Ripley Youth Soccer League

Recreational Soccer

Policies and Procedures

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

RYSL

RECREATIONAL LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY

GENERAL GUIDELINES

SPORTSMANSHIP

AGE GROUPINGS

PLAYERS ON THE FIELD

TEAM FORMATION GUIDELINES

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

PRACTICES

GAME DURATION

PLAYING TIME

SUBSTITUTIONS

SPECIAL U-6, U7 & U-8 PLAYING RULES

SPECIAL U-9 & U-10 PLAYING RULES

COACHES

REFEREES

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

PARENTS

PETS

TOBACCO USE

TOURNAMENT PLAY

REGISTRATION FEE AND REFUNDS

REVISION OF RECREATIONAL GUIDELINES

 

1. RYSL

The Ripley Youth Soccer League (RYSL) is a non-profit, public, education soccer organization with the purpose of advancing the cause of soccer within its area of jurisdiction. RYSL is affiliated with the West Virginia Youth Soccer Association and the United States Youth Soccer Association. RYSL will sponsor under the guidelines of the WVSA two types of teams (recreation, recreation all star teams) as defined in the WVSA Rules and Regulations under definitions. Per WVSA requirement, RYSL will deny position to be held by a Board member, coach, volunteer, etc which has been arrested and convicted for child abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, or any felony or other crime which is detrimental to soccer players, in accordance with WV Law, USYSA, USASA, and US Soccer bylaws, policies and procedures.

 

2. RECREATIONAL LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY

The primary goal of the recreational soccer program of RSYL is for the players to have fun within a

learning/teaching environment. The recreational program is not about winning, it is about teaching, so that children have fun, learn to love the game of soccer, and to become as skilled a soccer player as possible.

 

The most enjoyable aspect of soccer for the players is kicking the ball. Small-sided games are used for U-6, U-8, U-10, and U-12 to provide each player more opportunities for contact with the ball.



 

3. GENERAL GUIDELINES

     1 Teams may only participate in games approved by the RYSL Board Members.

     2 Only properly registered players in good standing with the RYSL (i.e. not suspended) are allowed to participate in league games. The  person(s) responsible for allowing the ineligible player to participate shall be referred to the RYSL Disciplinary Board.

     3 Regularly scheduled RYSL games are mandatory. A coach cannot withdraw the team he represents from any scheduled competition as a means of protest. Non-appearance for regularly scheduled RYSL games without prior agreement with the opposing teams’ coach will result in reference of the offender to the RYSL Disciplinary Board, unless a valid reason for the non-appearance is supplied to the club vice president. The vice president is the final authority on the decision to reschedule the game.

     4 In inclement weather, games shall be played as scheduled and only the referee in charge or the club president of the hosting site will have the authority to cancel such games.

     5 If a player misses three sessions in a row or five sessions in any ten session period, the player may be subject to removal from the RYSL program. Removal of a player can only be done with the approval of the club president and RYSL registrar. A session is defined as a scheduled practice or a scheduled game for which the player had adequate notification.

     6 If a player shows up for games and not for scheduled practices, then that player is played at the discretion of the coach for the following game only.

     7 Any injury to or damage caused by a RYSL participant must be reported to the club president who is in charge of the insurance and safety program.

     8 No one except participating players will be permitted to stand with in 5 feet of the touchline or within 5 yards of the goal line during the play of a game.

     9 Refunds before the start of the season, as defined by the first scheduled game, and requested in writing will be made minus any expenses already incurred, if approved by the board. All requests for refunds will be directed to the RYSL registrar.

 

4. SPORTSMANSHIP

    10 At the conclusion of each game, the participating teams will line up along the team’s sideline and exchange gestures of good sportsmanship. This activity will be observed by the game officials. Failure of the players or coaches to participate in this display of good sportsmanship will receive a “red card” resulting in their suspension from the following game.

     11 It is the duty of each player, coach, parent, and other persons in attendance at RYSL activities to conduct themselves in a civil manner. Anyone who exhibits behavioral tendencies which are detrimental to the enjoyment of the game for others is subject to removal from the game or suspension from the RYSL. Specific problems are to be referred to the RYSL Disciplinary Board.

