2009 Minutes

TRU WINTER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – AGENDA

SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2009 @ STATE CAPITOL, AUSTIN, TX

 

  1. ROLL CALL @ 10am & APPROVAL OF AGENDA McPhail
  • VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: McPhail, Sharpley, Courtney (Wagner Proxy), Hill, Marshall, Puklicz, Venable, Primm, Thurmon, Anderson, Phleger, Summers, Tate (Late)
  • Absent – Wagner, Tate, Kunkle, Schmedtke, Wilson, Roberson.
  • NON VOTING MEMBERS: Pfleger, Young (absent), Tate, Venable, Engelbrecht (absent),  Summers, Kunkel (absent), Womens Secretary (Open), At Large Rep (Open)
  1. MINUTES FROM 2008 SUMMER EXECUTIVE MEETING McPhail

Adopted and will post to website

  1. BYLAW REVISIONS – McPhail (attachment)
  • Creation of R&L Committee (Tate, Puklicz, Wolfinger)
  • Addition of TRRA Chairman as full Board Member
  • Revisions and clean up of document from Summer Meeting – To be sent out to Clubs and posting to website
  • TRU Sanction Appeals change to reflect West procedures that TRU sanction appeals go thru TRU EC. To be revised and posted on website.
  1. 2008 FYE REPORT and 2009 FISCAL BUDGET (report)
    • Pfleger review of 2008 income, deposits & expenditures per spreadsheet review and will post to website for public disclosure.
    • STRR final $20K payment goes into TRRA/TRU R&L referee developmental fund to be administered per policy to be determined.
    • Discussion of expenses on Men’s Selects funding diminished
      1. Venable discussed selects and skills camps for DIII players
      2. Venable suggests movement from selects camp to skills camps
    • 2009 Budget Review by McPhail
      1. Calendar year budget cycle retained w/o objection
      2. Discussion of TYRA flat fee and explanation by Marshall
      3. Discussions on Conference on the Game, Youth High Performance Expenditures
      4. Discussions re possible recruiting, player retention, etc…
    • Budget motion to approve as presented by Sharpley, Courtney second, passed w/o dissent.
  2. COMPETITIONS & DIVISIONAL REPORTS Sharpley (report)
  • DIVISION ONE – Sharpley (report)
  • DIVISION TWO – Young / Tate
    • League standing determine champion for advancement
    • Discussion re: possible future alignments, promotion, relegation, etc…
    • Promotion/Relegation
  • DIVISION THREE Venable
    • Texas #2&#3 can challenge to travel
    • Overall health is good, few issues have arisen
  • WOMEN’S – Schmidtke (report)
  • COLLEGIATE MEN – Wagner (report)
    • TRU Grants to be considered, if applied for, for out-of union colleges travel/tournament fees to attract to Cowtown and/or tours
  • COLLEGIATE WOMEN Summers
    • Mini-Tournaments in Fall seemed to work well
      • Player retention up
    • No Forfeits to date; improvement over last season
    • All Clubs have Coaches
    • Game-Day protocol enforced
  1. TYRA REPORT Marshall
    • General report
    • Efforts towards better administration
    • Increased efforts towards lower aged introduction and player retention
    • HS v Collegiate prohibitions/variations discussed
    • SBRO discussed
    • State Championships – April 18-19 – Dallas
    • Summer 7s increasing
  2. DISCIPLINE REPORT – Courtney
  • Discussion on use of cards and implication as it relates to TRU and West sanctions
  • Puklicz discusses “Punching” card issue and is continuing the dialog amongst Refs for more uniform and consistent issuance
  • Discussion of TRU Disciplinary Committee and Appeals process to TRU EB
    • See Section 3 (above)
  • Discussion of TYRA Statement (Field Barriers / Sidelines / Conduct)
    • Statement to be sent out under TRU/TYRA signatures
    • Recommendation from TRU/TRRA from Coach/Subs/Meds to isolated sideline from spectators sideline. Courtney will send out a recommended practices guideline, to be considered as rule implemented for 09-10, depending on results/feedback from the practice instituted immediately.
  1. REFEREE REPORT – Puklicz
  • Update on the TRRA – Puklicz
    • Membership up after STRR/RTRR merger
    • Membership contacts being updated
  • Recruiting & Training – Puklicz / Prim
    • Recent increase in Ref Coaching reports/evaluations
    • NASO Membership group expenditure (approx $4K) being explored for all TRRA refs
      • Dependent on CIPP coverage comparison w/ NASO coverage
      • Individual coverage available $85/per
    • Primm-Technical Director
      • Uniform compliance and communication w/ Coaches
      • Scheduled Classes coming
        • Stressing uniformity in calls & protocol
  • Match Assignments & Coverage – Puklicz
    • Financial Report – Puklicz
      • Spreadsheet presented
  • Websites – Puklicz / McPhail
    • To be expanded and improved in conjunction w/ TRU website
  • R&L  Update – Puklicz / Tate
  1. SQUAD REPORTS
  • MEN  – SharpleyNo squad, no report
  • WOMEN McPhail Performing well
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE Hill for Engelbrecht
    • Booklets distributed re: overview of High Performance
    • Written Policy/Mission Procedures
    • Overview of the program
    • Feedback Report to be published on Web-Site.
  • U23 WOMEN – Kunkel (report)
  • SEVENS McPhail (verbal)TOLA condensed into June/July/August
  1. REVIEW OF ELITE& ALL STAR PROGRAMS – Hill for Engelbrecht
  2. WEST & USA BOARD UPDATE Sharpley (verbal)
    • No major issues voted on, but good information and positive report on Texas rugby overall.
  3. DUES OWED AND CLUBS NOT IN GOOD STANDING – McPhail
    • University of Texas @ Dallas $900 – DEFUNCT
    • Katy Barbarians Men’s Club $900 – DEFUNCT
    • Baylor Women $750 DEFUNCT
    • Sam Houston Men – $50 / To be Paid
    • San Antonio Men – West Gap Dues / Paid

