YSL Misconduct Rules

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or indirectly) in soccer, and the suspension is for the entire term of the suspension with all rights and privileges withdrawn unless specifically stated otherwise by the suspending authority.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.