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VSOA Board Meeting Minutes NOVEMBER 2020


VSOA FALL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING

VSOA FALL MEETING 

Tuesday 11/10/20

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Attendance: Jamie Falco P, Bob Richardson VP, Pat Whalen MAL, Sonja Duncan PP, Bud Laudenslager DOI, Craig I DOA (non-voting member),Eric Evans SA (non-voting member)

 

Great job by all this season!

 

Assessment fees discussion.  Officials who assessed in 2020 will be paid $200.

Fees will be regulated @ a game fee in 2021

Responsibilities will include staying for the entire game, meeting with all officials for discussion post-game, writing and submitting reports to N/S assignor and DOA Craig Iverson.

Craig will work closely to support both Eric and Frank.  These 3 will work out specifics this winter and spring on how to specifically proceed into 2021.   Schedules will be made either weekly or by their determination as to the number of officials to assess.

  

Our Mentor program will be used mainly to help first-year / probationary officials while assessments will be used as tools to evaluate veteran referees.  

 

Both programs are important to the success of the VSOA and will provide pivotal feedback for assignors and accumulate data for working playoff games.  Dual and 3-person games will be covered.

 

Seeing how this is an important piece of the VSOA, the executive board will propose to membership that the DOA position be added to the executive board at our 2021 meeting.



 

Season in Review:

Fitness tests - Only 1 FT was run because of COVID.  Hopefully they all return next summer.  Results help assignors in their regular season and playoff game decisions.

 

Zoom Mtg - Was a phenomenal success (thank you Scott and Shelley).

Obviously there were pro’s and con’s (75-80 minutes vs no contact connection with friends).  We hope to be together in August.

 

Lots of changes this year: Covid, DragonFly registration and insurance; game fee and dues; delayed start to season; masks….we survived, and in most cases excelled, in the face of adversity.  I believe this shows the strength of our organization. The DragonFly piece was (very) confusing to some.  We had Ryan Smith as our DFly help expert.  He was great.  Some used his help to complete the process.  Some mistakenly registered only as an NFHS member and paid more $ than the dues cost.  Hopefully the process goes a bit smoother in 2021.  Next calendar year VSOA dues will be $60 while NFHS Insurance through DragonFly remains at $20. 

 

Thanks Eric Evans and Frank Martel for their jobs well done as assignors.

Especially this fall as we lost well over 30 officials this season.  

 

Fine job done by new DOI Bud Laudenslager.  Though weekly emails a la Andy G and Marty A may not have been sent out to all, Bud’s cheat sheet on the new 2020 rules was complete and informative.  He also answered every rules’ and situational question posed as many Q’s were sent to/through me, and I was cc’d on responses.  

 

Bud made some important proposals:

1 - To start a library of rules.  Save on Word Document or GoogleDocs and post on VSOA Website for all.  They are in our rulebook as well. 

2 - Connection point between VPA and VSOA.  Secretary/Treasurer will take the responsibility.

3 - Training for AR’s and C will be upgraded to mandatory next summer.  

The VSOA Board feels that the most immediate area for improvement of members' on-field performance in 2021 is AR signals and mechanics. Therefore, the Board will be conducting mini-clinics in conjunction with the required fitness tests next summer focusing on these areas of the diagonal system of control.  These brief instructional clinics are not intended to be a comprehensive examination of all AR duties but, rather, a review of signals and mechanics only.  Attendance at one or more of these sessions will be required in order to officiate the VPA Semi-Finals and Finals in 2021 where 3-person crews are mandated on all games.  This requirement may also be met by attendance at designated 2021 VSOA Diagonal training days such as the Bethel Jamboree in the South and @ TBA in the North.  College officials already versed in this area will be exempt from this requirement.           Current certified USSF referees may request an exemption which they can be granted if qualified.  In the north, request an exemption from Frank and Craig.  In the south Eric and Bud will be the review committee.  High-school officials from other states such as New Hampshire who officiate Vermont games must meet the requirement.  The goal is to improve our organizational performance.  The board will schedule AR/C training to annual meeting sessions.  Again, please keep in mind that our goal is to provide training to those that need it and improve the performance of State Semi-Final and Final officiating teams; specifically ARs.

 

Thanks for all the good work here as this will make our organization stronger.

 

Some confusion re DragonFly registration, completion of responsibilities on-time stated in by-laws, i.e. incomplete TEST Results, and unpaid dues.  

