Date: January 23rd, 2019.
Location: REC DEPT
East Longmeadow Soccer Association (ELSA)
Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, January 23, 2020, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Online/call-in (Zoom meeting)
328 N. Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028
MINUTES OF THE MEETING
On the 23rd of January President Jorge Morgado called the ELSA Board of Directors meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.
The following Directors were present: Jorge Morgado, Katie O’Sullivan, Kristin Dudley, Stanley Lukasik
Directors not present – Jen Soja, Hayes Murray, Jeff Reilly
Others Present: Donna Prather Rec Dept, Chris Eddy, Heather Fredrik, George Roumeliotis, Jeff and Jen Rivers.
Public Forum 6:00pm - 6:30pm
The following individuals attended the meeting to provide feedback on the Soccer XS program:
Jeff Rivers – Lack of attention with U10 girls/boys, felt boys made no progress.
Brendan Shugrue – Should be better scheduling for town coaches, felt it didn’t provide value for money.
Jen Rivers – Kids did not seem to enjoy XS
George Roumeliotis – Felt like kids with lower skill set were focused on and not the good of the group, lack of game evaluations, generic lesson plans were negatives. Coach Neil knew how to deal with parents and players.
Heather Fredrik – Too many kids and too late at night, would prefer extra practice time with team.
Chris Eddy – The kids liked the XS program, but why practice with other kids you don’t play with? No need to stretch program and have two teams at once.
Other comments included – Friday 7pm practice was not preferable, U9 lacked structure, people have left the rec program because of the Board, and there should be more than just online feedback. President Morgado thanked the individuals for their input and stated that overall feedback on the XS program was positive, and the goal is to bring participation numbers up. The Board and Rec will take all comments under advisory.
Approval of Minutes and Vote on new Board Member 6:30pm
Minutes of the December meeting and vote on Steve Vigneux as new board member were tabled as no quorum was present.
Soccer XS Spring 2020 6:30pm – 6:40pm
Fees would need to increase to make improvements to the program. President Morgado will discuss with Rob Lamb but does not think it will be affordable in the Spring.
Tryouts for fall soccer: Soccer XS 6:40pm
Tabled no quorum present.
Soccer heroes spring – 6:40pm – 7:00pm
Soccer heroes (pre-k, formerly little kickers) will be offered in the Spring for $55 per player. Soccer XS has committed to offering the program regardless of number of players. Online registration will be added for the Spring.
Coaches selection protocol 7:pm – 7:15pm
The final protocol/form for soccer coach applications was reviewed and approved. Will be used for Spring 2020.
Ref ages at rec level 7:15pm – 7:30pm
Rec will create a protocol/list of requirements for recreation referees. The Board and Rec want to build confidence in youth referees. A referee card system will be used.
Finance update 7:30pm
$9,000.84 balance in the ELSA account. No changes since prior meeting.
The next ELSA board meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 10th at 6:00 pm. There being no further business, President Morgado adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:00 p.m.