General League Rules
Twilight Youth Soccer League (TYSL) is a developmental youth league based out of the Central Massachusetts region. The league is designed and managed by its founding coaches. The purpose is to provide a competitive forum, without extensive traveling, at a reasonable cost, while preserving quality competition.
Below are the various categories of league rules. Please click on the desired link to review them.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
General- Part 1
|League Meeting||Recruitment Policy|
|Team Qualifications||Coach License Requirement|
|League Bond||League Cost|
Player/ Roster- Part 2
|Youth Player/ Gender||Multiple Roster|
|Age Group/ Division||Roster Limits|
|Proof of Age||Pass Cards|
Game Play- Part 3
|Game Days/ Length||Field Dimensions|
|Players on Field||Ball Sizes|
|League Standing||Team Obligations|
Conduct Code- Part 4
|Code of Conduct Rules||Misconduct/Violations|
|Parents Conduct||Coaches Misconduct|
|Coaches Conduct||Spectator Misconduct|
|Players Conduct||Players Misconduct|
|Coaching Ethics||Referee Duties|
|Team Penalty||Ref Abuse/Assault|
It is mandatory clubs and associations have at least one representative at the League meeting. Failure to have a representative at the will result in a fine amount per the Annual Schedule of Fees and Fines. All other League meetings will be listed on the website calendar; day, time, place, and whether it is a mandatory meeting.
- Prior to commencement in the League, participating clubs and associations must post a performance bond as determined by the Board with the League. Bonds shall be refunded when the club is no longer a member of the league. If the performance bond must be used to pay fines or expenses that are in default, the performance bond must be replenished.
- The value of the performance bond is $250 for single gender clubs and $500 for double gender clubs.
|AGE||CENTER REF||AST REF|
- The Board will determine procedures and requirements for team entry.
- Completed team registration forms must be supplied to permit division placement and game scheduling.
- Teams must comply with specific requirements indicated on the team information forms supplied by the League.
- Clubs must provide a regulation field for every team’s home game. Fields must be in playable condition at the start of the season and remain in playable condition throughout the season.
- Each year the Board will establish protocol for team placement. The number of subdivisions within each age group will be determined each year by the Board based on the team entries.
- Every effort will be made by the Board to generate a competitive division by placing teams in the appropriate subdivision level within their age group. This may cause the placement level to be different from the team’s request. Where age group numbers and team competitiveness allow Division 1 will be comprised of 7 teams (6 teams in U19 age group).
- A division is allowed to have multiple teams from the same club.
- The Board has the final determination of team placement.
Dangerous Field Conditions
- The home team is responsible for a suitable and safe field, goals and sideline area.
- If, in the discretion of the referee, a field surface or goal is deemed unsafe the game can be moved to a nearby suitable field if each team agrees. If no alternate field can be found then the game will be rescheduled.
- The Board or its designee(s) may visit a field and make a decision regarding the size, safety, and condition of the field. If a field is deemed unplayable during the season, the field must be repaired prior to another game or taken offline and all games scheduled on the field moved. The home team is responsible for any fees that occur to move the games. A field remains offline forever or until the problem has been corrected. Once the problem is corrected the home team or club may petition the League to have the field brought back online.
- If the home team does not have a playable field available due to recent weather, it must try to notify the visiting team and the Division Coordinator prior to game time to avoid unnecessary traveling.
- The referee will make any necessary decisions at the field regarding dangerous weather conditions. If thunder and/or lightning are observed, the game will be suspended immediately and the field will be cleared allowing people to seek safe shelter. The following steps apply:
- A 30 minute wait period will be started. This wait period will be reset to 30 in the event any additional thunder or lightning are observed. Both teams and referee will wait this time before resuming the game
- Once there is 30 minutes of clear weather the referee shall make every reasonable effort to resume the game with full consideration of site conditions as they affect safety and playing conditions.
- If lightning and/or thunder is observed prior to the start of the game the game will not begin until a 30 minute wait period of clear weather has been observed.
- If both teams and referee have waited 60 minutes for clear weather but are still in a wait period the game can be abandoned if both coaches agree. A game can be abandoned during a wait period if it will be too dark to resume the game when the period ends.
3. If a game is abandoned by a referee due to weather conditions after the game has started, the following prevails:
- If the game is at or beyond the halfway mark the team leading at the time of stoppage of play will be declared the winner. If the game is tied, it stands.
- If a game has not reached the halfway mark, it will be rescheduled and played in its entirety. However, all infractions will stand.
- Coaches and referees are expected to use common sense in the event of high heat and/or humidity. Player safety must be the prime consideration.
- In the event of high heat (over 90°F) and/or humidity, the referee should allow a water break approximately halfway through each half of the game. Consent of the coaches is not required. The referee will pick the appropriate time for the stoppage. The maximum duration of the break will be 3 minutes. The 3 minute break time will be added to the end of each half. Players may leave the field to get their water. Unlimited substitutions are allowed at this time.