     12 Any person displaying gross unsportsmanlike conduct resulting in an ejection (red card or two yellow cards in one game) must serve a suspension for the following

regularly scheduled RYSL game. The ejected person may be brought before the RYSL Disciplinary Board for the consideration of extended or permanent suspension by recommendation of either the presiding referee, either coach, or the president of the club. The club president shall hold the player pass card of the offender and it is the coach’s responsibility to retrieve the pass card following the suspension.

 


 

5. AGE GROUPINGS 

    The playing season for RYSL recreational soccer extends from January 1 to December 31 of same year. The appropriate age group for any player is determined on January 1 of the year and remains the same for the entire 12-month playing season. All players must be a minimum of 4 years of age on January 1 to register for RYSL league play anytime during the playing season. No child will be allowed to play up an age group unless request is made by parent and approved by President.

 

DIVISION      PLAYER’S AGE ON JANUARY 1

U6*                  Under 6 years of age

U8                    Under 8 years of age

U10                  Under 10 years of age

U12                  Under 12 years of age

U15                  Under 15 years of age

U19                  Under 19 years of age

 

*Must follow age guidelines of WVSA Age Matrix.

 

6. PLAYERS ON FIELD 

 

                DIVISION                U6 - U8           U10 U12           U13 & Up

 

             PLAYERS ON                 4 v 4                 7 v 7            9 v 9 11 v 11

                   FIELD                  (no goalie)

        

* Teams of more than 18 can be formed, but must follow the WVSA Guidelines.

In case a team is short of players but is within the guidelines, the opposing team may reduce its number of players on the field to an equal number, but still needs to meet the minimum 50% playing time for each player. Or, the coaches of the opposing teams may agree to have the under-manned team “borrow” players from the other team to enable the maximum number of player to play. This can occur only if the coaches agree prior to the start of the game. In the event of an ejection during the course of the game, the opponent does not have to reduce in kind by the number of players ejected.


 

7. TEAM FORMATION GUIDELINES

 13  The goal of the team formation process is to form  recreational soccer teams that are equally

        competitive within the club. Objective is to try to get an even spread of talent, of ages and

        boy/girl ratio for teams U8 through U12.  

 14  Players will be placed on teams by Registrar and one other officer.

 15  All teams must have no more than 2 coaches, with their children being on their team.

 16  Coach and assistant coach pairing will be determined by the board.

 17 “Guest” players are not permitted. Only rostered players on the two teams scheduled to play a

      given game may participate in the game. However, borrowing of players from one team by the

      other is permitted, as described in Section 6. Exceptions for Guest players under Section 19,

      Tournament play.

 18 The only Guaranteed requests are the placement of brothers, sister, relatives, or foster children

      living in the same household.  Any other requests may be honored if board feels there is a need

      for that.

       19 Player registering for club play after the draft process has been completed will be assigned to the

            teams by the registrar and president, if space is available.

   

       20  Ripley Youth Soccer League is a recreational league but does accept players registered

               with a travel league.

       21 Travel players will be divided up among the teams in their age brackets.

              a. Any rec player, playing travel at anytime during the season (fall, winter, spring),
                   can be moved to another team in the following season, to keep teams even.
             b. Travel players are permitted to score three (3) goals per game vs a team in their own league,
                   unless the other team is close in points.
             c. Any child playing travel is welcome to play in the RYSL. Players and parents are held
                  to the same accountability as rec players and parents. Games will not be canceled due to
                  travel players not being present for games.

           

8. FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

 

a. Fields – The field sizes will conform to small sided game rules for U-6 through U-12 age groups.

     Fields for U-15 and above will conform to FIFA.

     

     Division       U6 - U8              U9 - U10 U11 - U12           U15 & Up

 

     Field Size      30 x 20               47 x 30     75 x 47             112 x 75

     Goal Size       4 x 6                  6.5 x 18.5 6.5 x 18.5           8 x 24

 

  b. Soccer Balls

 

                    Division          Ball Size

                     U6 - U8            Size 3

                    U10 - U12         Size 4

                    U15 & Up         Size 5

 

c. Player Equipment

 22 All players on the field of play must wear shin guards during all practice sessions and games.

 23 Watches, rings, other jewelry, or anything the referee deems unacceptable or dangerous to any

       players will not be worn during RYSL practices or games.

