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Unofficial Minutes of the Maine Association of Soccer Officials Meeting

Sunday, May 20, 2018, Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, Bangor Maine

 

Attendance: Jana Shaw, Dan Girardin, Jeff Gray, Nick Henry, Nick Murray, Cameron Watson, Harold Clark, Brad Fogg, Brad Lunt, Charles Brown, Don Beal, Wil Hasselmann, Larry Seaney, Dave Therrien

 

The meeting was opened at 9:10 AM by President Brad Lunt.

 

Minutes of November 5, 2017 (not available due to faulty printer)

Treasurer’s Report (not available due to faulty printer)

 

MPA Liaison Report – Brad Fogg

 

The MPA, as part of the recently signed four-year contract with local officials’ boards, requires that all officials in all sports, in order to officiate, must hold a current DOE fingerprinting and background check certification which must be renewed every five years. Efforts to have coaches and referees pay less than the $70.00 fee charged everyone else have thus far not been successful.

 

Brad Fogg reported on an MPA initiative in the area of increasing the numbers of sports officials. Statewide, the decline in active officials is evident in all high school sports and the MPA is looking for methods to reverse that trend. The plan is for the MPA to partner with other sports groups at job fairs statewide in hopes of attracting new officials into the fold.

 

In the discussion that followed, several points were made. Uniform costs, fingerprinting costs, etc. make it tough on new officials coming in. These are only a few of the artificial barriers that stand between high school sports and people coming forward to officiate them. Jana Shaw related the stories of her son and friends who were good high school soccer players and what a negative reaction they all gave her when she suggested they become soccer referees. “What, are you kidding me? Who wants to put up with all the rubbish referees get from parents and coaches on the field?”

 

Referee Recruitment

President Brad Lunt said: “We should ask ourselves what our product looks like:

 

°Assess what the local boards are doing.

*Who are we recruiting? What are we looking for in our target audience?

°What are the Boards’ wish lists to make recruitment happen?”

 

Brad asked that by June 30 each board e-mail Brad Lunt, with a cc to Steve Johnson, its own recruitment objective.

 

Training

Brad made the observation that we are putting too much of a training burden on Charlie and that we need to give him some help to spread out the training work load. We have many talented and underutilized senior referees in the state from which Charlie could chose of cadre of people to assist with training. These are referees who have a long history of refereeing soccer, and are people that we could put to excellent use as adjunct trainers to assist local boards when requested and to work with Charlie to bring new officials to the Class 1 level and perform their subsequent assessments.

 

In an effort to build a team of trainers to improve referee performance and create consistency in statewide refereeing, the Executive Committed voted to have Charlie create a training team of the most capable officials statewide and set the expectations for how that team would function to help him facilitate the training.

 

Bob White Referee Award

Brad Lunt asked the Executive Committee for written nominations for the 2018 Bob White Award. They should be sent to Steve Johnson (stevej9@mac.com or  231 Union Street, Blue Hill ME 04614) by August 15, 2018. He appointed three new members to the Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee, Steve Johnson, Tim Warrow, and Harold to review these written nominations and make a recommendation to the Executive Committee at the September 9, 2018 meeting.

 

Referee Assessments at the State Finals

 Charlie Brown noted that the crews needed more specific training in the mechanics and positioning of the officials when using the DSC. The use of the fourth official, while receiving positive feedback, still needs further work to make it an effective addition to the referee cadre at the State Finals.

 

Playoff Assignments for State Finals

The MPA wants to have the best referees in the state officiating the State Finals. MASO’s job is to determine the best way to do this. We need to know more about the actual experience of officials, their length of time as high school officials and their participation, if any, in programs other than NFHS soccer.

 

For the playoff assignments for the 2018 soccer season, the qualifications for those assignments will be the same as they were for the 2017 season, as described in the 2017 MPA Soccer Bulletin.

 

“Blowout” games

 

There was a lengthy discussion of what should be done when the score in a soccer match become sufficiently lopsided that contestants on the losing end of the score become so demoralized that they lose interest in continuing the match. Referees have suggested that when a match gets out of hand because of a lopsided score, the match should continue using running time, with no time out between a goal and the resumption of play. However, NFHS rules do not give that latitude to the referee.

 

The Executive Committee feels that just as it did by instituting a “mercy” rule in baseball by curtailing a game when a team is losing by ten or more runs after five innings, the MPA must make the decision for a “mercy” rule for soccer in situations where the goal differential becomes too great.

 

Tracking Current Officials

The Executive Committee noted that it has no handle on the level of training that MASO members possess. To rectify that situation so that MASO can offer greater support to boards where it is needed, Charlie Brown is creating a Google document, MASO Membership Information. This is data collection document to which each MASO member will be asked to go and visit on line to enter their individual soccer information. The information that the document collects will include:

            °Name

            °Address

            °Primary Board

            °Secondary Board

            °Class Level

            °Other Soccer Memberships

            °Are you an assessor?

                        USSF

                        NISOA

                        NFHS

 

Board secretaries will be notified when the Google document is ready to be accessed.

  

Red/yellow card reporting system

The MPA is very pleased with the improvement in quality of the card reporting system. MASO is grateful for the effort that local boards are taking to ensure prompt and accurate reporting of awarded cards. Rich McGovern is working on a revised list of descriptors to more accurately identify the actual foul. We need to continue our training on foul recognition, progressive discipline and game management.

 

NISOA Uniform Change

NISOA has announced it is changing its color and style of its soccer shirt. Going forward officials will no longer be required to wear the NISOA Grid jersey. Whether or not this shift will result in the supplier of NISOA Grid jerseys ceasing production of that jersey, which is the MASO approved jersey, remains to be seen. We will have more information available to us by the September meeting.

 

Adjournment

Cognizant of the need of several Executive Committee member to fulfill refereeing

assignments downstate today, the meeting was adjourned at 11:30 AM. The next meeting was set for September 9, 2018.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Steve Johnson

Secretary/Treasurer

 
 
 
Unofficial MINUTES of the MASO Annual Meeting
  November 5, 2017 at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, Bangor, Maine
 
Attending were:
Central Maine:  Brad Lunt
Eastern Maine:  Larry Seaney and Wil Hasselman
Northern Maine:  Jana Shaw
Downeat:  Harold Clark and Don Beal
Western:  Mark Ouellette and Tim Warrow
South Central:  Dave Theriault and Don Plourde
Acadia:  Nick Henry and St4ve Johnson
Midcoast:  Cameron Watson
NFHS Interpreter and Referee Development:  Charlie Brown
MPA Liaison:  Brad Fogg
 
Due to the absence of President Sheldon Tozer, Vice President Mark Ouellette called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM
 
Minutes of September 17, 2017 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 1976.42 the account was approved.   The Treasurer reminded the Executive Committee that dues for 2018 will be assessed to each Board on a per capita basis, based on the number of officials who paid NFHS dues in 2017. The secretary will notify each Board Secretary the amount of its board’s dues by mid November. Dues should be paid by December 1, 2017.
 
Communication and Bills: No outstanding bills
 
MPA Liaison Report: Brad Fogg‘s report is attached
 
1. Constitution Committee:  No report
 
2. Ethics and Grievances: No report
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
    Regional and State Finals Discussion
         Several members of the Executive Committee were present at both the   
    Northern and Southern State Soccer Finals as officials, assessors, and
    interested observers and from all reports, both sites had exciting, well played
    games, with no cards issued during any of the four games in the North and
    only 1 yellow card shown in the four games in the South. All of the officials,
    following the instructions e-mailed to them earlier in the week by the games’
    assignor, wore the mandated black warm-ups before the games and the
    college grid gold shirts and long black socks with three white stripes just below
    the knee during the games.
         It was noted that two of the eight boards did not have any of their qualified  
    referees assigned to any of the games. When asked why this was, Charlie  
    Brown, Director of Referee Development, replied that there is no mandate to
    have representation from every board, and that the MPA wants to be sure that
    only‘’the best referees available are assigned to the Finals” More than 180
    officials were on lists from the eight boards as having met all the requirements
    for consideration as officials to be assigned to the Regional and State Finals,  
    but with only four officials (the CR, two ARs, and the  fourth official monitoring
    the subs and ensuring sideline decorum, and ready to take the place of any
    field official who might become incapacitated during the match) needed for
    each match (32 officials for all 8 final games). That means that only 18% of the
    names submitted could be selected for action during the finals.
         The question was raised how the assignor could possibly know the quality
    of all of the 180 officials that he had to choose from. After some discussion, it  
    was decided that a small group of officials representing the different areas to
    the state should be formed to give advice to the assignor so that we really
    were getting “ the best referees in the state assigned to the Regional and State
    finals.” The details for the selection process to form this group will be decided
    at the May, 2018 meeting
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:  No report
 
5. Records and History:  No report
 
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
    Possible changes to the Fitness Test
    Several years ago MASO changed the format of the Fitness Test to become
    more aligned with the NISOA and USSF test. Now that the NISOA and USSF
    Fitness test has been revised once again, MASO needs to look at the revise
    test to see if it wishes to incorporate any or all if it into the MASO Fitness Test,
    MASO will take up the issue at its May, 2017 meeting. Executive Committee
    members should view and study the new NISOA test at:
 
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/c1the9h4i244tep/fitness-test-           2017.pdf?dl=0%3Fver%3D0126170716
 
Red/Yellow Card Report
Charlie presented a spreadsheet comparing the cards awarded in 2017
versus the cards awarded in 2016. Categories compared were total reds and
yellows awarded each year and the change from year to year in those
numbers. He also broke out all the reasons for the awarding of cards by year,
the cards awarded by game level as well as the number of cards issued by
each board.
     All data that would identify the name and school of the player and institution
involved in each situation had been deleted to protect everyone’s identity.  
    Some people wanted to have access to all the card data for previous years,
but the MPA does not release that information to anyone but the President of
MASO and the Director of Referee Development. After much discussion, a
Motion was made that should any member of the Executive Committee wish to
receive card data with all names and schools deleted, he/she should make that
request to the President of MASO along with the need-to-know reason. The
Executive Committee member requesting said information would be honor-
bound not to share it with anyone else. The motion passed 7-2 with two
abstentions.
 
7. Development and Clinics
    Use of the fourth official at Regional and State Finals
The addition of the fourth official proved to be very helpful when the CR bought  into to concept and looked at the 4th official whenever the horn for a
     substitution was blown. Charlie noted that it would be much easier to spot the
     fourth official if all the other officials standing on the sidelines viewing the
     match had a designated place to sit or stand away from the fourth official, We
     should make that happen next year.
 
     It was also suggested that we use a fourth official, whenever possible, for
     preliminary rounds, quarter final, and semi-final rounds. It is another method
     by which we can get qualified referees involved and accustomed to the format
     of Regional and State finals.
 
      Clarification of time frame between  end of second overtime period and
      beginning of penalty kicks in State and Regional Finals.
      Postponed to September, 2018 meeting
 
  8. Unfinished Business
      Mandatory fingerprinting: See comments in MPA Liaison Report
            Handling “blowout” games.
      Postponed until May 2017 meeting to allow for coaches’ input. Secretary will
      contact each HS athletic director to secure that input.
 
9. Report of Nominating Committee
    Chairman Harold Clark reported that three Executive Committee members had
    submitted e-mails indicating their desire to run for the office of president.
    Those people were:  Sheldon Tozer, Brad Lunt, and Harold Clark.
 
        Another nominee was not added to the slate as he was not a member of the
    Executive Committee, a By-Law requirement.
      There were no other Executive Committee members interested in the VP
   position, other than the current VP, Mark Ouellette.
 
