VERMONT SOCCER OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION
9am, Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Middlebury High School
8:30 Check in/out and dues collection - welcomed the help here
9am Call to Order
Introduction of the Board
Moment of silence to honor the passing of our refereeing brothers and sisters (Jim Starr, Jerry Gingras, John Werner (Friend of Soccer)
Thank you Caleb Magoon Power Play Sports for attending and selling
Fitness Test was conducted after meeting on football field
Rules Interpreter/SDI Andy Gingras gave a well-spoken presentation on 2018 Rule Changes. Consult front of rule book for review
Clinic - Andy and Craig Iverson discussed on-field situations, misconducts, cards, offsides, and others. Video highlights with questions and answers were appreciated
Dave Barra presented an eloquent President’s Message. His work for 3 years on the board continues to move VSOA in right direction.
Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s Report were emailed the week of meeting. Love this idea and compliment predecessors for it. We need more in membership; dues are beginning to add to treasury
Scholarship Committee – moved to awards ceremony; Bruce Schmidt awarded $500 scholarships to Allison Buckley, Logan Taylor, and Grace Woodruff. Logan addressed members briefly while Bruce read notes of thanks from Allison and Grace
Fees & Dues Committee – Bill Duval reported F/D as status quo
Grievance Committee – Stan Blicharz was ill; meeting to address absentees is up-coming; please send letter (of appeal) with $75 fine to Joe G ASAP
Training Coordinator’s Report delivered by Craig Iverson (Director of Assessment) who is looking to, among other things, aid our assignors in training of new referees.
Assignor’s Reports – Frank and Gary reminded us to connect/contact partner/s the night before. If no response, call assignors that evening please.
Acceptance of Members -2017 Probationary Members accepted; Requests for Active/Inactive Status accepted. We now stand at 153 active and 21 inactive…..
Scholarship Recipients – presented by Bruce Schmidt
Awards and Retirements
Recognized Kixy Austin, Tom Hall, Doug Neet, Scott Ryan as 2018 retirees
John Witalec congratulated on his VPA HOF Induction to Class of 2018 as VSOA Soccer Official
10 yr. Awards - Brian Barney, Bob Bayer, Craig Iverson, Tom Stames
20 yr. Awards - Ezz Fatnassi, Steve Lunna, Roger Ranz, Scott Slocum, Sonja Duncan, Roland Noel
25 yr. Awards - Tom Cook, Mark Wood
Life Members - n/a
Dick Stewart Awards - Roger Ranz and Chris Buckley
Recognition of Officials Working Semi’s and Finals 2017
Semi Finals South:
Bud Laudenslager, Gary Sherman, Randall Dewey, Mark Paquette, Steve Blongy, Mike Kinsler, Bruce Schmidt, John Witalec, David Doenges, Paul Austin, Jamie Falco, Kyle Wilson, Eric Evans, Jason Klump, Jeffrey Reed, Rich Ogilvie, Patrick Whalen.
Semi Finals North:
John Woodruff, Bob Richardson, Miles Etter, Jim Marshia, Dave Barra, Mike Browne, Elvis Jandric, Craig Iverson, Stephane Oliveira, Ned Halilovic, Andy Gingras, Cam Caforia, Faris Halilovic, Matt Fitzgerald, Frank Martel, Joe Gonillo, Carol Larose, Ron Larose, Jim Bellinghiri, Roland Noel, Eniz Camdzic, Marvin Pritchard, Mike Clark
D1 boys Ryan Gates, John Upham, Scott Dillon, John Woodruff
D1 girls Roger Ranz, Sonja Duncan, Ezzedine Fatnassi
D2 boys Brian Barney, Roland Billings, Mike Caldwell, Frank Martel
D2 girls Elvir Jandric, Jessica Christian, Mike McCaffrey
D3 boys Scott Slocum, Brian Hurlbert, Mike Nixon
D3 girls Kirk Abrahamson, Jamie Falco, Steve Blongy
D4 boys Tom Cook, Chris Dawes, Jamie Floyd
D4 girls Gunther Sihler, Chris Buckley, Randal Adams
Recognition of Twin State Officials for 2018
Chris Buckley, Gary Sherman, Steve Blongy, Jamie Falco - Girls
Craig Iverson, Bud Laudenslager, Bill Edwards, Greg Hartmann - Boys
Secretary / Treasurer - Joe Gonillo
Rules Interpreter/State Director of Instruction - Andy Gingras
Vice President - Sonja Duncan
Member at Large - Jamie Falco
VSOA Warm ups – Tom Cook (Ordering opened on 8/10 and closes 8/20) Q’s - email Tom
Changes in By Laws drafted and proposed by ad hoc committee: Bob Fletcher presented- passed
b. Bylaws changes proposed by Scott West - Inactive motion denied; Doing away with yearly election of VP motion - passed
c. Discussion about changing meeting date for 2019 - under advisement
Passing of Gavel
Dave Barra acknowledged and thanked Middlebury High School. We’d love to return.
Gavel Passed from Dave to Bruce Schmidt. Another Father-Son combo (Stew Schmidt ‘69) leading the VSOA
Meeting Date for 2019: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Fitness Test - run by Frank and Gary
Adjournment- Bruce Schmidt
V.S.O.A. Annual Meeting Report
9am, Sunday, August 13, 2017
Hartford High School
8:30 Registration / Check in was smooth
9 am Meeting Called to Order; Welcome by President Cook
Board: President Tom Cook; VP David Barra; MAL Bruce Schmidt; Rules Interpreter Marty Adams; Past President Jessica Christian; Sec/Treas Joe Gonillo
We then observed a moment of silence to honor the passing of our referee brothers and sisters: Dick Stewart, Norm Messier, and Sara Thompson keeping in mind any others in our family who may have passed.
