AYSO Area 1-P
|NOTE: RULES REVISED ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2003. THE ONLY DIFFERENCES FROM THE RULES DISTRIBUTED AT THE MANDATORY UPPER DIVISION COACH AND REFEREE MEETING ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2003 ARE IN SECTION 13. - SECTION 13 NOW PROVIDES THAT GAMES FOR POINTS BEGIN WITH THE THIRD SCHEDULED GAME FOR EACH TEAM. IN ADDITION, THE POINTS WERE CLARIFIED TO EXPLAIN THAT A 0-0 GAME SCORE IS A TIE FOR WHICH EACH TEAM RECEIVES 1 POINT.
These rules do not supersede AYSO National Rules and Regulations or Section 1 Rules and Regulations, but are intended to cover those situations not addressed in the AYSO National Rules and Regulations or Section 1 Rules and Regulations. Area 1-P rules shall prevail in case of conflict. Unless noted, these rules will cover both divisions.
The No. 1 priority in athletic competition is good conduct and good sportsmanship. Allowing poor sportsmanship or inappropriate behavior in soccer matches is contrary to the basic concept of fair play and the spirit of competition.
Taunting, baiting, ridiculing motions or body language after any play by a competitor; or pointing, hollering, chesting-up, or otherwise getting "in the face" of an opponent; showing up an opponent or referee; or other means of trash talking used to incite or intimidate an opponent, referee, or other designated official is not acceptable conduct and is subject to disciplinary action by the referee. Further disciplinary actions may be taken by the appropriate Regional Commissioner and/or the Area Director or designee.
The Regional Commissioners shall be responsible for the conduct of their coaches, who in turn shall be responsible for the conduct of their players and spectators, all of whom shall display the most positive aspects of good sportsmanship in keeping with the AYSO philosophy. All of our young people deserve the best examples of sportsmanship and goodwill toward all players and participants and respect should be exhibited at all times to the referees and AYSO officials.
Coaches and parents are the foremost role models in the teaching of good sportsmanship to young athletes, and must play a leadership role in demonstrating appropriate conduct.
Inter-Region play shall be coordinated by the Area Upper Division Commissioner/Area Tournament Director ("ATD" or "Upper Division Commissioner") or his/her Designee with the technical points such as rules, fields, schedules, and similar items to be determined by the Area Director ("AD") and a majority consent of the Regional Commissioners ("RC").
2. ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS & COACHES
A. Each RC is responsible for ensuring the eligibility of the players from such RCs region (Nat Rule III.F).
B. All coaches must be AYSO certified coaches and all coaches and assistant coaches must have completed the Safe Haven for Coaches training. All coaches and assistant coaches must have completed, and the applicable region must have submitted to AYSO-NSTC, a completed volunteer form for the season. The required ID cards discussed in paragraph 3.B. below, will only be issued to coaches and assistant coaches who have satisfied these requirements.
C. Each RC is responsible for ensuring the eligibility of the coaches and assistant coaches from such RCs region.
D. The Area Director shall have the final right of approval of all coaches. Each coach will complete an Area 1-P Coaching Application and Information Form and submit it to the AD by a date determined by the AD. A completed Coaching Application and Information Form shall be submitted no later than Saturday, September 13, 2003 for the 2003-2004 Season.
3. PLAYER REGISTRATION FORMS / ID CARDS FOR PLAYERS AND COACHES / TEAM ROSTERS
A. The RC or designee is responsible for submitting to the Area Director or his/her Designee completed copies of player registration forms, initial team rosters (final rosters due Oct. 1, see Rule 4), and completed ID cards for all players, coaches, and assistant coaches for laminating, as soon as possible after team formation. This procedure must be completed FOR ALL GAMES PLAYED PLAYED ON AND AFTER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2003. Players without ID cards after that time will not be allowed to play. Coaches or Assistant Coaches without ID cards after that time will not be allowed to coach.
B. NEW 2003-2004: All coaches and assistant coaches must have laminated ID cards and, during the game, the card must be worn on a lanyard or chain around the neck and must be in plain view. ONLY coaches with valid ID cards worn in plain view will be allowed to coach.