 24 Each player will be properly dressed while on the field of play. Proper dress includes wearing

      a shirt with the team colors, shin guards, socks covering the shin guards, safe shoes, shorts or

      pants, and any other requirements stipulated by the referee.

 25 In inclement weather, players may wear additional clothing, provided it is worn under the issued

       uniform.

 26 Players fitted with any type of cast, air cast, or splint may not participate in club games or

      Practices for U15 and down.  In U19, casts may be worn, but must be wrapped in padding and

      taped for protection.

   27 Eyeglasses should have an elastic headband. (Referee has the right to require.)








 

9. PRACTICES

          A practice is any session involving soccer drills or strategy which includes a parent

    or coach and more than 3 members of a single team.

    Practice times permitted per team:  

 

Division Practice Time

          U6 - U8     1 Hour

         U9 - U10    1 Hour

        U11 - U12    1 ½ Hours

        U15 & Up    2 Hours

 

      28 Practices sessions (especially for the younger players) should focus on doing, moving, and

            having fun. Younger players do not like to stand in lines and have short attention spans.

            Practice time should be planned accordingly.  Times listed are the most time to be practiced

            For each bracket.  Less time practiced is permitted.

 

10. GAME DURATIONS

U-6 - 4 x 10 minute quarters, 2 minute breaks

U-8 - 4 x 10 minute quarters, 2 minute breaks

U-10 - 2 x 25 minute halves, 5 minute half

U-12 - 2 X 30 minute halves, 10 minute half

U-15 - 2 x 35 minute halves, 10 minute half

U-19 - 2 x 45 minute halves, 10 minute half



29 All teams should arrive at the playing field a minimum of 15 minutes prior to

      the schedule game time.

 30 All games during the regular season resulting in a tie at the end of regulation, will remain a tie.

 

11. PLAYING TIME

 

All players in attendance at the start of regular season games or club tournament games must play in at least half of the game (50%). A player arriving after the start of the game may be played at the discretion of the coach. Exceptions may be granted for illness, injury, and disciplinary reasons. It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure all players play the required amounts in each game. Coaches failing to provide required playing time for all players on their team will be referred to the RYSL Disciplinary Board.

Players may not be guaranteed 50% playing time if they continually miss practices and games, but only after approved by RYSL Disciplinary Board..

For additional restrictions and guidelines on playing time refer to Section 3, General Guidelines.



12. SUBSTITUTIONS 

 

U6 Free substitutions

U8 & Up - Substitution will be allowed in accordance with USYSA Rules, but only with the referee’s permission, during specified breaks in the game play. Coaches must have players prepared to enter the playing field before the game break occurs, with player standing at sideline at field center line.

 

13. SPECIAL U-6 & U-8 PLAYING RULES 

          31 In U-6 games - Coaches, assistant coaches, or parents act as referees. One coach from each  

               team is allowed on the playing field for the entire game. No one can pick up the ball in

               the field of play, (no goalkeeper). There are no throw-ins. Balls kicked out of play on a

               touchline will be returned to play with a kick-in. Balls kicked out of play on the goal line

               will be returned to play with a goal kick or corner kick.  

          32 In U-8 games – Coaches, assistant coaches, or parents can act as referees, if needed. Each

               team can provide a referee for half of the game. No one can pick up the ball in the field of play, (no                               goalkeeper).

                    Balls kicked out of play on the goal line will be returned to play with a goal kick or corner kick.

             33. U-8 throw-ins, players will be given two attempts to properly throw the ball into play

                before the ball is given to the opponent.

    34 Goal Kicks may be taken from a point inside the goal area.

    35 All fouls will result in an indirect free kick with all the opponents three yards away 

         from the ball.

    36 All free kicks are indirect. A goal cannot be scored directly from a free kick, or

         from a kickoff. This means that the ball must touch at least one other player before it enters the goal to 

         be counted as a score.

    37 There are no penalty kicks. No free kicks can be taken from within the opponent’s 

         goal box.

