Meeting Minutes - 2006
Club Meeting -- December 13, 2006
In Attendance: Tom Campball, Rick Chandler, Tor Clark, Phil Dascombe, Zach Ellis, Ed Furtek, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, Rich Latimer, George Liles, Hassan Moustahfid, Mary Ryther, Derek Silcox, Don Swanbeck, Eric Thunberg
2) The season begins on the weekend of March 31/April 1. There are no games scheduled for Easter weekend, which is April 7/8.
3) The schedule will be posted on January 1, and game times will be posted later.
4) Coaches may make one unrestricted request for schedule change. You must contact Patty Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible after the schedule is posted to do that.
5) Forfeit fees were raised to $50 for games 1-5 and $150 for games 6-8, with the exception that forfeit fees were raised to $150 for any game (games 1-8) at Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
6) There were not enough teams to a have a U09 girls Balanced Team division.
7) South Coast has officially decided NOT to reimburse clubs/individuals for referee courses and therefore Falmouth SC will not be reimbursing for future referee courses for individuals. This is due to a change in the way MSRC is running the courses and a significant increase in the course fees.
2) Mary Ryther talked about the U10-U12 MYSA Skills Academy to be held at Falmouth Academy if we get enough kids to sign up. Sign-up will continue at the MYSA website until December 30. She urged coaches to get the word out to their players about this opportunity.
3) There were discussions about revamping the registration procedures and on field needs for the upcoming season.
Club Meeting -- November 8, 2006
In Attendance: Tom Campbell, Tor Clark, Rui Correia, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, Rich Latimer, George Liles, Devin McManus, Kevin Mulvey, Helen Reuter, Mary Ryther, Don Swanbeck, Maurice Tivey, Eric Thunberg
***IMPORTANT FOR COACHES***
The board approved a plan to have five U13 girls play up with eleven U14 girls on a U14 Division 1 team. This still left fifteen true U13 girls to make a Division 1 U13 team, and a group of 14 players of combined U13 and U14 to make up a Division 2 U14 team. There was discussion about allowing players to play up in other age groups. Club policy was reiterated that players would be allowed to play up only with board approval, in cases where it served the best interests of club. The above approval is an example: 1) the U14 girls did not have enough players to field a Division 1 team, 2) the U13 girls had extra players who could play at the U14 Division 1 level, and 3) there were enough remaining players to field a U14 Division 2 team. It was felt that the differences between U13 Division 1 players and U14 Division 1 players were not that great, nor were the differences great between U13 Division 2 players and U14 Division 2 players. It was also noted that these two age groups already combine to make up the Jr. High team.
Mary Ryther presented a plan to organize a skills academy in Falmouth for U11 and U12 players during the winter from mid-January through March. The program would be taught by licensed coaches from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and would involve 12 weekly, 1-hour sessions at a cost of $130 per player. The board gave approval for Mary to pursue securing a venue and working with MYSA to organize the sessions.
There was a brief discussion about field needs for the spring. It was pointed out that we will need extra fields to accommodate the additional teams that we have this year (23 or 24 vs. 21 last year). There was discussion about purchasing 8v8 nets, but a decision was postponed pending the SCSL meeting on November 14 where the size of the nets would be specified.
Club Meeting -- October 11, 2006
In Attendance: Rick Chandler, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, Greg Lanoue, Frank Mastriano, Bob Petitt, Mary Ryther, Maurice Tivey
Expenditure Policy – The policy for committing club funds to specific purchases was discussed. It was decided that no one should commit to a club expenditure without prior board approval.
Playing Up – The issue of kids playing in older age groups was discussed. Frank Mastriano reminded the club that the existing policy states that kids can play with their correct age group or their correct grade level. Playing at any other level requires approval of the board.
MYSA Forms – MYSA membership forms can be downloaded from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association website at www.mayouthsoccer.org.
Coaching License – The club will encourage coaches to attend coaching
clinics this winter and become licensed with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Association. The club will reimburse any coach for licensing class fees.
The club will look into sponsoring a licensing class, as was done last
Club Meeting -- September 20, 2006
In Attendance: Tom Campbell, Rick Chandler, Pete Garcia, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Patti Jones, Becky Kirk, Julie Lamson, George Liles, Devin McManus, Christine Palcic.
League Business – Team registration fees are being increased from $165 to $175 per team. U12 will play only 8v8 (there will not be an 11v11 division this year). All clubs need to use official size goals for 8v8 (i.e. 7 x 21 feet). Last year’s U9 and U10 coaches should contact Mike Jones to pick up the participation medals for the SCSL Friendship Tournaments.
Annual Player Fees – The soccer club has increased player fees from $85 to $90 per year.
Uniforms – The discussion on uniforms was tabled until next meeting.