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS
  • Promotion / Relegations Review – Tate / Sharpley – Issues/Questions resolved prior to meeting & posted to website.
  • Status of newly admitted clubs and pending clubs (St. Edwards, NT Griffins, Diablos Women, West Houston Rugby Club)
  • Discussion of Ted Hill’s top five goals from prior meeting
  1. NEW BUSINESS and INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
  • TRU Website update
  • Referee Conference on the Game (Date / Guests / Agenda / Budget) – To be considered in discussions above.
  • Collegiate Realignment Proposals Discussion
    • Proposed alignment presented by Courtney – discussion.
      • 4 DI / 8 DII / DIII – Motion Carries w/Tate opposition to Collegiate DIII based on past experience w/DIII
        • Four DI teams (A&M & LSU) the other two (2) teams to be determined by either voluntary relegation or playoff to be schedules and played by TRU Scheduling date
        • DII – (2) DI teams relegated & TXST/Baylor/UD/UNT/ASU/TCUFinal teams to be determined by EC Recommendation by scheduling date
        • Motion carries w/o dissent DIII formed – Final teams to be determined by EC Recommendation by scheduling date – Possible – SFA/MSU/StThom/SMU/UH/A&MIII/StEd’s?
          • Relaxed eligibility
            • Students (part-time OK)
          • Area Clubs Allowed
          • Possible Multi-Division teams (A&M DIII)
        • Proposals to be presented at Summer AGM
      • Promotion/Relegation of DI-DII-DIII to be determined at Summer AGM by Collegiate Comp Committee
  • Modified Tie Breaker Criteria (Kurylas Email) – Sharpley & Tate reviewed and recommend change – Motion to adopt Courtney, Hill seconds, Passed w/o dissent – Effective competitive 09-10 cycle.
  • Non dues paying and non compliant Clubs (Wandies and Alliance Men)
    • Discussion re: if allowed
      • Strains Ref availability
      • Club benefits from TRU membership efforts (i.e. ref development)
      • No Disciplinary Enforcement
    • Social Teams for Tournaments are acceptable and do not need to pay TRU Dues, however Clubs that schedule matches with TRU Clubs must become recognized TRU Members
      • Must pay social dues ($600 annually)
      • CIPP Players
      • Known teams to been advised by TRU to become social
      • TRU to advise TRU Clubs of regulations and enforcement
  • West / TRU CIPP Numbers (attachment)
  • Cultural issue within TRU (growth, expectations, measurement) – Discussed in earlier sections, various conversations.
  • West Summer Board meeting August 1 & 2, Austin
  • TRU Summer Board meeting Sunday, August 9th
  1. ADJOURNMENT
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