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BYSL Protests, Appeals, & Discipline (PAD) Policy

(October 2017)

 

This policy supersedes all PAD Policies prior to October 11, 2017

Section 1 – Authority on or around the Field

 

A. Referees, Referee Coordinator, Assistant Referee Coordinator, Referee Assigner, Assistant Referee Assigner, and Board members have the authority to address issues that violate the rules, regulations, and policies contained in this document as they arise on or around the field.

 

B. A little impact as possible should be made to the game in play.

 

C. Such interjections shall not interfere with or supersede the registered referee’s authority on or around the field of play.

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Section 1 – BYSL Code of Conduct                                            Page 1

 

Section 2 – BYSL Code of Conduct                                            Page 2

 

Section 3 – BYSL Zero Tolerance / Dissent Policy               Page 5

 

Section 4 – BYSL Discipline Matrix                                          Page 9

 

Section 5 – BYSL PAD Process                                                   Page 12

 

 

Section 2 – BYSL Code of Conduct

 

 

A. THE COACH / ASSISTANT COACH WILL:

 

  1. Know and abide by the official Laws of the Game and the applicable rules of BYSL, CYSA, NorCal Premier, US Club, etc.

 

  1. Instruct players and parents in the rules and motivate each player to compete according the rules at all times.

 

  1. Respect the game officials at all times, and will refrain from questioning their decisions or challenging their authority.

 

  1. Ensure that all applicable rules are followed by all players and spectators.

 

  1. Ensure that spectators of his or her team exhibit sportsmanship and maturity at all times, and assist league and game officials in maintaining control of spectators during games.

 

  1. Demonstrate respect for the coaches, players, and referees of the opposing team before, during, and after the game.

 

  1. Take appropriate steps to minimize scoring in runaway games.

 

  1. Teach each player, especially through personal example to be humble and generous in victory, and proud and courteous in defeat.

 

  1. Avoid conducting themselves in a manner which could be interpreted as insulting, degrading, or humiliating.

 

  1. Teach and practice good sportsmanship and fair play by personally demonstrating commitment to these virtues.

 

  1. Promote the concept that soccer is merely a game, and that player and coaches in other teams are opponents, not enemies.

 

 

 

 

B. THE PLAYER WILL:

 

  1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina by attending all practice sessions and games.

 

  1. Give maximum effort and attention striving for the best possible performance during a games and training sessions.

 

  1. Set a positive example for others in the community and their teammates.

 

  1. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship, and time wasting during games.

 

  1. Not use inappropriate language at any time.

 

  1. To promote and follow Fair Play and the Laws of the Game.

 

  1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

 

  1. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

 

  1. Resist any temptation to take banned substances such as alcohol or drugs.

 

  1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

 

  1. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and offer due care and attention towards injured opponents.

 

  1. Show Respect towards the Match Officials

 

  1. Accept the decision of the Match Official without any protest.

 

  1. Show due respect towards Team Officials of both teams.

 

  1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

 

 

 

 

 

C. THE PARENTS AND SPECTATORS WILL:

 

  1. Know and abide by the official Laws of the Game and the applicable rules of BYSL, CYSA, NorCal Premier, US Club, etc.

 

  1. Respect the game officials at all times, and will refrain from questioning their decisions or challenging their authority.

 

  1. Demonstrate sportsmanship and maturity at all times, and assist league and game officials in maintaining control of parents and spectators during games.

 

  1. Demonstrate respect for the coaches, players, and referees of the opposing team before, during, and after the game.

 

  1. Avoid conducting themselves in a manner which could be interpreted as insulting, degrading, or humiliating.

 

  1. Not demonstrate negative attitudes which have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards other players, league officers, referees, managers, or spectators.

 

  1. Always be positive and encouraging towards all of the children not just their own.

 

  1. Ensure the maximum attendance to all training sessions and games for their child. (Should unforeseen circumstances arise please contact the coach directly to inform of any absence.)

 

  1. Applaud the opposition as well as your own team.

 

  1. Avoid coaching the child during the game or training session at any time.

 

  1. Not shout and scream at any point during the game.

 

  1. Respect the referee’s decision at all times

 

  1. Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.

