MFL AGM Minutes
Meeting called to
order at 10:30 am by Commissioner Eric Sabean.
Moncton Mustangs: Bob Giffard – BG
Captial Area Gladiators: Jamies Edwards – JE
Halifax Shockers: Travis Lobban – TL
St. John Wanderers: Anthony Capson – AC
P.E.I. Privateers: Chris Mutch – CM
Moved by CM,
seconded by TL to certify the 5 voters above. Motion carried.
– not in good standing with MFL due to
Dartmouth is no
longer in the league.
– Not In Good Standing with the MFL following 2 forfeits in 2011
costing them a $500 fine per game.
Motion to reinstate Privateers by BG, seconded by TL. Motion carried. P.E.I. will be required to pay Moncton $500 for the forfeit to them by the beginning of the season.
Motion to waive
$500 fine to the league for forfeited game against Dartmouth by TL,
seconded by AC. Motion carried.
Motion to adopt
the agenda by TL, seconded by BG. Motion carried.
Motion to approve minutes from 2011 AGM by BG, seconded by TL. Motion carries.
Commissioner’s report by Eric Sabean: League image is improving. Unsportsmanlike conduct is continuing to be enforced by the officials. Suspensions are down which means improved conduct. Communication must be better on all fronts. Specifically to officials on schedule changes an to the fans for both scheduling changes and venue changes. Website needs to be used more effectively to convey these changes. The MFL needs to P.E.I. in order to grow the league and the sport. The league will learn from last seasons mistakes and will make sure to enforce roster rules. Last years great championship was tarnished due to lack of enforcement in these rules. Would like to encourage the league to start looking for a replacement as this will be his last year on the executive if re-elected; preferably someone without any ties to any particular team.
Financial report by Secretary-Treasurer Terry McIntyre: League has close to $5000 in its bank account.
EFC report by Blair Ryan: Having a new champion is good for the league. Relationship is growing with Football Nova Scotia. MFL will have a better presence on the Football Nova Scotia website. Football Nova Scotia will also allow EFC to use 50/50 devices at home games.
No reports from NBFC as Jeff Taylor was not in attendance.
Officials Liaison report by John Brenton: Post game celebrations need to end to help league image. Would like to continue mixed officiating crew for playoffs. Officials will continue to be held accountable for the way certain incidents are handled. League must discipline coaches for altercations with officials.
Any officiating issues are to be brought to the attention of the executive committee.
Motion to approve
Executive Reports by BG, seconded by TL. Motion carries.
St. John Wanderers: Working on image and funding. Team is currently in the red but have brought in a marketing firm to help.
Capital Area Gladiators: Great relationship with UNB Red Bombers. Good recruiting. Needs better marketing.
Halifax Shockers: Blair has stepped down as Head Coach. AJ will replace him. Big recruitment push. Working on relationship with Dalhousie Tigers.
Moncton Mustangs: Rob has stepped down as head coach. Brian will replace him. New Defensive Coordinator. Looking for other coaches too. Financially good. Thanks to the league for due diligence in regards to the Dartmouth issue.
P.E.I. Privateers: Head coach is returning. Getting a big push from the varsity league. Concern with Holland College is no longer an issue. Installed both bantam and varsity Privateer programs for long term development. Privateers will also pay all necessary fines.
Motion to approve
all team reports by TL, seconded by BG. Motion carries.
Dartmouth was not presented with the trophy or banner.
MFL will not
recognize Dartmouth Knights as champions based on not being in good
standing with the league due to $1,800 of unpaid league fees. Motioned by AC, seconded by CM. Four in favor,
1 abstention. Motion carries.
Motion to approve
deal in principle with Mark Crandall and allow the league executive
committee work out the deal and report back to the league by TL,
seconded by CM. Four in favor, one abstained. Motion carries.
Bob Giffard will make changes to current registration website. This will allow league to see who dressed for which games or was on injured reserve. This will help regulate which players are eligible to play in playoffs. Team administrators will have ability to make changes to roster as well.
Rosters will be locked at midnight Thursday. Updated roster of who played in a game must be sent to the league no later than Monday at Noon. If this is not done the league council will be informed.
1st offense - $100 fine
2nd offense – Game will not be counted as a game played for player in accordance to playoff eligibility.
Motion to approve
player registration/player tracking by TL, seconded by BG. Motion
Eligibility: Eligibility of Dartmouth players for 2012 season
Knight player that was on the 2011 roster wanting to play for another
team must pay a reinstatement fee of $100 in cash to the league via
Blair Ryan. Any exceptions will be approved by the league executive.
Motioned by TL, seconded by BG. Motion carries.
The league will pay $500 to Dwayne Ells for operation and maintenance of the website. This includes any changes to score, standings, schedule and venues as well as both a Facebook and a Twitter feed.
Motioned by JE,
seconded by CM. Motion carries.
Changes to the special rule:
All games will be
played 10-man aside unless agreed upon by both coaches. Motioned by CM,
seconded by TL. Three votes for, two votes against. Motion carries.
This will be
reported back by Halifax at a later date.
Bob Giffard and
Terry McIntyre will work out a formula and a sales pitch for Football
New Brunswick. Bob Giffard will give contact information to both P.E.I.
and Halifax for lottery licenses.
Football League – Steel City Patriots and Canadian Senior Football
Football New Brunswick will not sanction any games against teams that are not affiliated with their respective football associations.
Amendments, Changes to By-Laws and Special Rules: Expansion Rule
proposed that no expansion team may take an area occupied by another
team unless a vote passes unanimously. Bob Giffard withdrew proposal.
of 2012 Executive
will be the same as 2011. All previous members reoffered and no
nominations from the floor. Mark Crandall was appointed the position of
Director of Marketing.
Budget for 2012
Motion by BG,
seconded by JE to approve the 2012 league budget as presented by
Secretary-Treasurer Terry McIntyre. Motion carries. Team deposits will
be $3,300 for 2012.
tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 12th, 2012.
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:30 pm by JE, seconded by TL. Motion carried.
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