Mission Statement – A draft “Mission Statement” was discussed, amended, and approved. The approved version will be posted on the club web site.
Player and Parent Code of Conduct – A draft “Player and Parent Code of Conduct” was discussed, amended, and approved. The approved version will be posted on the club web site.
Field Use – Tom Campbell reported on discussions with Rec Committee about field use. Tom felt that we were able to make our point about needing more practice fields in the spring.
Tryouts – Trotting Park Fields have been reserved for Saturday October 14 (after 2:30) and Sunday October 15 (all day) for soccer club tryouts. Coordinators have been identified for most age groups and are listed below. Coordinators are responsible for running the tryouts, making decisions regarding the make-up of the teams and what SCSL division they will play in, and helping to arrange coaching for the teams within their age group with input from the club President. Coordinators will be able to schedule a tryout field through Becky Kirk ( email@example.com ).
U09B – Mary Ryther
U09G – TBD
Next Meeting – The next general meeting of the Falmouth Soccer
Club will be Wednesday October 11 at 7:00 at the Rec Center. Each age-group
coordinator (or their representative) must attend this meeting. Email
Becky Kirk if you have a problem attending this meeting and can’t
find a representative.
Club Meeting -- June 14, 2006
In Attendance: Tom Campbell, Tor Clark, Rick Chandler, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, George Liles, Mary Ryther, Don Swanbeck.
Club Meeting -- May 10, 2006
In Attendance: Steve Boyd, Tom Campbell, Rick Chandler, Rui Correia, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, Greg Lanoue, George Liles, Devon McManus, Christina Palcic, Helen Reuter, Mary Ryther
Secretary’s Report: April minutes were accepted.
• Coaches need to finalize their rosters by May 24 to be in compliance for the league playoffs and MTOC.
• First round of league playoff games must be completed by June 11 and finals must be completed by June 18. If coaches cannot agree on a date, the games will be played on the team’s regular game day of the respective weekend.
• New Bedford was protested for using a 90 yd field for an 8v8 game. The protest was upheld.
• The league board had a discussion about standardizing the 8v8 goal size for next year. MTOC plans to go with 70 x 50 yard field and 6 ft x 18 ft goals. The league is thinking about adopting that size goal for all 8v8 games but leaving SCSL field specifications as they are now with some flexibility (i.e. length 60 to 80 yds. and width 40 to 50 yds).
Club Meeting -- April 12, 2006
In Attendance: David Babineau, Tom Campbell, Rick Chandler, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, George Liles, Mary Ryther, Becky Kirk.
Secretary’s Report: February minutes were accepted.
• There is now a portable bathroom at Trotting Part thanks to Mike Burton and the Girls Lacrosse Club.
• As part of Earth Week April 29 to May 6, please take 10 minutes out of your practice to have your team help pick up trash around Trotting Park. Extra gloves and trash bags will be placed in the sheds at Trotting Park for that week.
• Clarification of weather policy – games will be canceled only if the fields are unplayable. Tell your parents that unless they hear from you, the game is on.
• Thank you to Tom Bunker of BSS Design for surveying the fields.
• Coaches: remember to bring in corner flags after your game unless
a coach has arrived for the next game. If no team has arrived then lock
flags in the shed.
Club Meeting -- February 8, 2006
In Attendance: Talia Bigelow, Rich Camarra, Tom Campbell, Rick Chandler, John Child, Tor Clark, Phil Dascombe, Ed Furtek, Mark Grosenbaugh, Mike Jones, Drew Kitts, Greg Lanoue, George Liles, Devin McManus, Pam Noonan, Christina Palcic, Bob Petitt, Jim Price, Mary Ryther, Eric Thunberg, Maurice Tivey
Secretary’s Report: January minutes were reviewed.
Treasurer’s Report: The club has about $20,000 in the bank. A few teams still need to give checks to the treasurer.
League Report: No league report since the SCSL meeting is next week. Some of the new coaches still need to register online at www.scsl.org by clicking on “Coach’s Corner” and following the links to the “Click Here to Register” button.
Coaching Course: A 4-hour G Level coach’s course will be given Sunday, February 26 from 9:00a-1:00p at Morse Pond School. Contact Becky Kirk if you plan to attend. The course is free for FSC coaches.
Equipment: There was a discussion of how best to anchor nets. It was decided to buy anchors for 8’ x 24’ nets and sandbags for the 6’ x 12’ nets. The town will buy new nets for the goals on the 11 v 11 field. FSC will buy nets for the 6 v 6 nets. We have nets for the club-owned 8’ x 24’ nets that will go on the 8 v 8 field. Team jerseys and practice equipment will be handed out at the next soccer club meeting on March 18 at Trotting Park, after the fields are lined.
