Minutes of November 24, 2008 Board Meeting


952:    The Board meeting of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association was held Monday, November 24, 2008, at 6:30 pm at the offices of Vern Smith 110-110th NE, Bellevue, WA.   Present were Vern Smith, Brandon Fortier, Ryan Kelly, Gail Shelton and Daniela Colter.  Present by teleconference was Kevin Martin, Rob Hawley, and Peter White. Absent was Tony Olney.


953:    MOTION: The October 4, 2008 membership meeting minutes were reviewed and approved. Motion passed 6-0.


954:    MOTION:  The November 24, 2006 minutes were reviewed and approved.  Motion passed 6-0.


955:    MOTION: Daniela presented the Budget and it was approved with the following amendments:


            Increase Scheduler salary to $1800. Motion passed 5-0.


            Public Relation expense of $3000 an increase of $1500 is not approved until Mike McQuaid presents to the board his PR plan. He is invited to the next board meeting to present his plan. Motion passed 6-0


            Daniela will continue to present the budget at each meeting.


956:    MOTION: Vern proposed to purchase a plaque for Ken Hopkins not more than $100. Motion passed 6-0


957:    MOTION: All letterhead will include Daniela’s home address and phone number. Motion passed 6-0


958:    Sanctions for forfeits based on refusal to travel. The board discussed this issue in quite length and it was decided that each situation must be looked at individually and refer to the handbook in regards to refusal to play.


959:    DII coaches were given two options for playoff structure. Brandon reported that there was a 12:1 vote in favor of Option A. There were no issues with the semi-finals. The Boys finals will be held at Memorial Stadium on May 30, 2008. The Girls will hold their championship separately.


960:    The criteria for movement between divisions was discussed and no further action is required.


961:    Proof of head coaches’ US Lax membership at February meeting, sanctions for non-compliance. Daniela will notify all the coaches that if their US Lax membership is not renewed before February 7th, 2008 meeting they will be suspended from coaching until proof of membership is received by the WHSBLA secretary.


962:    Brandon presented how all state and all league teams are selected.


963:    Vern reported on negotiations with WALOA.


964:    A weekly column will be posted under the Current News to increase the traffic to the WHSBLA website. Brandon and Peter will collaborate and report on Division I and Division II, respectively. Players and fans will be invited to send information.


965:    The Highline and Franklin teams have not responded to requests. Gail will contact Joan Fukuma at Franklin to confirm point of contact for Franklin.


966:    Brandon presented the new handbook language.


967:    Vern will draft an amendment to the bylaws concerning sanctions for coaches that are on probation. This will be discussed at the December meeting and presented to the membership 30 days before the Feb meeting.


968:    Item 16 on the agenda will be tabled until the December meeting.


969:    A player who lives on Mercer Island but attends school in Seattle asked if he is allowed to play for Garfield. The answer is no and can be referred to the handbook # 6.3.2.


         6.3.2 A player attending a public school without a lacrosse program is eligible to play for the team determined to be the closest public school­affiliated program within established school district boundaries. Refer to Team Boundary Document in Addendum. All players attending any given public school shall all be eligible and play for the same program.


970:    Vern gave an update of the WIAA meeting via Tony.


971:    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.


                                                                        Daniela Colter

                                                                        Executive Secretary