 or forfeited games during 2004 season)

Established quorum.

•  CONGRATULATIONS & AWARDS

Manager of the Year Joseph Ferrara of the New England Mutiny Coach of the Year Austin Daniels of the New England Mutiny
Player of the Year Sissi of the California Storm
Goalkeeper of the Year - Brittany Gillespie of the California Storm
* All-Stars 1 st Team and 2nd Team Certificates
*Player Certificates were given to team representatives who will have the head coach sign and then distribute to their players.

•  ELECTION OF OFFICERS

•  Commissioner Motion made by L. Snyder to appoint Jerry Zanelli. 2 nd by J. Lounsbury, voted and carries unanimously.

•  Treasurer Motion made by J. Zanelli to appoint Dick Cross. 2 nd by J. Ferrara, voted and carries unanimously.

•  Secretary Motion made by J. Zanelli to appoint Colette Hanlon. 2 nd by F. Vellutini, voted and carries unanimously.

•  Regional Commissioners Joe Ferrara appointed Eastern Commissioner, Lu Snyder appointed Western Commissioner and Chris Sellers appointed Midwestern Commissioner by Jerry Zanelli.

•  FINANCIAL REPORT

C.Hanlon gave the end of the year financial report. A Profit and Loss summary was handed out along with a Balance Sheet , and a Finances spreadsheet listing teams and their current payments and balances due as well as a Projected Budget for the upcoming 2005 season. The league has an outstanding receivable balance of over $16,000, about $4000 of which the league can expect to recover. Commissioner J. Zanelli signed the Corporate Return.

J. Zanelli motions and F. Vellutini seconds that if the Rhode Island Rays pay their current balance within 10 days of notification as well as next year's $2000 dues by December 15 th and the $5,000 bond by January 15 th , the league will consider lifting their suspension. Voted and carries unanimously.

F. Vellutini motions and L. Snyder seconds that the league increase dues by $400 for the 2006 season, but make no increase for the 2005 season. Voted and carries unanimously.

L. Snyder motions and J. Lounsbury seconds that the league adopt the following into the by-laws for the 2005/2006 season: Annual fees include the league $2400 fee and the $250 team registration fee. Teams may set up a payment plan with the league Treasurer as long as the final payment is made by the time of the Annual General Meeting. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  DEADLINES

M. Drown motions and L. Snyder seconds that the league adopt the following deadlines for the 2004/2005 season :

  1. December 15 th New teams are required to submit the $2500 new team entry fee, $2000 league fee and business plan.
  2. December 15 th Current teams are required to submit the $2000 league fee and $250 team registration fee.
  3. January 15 th Team bond, letter of credit or cash deposit for all teams due.
  4. February 15 th Finalized schedule due.

The East and Midwest regions may set their own deadlines for the upcoming 2005 season. The deadlines decided upon will be communicated to the league office. All entry, league and team registration fees are non-refundable. Voted and passes unanimously.

L. Herman motions and G. Hobbs seconds that after this season, business plans, entry fees, league fees, team registration fees, and bonds, letters of credit or cash deposits will be due at the Annual General Meeting. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  TERRITORIES

J. Ferrara motions and G. Pakeri seconds that the league allow the regions to make a recommendation to the full Board of Directors and then the Board will decide on an individual team by team basis whether or not to allow teams into the league that are close to other current teams in region. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  REFEREE FEES

J. Zanelli motions and G. Pakeri seconds that the league increase referee fees to $175 for the western region and $200 for the eastern region. The Midwest and South will present their recommendations to the Board for a vote. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  SCHEDULE AND TRAVEL POOL

Tentative plan for a 12 game season, but the final decision will be made after December 15 th for the Western region and after the entry deadline for the East and Midwest regions.

The Championship Tournament will be held the last weekend of July.

Suggestion put forth that the league cut off the league schedule 2 weeks prior to the Championship Tournament to allow for make-up games and to lower travel costs. To be discussed at next conference call.

Suggestion put forth that the league create a regional travel pool for the Championship tournament. To be discussed at next conference call.

•  CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS & BY-LAW CHANGES/ADDITIONS

•  ARTICLE 4.5 PERFORMANCE/PAYMENT GUARANTEE

G. Pakeris motions and J. Lounsbury seconds that the amount of the bond will regress over 4 years depending on the status of the team. The following will be the guideline:

1 st year - $5000 for all new teams and existing teams not in good standing.

2 nd year - $3000 for all 2 nd year teams in good standing.

3 rd year - $2000 for all 3 rd year teams in good standing.

4 th year no bond required for all 4 th year teams in good standing.

Teams not in good standings are those that owe over $500 and/or have forfeited games.

