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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Fri May 11, 2012 1:07 am

Updated newspaper story on this subject, and I hope this is the final post in this thread. And, of course, hopefully there aren't any other threads like this one.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/local_news/briefs/article_6e114f6e-dde9-5605-98ae-d58afd000286.html
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Tue May 08, 2012 3:08 pm

The player that got arrested has been suspended indefinitely and should have handled things in a different way. I don't know exactly what was said on the other side of the field when and where he was escorted off. The only thing that I had to go off of is what the Crush organization reported to me after the game.

It's extremely difficult to come out of that game with three knee injuries, another player with a broken foot and over ten different plays from questionable blocks. All with only one flag called from these instances.

As I mentioned to the Crush organization and now to anyone else, I would love to sit down with any of you and watch the film of this game and have you make your own determination.

After the game both teams were pulled into the center of the field by the Crush's staff and everyone was told that the play on the field was wrong on BOTH sides. Somehow those comments didn't reach the newspaper the next morning. The only thing mentioned is what the Rough Riders did. Interesting!!!!

With all this being said, my team has to learn how let things go and I will make sure that these matters will be handled.

I will always protect my team, but at the same time, I will never let individuals from the team tear it down.

From the Rough Rider organization, our deepest apologies to the NEFL, the Eau Claire fans and the Eau Claire community.
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Tue May 08, 2012 10:58 am

Press release just sent out:



Northern Elite Football League

www.NorthernEliteFootball.com




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




League statement on player incident at Carson Park Saturday, May 5




(May 18, 2012) – The Northern Elite Football League (NEFL) responded to a news story about a player from one of its member teams (the River City Rough Riders) being charged with disorderly conduct at Carson Park after a game between the Rough Riders and the Eau Claire Crush last Saturday. When the player failed to appear for a court appearance, a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday. The player had been ejected from the contest by the officials, but the charges were not due to anything that happened during the game, as the incident happened away from the playing field.



League President Nicole Isaac released the following statement this morning:



"The incident this weekend at Carson Park in Eau Claire is very unsettling to all involved with the NEFL, and the league does not condone this type of behavior from anyone involved with the league. The league is reviewing the incidents that led up to the actions of the individual.



"The current NEFL by-laws state that pre-season games are not subject to the rules of the regular season. The reasoning for the verbiage of the by-law is due to the difference in rules from league to league. Currently the NEFL has moved to review the current by-law before the start of the 2013 season to hold NEFL players accountable for their actions during any game."



Dan Bridges, the manager and head coach of the River City Rough Riders, wrote on the Rough Riders' website [www.rcroughriders.com] on Sunday that he was "very disappointed in the way that [the Rough Riders] handled themselves...that is not the way that I want this program to conduct themselves." He told the league that the player has been suspended indefinitely under the team's code of conduct policy and will not be appearing in the team's next contest against the Lake Superior Rage on May 12.



The NEFL's policy on personal conduct is largely up to each individual team. Most teams include a clause on personal conduct in their letters-of-intent (LOI). The NEFL mandates a one-game suspension following any ejection from a league-sanctioned game for the first offense and a season ban for a second offense. The game on May 5 was a non-league contest between NEFL members, so the league rules as currently written did not apply as it was not a league-sanctioned game.



An article written by the Leader-Telegram, a newspaper in Eau Claire, Wis., quoted both the player and Eau Claire Crush Board President Mike Muehlbauer in the story that was published this morning about the incident. According to Muehlbauer, the player was not participating in the contest at the time but didn't know why.



To contact the league or team involved for more information:



Nicole Isaac, NEFL President - [president@northernelitefootball.com]

Dan Bridges, River City Rough Riders Team Manager/Head Coach - [rcroughriders@yahoo.com]



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The NEFL has developed into one of the premier adult amateur semi-pro football leagues in the entire nation, boasting teams that have won a combined 19 championships from various leagues. More information is available online at [www.NorthernEliteFootball.com].



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www.northernelitefootball.com




Press Contact: Jimmie Kaska [jimmiekaska@gmail.com] 715-552-5109


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Twitter: @NEFLinfo


Please respond to this email if you wish to be removed from future updates from the Northern Elite Football League, or want it sent to a different member of your organization.