C. The RCs may elect to laminate the completed ID cards for players, coaches, and assistant coaches in their regions. The AD or ATD will provide the RCs with identifying labels to place on the back of each completed ID card BEFORE the RC laminates the card. An ID card MUST have the identifying label to be a valid player ID card.
D. Coaches must have in their possession at all times, Player Registration Forms with original parent/legal guardian signature (Nat I.E.6) and ID Cards. If registration forms are not present at the field (copies are acceptable providing they have original signatures), ONLY those players of legal age (18+) or with a parent or legal guardian present at the field will be allowed to play. A registration form, which contains medical and other release language, must be signed by such player, parent, or guardian prior to the player being allowed to play.
E. Before the start of the game, the coach will present to the Referee the ID cards, and show the Referee the Player Registration forms, of all the players shown on the lineup card. NOTE THAT THE BACK OF EACH ID CARD MUST HAVE THE COLOR IDENTIFYING LABEL PROVIDED BY THE AREA DIRECTOR FOR ID CARDS THAT SEASON. LAMINATED CARDS WITHOUT THE STICKER ARE NOT VALID!
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCEDURE. The Referee will check the players against the ID Cards and will return the ID cards to the coach. If a player is ejected before, during or after a game, the coach shall immediately surrender the player's ID card to the assistant referee or the center referee. The game will not be restarted unless the ID card is surrendered. In the event that the coach delays in surrendering the ID card or dissents in word or action, the center referee should so note the delay or dissent in the referee's misconduct report and the Area Director may take disciplinary action against the coach, including suspending the coach for the NEXT scheduled match and deducting 1 or more points from the total points for the coach's team.
As soon after the game as possible, the Referee shall notify the Area Director by telephone or e-mail of the ejection of any player and the reason for the ejection. In addition, the Referee shall submit the ID card of any team member(s) sent off (ejected) and a written Referee report to the Area Director at:
Adrienne M. Coffin
The Area Director provided addressed envelopes at the mandatory UD Coach and Referee meeting on Monday, September 8, 2003. If you need additional envelopes, please contact the Area Director or the Area Referee Administrator.
Retrieval of ID Cards: The Card(s) may be retrieved by the Coach, Regional Commissioner or Region Division Commissioner at the above address. Card(s) are available after the term of suspension is completed. Card(s) can be mailed if requested in advance.
4. ROSTER CHANGES / ADDITIONS
No changes or additions to team rosters may be made after October 1st (Sec 1.A.B.). Prior to October 1st changes or additions require notice to the AD or designee and the eligibility verification and issuance of an ID card to become effective. Final team rosters are due to the AD and to the Upper Division Commissioner no later than October 2nd. Coaches shall carry a copy of the official team roster at all times and shall present it upon request to the Referee, AD, ATD, or any other Area staff or designee of any of the foregoing.
5. HOME TEAM
A. The home team is responsible for supplying the game ball and shall change their team jerseys or wear scrimmage vests in the event of a color conflict. The home team is the team listed first on the schedule.
B. Where possible, the home team shall occupy the North or West side of the field. In addition, where possible, there shall be one team, its coaches and spectators on each side of the field.
A. The AD, ATD, or Designee shall have jurisdiction over all games played.
B. Disputes, not requiring a Board of Review, shall be resolved by the AD, ATD or Designee within 72 hours of the scheduled game time.
A. The RC shall be held responsible for the conduct of his/her coaches, who in turn shall be responsible for the conduct of their players, and spectators, all of whom shall display the positive aspects of good sportsmanship and conduct in keeping with the AYSO philosophy.
B. The AD shall have the final right to remove coaches and assistant coaches.
8. FIELD RESPONSIBILITY
A. It will be the responsibility of BOTH TEAMS to set up nets, goals and corner flags when they have the first game of the day on that field.
B. The breakdown of the field, and cleanup of the field area, will be the responsibility of BOTH TEAMS when they have the last game of the day on that field.
C. Failure to do either will result in the loss of 1 point from the standings total for the offending team.
D. Failure to clean up the sidelines and field area following each game may result in the loss of 1 point from the standings total for the offending team.