 

  1. Give encouragement to everyone to participate in football.

 

 

 

 

Section 3 – BYSL Zero Tolerance / Dissent Policy

 

Background

 

After experiencing a surge of parent and coach behavioral issues on the sidelines, it has become painfully apparent that more proactive and stern measures must be taken to deal with sideline behavioral issues.  Therefore, after extensive discussion, the BYSL Board of Directors has adopted the following policy with regards to dissent.

 

There are two primary reasons for this policy.  First, abusive sideline behavior is the number one reason we lose officials.  Officials have become harder to find, harder to keep current on their training, and harder to retain.  Second (and most important) this sport is not about standings at the end of the season.  This sport is about the development of our youth.  We are here to teach teamwork, life skills, compassion, honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship just to name a few.  We expect that everyone will keep the game in perspective and work together to be an example for our youth.

 

 

A. GENERAL PROVISIONS AND INFORMATION

 

  1. A written report from the Referee, Referee Coordinator, Referee Assigner, Assistant Referee Assigner, or Board member shall be sufficient for the Disciplinary Committee Chair to implement discipline as outlined in this document without further investigation.

 

  1. If the person receiving discipline requests a hearing, a hearing shall be granted within 14 days. However, all imposed discipline shall remain in effect until the final outcome of the hearing.

 

  1. If the person receiving discipline requests an appeal at any level, an appeal shall be granted (if done within the parameters of this process). However, all imposed discipline shall remain in effect until the final outcome of every appeal.

 

  1. Referee decisions are not appealable unless there was a misapplication of the laws of the game.

 

  1. If a coach, assistant coach, player, parent, or spectator violates a disciplinary directive shall be subject to additional discipline. For recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates a disciplinary directive will forfeit the game.  In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score.

 

  1. For the purposed of this policy, ZERO tolerance means that no comment directed at a referee; no amount of irresponsible behavior toward anyone; no situation requiring a Send Off; no situation requiring someone to be removed from the premises, and no situation where anyone not authorized to be on the field enters the field without the permission of the referee will be tolerated. Furthermore, if this policy is violated, very severe consequences will be enacted to the offending person or persons.

 

B. POLICY

 

  1. There is ZERO tolerance for any dissent towards a referee (particularly a youth referee).

 

  1. There is ZERO tolerance for any irrational or irresponsible behavior by anyone.

 

  1. There is ZERO tolerance for any situation which requires a Send Off (Red Card) of a coach, assistant coach, or team official.

 

  1. There is ZERO tolerance for any situation which requires that a coach, assistant coach, team official, parent or spectator be removed from a practice, game, or other BYSL sanctioned event.

 

  1. There is ZERO tolerance for any situation where a coach, assistant coach, parent, or spectator enters the field before, during, or after a match which results in any type of misconduct.

 

  1. All coaches, parents, and spectators must adhere to the applicable code of conduct.

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if the coach is not at the field) is directly responsible for their own behavior, the players, and the behavior of their sidelines.

 

 

 

 

C. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IF COACHES OR ASSISTANT COACHES VIOLATE THIS POLICY:

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if applicable) will be suspended a minimum of two (2) games. In games where a youth referee is involved, the coach will be suspended a minimum of four (4) games.

 

  1. For Recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates this policy will forfeit the game. In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score.

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if applicable) may be required to complete a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) course at their own expense before they can coach/attend another game.

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if applicable) shall be placed on probation for the period of one year from the date of incident.

 

D. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IF PARENTS OR SPECTATORS VIOLATE THIS POLICY:

 

  1. If the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) was not part of the issue, and if the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) took steps to deal with the parent or spectator, the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) will be suspended a minimum of one (1) game.

 

  1. The parent or spectator will be suspended a minimum of one (1) game. In games where a youth referee is involved, the parent or spectator will be suspended a minimum of two (2) games.

 

  1. The parent or spectator will be required to complete a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) course at their own expense before attending another game.

 

  1. For Recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates this policy will forfeit the game. In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score.