10) Election of a new President
       By written ballot, Brad Lunt was elected President of MASO until November,
       2019
            The secretary was instructed to cast one ballot for Mark Ouellette to elect him
      Vice President until November, 2019.
 
11) Miscellaneous
       Taking the gavel, new President Brad Lunt announced that the spring
       meeting of MASO would be held May 20, 2018 9:00 AM, Bangor Parks and
             Recreation Building, Main Street, Bangor ME.
 
12.)Adjournment:  President Lunt adjourned the Annual Meeting at 11:55 AM.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 

Report of the Soccer Liaison to MPA

 

The MPA Soccer Committee met on October 18,2017 at Hampden Academy.

Correspondence was reviewed which specifically addressed concerns with officiating, cards issued, eligibility for tournament play:

·         An email from John Bapst Memorial High School regarding a 3rd yellow card and needing to sit out one game.

·         A series of mails regarding extending the deadline to submit tournament officials.

A request to push back the date for voting on playoff officials to October 12, 2018. The committee agreed that this was acceptable and will help increase the size of the playoff pool.

·         An email with an account from an official of being assaulted at a soccer game (No further information will be made available)

·         An email from Schenck High School with a question about what to do with a player that has received 2 yellow cards and what would happen with a 3rd .

·         A series of emails from Winslow High School and a parent regarding a player receiving his 3rd yellow card and having a one game sit out.

·         An email from Greely High School stating that there was an error in the card reporting system.

·         A series of emails from Spruce Mountain High School about a player receiving his 3rd and 4th cards.

·         An email expressing frustration in the poor officiating in the game between John Bapst Memorial High School and Mt. View High School.

·         An email from Houlton High School that they are not receiving notification of cards from MASO

·         An email from Madawaska Middle/High School stating they are not being notified of cards by MASO.

·         A series of emails with Lewiston High School and MASO about errors in reporting of cards.

·         A series of emails with Richmond Middle/High School and MASO regarding ribbons

·         An email from North Yarmouth Academy confirming the consequence of a red card for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

 ·         An email from Dexter Regional High School about the soccer slideshow

·         An email asking to extend the deadline for the mandatory slideshow.

 ·         Several emails concerning uniform waivers, including undergarments

·         Several emails addressing referee qualifications for tournament games

 

Additionally: from MASO Liaison

 
 
 
Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held September 17, 2017 at the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, Bangor, Maine
 
Attending were:
Central:  Andrew Gordon
Eastern:  Larry Seaney, Wil Hasselman
Northern:  Jana Shaw
Downeast:  Harold Clark, Don Beal
Western:  Tim Warrow, Mark Ouellette
South Central:  dave Theriault
Acadia:  Nick Henry, Steve Johnson
Midcoast:  Cameron Watson
 
        
 
Due to the absence president Sheldon Tozer, Vice President Mark Ouellette called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of May 7, 2017 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 1976.42 the account was approved. All boards have paid 2017 dues and the WMBASO has already paid its 2018 dues.
 
Communication and Bills
No  outstanding bills
 
 MPA Liaison Report:
Brad Fogg reported on the contract talks recently concluded and that the new Varsity Rate of pay is $74.00 and the JV rate is $52.00. This is quite a bump from last year. Brad described the three areas in which each sport is ranked in order to determine what the varsity and JV fees will be each year. They are Conditioning, Knowledge of Rules, and Responsibility. MASO moved up in the rankings this year because MASO officials are required to know two sets of rules, the NFHS rules and the USSF rules because so many high school players also play on Club soccer travel squads that utilize USSF rules. The referee needs to know both sets of rules well to avoid confusion. MASO is the only sport with a Fitness Test that must be taken each year.
 
Fourth Official
Coaches in recent State Final games have questioned the duties of the 4th official assigned to the game. Brad noted that the fourth official keeps all the information related to a caution card, name, number, time, and offense. He also is responsible for keeping prospective subs in the proper area out of play until they are beckoned on. He holds the rosters and assists with tie breakers.
 
Much discussion followed, and Brad asked for reps to forward their input on this question and he will prepare a draft which he will send to all of us for comment. He wants to have the job description of the 4th official finalized by the end of October for implementation in this year’s State finals.
 
Requirements to be eligible for consideration as a referee at a Regional and State Final game
The MPA will be deleting from its 2018 Soccer Bulletin the requirements officials must meet if they wish to to be eligible for an assignment to a Regional or State Final game. It is leaving to MASO the task of determining and promulgating those requirements. For the November meeting, please bring your lists of what you and your board think those requirements should be so that we can discuss them and have a vote on them at the May, 2018 meeting.
 
Officials Super Committee
 The MPA has assembled a group of officials, one from each sport, to meet, discuss and iron out common problems facing high school sports in Maine. The committee will meet for the first time on September 27 in Augusta. We will have a report on that meeting on the November 5, 2017 meeting.
 
1. Constitution Committee
 no report
 
2. Ethics and Grievances
There were three volunteers for the Ethics Committee; Larry Seaney, Mark Ouellette, and Harold Clark
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
With the game fees being upped so magnificently this year, we need to be on our toes at every game to prove that we are deserving of such a bump upward. That includes showing up at the game site on time dressed crisply and sharply in a clean uniform.
 
At the State Finals last year, some officials wore a warm-up other than the MASO-mandated black uniform with either a MASO patch on it or no patch at all. College officials who work MPA finals should not wear their NISOA warm-ups, no matter what color they are. Where there is documentation of certain officials violating the warm-up policy last  year, those officials will not be assigned State finals this year. Those officials assigned to a State Final this year should review the uniform requirements in order to be in compliance
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
Nominations for the Bob White award were due today. If any board has a nomination that was not submitted, please e-mail it to Steve Johnson, stevej9@mac.com
 
5. Records and History
No report
 
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
Reporting of Yellow and Red Cards has shown marked improvement in their timely submission. Last year the Executive Committee voted that for the first offense for the late submission of a card ( > 24 hours after the game) the official would receive a written warning. The second offense for late submission of a card would result in that official not being eligible for consideration for any Regional or State finals. The Executive Committee wanted to include all post-season play, but since MASO controls only the Regional and State finals, it limited its penalty to those two games. This penalty will become effective at the start of the 2017 season.
 
7. Development and Clinics
No report
 
8. Examinations and Assessments
Going forward, each Board will pay to MASO, as part of its dues, a per capita fee of $.45 per official for taking the NFHS On-line Soccer Exam. The MPA will then bill MASO for the exam, once it receives a bill from the NFHS.
 
9. Nominating Committee
Anyone interested in running for the office of either President or Vice President of MASO in the November elections, to be held at the Annual Meeting November 5, 2017 should email Harold Clark with his/her desire to do so. He is at:
clarkinsurance@myfairpoint.net
 
Election of Officers
No elections
 
New Business
Following a discussion about ways of dealing with “blowout” games, Tim Warrow moved that the representatives canvass their respective boards for opinions and bring them to the November meeting for a discussion and possible vote.
  

Meeting Adjourned at 11.50 AM

 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAY 7, 2017 Pending final approval at Sept 2017 meeting
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:13 AM
 
Attending:  Acadia:  Steve Johnson, Nick Henry:  Central: Andrew Gordon, Brad Lunt;  Downeast:  Harold Clark;  Eastern: Larry Seaney,
Wil Hasselmann;  Midcoast:         Northern: Jana Shaw;  South Cental:  Don Plourde; and Western: Tim Warrown, Mark Ouellette;  MPA Liaison:  Brad Fogg;  Director of Referee Development:   

Minutes of November 11, 2016 meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 25.42 the account was approved.

Communication and Bills
No outstanding bills

Boards are reminded that the $150.00 dues for 2017 are welcome at any time.

MPA Liaison Report:
Contract talks have already begun. In response to Dick Durost’s question to Brad as to what he thought the fees for next year ought to be. Brad thought it would be helpful to athletic directors with their budgeting, if we raised the
varsity fee to $80.00 per game with travel after thirty miles. JV fee would go to
$52.00 with travel after 30 miles. Mileage pay would be the same as Maine State
government. The increase in fee covers, for the most part, the 30 mile
travel cost. The a 2 ½ present increase per year over the next two years.

Brad will push for an increase in the ratings for soccer in the three categories evaluated in order to determine the rates paid to officials of each sport. He will point out that soccer has the longest clock time of all the sports and that with the proliferation of the larger turf fields, referees have more ground to cover, requiring more physical effort. There are no time outs in soccer, causing the officials to be involved in stop and go action for the better part of the entire match.

There will be more discussion of these points at the next MPA meeting in three weeks.

-Brad announced that he has had flipping coins for the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 for the State soccer finals minted and that they are now in his possession. He would like the names of the referees from 2015 and 2016 State Finals submitted to him so that he can present those coins to the proper people.

Brad has also had a new MASO flipping coin, good for all seasons, available for $5.00 if paid in person, or $6.00 if he mails it. Please contract Brad if interested.

Reports of Committees:

1. Constitution Committee
No report

2. Ethics and Grievances
No report

3. Fees and Uniforms

Last month the Executive Committee looked at the MASO budget which has been underfunded with the $ 150.00 dues from each board. Only with the support of the Friends of MASO, to the tune of $900 this year, has MASO been able to finish the year in the black.

Because many Boards have already collected 2017 dues, the Executive Committee proposed at that time that dues for 2017 will remain unchanged, i.e. $150 per Board. Beginning with the 2018 dues, payable by December 1, 2017, the Executive Committee proposed that dues will be a one-time per capita fee for one year, of $12.00 per member. That will be sufficient to cover the loss incurred when the dues were only $150 per Board. In the 2018 season and going forward, the Executive Committee proposed that dues will revert to a $6.00 per member fee, due December 1 of the year previous..

Today it was moved and seconded that with the 2018 dues, there will be a one time, per capita fee of $12.00 for each member of each board. The dues for each board for 2018 will be based on the number of NFHS registrations processed by Bob White for the 2016 soccer season. If a board has less officials registered in 2018 than in 2016, MASO can adjust for that. We don’t want boards paying dues for officials who no longer are members of that board.

That motion passed.

It was then moved and seconded that the 2019 dues would revert back to $6.00 per capita fee per official.

That motion passed as well.

4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:

The Executive Committee took the list of nominations for this year’s Bob White Award and voted for a winner. In order to prevent the leaking of the winner’s name and ruining the surprise in August when the award will be presented, we are not publishing it in these minutes.

5. Records and History
No report

6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
No report.

7. Development and Clinics
No report

8. Examinations and Assessments
Going forward, each Board’s dues will cover a per capita fee of $.45 per official for taking the NFHS On-line Soccer Exam. The MPA will bill MASO for the exam, once it receives a bill from the NFHS.

The NFHS On-line Soccer Exam will be available to MASO officials July 1 – September 15, 2017. It will contain both the 100 question NFHS exam plus the 25 question MPA/MASO exam.
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9. Nominating Committee
From a list of volunteers, President Tozer selected a nominating committee to choose a slate of officers for the Annual Meeting in November, 2017. The committee will present the slate at the September 17 meeting. The members of the nominating committee are:

Brad Lunt
Harold Clark
Jana Shaw

Election of Officers
No elections

New Business
None


Meeting Adjourned at 11.50 AM
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The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unofficial MINUTES of the MASO meeting held November 13, 2016 at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
They will become the official minutes once approved at the May 7, 2016 meeting
 
Attending we
President:         
Sheldon Tozer
Central Maine: Andrew Gordon
Eastern Maine: Larry Seaney and Wil Hasselman
Northern Maine Jana Shaw
Downeast Maine Harold Clark and Don Beal
Western Maine Tim Warrow
South Central Maine  
Acadia Steve Johnson
Midcoast Maine Cameron Watson
Referee Development and Interpreter Charlie Brown
MPA Liaison Brad Fogg
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:13 AM
 
Minutes of September 11, 2016 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 98.92 the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
Steve reported that 7 of the 8 Boards have paid their 2016 dues, and that the check from the eighth Board, plus the deposit of the seventh Board which arrived in yesterday’s mail (totaling $300.00), and a $ 200.00 donation from the Friends of MASO will be enough to cover Charlie Brown’s travel to each of the Boards for their Interpreter’s meeting. His travel was $575.00 this year.
 
