Lehigh Valley Soccer League February 2012 Meeting
Meeting began at 6:00, ended at 7:15, and attendees included:
Ned Strong - President
Tim McDaniel - Secretary-Treasurer & Registrar (volunteer needed for Registrar)
Dave Young - Keystone Pride F.C. representative
Eric Thuma - Push the Rock manager
President's Report: Ned noted that our ad in the LehighValley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation program needs updating and said he would take care of it before the spring awards ceremony (L.V.S.L. is an L.V.S.S.A.F. sponsor-organization). Recognizing that some members favored leaving E.P.A.S.A., he asked if anyone was interested in searching for a new insurer. He also said the league would likely need an extra team this spring to replace Lehigh Valley Internationals, who had been delinquent in their obligations.
Vice President's Report: Jeremy absent (coaching youth wrestling)
Secretary-Treasurer's Report: Tim said the league is facing deficits as a result of non-payment by member teams as well as a non-productive, investment environment. He said the league would apply the $200 performance bond from the former Lehigh Internazionale team toward paying referee fees from a forfeited match and league obligations. He was uncertain whether the league would be able to recoup any of its other losses from the Lehigh Valley Internationals, as their response to inquiries has been rare and remote. The personnel from the former team is essentially the same as the latter. Tim received payment in full from webmaster Charles Craig of Keystone Pride F.C., who was en route to an indoor match at the Turf Club. Tim also had L.V.S.L. checks made out in payment to L.V.S.S.A.F. and E.P.A.S.A. He suggested we contact Kalman Csapo to see if his Kutztown team might be interested in becoming our sixth team this spring.
Referee Assignor Report: (Pete absent, but will send preliminary spring schedule via e-mail)
Publicity Chairmnan Report: Furat absent
Registrar: Vacant Position Available
Keystone Pride F.C. Representative: Dave Young suggested the league look into renting an artificial turf field for consecutive Sunday matches. He volunteered to help in this endeavor, and all agreed it was a good idea, especially for early-season matches when the fields are often sloppy at best.
Push the Rock Manager: Eric Thuma said that Push the Rock would not be able to play before 1:00 Sunday due to church obligations. This might affect Dave's idea to hold consecutive matches, but could be accommodated by schedule adjustments. Eric questioned the need for player passes, as did Dave. They agreed that most referees usually said they didn't even need to see the passes. Tim noted that the managers needed to be diligent in procuring player passes in a timely manner.
Submitted 2/2/12 by Ned Strong, LVSL President.
August 2011 Meeting
Meeting started at 6:00 pm, ended at 7:30, and attendees included:
Ned Strong - President
Tim McDaniel - Secretary-Treasurer & Registrar (volunteer needed for Registrar)
Pete Csongradi - Referee Assignor
Furat Moussa - Publicity Chairman
Andy Ludwig - United F.C. Manager
President's Report: Ned noted that our website needs updating; webmaster will be contacted when he returns from vacation. Gary Toth did a nice job of designing the ad for LVSL in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation booklet; however, it directs interested parties to our website, which needs to be more current.
Allentown Sports Club won the LVSL trophy for the 2010-'11 men's open season. Ned hopes Jeremy can provide a photo of the champs for the website. Pete wasn't certain which team won the sportsmanship award for the spring, though it was sent in a recent e-mail attachment. That team will be credited $25.
International United will not enter a team this fall, as the manager wearied of constantly nagging his players to try to get them to play. He has a core group of 4-5 dependable players who are willing to play with another team. We will try to find another team to complement our odd 5: ASC, Keystone, L.V. Internationals, Push the Rock, and United F.C. Ned said he'd contact Ed Csongradi with an inquiry about teams from the summer league.
Teams have been remiss in providing passes to the referees. Many don't have passes. Ned noted that this situation should be corrected, but that it's exacerbated by our not having a Registrar (position open). After discussion, it was decided that players will have a 2-game grace period at the outset of the season during which they'll be allowed to play by just signing the roster and not producing a pass. After the first 2 games, players will be assessed a $1 per game fine for not producing a pass at the field. Referees and the assignor will be charged with tracking offenders and levying fines.
The league will be expected to send a delegate to Morgantown for EPSA's October meeting.
