Maritime Football League
Bulletin Board

2013 MFL AGM Minutes
Moncton Football Association Building, Rocky Stone Field,
Moncton, N.B.
   
January 26, 2013 – 10:00 am  

Meeting called to order at 10:15 am by Commissioner Eric Sabean.  

Certification of Voters:

Moncton Mustangs: Bob Giffard – BG

Capital Area Gladiators: Jamies Edwards – JE

Halifax Shockers: Dan Campbell – DC

Saint John Wanderers: Phil McGarvey – PM

Moved by DC, seconded by JE to certify the 4 voters above. Motion carried.  

Motion to adopt the agenda by PM, seconded by JE. Motion carried.  

Motion to approve minutes from 2012 AGM by PM, seconded by DC. Motion carried.

Executive Reports:  

Commissioner’s report by Eric Sabean: League needs to get back to the basics, ie teams need to all focus on what is best for the league rather than just what is best for their own team. Bad behaviour on the field by players needs to be addressed. Teams need to acknowledge the problem and deal with it within the team structure as opposed to leaving it up to the officials and league to deal with it.

Financial report by Secretary-Treasurer Terry McIntyre: League has just over $4,500 in its bank account.

No Conference Presidents or Officials Liaison in attendance, so no reports tabled.

Motion to approve Executive Reports by DC, seconded by PM. Motion carried.  

Team Reports

Saint John Wanderers: Phil McGarvey has taken over as head coach of the team. Expecting no problems in having enough players to field a team this year. Teams does have financial issues as as a result of missing funds during 2012 season. Police investigation into possible fraud did not produce sufficient evidence to press charges so team is moving forward. MFL Commissioner and Secretary-Treasurer met with team executive in late December to go over financial situation and financial plan for 2013. Team is asking league for a loan. This will be addressed in Budget portion of this AGM.

Capital Area Gladiators: Status quo for team. All coaches are returning. Working hard recruiting younger players coming out of high school ranks. 

Halifax Shockers: Winning league championship has reenergized the team executive. Team executive acknowledges that there were significant problems with player discipline in 2012 and this will be addressed in 2013. A number of the "problem" players will be not be returning. Working hard recruiting younger players coming out of high school ranks. All team bills have been paid with the exception of $500 fine due to Wanderers for forfeited game. This will be addressed in Budget portion of this AGM.

Moncton Mustangs: Status quo for the team. Coaching staff will be the same. Financially in good shape. One small amount still owing. Will ask league for $500 advance re PEI fine due from 2011. This will be addressed in Budget portion of this AGM.

P.E.I. Privateers: Team has had a couple of meetings and practices. Latest practice had 26 players. Management is confident that they will be able to field a team for the 2013 season.  They have no unpaid bills and some funds in the bank. Team acknowledges that $500 is still due to the Moncton Mustangs from 2011.  Privateers are asking to be reinstated as a team in the league.

Motion to reinstate the Privateers and give them a vote for the remainder of the meeting by DC, seconded by BG. Motion carried.

Chris Mutch-CM will vote for PEI.

Motion to approve Team Reports by DC, seconded by PM. Motion carried.  

10/12 Man

Motion by JE to change all games to 10 man football. Seconded by CM. Motion defeated.

Constitution Amendments, Changes to By-Laws and Special Rules:

No changes  

Election of 2013 Executive

Commissioner: Eric Sabean
Secretary-Treasurer: Terry McIntyre
Deputy Commissioner, President-East: Paul Moore
Deputy Commissioner, President-West: Jamie Edwards
 

Proposed Budget for 2013

Motion by JE, seconded by DC to approve the 2013 league budget as presented by Secretary-Treasurer, Terry McIntyre. Motion carried. Team deposits will be $3,300 for 2013, the same as 2012.  

The following payments to teams were proposed:

1-Wanderers will be loaned $2,162.82 to clear bills owed from 2012. This amount will be added to the team's required league deposit for the 2013 season.

2-League will also pay $500 to the Wanderers re the $500 owed by the Shockers for the 2012 forfeit. The Shockers 2013 team deposit will be increased to $3,800 to reflect this payment.

3-League will pay $500 to the Mustangs re the $500 owed by the Privateers for the 2011 forfeit. The Privateers 2013 team deposit will be increased to $3,800 to reflect this payment.

Motion to approve the three payments by BG, seconded by DC. Motion carried.

2013 Schedule

A draft 5 team, 6 game regular season schedule was presented with the season starting on May 25 and concluding on August 3. There will be no jamboree in 2013. May 25 season opener will be a double header at Rocky Stone Field in Moncton. Shockers agreed to move their home game versus Wanderers to the Moncton field.

Motion to approve draft schedule by DC, seconded by CM. Motion carried.  

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:00 pm by JE, seconded by BG. Motion carried.

    
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