A. It shall be mandatory to play a scheduled game. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action against the coach or team. The coach may present an excuse for such non-appearance, but the full power to uphold the forfeit, to levy discipline or to reschedule the game shall reside with the Area Director and Upper Division Commissioner, or with their respective designees.
B. In case of failure to play a regularly scheduled game, the offending team shall lose the game by a score of 3:0. The Area Director and Upper Division Commissioner shall have the discretion to not impose this sanction if it is determined that circumstances were beyond the control of the team.
C. Games shall be played as scheduled and only the referee in charge or the Area Director, or their respective designees, shall have the authority to cancel or terminate such games. Such persons shall also have the authority to terminate a game early due to weather, lighting conditions, field conditions, or other similar reason not otherwise provided for in these rules.
D. In the event a game is terminated because due to reduction in players below the minimum of 7, or due to the conduct of the players, coaches or spectators of a particular team, the offending team, as determined by the Area Director or Designee, shall lose that game. Should it be determined that both teams have contributed materially to the termination, both teams shall forfeit that game.
E. In the event a game is terminated early, the game score and any points will be determined, subject to the discretion of the Area Director, as:
(1) If the offending team, or team that caused the termination, was losing at the time of the incident, the score shall remain as it was in favor of the opposing team provided that the opposing team shall receive at least as many points as would be awarded for a game score of 1-0.
(2) If the offending team, or team that caused the termination, was winning at the time of the incident, the score awarded to the opposing team shall be the score of that opposing team at the time to zero, but no less than a score of 1-0.
(3) If the teams were tied at the time of the incident, the score shall be 1-0 in favor of the opposing team.
If neither team is the offending team or caused the termination, the game scored and any points will be determined, subject to the discretion of the Area Director. In the event that the game is terminated early, without the fault of either team, at or after the beginning of the second half of the game, the Area Director may determine that the score at the time of termination shall be the game score.
F. Any team that abandons a game after the start of play may be subject to a disciplinary review board and discipline may include loss of points.
10. GRACE PERIOD
A. A minimum of seven (7) players shall constitute a team; a scheduled game shall not commence nor be continued if one or both teams cannot field seven (7) eligible players. (Nat I.A.2)
B. The referee in charge of the game shall allow a grace period of fifteen (15) minutes. This period will commence at the scheduled kickoff time for the game, after which the referee will cancel the game if one or both teams are not ready to play. Late staring games may be shortened.
10A. CANCELED GAMES
Only the referee in charge of the game, the home RC, the ATD, or the AD may cancel a scheduled game.
11. RESCHEDULED GAMES
Games canceled due to weather or other acceptable causes shall be rescheduled by the AD, ATD or Designee with the coordination of the home RC for the earliest date available.
12. GAME CARDS
A. Properly completed game lineup cards shall be submitted to the referee prior to the game.
B. It shall be the responsibility of the WINNING TEAM COACH, OR, IN THE CASE OF A TIE, THE HOME TEAM COACH, to forward the game cards, and in Division U19 the free substitution monitoring forms (or copies) if used, at the conclusion of the game to the ATD or Designee to officially record the results. In addition, the winning team coach, or the home team coach in the case of a tie, shall communicate (phone, fax, email) as soon as possible after the game to the ATD or Designee the results of the match to expedite the update of team point totals/standings. The results shall not be considered official until the game cards (and in Division U19 the free substitution monitoring forms, if used) have been received and reviewed.
C. Failure to forward the game cards may result in the presumption that the game was not played. Game cards must be received by the Thursday following the scheduled game.
D. Mail game cards (and, if applicable, U19 free substitution monitoring forms) for U19 and U16 games to:
Peter Gumpert, 3000 Club Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Phone: 310-204-0991
Prior to the start of the season, the RCs, by vote, shall determine the method by which first place in each division will be decided (i.e. total points, playoff, etc.). Standings will be determined by the total number of points earned provided that the points may be appropriately weighted in the event that all teams in the division do not play the same number of games (i.e., due to rain outs, etc.).