Reminder dues are required to be paid no later than 12/31.  

53 Active members; 6 Associates; 5 Probationaries; and 28 Inactives still owe for this calendar year.  A polite reminder email to those officials will be sent next week as 12/31 draws near. 

Reminder All TEST results must be emailed to Sec/Tres by 9/1 (or the day before the season begins) or games will be pulled until completion.  No exceptions as we have all summer to complete the test.  By-laws will be followed unless the board approves an exception due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Discussion re test results to be shared with Assignors.

 

Associate Membership started off well in 2019.  We had 9 AM’s, who may be included in our 2021 Directory.  Need to increase our ranks here as many officials not in VSOA work these games.

 

Mark Pauquette - Dick Stewart Southern Official  

 

2021 Annual Meeting Date: TBA 

 

Treasury Report:

Treasury still very low

Total as of 11/11/20 - $895.81

Uncollected Dues: 

59 Active

6 Associates

5 Probationary 

28 Inactives though some may have retired from association

Notice to those who still owe will be sent an email after Thanksgiving as a reminder. Please don’t miss the deadline (due 12/31) as there is a $10 late fee.  

 

Dues.  Dues for active and probationary members shall be set for each year by a majority vote of the active members at the annual meeting.  Dues are to be paid on or before the January 1 following the annual meeting. A late fee of $10 shall be imposed on dues received after January 1 and before February 1.  Dues not paid prior to February 1 shall result in the suspension of the member. Suspended members may appeal to the grievance committee. If the appeal is denied, a suspended member may become active upon passing the written test and field evaluation and otherwise satisfying the qualifications of a probationary member or on such terms as the board of directors may deem appropriate.  Field evaluation and written test may be waived.

 

Please make sure you are Paid in Full before 2/1/20 so we all can avoid the red tape issues.  Thanks!

 

POWER PLAY SPORTS has again asked to be a VSOA sponsor on our website.  We are working to make that happen under the possible plan of a 1 year advertising fee.  If you remember the ads in our Directory, it is a nice cost effective idea.  If anyone has ideas or connections re an ad sponsor, please let me know.  Fee is still being discussed. $100?

 

 

Secretary Report:

Please check website for information periodically.  

 

We completed the 2020 this way:

  • 113 Active Refs.  Lost over 30 active refs for many reasons, mostly Covid.   Obviously, our lowest total of VSOA refs in the last 30 years.
  • 50 Inactive Refs - Please let me know before June if you plan to remain inactive or switch back to active service.  No pressure but for the purpose of a correct and accurate Directory.
  • 9 Associate Members
  • 8 Probationaries

 

2020 Semis Report:

SOUTH

Jamie Falco, Pat Whalen, Jamie Floyd, Gunther Sihler, Chris Dawes, Gary Sherman, Ben Barrowes, Bruce Schmidt, Tom Cook, Jason Weischedel, Kyle Wilson, Ben Carr, Peter Boyd, Todd Sanderson, Steve Small, Mark Paquette, Kirk Abrahamson, Randy Dewey.

 

NORTH

Justin Chamberlin, Bruce Allen, Frank Martel, Rick Desorda, Jessica Christian, Joe Gonillo, Kurt Haigis. Paul Taylor, Kevin Paskiet, Ollie Cultrara, Rob Hepburn, Corey Cenate, John Upham, Jason Boyd, Bill Edwards, Roland Noel, Jim Marshia, Victor Vieriu, Bill Gavin, Eric Rothy, Emmanuel Riby-Williams, Roland Billings, Roland Laroche, Barry LeBarron, Roger Ranz, Ezzedine Fatnassi, Shannon Sweet, Peter Rossi, Scott West, Darcy LeBlanc.

 

 

Finals:

Div 1 Boys    Bob Richardson         (C)    Tom Kessler        Brian Irwin

Div 1 Girls    Brian Barney             (C)    Paul Taylor                   Marvin Pritchard

Div 2 Boys    Craig Iverson    (C)    Matt Fitzgerald  Parke Fitzgerald

Div 2 Girls    Andy Gingras            (C)    Mike Nixon         Mike Clark

Div 3 Girls    Greg Hartmann         (C)    Kevin Gillen        Miles Etter     

Karl Ross 4th

D4 Girls:      Jamie Floyd        (C)     Pat Whalen        Gunther Sihler   

Greg Draper 4th

D4 Boys:      Bruce Schmidt   (C)     Mark Paquette   Jason Weischedel   Scott Murphy 4th

D3 Boys:      Kyle Wilson       (C)     Damon Fulcher    Chris Dawes   

John Pedone 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSOA FALL MEETING Thursday 11/21/19

Attended: Jamie Falco, Bob Richardson, Andy Gingras, Gary Blodgett (non-voting member), Craig Iverson (non-voting member), Eric Evans (non-voting member), Joe Gonillo

 

Possible Referee Legislation re law for referee assault / safety.  