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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Tue May 08, 2012 2:00 am

This was the Leader-Telegram story, for those of you who have no idea what I'm referring to.

http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_e7caf15c-c0bd-5f45-bca5-c405c927c69e.html
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 10:05 pm

I was in mid-post this afternoon and got called into work, so I didn't get to finish my thought. See the edit below. Left out some key details.
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 8:25 pm

The actions of a few affect the perception of many
Some of the many are potential sponsors
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 8:12 pm

I have spoken with Jimmie and he realizes he made his post unclear, and he will be editing it later on tonight.

The league does have rules in place for unsportsman like conduct. These rules are in place for all sanctioned games. Also the league is always looking to better itself, and always discusses issues when they arise. As with all other happenings previously in the league this will be looked at as well.

The game in question is not a league sanctioned game and does not follow under the same bylaws as regular season games. The league did so because we can't control the rules of such games. For example if an NEFL team and IFL are playing both teams have a set of rules, the teams discuss which ones will and will not be played with. As a league we can not force other teams to conform to our rules, However the teams in our league do have rules within the team, and it is the judgement of that team as to the punishment of their players in non sanctioned games.


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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 8:04 pm

I believe that the league has always had a policy similar to what was suggested by Mr. Kaska. The difference here is that this has been preseason which may be making for a little gray area.
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 4:02 pm

Plus, there is young kids at the games and all the teams promote to be a family friendly affair. Granted, football is a contact sport where emotions can run high but, I really hope the powers that be in the NEFL have a ZERO tolerance for any player or coach that can not follow the rules and disgrace themselves, their team & the league in front of the fans.
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PostSubject: Re: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 1:56 pm

There was an arrest made of a Rough Riders player at Carson Park on Saturday for disorderly conduct. I don't think I need to point out how fighting during games is the exact sort of thing that turns people off from the product the league offers on the field, but... in case anyone forgets, there are a lot of existing stereotypes about semi pro/amateur football and they don't really go away with stuff like this.

>>>>>Arrest was made for something aside from the game, but the way it was presented, it didn't really matter. The arrest was associated with the game.

I'm not a part of the league--I just get to promote it to hone my PR skills, and trust me, the handful of messages I've gotten on the arrest are giving me ample opportunity to practice--but there should definitely be a suspension rule associated with ejections for fighting. It happens in any other league. I don't advocate the totalitarian punishments of one Roger Goodell, but I'd think a ban from the following game would be a suitable punishment for a first offense. Second offenders miss more games, third offenders get the ol' ban-hammer (for a season? Forever?). Or something. Unfortunately, the response to the question "what is the league doing about it?" is currently "I don't know, but there is no existing policy in place for players booted from games." Not exactly helping the public image.

Obviously, if there is a policy, please tell me. I still don't have a copy of the rules or playoff tiebreakers.

>>>>>>>I meant that there should be rules for arrests made, not the ejections. Again, I wrote this in about five seconds and my brain kept replacing ejection for arrest. See below.

It's not limited to the Rough Riders. It's too often I go to a game anywhere and I hear profanity from the sidelines, profanity from the crowd, or see a player lose it and deck a player or coach. It just isn't good for business, goes the cliche. I'd just take this as a reminder that what you do on OR off the field reflects not only on yourself but your teammates and the league as a whole. Cooler heads prevail.

>>>>>>>>I'm good with this part.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So, since I was really hasty before (I was up against the clock) I thought I'd calm some of the worries after a few phone calls and texts. Here's exactly how I responded to each inquiry by press. They all asked about the arrest, not the ejection.

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Hey,

I'm not actually a part of the league itself--and I have no access to the rules, so I don't know what their policy is on arrests or other legal trouble. I think they have a policy as a league for ejections from games, but I don't know what it is in regards to off-the-field stuff. You can ask one of the board members, since I don't really know.

president@northernelitefootball.com - Nicole Isaac
vicepresident@northernelitefootball.com - Rob Neumann

Thanks, and sorry I'm not more help.
--Jimmie
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After an afternoon of frantic phone calls and texts, I'll just apologize for being unclear earlier. I was kind of rushed. Hope it helps.

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PostSubject: free for alls   Mon May 07, 2012 1:10 pm

So... I have been to 2 games with teams playing the Rough Riders, and in BOTH games punches were thrown, resulting in players ejected.

Is it the teams playing the RR? Or is it the RR?

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