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GSYSL Bylaws

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GRANITE STATE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE

Youth Development through the Sport of Soccer

(6/09)

Bylaws

Fees and Registration

A. Deadlines

The Executive Committee will establish fees and registration deadlines for the League in advance of each season. Teams wishing to compete must, by the date set by the Executive Committee, have paid all their fees and submitted the appropriate team application properly completed, and supplied a map of their fields in order to be considered duly registered for scheduling purposes. All Fees are due at time of team registration will be required to be paid to the GSYSL Treasurer or designee.

B. Failure to Pay Fees

In the event a team fails to pay its full registration fee by the deadline date (usually designated as the Season Kick Off Meeting), the Executive Committee may rescind that Team or Club’s registration and remove the Team or Club from the schedule for that upcoming season. Any Club/Team whose registration fee balance is not paid by the scheduled first game of that season will have their games declared forfeits for as long as said balance remains unpaid.

Program Structure and Administration

A. Age Groups

GSYSL will provide competition, with sufficient registration, in the following age groups: U - 10 (including EDP U7 - U9)through U – 19. All teams in those age groups must conform to age specific designations as specified by the USYSA and USSF. . U10 and below teams shall play small-sided 4v4 & 6v6 games and U11 & U12 teams shall play small-sided 8v8 games – both U10 (including EDP) & U11 age groups will be considered developmental divisions under modified rules as established by the Executive Committee.

B. Standings

The GSYSL Executive Committee will appoint an individual or individuals who will have the responsibility of monitoring the week-to-week play in specific age groups, receiving the scores from teams and establishing the standings. In accordance with GSYSL policy, no standings shall be kept for U10 & below age divisions, which are identified as “developmental” and for which competitive standings may not be kept.

Rosters, Birth Certificates, Player Registration and USYS Player Forms

A. Rosters

All rosters submitted by member clubs must meet USYSA, USSF and GSYSL requirements. Approved rosters shall be stamped by a League Registrar and returned to the coach of each team prior to the start of the relevant seasonal year or season. At any time during the seasonal year, the maximum number of players which may be rostered on any team shall be:

The following changes have been made to the various age appropriate rosters These “guidelines” apply ONLY to GSYSL League Play

  • U10 and below (including EDP)Allow UP to 14 (fourteen) and Dress UP to 14 (fourteen)
  • U11 & U12 8v8: Allow UP to 18 (eighteen) and Dress UP to 16 (sixteen)
  • U13 & U14: Allow UP to 20 (twenty) and Dress UP to 18 (eighteen)
  • Senior Division: Allow up to 22 (twenty-two) Dress UP to 18 (eighteen)

Clubs and Coach’s are advised that an expanded roster size may require skills in recognition of game and player management. This is a club issue and should be addressed by and/or to your teams.

Please be advised that this is for GSYSL League play only, teams participating in tournaments or other competitions are subject to the roster sizes governing those events.

The stamped League roster shall be the only acceptable roster presented by any team to the Referee prior to the start of any game. Club Pass Rule: (SPRING ONLY League in the competitive division ) Allows for up to 5 players to be written onto a team roster prior to the game as long as each player has a current and valid player pass and are a member of the same club. For each club pass player participating in the game, all player data (matching the player pass) including name, address, date of birth, and player identification number will be written onto the game roster provided to the referee prior to the start of the game. Teams shall not be allowed to have more than 18 players (U13 and above) 16 players (U11 & U12) and 14 (U10 and below) participating in any single game (including club pass players). Players must meet age requirement of team and may not play up more than 2 age groups listed on their player pass. Each coach should have in their possession copies of the completed USYS member form for all players (including club pass players) prior to the start of the game.

B. Birth Certificates

A copy of a Certificate of Live Birth issued by a local, state or Federal entity shall be accepted as proof of age for all registered players. Additional documentation that may be accepted in lieu of such a document is a passport issued by a recognized sovereign body, driver’s license, or similar which, at the discretion of a League registrar, is sufficient to prove date of birth of the individual player. A previously issued New Hampshire Player Pass card is also acceptable.

B. USYSA Player Forms or GSYSL Registration Forms

All players rostered on teams registered to GSYSL must have a completed USYSA/GSYSL Player Registration form on file with the League prior to the beginning of any seasonal play, which includes practices, indoor skill clinics, etc. This is in accordance with USYSA policy for insurance purposes.