Discussion ensued as to if needed.  Board discussed topics on sportsmanship, VPA rules’ penalties, laws presently on the books, what other associations are doing, and reaching out to other VT ref associations on this topic.  Information to be gathered for April board mtg.

 

Thank You Gary Blodgett for 7 years as our southern assignor.  Gary had some huge shoes to fill stepping in after Abe, didn’t use a microphone either, and did a fantastic job.  Personally, I appreciate all our conversations, interactions, and his hard work.

 

Welcome Eric Evans as new southern assignor.  Eric is no stranger to VSOA Executive Board and will no doubt do a fine job!  Congrats!

 

Board discussed suspension of official who has not paid dues.

 

Board concern that some officials are not completing all responsibilities 

stated in by-laws, i.e. incomplete TEST Results and Fitness Test; unpaid dues.

Dues are required to be paid no later than 12/31.  All TEST results must be emailed to Sec/Treas by 9/1 (or the day before the season begins) or games will be pulled until completion.   No exceptions as we have all summer to complete the test. The same goes for the Fitness Test. Injuries do happen, and if/when officials are healthy they can take the fitness test and then resume working games. If you missed the 2-3 summer site options, you need to stay and take the test after our annual meeting on the Middlebury high school football field.  Again, if you are injured or miss these dates, your games will be pulled until completion. Also please remember a $25 fine will be charged payable to your assignor or test administrator for travel the day you complete test. By-laws will be followed unless the board approves an exception due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Semi’s and Finals Ref Report:

Semi-Finals South:

Bruce Schmidt, Mike Kinsler, Pat Pullinen

Eric Evans, Jeff Reed, Andy Tufts

Kyle Wilson, Gary Sherman, Steve Peck

Kirk Abrahamson, Randy Dewey, Jamie Falco,

Bud Laudenslager, Chris Dawes, Damon Fulcher

 

Semi-Finals North:

Scott Dillon, Kevin Paskiet, Craig Iverson, Jon Barzensky, Carol Weston, Jim Bellinghiri, Greg Hartmann, Scott West, Bill Edwards, Bruce Allen, Dennis Filion, Victor Vieriu, Jessica Christian, Roland Noel, Miles Etter, Peter Rossi, Mike Nixon, Bob Richardson, Matt Fitzgerald, Emmaneul Riby-Williams, Andy  Gingras, Alex Grist, Ollie Cultrara, Brian Barney, Mike Clark, Barry LeBarron, Marvin Pritchard, Jim Marshia

 

Finals                   Center

D1 Boys                Elvir Jandric    Ryan Gates    Mike Caldwell

D2 Boys               Roger Ranz     John Upham    Steve Peck

D1 Girls                Elvis Jandric    Peter Boyd      Roland Billings

D2 Girls           Frank Martel   Hemant Ghising   Tim Schein

D3 Girls                Joe Gonillo      Sonja Duncan  Scott Dillon

First Final: Peter Boyd, Hemant Ghising, and Tim Schein

 

Finals

Bellows Falls Girls’ Division 4 Finals

Steve Blongy; Stephen Small  AR; Damon Fulcher AR; David Doenges 4th          

Bellows Falls Boys’ Division 4 Finals

Bud Laudenslager; Eric Evans AR; Michael Kinsler AR; Gary Sherman   4th   

Hartford     Boys’ Division 3 Finals

Pat Whalen; Jamie Falco AR; Chris Dawes AR; Todd Sanderson 4th for both       

 

 

 

 

Rousing discussion on 3 person officiating, its growth, benefits, and our training.  The north and south held sessions. More are scheduled for next summer. Radios being used with much more frequency to better communicate during games.  Benefits of systems used were discussed. Board is exploring options, deals, and prices for those who wish to purchase. April meeting will have more information. 

