.WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BOYS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION
Special Meeting Minutes of February 12, 2008 Board Meeting
850: The Special Board meeting of the Washington
High School Boys Lacrosse Association was held Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at
6:30 pm at the office of Vern Smith,
851: The Board met with Brian Langhorst,
852: Mark Benedum met with the Board and explained the circumstances surrounding his absence from the February 2, 2008 meeting. Mark explained that he had no ability to set the date of his meetings and no choice but to attend. His meetings are scheduled a year in advance and he has no ability to alter the dates. Board members asked Mark some follow-up questions and then thanked him for meeting with the Board.
853: Discussion followed regarding the Langhorst absence. The Board felt that his absence could have been controlled if he or his Board had been more diligent with WHSBLA requirements. It was also a concern that Brian was not aware that the mandatory coaches meeting rule has been approved by the entire general membership at the October meeting.
854: MOTION: The Board will revisit the Langhorst matter and revote to find good cause to excuse Brian from the February 2, 2008 coaches meeting. Motion failed for lack of a second.
855: Regarding sanctions, Brian admitted the business trip would not have been scheduled had he put the mandatory meeting on his calendar; therefore, the Board felt there was not good cause to excuse Brian. There was no motion to modify the current vote regarding sanctions, so sanction will stand.
857: Discussion followed regarding the Benedum absence. Because Mark had no influence and could not prevent the dates chosen for his meetings, the Board felt that given the same circumstances next year, the outcome would be the same. He would be forced to miss the mandatory coaches meeting.
858: MOTION: The Board will revisit the Benedum matter and revote to find good cause to excuse Mark from the February 2, 2008 coaches meeting. Motion passed 3-1-1 Abstention
859: The Board agreed that there are several matters involved in sorting out what constitutes “good cause”. It is imperative that a coach contact the Board immediately upon learning that there is a conflict. The Board will look at each case very closely and will not take an excuse at face value.
860: Alex Wade, the
No advance notice of the absence was given to the Board.
861: MOTION: The Board finds that Alex did not have good cause to be absent from the February 2, 2008 mandatory coaches meeting. Motion passed 5-0
862: MOTION: The Board finds that Alex must be suspended from the first game of the season. Motion passed 5-0.
864: In the future, the Board will look at sanctions for a number of reasons. At the October meeting, Vern will explain to the general membership that the Board will be taking matters more seriously and programs that are not in compliance will be sanctioned.
865: Gail explained the difference between WALOA
and Oregon Lacrosse Official’s Association fees as well as the differences in
invoicing, collecting and reimbursing between WHSBLA and OHSLA. The Board asked her to contact
866: The Referee Evaluation form was
discussed. It is ready to be placed on the
website for coaches to use. The
completed forms will be sent to
867: A petition from Jonathan Higuchi was reviewed by the Board. The WHSBLA rules state a coach must be a high school graduate. Discussion followed regarding the purpose of that rule.
868: MOTION: The Board grants a waiver to Jonathan
Higuchi, head coach at
869: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.