 

 

 

 

 

E. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IF COACHES OR ASSISTANT COACHES VIOLATE THIS POLICY A SECOND TIME WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE FIRST ACTION:

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if applicable) will be suspended a minimum of three (3) games. In games where a youth referee is involved, the coach will be suspended a minimum of six (6) games.

 

  1. For Recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates this policy will forfeit the game. In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score.

 

  1. The coach (or assistant coach if applicable) may be required to complete a Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) course at their own expense before they can coach/attend another game. Note: If the issue occurs a third time within a one year of the first action, the coach may be suspended for the duration of the season (fall and spring).

 

F. ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IF PARENTS OR SPECTATORS VIOLATE THIS POLICY A SECOND TIME WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE FIRST ACTION:

 

  1. If the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) was not part of the issue, and if the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) took steps to deal with the parent or spectator, the coach (or assistant coach if applicable) will be suspended a minimum of two (2) games.

 

  1. The parent or spectator will be suspended a minimum of four (4) games. In games where a youth referee is involved, the parent or spectator will be suspended a minimum of (8) games.  Note: If the issue occurs a third time within a one year of the first action, the parent or spectator will be suspended for the duration of the season (fall and spring).

 

  1. For Recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates this policy will forfeit the game. In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4 – BYSL Discipline Matrix

 

 

A. GENERAL PROVISIONS:

 

  1. A written report from the Referee, Referee Coordinator, Referee Assigner, Assistant Referee Assigner, or Board member shall be sufficient for the Disciplinary Committee Chair to implement discipline as outlined in this document without further investigation.

 

  1. Coach, player, parent, and spectator dissent and misconduct is addressed in Section 2 of this document.

 

B. STANDING DISCIPLINE:

 

  1. Violent Conduct by Player

 

A. Violent conduct or serious foul play, including, but not limited to, denying an opponent of an obvious goal scoring opportunity by the commission of a foul other than by intentionally handling the ball.

    • Suspend two (2) to three (3) games

 

B. Denying opponent obvious goal scoring opportunity by intentionally handling the ball

    • Suspend one (1) game

 

C. Attempting to strike, or attempt to strike (including spitting at) another person.

    • Suspend two (2) to four (4) games

 

D. Fighting

    • Suspend three (3) to five (5) games

 

E. Pushing or striking (including spitting at) a coach or other team official.

    • Suspend three (3) to five (5) games

 

F. Pushing, striking, attempting to strike (including spitting at) or physically attacking a referee, assistant referee, or official.

    • Suspend one (1) year and referral to NorCal, CYSA, or US Club PAD Committee

 

  1. Offensive, Insulting, or Abusive Language or Gestures by Player

 

A. Foul or abusive language or gestures.

    • Suspend one (1) to (2) games

 

B. Taunting or mocking by word or action a player, referee, assistant referee, team official, or spectator.

    • Suspend one (1) to (2) games

 

C. Offensive, insulting, or abusive language or gestures directed at referee or assistant referee.

    • Suspend two (2) to three (3) games if directed toward adult
    • Suspend three (3) to four (4) games if directed toward youth

 

D. Threatening, by word or action, a referee, assistant referee, team official, or spectator.

    • Suspend two (2) to three (3) games if directed toward adult
    • Suspend three (3) to four (4) games if directed toward youth

 

E. Foul or abusive language containing racial epithets or ethnic slurs.

    • Suspended three (3) to five (5) games

 

 

  1. Entering Field to Commit Misconduct

 

A. Player who was not among players allowed on the field of play entering the field to commit violent conduct

    • Suspend for double the penalty that would have been imposed on a player who had been allowed on the field.

 

  1. Persistent Misconduct After a Caution by Player
    • Suspend one (1) to three (3) games

 

  1. Additional Player Misconduct Within One Year After First Misconduct
    • Suspend two (2) to four (4) games in addition to what is imposed for the misconduct
    • Coach suspended one (1) game
    • Coach put on probation for six months

 

  1. Misconduct by Coach, Assistant Coach, or Other Team Officials

 

A. The Coach (or Assistance Coach if applicable) is directly responsible for the conduct of their sidelines. When sent off, they must immediately and completely leave the vicinity of the field.