MPA Liaison Report: President Tozer introduced the newly-appointed MPA Liaison. Brad Fogg, to the to the Executive Committee. For many years Brad served MASO as the State Interpreter, and has been a high school and college soccer official as well. He comes well-qualified to take on this important task.
 

The MPA Soccer Committee met on October 19, 2016 at Hampden Academy.  Discussed at this meeting:

·         State Playoff Game Sites and MPA Representative Check-off Lists. This list identifies each of the MPA Responsibilities such as Bulletin, Site Packet, Ticket information, Awards, Program information, Ambulance, Game Balls, Officials’ checks and so on. It also includes the Site Director Responsibilities that range from parking, team check in areas, ticket sellers to warm up music, water for officials and more.

·         Heal Points were reviewed to insure proper tournament participants.

·         Correspondence to MPA related to soccer issues were reviewed.

o   Sub note: Correspondence from a Ref Edge representative, (vanishing spray) was reviewed; and MPA supports the use of vanishing spray if officials choose to use it.

o   There was concern expressed about trainers running onto the field to attend to a player that has been or allegedly been injured during a match. Please use leniency and good discretion if the play is stopped by the official to check on a player and the trainer does come rushing onto the field. They may have seen something that urged them to do so; or know something about the player that we do not.

·         The process for assigning Regional and State Championship games was reviewed; Mike Burnham, explained how the process works and how MPA works with Bob Stedt who makes the assignments. MPA Committee Members were assured that Bob seeks out the best available referees for these games.

·         MPA Soccer Committee also recognized Rich McGovern for his hard work in setting up and making sure the Card Reporting System is working. He has done a great job and Athletic Directors and Coaches have used it heavily. They watch for reports of cards being issued so they may take any required action as quickly as possible.

o   Sub note:  There is some concern expressed by the MPA Committee that some cards are not being reported in a timely manner.

o   Description of reason for issuing a card is helpful. AD’s and Coaches are looking for, in misconduct cases, more information that a simple “misconduct” being listed as a reason for a card. What is the misconduct? Does not have to be long; perhaps just listing the reason suggested under rule 12-8 Art. 1 and/or Art 2.

o   Please be careful of duplicate entries.

·         Boards, please send update rosters to MPA as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted,

Bradley Fogg

 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Constitution Committee
With the switch from the Arbiter platform to the NFHS platform to take the yearly On-line Soccer Exam, we can now add the “MASO/MPA” questions to our on-line exam, obviating the need for the second “MASO/MPA exam. Since we cannot guarantee compliance with the current By-law requirement that the MASO/MPA exam be a closed book exam, the Executive approved, 9 in favor, none opposed,  the following amendment to Article 8, Section 1, sub-section B, sub-sub section 6c of the MASO by-laws to read:
 
All Officials shall take a yearly MASO/MPA rules knowledge test attached to the On-line “Maine Only” NFHS Soccer exam. The words “closed book” were deleted from this section.
 
2. Ethics and Grievances
No report
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
Charlie Brown’s stipend for next year As we closed the 2016 soccer year, we needed to address what the stipend for Charlie Brown should be for his job as Director of Referee Development. Early in 2016, President Tozer rolled the three appointed positions of State Interpreter, Testing Agent, and Referee Education Coordinator into a new position called the Director of Referee Development. As these are positions appointed by the President, and not elected positions, the bylaws allow for such a consolidation of appointed positions. When Sheldon selected Charlie as the new Director of Referee Development, no provision was made for the increased responsibilities that the new job entails.
 
In his report to us September 11, 2016, Charlie listed the following items of interest:
 

Clinics: Presented 7 MPA/MASO Clinics

●       14 Hours of Instruction

●       24 Hours of Driving

●       1336 Miles

●       Received $290

●       2 boards paid $0
 
Feedback from all Boards to Charlie’s efforts this year was uniformly and enthusiastically favorable. The time he took to prepare his two-hour presentation, and the energy with which he delivered the presentations won statewide kudos.
 
“Great job!”
“The best presentation I have ever been to.”
“He gave pertinent information and fully answered all questions put to him by my Board”
 
These are representative of the many e-mails Sheldon would receive after each of Charlie’s visits and it is clear that his work resonated well with the MASO community.
 
In past years, each Board has voluntarily given a $50.00 honorarium to the State Interpreter for his visit. We almost had 100% participation this year, and will shoot that target next year.
 
During the discussion of the stipend, Brad Fogg shared with the Executive the news that the MPA had allocated $200 yearly to the State Interpreters for each of the MPA sanctioned sports, and that that stipend had been paid to Bob White and Brad during their tenures as State Interpreter. It was suggested that MASO check back with the MPA to see if this is still the practice.
 
The Board agreed on a $300 stipend from MASO which would integrate nicely with the $200 stipend from the MPA, assuming that is still the practice. The Board also agreed to pay Charlie for his travel to the Interpretation meetings.
 
2017 Budget Up until November, 2013, the MASO budget had been $90.00 per year. Each Board was paying Rich McGovern his $50 web maintenance fee, but some were slower paying than others. In November, the Executive Committee voted to assess the Boards Rich’s $50 web maintenance fee as well as Bob White’s $ 10 stipend for the coordination work with the NFHS insurance program and rulebook procurement. That put the yearly dues up to $150 per year. However, $50 of that increase was a fee the Board were already paying to Rich McGovern directly, so the net increase to Board was the $10 stipend paid to Bob White.
 
As time went on, MASO costs increased, due to the Officer and Director Liability Insurance we took out when the possibility of MASO being sued for Executive Committee malfeasance became a real threat.  We also registered as a non-profit entity, which carried with it a yearly registration fee. We are now in the third year of awarding a plaque to the Outstanding Referee of the Year as voted upon by the MASO Executive Committee, but there was no money budgeted for purchase of that plaque. Certificates we had printed and mailed to our 25 year active officials were also a cost to MASO, but not budgeted for.
 
Four years ago, when MASO’s income fell short of its expenses,  Steve approached a group of his friends committed to improving high school soccer in Maine and asked them if they would be willing to make up the short fall, which they agreed to do. Dubbed the “Friends of MASO”, that group has allowed MASO to continue to function with its $150 dues. This year the Friends of MASO contributed $900 to ensure that all the MASO bills would be paid.
 
Clearly, there has to be an increase in the dues that member Boards contribute to the support of MASO. This years expenses of $2,056 far exceeded the MASO income from dues of $1,200. Only the $900 gift from the Friends of MASO kept MASO in the black this year.
 
 Right now, each Board pays $150 per year to give MASO working capital of $1,200. The Downeast Board, with its 13 members, pays the same $150 fee as the Western Maine Board with its 155 members. Increasing the budget and having each board, large and small, pay the same fee will be an even larger financial burden for the smaller boards. The Executive Committee decided that the only fair way to assess dues was on a per-capita basis.
 
Because many Boards have already collected 2017 dues, the Executive Committee proposes that dues for 2017 will remain unchanged, i.e. $150 per Board. Beginning with the 2018 dues, payable by December 1, 2017, the Executive Committee proposes that dues will be a one-time  per capita fee for one year, of $12.00 per member. That will be sufficient to cover the loss incurred when the dues were only $150 per Board. In the 2018 season and going forward, the Executive Committee proposes that dues will revert to a $6.00 per member fee, due December 1 of the year previous. Boards should discuss this proposal and give feedback to their MASO representatives for the May 7, 2017 MASO meeting. This per capita fee will include all expenses, including the .45 fee per capita fee for the NFHS On-line Soccer Exam. The Executive Committee is most grateful to the Western Maine Board for footing the fee for every MASO official who took the NFHS On-line Soccer Exam this year, when we went from “no fee” from Arbiter to a $.45 fee from the NFHS. Going with the NFHS platform for taking the exam gave MASO the privilege of setting the start and stop dates for taking the Part 1 exam on line, as well as adding the “Maine only” questions to the NFHS On-line Exam for no extra charge. Officials were able to see the questions they got wrong one day after the exam closed on September 1, 2016 by logging back on to the exam to get those results.  That was a far better educational experience for MASO officials than having to wait until October 15 when the NFHS exam on Arbiter closed down. Officials had to wait until that date, which three quarters of the way into the second half of the season, to learn the correct answers to the questions they had missed.
 
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
Last week Sheldon and Steve travelled to Presque Isle to present the Bob White Trophy to Bob Stedt of the Northern Maine Board. This year Bob was the Assignor for the State Regional and Final Soccer games and did an outstanding job of sifting through the coaches’ nominees, the records of the officials, and making his selections. He has long been active as a high school soccer referee in Maine.
 
Sheldon announced today that the deadline for submitting letters of recommendation for the 2017 recipient of the Bob White Award is May 1, 2017. Letters should be sent to Steve Johnson <stevej9@mac.com) so that they can be reviewed and the winner selected on May 7, 2017.
 
 
5. Records and History
No report
 
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
The Executive Committee heard the MPA report about the Soccer Committee’s concern regarding cards not being reported in a timely manner. One card was not reported for eight days. The Executive Committee discussed the need to timely reporting of cards so that players affected by the receipt of a yellow card would know if they had passed the threshold of 3 yellow cards. The Executive Committee voted that for the first offense for the late submission of a card ( > 24 hours after the game) the official would receive a written warning. The second offense for late submission of a card would result in that official not being eligible for consideration for any Regional or State finals. The Executive Committee wanted to include all post-season play, but since MASO controls only the Regional and State finals, it limited its penalty to those two games. This penalty will become effective at the start of the 2017 season.
 
7. Development and Clinics
Charlie Brown reported that when he had sent questions to the NFHS for clarification on certain issues he received no reply, and this pertained to several e-mails. There has been a transition in this office to a new person, but Charlie is not sure about the reason for no response.
 
Charlie was pleasantly surprised to see that officials and coaches had no problem adjusting to the new offside rule this year. He felt at the beginning of the season that this change might be problematic for both coaches and officials, but

It turned out that such was not the case.

Charlie asked for, and received permission, to ask the MPA for free admission to State Games for MASO referees as a learning experience for them in the implementation of the DSC. He also received the support of the Executive Committee to recommend to the MPA that it pay for a fourth official to manage the subs and control the benches in Regional and State Finals.
 
In response to his question to the Executive Committee “What does MASO want to see from the Referee Development Committee in the near future and in the long term?” the response was unanimous for more training for more assessors and more training for the referee cadre as a whole.
 
