|NCSL Meeting Minutes of May 10, 1999|
Meeting called to order at 7:35PM
Roll call does not show a quorum.
Clubs not present: Annandale, Alexandria, Arundel, Betheseda, Bowie, Burtonsville, Chantilly, Eastern Panhandle, Falls Church, Great Falls, Laurel, LaPlata, Loudoun, Manassas, Mid-County, Reston, Savage, Soccer Club of Baltimore, Seneca, Sterling, Stoddert, Springfield, Takoma Park, Virginia Blackwatch, Vista, Waldorf, and Western Howard.
Vice President -Jim McGoldrick
State Registrar, Maryland-Ed Vasilio
President's Report-Jeff Skigan
Jim Ferguson has agreed to chair the nominating committee for officers for next year. He needs volunteers for his committee. If interested, call him.
NCSL is looking for a site in Maryland that we could use for a meeting. That way we can alternate Maryland and Virginia.
John Newman is still in New York getting treatment. We need a couple of more people to get involved in the committee to check out new clubs wanting admittance. If interested, please give Jim Fraze or Jeff Skigan a call.
At this point Jeff opened the floor for comments on the new technology. While some people would find it more efficient to have the e-mail address for all teams, other people want more privacy, not less. The suggestion for e-mail aliases was made. There is also the possibility to sell banner advertising for the web site. The NCSL would maintain absolute control to approve advertising. Lots of positive statements, rescheduling much easier, people enjoy looking at the standings,etc. Request for indexing was made so people could jump back to the front. Also a request for the field loading for each club. The field loading is a privacy issue for some clubs. We cannot stop printing schedules until teams agree to have their contacts on the web site but may print just the team contacts side next fall.
Calendar will be voted on at the year end meeting. Would like to change this to the mid-season meeting so that the handouts are accurate for the last meeting. Accuracy for team fees would also be easier if the budget is voted on at mid-season. The major problem is if we will have a quorum.
Va. Assignor-Mike Newman
Is it time to move the parents back with the coaches? The parents are frustrated because they have no way to complain. Tell them to talk to the club reps who will then contact the assignors and R&D. One problem is that the parents are paying coaches and therefore taking control of the team. We are having a significant shortage of referees because we lose too many beginning referees. We complain about referees and then drive them off. The suggestion was made by Jim McGoldrick that we call the state referee office and get someone out to practice to talk to parents and kids. Go to a game that you have no responsibility for and listen to what goes on.
Motion tabled for next meeting.
The D.C. United team that went to France had a fantastic experience.