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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 players, is to speak to the referee before, during, or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
2.        Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no direct or indirect 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 before, during, or after the game.
3.        Violators may be sent-off and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.
4.        If BAYS Coaches would like to provide feedback about the refereeing, AFTER the game, log into the BAYS site and under My BAYS->Coach/Manager->Game Feedback click the correct game link to access a form that will send the feedback directly to the home Referee Assignor as well as to BAYS officials.
5.        If In-Town coaches would like to provide feedback they should contact the In-Town Referee Coordinator and/or the In-Town Director
6.        If spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact your team coach. Coaches can file a feedback reports or speak with their club officials to get more guidance.

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


Zero Tolerance Policy


Referee Response



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



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



Major distraction for the Referee - ejections for ZTP occurred or should have.  May or may not have considered terminating 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.  If the report is received through BAYS or MYSA their disciplinary process will be followed.

The Disciplinary Committee should schedule review hearings for any reports received that involve an offense involving a ZT 3, especially if a YELLOW or RED card is issued. The Disciplinary Committee should also schedule a reviewing meeting, when a 2nd violation.  The below are considered minimum suggestions.  The Disciplinary Committee may, in it's sole discretion, a more strict disciplinary action if deemed warranted.

Recorded Offense

Reported ZPT Violation 

AYS Disciplinary Action





Warning Issued, incident tracked 


Minimum of an acceptable* letter of apology from the offender(s) addressed to the referee(s) sent via AYS Board to the referee assignor within seven days of the ZT report filing date.

If the required acceptable apology is not received from the offender within the seven days, then the sanction automatically escalates to include the addition of a one game suspension



Requires a minimum of a one-game suspension and an acceptable* letter of apology from the offender(s) addressed to the referee(s) sent via AYS Board to the referee assignor.

·         The violator is suspended from participating in games until their sanction is complete, including the receipt of an acceptable apology letter.





One Game Suspension



One Week Suspension



Suspended for season

Repeat offenses, including Level 1 violations, will be taken into account when determining sanctions. 

*Acceptable apology letter must include:

  • an acknowledgement that the action in question was inappropriate, 
  • regret that the action happened, 
  • confirmation of an understanding of the AYS or BAYS ZT Policy, 
  • a commitment to ensure that more appropriate action and adherence to the policy will be in place in the future.

Definitions: (AYS Disciplinary Actions)

One Game Suspension: The offender WILL NOT be allowed on the sideline for the next played game. 
One Week Suspension: The offender WILL NOT be allowed to have any contact with the team for one week. This includes practices and any games played in the 7 days following the implementation of the suspension. 
Suspended for Season: The offender WILL NOT, be allowed on the sidelines or at practices for the balance of the season.

Disciplinary Actions will carry over from one season to the next if necessary, i.e. if a game suspension is issued for the last game of the spring season the suspension will be enforced at the start of the fall 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.

If the next scheduled game is postponed for any reason suspensions will be enforced on the next played game. 

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


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

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