8. Examinations and Assessments
Going forward, each Board will pay to MASO, as part of its dues, a per capita fee of $.45 per official for taking the NFHS On-line Soccer Exam. The MPA will then bill MASO for the exam, once it receives a bill from the NFHS. The Executive Committee expressed its great appreciation to the Western Maine Board for stepping up this year and volunteering to pay the per capita testing fee for all MASO officials statewide. It was a year of transition for everyone, and the magnanimous offer of the Western Maine board was a great relief to everyone.
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9. Nominating Committee
No report
 
Election of Officers
No elections
 
New Business
None
 

 

Meeting Adjourned at 11.50 AM

The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
MINUTES of the MASO meeting held September 11, 2016 at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
 
            Attending were:
 
 Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
                   Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham     Harold Clark
                   Wil Hasselmann          Jana Shaw                     Don Beal                                             
            
                                                                                                            
 Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
   Mark Ouellette     David Theriault           Nick Henry                     Cameron Watson
   Tim Warrow         Don Plourde               Steve Johnson               Bill Stuart
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Guest                                
            Charlie Brown                                          Charlie Brown                                                               
 
Vice President Mark Ouellette called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM
 
Minutes of May 22, 2016 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 819.85 the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
None
 
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Constitution Committee
An amendment to the MASO Bylaws to abolish the requirement for a yearly closed book exam will be voted on in November, 2016. The group liked the inclusion of the MASO/MPA questions in the 2016 NFHS On-line exam we completed September 1, 2016 and was adamant this proposed bylaw change be put on the November, 2016 agenda.
 
2. Ethics and Grievances
No report
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
Official Sports has changed the USSF soccer shirt pattern and will no longer be offering that pattern going forward. No word about any change in the College Grid Gold shirt, the official MASO shirt. Epicsports.com still carried the USSF soccer shirt pattern in the thick black stripes to which we have been accustomed for the past four years.
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
There are a large number of people this year who have completed 25 years of soccer officiating, all or part of which was done in the State of Maine. Please get the names of people on your board to Bob White <whitebob@infionline.net> so that he can compare your list with his arrange for the proper certificates to be created, honoring these great officials.
 
Our unofficial MASO photographer, Tim  Warrow, joined us today after a devastating fire at his home in which he was badly burned and the house declared a total loss. At the last meeting, Tim had taken pictures of all those members present for Rogues’ Gallery of MASO Representatives, pictures on his phone which survived the fire. The comment was made that Tim was lucky that his phone is not a Samsung, given the news we heard this week about Samsung batteries causing fires in some instances. We were glad to welcome him back, and today Tim took the photos of people who were not here at the last meeting. We are making a small book of MASO reps’ demographic information which will now feature a picture of each rep to remind us of the people who we see only three times a year, at best. This book has been needed for a long time, and we are grateful to Tim for moving the project along.
 
 
5. Records and History
We have a request from Bob White that he would like MASO to consider adding $20.00 to the $80.00 stipend collected from the Boards for the time taken to do the research and postage to send hard copies to the National Federation. This will be taken up, along with other budget items at the November, 2016 meeting.
 
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
Charlie Brown has been in close contact with Mike Burnham, Assistant Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association, and when the two last talked on September 8, 2016, Mike told Charlie that overall he was very pleased with the entire card reporting process up to that point. Mike had a few observations to make:

 

1. All but 10 cards were reported within 1 day and all but 5 were within 2 days.

2.       There were 9 cards reported in the preseason, 2 ejections.  These don’t count towards the total.

3.       There have been 9 cards given for illegal equipment, which does not count towards the total for the coach.

4.       There were 12 cards entered that didn’t have any explanation, maybe the official thought the reason for the card

           was self-explanatory and didn’t warrant a description.

 

5.       There were only 7 explanations that I felt were a bit too long, most of them were short and to the point.

6.       I (Mike) noticed 2 explanations that didn’t match the reason that was given for the card.  I (Mike) know that Rich was working on that issue.

7.       There are 4 players that have received two cards, 2 of those were players that received them in the same game.

 Charlie reminded us that at the Interpretation meetings he made it abundantly clear that cards needed to be reported within 24 hours. One card reporting took 4 days to reach the Card Reporting System and that is something that cannot happen if the system is to do its job.

As I am typing the minutes of today’s meeting the total card count for 2016 is 176 cards, of which Total Yellow Cards = 168 and Total Red Cards = 8.

Last year on this date, the total card count was 117, of which Total Yellow Cards = 114 and Total Red Cards = 3.

Charlie is receiving extremely positive responses from coaches and Athletic Directors who perceive that finally officials are calling the game as it should be called and awarding cards when it is appropriate. This is all very good news and we need to keep up our good work.

        
7. Development and Clinics
In August Charlie paid a personal visit to seven of the eight MASO boards, and the eighth board received the information Charlie imparted in those meetings from one of its veteran soccer officials who attended Charlie’s presentation to the Acadia Board. He was able to take Charlie’s verbiage graphics back to his board, as there was no date that Charlie could make it to that board when it had a free night.
 
A thread that ran through a lot of Charlie’s visits was the lack of communication between MASO and their respective boards. As an example, after Charlie’s first presentation to the MASO folks in The County, he e-mailed all the Board Secretaries to warn them that the presentation was 2 hours in length and that people should be prepared for that.  At a few sites he was greeted with, ”Hey, no one told me the presentation was going to be this long. I have to be somewhere else now.”
 
Some Boards, following practices of the past, scheduled the Fitness Exam, the MASO/MPA exam, and Charlie’s educational program all on the same evening. That meant that some people were at the meeting site for four hours, and obviously that was too long. Charlie noted that next year board might want to break those three events up into two different nights and let his visit be the only attraction of one of those nights.
 
We need to be sure information is flowing down to the Boards from us.
 
8. Examinations and Assessments
 
The conversion from the Arbiter platform to the NFHS platform for taking the 2016 NFHS Soccer Exam with the 10 added Maine-only questions was well received. MASO representatives particularly liked being able to go on the day after the exam was closed on September 11, 2016 and view the questions they missed, complete with their incorrect answer as well as the correct one.
 
Those people who missed taking the 2016 NFHS Part 1 On-line Soccer Exam, will be able to take the 2016 Part 2 NFHS On-line Soccer Exam beginning September 15, 2016. The successful completion of this exam (80% correct answers on all 110 questions) will allow people to referee high school soccer this fall. What it will not do is allow those people who did not take Part 1 but did take and pass Part 2 to be considered for selection for a Regional/State final.
 
9. Nominating Committee
No report
 
Election of Officers
No elections
 
New Business
The members requested that Steve Johnson provide Brad Fogg, MASORef Web master, with the necessary updates to the MASO website. The MASO Executive Committee is extremely grateful to Brad Fogg, former MASO State Interpreter who privately funds MASORef from his own pocket. MASO feels strongly that MASORef is most important part of the program to get MASO information out to everyone, but that this is hard to do when the Secretary does not keep Brad informed of changes. Steve apologized for this lack of attention to detail and agreed to get the updates to Brad.
 
It was moved and seconded that MASO take $100.00 from the Friends of MASO slush fund provided to MASO and give it to Executive Committee member Tim Warrow to help with his getting re-established after his tragic fire. The vote was unanimous to do so and the Treasurer was directed to put a check in the mail today to Tim. Note that this money does not come from the yearly dues paid to MASO by the eight local boards, but rather from a slush fund made possible by Friends of MASO, a group that pitches in to help financially when expenses become more than what was budgeted for.
 

 

Meeting Adjourned at 10:25 AM

The next meeting will be held Sunday, November 13 at 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
MAY 22, 2016
 
Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held May 22, 2016 at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
 
 Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
Brad Lunt            Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham     Harold Clark
Andrew Gordon   Wil Hasselmann          Jana Shaw                     Don Beal                                             
            
                                                                                                            
 Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
 Mark Ouellette                                      Steve Johnson               Cameron Watson
Tim Warrow 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
            
  Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Guest                                
  Charlie Brown        Sheldon Tozer           Charlie Brown                                                               
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of November 20, 2015 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ $669.85 the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
None
 
MPA Soccer Committee Meeting
Sheldon reported on the last MPA Soccer Committee meeting to which a special request for his and Charlie Brown’s attendance had been issued by Mike Burnham. Fearing that this was going to be a meeting filled with harsh criticism of MASO and the state of high school soccer in Maine, Sheldon was pleasantly surprised when the morning turned into a very fruitful discussion. In addition to Sheldon, present also was Dave Tourtellotte and Bob Stedt  from Aroostook County as well as several Ad’s from Maine high schools. Mike Burnham of the MPA presented the statistics from last fall’s red and yellow card reporting system, and when the AD’s from Brewer and Waterville  saw their schools leading the pack with 18 yellow cards, they were very much surprised and concerned. Based on that excellent card reporting system which Richard McGovern designed and manages for MASO, the MPA Soccer committed did away with the current 10 minutes sit-down. In its place it will substitute a cumulative card penalty.
                        
                         Three cards and a player sits out for a game. If the third card is a red card, he sits out two games.
 
                         If a player has four cards, he sits out three games. If the fourth  card is a red, he sits out four games
 
                         If he has five cards, he is gone for the season.
 
All cards except a yellow for illegal equipment count towards the suspension. The high school principals all voted in favor of this change. AD’s in Aroostook want to keep the 10 minute sit-down rule in addition to the cumulative card rule.
Another discussion of the fingerprinting requirement for officials made it clear that it will be a mandatory part of the next soccer contract. Since so many officials have not yet started the fingerprinting process, MASO voted to extend a waiver good through August, 2017 to those officials whose fingerprinting certification is not completed by August, 2016. That was the date originally set by MASO in June, 2015. There will be no waivers given by the MPA if the fingerprinting certification is not done by August, 2017.
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Constitution Committee
No report
 
2. Ethics and Grievances
No report
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
No report
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
Today was the deadline for submitting nominations for the Bob White Award. The only nomination submitted was by Bob White for Bob Stedt. As there was only nomination, the Bob White Award for 2016 will be awarded to Bob Stedt. President Sheldon Tozer will present the award at the State Interpreter’s meeting in Aroostook County.
 
 
5. Records and History
No report
  
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
Effective this soccer season, the MPA will do away with the 10 minute sit-down rule. See the above discussion under MPA Committee
 
At the mandatory State Interpreter’s meetings in August, Charlie Brown, the new State Interpreter, will be instituting a new format. The emphasis of the meeting will shift to a rules knowledge training which he hopes will go a long way to cleaning up some of rules misconceptions we are currently seeing statewide. Board Secretaries are reminded to contact Charlie to set the date for his visit to their Board.  
  
7. Development and Clinics
Charlie Brown will coordinate with Ed Raye to put on another Assessors Clinic in August. As soon as that date is set, a notice will go out to all current assessors as well as people wishing to become assessors that will include date, location, and time of the clinic as well as the cost for attending. The attendance fee will need to be paid at the time of registration and will be non-refundable unless a replacement can be found in time.
 
Charlie wants to know the dates of all play-days being held around the state in August. There will be a play-day on August 20 in the Augusta, but that is the only one of which Charlie is currently aware. Please get the dates of your play-day to him as soon as possible so he can put it on his schedule and provide assessors for those dates.
 
8. Examinations and Assessments
Charlie reviewed the procedure for aspiring new Class 1 officials to become Class 1 officials. The candidate shall:
A)   Be recommended by the president of the local board
B)   Schedule the written MASO Class 1 Exam for new Class 1 officials with Charlie Brown. The passing grade is 80%. Two retakes are permitted in that calendar year. Otherwise, the candidate must wait until the next year to take the written exam.
C)   Schedule the MASO Fitness exam with Charlie Brown. The passing score is three points out of a possible 15 points on the exam.The fee for both the written exam and the Fitness is $25.00, made payable to MASO and given to Charlie at the time of the exam.
D)   Once the candidate has passed these two exams, he is recognized as a provisional Class 1 official. Within two years following his attainment as a provisional Class 1 officials, the provisional Class 1 officials becomes  full Class 1 official after he has been assessed twice by a MASO Assessor. The Class 1 official seeking an assessment makes that request directly to Charlie Brown
 
 
9. Nominating Committee
No report
 
Election of Officers
No elections

 

Meeting Adjourned at 11:20 AM

The next meeting will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine. .
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
 
 
September 9, 2014 -Update on MASO WARM-UPS POSTED 9-19-2014 - SEE FEES AND UNIFORM COMMITTEE
 
 
MINUTES of the MASO meeting held November 16, 2014, at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
 
            Attending were:
 
             Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
   Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham     Don Beal
     Brad Lunt            Wil Hasselman            Jana Shaw                     Harold Clark
             Andrew Gordon
                                                                                                            
             Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
             Mark Ouellette     Don Plourde               Nick Henry                     Bill Stewart
             Tim Warrow                                     S. Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                             
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Past President                
             Dave Tourtelotte                                     Charlie Brown                 Mark Bridgham
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of September 17, 2014 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 1466.84 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
There were no communications and no bills.
 