NOTE: All bonds, letters of credit or cash deposits will be due by January 15 th .

•  ARTICLE 4.6 NEW TEAM ENTRY

J. Lounsbury motions and L. Herman seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following: All new team entries will be voted upon and approved or disapproved by the league after reviewing their business plan. Voted and carries unanimously.

NOTE: The business plan must be submitted by December 15 th.

•  LAW A16: PROVISIONAL TEAMS

L. Snyder motions and J. Lounsbury seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following: Provisional games do not count in the standings. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW A14: NO SHOWS/FORFEITS

F. Vellutini motions and L. Herman seconds that the league adopts into the by-laws the following changes that J. Ferrara has proposed:

A No-show is when a team willfully does not appear at a game without a specific agreement approved by the Executive Board. The penalties for a No-show are as follows:

•  Loss of 3 points from their standings and a League fine of $250.00

•  They will be responsible for reimbursing their opponent all hard costs including field, employees, referees, etc. as well as $500 for loss of ticket revenue . [Compensation to opponent of $2500.00. Opponent may seek no additional compensation.]

•  All fines and fees must be paid within 7 days . [If fines and fees are not paid within 7 days, the League Governing Board will cash the team's Letter of Credit, bond, or cash deposit to satisfy the financial compensation to the opponent.]

•  A club may [will] be expelled from the league if it accumulates two No-shows within one season.

A team unable to attend a scheduled game because of an accident, weather or Act of God should immediately notify the opponent and the league office. The League Governing Board will review each situation and a decision rendered. Consideration may be given by the League Governing Board in situations where the opponent has been given at least five days notice of an impending No-show. The League Governing Board may also give consideration if an opponent shows up with at least seven players prepared to play and the team has given the opponent and League office advanced notice of this situation.

Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW A14.1: NON-PERFORMANCE OF HOME TEAM

F. Vellutini motions and L. Herman seconds that the league adopts into the by-laws the following addition that J. Ferrara has proposed:

In the event the visiting team is present at the venue and the home team is unable to provide a venue or fails to show up at the scheduled venue and time, all sanctions in Law A14 apply, except for compensation, which will be, the greater of $1000.00 or actual travel costs incurred by the road team for that particular game. This law does not apply if a facility owner, due to weather or an Act of God, closes a stadium.

Voted and carries unanimously.

•  ARTICLE 6.3: TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

J. Zanelli motions and F. Vellutini seconds that the league adopt into the by- laws the following: If a team travels by air, they must make flight reservations that will have them arrive 4 hours before kickoff. If they do not make such an arrangement, and the home team declares a forfeit due to their late arrival, the visiting team will be responsible for paying the forfeiture fee. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW B6 GAME DAY REPORTS

The referees will be required to fill out the referee information form located on the backside of the Game Report for each game indicating whether they have been paid and how they were paid. The home team is responsible for submitting this information to the league.

•  LAW B1 OPERATION FEES

F. Vellutini motions and J. Ferrara seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following changes:

The operations fee is [a league maintenance fee and is due at the annual general meeting] . The operations fee will be decided upon [prior to the annual general meeting]. [Should a team be 60 days past due on payment of the operations fee then the League may cash in the Performance Guarantee for the remaining balance of the season.]

Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW A14: NO SHOWS/FORFEIT

G. Pakeris motions and L. Snyder seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following : Forfeit results in a 3-0 loss, a 3 point deduction from their standings and a League fine of $250.00. Voted and carries with a nay vote by F. Vellutini.

•  LAW A7: GAME BALLS

G. Pakeris motions and L. Snyder seconds that the league adopt into the by laws the following: Every team must submit to the league what type of game balls they will be using by April 15th. The balls must be FIFA match approved . Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW A8: SUBSTITUTION

No change has been approved to the unlimited substitution law. However, the league will ask the Referee Coordinator, D. Simmons, to advise referees in the Referee Procedures Manual to not interrupt the flow of the game for substitutions.

•  LAW A13: CANCELLATIONS

F. Vellutini motions and L. Snyder seconds that the League Governing Board will determine on a case-by-case basis whether or not a game is considered a cancellation or a forfeit. Voted and carries with a nay vote by G. Pakeris.

•  MINIMUM STANDARD: ROSTER

J. Ferrara motions and F. Vellutini seconds that the following be added to the minimum standards: Every team must show up with at least 14 players. Any violation of this will be brought to the League Governing Board at the next conference call. Voted and carries unanimously .