    38 No offside rules are observed.

    39 No score shall be kept.

 

14. SPECIAL U-10 PLAYING RULES

          40 If league referees are available they will call the game, otherwise a coach, assistant coach, or parent 

                   will act as the referee. Only the individual acting as the referee is allowed on the playing field during 

                   the game. The acting referee may be exchanged between teams during the half-time if desired by 

              the coaches.

         41 Opponents shall be 8 yards away from all free kicks.

         42 Penalty kicks are used.

   43 Field will have a build out line.

               a. It is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an

              unpressured setting.  When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick,

              the opposing team should move behind the build out line.  Once the opposing team is behind

              the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass or roll/throw the ball to a teammate (no punting).

   After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line

   and play resumes as normal.

   b. An attacker is not considered in an offside position unless s/he is nearer to the opponent’s goal line than the second last opponent AND the ball AND the build out line.



 

15. COACHES

 

        44 The coach shall be responsible for their own conduct as well as that of all other coaches, players

               and parents associated with their team while a game is in progress. It shall be the coach’s

               responsibility to see that the offending parents leave and report to the RYSL Disciplinary Board.

              If a coach is ejected (red card) from a game for either his or a spectator’s behavior, they shall be

              required to report to the RYSL Disciplinary Board for a full review and action.

        45 Any issues not taken under control, will result in the game being called. Referee will blow final

             Whistle and game will be over with no score or win.

        46 Coaches shall ensure that their team has the highest regard for good sportsmanship and respect for

             game officials.

        47 Coaches or other persons shall not enter the field of play unless requested by the referee.   

             (See special rules section for U-6 guidelines, exception)

        48 Coaching during games shall be limited to the sideline area only. No coaching will be allowed

             from behind or around the goal area. (See special rules section for U-6 guidelines, exception).

        49 It is mandatory that a representative from each team attend the coaches’ pre-season meeting.

             a. Coaches MUST take the coaching class to prepare them with the rules for the game. This is

                 mandatory for all coaches that are not certified referees.

        50 Coaches will ensure that field is safe prior to each practice and game. Ensuring

      goals are secure and field free of holes and other unsafe conditions.

  51 The coach of the team designated as home must make sure that the field is marked and corner 

        flags properly installed. 

              a.  Coach's are responsible for referee fees if a game isn't verified and referees show up for a scheduled                          game.

             b.   Visiting teams can be billed for referee fees if they do not cancel game and are a no show.

  52 Coaches will allow only RYSL member registered with WVSA to play and practice

       with his/her team.

  53 Each Head Coach must have an assistant coach so that practices and games will proceed

       as scheduled.


 

16. REFEREES 

  54 The RYSL referee has an awesome task and responsibility. Once they are given authority,

     they must be supported by all RYSL officials, coaches, players, and parents. ANY ABUSE

     OF REFEREES

       WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  (Please see Zero Tolerance below)

 55 RYSL referees will enforce the rules of competition defined by RYSL, WVSA, USYSA, and 

      FIFA (USSF). Where RYSL and WVSA rules are not specified, the laws of

     FIFA (USSF)  prevail.

 56 RYSL referees will always place primary emphasis on the welfare of players. The game will be 

     officiated in a manner conducive to clean competition and good sportsmanship.

 57 Referees shall not be faulted for judgmental decisions and opinions rendered in good faith during the 

      course of officiating a game. Coaches should address complaints of overall referee performance (not 

      a specific call) to the RYSL Referee Coordinator.

 58 Referees are encouraged to give pre-game instruction to both players and coaches concerning any 

      special  conditions that may have an impact on the game.

 59 Referees are encouraged to verbally communicate to players and/or coaches their decisions made 

      during the course of a game. Referees must never coach, while officiating a game.

 60 All referees must be certified by RYSL. In the event of a shortage of certified referees, linesman 

      may be selected from spectators or advanced players.

 61 If an ejection (red card or second yellow card) of a player, coach, or spectator occurs, the referee 

     shall request that the offending party leave the immediate area of the game and have no further contact 

     or communication with the remaining players/coaches. If they refuse, the referee may terminate the 

     game. In the event a game is terminated, the referee shall report in full, in writing, within 48 hours, 

     the circumstances, the score up to that time, and any relevant details to the club president and 

 

     RYSL Disciplinary Board. The RYSL Disciplinary Board will decide the outcome of the game as to 

     replay or forfeit as well as any additional action to be taken. In all cases, a report shall be sent by 

     the referee to the RYSC within 48 hours of the occurrence.

