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Zero Tolerance Policy

The disciplinary guidelines below, apply to any violation of the Attleboro Youth Soccer (AYS) adopted “ZERO” Tolerance Policy (ZTP) during home or away games. The ZTP adopted by AYS is consistent with the policy as defined by Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS). The ZTP is outlined below: 

  1. No one, except the designated "Captains", are to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions,point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.
  4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at http://www.bays.org.

The table below was obtained from the BAYS ZERO Tolerance Guide, as to how Referee’s report ZTP infractions.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Conduct

Referee Response






0

Zero Tolerance followed. No issues.


Everyone well behaved and positive

 






No response required

1

Minor

Some comments.  Did not disrupt the enjoyment of the game for the players or distract the referees.

2

Major

At the referee's discretion, the referee may continue or end the disussion. 

3

Severe

Major distraction for the Referee - ejections for ZTP occurred or should have.  May or may not have considered terminating the game. 

 

The following are additional rules to expand on  the ZTP Rule #2 above.

5.   At no time should any of our coaches yell to their players to increase their physical play (i.e. pushing, pulling, elbows up or otherwise) due to referee allowing it. Conversely, teach the players to play the game correctly, as it is a physical game, and instruct the players while on the bench.

6.   Admonishing or showing dissent toward an official for a call or non-call indirectly through ones players is NOT acceptable, and shows a lack of respect toward the officials, a lack of sportsmanship, and etiquette for the game.

If a report is received by AYS for any infraction of the ZTP, the Disciplinary Committee will be provided via e-mail a copy of the report for review. If deemed necessary, the Disciplinary Committee will schedule a hearing to review the offense, allow the coach the opportunity to rebuttal the report, and impose the appropriate disciplinary action, as outlined below, if required.

The Disciplinary Committee should schedule review hearings for any reports received that involve an offense involving a 4 or 5, especially if a YELLOW or RED card is issued. The Disciplinary Committee should also schedule a reviewing meeting, when a 3rd “Offense” is received that involves a 1, 2 or 3.

Recorded Offense

Reported ZPT Violation 

AYS Disciplinary Action

 

1st

 

0 or 1



No Action Required (NAR) 

               
                  2


Written Warning

 

3



One Game Suspension

 

2nd

 

1



Written Warning

 

2



One Game Suspension

 

3



One Week Suspension

 

3rd

 

1



One Game Suspension 

 

2



One Week Suspension

 

3



Suspended for season

Definitions: (AYS Disciplinary Actions)

One Game Suspension: The offending coach WILL NOT be allowed to serve as a coach on the field at the teams next game, but can view from the sideline as a parent .

One Week Suspension: The offending coach WILL NOT be allowed to have any contact with his/her assigned team for one week. This includes practices and the scheduled game for that week.

Suspended for Season: The offending coach WILL NOT, be allowed to continue coaching for the balance of the season.

AYS reserves the right to refrain from assigning any Coach to a team in future seasons, if the individual consistently shows disregard for the “ZERO” Tolerance Policy.

Lastly, the Disciplinary Guidelines outlined above, in NO way are intended to prevent a Coach from placing the safety of their players above all else. Therefore, if at any time during a game a Coach feels that the Referee or Officials DO NOT have control of the game, the Coach can and should pull his players from the field of play to the team bench, to prevent any harm or injuries from occurring, but SHOULD NOT leave the field.  Leaving the field entirely may constitute a forfeit.. 

Disruptive Behavior

The Board of Directors of Attleboro Youth Soccer would like to address the issue of disruptive and disrespectful behavior by players in the Travel program.

Attleboro Youth Soccer expects that players will conduct themselves in a mature, respectful manner. Players should arrive at both practices and games prepared to play and listen to instructions from their coach. Disruptive and disrespectful behavior by any player or players cannot and will not be permitted to negatively impact the opportunity for the rest of the team to develop their skills and pursue their interest in the game. Similarly, our coaches, who commit so much of their time and energy to their teams, should not and will not be expected to tolerate such behavior.

Coaches have been instructed to address any issues promptly and directly with the player or players involved, and, if necessary, with those player’s parents. If the situation warrants, the respective Girls or Boys Travel Director will become involved, and if necessary, refer the situation to the Board for disciplinary action.

We would ask that every coach communicate these expectations to their teams and every parent review these expectations with their child.

If there are any questions or concerns regarding this policy, they can be addressed to the AYS Travel Director.

 

Attleboro Youth Soccer
PO Box 641
Attleboro MA 02703

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Attleboro Youth Soccer, P. O. Box 641
Attleboro, Massachusetts 02703

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