THE FOLLOWING POINTS START WITH THE GAMES AS INDICATED BY THE AD. FOR THE 2003-2004 SEASON, POINTS SHALL BE COUNTED BEGINNING WITH THE THIRD SCHEDULED GAME OF EACH TEAM.
Win: 3 Points
THE FOLLOWING POINTS ARE IN EFFECT FROM THE START OF THE SEASON (i.e. DAY ONE):
NO SHOW/FORFEIT: minus 1 additional point for non-appearance at a game. (Unless 24 hrs. prior notice is given other reason for no show is deemed reasonable by AD in accordance with these rules and guidelines.)
RED CARD/EJECTION / SEND OFF: minus 1 Point for each Send off / ejection of a player. (In addition, such coach or assistant coach may be subject to further disciplinary action by a Board of Review.)
FAILURE TO SET-UP OR TAKE DOWN THE FIELD
AND/OR FAILURE TO PICK UP TRASH:
minus 1 point for each occurrence. (A warning will be given after which the failure to do the foregoing will result in a deduction of 1 point.)
Tie Breaker, if necessary:
1. Head to Head
Substitutions will be by eighths unless otherwise agreed by BOTH coaches in accordance with the rules set forth below.
A. Division U16 Boys & Girls. The referee will call substitution in eighths unless BOTH coaches request that substitution be called in quarters. THERE WILL BE NO FREE SUBSTITUTION FOR U16 MATCHES.
B. Division U19 Boys & Girls. The referee will call substitution in eighths unless BOTH coaches request that substitution be called in quarters or BOTH coaches request free substitution.
(1) In the case of free substitution, it shall be permitted in accordance with the Free Substitution guidelines available on the Area 1-P Web site at www.ayso1p.org. To the extent that a team wishes to use free substitution, it must have an independent monitoring system (other than the coach) to ensure that every participant plays at least half of every game. Therefore, each team shall provide a monitor at each game to ensure strict adherence and compliance with the "everyone plays one-half of every game" doctrine. The monitor shall complete the free substitution worksheet and give it to the center referee at the conclusion of the game. If either team fails to provide a monitor at any time during the game, substitution will revert to eighths.
(2) A team is allowed to substitute one or more players during the following situations when free substitution is being used in a game:
(a) Either or both teams may substitute, independent of which team is in possession of the ball, at:
(i) Before the start of the half.
(ii) Kick-Off, to restart play after a score.
(b) The team with possession of the ball may substitute, and if so then the team without possession may also substitute, during:
(i) Throw- In
(ii) Goal Kick
If the team with possession of the ball does not substitute during the above, then the team without possession may not substitute.
(c) No substitution will be allowed during:
(i) Corner Kick
(ii) Free Kick (Direct or Indirect).
C. All Divisions:
(1) A substitute must wait for the referee's signal before entering the field of play and must enter at the halfway line after the player he/she is replacing has left the field.
(2) Substitution will be monitored by the referee when playing eighths or quarters and entered on the game card submitted to the referee prior to the commencement of the game. When playing free substitution, substitution will be monitored as described above and entered on the free substitution work sheet.
15. SEND-OFFS (EJECTIONS)
A. Violent conduct, use of offensive, insulting or abusive language or action, serious foul play, and/or disruptive conduct toward opponents, referees or officials will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of each coach to counsel their players and spectators regarding positive and sportsmanlike conduct at all times. It is not the referee's responsibility to control unruly players and spectators ---- it is the responsibility of the coach!
Coaches must take swift action during the course of the match if one of their players begins to show signs of disruptive or unsporting behavior towards an opponent or an official. This action should include warning and/or removing the player from the field of play until the coach is satisfied that the player is capable of resuming participation in the match. Removing a player from the field must be done in compliance with the Laws of the Game (i.e., obtain referee's permission if during play or at usual substitution time).
B. Players, spectators, and coaches who are asked to leave the match shall leave the field and the area around the field immediately. With respect to players younger than 18 years of age, the prior sentence shall be subject to consideration of safety and other concerns. The referee shall, with discretion, suspend the match until this is complied with, or shall terminate the match, if necessary.