MPA Liaison Report
    Larry LaRochelle was not able to attend today’s meeting, so e-mailed his report.
 

Steve and Sheldon:

 

I regret I am unable to attend the meeting this morning in Bangor.  This is my report to MASO.  Feel free to share it with the members in attendance.  I am available by telephone through about 10:30 this morning should you want to call me by phone and I could share this report as well as confer about any other matters.

 

The MPA Soccer Committee has met in August and October and will meet again in December.  The December meeting will consider the past season and hear recommendations from coaches and officials to be considered for the 2015-16 season.

 

If MASO has any recommendations or comments to share with the MPA Soccer Committee, I would welcome any input to share.

 

As far as our contract with the MPA is concerned, we are in the midst of a 4-year agreement that carries through the 2016-17 school year.  Negotiations for a new contract are slated to take place sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.  Basic Soccer Game fees for Fall 2016 will be $67.50 for varsity game dual fee and $47.50 for JV level games.

 

With regard to past meetings, the MPA continues to be concerned that Red Card Ejections are reported in a timely manner to the MPA, to assist in monitoring eligibility of schools for the MPA Sportsmanship banners presented at the end of the soccer season in each class and division, boys and girls.  A Red Card issued to a varsity team disqualifies a team for an award.  However, reporting is still not 100 percent.

 

Reports need to be filed by the issuing official on the MASO card reporting website as well as reported directly to the MPA.  Each board has a person responsible to notify the athletic administrator of the participant's school who was issued the red card.  That person should also be reporting the red card to Mike Burnham of the MPA mburnham@mpa.cc to make sure the card report is received.  All Red Cards are still not being listed on the MASO card reporting site and 100 percent reporting is required.  Cautions are also to be reported by the issuing official on the MASO card reporting site.  Cautions are not reported to the MPA or to the school involved.

 

In the past, the 10-minute sitout rule has been a topic of discussion by the MPA Soccer Committee.  Two years ago, a survey was conducted of athletic administrators to assess the idea of eliminiating the 10-minute sitout rule, keeping the 10-minute sitout rule, or adding a cumulative card rule to the 10-minute sitout rule.  Eliminating the rule finished far behind the other two options in the survey.

 

I have been asked by MASO President Sheldon Tozier to again report to the MPA that boards require more schools to service games using the Diagonal System of Control (3 official team.)  In the past the MPA has sent a notice to schools highly recommending the use of 3 officials on at least 2 varsity games each for boys and girls during the regular season.  One question I have is do boards have a sufficient number of trained and available officials to service more games using 3 officials?  If we are to offer and provide the service, let's be sure that the service will be well worth the extra expense on the part of the schools.  I will again ask the MPA Soccer Committee to recommend to all schools statewide for increased utilization of three officials during the regular season.

 

Please send me your recommendations on these and any other soccer items that MASO would like to be forwarded to the MPA Soccer Committee.

 

Many of you know that I am the MPA Soccer Assignor for the Regional and State Finals each fall.  Assignments are made statewide for 48 officials to the Regional Finals and 24 officials to the State Finals.  Officials who meet the qualifications set by MASO and the MPA (including minimum number of games as Referee and/or Assistant Referee in the DSC, Class 1 status, taking and passing of the written and online exams as well as the physical fitness test, etc) are potentially eligible.  Schools nominate officials through a ballot submitted to the MPA and these results are shared with me.  In addition, each board is consulted through the assignor to confirm officials who are eligible and available and to give the assignor a recommendation of the most qualified officials.  Assignments are made using this information as a guide.

 

It may interest the committee to know that in the 2014 playoffs, 10 officials statewide worked their first regional final and 5 officials worked their first state final.  Over 50 different officials worked at least 1 game in the regional and/or state finals.

 

As an aside, although in general officials who also work soccer at the collegiate level are highly recommended by both coaches and their local board, 46 percent of all assignments for both the regional and state finals were made to officials who officiate only HS level games.

 

It is an honor and a pleasure to serve as the MPA Liaison to the Soccer Committee.  Thank you for your confidence and your involvement and work to develop and improve soccer officiating in Maine!

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Larry LaRochelle

MASO Liaison to MPA Soccer Committee
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1.      Fees and Uniforms Committee: In response to all the feedback on the vote that MASO received last month on the primary and secondary shirt colors, the Executive Committee modified that vote and passed the following:

                        “The primary uniform color for all MPA sanctioned high school games will be the grid gold. This uniform will be required for regional and state final  games.. Local boards may choose a secondary uniform, or uniforms, with no restrictions on style or color, except that the style and color must match.” The reason for choosing the grid gold is that NISOA is  much more closely aligned with NFHS (their offices are in the same building) and NISOA recognizes NFHS while USSF does not.

 

 

        The Executive Committee also modified the vote on warm-ups and passed

         the following:

 

                 “Warm-ups are not mandatory. If an official chooses to wear one, it must  be black with white trim and may not have on it any association logo on  it    other than the MASO logo”.  MASO wants all the warm-ups to be the same color so that our officials look like a team when on the pitch.

 
2.      Ethics and Grievance Committee: No report
 
  3. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
Sheldon announced that the Friends of MASO were honoring the members of the Executive Committee by having red and yellow card made for each individual with their names embossed at the top and a half-tone image of the MASO logo covering the card. The Friends also had a Penalty Kick Card made for each individual to keep track of penalty kicks in post season matches. He then passed out those card packages to each MASO representative and instructed the Secretary to mail the cards to people who could not attend today.
 
Sheldon also announced the criteria for the Bob White Award which the Executive Committee had charged both he and the Secretary to create for this meeting.

Criteria for Bob White Award

 

In May, 2014, Maine Association of Soccer Officials voted to establish the Bob White Award to be given annually to the MASO official who best exemplifies the characteristics that Bob showed as an official and a person, knowledge, integrity, and dedication.

 

 This will be an annual award, the lone recipient of which will be selected from nominations made by local boards.

 

° Shall have been an active Class 1 referee in Maine for 10 years

 

° Shall have demonstrate during that time superior knowledge of the National Federation of High School Athletics Soccer Rules as well as judicious application of  those rules.

 

°Shall have demonstrated superior game management skills that resulted in matches that were enjoyable for and fair to the players.

 

° Shall have demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills when interacting with players, coaches, fans, and peers.

 

° Shall have demonstrated conduct above reproach, both on an off the pitch, and made him/herself known as a person of his word.

 

° Shall have taken an active leadership role in his/her local board, with the objective of increasing quality of high school soccer officiating in Maine.

 

Nominations for the Bob White Award will come from local boards and be made in writing to the Secretary of MASO by March 1.  The nomination papers will consist of a narrative provided by the local board recommending the candidate, and such narrative will address the above criteria.  A local board may submit two applications each year by the March 1 deadline. The Executive Committee as a whole will read the nomination papers and will decide on the winner at the Spring meeting. The award will be made at the Interpretation Meeting of the winning official in August.

 

A suitable plaque will be presented to each winner, and certificates will be awarded by MASO to all nominees. Nominees who were not the winner in any one year may be re-nominated in following years upon submission of proper nomination papers.

 
 
4. Rules and Interpretation Committee
Dave Tourtelotte reported on the incidents reported to him that occurred this fall and with which he dealt on an individual basis. He reminded us that we are not employed to enforce only the NFHS soccer rules we approve of, but all of the rules promulgated in the Soccer Rule Book. There were several instances of tape outside the socks not matching the color of the socks. We still have officials who do not show the yellow card when warranted because they don’t think the player should have to sit out ten minutes. Dave reminded us that we can’t pick and choose among the rules we will be enforcing on any given day.
 
Dave also is requesting a copy of the officials attending each Interpreter Meeting at each local board site given to him that night without the addition of names of any absent officials. That list will be forwarded to Larry LaRochelle for him to cross check when selecting officials for Regional and State finals the following year.  This Interpreter Meeting is mandatory for all officials, and we have been lax in enforcing it is recent years. Officials may not officiate in that season unless they have attended their local board meeting or a meeting at another site. Attendance at another site can be verified by a letter to that board’s secretary from an officer of the board where the meeting took place.
 
Dave is drafting a brochure to be sent to colleges in an attempt to generate more officials. Jana Shaw noted that members of the younger generation who are perfectly qualified to be soccer officials want no part of officiating after seeing, from their high school and college days, the guff officials take. We  need to be doing something to counteract that attitude.
 
Dave also distributed a list of the red and yellow cards reported this year, and the tally reflects a decided increase in cards reported. The MPA is adamant that we are reporting ALL cards in a timely manner. Ideally, they should be done on the day of the match, but in the case of the red card, certainly before the next scheduled game of the red card recipient.
 
5. Development and Clinics Committee
Charlie is pursuing his blueprint for “Assessing the Existing Assessors” before bringing on a new set of assessors. He will update us with his plans at the May meeting.
 
6. Constitution Committee
Due to the length of the meeting, by-law amendments scheduled for discussion today will be deferred to a later day.
 
7. Examinations Committee
With MASO support, Charlie Brown is adjusting the MASO Examination protocols to provide a transparent progression of the way an official moves from being an official on a local board to the Class 1 Probationary Status. The next step is how he moves from the Class 1 Probationary Status to the Class 1 Status. After that, there will be Class 1 Annual requirements as well as Class 1 Annual Playoff Requirements. All examinations, fitness assessments, and field assessments will be on file with the MASO Examiner. The MASO examiner will grant Class 1 Status.
 
Charlie provided us with a draft of MASO Examination Protocols which we will take up at the May, 2015 meeting. The Executive Committee applauded Charlie for his effort solidify the process and bring accountability to it at the same time.
 
The Secretary read a thoughtful letter from Dennis Crowe, secretary/treasurer of the Western Maine board, highlighting the success his softball board has with the on-line NFHS On-Line Softball Exam. Because we are a 100% soccer state, MASO members take the Soccer Exam on line for no fee. Maine is not a 100% softball state, and so pays a fee to take the on line softball exam. There are other differences between a 100% state and a non-100% state, and Dennis’s point is that even with the fee, he feels their softball arrangement is superior to the soccer arrangement. Steve Johnson, the MASO secretary, will contact the Federation to gain clarification of the differences and will report back to the May, 2015 meeting.
 
 
8. Nominating Committee
No report
                     

Meeting Adjourned at 12:05 PM

 
The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 17, 2014 at  9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
            Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
  JUNE 14, 2015
 
Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held June 14,2015, at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
            Attending were:
 
             Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
   Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Jana Shaw                     Harold Clark
    Andrew Gordon   Wil Hasselman                                                
            
                                                                                                            
             Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
             Mark Ouellette     Don Plourde               Nick Henry                     Cameron Watson
             Tim Warrow                                          Steve Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Past President                
                                                                                                                                    Charlie Brown                                       
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of November 15, 2014 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ $369.25 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
There were no communications and no bills.
 