 

A. Referee Training

     62 All referees must be certified under USSF procedures.

     63 Youths must be 12 years old by the date of the first game of the next season to be eligible

          to be trained.

     64 Referees certified as level 9 can only referee RYSL games at RYSL fields.

 

B. Referee Certification

65 All RYSL referees must be re-certified annually in a course offered by a USSF-certified

   Referee instructor or online. Each referee must pay his or her own certification fee.

   For a referee to be able to referee RYSL games the following must be met:

66 They must attend at least 2 referee meetings per year. One must be a re-certification meeting,

    which can be attended anywhere in the USA. The other must be a RYSL meeting.

         They must fulfill all assignments by either refereeing those games, or finding qualified

         substitutes. Notifying the coaches that you will be absent does not satisfy the requirement.

 

 C.. Referee Pay Rate – Dollars per Game per Referee

The following rates apply only to certified referees.

     67.  Referee pay rate is as follows:

              U8 -  $10.00

              U10 : Center $15.00

                            AR 12.00

             U12 - U19: Center $20.00

                           AR 15.00

 

17. Zero Tolerance Policy

    To help prevent physical assault and verbal abuse in the leagues and clubs within the Ripley Youth

    Soccer League; the Association has adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. This policy

    applies to all coaches, players, parents, spectators and other supporters and referees effective

    immediately. Abusive and obscene language, violent play/conduct, fighting and other behavior

    (including, but not limited to sarcasm, taunting, etc.) deemed detrimental to the game between the

    above mentioned groups will not be tolerated. The ultimate responsibility for the actions of

    coaches, players and spectators resides with the member clubs.

    It is the responsibility of the coaches to provide referee support and spectator control, and it is

    the responsibility of the member clubs to provide instructions to their coaches on how they are

    expected to carry this out. This policy applies before, during and after the game at the soccer

    field and its immediate surrounding areas.

 

 

A. Code of Conduct

    The RYSL Code of Conduct is part of our By-Laws/Policies and Procedures and must be

    followed by everyone on the soccer fields.  Everyone will act in accord with this code. The

    league officials will and should expect that everyone follow this code. Anyone not following

    these rules is subject to disciplinary actions by the Disciplinary Board, not limited to expulsion

    from club activities.

      1. Make soccer participation for your child and others a positive experience.

      2. Remember that a child is easily affected by outside influences.

      3. Be kind to your child's coach and to the officials. Be kind to the opposing team parents and

          their coaches.  

      4. Applaud good plays by your team AND by members of the opposing team.

      5. Parents should be cheerleaders. Allow the coach to coach, the referee to officiate, and most of

          all allow your child to play the game.

      6. Between the exuberance of the winner and the disappointment of the loser, we have the

          referee. All of them follow the same creed to watch every movement of every player, and to

          call the game to the best of their ability. DO NOT openly question their judgment, and never

          their honesty. They are a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.

     7. Accept the results of each game, and encourage your child to: Be gracious in victory, and turn

         defeat to victory by working towards improvement. Set a good example of sportsmanship for

         the children.

     8. ABUSIVE OR PROFANE LANGUAGE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ON THE 

         SOCCER GROUNDS OR TOWARD ANY PERSON IN ATTENDANCE.  

 

    B. Parents & Spectators

     No parent or spectator shall persistently address the referee or assistant referees at any time.

     This includes, but is not limited to:

 Parents and spectators shall not dispute calls during or after the game.

 Parents and spectators shall not make remarks to the referee(s) or advise the referee(s) to watch certain players or attend to rough play.

 Parents and spectators shall never yell at the referee(s), including criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation or feedback of any kind before, during or after the game.

       The only allowable exceptions to the above are:

 Parents and spectators may respond to a referee who has initiated a conversation, until such time as the referee terminates the conversation.

 Parents and spectators may point out an emergency or safety issues, such as a player apparently injured on the field or observed fighting.

