Why Won’t NWA Lightning Soccer and the Arkansas State Soccer Association Release Me?
This is How NWA Lightning Soccer and The Arkansas State Soccer Association Make Me Feel!
I requested that I be transferred from NWA Lightning Soccer in Bentonville Ar. I did not appreciate the way my coach spoke to me or my teammates and wanted to change to Comets. My coach at NWA Lightning refused to allow me to transfer because he did not want me to play for another team. My parents then contacted the Arkansas State Soccer Association in an attempt to have them transfer me without a signature from my NWA Lightning Soccer coach. They too refused to help me.
Some of you have asked for more information so here all of the details. In addition I do believe 4029 news is also going to do a story about this next week.
At the beginning of the season my parents gave me a choice to play for NWA Lightning or the Springdale Comets. Most of my friends were at NWA Lightning so I went there. That was obviously the wrong decision. My coach made about half the team cry when we lost to a younger NWA Lightning team. He said “I am disgusted in the way you girls played today!!” He then instead of using his words stormed off leaving my teammates and I in tears. Our assistant coach tried to calm us down, but it was too late. The damage was done. The parents were left on the sideline wondering why their daughters were in tears and could barely speak! One of my friends (I will not say who) had been yelled at by my coach. She was playing a new position and had no idea what to do. She asked the coach what she was supposed to do and he just simply made her sit out on the bench the rest of the game. After this game I decided I did not want to play for NWA Lightning ever again. I played for them twice and was not impressed with their coaching. It was the same coach both times and three other coaches have stepped down because of him. I am afraid of what his temper might do next. I finished off the season and asked for a transfer from my coach. This was a hard decision to make because I didn’t want to let my teammates or assistant coaches down. However the more I thought about it I knew that transferring teams was in my best interest.
The response from my NWA Lightning Coach.
After waiting more than 3 weeks for a response my parents decided to call and text my coach. He finally called them back to say he would not release me. My dad informed him that I did not want to play for NWA lightning any more. He also told my coach that either Trinity would transfer or she would not play soccer this season. He responded by stating “I guess she will not play this season.”
The Appeal to the Arkansas State Soccer Association Appeals and Discipline Committee.
My parents wrote a letter to the Arkansas State Soccer Association Appeals and Discipline Committee asking that they release me. After another week of waiting they responded with this letter:
Arkansas State Soccer Association
Appeals and Discipline committee
RE: Trinity Walker
Dear Mr. Walker, the Appeals and Discipline Committee have reviewed the documentation you provided to us on the transfer for Trinity Walker being denied. Upon review of these documents we find no reason to override the decision of the current club to release her. She shall remain on the NWAL roster and not be released to the Arkansas Comets club.
This looks like something my 6 year old brother wrote. I do not know who this man is on this email, he provided no contact information, and never even took the time to contact me, or my parents about this situation. I do not understand what documents he is talking about because we never sent him any. We informed them of the actions of my coach during the last season and the fact that I felt Comets would be a better fit for me.
My appeal to the Arkansas State Soccer Association board of directors.
After the Appeals and Discipline Committee denied my request my parents appealed to the Arkansas State Soccer Association. My dad sent them the same information as before but also informed them that he felt my coach violated the ASSA code of conduct. In addition to this he also quoted their own bylaws which state:
“4.16.6 When a player requests a move or a release against the wishes of his team coach the player must show adequate reason why any movement or release would be in the best interest of the player.”
My dad informed them, that my mom, dad, and I know what are in the best interest of me better than anyone on the board or the NWA Lightning staff. Apparently they either did not care or think they know me better than myself or my parents because once again they denied my request.
Their denial stated
“I regret to inform you that the Board voted to uphold the A&D Committee decision denying your daughter’s transfer request. While the Board was very sympathetic to your daughter’s situation and discussed the matter late into the night, it did not find sufficient information to determine that the A&D Committee decision was either improper or in violation of the ASSA Bylaws, therefore the decision will stand.”
The problem with their own statement is that they are in violation of their own by-laws especially 4.16.6 as I explained above. I may be 11 but I can read and understand that they are in violation of their own rule. If I can see this why can’t they.
I wish Arkansas State Soccer Association and NWA Lighting would just let me play soccer for the team I want to.
I think this is unfair and want your support and feedback. Please let me know what you think.
T-Shirts Showing my protest against NWA Lightning Soccer and the Arkansas State Soccer Association.
In addition if you would like to show support for me and others in my situation with NWA Lightning Soccer and the Arkansas State Soccer Association you may do so by purchasing this cool T-Shirt. We are not making a profit on these shirts just a statement that NWA Lightning Soccer and the Arkansas State Soccer Association cannot push around an 11 year old girl. Especially one with her own website and T-Shirts. Lets stand up to them so the next kid in my situation is allowed to play.
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