YSL Codes of Conduct

CODES OF CONDUCT

Coaching Ethics

  • Coaches and their assistants are representatives of the TYSL and the League. They must conduct themselves in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of this organization.
  • Every team, club or association is responsible for the action of its players, officials, and spectators and is required to take all necessary precautions to prevent spectators threatening or assaulting officials or players before, during or after all games.
  • It is the responsibility of the club, coaches and players to know and abide by the TYSL Rules and Regulations and the FIFA Laws of the Game.
  • Coaches and their assistants must remain in the technical area or coaching box at all times during the game. The coaching area is defined as 10 yards to either side of the center line and may be marked by a cone or pinnie provided by the team.

Coach Code of Conduct

TYSL focuses on the best interest of the youthful participants in an atmosphere of wholesome community participation with an emphasis dedicated to helping children enrich their lives and on becoming good and decent citizens in the community. TYSL strives to inspire youthful participants with the fundamental principles of teamwork and fair play, while having a focus on fun.

As a coach for TYSL, I agree to the following:

  1. I am representing TYSL, my community and my team and agree to act accordingly at all times.
  2. I will learn and know the rules of the game and the policies of TYSL as defined in the its Constitution and shall support and uphold them always.
  3. I understand that coaching is a position of trust. Therefore, I will be a positive role model for my players and will maintain my personal integrity and dignity at all times.
  4. I will demand a sports environment that is free from drugs, alcohol and tobacco and will refrain from their use at all games, exhibitions, practices and events. I will never coach a game or conduct a practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  5. I will never swear, use profanity or make obscene gestures, or engage in any inappropriate behavior or conduct, at any time.
  6. I will always remember that my players are involved in soccer for fun and enjoyment, and I will do everything possible to keep the game fun and enjoyable. I am a youth coach and understand that the game is for the children, not the adults.
  7. I will always have a positive attitude and will always praise my players for trying hard, playing fair and doing their best, regardless of the outcome of the game.
  8. I will never criticize or yell at any player for making a mistake. I will not tolerate any physical or verbal abuse in youth sports.
  9. I understand that winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one. I will place the well being of every player above my personal desire to win. I will be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
  10. I understand that being a coach means being, first and foremost, a teacher. I will teach my players basic skills, techniques and strategies, and will give al my players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem at practice and in games.
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  1. I will always display good sportsmanship and fair play, and will encourage the same from my players, colleagues, opponents, parents and spectators.
  2. I will treat my players in a fair and equal manner. I will stress that teamwork and being a team player are more important than individual goals.
  3. I will know and understand playing time guidelines and will fair to all participants since this is a developmental league.
  4. I will maintain an open line of communication with my players and parents. I will explain goals and objectives for the team, as well as the rules of the game and the policies of TYSL, whenever requested or necessary, to the best of my ability.
  5. I will inspect all equipment and fields on a regular basis to ensure the safety of my players.
  6. I will respect the referees and game officials and their authority during every game. I will never dispute, challenge or excessively argue any decisions made by them, or confront any referee or league official at the field before, during or after the game. Whenever necessary, I will take the time to calmly and rationally discuss any situation or call made during a game with a referee or league official.
  7. I acknowledge that this Code of Conduct has been adopted by TYSL and agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action by TYSL that could include, but is not limited to the following: Warning
     Probation
    Game suspensionSeason suspension

In the event a situation rises which calls for interpretation, TYSL will take into account the best interest of each athlete, the entire team,  and the integrity of the soccer game. TYSL board decision will be final.

Parent Code of Conduct

Achieving a high level of sportsmanship from our players starts with the parents.   One of your responsibilities as a parent or guardian is to conduct yourself in a way that reflects positively on yourself, your child, your child’s team, your family, TYSL and the game of soccer.  Soccer is the player’s game.  Parents who do not conduct themselves appropriately will be subject to discipline with TYSL and/or its governing bodies that could include suspensions.  TYSL is dependent on the parents to set an example for coaches, players, spectators and officials.  Listed below are behaviors you are expected to exhibit at all times.