- The coaches and referee may mutually agree to shorten the halves of the game.
- No standings or scores will be kept for age groups U-13
Age groups in which standings are kept will be U14 through U19
- Points System a. Three (3) points for a win b. One (1) point for a tie c. Zero points for a loss.
- Tie breakers. If the total points of 2 or more teams are the same at the end of League competition, the following tiebreaker will determine the winner:
1st Head-to-Head Competition Head-to-head can only be used for two teams. The team with the best aggregate score record against their tied opponent in League competition will be declared the winner.
If a tie remains continue to the 2nd tiebreaker.
2nd Most Wins The team with the most wins in League competition will be declared the winner.
If a tie remains continue to the 3rd tiebreaker.
3rd Goal Differential The team with the largest goal differential for the entire League competition will be declared the winner. The goal differential is determined by subtracting the goals allowed from the goals scored for each game of the season. The goal differential maximum is 3 goals for each game, both negative and positive.
If the total points are the same, continue to 4th tiebreaker.4th Goals Against The team with fewest goals against over the entire League competition will be declared the winner.
If the tie remains, continue to the 5th tiebreaker.
5th Shutouts The team with the most shutouts during League competition will be declared the winner.
If a tie still remains, continue to the 6th tiebreaker.
6th Tie Stands The tied teams will share the rank position in the League standings.4. Scoring for forfeits
- If a team forfeits, the score will be recorded as 3-0. The winning team will be awarded a win and a shutout.
- In the event of a double forfeit, the score will be recorded as 0-0. Both teams will be given a loss (not a tie) and no shutout.
Age Division/ Groups:
- Age groups shall be comprised of youth players who are, before the first day of August of the immediately prior seasonal year.
- A player may not play in an age group that is younger than his age (no “playing down”).
|AGE DIVISION||AGE GROUP|
An individual who has not reached 19 years of age prior to August 1 immediately before the start of any seasonal year. A player who reaches 19 years of age during a seasonal year is allowed to complete that seasonal year. A player who reaches 19 years of age during August of one seasonal year shall be allowed to complete all of the next seasonal year.
Gender of Teams
1. The League recognizes two types of team genders:a. Teams with only females are girls’ teams.
b. All other teams are boys’ teams.
Proof of Age
- Every player must present proof of age each year. Valid forms of proof of age shall consist of:
- A previous year’s player pass that is fully intact and laminated
- Birth certificate
- Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) issued
by the uniformed services of the United States
- Birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency or board of
- Alien registration card issued by the United States government
- Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to
- Current driver’s license
- Certificate of a United States citizen born abroad issued by the appropriate
- Invalid forms of proof are hospital, baptismal or religious certificates.
Roster Sizes / Limitations
|AGE||# PLAYERS on Field||MINIMUM||MAX ROSTER||GAME ROSTER|
NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON FIELD (INCLUDES KEEPER)
1. The minimum number of players is required to start and continue a game. A team that drops below the minimum number of players during the game due to injury documented on the game report will forfeit the game. The incomplete team will not be charged a forfeit fee but will be responsible for the referee fees.
A team U13 and older may have up to 22 youth players on its master roster at any given time during the seasonal year; and may not have fewer than 11 youth players on its master roster at any given time during the seasonal year. Only 18 players of the 22 players registered may be used for matches. The 18 players must be clearly indicated on the game day roster. Age groups U11 and U12 shall have a maximum roster size of 18 players and shall not have fewer than 9 players on its roster at any time during the seasonal year. Age groups U8 through U10 shall have a maximum roster size of 14 players and shall not have fewer than 7 players on its roster at any time during the seasonal year.
League Games & Days
- All League games must be played unless otherwise agreed by both coaches or organizations.
- The Board has determined SUNDAYS regularly scheduled days for games. This will be posted on the schedule.
|AGE GROUP||FIELD WIDTH||FIELD LENGTH||GOAL SIZE||CIRCLE ARCS||GOAL BOX||PENALTY BOX||PENALTY SPOT|
|U8-U10||40-50 YDS||60-70||6FT X 18 FT||8 YDS||6 YDS||14 YDS||8 YDS|
|U11-U12||50-70 YDS||85-95 YDS||7 X 21 FT||8 YDS||6 YDS||14 YDS||8 YDS|
|U13-U19||50-100 YDS||100-130 YDS||8 X 24 FT||10 YDS||6 YDS||18 YDS||12 YDS|
|U8-10||25 MNS HALVES (2)||5-10 MNS||NONE|
|U11-12||26 MNS HALVES (2)||5-10 MNS||NONE|
|U13-14||27 MNS HALVES (2)||5-10 MNS||NONE|
|U15-16||28 MNS HALVES (2)||5-10 MNS||NONE|
|U17-19||29 MNS HALVES (2)||5-10 MNS||NONE|
Reasons for Forfeit This list of forfeit does not preclude other reasons for game forfeits.
