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Youth Sports Dustup: Controversy Over Plainfield Jr Cats Election

The election is slated for Dec. 10, but multiple candidates have removed from the ballot.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo

A controversy is brewing over who can run for board positions in a Plainfield youth sports league.

On Nov. 12, Plainfield Junior Cats board members voted to change the bylaws, knocking seven candidates off the ballot, according to coach Dan Cassidy, who hoped to run for the director of equipment post.

PJC is a youth football, cheerleading and pom organization.

Cassidy said seven candidates were barred from running for various reasons, including the fact that some no longer have children who play for PJC. That was previously not a part of the bylaws, he said.

Board president Ron Muscato, who acknowledged that he himself no longer has a child in PJC, is not currently up for re-election.

“There are some questions of eligibility to run which are still trying to be worked out,” Muscato told Patch last month. At the time, he said it was yet to be determined whether the candidates in question would be able to run, and that the issue would be decided at the Dec. 10 meeting. 

According to Cassidy, however, the candidates have since been informed that they are no longer on the ballot. That leaves seven of eight seats uncontested, he said.

Last month, when asked about whether the bylaws allowed candidates who no longer have children in the program, Muscato told Patch, "I couldn’t give you a 100 percent [answer]. It’s an interpretation of the bylaws,” he said. “It was brought up by some other board members — I couldn’t tell you exactly what the rationale is. Being board president, I’m kind of stuck in the middle here.”

Since the November meeting, Muscato said, "With the outpouring of people there, I tried to get both sides together." But he said the board majority remained in favor of altering the bylaws.

Cassidy said the board also voted to reduce the number of board members from 11 to just four: president, executive vice president, secretary and treasurer. Muscato, however, said that issue has yet to be decided.

“People could be elected [Dec. 10] and immediately lose their seat,” Cassidy said. He said he believes some members of the PJC board are trying to “stack the deck” and remove opposition from the board.

Cassidy also claims board members made motions to remove him and another former candidate — current vice president of in-house football Mike Decker — from their posts for allegedly violating the PJC code of ethics. 

“Both him and I were slandered,” Cassidy said. “I was just shocked when all this went down. I’ve always had a great relationship with everyone at PJC … We’re not happy with the way PJC has gone in the last few years.”

Muscato acknowledged the turmoil on the board.

“What’s going on by both sides of the board is not good for the organization,” Muscato said last month. 

According to Cassidy, the board's December open-session meeting is scheduled to be just 15 minutes long, from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St. 

Immediately after that meeting, "the room will be cleared to allow the set up for the board election process," scheduled to start at 7 p.m., according to the PJC website, with doors closing at 9 p.m.

Cassidy said he has spoken with a lawyer and is hoping to secure an injunction to prevent the vote from taking place as scheduled. 

"We're encouraging as many parents to come out to this meeting as possibly and let the board know they're not happy," he said.