Fields: Sign-up for practice fields at Trotting Park (U10-U14), high school (U15 and above), and Fuller Field (U9) was conducted. The U9 coaches asked about lining Fuller Field. Tom Campbell thought that that would be all right and would check with the Rec Dept.
Rules Review: Mike Jones reviewed SCSL and FSC policies that coaches need to be aware of for games:
• Bring two (2) copies of roster and your player cards to every
Rick Chandler, Eric Thunberg, Mike Jones and Maurice Tivey gave an overview of FIFA rules and rule changes for 2006.
Club Meeting -- January 11, 2006
In Attendance: David Babineau, Jeff Burt, Tom Campbell, Rick Chandler, Ed Furtek, Mark Grosenbaugh, Laura Hesek, Mike Jones, Becky Kirk, George Liles, Devin McManus, Christina Palcic, Sandee Parkinson, Don Swanbeck
Secretary’s Report: December minutes, which are posted on the FSC website, were approved by voice vote.
Treasurer’s Report: The club is in good financial shape with about $5500 in the bank. Payment has been made to SCSL for 21 team registrations. Payment is still to be made to MYSA for player memberships. Checks for FSC player fees have yet to be deposited.
• The schedules have been posted on the SCSL website at www.scsl.org. They can be viewed by clicking on “Schedules & Results” and then clicking on “Spring”.
• The following three teams have an “extra” game that still needs to be scheduled. This is caused by there being an odd number of teams in the division and having a bye on one of the weekends when the other teams are playing a game. Coaches of these teams should contact Patti Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) and give preference when they want to schedule the extra game.
• If there are any scheduling conflicts, coaches should contact Patti Jones by February 1. Each team gets one unrestricted reschedule request, though the other team can say no to the reschedule request. Requests may be made based on religious or school conflicts and these are honored. However, you need to make requests for these now rather than later. If you make the request too late, it may be denied. Note that no games are scheduled for the weekend of April 15-16.
• New coaches should register on the web at www.scsl.org by clicking
on “Coach’s Corner” and following the links to the “Click
Here to Register” button. The new coaches are:
• All other coaches are registered from last year. If your email
has changed from last year's registration, email Patti to have your old
registration deleted. If your email is the same as last year, your registration
is all set. Patti will notify you via email when your logon is activated
and you are able to access the Coach's Corner. Once notified, try logging
onto the Coach's Corner. Don't wait until the start of the season to discover
there is a problem with your logon.
Fields: Tom Campbell reported on further discussions with the Recreation
and School Departments regarding spring field use.
• It was decided to use Guv Fuller Field for all U9 practices and
not use the field behind Morse Pond because of concerns about it being
too wet in the early spring.
• We are not able to use Trotting Park on TTh before 5:30 because of the possibility of High School athletic use. In response to a question regarding the use of Trotting Park on MWF by High School athletics, Tom was told by the Rec. Dept. that we have exclusive use of the field on MWF.
• All teams will play their games at Trotting Park, with the main soccer field used for 11v11, the north end of Trotting Park (towards Brick Kiln Rd) set up for 8v8 games, and a 6v6 field set up at the southwest corner.
• According to the minutes of the SCSL December 2005 meeting, 8v8 games have the option of using goals of any size from 6’x12’ up to 8’x24’. MTOC will probably use 8’x24’ goals. The field size and field markings are to follow the SCSL rules listed for U10 play with the recommended size being 70 yds x 50 yds. The consensus of Falmouth SC was to make the field 80 yds x 50 yds. Mark Grosenbaugh felt that this might be too long for U10 players. Devin McManus said that his last year’s U10G team didn’t seem to have any problems playing on 80 yd long field. The 8v8 field will be positioned so that it can be elongated and widened, with different colored lines, to create a second 11v11 field, which can be used for make-up games.
• Tom suggested that we tell the Rec Dept. that we don’t need Falmouth Heights at the moment though we may ask for it in the spring if we need an extra field because of cancellations and rescheduling conflicts.
Equipment: Christina Palcic reported on equipment.
• Christina suggested that we discuss, at a future meeting, the idea of having players purchase their own uniform rather than the club purchasing all the uniforms and handing them out for free. The current policy makes it difficult to get uniforms returned once the season is over.
• Coaches should forward equipment needs to Christina (email@example.com), including balls, disk cones, and pinnies. Two new game balls will be provided to each team.
• It was decided to purchase two 8’x24’ nets for the town-owned goals on the main 11v11 soccer field at Trotting Park. These would be taken up and stored at the end of the season. The frames for the second pair of 8’x24’ goals, which we own and have nets for and are chained to the storage shed at Trotting Park, need to be checked for possible vandalism. We will ask the town for use of the 6’x12’ goals.
Old Business: Information for the telephone Hot-Line is still coming.
New Business: None
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