1.        I will learn and follow the laws of the game at all times.

2.        I will remember that the game is for the players and not for the adults.

3.        I will recognize that soccer demands that my child make decisions on the pitch (field) and that my child will make and learn from mistakes.  Yelling instructions keeps my child from learning because it may be contrary to what the coach has told him and it may hinder him from making his own decision.

4.        I will control my language and not use foul or inappropriate language while participating in soccer related activities.

5.        I will have my child arrive on time for all practices and games.  I will notify the coach well in advance whenever there is a problem in attending a scheduled event.

6.        I will let the coach, coach and not yell directions and instructions from the sidelines.

7.        I will talk to the coach privately and not in front of others if issues arise.

8.        I will respect the opposing team and not cause or seek out any confrontation.

9.        I will respect the game officials and not make comments from the sidelines about decisions made on the pitch.  I will remember that they are in control of the pitch and acknowledge that they are human and will make mistakes.  Open confrontation with the officials in the end will not serve my child’s team well.  The officials will have the last word even if it results in my being ejected from the pitch or the area.

10.     I will only shout or speak words of encouragement from the sidelines and I will cheer for all players.

11.     I will not encourage any behavior that would endanger the health or well being of the athlete.

12.     I will value skill development, fair competition and effort.

13.     I will adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of TYSL and its governing authority.  I will seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and will use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport, e.g. violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect, gossip and violations of the laws of the game and rules governing competition.

  • Player Code of Conduct

    Achieving a high level of sportsmanship from our players starts with each player.  Playing soccer for TYSL is a privilege and not a right.  As with all privileges there comes the responsibility to maintain that privilege.  One of your player responsibilities is to conduct yourself in a way that reflects positively on yourself, your coach, your teammates, your family, the game of soccer.  Players who do not conduct themselves appropriately will be subject to discipline with TYSL or its governing authorities and that could include removal from TYSL.  Listed below are behaviors you are expected to exhibit at all times.

    1.        I will observe the laws of the game at all times and the highest level of sportsmanship.

    2.        I will control my language and not use foul or inappropriate language while participating in soccer related activities.

    3.        I will never taunt, yell, gloat at opposing players and teams.

    4.        I will treat my fellow teammates with respect and encouragement, not criticism.

    5.        I will respect my opponents and shake hands at the completion of a game.  This may not always be easy depending on how the opposition conducts itself.  TYSL players rise above the behavior of those who do not represent the game of soccer favorably.

    6.        I will treat officials with respect and dignity.  I will remember that they are in control of the pitch (field) and acknowledge that they are human and will make mistakes.  Open confrontation with the officials in the end will not serve my team well.  The officials will have the last word even it if results in my being sent off the pitch.

    7.        I will follow and learn from my coaches’ direction.

    8.        I will work hard to improve my soccer skills.

    9.        I will play hard and fair at all times.

    10.     I will adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of TYSL and its governing authority.  I will seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and will use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport, e.g. violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect, gossip and violations of the laws of the game and rules governing competition.

  • I have read and understood TYSL Player Code of Conduct (this document).  I understand that any violation of this code may result in disciplinary action being taken against me.  This code of conduct will be enforced for the current soccer season.

MISCONDUCT & VIOLATIONS

 Player Misconduct and Violations

  • Suspension:
  • The temporary withdrawal of rights and privilege, such as the right to play, coach, or otherwise administer or participate (directly or indirectly) in soccer, and the suspension is for the entire term of the suspension with all rights and privileges withdrawn unless specifically stated otherwise by the suspending authority.
  • Team’s Age Group:
  • A team’s age defined by the oldest player’s age on the team.

Fighting:

Behavior classified as fighting includes, but not limited to:

  • Striking or attempting to strike an individual
  • Engaging an individual in a combative manner
  • Throwing a punch at an individual
  • Spitting at an individual
  • Pulling the hair of an individual
  • Kicking or attempting to kick an individual
  • Brandishing a foreign object or weapon with intent to harm, injure
    or intimidate an individual
  • Retaliating against an aggressive act
    The removal of a player from a team’s roster at the request of team authorities.
    Age groups in which no standings are kept. Currently these are the U8, U9 and U10 age groups.

