- Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 20:37
- Written by Grandmaster Young In Cheon
2000 USA Olympic Team Head Coach
- Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:49
- Written by Administrator
Attention club owners or anyone who would like to help. In order to help seed money for the Barb Kunkel Fight for Life Event and to assist Barb with her medical bills, we are asking willing club owners to sell the Barb Kunkel Fight for Life to their students. This is the MUST HAVE tshirt for this year's Nationals. Sell the shirts for $20, deduct your expenses and send the profit to the Fight for Life Fund. We will have a paypal account email by the end of the week. Help TKD Kick Cancer!
We will also have outlets for individuals to purchase just one or two or ten shirts. North Dakota - see Randy Waitman. Colorado - get with Angel Aranzamendi. We are also working with Vision to make them available through them. Get your shirt and show your support.
Post your selfie wearing the Fight for Life on Barb Kunkel's facebook! Get the word out!
- Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 18:49
- Written by Administrator
Got into a little discussion on who are the AAC Reps. I was told that there was a typo that was corrected - as in that thing they had with 3 or 4 AAC on the BOD. Which let me to this question to the person with whom I was having the discussion:
The USAT Website says [url]http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Taekwondo/Resources/Board-of-Directors[/url]:
Devin Johnson Independent Director, BOD Chair
Lynda Laurin USOC AAC Athlete Rep
Terrence Jennings USAT AAC Athlete Rep
Ronald Southwick USAT AAC Athlete Rep
Your bylaws say in Section 11:
Section 11.7. Board of Directors.
The Athletes’ Advisory Council shall elect from among its members, by majority vote, an individual who shall serve as an athlete director on the USAT Board of Directors in addition to the USOC AAC representative and alternate (who serve on the USAT Board ex officio).
So the website says Lynda, Ron and TJ. But the bylaws say Lynda, Stephen Lambdin and either Ron or TJ. So who got bounced?
Now if there was an error and it was corrected, why is that the bylaws as posted show a last amended date of 10/13? Why are there no minutes of a meeting to correct this? Was this done in Executive Session as I can tell you there was no scheduled meeting with members present that voted on this. I know BOD members who say there was no vote. If it was ES, that violates the USOC edict as this is not a matter for ES.
Then, if it is corrected - other than Lynda Laurin - who is on the BOD as AAC Rep?
- Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 14:26
- Written by Administrator
Clarification - I am not trying to keep people who should not be USAT coaches on as coaches. My point is that it was not IMHO opinion based on the laws of the land, done legally. If not done legally, those who should not be coaching might be allowed to continue coaching, not to mention the possibility of lawsuits by those who were illegally tossed. Let's also not forget, no one has seen the parameters of who gets tossed when red lighted as the USAT BOD has not written it yet. So yes, someone who has sex with teenage students can be tossed but what about DUI's, felonies, manslaughter etc...? The BOD never did that part of the process yet. Bottom line on this piece, there is nothing that allows the CEO to suspend or terminate a membership and there shouldn't be. The CEO takes the complaints, investigates the complaints - and then is allowed to do the suspensions and terminations? Where are the checks and balances?
It has come to my attention, via alerts on the USAT website, that at least four coaches have been suspended or terminated since the first of April. Funny thing is as far as I can tell and from what other BOD members have said, there were no votes on any suspension since Marc Gitelman 3/17/14. One BOD member explained it is Safe Sport. Now you are already aware of my opinion of the quality of work on the Safe Sport document. In that it is a policy, my reading of the bylaws suggests that like the bylaws, the Code of Ethics and the Sexual Harassment Policy, these need to be approved by the BOD, which Safe Sport was not.
Anyway, I would like to point out that there is no legal provision for the CEO to suspend anyone in any of the legally BOD approved documents. Now the bylaws says the Judicial Committee or the Ethics Committee can suspend or terminate, but the bylaws also say that the Ethics Committee can only recommend. Nowhere does it say the CEO can suspend or terminate. Frankly there should only be suspension or termination by the board.
As to why the CEO could not on his own suspend anyone, even if the Safe Sport posted on the website says he can, which it doesn't. Start with it has not been approved by the BOD and Sexual harassment, bylaws and Code of Ethics have.
The 2nd half of the Section 5.4 conflicts with Section 9.16 btw. Notice CO law calls for a BYLAW or a BOD WRITTEN POLICY - and you do not have one. So perhaps some can explain to me how the CEO can suspend or terminate a membership by CO law when there is no bylaw nor "written policy of the board of directors?"
FYI - I do totally understand that what happened here is that the memberships are on a rolling basis, whereas clubs are calendar year. If the memberships had still been calendar year this probably would not have happened. In this perfect storm, Safe Sport was delayed, memberships mostly renew the first of the year because that is when qualifiers hit, so there were coaches who were previously convicted of crimes like sex with a 15 year old (Gerald A Murphy) went about their merry way. Safe Sport reads that red lights are confidential on renewals, and someone not allowed to renew or join just goes away. However, because USAT was embarrassed by the Murphy revelation the policy was changed to having a background check prior to the events, so all these coaches who had already renewed had to do background checks and presumably were red lighted. However, the BOD has never determined the policy for what to do with red lights. AAU automatically kicks all felonies. There are some guidelines in Safe Sport, but no guidance on felonies and none sexually related offenses.
Back to the point, the assumption by those I asked is that the CEO is suspending these coaches based on red light. Perhaps someone can share with those coaches, who probably deserve to be tossed, where the legality of that action sits? Does anyone see anything in writing approved by the BOD that allows the CEO to suspend or terminate memberships? I don't. Guess they like lawsuits.
Section 5.4. Suspension and Termination of Membership.
The membership of any member may be terminated by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Judicial Committee or Ethics Committee and following at least fifteen days notice to the member and an opportunity for the member to be heard. In addition, except as prohibited by law, the Judicial Committee or Ethics Committee shall have the power to impose sanctions on members including, but not limited to, termination or suspension of the membership of the member, issuance of letters of concern or reprimand, and forfeiture of results or prizes.