Treasurer's Report: Tim noted that investments lost money since our last meeting in the spring. He provided checks for Pete (assigning fees), Ned (mileage reimbursement at .25/mi.), himself (reimbursement of mileage and other expenses), and Willard Stratz of the Lions Club to sponsor an ad in the booklet for the 2011 All-Star Classic soccer extravaganza. Tim noted that it's probably easier not to attend the EPSA meetings and to forfeit our $25/per meeting bond than to send a rep. and reimburse him $25 for attending the meeting, unless a club needs info. about State Cup competition. Tim will credit Push the Rock $25 for Eric Thuma's attendance at the March EPSA meeting. He will also credit the spring sportsmanship winner $25, and provide up to $100 to A.S.C. for their trophy. Tim suggested having someone else act as treasurer periodically as a way of performing an audit.
Vice President's Report: (Jeremy absent)
Referee Assignor Report: Pete will devise a preliminary schedule with 5 teams, giving one team a BYE each Sunday; however, should we find a 6th team, that team will assume the BYE slot and every team will play each Sunday. Pete proposed September 18 as opening day of the fall season, which should allow ample time for teams to secure their fields and their Certificates of Insurance. Initially, no games will be scheduled on Columbus Day or Thanksgiving Day weekends.
Publicity Chairman's Report: Furat plans to hold a tryout August 27 or thereabouts to recruit new players for the league and possibly form a 6th team. It will probably be in Hanover Twp. - possibly Crawford Park. Furat also inquired about having an All-Star game in April. The idea was tabled for further discussion at a future date.
Furat recommended we make it clear on the website that both a league fee and a game fee are required to play in L.V.S.L. Furat said one of his former team-mates on International United broke a collarbone in a game last fall, and that EPASA's insurance covered everything except the $500 deductible, as stated in the policy.
Webmaster Report: (Charles Craig was on vacation.)
United F.C. Manager: Andy Ludwig replaces Ryan Comstock as manager of United F.C., as Ryan has moved to Florida. Andy's at (610) 739-9425 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Since he and his core players hail from the New Tripoli area, Andy expects to change United's home field from the Kesslerville Rd. venue to somewhere in the Lehigh Valley - possibly Lehigh Co. Fields. He requested contact info. for Lehigh Co. fields. Andy suggested we make it clear on the website that our league insures its players through EPASA and USASA. Andy will consider Ned's suggestion that he become LVSL's registrar.
Updated August 4, 2011 by Ned Strong, LVSL President.
Meeting Held: 03/04/2009
Attendees: Pete Csongradi Referee Assignor
Gary Toth Treasurer
Ned Strong President
Tom Shickel ASC Representative
Josh Brown LI Representiative
Tim McDaniel Registration Chairman & Secretery
Referee Assignors Report:
* All teams are in good standing regarding submitssion of Refere Reports for the fall.
* Pete checked EPASA By-Laws regarding what a team owes when they do not show up for a game. The teams owes full fee and whatever the league penalty is *LVSL it is another $50).
* Pete says a team can call as late as two hours before game time to cancel the game if the team just can not field enough players to play the game.
* Pete's cell phone is (four eight four) eight nine four - zero five two two and requests the number not be called unless it is urgent, like a game cancellation.
Games Chairman Report:
* Pete submitted the proposed Spring Schedule with games starting April 19th and ending May 17th using May 24th as a raindate. Exception being a May 31st game between Push The Rock and Evergreen at LC Fields.
* After a presentation by Williard Stratz about the Lions Club All Star game Classic,
the option to play the May 31st game at 1pm at the Nazareth Stadium was presented and the LVSL is to advise if this will happen or not. Note the game is the Push The Rock vs Evergreen game listed above schedul3d for 2:30pm at LC Fields.
Webmasters Report: (Alan was not at this meeting)
* TMcD to contact Allan to see if referee reports can be submitted via the league web page (www.LVSL.org) and if those reports are automatically forwarded to Pete.
* Web page has been considered a great success last fall and is getting more use by more people as the features are expanded.
* We have $1700 plus in bank accounts but have O/S checks totaling about that much which leaves an effective balance just above zero on account.
* Gary will isuue statements soon.
* TMcD motioned to increase the Performance Bond from $200 to $300 starting next Fall to make the bond consistent with the increasing referee fees. The bond amount has remained unchanged for twenty years plus. Motion carried without objections.
* The LVSL will place a Half-Page add, similar to the add in the LV Scholar Athelete Banquet Brochure, in the Lions Club All Star Game Brochure.
* Gary to approach Jose Perna, CPA to perform a semi-formal audit of the Leagues Financial records as this has not been done since 1990's.
* Pete has elected to attend the March 9th EPASA meeting in Morgantown.
* We will need another volunteer to attend the June meeting.
Next meeting is Wednesday, April 1st, 7pm at Stahleys Restaurant.