The 2018/19 seasonal year concluded with two formal hearings brought by member clubs against another member club. The conclusions of those hearings are as follows:
Complaint by South Central Soccer Academy levied against FC Pride for violating the no-contact rule.
The hearing panel concluded that FC Pride did not violate the no-contact rule. However, the panel admitted that it was confused by the evidence and strongly recommended that any Indiana Soccer member club refrain from communicating with any player registered with another Indiana Soccer member club during the no-contact period; without first contacting and receiving written permission from the board chair/president or their assigned administrator, for each player with whom the Indiana Soccer member club desires to contact. It was further recommended that this incident and the panel’s comments be retained in FC Pride’s file to be used as background, should another no-contact violation be reported against FC Pride.
Complaint by Westfield Youth Soccer Association – dba - Indiana Fire Juniors levied against FC Pride for violating the no-contact rule
The hearing panel concluded that McKinley Jones and Michael Beckner did violate the no-contact rule and as such recommended fines of $1,500 each for McKinley Jones and Michael Beckner. The panel further recommended that McKinley Jones and Michael Beckner not be eligible to coach any team for any Indiana Soccer sanctioned activity for the 2019/2020 seasonal year.
As a result;
FC Pride was assessed a fine of $1,500 for each coach; a total fine is $3,000. Additionally, Michael Beckner and McKinley Jones will not be eligible to coach any team for any Indiana Soccer sanctioned activity/event for the 2019/2020 season. This includes but is not limited to training sessions, games, cup play and tryouts through July 31, 2020.