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Code of Conduct

Zero Tolerance Code of Conduct

The VCYSA Code of Conduct for players, referees, coaches, and parents shall at all times be governed by the FIFA Laws of the Game with the following additions.

Players

Players at all times should adhere to VCYSA code of conduct. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Players are not to make verbal or animated objections to a referee's decision.
  2. Players are not to disrupt or hinder the flow of the game because of a perceived unfair decision by a referee.
  3. Players may only address inquiries about a referee's decision through their team captain or coach during a time-out or halftime break.
  4. Players are not to use audible obscenities.
  5. Players shall not make statements of an abusive nature towards a referee, the nature of which includes but is not limited to:
    1. Performance or competence of referee or partner
    2. Racial discrimination
    3. Gender or sexuality based remarks
    4. Perceived bias of a referee towards an opposing team 


Administration and Enforcement Procedures for a minor breach of the players' code of conduct the referees shall:

  1. Warn the player of his/her breach of the code
  2. Advise the player's coach of the warning
  3. Advise the other referee of the warning
  4. Upon a repeat offence penalty shall be invoked

Where the general conduct of a number of players in the team is not satisfactory the referee may issue a warning to the entire team and upon repeat offence invoke the penalty.

Penalty: 

Referees may issue, yellow cards, red cards and request the VCYSA to suspend privileges of any offending person from being allowed to attend VCYSA functions, both home and away.

Disqualification may occur without a warning for any egregious conduct or for repeat offenders.   

 

Coaches

Coaches at all times should adhere to the code of conduct.

  1. Coaches are not to make overly verbal or animated objections to a referee's decision.
  2. Coaches are to refrain from asking questions or making comments to a referee whilst play is in progress or during short stoppages in play.
  3. Coaches are to direct questions to referees only during halftime breaks.
  4. Coaches are to limit their questioning of Referees to either Rules or Bylaw interpretations.
  5. If a coach is not satisfied with a ruling he/she may seek clarification with the Referee in Charge but he/she may not stay and argue the point once a decision is made.
  1. Coaches are not to make statements of an abusive nature towards a referee or player concerning:
    1. Performance or competence of referee, coach or player
    2. Racial Discrimination
    3. Gender or Sexuality based remarks
    4. Perceived bias of a referee towards an opposing team
  1. Coaches are not to use audible obscenities.
  2. Coaches are to adhere to and assist a referee's request to address the conduct of his/her players and spectators.

 

Administration and Enforcement Procedures for a minor breach of the coaches code of conduct the Referees should: 

  1. Warn the coach of his/her breach of the code
  2. Advise the other referee of the warning
  3. Upon a second offence penalty shall be invoked


Penalty:

Referees may issue, yellow cards, red cards and request the VCYSA to suspend privileges of any offending person from being allowed to attend VCYSA functions, both home and away. Disqualification may occur without a warning for any egregious conduct or for repeat offenders.

  

Spectators and Parents

Spectators at all times should adhere to the code of conduct.

  1. Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment and benefit, not yours
  2. Applaud good performance and efforts from all individuals and teams.
  3. Respect the decisions of referees and teach young people to do the same.
  4. Never ridicule or scold a player or referee for making a mistake.
  5. Condemn the use of violence in any form.
  6. Show respect for your team's opponents.
  7. Encourage players to follow the rules and the officials' decisions.
  8. Do not use foul language or harass referees, players, coaches or other officials.
  9. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their
    gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

 

Enforcement Procedures:

For any breach of the spectators' code of conduct the referees should:

  1. Warn the coach and spectator of the breach and ask the spectator and coach to immediately rectify the behavior.
  1. On a second offence the referee is to stop the game and seek assistance in ejecting the individual from the facility.
  2. The Referee should inform VCYSA board of the necessity to eject any spectator and VCYSA shall determine the appropriate penalty for said individual going forward.
  3. If an individual is allowed to return to VCYSA events, the behavior of the spectator shall be closely monitored in compliance with VCYSA zero tolerance policy.
  4. If any spectator refuses to leave the VCYSA event, law enforcement shall be called and the person removed.



Referee/Official

Referee and Assistant Referee behavior is governed at all times by Laws 5 and 6 of the FIFA Laws of the Game, except where modified by the United States Soccer Federation and Indiana Soccer.