C. Players, coaches, or spectators who are sent off (ejected) prior to, during, or after a match for violent conduct, serious foul play, and/or insulting or abusive language or action will be suspended from all participation in the remainder of the match and from the entire NEXT TWO matches, including Section playoffs. Upon the Area Director's evaluation, which may be made in consultation with the Upper Division Commissioner, the Area Referee Administrator, the center referee of the game in question, and others as deemed appropriate by the Area Directors, such persons may receive additional game suspensions or full suspension from participation in all subsequent matches for the remainder of the season including Section playoffs or such suspension may be reduced.
D. Players, coaches or spectators who are sent off prior to, during or after a match for any other reason will be suspended from all participation in the remainder of the match and from the entire NEXT match, including Section playoffs. The Area Director may choose to extend the suspension beyond the next match. Additionally, a region may choose to extend the suspension beyond the next match and is encouraged to closely monitor the behavior of their teams.
E. Outrageous conduct by any player, coach or spectator may result in suspension from AYSO.
F. Any team member who is sent off (ejected), or shown the red card, for fighting shall be suspended from all participation and his/her ID card relinquished for a minimum of the team member's next three scheduled games, playoffs included. The Area Director, or a disciplinary review board, may also decrease or increase the suspension to any length, up to and including the balance of the season or expulsion from AYSO.
G. Any player or coach who seeks another player, spectator, referee or official for the purpose of taunting or fighting, or threatens the well-being of a player, spectator, referee or official either before, during or after a match either on or in the vicinity of the playing fields or parking areas, including adjacent streets, will be suspended from all further play during the season, including playoffs.
H. Any suspension shall be served in its entirety, and if necessary will carry over into subsequent play, i.e. Section playoffs or the following year's season.
I. Any three team members from the same team sent off (ejected) from a game shall be sufficient cause to terminate the game and a win awarded to the opposing team.
16. GRACE PERIOD/MINIMUM PLAYERS
A minimum of seven (7) players shall constitute a team; a scheduled game shall not commence nor be continued if one or both teams cannot field seven eligible players. (Nat.I.A.2)
A grace period of 15 minutes shall be allowed by the referee in charge of the game, this period to commence at the scheduled kickoff time for the game or, if later, when the field becomes available, after which the referee will cancel the game if one or both teams are not ready to play.
17. ARTIFICIAL NOISEMAKERS
Artificial noisemakers, such as, but not limited to, air horns, cow bells, drums, megaphones, etc., shall not be allowed. Electronic devices used to communicate between the players and the coaches or spectators shall not be allowed.
18. PROTESTS AND APPEALS
A. Protests may be made for misapplications of the rules only, not for judgment calls.
B. Protests must be made in writing to the RC and delivered to the Area Director within twenty-four (24) hours of the protested game. If upheld, the protested game shall be replayed in its entirety as soon as possible. The Area Director and Upper Division Commissioner shall determine the playing date and time.
C. An Appeal from the imposition of disciplinary action by the Referee must be made in writing to the RC and delivered to the Area Director within twenty-four (24) hours of the appealed action.
D. Protests and Appeals will be considered by a Disciplinary/Protest and Appeals Review Board.
19. PLAYOFF FORMAT
A. The six top teams in each U19 division, and the 10 top teams in each U16 division, during the regular league play shall play in playoff games according to the following provision. In each division, the 1st and 2nd place teams shall have a bye for the first game; the 3rd place team shall play the 6th place team and the 4th place team shall play the 5th place team. The winner of the 3rd versus 6th place game shall play the 2nd place team and the winner of the 4th versus 5th place team shall play the 1st place team. (The 1st and 2nd place teams shall be designated as the home teams.) The losers of the games shall, if field space and time allows, play each other and the loser of the 3rd versus 6th place game shall be designated as the home team.
The winners of the games with the 1st and 2nd place teams will play each other in the Finals and, if field space and time allows, the losers of the two games will play each other in a Consolation game. The teams that participated in the 1st v 4th//5th place game shall be designated as the home teams in the final and consolation games.