- If a team fails to field a minimum number of players to start the game, said team will forfeit the game.
- Any team which leaves the field during the game and refuses to play when ordered to do so by the referee, will forfeit said game. All forfeits of this type will be reviewed by the Division Coordinator and the Gender Vice President.
- Any team not present or ready to play within the 30-minute grace period after the scheduled kickoff time will be considered to have forfeited the game.
- Any team that fails to provide player passes will be considered to have forfeited the game. Any game played without player passes is a forfeit regardless if the referee plays the game.
- If a game is terminated, whether it is in the first or second half, the team that caused the termination will forfeit that game.
- Failure to meet the requirements of Rule 414.2.a, having an adult present on the sideline with a proper risk management pass during the entire game
Which Team Pays the Forfeit Fine1. Any team forfeiting a game or causing a game to be forfeited is responsible for the paying the appropriate fines as noted on annual schedule of fines.
Pre-season Game Changes
- After the preliminary schedule is available there is a period for pre-season game changes. Any game can be changed but both coaches must agree to all changes.
- Changes are limited to date, time and field.
- The start and end dates for the pre-season game changes are determined by the Board and will be posted on the website.
- No games may be changed by a team to before or after these published season dates.
- Coaches are expected to accommodate reasonable requests for pre-season game changes and to respond to such requests in a timely manner. The League Division Coordinator will arbitrate disputes between coaches.
Duties of the Referee
- The referee will be the sole judge on the field and the decisions of the referee on the laws of the game will be final. Complaints about referees may be directed to the Referee Unit using the Referee Evaluation Form. However, if after an investigation, the complaint is found to be groundless or trivial, the complaining team will be dealt with, as the League may deem fit. The referee must supply verification of player eligibility to coaches on request.
- The fees and traveling expenses of the referee will be set by mutual agreement between the Referee Unit and the League for the season in which the games are played.
- The referee, upon arrival at the playing grounds, will inspect the field of play and will be the sole judge as to its fitness. If the referee finds the field to be unplayable, the game will be postponed and the home team will pay the referee the minimum fee.
- In case the appointed referee fails to appear, a registered referee present at the grounds will conduct the game. If a registered referee is not present, any other person capable of conducting the game will be appointed by mutual consent and agreement of the teams concerned. The substitute referee is entitled to the regular fee. The substitute referee must complete the game reports and mail it to the Division Coordinator. Any passes of ejected players or coaches should also be mailed to the Division Coordinator if a referee fails to appear.
- Should a referee become incapacitated during the progress of the game from any cause that would prevent their officiating, the referee will turn control of the game over to any registered referee present, or to another person mutually agreed upon, who will conduct the game to its conclusion.
- If a referee is assaulted or caused bodily harm due to the neglect of a team to provide adequate protection, that team will be fined at the discretion of the League. Said team will be liable to the referee, upon proven evidence, for any consequences of such an assault.
- The referee must wear the official uniform at all games they officiate.
- The referee must complete the official League paperwork as follows:
a. The online referee’s game report must be completed within 50 hours from the start of the game.b. Any passes from ejected players or coaches must be mailed to the Division Coordinator and postmarked within 24 hours after the game.
Abuse or Assault of a Referee
Any misconduct or violations towards a referee will not be tolerated. The following applies to a player, coach or spectator:
- Abuse (including foul language) or physical threats toward the referee will result in fines and suspension. These are outlined in the USSF Referee Administration Handbook.
- Procedures for handling referee assaults are based on the USSF Referee Administration Handbook.
CODES OF CONDUCT
- 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:
- I am representing TYSL, my community and my team and agree to act accordingly at all times.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I will never swear, use profanity or make obscene gestures, or engage in any inappropriate behavior or conduct, at any time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I will always display good sportsmanship and fair play, and will encourage the same from my players, colleagues, opponents, parents and spectators.
- 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.
- I will know and understand playing time guidelines and will fair to all participants since this is a developmental league.
- 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.
- I will inspect all equipment and fields on a regular basis to ensure the safety of my players.
- 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.
- 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
Game suspensionSeason 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
- 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.
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.
- 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 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
- First red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate
fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
- Second red card: suspension for the number of games and the
appropriate fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
- First red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate
- b. Fighting Red Cards
- First red card: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine as noted on the annual schedule of fines.
- 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:
- The appropriate fine must be paid.
- The coach must obtain the player’s pass from the division coordinator.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Coaching staff members serving a suspension may not attend a League game in any capacity including spectator.
- Any manager, coach, assistant coach, trainer or other official bench personnel
- First offense: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine as
noted on the annual schedule of fines.
- 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.
- Coaching staff pass will not be returned until fine is paid and the suspension
has been served.
- 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.
- First offense: suspension for the number of games and the appropriate fine as
- Special Conditions Regarding Misconduct
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Verification of violent conduct, even if unreported by the referee, will result in
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.
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.
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.