 

B. As a point of clarification, any issue addressed in Section 2 of this document shall be governed by the provisions contained in Section 2. This section only pertains to issues not specifically covered in Section 2.

 

C. Coach (or Assistant Coach if applicable) sent off for infringement of the Laws of the Game.

    • Suspended two (2) additional games over what would normally be levied against a player for a similar infringement

 

D. Coach (or Assistant Coach if applicable) playing, or attempting to play an ineligible player, including a player on suspension.

    • Suspended one (1) year and referral to the NorCal PAD Committee

 

E. Coach (or Assistant Coach if applicable) or Team Official (but not player) attending match while on suspension.

    • Suspended an additional four (4) games for each incident
    • Probation for one (1) year
    • For Recreation program teams, regardless of the score, the team who violates this policy will forfeit the game. In addition, an additional three (3) points will be deducted from the overall team score for each incident.

 

F. Coach (or Assistant Coach if applicable) or Team Official (but not player) being sent off while on probation for a send-off.

    • Up to a one (1) year suspension (THIS ITEM MAY NOT BE IMPOSED BY THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE CHAIR. IT MUST BE ADDRESSED BY THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE).

 

 

 

Section 5 – BYSL PAD Process

 

Background

 

This process was updated and developed to outline the PAD process for the Benicia Youth Soccer League / Benicia Arsenal FC.

 

The hierarchy of all protests, appeals, or discipline is:

 

  • League Disciplinary Committee Chair
  • League Disciplinary Committee
  • League Board of Directors
  • NorCal PAD Committee in accordance with NorCal Premier bylaws
  • NorCal Board of Directors in accordance with NorCal Premier bylaws
  • US Club in accordance with their bylaws
  • United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) in accordance with their bylaws
  • United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in accordance with their bylaws

 

Please note that any imposed discipline at any level shall remain in force throughout the entire hearing or appeals process.

 

 

General Provisions and Definitions

 

Disciplinary Committee Chair

 

  • The then current Vice President is the standing Disciplinary Committee Chair

 

  • Base on a written report from an official League Representative (Referee, Referee Coordinator, Assistant Referee Coordinator, Referee Assigner, Assistant Referee Assigner, or Board member, the Disciplinary Committee Chair is authorized to impose any discipline specifically listed in this policy. Any issue not specifically listed in this policy must be referred to the Disciplinary Committee.

 

Disciplinary Committee

 

  • The Disciplinary Committee shall between one and three members, in addition to the Disciplinary Committee Chair and Referee Coordinator (or Referee Assigner if there is no Referee Coordinator). The remaining member(s) shall be appointed as needed by the Disciplinary Committee Chair.
  • The Disciplinary Committee shall be convened if:
    • The recipient of imposed discipline requests a hearing in writing within 48 hours after receipt of a decision from the Disciplinary Committee Chair.
    • Specific discipline is not listed in this document.

 

  • The Appeal of a Disciplinary Committee hearing decision is the League Board of Directors.

 

  • The request for appeal to the League Board of Directors must be in writing, and requested within 48 hours after receipt of a decision from the Disciplinary Committee.

 

Disciplinary Committee Hearing

 

  • A hearing must be requested as noted above.

 

  • A hearing must be convened if specific discipline is not listed in this document, as noted above.

 

  • The parties shall be accorded:
    • notice of the specific charges or alleged violations in writing and possible consequences (if not already imposed per policy).
    • reasonable time between receipt of the notice of charges and the hearing within which to prepare a defense.
    • the right to have hearing conducted at a time and place so as to make it practicable for the person charged to attend.
    • a hearing before a disinterested and impartial body of fact finders.
    • the right to be assisted in the presentation of one’s case at the hearing.
    • the right to confront witnesses and present oral and written evidence and argument.
    • the right to have a copy of the record made of the hearing if desired.
    • a written decision, with reasons for the decision, based solely on the evidence of record, issued in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use of Courts and Attorneys

 

