Columbus Youth Soccer Club

Discipline and Protest

Section # 1

D&P Guidelines For Sanction Determinations, “In-house” Meetings, and Suspensions
Sanction Determinations

All sanctions will be determined based on those reports submitted to the commissioner by the referees, the coaches, and other key witnesses at the game. It is requested that all reports be as precise and as concise as possible. The submitted reports will be your testimony to the commissioner and will allow the commissioner to afford those involved their due process during the determination process; so it is essential that all reports be submitted in a timely manner (i.e. within 24 hours of the match). Reports will be turned in at the soccer complex office.

“In-house” Hearings

An individual is required to attend an in-house meeting for any of the occurrences listed below. This meeting may be with the commissioner, the league president and/or the formal D&P committee. Except where stated differently, the individual is not permitted to participate in (player) or be in attendance at (coach, spectator) any games played by the team until after attending an in-house meeting and being notified of the determination. In fairness, it will be expected that the matter be resolved in a timely manner.

• For assault against a referee. These individual(s) involved may not participate in any league functions (i.e. team practices, team games, etc.) until being notified of the determination.
• After receiving a second dismissal (spectator or coach) or a third send-off (player) within the GYSA calendar year that runs from July 1 through June 30.
• For abuse to a referee
• For assault against a participant. These individual(s) involved may not participate in any league functions (i.e. team practices, team games, etc.) until being notified of the determination.


Suspension Guidelines

Coach or Spectator Dismissal Requirements:
For disciplinary sanctions, a coach is defined as any active official of the team (coach, trainer, manager, etc.). This includes any person who is officially representing the team by being in the immediate vicinity of the players’ bench: either in or near the “technical area”. Any coach or spectator that is removed during a game must, immediately and completely, remove himself or herself from sight and sound of the field of play, and may not return to the field until after the players and referees have left the field of play.
A coach dismissed from a game may not attempt to communicate with anyone at or near the field during the remainder of the game. This includes the use of notes, cell phones, walkie-talkies, runners, etc. A coach or spectator removed from a match cannot attend the next officially scheduled and played game (excluding scrimmages), this includes pregame and post-game activities, nor may the coach attempt to  communicate with anyone at or near the field during the game. If this “sit-out” game is not played to completion, then they are required to sit out the rematch, when rescheduled, in the same manner. If the individual receives any additional suspensions, then the above applies to those games as well.

Player Send-Off Requirements:
A sent-off player is expected to, immediately and completely, remove him or herself from sight and sound of the field of play, and may not return to the field until after the players and referees have left the field of play. With the permission of the referee, the player may remain at the game in the technical area under the supervision of a team official. A sent-off player must attend the next officially scheduled and played game (excluding scrimmages), sitting with his or her teammates and dressed in street clothes, before the player can play in another match for that team. If this “sit-out” game is not played to completion, then the player is required to sit out the re-match, when rescheduled, in the same manner. If the player receives any additional suspensions, then the above applies to those games as well. Please note that this suspension carries over to the next season, if the send-off happened during the last game of the previous season. The game suspension continues until the player serves his/her penalty.



Section # 2



Columbus Youth Soccer Club discipline and protest guidelines as referenced in GYSA documents
Infraction
C S P Minimum Penalty Maximum Penalty
Abuse to any participant X X X 3 Games 1 Year
 
Abuse to a Referee  X X X 3 Games 1 Year
Assault to any participant  X X X 1 Year 5 Years
Assault on a Referee X X X 1 Year 5 Years
Fighting  X X X 3 Games 1 Year
Offensive, insulting or abusive language X X X 1 Game 6 Months
Offensive, insulting or abusive language after send off X X X 1 Additional game
Entering field without permission  X 3 Games
Playing an ineligible player X 2 Games
Playing an ineligible player: fraudulent intent X 1 Year
Playing when ineligible  X 1 Game
Playing when ineligible: fraudulent intent X 3 Games 1 Year
Playing a non-rostered/non-registered player (non intentional and not a registrar error) X 1 Year
Intentional playing of non-rostered/non-registered player (not a registrar error) X 1 Year
Playing when non-rostered/non-registered X 3 Games 1 Year
Refusal to leave the field after sendoff/dismissal X X X 1 Game
Removing team from field without Referee consent X 3 Games
Red Card X 1 Game
Receiving a second caution in the same game X 1 Game
Red Card Serious Foul Play X 1 Game 1 Year
Red Card Violent Conduct (striking/attempting to strike)  X 1 Game 1 Year
Red Card Violent Conduct for spitting  X X 1 Game 1 Year
Any general misconduct not specifically included above X X X 1 Game 1 Year
KEY:
P = Player
S = Spectator
C = Coach
For disciplinary sanctions, a coach will be any active official of the team (coach, trainer, manager, ect.) Or any person who is officially representing the team by being in the immediate vacinity of the "Player's Bench"; excluding those games where players and specatators are on the same side of the field and are not physically separated by a barrier (eg. fence).
NOTE #1: Any coach or spectator who is dismissed during a match must, immediately and completely,remove themselves from sight and sound of the field of play. They are not permitted to return to the field until after the game is completed and after the referees have left the field.
NOTE #2: A coach or spectator who has been dismissed from a match cannot attend or observe the next scheduled and played game: this includes pre and post game activities at the field or complex.
NOTE #3: Players who have been sent off during a match MUST serve their suspension immediately at the next game, by sitting with their teammates and dressed in street clothes before they are eligible to play again. The suspension carries over from playing season to playing season and game to game until the suspension is satisfied. 
Depending on the infraction and its severity, additional sanctions and/or probation may be mandated.
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