•  LAW C6: ILLEGAL PLAYER

L. Herman motions and J. Ferrara seconds that a team using an illegal player shall forfeit 3-0 all games illegal player(s) plays in instead of forfeiting 1-0. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW C5.2: PLAYER REGISTRATION

F. Vellutini motions and L. Herman seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following changes: (pending USASA approves lack of signature on player card).

No person can be denied issuance of a player registration card on the bases [basis] of race, color, age creed or national origin... It must also have a current photo, signature and ID number.

Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW B3: ROSTER

J. Ferrara motions and F. Vellutini seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following changes:

Rosters will not be frozen . [Rosters will be frozen two weeks before the Championship Tournament.]

Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW B3: ROSTER

J. Zanelli motions and L. Snyder seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following: The Director of Operations will decide on whether or not to allow player loans. Only players that are not considered starters may be loaned. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW C11: ALL-STAR TEAM

F. Vellutini motions and G. Pakeris seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following: Regular season statistics will not be affected or enhanced by the playoffs. The playoff and season statistics will be separate. Voted and carries unanimously.

J. Ferrara motions and L. Snyder seconds that the All-Star teams by Regional. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  MINIMUM STANDARD 13: TRAINER

J. Ferrara motions and F. Vellutini seconds that the following be added as a minimum standard: The home team must provide a trainer for Game Day. The visiting team will be responsible for bringing its own medical supplies not including ice. The home team must notify the visiting team at least 48 hours before kickoff if they will be unable to provide a trainer.

NOTE: A reminder will be sent to all league members about the minimum standards regarding water and ice.

•  ARTICLE 3.4: RATIFICATION OF MINUTES

M. Drown motions and F. Vellutini seconds that the league adopt into the by-laws the following: Once distributed, discrepancies within the minutes need to be addressed within one week. After one week, the minutes will be automatically ratified. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  LAW D4: FEE

J. Ferrara motions and M. Drown seconds that the league change the by-laws to the following: Referees will be paid by the home team at the end of the game provided the referees fill out and sign the referee information form on the back of the Game Report. Referees will be asked to notify the Director of Operations immediately if they do not receive payment at the end of the game. Voted and carries unanimously.

NOTE: Referee ratings will also be added to the Game Report Referee Information.

•  UTAH SPIDERS COMPENSATION

L. Snyder motions and J. Ferrara seconds that the league waive the Utah Spiders $2000 league fee for the 2005 season to compensate for last season's forfeits. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  CONVENTIONS

The league will attend the NSCAA convention January 13-15. J. Ferrara will be in charge of the convention booth. Other conventions such as the Cal-South and Midwest conventions will be considered at a later date.

•  MARKETING

The league will look into the cost of and dates for advertising the league in major soccer tournament programs such as the Surf Cup and Dallas Cup.

J. Ferrara, G. Pakeri and C. Hanlon will serve on a committee that will produce a league Media Guide that can be handed out at games, conventions, tournaments, etc.

C. Hanlon will research cost and options for special mailings to target areas, Soccer Post and Soccer Journal advertising and Google linking and report back to the Board.

•  NON-PROFIT

Suggested that the league consider becoming a 501 (c) 3. D. Cross is asked to contact S. Dreher about the cost, process, and pros and cons of becoming a non-profit. The discussion will be taken-up at the next conference call when the league Treasurer will be available.

•  UTAH EXPANSION

M. Drown motions and G. Hobbs seconds that their be no further expansion into the state of Utah for 3 years unless the Utah team requests is sooner. Voted and carries unanimously.

•  ITEMS TO WORK ON

The league will talk to USYSA to see if we can by-pass the Youth to Amateur forms required by many State Associations such as CSAN.

The league asks all teams to e-mail their fundraising tactics and ideas for the upcoming season to the Director of Operations so information can be shared between teams.

•  CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT PROPSALS

Bids for hosting the Championship Tournament, to be held the last weekend of July, are due by December 15 th . Bids need to include the following:

•  Venue for tournament semi-finals and finals

•  Hotel with breakfast (8 rooms per team)

•  Transportation (team vans)

•  Hotel charge for extra rooms for fans and administration

•  Hotel brochure or website

In addition to providing the hotel rooms and transportation, the host team will be responsible for referees, venue, trainer, water and ice.

•  AJAX VS. HOUSTON CANCELLATION OR FORFEIT

J. Schock motions and L. Snyder seconds that Ajax reimburse the SWC Houston Stars $500 for their forfeit. Voted and carries unanimously.

NOTE: L. Herman and J. Zanelli will talk with J. Thomas about the decision.

•  ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned by Jamie Schock at 1:12 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2004.

The next monthly conference call is scheduled for December 16, 2004.

Minutes respectfully submitted.

Colette Hanlon
League Secretary

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