Recognizing Sigi Schmid

Sigi Schmid

He was a man we are lucky to have had in Seattle.

Sigi Schmid, had an ability to look beyond a player’s abilities and see their potential. He gave  them chances. He put his faith in players and he built the foundation of a team with them versus around them. He gave players the opportunity to earn their spot on the field, and lead with a positive attitude in the locker room and in public

His methods gained players’ trust and offered them a level of reassurance as if to say, “Don’t worry. You’ve got this. Try again. Prove everyone saying you can’t, wrong”.  He understood the value of veteran players sharing their experiences and mentoring the rookies. Trust on the pitch isn’t just coach to player but player to player. The team belonged to the team. They were victorious together. They fought, they fell, and they succeeded.

Sigi passed away December 25th 2018 as the most successful coach in MLS history. He left an undeniable mark on US soccer and his legacy goes beyond his statistics. It goes to the heart of every player that he has ever worked with.

In soccer there is often no greater sign of respect to leadership then calling them by the title they have earned or stepped up to the challenge to take.

With this in mind, thank you Coach Schmid.


A STATEMENT HONORING SIGI SCHMID

WHEREAS, Sigi Schmid was the first ever Manager of the MLS Seattle Sounders FC, coaching the Club from 2009 to 2016;

WHEREAS, during his tenure as Manager, the Club compiled a record of 158 wins, 65 draws, and 105 losses, reaching the playoffs in every season he coached;

WHEREAS, during his tenure as Manager, the Club won a Supporters Shield and four U.S. Open Cups;

WHEREAS, during his tenure as manager, Coach Schmid created a culture of winning and family at the Club that survives to this day;

WHEREAS, Coach Schmid is the all-time winningest coach in Major League Soccer history;

WHEREAS, Coach Schmid has been honored by the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame;

WHEREAS, it is timely, upon Coach Schmid’s death, to reflect upon his role in transforming the sport that we love;

NOW THEREFORE, the Alliance Council honors Sigi Schmid for all that he has done for the Seattle Sounders FC Club and Community, as well as for soccer in the US. While he will be missed, the mark that he left upon the sport will be felt for generations to come.

Opinion Statement adopted by Alliance Council, 8 January 2019 

New Alliance Bylaw: codifying the voting procedures for Alliance Council Executive

9 January 2019

By Martin Buckley

Alliance Council is structured and operates according to the rules set out in The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure – except where clarified or modified by the Alliance Constitution and Bylaws.

The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure is informally known as “Sturgis” and previously as The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. This is similar to the more well known Robert’s Rules of Order.

Bylaw 12 was written, reviewed and adopted by the Alliance Council in January 2019. It describes the procedures for nomination and voting for the Alliance Council Executive Committee.

BYLAW 12. VOTING PROCEDURES FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Voting for members of the Executive Committee is carried out at the first business meeting of the Alliance Council business year as defined in the Constitution and Bylaws.
Vote tallying, scrutineering and counting is performed by an Election Committee, convened exclusively for this annual election.

The order of elections is:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer (if required)
  5. At Large positions
    The composition of the Executive Committee is described in the Alliance Council Constitution and Bylaws.