  • In the matter of protests, appeals and disciplinary hearings, no person(s) may invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within BYSL, NorCal Premier, US Club, USYS, and USSF, including a final appeal to the USSF Council at the Annual General Meeting. Violation of this rule will result in the offending party(s) being subject to suspension and fines. They shall be liable to BYSL, NorCal Premier, US Club, USYSA, and USSF for all expenses incurred by BYSL, NorCal Premier, US Club, USYSA, and USSF in defending each court action, including but not limited to the following:

 

  • Courts costs and attorney fees.
  • Reasonable compensation for time spent by BYSL, NorCal Premier, US Club, USYSA, and USSF officers and employees in responding to and defending against allegations in the action, including responses to discovery and court appearances.
  • All expenses including those incurred from holding special BYSL, NorCal Premier, US Club, USYSA, and USSF meetings necessitated by the court action.

 

  • During hearings, an attorney may advise their client but may not participate directly in the proceedings and shall restrict their comments and advice to their client. The attorney shall not question witnesses, present oral arguments, interrupt or object to the conduct of the proceedings. The PAD Chair may order the attorney out of the hearing room if he or she fails to properly conduct themselves according to these rules.

 

  • Protests, appeals and disciplinary hearings are administrative hearings and not a court of law. All federal, state and local Rules of Evidence or Civil Procedure shall not be applicable.

 

Evidence and Testimony

 

  • Written evidence will be submitted prior to all hearings and available for all parties involved to review.

 

  • Identifying information (addresses and telephone numbers) shall be removed from the written evidence that is supplied to the involved parties.

 

  • The chair of the panel may limit attendance at hearings to the principal parties, witnesses, and recognized authorities concerning the allegations or previous findings.

 

  • Verbal testimony must follow the rules outlined for the particular proceeding.

 

  • All individuals have the right to question their accusers through the PAD Chair.

 

  • All questions or statements from involved parties shall be addressed to the PAD Chair, who will ask the appropriate individual for an answer or rebuttal if the PAD Chair deems the question to be pertinent.

 

  • Audio or video tapes may be accepted by the committee and copies must be made available for all principal parties and the committee. These copies will NOT be returned.

 

  • Documents not submitted in English shall not be considered as part of the official record unless accompanied by a certified translation. No PAD shall undertake nor be responsible for translating non-English documents.

 

Record of Proceedings

 

  • All hearings shall have an official record generated and maintained for the proceedings.

 

  • Electronic recording or written notes may be kept. No one other than the designated PAD Committee recording member shall be authorized to make any audio or video recording of the hearing. A transcript may be prepared upon the request of any party at the expense of the requestor, provided that arrangements for recording of the hearing are made with and approved by the chair prior to the hearing.

 

Minors

 

  • Minors under the age of 18 years should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

Disciplinary Hearing Format

 

  • Each party will be accorded the opportunity to present an opening statement concerning their case. The Hearing Panel will then ask questions of the parties.

 

  • Each party will be allowed to ask questions of the other party through the Chair if deemed pertinent.

 

  • Each party will then be accorded the opportunity to present a closing statement concerning their case.

 

  • The parties will then be excused and the Hearing Panel will deliberate in private.

 

  • Listed below is a sample hearing format. The times may be modified at the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee Chair depending on the specific allegations involved. If a party is presenting valid points and not being repetitive, the Chair may allow additional time for each party.

 

  • Opening Statement – Accusing Party ………………………….. 15 minutes
  • Opening Statement – Accused Party…………………………… 15 minutes
  • Questions from the Hearing Panel……………………………… Unlimited time
  • Closing Statement – Accusing Party……………………………. 5 minutes
  • Closing Statement – Accused Party ……………………………. 5 minutes
  • Hearing Panel Deliberation ……………………………………….. Unlimited time

 

  • These times are guidelines and may be adapted to each individual hearing at the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee Chair.

 

  • Each party has the right to have witnesses speak on their behalf; however, those witness statements must be given within the time accorded each party.

 

  • Parties should be informed, prior to their leaving, that they will be notified by email within seven (7) days of the outcome of the hearing.
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