NCSL Board Meeting
June 12, 2017
Westin Tysons Corner
The meeting was called to order at 7:39 p.m.
I. Roll Call
Roll call indicated that the following clubs were not in attendance: BAYS, Fredericksburg FC, Freedom Soccer Club, Hagerstown Soccer Club, Maryland United FC (Freestate), Pasadena Soccer Club, Soccer Association of Columbia, Southwestern Youth Association, Takoma Park Soccer Club, Warrenton Youth Soccer Club
Reston Soccer Association made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 1, 2017 meeting. Arundel Soccer Association seconded. A voice vote was taken, all were in favor and the motion passed.
Maureen Dalbec – NCSL Commissioner: Paperwork for any teams transferring clubs must be completed in full and submitted by no later than June 30.
Mike Basileo – Maryland Registrar: The registration system will be live in a few weeks.
Richard noted that the youth organizations within US Soccer will no longer hold a U19/U20 age group, so the high school ages will be U15, U16, U17, U18, and U19.
Carol Coulter – Virginia Registrar: Leagues and clubs should be registering in the VYSA system. Teams will be able to register starting June 15, however, teams can’t register until clubs are registered. Carol has card stock available. NCSL is already registered.
Alan Paez – NCSL Rules & Discipline: Alan asked club reps to remind their teams to turn in sit out cards, to avoid being placed on the sit out list. There are penalties for coaches if the forms aren’t submitted. The sit out list should be posted at the end of July. It will first be circulated to club reps before posting.
Kathleen Sessions – NCSL Administrator: Kathleen is waiting on the results from four last games before finalizing the trophy orders. They will be shipped in about a week, and teams can expect them in about two weeks.
We are in need of age group score reporters for U11, U12, and U13. The U11 scores are for boys only and don’t have to be immediately posted since they are not accessed until the end of the season.
Carol Montoya – NCSL Secretary: No report.
Anne Maynes – NCSL Treasurer: No report.
Eric Popiel – NCSL Vice President: Although PCA isn’t mandatory, there are still workshop available. NCSL will coordinate workshops for coaches and parents if clubs are interested.
Richard Smith – President: The applications include a question of competition level (1 through 5) for U9, U10, and U11 (Girls only). If there are any changes to the desired level once teams are finalized, let Richard know. This helps to place teams in an appropriate competitive environment.
Currently U11 Boys and U12 Girls are structured randomly.
The deadline for flex rescheduling will be made earlier. The number of requests for rescheduled games not due to rain outs was difficult to handle this past year, with a significant amount of displeasure from referees.
U12 and U13 teams are required to have two STARS, who must be certified by one of the state referee associations. West Virginia is still offering referee training. Maryland and Virginia will post classes in June or July. Olney plans to host a referee training, and DC Stoddert may host one as well. Richard encouraged clubs to host training sessions to the extent possible. Richard asked club reps to remind their U12 and U13 teams that STARS are needed.
New Team Meetings will be held on August 21 and 28. Every new team is required to be represented at a meeting, and a representative can only represent one team. Ideally, team managers should attend. Coaches or another parent can attend as well.
There is a Board meeting scheduled for August 24.
Region I championships will be held in late June/early July Fredericksburg. Volunteers are needed. There is a link on the VYSA website with more information and links to volunteer.
III. New Business
New Club Application: Antietam United: Richard noted that the New Club Committee has interviewed the club and conducted a site visit to check out fields. Club representatives also attended an Executive Committee meeting and were further interviewed.
Chris Plumadore (president) and Mike Telemeco (secretary) were in attendance to represent Antietam United. The travel program was formed four years ago, by consolidating the programs of two clubs. They would like to place 12 teams (6 boys, 6 girls) in NCSL. The club is looking for a more consistent level of competition than the leagues in which they are currently playing. Chris talked about the club’s fields and distance from the Tysons area.
Chris responded to questions from the club reps, including the age groups of anticipated teams, willingness of Antietam’s parents to travel, the club’s recreational program, coaching education, other travel clubs in their region, and the club’s focus on home grown players and not recruiting from other clubs.
Chris and Mike left the meeting.
Dave Shannon, who conducted the site visit, confirmed that the club has enough fields and they are in good condition. Richard noted that the Executive Committee was impressed with the club after their interview with them. He noted that Antietam’s players are registered with AYSO, which means the players are not currently affiliated with either US Soccer or US Club.
Discussion ensued. La Plata Soccer Academy made a motion to accept Antietam United into the league. Vienna Youth Soccer seconded. A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.