Yellow Cards

  • Coaches are responsible for maintaining a count of the number of yellow cards a player accumulates during League games and ensuring any resulting sanctions are observed.
  • Any player accumulating 2 yellow cards in one game will be assessed an immediate red card violation. This results in a player send-off from the current game. The red card suspension and fine are noted on the annual schedule of fines. The equivalent red card counts toward the season red card total but the 2 yellow cards do not count in the accumulated season yellow cards.
  • Any player accumulating 3 yellow cards over multiple games will be assessed a suspension to be served at the next League game and fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines. The player is allowed to finish the game in which the third yellow card is received. These 3 yellow cards are not the equivalent of a red card violation but the 3rd yellow card will count in the accumulated season yellow card count. If the 3rd yellow card is received in the last game of the season, the suspension does not carry over to the next season.

Red Cards

  • Red cards may not be appealed to the Board.
  • Red cards are divided into the categories of non-fighting and fighting. Penalties are as follows:
    a. Non-Fighting Red Cards

    1. First red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate
      fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
    2. Second red card: suspension for the number of games and the
      appropriate fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
  • b. Fighting Red Cards
    1. First red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
    2. Second red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fines as noted on the annual schedule of fines. Player must request reinstatement by the Board after suspension is served.
  • Player’s pass will not be returned under any circumstances (nor will any copy or replacement be issued) until fine is paid and the first game of the suspension has been served. The player will only be able to participate in NYSW State Cup but unable to participate in other competitions until he/she has served the first game of the League suspension. Player may participate in other competitions (e.g. tournaments) after serving the first game of the League suspension, as follows:
    1. The appropriate fine must be paid.
    2. The coach must obtain the player’s pass from the division coordinator.
    3. The coach must return the player’s pass to the division coordinator after the
      other competition. Failure to return the player pass will result in a fine given in the annual schedule of fines.
    4. The player must serve the remainder of the League suspension. Failure to do so will be treated as use of an ineligible player, with appropriate sanctions (see Rule 409).
  • Any game suspensions must be served at the next League games unless otherwise dictated by the Board.

Any suspension that is not completed by the end of the season will carry over to the next season.Other

  • A player ordered off the field of play for misconduct cannot be replaced with another player and the team must play short for each player sent off.
  • If a game has not reached the half way mark, all infractions received are considered valid and penalties enforced.
  • Any infractions or penalties that occurred during a game with an illegal player are considered valid and will be enforced for both teams. Likewise any infraction or penalties an illegal player receives will be enforced.
  • If the referee terminates a game, all infractions received are considered valid and penalties enforced.
  • If the referee suspends a game, all infractions received are considered valid and penalties enforced.

Team Penalty Points

Yellow Cards

  • Competitive teams U11 through U17 that have reached the 10 yellow card threshold will have a point deducted from their team standings. Competitive teams in U19 that have reached the 8 yellow card threshold will have a point deducted from their team standings.
  • After the yellow card threshold is reached every multiple of 5 yellow cards a competitive age group team receives will result in a point being deducted from their team standings.

Red Cards

  • Each player Loss of Player Control red card will result in two points being deducted from the team standings in competitive age groups. Non-Loss of Player Control red cards will result in zero penalty points.
  • A player receiving 2 yellow cards within the same game will result in a point being deducted from the team standings in competitive age groups. These 2 yellow cards do not count toward team penalty point yellow cards.

Coaching Staff Member Ejection1. Each coaching staff member ejected will result in one point being deducted from the team standings in competitive age groups.

Coaching Staff  Misconduct and Violations

Minor Coaching Staff Misconduct and Violations

  • A minor infraction is when the referee indicates unacceptable coaches (or coaching staff) conduct on the game report. The referee must document the violation in detail on the game report.
  • The division coordinator may warn a coach for a first offense but otherwise the fine is noted on the annual schedule of fines.
  • Repeated misconduct may warrant an investigation by the Board and call for additional fines, suspensions or actions.