 

VPA announced game-fee raises to $85 Varsity and $57 JV this coming fall.

$95/$80/$80 for 3-person games.

 

Our Associate Membership started off well last fall.  We had 11 AM’s, who may be included in our Directory, enter the program last year.  This is a recruiting tool to get younger refs (some juniors/seniors in hs and college students) into the VSOA earlier and keep experienced, verteran members in and working sub-varsity games.  Trainings were held in the north and south. This will continue next fall. The board will encourage AD’s (and Bruce James) to have their sub-varsity refs sign up with VSOA as AM’s. Benefits include training, feedback, and insurance.

 

Andy G, Frank M, and Eric E will attend the VPASoccer mtg in February.

Frank and Eric will attend the VPA October officials’ meeting.

 

Secretary Report:

Please check website for information periodically.

Discussion over whether some want/need Directories.  Thinking is if you are a paper person and want/need the book, great - no problem.  If, however, you are a high tech official and run all through your phone or electronic devices, please send me a text of email BEFORE June 1st 2020, and I will subtract said #’s of Directories off our order to Winooski Press and save $$.  I will remind all of this in subsequent emails as I do for meeting date, Fitness Test sites, Exam info and completion dates, and correct Grievance Committee procedures should you happen or plan to miss our annual meeting.

  

2020 Annual Meeting Date: Saturday August 15, 2020 at Middlebury High School.  NOTE NEW MTG DATE PLEASE

 

We completed the 2019 season in this fashion:

135 Active Refs; though a number of officials hit the injured list as season moved forward.  This is our lowest total of VSOA refs in years.

23 Inactive Refs - Please let me know before June if you plan to remain inactive or switch back to active service.  Next year, since we initiated the Associate Membership, we will not be paying insurance for Inactive Refs as you can simply join AM.

11 Associate Members

15 Probationary - thank you!

 

Great soccer story involving what was probably the most experienced VSOA officiating crew to work a high school soccer game in the history of VT.   The final game of the regular season at Harwood saw Frank Martel work the middle, Bill Duval, and Dennis Filion ran the sidelines with Spencer Noble serving as the 4th ref.  Respectively their years of soccer experience reflected 48, 50, 43, and 42 with a grand total of 183 seasons of high school soccer refereeing.

 

Treasury Report:

Treasury rebounding

Total as of 11/21/19 - $988.87

Uncollected Dues: 

35 Active

4 Associates

17 Inactives

Some Probationary Members have sent me checks for next season.  A few still need to pay. Sorry for confusion there.

Notice to those who still owe (due 12/31) be sent separately in the very near future.  Please don’t miss the deadline as there is a $10 late fee.  

 

Dues.  Dues for active and probationary members shall be set for each year by a majority vote of the active members at the annual meeting.  Dues are to be paid on or before the January 1 following the annual meeting. A late fee of $10 shall be imposed on dues received after January 1 and before February 1.  Dues not paid prior to February 1 shall result in the suspension of the member. Suspended members may appeal to the grievance committee. If the appeal is denied, a suspended member may become active upon passing the written test and field evaluation and otherwise satisfying the qualifications of a probationary member or on such terms as the board of directors may deem appropriate.  Field evaluation and written test may be waived.

 

Please make sure you are Paid in Full before 2/1/20 so we all can avoid the red tape issues.  Thanks!


 

POWER PLAY SPORTS has asked to be a VSOA sponsor on our website.  We are working to make that happen under the possible plan of a 1 year advertising fee.  Veteran refs may remember the ads in our Directory. This is an incredible cost effective idea.  If anyone has ideas or connections re an ad sponsor, please let me know. Fee is still being discussed.

 

 

 

 

VSOA Spring Executive Board Meeting

April 29, 2018

 

Present: Dave Barra, Andy Gingras, Bruce Schmidt, Tom Cook, Joe Gonillo, and Gary (who observed, was allowed to comment, but did not vote)

 

Minutes of Last meeting

Approved

 

Bylaws Changes

Written draft amendments prepared by Bob Fletcher approved with amendments to allow Executive Board to determine the date of the annual meeting no later than its meeting the preceding fall and to remove all sections of the existing bylaws relating to the current rules interpreter position effective upon approval and changing 25 to 35 in the Life Members section. (Bruce moved, Tom seconded: passed unanimously)

 

Discussion regarding changing president and other board members terms tabled.

 

Discussion regarding moving the time/date of future meetings tabled.