MPA Liaison Report
    Larry LaRochelle was not able to attend today’s meeting, so e-mailed his report.
 

Steve:

     I recently had sinus surgery including repair of a deviated septum and have been out of work under doctor's orders.  I will not be able to attend the meeting in person on Sunday, my apologies.

      I am attaching a copy of the minutes of the previous MPA Soccer Committee meeting.  I would like attention be paid to the report I made regarding officials working the regional and state finals.  I heard there was concern expressed at a MASO meeting that college certified officials were getting the vast majority of playoff assignments.  The data does not show that.  Beside the fact that the college certified officials comprise the majority of both our top board ranked officials and top ranked officials by recommendations submitted by coaches, officials who work HS only receive a large number of assignments.  In addition, each year officials who have previously not worked a regional or state final receive their first assignment at one of these levels of play.  This speaks well to the training of our officials statewide and the depth of the number of qualified soccer officials we have. 

     As the MPA Liaison for soccer, I am a member of the MPA "Officials Advisory Group" that has a representative from each sport meet 2 or 3 times a year to talk about common issues faced by most sports groups.  Among the issues discussed have been conflict of interest, assignments, blocking of officials by schools, ethics committees, and how each sport deals with the issue of "felony" and the contract language that requires each sports group to ask officials if they have been convicted of a felony (particularly as it relates to having contact with children.) 

     Several basketball groups have in the past year already decided to require all working officials in the school year 2015-16 to submit proof of passing the Maine Department of Education screening process of fingerprinting and file with the local board a copy of the certification.  Other sports are discussing the matter and I would ask that MASO follow suit and require soccer officials to do the same.  Upon submission of the application, a temporary card good for 8 weeks is issued and the applicant must be fingerprinted within that period to have the background check done and certification issued. 

     I am copying part of the information on the DOE fingerprinting website below: 

"Anyone who works with children in a school setting is required by law to be fingerprinted through a process approved by the Maine Department of Education. You may receive an evaluation for a certificate before having your fingerprints taken, but you won't be issued any type of Maine certification until your fingerprints are on file." "Anyone other than teachers, educational specialists, administrators, or education technicians who works in a school only needs to have fingerprinting and CHRC approval. This includes bus drivers, secretaries, cafeteria employees, custodians, and volunteers (at the school's discretion), among others." 

     It should easy to see that sports officials would be considered to be among those who have contact with students.  In fact, there have been recent publicized incidents involving sports officials in Maine who should not be in contact with students and who would not pass a background check.  We all know that we are short on soccer officials and virtually anyone who shows interest is a candidate for acceptance.  But no board has a process in place to properly screen applicants, in fact we have had many discussion in the past of what we should do if a member or prospective member responds "Yes" to the question if they have been convicted of a felony.  No officials group wants to put an official on the field who does not belong there and we need an affirmative process in place that will help us screen applicants and members.  What better way than to use the process already put in place by the Maine Department of Education. 

     If MASO strongly feels the timetable is too tight to require it for 2015, we should at least be on board for 2016.  I believe this language is likely to be part of the next contract and it would be good to get ahead of it now and be one of the officials groups who are proactive. 

     Of course, many soccer officials already have certification due to being employed by a school system, this means that some of our officials will already be in compliance and possess the certificate.  Certification is good for five years and the initial cost  for the certification is a total of $70, which amounts to less than $15 per year.  Renewal every 5 years (for those not otherwise employed by a school system) is currently $24 for the next five years.  Here is the link to the webpage with the details:

 

http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/approval-instructions.html

 

Here is the link to the webpage of sites to have fingerprinting done:

 

http://www.l1enrollment.com/locations/?st=me

 

If the membership would like me to talk on the phone during the meeting about the certification or any other issue please let me know and I can be available at 443-9339 or 751-2550
 

Thank you.

 

Larry LaRochelle

MASO Liaison to MPA Soccer Committee

 

In the report to the MPA Soccer Committee on December 4, 2014 under the heading of State Championship Officials Report, Larry wrote:

 

° 10 out of the 48 officials assigned to work a regional championship game were working their first regional championship. 5 of the state championship officials were working their first state championship game.

 

°Throughout the regional and state championship games there were more than 50 different officials used. 46% of the games were officiated by officials that work only at the high school level while 54% of the officials also work at the collegiate level.

 

°Would ask that the committee consider developing a form requesting the assignment of officials for the regional championship games similar to the one used in basketball.

 

MASO thinks 2015 is too early to implement fingerprinting; 2016 is a our target.

 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Development and Clinics
            Charlie Brown has engaged Ed Raye to hold a clinic for all current assessors on either August 1 or 2 at a location yet to be determined. He will get notices out when the date and location has been finalized. The fee, which will be borne by each attendee, will also be included. Once he gets the current assessors up to speed, Charlie intends to have Ed Raye return to run a clinic for new assessors.
            
There followed a lengthy discussion of the difficulty Boards are having in attracting new officials to replace those who are retiring from officiating. Many boards do not have enough officials to provide DSC coverage to schools that request them. We heard several anecdotal incidents of conversations with potential new officials, especially former high school players, who want nothing to do with soccer officiating because of the abuse officials take from fans and coaches. Recruiting new officials becomes very difficult in light of such attitudes, but it must happen, nevertheless. Sheldon asked for volunteers to serve on Recruitment Committee whose charge it is to meet and make recommendations to Boards as to how they might improve their recruiting techniques. Andrew Gordon, Don Plourde, and Cameron Watson agreed to take on that task.
 
2. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:

The Executive Committee selected the 2015 winner of the Bob White Award, which is given annually to the MASO official who best exemplifies the characteristics that Bob showed as an official and a person, knowledge, integrity, and dedication. The winner will be announced at the August interpretation meeting of the Board of which the winner is a member.

  
4. Rules and Interpretation Committee
Dave Tourtelotte was unable to attend the meeting today. Because of difficulties encountered in documenting the attendance at the August interpretation meetings in the past, Dave will collect the attendance sheet at the end of each session and forward a copy to the secretary of the Board (s) attending the meeting as well as to Larry LaRochelle. Anyone who cannot attend their own Board’s meeting and attends a meeting of another Board must be sure to sign in at that meeting and put the name of his Board next to his signature so that Dave can keep the lists straight. Remember that documented attendance at the Interpretation Meeting is a prerequisite for officiating MPA sanctioned games in the fall and for being considered as candidate for post season play.
  
5. Constitution Committee
The committee will meet via e-mail this summer to prepare the revisions to the By-Laws to be voted on at the annual meeting in November, 2015
 
7. Examinations Committee
Going forward, all written exams for officials moving up the Class 1 will be administered by Charlie, or his designee, using an exam he has created. Once an official has passed that MASO Class 1 exam, in subsequent years, he will take the National Federation High School soccer exam. Charlie will also administer the MASO Physical Fitness Test, to officials moving up to Class 1 for the first time.
 
            Once we have sufficient assessors up to speed, Charlie wants to implement the MASO plan to have each Class 1 official receive an assessment every three years. Those assessments would be scheduled through Charlie. In order to keep track of the officials, Charlie requested that the Secretary secure from each Board spread sheet of all its Class 1 officials and how many years they have been at that level.
 
8. National Federation Exam
This fall we will continue business as usual by taking the National Federation Soccer exam on-line as we have in the past, using the ArbiterSports website to gain access to it. The exam will be available on line for Maine soccer officials July 15 – August 31, 2015.
 
Steve Johnson presented information to the Executive Committee about another way to take the NFHS exam on line, this time through the NFHS Exam website, and not Arbiter Sports. One of the biggest arguments in favor of such an arrangement is that there is no need to update an e-mail address each year; one merely goes on line to the correct website and takes the exam. At the conclusion of the exam, the testee learns his score and gets an indication of the rule he should study.  The nice part about using the National Federation platform to take the exam is that from September 1 – September 30 the testee can go back on line to see the exam and see the actual answers, so s/he can review the missed questions.
 
The only downside is that the exam costs $ 0.50 per exam, but we have a very generous offer from one of the Boards to foot the testing bill for the entire state. More on that later.
 
MASO will be looking at the pros and cons of each way of taking the test over the next year and will make a decision next spring. See comparison of the two methods for taking the exam found on page 7.
 
8. Nominating Committee
No report
 
New Business
 
Wil Hasselmann showed an excellent instructional video which he had edited from the 2014 State Final soccer games. He presented a well-structured commentary about the positioning of the referees, the severity, or lack of thereof, of the fouls, and it was clear he had spent an inordinate amount of time to locate, track, and file various sequences which he could pull up in a flash to demonstrate a point.
 
Charlie Brown said that in the assessor training this summer, these clips will be used as a basis for discussion. He added that we need to obtain permission from the National Federation, which owns the copyright of the State Finals video, to do so and asked the Secretary to secure the proper permission in writing from the National Federation.
 
At the conclusion of the presentation, the Executive Committee heartily thanked Wil for his outstanding educational presentation this morning.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held September 13, 2015 at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
            Attending were:
 
             Central               Eastern                      Northern                       Downeast                             
    Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Jana Shaw                     Harold Clark
    Andrew Gordon   Wil Hasselman                                                
            
                                                                                                            
             Western              South Central            Acadia                          Midcoast                              
             Mark Ouellette     Don Plourde               Nick Henry                     Cameron Watson
             Tim Warrow                                          Steve Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
            
             Interpreter          MPA Liaison              Testing Chairman         Past President                     
                                                                      Larry       LaRochelle                      Charlie Brown                                     
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of June 14, 2014 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ $939.13 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
Walt Gorneau, the recipient of the 2015 Bob White Award, sent a moving letter to MASO, thanking the group for its recognition of his contribution to Maine high school soccer.
 
MPA Liaison Report
Larry LaRochelle reminded us that all red cards must be reported both the the MASO Card Reporting System as well as to the local assignor the day of the game. The reason for this is that a red card prevents a player from playing in the next countable MPA contest, which could be the next day.
 
He also referred to a mercy rule he will propose to the Soccer Committee than if a team goes up by more than 8 goals on its opponent, the game clock from that point forward will be running time with no timeouts. Why prolong the agony with such a lop-sided score.
 
Larry also requested that each board send to him an Excel spreadsheet with the first name, last name, mail address (residence), e-mail address, and phone number of all Class 1 officials within a week of this meeting. At the end of the season, he needs a ranked list of Class 1 officials on each board, eligible for selection for post – season assignments.
 
In addition, Larry discussed the Officials Advisory Committee, comprised of officials in all MPA sports, that will look into common problems. Included in those discussions will be conflicts of interest, and blocking of officials. Larry has been appointed to serve on that committee, and any concerns any of us have should be conveyed to Larry for consideration by the committee.
 
Larry reminded us that mandatory fingerprinting for all Maine high school officials is just around the corner and it would be nice for MASO to get a leg up on the situation before it has to. At the July, 2015 meeting, MASO voted to make it mandatory for all MASO soccer officials to be fingerprinted by the 2016 season.
 
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Development and Clinics
The Ed Rae clinic for existing assessors was a great success held in August at the Holiday inn in Augusta. Nine people attended, paying a fee of $40.00 apiece, and with the help of a $200 donation to the clinic from the Friends of MASO and a $150 rebate from the Holiday Inn, the conference more than paid for itself. Going forward, more notice needs to be given to potential participants to increase participation. Increasing the number of assessors is the key to increasing the quality of our officiating cadre, and plans are already afoot to bring Ed back for another assessor clinic.
 
2. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:

President Sheldon Tozer travelled to the Mid Coast Board’s meeting with the State Interpreter to award this year’s Bob White Award to Walt Gorneau. Walt was completely taken by surprise and was most appreciative of the MASO recognition of his contribution to the growth of high school soccer in Maine. Walt sent a letter of appreciation to MASO in response to that award.