John Stonis December 10, 2013 at 05:38 PM
And what is their agenda? I also for some reason didn't get that email . Weird, maybe it was only sent to non travel members. I'm not hiding here. I'm speaking the truth. If anyone that reads this blog thinks I'm lying,prove it. Most of all the bloggers here are hiding their name. WHY? What the big secret. By the way, has Bob Russell ever coached at the travel level? Asst. or head?
Dennis Gatziolis December 10, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Johns right
Mayhem December 10, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It's possible, I guess that someone very generous donated those helmets. Considering how expensive they are, you should look into where they went then if they aren't in the equipment room. Still doesn't change the fact. Stop pretending to have eyes in the back of your head. Stop pretending to know all, and stop pretending that you are part of a well oiled machine. If people were happy, they wouldn't be looking at all the other alternatives.
Dennis Gatziolis December 10, 2013 at 05:42 PM
The mom of three has whatever agenda. But shes not calling it an agenda. so lets see, she has EARS at the meetings(But shes not there), her board was perfect although, yeah, I heard about that chaos and witnessed it first hand. That board didn't pay any attention to the needs just what that board wanted. ENOUGH!
Rick D. Nies Jr December 10, 2013 at 05:42 PM
so you saying, he should not be aloud to run for that spot ,
John December 10, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Mayhem , Enough you keep going on and on. Instead of sitting here reading this crap go spend some time with your kids
Rick D. Nies Jr December 10, 2013 at 05:50 PM
OK PJC Member its time to spend time with kids, see you all at the meeting tonight
Ericus Alanas December 10, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I coached PJC 14 years ago, great times... what happened to it...
Mayhem December 10, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Thank you John for your concern about the time I spend with my kids. How about you track down those helmets?
Dennis Gatziolis December 10, 2013 at 06:04 PM
you never said who gave them to you
John December 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Exactly Dennis, I don't even he knows what he is talking about.
Dennis Gatziolis December 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
yo..momofthree. president has another year. you are not reading or caring AFTER READING ALL THE POSTS, THE INFO WAS IN THERE. 90 POSTS HALF WERE YOU. WHATS YOUR AGENDA?
John December 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Sorry, think
Mayhem December 10, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Rick, if only those rules did apply. There really was a time when it was a great program. It could be a great program once again, but the key to it is getting the power hungry people out, and replacing them with people that have only the good of the kids at heart. Best of luck
John December 10, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Then quit hiding behind the walls mayhem and show your name
m December 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM
It is.unfortunate that folks are forgetting what.this organization is all.about. I have.been involved.for.over.10 years.and.this past.season it was nice just.to be a.dad and watch.my.son play. With one son playing in high school.....I do have some advice.....daddy ball will end soon.
Mayhem December 10, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Peck and Hurtado must be giving some advice on how to hold a meeting. The reason there are police is because there are hotheads walking around like John and John. People taking things personal, spouting off their mouths...Trying to bully people... just the sort of people that people don't want their kids around.
Dennis Gatziolis December 11, 2013 at 01:22 AM
momof3 WOW , what is your deal. what are you so angry about. You weren't there. Your husband was, and it is a private organization that states the people that are permitted in the meetings are involved in the organization. not moron crap starters like you
Dan B December 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Dennis you moron! As a non-profit their meetings ARE open to the public except excutive closed door meetings. This meeting was not. Being held on public property invites the public to attend and wittness all goings on. I understand why Mom3 is angry. This organization is going the way of PAC.
Mayhem December 11, 2013 at 01:34 PM
What all went on exactly last night Karla?
just me December 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Ah, now I remember... Plainfield is cra cra.
Dennis Gatziolis December 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Yeah karla. Your ears. Your ears misinformed you yet again! The attorney is PJC's attorney . The vote was NOT moved an hour earlier like your boards and im sure your buddies still have their places intact. Police where there to prevent any issues, they were NOT checking IDs.One stood up to remind everybody kids were present as language was an issue. all for the kids?? Who are you fooling What did you want to do? What did you want to change? Family members on the board with the ability to vote especially with money issues is a HUGE CONFLICT of interest.
Dennis Gatziolis December 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM
PJCs meetings are available for their membership to attend. Why would anyone else want to attend? Check other non for profits in the area or call Karla's real estate attorney. just want to start crap. You are all so sad. Take your energy to something positive
Dan B December 11, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Mom3, I would vote for you if you ever were to run.You sound very level headed and honest.
Mayhem December 11, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Is there even a Gatziolis in Plainfield? Sources say there isn't. Interesting.
Jerry December 11, 2013 at 04:48 PM
You people are all friggin' nuts...every last one of you.
Suzi D December 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Mom of 3, Karla, past PJC board member , who ever you are really doesn't matter but you sound like a bitter woman, leave it alone and move on.... I will have to say this , I can not believe you were on the board before, you know most adults that either finish their term, resign, or get voted out usually out of the respect of their own kids, the organization, friends , families, etc usually leave with class and dignity. If things went wrong , or you might have not agreed with stuff , or what ever the reason was it should have remained private. Not what you are doing here. It is a shame how you treat this organization..... to think you were apart of it... wow!
John December 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
All you guys keep saying is about how the people have spoken by leaving unfactual comments on here but really by looking at all the comments most are all from mayhem and Karla . Attacking people on here they don't know . Whatever happened last night or prior is over move on. I know most of the people on that board and they want what's best for the kids . Not one person on here could say what they have not done for the kids nor did one person give a valid reason on how travel gets more than In house. The bottom line is it's all about the kids . Karla you would be lying if you say there were not a ton of problems on your board . All the people know . You didn't get rid of vp of in house because of enrollment you guys were threatened by her and you wanted her off the board. You know it I know it . The old board did not give anybody the time or the day unless it was there way. It just makes me sick you have nothing better to do or anybody else on here.
John December 11, 2013 at 05:42 PM
I will now sit here and wait for you to bash me
John December 11, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Well said jerry . I was thinking more along the lines of pathetic

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