Major Coaching Staff Misconduct and Violations

1. Send-off during Current Match
a. Coaching staff member ejected from the game must leave the field of play and are not permitted to watch the game. They must stay away the remainder of the match. Additionally, coaching staff members are not permitted to communicate with their team staff or players during the remainder of the game. The type of communication prohibited would include but not limited to: cellular, 2-way radios, electronic/digital, written or verbal. Coaching staff members returning to the field of play during or directly following the match are subject to additional sanctions.

  • Coaching Staff Suspension and Restrictions
    1. Any manager, coach, assistant coach, trainer or other official bench personnel
      is prohibited from assuming any official duty at or near the team bench while serving a suspension. Any infringement of this rule may result in the forfeiture of the game and will include discipline for each infraction.
    2. Suspended coaching staff members may not communicate with the team. The type of communication prohibited would include but not limited to: cellular, 2- way radios, electronic/digital, written or verbal. Coaching staff members returning to the field of play during or directly following the match are subject to additional sanctions.
    3. Coaching staff members serving a suspension may not attend a League game in any capacity including spectator.
  • Penalties
    1. First offense: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine as
      noted on the annual schedule of fines.
    2. Second offense: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine
      as noted on the annual schedule of fines. Coaching staff member must
      request reinstatement by the Board after suspension is served.
    3. Coaching staff pass will not be returned until fine is paid and the suspension
      has been served.
    4. Any game suspensions must be served at the next League games unless
      otherwise dictated by the Board.
    5. Any suspension that is not completed by the end of the season will carry over
      to the next season.
  • Special Conditions Regarding Misconduct
    1. Verification of violent conduct, even if unreported by the referee, will result in
      immediate suspension of the coach for at least the remainder of the season
      after review of the Board.
    2. At any time, the Board can review the conduct of any coach, player, team
      spectator, or club to determine whether any disciplinary action is necessary. If any disciplinary action should be taken, those involved will be notified in writing of a hearing and given the opportunity to attend the hearing and bring witnesses on their behalf.
    3. Any coach, who in the opinion of the Board rosters or plays an illegal player(s), will be suspended for a minimum of one year from the date of the infraction.

Spectator Misconduct and Violations

Spectator misconduct includes but is not limited to verbal abuse (of referee, opposing coach, player or another spectator), unauthorized entry to the field of play, fighting or threats. A team and club are responsible for the conduct of their spectators.Minor Spectator Team Misconduct and Violations

  • A minor infraction is when the referee indicates unacceptable spectator misconduct on the game report.
  • The division coordinator may warn a team for a first offense depending on the severity described on the game report, but otherwise the fine is noted on the annual schedule of fines.
  • The Board reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on a club for repeated spectator misconduct.

Spectator Ejection Incidents and Violation

  • Spectators ejected from the game must leave the field of play and are not permitted to watch the game. They must stay away the remainder of the match.
  • The referee must document the violation on the game report.
  • Fines appropriate for a spectator ejection incident are noted on the annual schedule of fines.

Club Probation

Clubs with persistent adult misconduct and violations are expected to take actions to improve or face probation and removal from the League. Persistent Adult Misconduct and Violations

  • A club’s coach, staff, and spectator ejections and coach, staff, and spectator minor offenses for the season are taken into account to determine a need for action by the League.
  • If the sum of ejections and minor offenses exceeds the limits as described in the annual Model and Leadership Awards then the club probation process takes effect.

Probation Process

1. If a club exceeds the allowable number of ejections and minor offenses as described in Section 1, that club will be issued a warning to improve for the following season and placed on probation.

  • If a probationary club exceeds the allowable number of ejections and minor offenses for a second consecutive season, the club will be required to pay a $1,500 bond to League. Failure to pay such bond will result in the club not being allowed to register teams for the upcoming season.
  • If a probationary club exceeds the allowable number of ejections and minor offenses for a third consecutive season, the club will be removed as a member of the League for the following season, and the League will keep the bond. A club removed in this fashion may reapply for membership in the League after one year of non-participation.
  • If a probationary club is below the allowable number of ejections and minor offenses for the current season, the club will be returned to good standing and the bond will be returned.