12.1 Election Committee. At least two Alliance Council members, who are present at the first meeting of the business year, and who are not standing for membership of the Executive Committee shall be chosen to conduct the election and act as the Election Committee.
12.2 Nominations. Alliance Council members may self-nominate, or be nominated, for any of the positions on the Executive Committee.
• An Alliance Council Member may contact the outgoing Executive Committee by email after the final business meeting of the business year, but prior to the first business meeting of the next business year and state which position for which they would like to be nominated.
• Any Council Member can give a nomination from the floor during the announcements of the nominations by the Election Committee.
12.3 Nomination and Voting. The following procedure is used to nominate and vote for the members of the Executive Committee:
• The outgoing Alliance Council President, or other member of the outgoing Executive Committee, will pass any nominations for each Executive Committee position to the Election Committee.
• The Election Committee will first give the names of the nominees for the office of Alliance Council President received prior to the first business meeting.
• The Election Committee will then ask for nominations from the floor for the office of Alliance Council President.
• Voting will then take place for the office of Alliance Council President.
• This process will continue for each office until all have been completed.
• The order of nomination and voting is:
o President
o Vice President
o Secretary
o Treasurer (if required)
o At Large positions
• An Alliance Council member can be nominated for multiple positions.
• An Alliance Council member nominated for multiple positions is removed from the nomination pool for subsequent positions once elected.
• An Alliance Council member can withdraw from the election at any point during nomination or voting
• If a nominee is unopposed, the nominee is elected by declaration
• For offices with two or more nominees, each nominee will be given up to five minutes to speak to and take questions from the Alliance Council as to why they should be elected.
• If a nominee cannot be present at the meeting, they can submit a speech ahead of time to a member of the Alliance Council to read on their behalf.
• After the conclusion of the speeches, the Election Committee will manage ballots for Council Members to cast their votes. The votes will be returned to the Election Committee.
• Members of the Election Committee will count the votes to ensure the validity of the vote.
• In the event of a tie with three (3) or more nominees: The lowest vote nominee will be removed from the election pool, and the vote re-run
• In the event of a tie with two (2) nominees: there will be a drawing of lots (for example drawing a name from a hat). This drawing of lots will be overseen by the Election Committee.
• At Large positions are separate positions on Executive Committee and each vote is independent of the others.
• Voting is in-person. There is no proxy or voting by telephone.
12.4 Recording of Election results.
• Vote totals are not retained outside of the count and scrutiny requirements of the Election Committee.
• Vote totals are not recorded in official minutes.
• Official minutes should record the nominations, the winner of the election and whether the nomination was unopposed.
12.5 Voting for Vacancies outside of the first business meeting.
If an Executive Committee position becomes open, through resignation or expansion of the Executive Committee, the above procedures should be used to elect a replacement member of the Executive Committee from the Alliance Council.

Recognising a new Supporter Group

10 December 2018

By Martin Buckley

Alliance Council often hears of fans looking to set up as a Supporter Group. Back in March 2017 we sat down with the four current Supporter Groups and created a process to recognise new Supporter Groups.

If you are interested in the detail – it’s all documented here as part of that discussion.

To be recognised as a new Supporter Group – there are several administrative steps required:

  • Identified group leadership which is responsible for coordination and can speak on behalf of the group
  • At least twenty-five (25) identified, paid members
  • Organized participation as a group in support activities
  • Established history of conducting supporter group activities in support of the Club
  • Have appropriate corporate entity registration with their local state (for example non-profit, 501(c)3 etc
  • Make a request for recognition as a Supporter Group to the Executive Committee or other Committee created by the Alliance Council assigned to this task.
  • Provide documentation to the Executive Committee showing that all the required standards set forth above have been met.

Nominating yourself for Alliance Council

1 June 2017, updated 18 November 2018

By Martin Buckley

Are you interested in standing for Alliance Council – and representing your fellow fans, Season Ticket Holders and Alliance Members?

First read this quick overview of what is expected. Still interested? Here’s the quick guide.

Voting runs during the Alliance business year. This is aligned with the Sounders FC year – so we start on 1 December and close the year on 30 November. If you get your 25 votes during the first half of the Alliance business year (by end of May) then you join the Alliance Council for that year. If you get your 25 votes during the second half (June to end November) then you will join the following year.

Before you start you will need:

  • Your Alliance Membership Number – also known as your Season Ticket Account Number.
  • Email address connected with this Alliance Membership.

Note: your Alliance Membership number or Season Ticket Account number is in the SoundersFC App under MatchPass, on your printed MatchPass or contact your Ticket Rep. If you are not the primary Season Ticket holder you will need to be designated to one of the seats using your current email address.

Voting is hosted and managed through The Club. In order to nominate first go to the voting site. You can access this directly at https://vote.soundersfc.com or  by navigating through the Sounders FC website. Supporters – Democracy In Sports – Nominate and Vote.

Note: the Login/Sign up button on the front page of Sounders FC website is for the MLS affiliated website – it’s worth doing – but won’t help you with nomination or voting.

Once at the Nomination and Voting page you will need to login. This is where your email address associated with your Alliance Membership or Season Ticket is required. You will also need your Account Number.

You will see a list of Available Ballots. This is where all election and votes will be listed – including GM Vote Of Confidence, Alliance Council elections, Constitution Ratification etc.

To nominate yourself – click Nominate Myself. Fill in the short bio, click Next and Submit. You are done and on the ballot.

Next step – talk to your friends and fellow fans and get their votes!

Since Summer 2017 all votes for Alliance Council have been weighted – you need 25 votes to join Alliance Council.