 

Annual Meeting

Middlebury HS - Tom in charge of setting up

 

Mini clinics

Discussion re more videos and keeping the membership together for all presentations:

1) offside and new rules; 2)coach input; 3) game management with an emphasis on de-escalation - Tom in charge

 

Responsibilities

Pre-meeting Duties and Tasks worksheet was discussed and duties assigned.

 

Fitness test changes

Board voted to continue to allow USSF and NISOA test result to count as VSOA test and to continue to offer hs physical test as in the past

 

Lifetime Memberships

Joe is to check effect of bylaw change on budget: how many are at 35 and how close are others?

 

Arbiter Statewide

Board discussed use of this system for all assigning.  Advantages include reducing differences geographically, increased uniformity, ease of use for members (esp those who are already on Arbiter for other sports and college soccer), potential to assign playoffs and finals, data tracking and assigning of assessors. Andy will send information to Gary and Frank and board will discuss again at next meeting.

 

Autopay

Joe is exploring the possibility of allowing dues to be paid online.  Looks likely.

 

Sec/Treasurer report

Joe presented

Board approved spending up to $2500 for improved website (Bruce moved, Andy 2d, passed unanimously).

 

New business

Board considered new types of recognition for participants in finals: coins, key chains

Board discussed importance of mentors and mentees attending annual meeting

Board discussed adding names to the scholarships awarded ($1000 each) to recognize long-time contributions of a member.  Also discussed creating young/new referee award.

 

Adjourn

 

 

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report April 2018

 

Updating list……..

144 Active VSOA Officials on our roster as of this week.

151 in August of ‘17  

18 Inactive members listed

15 new/probationary members from last fall.  Adding to roster when they confirm

Retirees 5: Kixy Austin, Tom Hall, Doug Neet, Scott Ryan, Roshi Brooklyn

ALL dues paid dues for 2018.  Will begin collection in June hopefully with auto pay feature

 

Asking for help with website upgrading.  

 

Looking to limit directories mistakes.  Again asking officials to email me new, updated info now, asap before June deadline.  Sent out one email last week and getting some responses.

 

Committees for 2018

Fees and Dues: Bill Duval/Chair, Mark Paquette, Scott Slocum

Nominating: Dave Barra and Tom Cook

Grievance: Stan Blicharz (Chair), Matt Fitzgerald, Rick Desorda, Randy Dewey

Scholarship: Bruce Schmidt (Chair), Andy Aldrich

Examining/New Officials Clinics/Assessments: Craig Iverson (Chair), Frank Martel, Gary Blodgett, and Marty Adams

 

GC - for missed mtg

Discussion - what to do re officials who miss ALL fitness tests dates by annual mtg.

USSF and NISOA tests can count.

 

Annual Meeting update:

Our annual meeting date for 2018 – Saturday August 11th.

Location - Middlebury HS 9AM

 

August check-in; check-out smooth.

Would like to collect dues at check-in too

 

IRS holding up TDBank action.  

Registered VSOA as non-profit with VT State Attorney General’s office in Feb

 

VSOA polos and t-shirts - for us at annual mtg and for membership.

Breast Cancer organization with vendor, so we can purchase at mtg

 

$6912.65 in treasury as of 4/26/18

$6387.86 11/7/17

 

Pictures of finals’ referees emailed to me

Bill Duval ordering VSOA key chains for finals’ officials

Checking inventory re mugs and cups too

 

Submitted – 4/29/18 Joe Gonillo

 

VSOA Board Mtg Minutes 11/7/18

Annual Meeting Minutes August 2018

VSOA Board Meeting Minutes 4/17

VSOA Board Meeting Minutes 11/16

Annual Meeting Minutes 8/13/16

VSOA BOARD MEETING MINUTES 3/13/16

VSOA BOARD MEETING MINUTES 11/8/15

VSOA Annual Meeting Minutes 8/9/15

Executive Board Meeting Minutes 7/8/15

VSOA Executive Board Meeting Minutes 3/8/15

VSOA Executive Board Meeting Minutes 11/2/14

MINUTES FROM VSOA ANNUAL MEETING 8/9/14

Executive Board Meeting Minutes 3/9/14

VSOA Executive Board Meeting Minutes 11/3/13

VSOA Annual Meeting Minutes 8/11/2013

Executive Board Meeting 3/17/13 Minutes


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