       Additionally, parents and spectators shall not make derogatory comments to players of either

           team.

 

      C. Penalties (Parents & Spectators)

            In the opinion of the referee, depending on the severity of the offense, the referee may take

            any of the following actions:

                1. The referee may issue a verbal warning to the coach of offending party’s team.

                2. The referee may stop the game and instruct the coaches to direct the parent / spectator

                    to leave the field.

                3. The referee may abandon the game if the parent/spectator does not leave the field.

                4. Any person told to leave the field by the referee, must do so.  In return,

                    said person will be subject to discipline:

                         a. Person receiving discipline, will not be permitted on the soccer fields or any

                             Soccer function for 1 (one) week from date of incident.

                        b. Before returning, said person must sign a misconduct form, stating they

                             acknowledge their wrong doing.

         

 

        D. Players

             The conduct of the players is governed by the Laws of the Game as stated by FIFA and

              USSF. The Laws themselves describe penalties associated with violating the Laws of the

              Game. Additional penalties for players who engage in misconduct may be established

              by the club and/or league but may in no case be less severe than penalties established by

              FIFA, USSF or RYSL.

 

        E. Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Bench Personnel

            It is the responsibility of all coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for

            themselves, their players and supporters in all matches. Failure to do so undermines the

            referee’s authority and the integrity of the game resulting in a hostile environment for players,

            the referee(s), coaches, assistant coaches, bench personnel and spectators. As role models

           for all of the participants and spectators, coaches participating in a RYSL sanctioned event are

           expected to be supportive of, and to acknowledge the effort, good play and sportsmanship on

          the part of ALL players from either team in a contest. By example, coaches, assistant coaches

          and bench personnel are expected to show that although they are competing in a game, they

          have respect for their opponent, referees and spectators at all times. The Ripley Youth Soccer

          League will not tolerate negative behavior exhibited either by demonstrative actions and gestures,

          or by ill-intentioned remarks, including those addressed toward the referees or members of

          an opposing team. Coaches exhibiting hostile, negative, sarcastic or otherwise ill-intended

         behavior toward referees, opposing players or coaches will be subject to sanction by the match

         official. Additional sanctions may be imposed by the club that the coach or assistant coach

         represents, the league that the match is being played under, or as allowed by Ripley Youth

          Soccer League policies after a review of the match report. Coaches shall not interact directly

          or indirectly with the coaches or players of the opposing team during the game in any manner

          that may be construed as negative, hostile or sarcastic either by way of demonstrative actions

          and gestures or by ill-intentioned remarks. 

          

 

             Coaches shall not offer dissent to any call made by the referee(s) at any time.

             Coaches are not to address the Referee(s) during the game except to:

                 a. Respond to a referee who has initiated a conversation.

                 b. Point out emergency or safety issues.

                 c. Make substitutions.

                 d. Ask the referee, “What is the proper restart (i.e. direction and Indirect Free Kick or

                     Direct Free Kick)?

                 e. Ask for the time remaining in the half.

    

   

Coaches are allowed to ask a referee after a game or during the halftime interval, in a polite 

       and constructive way, to explain a law or foul, but not judgment calls made in the game.

             a. Polite and friendly concern can be exchanged with the referee. If the polite tone of the

                 conversation changes, the referee may abandon the exchange at any time.

             b. Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment or intimidation is allowed.

      

NOTE: It is recommended that coaches or other team members do not engage in any conversation

           with the match official once the match has concluded.

     

         F. Penalties (Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Bench Personnel)

              In the opinion of the referee, depending on the severity of the offense, the referee may take

                 any of the following actions:

                    a. The referee may issue a verbal warning to the offending coach, assistant coach or

                        bench personnel.

                   b. The referee may eject the offending coach, assistant coach or bench personnel.

                       Once ejected, the individual will be required to leave the field immediately.

 

                       NOTE: Referees are instructed not to display any cards to bench personnel.

                                    They are strictly reserved for players and substitutes.

 

                      c. The referee should abandon the game, if the coach, assistant coach or bench

                          personnel do not leave the field or any immediate adjoining area after having

                          been instructed to do so.

