MYSA Answers Criticism to Parks Commission – with VIDEOOctober 21st, 2011 by Joe Burgess
After September’s Parks Commission meeting, where MHS soccer coach Brittnee Wright (also a MYSA coach) heavily criticized the Monticello Youth Soccer Association; the league met with parks commission chairperson Karen Connelly and Mayor Allen Maxwell to discuss the issues Wright mentioned.
Portion sf MYSA’s document to the city are posted below. Wright’s original video is also posted below.
Connelly summed up the issue by telling the parks commission that MYSA does have a legitimate rulebook, and insurance, and does follow “the laws of the game”.
The parks commission is now considering a policy on how complaints are to be dealt with, by requiring unsatisfied parties to contact their respective league in writing, before bringing matters to be presented at parks commission meetings
Responses from MYSA Concerning Complaints coming from the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting Held on September 8, 2011
1. CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAME BOARD MEMBERS:
MYSA ANSWER: Each year the MYSA Board of Directors has had at least two new members each year for the past 6 years.
2011 3 new members
2010 2 new members
2009 2 new members
2008 2 new members
2007 3 new members
2006 5 new members
2. CONCERNS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION NOT HAVING ELECTIONS:
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA elections take place when a board of director resigns or as sooner removed from office by the action of the majority of the board of directors.
3. CONCERNS ABOUT AN OPEN MEETING FOR MONTICELLO YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION.
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA holds annual meetings within three (3) months of the last scheduled game of each year.”
MYSA Annual Meetings
2010 MYSA Annual Meeting was held on December 30, 2010
2009 MYSA Annual Meeting was held on January 12, 2009
2008 MYSA Annual Meeting was held on November 11, 2008
2007 MYSA Annual Meeting was held on November 6, 2007
2006 MYSA Annual Meeting was held on November 6, 2006
4. CONCERNS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION NOT HAVING A CONSTITUTION:
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA established its by-laws on September 6, 2006.
5. CONCERNS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION NOT BEING SANCTIONED BY ANYONE.
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA is not sanctioned at this time.
• MYSA Board of Directors met with Arkansas State Soccer Association better known as ASSA Director, Gayle Smith on January 23, 2008.
• MYSA held a membership meeting with the Arkansas State Soccer Association and a representative for ASSA on February 8, 2008. There were only three members that attended this membership meeting along with the board of directors.
6. CONCERNS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION BEING RUN SOLELY ON ITS OWN:
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA follows the FIFA Laws of the Game. MYSA has modified the rules in each division and are in conjunction with the Arkansas State Soccer Association Rules, but are based on participation. MYSA developed a MYSA Rule Book in 2008 and was modified in 2011.
7. CONCERNS ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION NOT HAVING INSURANCE.
MYSA ANSWER: Yes. MYSA has insurance.
2011 and 2010 Gagliardi Insurances Services with Milner Owyoung
2009 and 2008 Farmers Insurance through Michael James with Francis Deen
2006 and 2007 Echols and Associates
8. CONCERNS ABOUT TAXES.
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA taxes have been prepared yearly since the association has been incorporated. MYSA is 501 C 3.
9. CONCERNS ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL COACH HAVING AN EXTENDED TEAM BECAUSE MYSA IS NOT SANCTIONED.
MYSA ANSWER: MYSA is not affiliated with the Monticello High School nor with the Monticello High School Soccer Team.
10. CONCERNS ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL COACH WANTING THE PROGRAM TO BUILD UP SO HER HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM COULD BUILD UP AS WELL.
YEARLY PARTICIPANTS DIVISION TEAMS AGES
2006 236 participants 4 Divisions 20 Teams Ages: 4-14
2007 242 participants 4 Divisions 22 Teams Ages: 4-14
2008 246 participants 5 Divisions 27 Teams Ages: 4-15
2009 309 participants 7 Divisions 30 Teams Ages: 3-17
2010 258 participants 6 Divisions 25 Teams Ages: 3-17
2011 272 participants 7 Divisions 29 Teams Ages: 3-17
YEAR MYSA U18 PARTICIPANTS HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPANT
2009 U18 Division 28 participants 17 Girls/20 Boys =37 participants
2010 U18 Division 24 participants 20 participants
2011 U18 Division 26 participants 16 participants
11. CONCERNS ABOUT THE OLDEST GROUP BEING COACHED BY THE SAME PEOPLE.
MYSA Answer: A list of the U18 Division coaches shows that the teams have had 5 different coaches in the 3 years that we have had the U18 Division.
12. CONCERNS ABOUT THE REGISTRATION FEE AND WHAT IT IS USED TOWARDS:
MYSA ANSWER: The $50.00 registration fee goes towards the uniform which includes the jersey, shorts and socks along with the cost of the equipment, cost of referees and the cost of insurance for each child.
13. HOW DID MYSA GET INVOLVED WITH CHEVY?
MYSA ANSWER: The MYSA Board of Directors was approached by Lucky’s of Monticello letting the association know that we had been chosen this year to be sponsored by CHEVY. The only thing the association was required to do was to sign a W9 form with our Tax ID # and return it back to CHEVY.
MHS Soccer Coach Slams Local Soccer League at Parks Commission Meeting
Sept. 15, 2011
MHS soccer coach and parent Brittnee Wright, also a Monticello Youth Soccer Association coach, addressed the Monticello City Parks Commission, at their recent meeting, with her concerns about the MYSA league, it’s board, and it’s board election policies.
Wright, speaking on behalf of other parents, said that the majority of the board members and the league president have been in the same positons for “at least 7 years.” She told the commission that she had attended all yearly league meetings (except for the last one) and had never seen an open election of board members.
Another concern was that MYSA is self operating, and not a part of a state organization. Wright also said that as the school’s soccer coach, that she would like to be a part of “extended seasons” with her team.
Parks commission chairperson Karen Connelly told those present that league will be invited to a commission meeting to present their by-laws, constitution, and respond to the complaints.
MonticelloLive was told that although some MYSA board members may have known that Wright had been placed the agenda, the league was not notified to be at the meeting to hear the compaints made against them.
Connelly added that the city couldn’t offer many of these programs without the leagues, but that the faclities are owned by the city.
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