In each U16 division, the 7th team shall play the 10th place team and the 8th place team shall play the 9th place team. The winners of those two games will play each other and, if field space and time allows, the losers of the two games will play each other in a Consolation game. The teams that participated in the 7th versus 10th place game shall be designated as the home teams in the subsequent games.
B. Medals will be given to players and coaches for 1st and 2nd place.
C. Semifinals and Finals will be single elimination. The duration of the games will be full length in accordance with National Rules (I.B.5&6).
(1) In case of ties, the following tie breaking system shall apply:
(a) In case of a tie at the end of regulation time, two "Golden Goal" overtime periods consisting of 10 minutes each (up to 20 min. total if no goal is scored) shall be played. The first team to score a goal during the overtime period shall be the winner of the game.
(b) If a team is playing short because of ejections, they will continue to play short during the overtime periods.
(c) In the event that neither team scores during the overtime periods, the winner shall be determined by taking of kicks from the penalty mark as follows:
When a team finishes the match with a greater number of players than their opponents, they shall reduce their numbers to equate with that of their opponents and inform the referee of the name and number of each player excluded. The coach or team captain has this responsibility.
Before the start of kicks from the penalty mark the referee shall ensure that only an equal number of players from each team remain within the center circle and they shall take the kicks.
Each team shall alternately take five penalty kicks at the same goal; each one shall be taken by a different player; the team scoring the most goals shall be declared the winner. Should both teams score the same number of goals, the kicks shall continue in the same order (each kick being taken by a different player until all players of each team have participated) until such time as both teams have taken an equal number of kicks (not necessarily five) and one team has scored a goal more than the other; this team shall be declared the winner.
If all players of each team have participated and the game is still tied, kicks shall continue in the same order as used previously.
The goalkeeper may be changed after any kick. Only the players on the field at the termination of the overtime periods may take kicks; none of these players may be exempted from taking a kick if the number of kicks required to be taken equals or exceeds the number of players on the field.
D. If a game is terminated prior to completion, the outcome/standings shall be determined by the Tournament Director, the Area Director and Area Referee Administrator or designees.
In case of inclement weather, call (818) 243-5247 for a message. If there is no message regarding rain, assume all games will be played as scheduled. If in doubt, go to the field for play.
21. REFEREE REPORTS
A. Referees shall submit a written report in the event of:
(1) Any Red Card, Send-off or Ejection of any Team Member (player/coach/assistant coach).
(2) Conduct on the part of Spectators interfering with the control of the game (including any ejections).
(3) Abuse of the substitution rule (i.e. improper substitutions, teams not playing all players one half of the game)
(4) Other significant problems (i.e. game abandonment / termination, field unsuitability, etc.).
B. Referee report(s) along with the ID Card(s) are to be forwarded to the Area Director.
22. DISCIPLINARY FORFEIT
A. If a suspended team member is found to have participated in a game from which that team member was to have been suspended, then that game shall be awarded as a win to the opposing team, and that team member shall be suspended from his/her next scheduled game. The game will then be scored in favor of the opposing team.
B. The offending coach shall be suspended from his/her next scheduled game with possible suspension for the balance of the season after a Board of Review.
23. DISCIPLINARY/PROTEST AND APPEALS REVIEW BOARD (Board of Review)
A. The Board of Review shall be comprised of: Area Director, Upper Division Commissioner, Area Referee Administrator, Assistant Area Director and one neutral Regional Commissioner as selected by the Area Director. In the case where the discipline was imposed at the discretion of the Area Director, and not specifically by these rules, then the Area Director shall be replaced on the Board of Review by an additional one neutral Regional Commissioner as selected by the Area Director.
B. The Board shall hear all appropriate protests and appeals, and shall have the power to confirm, reduce or increase any penalties or decisions being protested or appealed.
24. REPRESENTATION AT SECTION LEAGUE TOURNAMENT:
The League team finishing in first place in their division may go on to represent Area 1-P in the Section Tournament. If wild-card teams are provided for in the Section tournament, additional teams in order of finish may also represent the Area.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE ABOVE.
Adrienne M. Coffin
AREA 1-P TEL/FAX: (818) 243-5247
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