NCSL Board Meeting
November 18, 2019
Westin Tysons Corner
The meeting was called to order at 7:31 p.m.
The following clubs were in attendance at the meeting: Alexandria Soccer Association, Annandale Boys & Girls Club, Antietam United Soccer Club, Arlington Youth Soccer Club, Arundel Soccer Association, Bethesda Soccer Club, Blue Ridge United, Braddock Road Youth Club, Broadneck SC, Burke Athletic Club, Calvert Soccer Association, Calverton Soccer Club, Chantilly Youth Association, Culpepper Soccer Club, D.C. Stoddert, Damascus Soccer Club, DORADUS, Epic Soccer Club, Fairfax Police Youth Club, FC Dulles, FC Frederick, Fort Washington, Fredericksburg Soccer Club, Front Royal Soccer Association, Great Falls – Reston, Gunston Soccer Club, Herndon Youth Soccer Association, La Plata Soccer Academy, Laurel Soccer Club, Lee-Mt. Vernon Sports Club, Leesburg Football Club, Loudoun Soccer Club, Maryland Rush Montgomery, McLean Youth, Montgomery Soccer, OBGC (Olney), Old Dominion Football Club, Potomac Soccer Association, Premier Athletic Club, Prince William Soccer, Inc., Real World Futbal Club, Severna Park Athletic Club, Shenandoah FC Elite, Soccer Association of Columbia, South County Athletic Association, Southwestern Youth Association, Springfield South County Youth Club, St. Mary's Soccer, Stafford Soccer Club, Sterling Youth Soccer Association, Takoma Park Soccer Club, Team America Football Club, Thunder Soccer Club, Vienna Youth Soccer, Virginia Revolution, Virginia Soccer Association, Waldorf Soccer Club, Washington Capital United, Woodbridge Soccer Club
Roll call indicated that the following clubs were not in attendance: A3, Alliance Soccer Club, FCV Ashburn, Fredericksburg FC, Future Soccer Club, Hagerstown Soccer Club, Maryland Rush, VISTA, Warrenton Youth Soccer Club, West Virginia Futbal Club
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made and seconded to approve the August 26, 2019 Board Meeting minutes. A voice vote was taken; all were in favor and the motion passed.
II. New Business
New Club Application: Villarreal Virginia Academy
Bo Amato and Carlos Aranda were in attendance to discuss their application to be a new club.
Eric Popiel briefly reviewed the credentials of Villarreal Virginia Academy. The Executive Committee has reviewed the application and recommends the club for membership. Mr. Amato gave a brief presentation. The club expects to enroll about 17 teams in the spring, led by licensed coaches. The club is planning a referee training course and has regular team manager meetings.
Mr. Amato and Mr. Aranda responded to questions from the Board. The club currently has 10 teams playing in NCSL under Virginia Revolution.
A motion was made and seconded to approve Villarreal Virginia Academy as a member club of NCSL. Discussion ensued. Richard Smith explained that Villarreal team used to play under the Annandale club membership. In April 2018, Villarreal separated from Annandale, and subsequently played in NCSL in Fall 2019 under Virginia Revolution.
A roll call vote was held. With votes allocated per the number of teams that clubs have enrolled, the motion passed.
Ryan Rich – Executive Director: The futsal program at the St. James has begun. The program is double the size of last year and currently at capacity. Ryan has been talking with the Dulles Sportsplex about a program at their facility. Richard noted that the futsal league currently open for registration on the Dulles Sportsplex site is what will become the NCSL league.
NCSL’s first coaching education events is scheduled for December; the TOVO Academy course sold out soon after being advertised.
College combines are scheduled: Boys on January 5 and Girls on January19. Coaches from Division 1, II & III teams, along with the junior colleges, will be represented. Richard noted that he has received positive feedback from players who have participated in the combine.
Ryan has been reaching out to clubs and teams about the Supergroup program in the Spring. Any questions about the program should be directed to Ryan. Structure will be the same as usual, except that some Division I games may also be Supergroup games.
Eric Popiel – NCSL Vice President: No report.
Maureen Dalbec – NCSL Commissioner: No report (not present).
Doug Walls – NCSL Commissioner: Doug noted that it is critical for teams to provide information for division structure. Ryan said that the Google doc is available now for teams to input information or make requests.
There was discussion/explanation of the division structure process, including the information that is considered when moving teams up or down a division or jumping more than one division and how teams that sit out a season are treated when they return to league play.
Carol Coulter – Virginia Registrar: No report.
Mike Basileo – Maryland Registrar: No report.
Alan Paez – NCSL Rules & Discipline: Alan acknowledged that there were issues with referee coverage this Fall. He is hopeful that winter courses will help get more refs in the pipeline. The R&D Committee is grateful that many clubs have instituted their own R&D protocols to address issues. The buy-in from the clubs in recommending and implementing discipline actions is helpful. The reports that are received by the committee are a mix of complaints regarding coaches, adults, and players.
The R&D Admin will be circulating the sit out list for the Spring season. Alan asked that any teams that have not submitted signed sit out forms turn them in as soon as possible.
Alison Smith – NCSL Administrator: Alison thanked everyone for a great fall season and cooperation in rescheduling rained out games. If anyone has problems with the reschedule button, let Alison know so she can notify Demosphere.
Division winner awards were handed out at the meeting. All Division winner teams were asked to select medals or drawstring bags. The previous first place award—plaques—were both expensive, difficult to ship, and not always well received by the players. Samples of the medals and bags were shown to the Board.
Team applications can be submitted now. Vouchers and payments are due January 14. For coaches who coach multiple teams, that can be indicated in the system at the time of application; the system will also stay open past the January 14 deadline for last minute changes to coaches. There is a new question on all U13 and above teams: Applying for Supergroup (yes or no).
Carol Montoya – NCSL Secretary: No report.
Anne Maynes – Treasurer: No report.
Richard Smith – NCSL President: Richard noted that 35 club had Division winners (out of 70+ clubs). He asked for feedback on the new awards once they are distributed to teams. The awards given out included enough for the players on the roster (within the roster limit) plus one for the coach and one for the manager.
Richard and Alan have been talking with referee assignors about the impact of the referee shortage. The SafeSport overlay for the recertification is causing additional challenges for those who want to renew. Ryan has been working with a Virginia-based task force to address the issue. Richard asked clubs to reach out to their state referee association to schedule a class for their members.
IV. New Business
Richard initiated a discussion about possible fines for forfeits. We have had cases where a team does not show up, and does not notify the other team, and cases where the teams have communicated about not playing but the referees were not notified. The league understands that situations arise where a forfeit is necessary and there may be times when a fine is not necessary.
Richard anticipates that a written motion will be presented at the next meeting and encouraged reps to get feedback from their clubs in order to discuss the matter. One club observed that most forfeits they see are for games that were rescheduled due to rain outs.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 8:48 p.m.