 
4. Rules and Interpretation Committee
No report. Dave Tourtelotte was unable to attend the meeting today.
 
5. Constitution Committee
Proposed amendments to the by laws will be mailed to members for consideration at the November 22, 2015 meeting
 
6.. Examinations Committee
After the annual meeting on November 22, 2015, if the amendments to the by laws are passed, all written exams for officials moving up the Class 1 will be administered by Charlie, or his designee, using an exam he has created. Once an official has passed that MASO Class 1 exam, in subsequent years, he will take the National Federation High School soccer exam. Charlie will also administer the MASO Physical Fitness Test, to officials moving up to Class 1 for
the first time.
 
6a. National Federation Exam
 
Steve Johnson presented information to the Executive Committee about another way to take the NFHS exam on line, this time through the NFHS Exam website, and not Arbiter Sports. One of the biggest arguments in favor of such an arrangement is that there is no need to update an e-mail address each year; one merely goes on line to the correct website and takes the exam. At the conclusion of the exam, the testee learns his score and gets an indication of the rule he should study.  The nice part about using the National Federation platform to take the exam is that from September 1 – September 30 the testee can go back on line to see the exam and see the actual answers, so s/he can review the missed questions.
 
The only downside is that the exam costs $ 0.50 per exam, but we have a very generous offer from one of the Boards to foot the testing bill for the entire state. More on that later.
 
MASO will be looking at the pros and cons of each way of taking the test over the next year and will make a decision next spring.
 
7. Nominating Committee
President Sheldon Tozer appointed a nominating committee of Nick Henry, chairman, and Andrew Gordon and Mark Ouellette to draw up a slate of officers (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) to be voted upon at the Annual Meeting, November 22, 2015. Interested parties may submit their nomination to any of the the three members of the committee via e-mail Nick Henry. nickhenry52@gmail.com, Mark Ouellette, mkjouellette@aol.com,
and Andrew Gordon. gordoref85@gmail.com
 
 
New Business
 
The suggestion was made that we remind athletic directors that referees with certain types of vision disorders cannot discern a red line on a green pitch, and that wherever possible, red markings on a field should be avoided. Steve Johnson will send a letter to the athletic directors of Maine high schools advising them of this concern on the part of MASO

 

Meeting Adjourned at 12:05 PM

 
The next meeting will be held Sunday, November 22, 2015 at  9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 

 

Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held May 18, 2014, at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
            Attending were:
 
             Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
   Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham    
                                                                Jana Shaw
            
                                                                                                            
             Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
             Mark Ouellette     Joe Pelicca                Nick Henry                     Cameron Watson
                                                                                                             Bill Stewart
                                                                                                                                                                                   
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Visitors                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of November 11, 2013 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 471.73 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
There were no communications and no bills.
 
MPA Liaison Report
Larry LaRochelle was not able to attend today’ meeting and Sheldon Tozer reported on the meeting. Mike Burnham was not happy when a playoff red card was not reported to the MPA. This fall, In an effort to cross check red cards issued in a game, the report from the AD to the MPA after each game will have a new check-off box “was a card issued?” If that box is checked “Yes” Mike will cross reference that report with the cards reported by the officials for that game. Unreported red cards will result in the official who did not report the red card not being eligible for assignment to Regional and State finals at the end of that season. Mike Burnham’s frustration is that soccer is the only sport where cards/ejections are not being properly reported. The MPA continues to back up officials in cases of parental complaints, but it needs our 100% compliance in reporting red cards in order to effectively do so.
 
The MPA has created an Officials Advisory Committee, consisting of one representative from each MPA sport to discuss cross-sports issues. Larry LaRochelle will represent MASO. That committee will tackle issues like a board of ethics for handling complaints, professionalism, black balling, recruitment of new officials, making  lists of recommended officials,
 
The MPA wants the coaches to attend the interpretation meetings in August. Dave will coordinate that effort.
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Constitution Committee: Mike Moody is requesting that MASO representatives e-mail him MOODYM@Commcc.org, their suggestions for by-law changes so that he can present them to the September 9, 2014 meeting May, 2014 meeting.
                     
2. Ethics and Grievance Committee: No report
 
 3. Fees and Uniforms Committee:
There was a long discussion about warm-up suits for referees and the need for uniformity. Joseph’s in Fairfield has the template for a Federation warm-up which members felt should be used in high school games. There was a strong feeling that college warm-ups should not be used in high school games. The question was raised as to whether or not this issue should be addressed in the bylaws. It will be take  up at the September 7, 2014 meeting.
 
The issue of whether primary and secondary shirt colors should be mandated in the bylaws was also raised. Local board each has their own choice for the primary color of their shirts, based on local need. In the past MASO guidance has been that each official on the field should be wearing the same color and style of shirt. It didn’t matter so much what the color was, as long as the officials looked like a team with matching shirts. The issue will be raised at the September meeting along with other by-law issues.
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
No report
 
5. Rules and Interpretation Committee:
No report
 
 
6. Development and Clinics Committee
No report
 
 7. Examinations Committee
No report
 
8. Nominating Committee
No report
                     
New Business
1)     Creation of the Bob White Award
Sheldon floated the idea of creating a new recognition award to be given each year to the soccer official who best exemplifies the qualities of Bob White, founding member of MASO, and the first state soccer intepreter. Dedication, knowledge, and professional are the three legs of the stool upon which Bob sat and Sheldon wanted to memorialize the contribution that Bob has made to Maine soccer.
 
The Executive Committee approved a motion to create the Bob White Award to be given annually to the official best exemplifying Bob’s dedication, knowledge, and professionalism. The specifics of the award, candidate selection, (MASO Executive Board members eligible for selection? How many nominations can each board submit? etc) will be worked out by a committee to be named in September the by President. Nominations would be submitted at the end of each soccer season for and would be reviewed at the Spring meeting. The presentation would take place in the area where the selected official works.
 
2)     Encouraging local boards to support a local charity
Sheldon suggested cancer fundraiser from the officiating side. We could set aside a period of time where each official who felt so moved could VOLUNTEER a game fee to be sent to MASO to be sent to the ACS. Western Maine does this for different organizations, with a lot of support from the WMBASO. Basketball also sponsors such charity events. This would not be a mandated program, but should be a topic of discussion at the local level to ascertain support for such an effort on the part of MASO

 

Meeting Adjourned at 11:12 AM

 
The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 18,2014, 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted from meeting notes taken by Nick Henry, ARBASO MASO representative.
 
                     Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
 
 
  NOVEMBER 22, 2015
 
Official MINUTES of the MASO meeting held November 22, 2015 at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
            Attending were:
 
             Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
   Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham     Harold Clark
    Andrew Gordon                                                                         Don Beal                                             
            
                                                                                                            
             Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
             Mark Ouellette     Don Plourde               Nick Henry                     Bill Stewart
                                       Dave Theriault            Steve Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Guest                                
                                                                                                                                                  Charlie Brown                          Denny Harmon                         
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM
 
Minutes of September 13, 2015 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ $1064.85 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
Sheldon Tozer announced he had received e-mail from Larry LaRochelle in which Larry requested that MASO accept his resignation as MPA Liaison due to health reasons. The Executive Committee was saddened by this news, as Larry had successfully steered us through three contract negotiations, resulting in markedly increased pay to soccer officials. He will be sorely missed in his Liaison role. Sheldon assume the role of MPA Liaison, as Sheldon’s office is just around the corner from the MPA office in Augusta. Given the issues MASO is facing at this point in time, it is important that a person closely connected to the daily running of MASO be the point person for the MPA Soccer Committee.
            
The outstanding bills for this year are for Officers’ and Directors’ Insurance ($450.00), Dave Tourtelotte stipend, ($200.00) and Charlie Brown stipend ($50.00)
 
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1. Constitution Committee
Several amendments to the By-Laws were made, primarily to reflect the fact that MASO no longer recognizes Class 3 or Class 2 officials. Three additional amendments to the By-Laws were already in place de facto, but needed to be set into the By-Laws de jure.
            A. Officials who do not pass both the NFHS and the MPA/MASO exam
               before the first countable MPA soccer contest are not eligible for
               consideration for post-season assignments. They shall not be assigned
                MPA sanctioned varsity games that year until they pass both those
               exams with an 80% score.
            B. No MASO official who does not attend the State Interpreter’s pre-
                 season meeting shall be assigned MPA sanctioned games nor be
                 eligible for post-season assignments.
 
            C. New officials wishing to move to Class 1 status must contact the
                Testing Agent to schedule the Class 1 Written Exam, physical fitness
                 test, and practical exam. There is a $ 25.00 fee for the exam package.
 
An addition to the By-Laws relates to all MASO referees and their being assessed.
All MASO officials will be assessed every three years to maintain their Class 1 status. Each official must apply to the testing agent to be assessed when time comes, and the testing agent will assign a MASO assessor to perform the assessment
 
The Secretary will send updated copies of the MASO Constitution and By-Laws to the Executive Committee and Board Secretaries under separate cover.
 
2. Ethics and Grievances
Sheldon informed the Executive Committee of a possible lawsuit that could be brought against two specific officials, MASO, and the MPA by the family of a soccer player injured in a soccer game this fall. The allegation is that the player was targeted throughout the contest without any calls being made, nor any cards being issued. That player ultimately suffered a season-ending injury.
 
3. Fees and Uniforms
The Secretary presented the Executive Committee with this year’s budget to show how close the actual expenses come to the total income.
 

MASO Budget 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

Northern

$150.00

 

Bob White

$80.00

Stipend for NFHS registrations

Eastern

$150.00

 

Rich McGovern

$400.00

Web hosting for red/yellow cards

Acadia

$150.00

 

Dave Tourtellotte

$200.00

Interpreter Stipend

DownEast

$150.00

 

Charlie Brown

$50.00

Testing Stipend

MidCoast

$150.00

 

Bollinger Insurance

$385.00

Officer and Director Insurance

Central

$150.00

 

ME non-profit tax

$35.00

Cost to register as a non-profit

SouthCentral

$150.00

 

 

 

 

 

Western

$150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Income

$1,200.00

 

Total Expenses

$1,150.00

 

 

 
Historically, local Boards would give the State Interpreter a $50.00 honorarium when he came for the State Interpreter meeting. In recent years, most Board have neglected that honorarium, leaving the Interpreter with only $200 from MASO plus whatever small amount came to the Interpreter from the scanty honoraria. This year Dave Tourtelotte travelled 1200 miles to visit all the Boards, and at a mileage rate of $ 0.43/ mile, he incurred travel expenses of $516. He simply is not being paid enough. $ 50.00 from each of 8 Boards would have given Dave $400.00 in addition to the $200.00 MASO budgeted.
 
There are other unbudgeted-for expenses that come up each year, like the money to purchase the Bob White Award plaque for the yearly recipient, and the money to cover a shortfall in tuition payments to cover the Assessor Clinic held last August. Fortunately for MASO, we have the Friends of MASO group of outside contributors whose yearly contributions ensure that MASO has the funds to cover unanticipated budget shortfalls. The Friends of MASO has been assisting us by covering budget shortfalls for the last four years. As an organization we need to increase our income though the amounts given to MASO by the local boards and not depend so much on the Friends of MASO .
 
Right now, each board pays $150 in yearly dues which puts an unfair burden on the boards with only 20 members. In the coming months, MASO will look at a tiered dues structure which to accomplish the goal of increased revenue, but not have it done on the backs of the smaller boards. That proposal will be ready for the May, 2016 meeting.
 