Caleb Magoon, vendor from Power Play Sports, sold reffing gear.
Marty Adams, in his final presentation, gave another informative talk on rules interpretation and changes. Thank you, Marty, for your time and effort!
We moved to the mini clinics and broke into (3) groups:
The Nuisances of Calling the Game by Frank Martel
The Observations and Training by Craig Iverson
The Importance of the AR position by Gunther Sihler
All clinics were concise and informative.
After a short break, we heard the President’s Message from Tom Cook. A review can be found in your directory.
The Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s Report followed. Both were accepted.
Bruce Schmidt reported on the Scholarship Committee’s work and named scholarship award winners Tara Barney and Justin Morand.
Bill Duval announced that the Fees & Dues Committee proposed to membership that we continue status quo at $75. Motion accepted.
Matt Fitzgerald spoke for the Grievance Committee reminding all of the proper procedures for submission.
Craig Iverson is heading up the Training Coordinator’s group with Gary Blodgett and Frank Martel assisting. $$’s again are allocated this summer/fall for training and assessing.
Gary and Frank then gave their respective assignor’s reports covering topics such as professionalism, uniform and equipment, checking in with your partner the night before your game, giving ample time for kickbacks, keeping track of mileage, arriving early/on time, checking nets for weights, reviewing your schedule, and other information.
Membership accepted probationary members and requests for both active and inactive status for the fall.
Scholarships – Bruce Schmidt presented Tara Barney and Justin Morand $500 scholarships. Thankful acceptance letters were read by proud fathers. Congratulations!
10 Year Award - Bob Richardson, Jay Vallieres, Jessica Christian
20 Year Award - Jim Bellinghiri, Parke Fitzgerald, Dave Barra
25 Year Award - Randal Adams, Scott Ryan
No 50 Year Awards this summer
Dick Stewart Awards honored Parke Fitzgerald (North) and Kyle Wilson (South)
Photos were taken and will be added to our website.
Recognition of Officials Working Semi’s and Finals 2016
Roger Ranz, Stephane Oliveira, Ezz Fatnassi, Elvir Jandric, Dennis Filion, Ryan Gates, Mike McCaffrey, Eric Corredera, Jim Marshia, Mike Clark, Brian Barney, Stu Maynard, Mike Browne, Sonja Duncan, Jessica Christian, Roland Noel, Tucker Myhre, John Woodruff, Shannon Sweet, Darcy LeBlanc, Emmanuel Riby-Williams, Brian Hurlbert, and Roland Billings.
Mark Paquette Center, George Cook, Christopher Dawes; Kirk Abrahamson; Bud Laudenslager, Jamie Falco, Marty Adams, David Doenges, Randal Adams; Rich Ogilvie, Eric Evans, Steve Blongy; Gunther Sihler, Paul Austin, Randall Dewey; Bruce Schmidt, Scott Ryan, Jeffery Reed.
Division 1 Boys at Burlington
Frank Martel, Marvin Pritchard, Mike Clark, Rick Desorda
Division 1 Girls at Burlington
Kyle Wilson, Paul Austin, Bruce Schmidt, Gary Blodgett
Division 2 Boys at South Burlington HS
Andy Gingras, Jim Bellinghiri, Joe Gonillo, Art Thompson
Division 2 Girls at South Burlington HS
Bob Richardson, Miles Etter, Carol Weston, Art Thompson
Division 3 Boys at Bellows Falls HS
Craig Iverson, Greg Hartmann, Bill Edwards
Division 3 Girls at Bellows Falls HS
Dave Barra, Roland Noel, Elvis Jandric
Division 4 Boys
Rich Ogilvie, Eric Evans, Bud Laudenslager
Division 4 Girls
Chris Buckley, Pat Whalen, Marty Adams
We had no Twin State Officials this summer as NH assigned.
Secretary/Treasurer - Joe Gonillo returns 2nd year
Rules Interpreter - Andy Gingras followed Marty Adams and was voted in by
Vice President - Bruce Schmidt
Member at Large - Sonja Duncan
A discussion of Old Business followed. Tom Cook once again proposed and offered VSOA warm ups. Contact Tom with questions. Reminder to get order in asap.
New Business centered around these topics:
Executive Committee will discuss possibly making members with 35 years of membership eligible as Life Members.
VSOA pink wristbands and/or sweatbands will be available for purchase for Breast Cancer Awareness in October.
VSOA recommends to the VPA that a representative of each school meet with our rules interpreter before the annual meeting each year to discuss new rules.
The Passing of the Gavel followed from outgoing President Cook to Incoming President Dave Barra.
His first order of business after accepting job and responsibilities was to thank and acknowledge Hartford High School for the meeting location. He now begins the search for next summer’s meeting location. The 2018 date is Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Fitness Test and Assessment Meeting were held at the end of our meeting.
Another reminder to complete NFHS Rules Test and submit results to secretary by September 1, 2017.
2018 dues were collected immediately following meeting.
Submitted - Joe Gonillo 8/18/17