                          Additional penalties associated with the ejection of a coach, assistant coach

                          or bench personnel may be assessed by the club or league which sanctioned

                          the match in accordance with their documented policy. These penalties may

                          be no less stringent than sanctions as may be imposed by RYSL following

                          their review, if conducted, of the incident.

 

     G. Discipline

           a. Coach, Asst. Coach, Bench Personnel receiving discipline, will not be permitted on the

                Soccer fields or any soccer function for 1 (one) week from date of incident.

           b. Before returning, they must sign a misconduct form, stating they acknowledge

                their wrong doing.

               

              All cases of alleged abuse or assault of a referee shall be reported to the RYSL Board

                within 48 hours of the match that engendered said behavior. RYSL will then conduct

                a verification of the complaint and subsequent actions as required by applicable sections

                of USSF/FIFA Policy in effect at the time of the incident. Although RYSL is continually

                bound by USSF/FIFA Policy and its various revisions, definition of referee abuse and

                referee assault found in USSF Policy 531-9 as of the creation date of this Zero Tolerance

                Policy is offered by way of information as follows:

 

          1.  Referee Abuse

               (a) Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which

                    implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment.

               (b) Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: using

                    foul or abusive language toward a referee that implies or threatens physical harm;

                    spewing any beverage on a referee’s physical property; or spitting at (but not on) the

                    referee.

 

          2. Referee Assault

              (a) (i) Referee Assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee.

                   (ii) For purposes of this Policy, “intentional act” shall mean an act intended to bring

                        about a result which will invade the interests of another in a way that is socially

                        unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.

              (b) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee:

                        hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee;

                        head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could

                        inflict injury; damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.


 

18. PARENTS 

 

     Parents/Guardians are expected to have players attend as many practices and games as possible.

     Parents/Guardians are to provide positive reinforcement for all players. (This includes both their

     team and the competitors). All parents/guardians must read and understand Section 4, Sportsmanship

     and understand that they are subject to disciplinary actions by the Disciplinary Board, not limited to

     expulsion from club activities.




 

19. PETS

     68 Pets are not to be on or around the soccer fields, during practices and/or games.

         Anyone choosing to not follow this rule, is responsible for any damages their pet does

         to others.

 

20. TOBACCO USE

    69 Tobacco products, including vaping, is not permitted on or around the fields at Whiting

         Park. The health department has signs posted at the entrance to the fields.  Signs are

         also posted around the soccer fields.

 

21. TOURNAMENT PLAY

 

     70 Coaches are encouraged to participate in Tournaments.

     71 It is not mandatory for a player to attend Tournaments that their team enters.

     72 Costs for Tournaments will be covered by the parents/guardians of each player.

     73 Coaches wishing to use “guest” players in tournaments where allowed, must first ask the head

          coach of the team which the player is currently assigned. A player obligation is to his assigned

          team first. After getting approval for the coach, permission to ask the player must be granted

          by the parent/guardian of the player. Any coach not confirming will be referred to the

          RYSL Disciplinary Board.

 

22.  REGISTRATION FEE AND REFUNDS

      

      74 Registration fee is $60 

            a, Each player will be given 15 raffle tickets.  They may sell these or put their own

                name on them before turning the stub in for a drawing. This will eliminate fundraising.  

            b. Drawing will be held for a determined amount of cash on a date set, at the beginning of

                games.

           

      75 Refund of registration fee will be done if requirements are met:

            a. No refunds are given.

                        

 

23. REVISIONS OF RECREATIONAL GUIDELINES

 

     These RYSL Recreational Soccer Guidelines are the general rules for recreational play. These

     guidelines may be  modified at any time at the discretion of the RYSC Board Members. Approval of

     modification requires a majority vote of Board members present during any board meeting (regular

     or special) with a quorum present. Any changes to the Constitution, Bylaws, or Guidelines must be

     submitted to WVSA within 30 days of adoption. Revisions must conform to WVSA Constitution,

     bylaws, and policies and procedures and to all requirements of WVSA, USSF and or USYSA

     and USASA.



These POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ADOPTED of the RYSL shall become effective on the fifteenth (15) Day of June, in the Year of TWO THOUSAND AND  NINETEEN (2019).