With respect to uniforms, several members of the Executive Committee noted MASO had voted that the primary referee shirt this year would be the College Grid Gold, and that that shirt would be worn at all Regional and State Finals. This year, in the State finals, four of the contests had the referees clad in blue shirts, two contests had the referees in the gold, while in two other contests, the referees wore red shirts. The question was raised, why was there a 75% deviation from the MASO policy for the color of referee shirts in the State Finals?
 
Charlie Brown was the only person in the room who had officiated a State Final game. When asked why his referee crew sported blue shirts, he replied that the CR had noted that one of the keepers was wearing a gold jersey and he didn’t want to create confusion by having the referees in gold, as well. Rule 5-1-3a supports this decision, but it didn’t seem that in 75% of the games there was a color conflict between the officials and players.
 
4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
no report
 
 
5. Records and History
no report
 
 
 
 
6. Rules and Interpretation Committee
    
       A. Red and Yellow card reporting
 
The final tally from our Card web host, Richard McGovern is as follows;
 

 

2014

2015

 

Total Cards 647

Total Cards 709

 

Yellow Cards 665

Yellow Cards 604

 

Red Cards 44

Red Cards 43

 
 
We don’t know if all the red cards were reported to Rich because we don’t have the data from the game reports from the coaches filed with the MPA at the end of each soccer game, a report that contains the name of any player in the game sent off with a red card. Certainly we are not administering as many yellow cards in situations that call for yellow cards, which is due to 10 minute sit-down rule in Maine. We have many officials who will not show the yellow card because they don’t want to sit a player out for 1/8 of the match.
     
         B. Review of 2015 Regional and State Finals
 
Events in Portland and Presque Isle seemed to proceed without incident. This was the first year that Northern Maine finals were held in Presque Isle. The new turf field there made it an excellent venue and people seemed pleased to have the tournament brought to Presque Isle.
      
         C. MASO requirements for consideration as a post-season officials.
                1) Attend the State Interpreter’s Meeting with documentation
                2) Pass the NFHS and MPA/MASO exams with 80% by date of first
                     countable MPA game.
                3) Pass MASO Fitness Test with at least one point scored in each of
                        the three testing categories.
 
 
7. Development and Clinics
Sheldon announced his plans to combine the role of the State Interpreter and the State Tester (which are appointments for him to make under the By-Laws) into the job State Director of Referee Development. The duties of this person will to:
 
A.   Lead all of the State Interpretation meetings, collect the attendance sheets, and forward them on to MASO
B.   Using multi-media tools, review the new rules for the year and provide training on selected points of emphasis. A feature of this training will be actual game clips from all over as well as a review  of previous State Final games.
C.   Chair a committee consisting of key officials from around the state to integrate the efforts of local interpreters and the assessor cadre.
 
Sheldon plans to convene a meeting of all the Board Presidents on the day of each MASO meeting (thrice yearly) to further explore common issues in an attempt to get everyone on the same page.
 
We all get complaints from the field that more and more is being asked of officials to stay certified, and that if the trend continues, officials will just decide the demands are too great on their already limited time and will stop officiating. We need to find a way walk that fine line between finding good officials and keeping them competent without exhausting them. To the extent that we are committed to making the game right for the players and coaches, we will be successful in that effort.
 
8. Examinations
MASO voted to take the 2016 Soccer Exam on the NFHS website instead of the Arbiter website. Using the NFHS website means there is no e-mail address that needs to be verified before gaining access to the exam, which has been problematic in the past. It also means we gain faster access to the correct answers to the questions we missed. There is fifty cent cost for taking the exam, and MASO is considering the options available for paying that fee, including the generous offer of one of the Boards to foot the testing fee for the entire state from its treasury. We have all the information available at the May meeting.
 
9. MPA Soccer Committee
There will be an important meeting on December 3, 2016 at the MPA office with invited coaches, athletic directors, MASO officers, and the MPA Soccer Committee to discuss the reports from all over the state concerning the unchecked rough soccer play this season. One of the items the MPA Soccer Committee has been mulling over is the idea of moving from a 10 minute sit-out rule to a cumulative yellow card rule. Under that situation, a player shown the yellow card would have to leave the game until the next opportunity to re-enter as a substitute, though the coach could keep him out as long as he felt was appropriate. The Committee would decide after how many yellow cards a player would have to sit out, and for how long. Would it be for one game, or more than one? In this way, an official would have no idea how many yellow cards a player had earned thus far in the season, and would be less reticent to show the yellow card because the player would not be gone for 10 minutes.
 
Sheldon warned the Executive Committee that MASO has a few black eyes from this past season and that the meeting will not be a pleasant one. We can avoid such black eyes going forward if we will pay closer attention to detail and properly penalize the players when warranted.
 
9. Nominating Committee
The committee presented the following slate of officers for election:
 
President: Sheldon Tozer
Vice President: Mark Ouellette
Treasurer: Steve Johnson
 
Election of Officers
When there were no further nominations from the floor, it was moved and seconded that the Secretary be instructed to cast one vote for the slate. This was done and the slate was declared elected for the next two years, until the Annual Meeting in November 2017.

 

Meeting Adjourned at 11:20 AM

The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine. MASO Presidents will meet  on that day, as well, following the MASO meeting.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer

 

 
 
 MINUTES of the MASO meeting held September 9, 2014, at the Fairmount School, Bangor, Maine
 
            Attending were:
 
             Central            Eastern                   Northern                    Downeast                   
   Sheldon Tozer     Larry Seaney              Graydon Buckingham     Don Beal
     Richard Smith     Wil Hasselman            Jana Shaw                     Harold Clark
            
                                                                                                            
             Western          South Central       Acadia                        Midcoast                     
             Mark Ouellette     Travis Jalbert              Nick Henry                     Cameron Watson
             Mike Moody                                         Steve Johnson               Bill Stewart
                                                                                                                                                                                   
            
             Interpreter      MPA Liaison          Testing Chairman   Visitors                             
                                                                       Charlie Brown                    Denny Harmon                                                                                                
 
President Sheldon Tozer called the meeting to order at 9:05 AM
 
Minutes of May 18, 2014 meeting were approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report with a balance of $ 616.00 in the account was approved.
 
Communication and Bills
There were no communications and no bills.
 
 
Reports of Committees:
 
1.      Constitution Committee: Mike Moody thanked people who sent him suggestions for proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, and observed that it will take the help of more than one person to do the revising necessary for a complete job. He suggested the formation of a committee that could communicate by e-mail between meetings and have a short gathering after the meetings on Sunday. Harold Clark, Richard Smith, and Steve Johnson volunteered to staff the committee, which would forward its input to Mike for refinement. The information collected by Mike before today’s meeting will be forwarded to the committee for its work.
 
      In another action, Steve Johnson will ask the Board Secretaries to submit to 
him  current electronic versions of their Constitution and Bylaws for inclusion in MASO files as required by Article 2, Section 3, Paragraph D of the MASO Bylaws.
                     
 2. Ethics and Grievance Committee: No report
 
 3. Fees and Uniforms Committee:
After a long discussion which included comments that we had devoted way too much time to the uniform issue, the Executive Committee voted that, beginning with the 2015 season, at all sanctioned MPA soccer games the officials will wear the Grid Gold shirt as its primary shirt, and the Grid Black shirt as its secondary shirt. Officials will not be assigned games until they can comply with this rule
 
The Executive Committee addressed the issue of MASO warm-ups by voting that if an official decides to wear a warm up suit before or during a sanctioned MPA soccer game, that it will be the black/white warm-up suit available from Joseph’s Sporting Goods in Waterville with the MASO logo empressed on the left pocket. The logo will have the name of the local board at the bottom of the logo, just as in the badge boards currently wear during matches. Steve Johnson will follow up with Mike Latendresse, co-owner of Joseph’s, to iron out the discount to MASO officials will receive when an bulk order is placed by each Board.
 
update for you about the source and cost of MASO warm-ups which the Executive Committee voted to make mandatory in the 2015 season. MASO did not say that each official had to own one, only that if an official feels the need to wear a warm-up, it must be the approved MASO warm-up with the MASO logo on it available from Joseph's Sporting Goods in Waterville. Four members of the ARBASO have already purchased the warm-up and the two that felt it might be a bit lightweight for the cold November days observed that all it needs it a sweatshirt underneath to make it as warm as toast. The warm-up repels rain very nicely
 
 4. Recognition, Awards, and Publicity Committee:
Sheldon Tozer reported on the exciting evening he had in August at the Interpreter’s Meeting in Aroostook County. That was the night of the presentation of the first Bob White Award, awarded annually to that Maine high school soccer official who best exemplifies Bob’s dedication, knowledge, and professionalism. The first recipient was the man for whom the award is named, Bob White, long time soccer referee, member of the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee, and one of only two soccer referees named to the NFHS Hall of Fame. The award came as a complete surprise to Bob, and according to all reports, rendered Bob speechless for the first time anyone in the room could recall.
 
The Executive Committee directed the President and Secretary to draft the guidelines for the selection process that will determine the winner of the award each year, and to report back at the November meeting. There will be only one winner each, selected from nominations submitted by local Boards, and voted on by the Executive Committee. The presentation will be made at the August Interpreter’s Meeting of the board of which the winner is a member.
by the Executive Committee.
 
 5. Rules and Interpretation Committee:

The Executive Committee heard a story about a referee who told Maranacook's keeper he couldn’t wear socks that matched any other player on the field. This kind of misinformation, however unintentional, gives MASO a black eye and trammels up MASO’s efforts to prove to the soccer world in Maine that MASO is putting qualified referees on the field who absolutely know the rules. Dave Tourtelotte responded to that incident as well as other misconceptions about the rules in an e-mail to Board secretaries. Hopefully that will clear things up and serve a stark reminder that we must be focused all the time on being clear and accurate when enforcing the rules. 

 
6. Development and Clinics Committee
Charlie Brown reported on the frustration of seeing soccer play-days in several regions scheduled on the same day. The frustration was the he could not be in all those places at once to watch assessors assess the officials on the field. We need to be able to assess the assessors to be sure we are consistent when we assess the probationary Class 1 officials. He is working on a plan to ameliorate that situation.
 
7. Examinations Committee
The Executive Committee Secretary erred in May, 2014 when he did not note in the meeting minutes that the Executive Committee had set September 1, 2014 as the deadline for taking the NFHS Part 1 on-line Soccer Exam. The reason for that decision was two-fold. The Executive Committee wanted Charlie Brown to be able to provide to each Board Secretary an item-by-item analysis of the questions missed by Maine soccer officials, and do that before the start of the 2014 season. There is no point in giving feedback halfway through the season. The second reason for setting the September 1 deadline was so that officials weren’t going through the season without having taken the latest soccer exam with questions about new rules. Under the bylaws as currently constructed, an official can referee the entire current season as long as he successfully passed the NFHS last season.
 
That loophole will be remedied with a by-law changed at the Annual Meeting in November. The Executive Committee voted again to set the cutoff date for the on-line Soccer Exam for September 1 so that it can deliver the item-by-item analysis to Board Secretaries by September 2. Officials who do not complete the exam by the September 1 deadline will be ineligible for assignments to MPA sanctioned games until they do take the exam. The NFHS Exam is open on the Arbiter Website from July 15 – October 15, a three month window which should accommodate even the busiest official’s time frame. If an official does not make the October 15 deadline, the next opportunity to take the NFHS Soccer Exam will be the following July 15
 
8. Nominating Committee
No report
                     

Meeting Adjourned at 12:05 PM

 
The next meeting will be held Sunday, November 19, 2014, 9:00 AM at the Fairmount School, Bangor Maine.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
                     Steve Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer

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