C. KidSafe Forms

In keeping with policy mandated by USSF, USYSA and GSYSL requires that all adults interacting with players under the age of 18 complete a volunteer disclosure form i.e. “KidSafe Form” at such time as they begin their position whether it be as coach, asst. coach, team ‘mom’, team manager, club officer, etc. and for each subsequent season as they continue such interaction. A designee of the Executive Committee, who shall be the only individual allowed access to the forms, will keep all such forms on file in strictest confidence.

D. Transfer/Double Roster Forms

Transfer and Double Roster forms are USYSA forms for processing there is no fee for this process

E. Age Groups

As established by USYS guidelines as a seasonal year falling between August 1 through July 31 the following year (See Yearly Age Matrix for details). The league recommends that no player U14 and below should play up more than 2 years from their age group.

Player Transfer and Release

A. Any player legally rostered to a team is bound to that team for the entire seasonal year unless the player requests a transfer or is released. A request for a transfer or release shall be submitted to a League Registrar and USYSA on the form provided, stating the reason for the request. USYSA and GSYSL policies and procedures govern player transfers and double rosters.

B. A player may be released from a team by the coach only if the player is unable to play for one of the following reasons:

Ø The player has violated USYSA, GSYSL or USSF rules or GSYSL/USYSA disciplinary rules.

Ø The player has moved beyond a reasonable travel distance.

Ø The player is injured in such a manner that the player will not be able to participate for the remainder of the season.

Ø The player is deceased.

C. A player may be allowed to roster on multiple teams, subject to the approval of the GSYSL League Registrar or his appointee. The player will declare a primary and a secondary team on the form provided by USYSA. The player having declared a primary and a secondary will abide by the following rules unless the primary and secondary coach has made an alternative agreement:

  1. A player will practice with his primary team when a conflict arises between primary and secondary team practices.
  2. A player will play in games for his primary team when a conflict arises between primary and secondary team games. A conflict shall be as follows: A secondary team game prior to or at the same time as a primary team game.

D. All double rosters and transfers must be completed prior to the first day of scheduled match play for any season for all teams registering to play for that season.

Player and Coach Pass Cards



A. Pass cards shall be required for all players on teams aged U-11 and older, and all coaches. A U10 team playing in a U11 Division is considered a U11 team and must have player passes.  Player pass cards are used for identification of players only and are the property of the individual player and USYSA/GSYSL, unless such pass is revoked or retained by the League or USYSA as a result of suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary ruling. Each pass card must be -processed thru the GSYSL/USYSA Online Player Registration Program, showing the player’s name exactly as it appears on the team roster. The pass card must include an up-to-date (within one year of player’s current age) photograph and be signed by the player exactly as the name appears on the player card. Coach’s cards must be signed as the name appears typed on the coach’s card and the photograph must reflect a reasonable likeness to the coach’s present appearance.  Player passes & Coach’s Passes are available through the GSYSL web site online registration program

B. Pass cards shall be checked by the Referee prior to the start of each game. No player will be permitted to play without a valid pass card, except at the discretion of a League Registrar or the Executive Committee, who, with cause, may provide a written waiver for a single game. No coach will be allowed to act in his coaching capacity, or be on the same sideline as the team, if he does not present a valid pass card.

C. Coach’s cards are issued by USYSA, US Soccer, NSCAA or International at the time of licensing certification of the coach at each coaching level. Coaches should apply directly to the orginating organization for replacement or revision of coaching cards.  Coach’s Passes are available through the USYSA web site online registration program and are mandatory for all coaches, assistant coaches and team managers.

D. In accordance with USSF and GSYSL policies, no more than four (4) individuals with appropriate documentation i.e. coaches and/or pass cards, may be present on the players' sideline during match play. The League may issue up to four “sideline” pass cards to accommodate the legitimate need for a responsible adult to attend all scheduled matches on the players’ side of the field. These “sideline” pass cards shall reflect the photograph, name, team affiliation, season, individual designation i.e. “team manager”, “volunteer”, and signature of the individual to whom the card is issued. Cards are valid for one seasonal year. All individuals seeking such "sideline" pass cards must simultaneously furnish a completed "KidSafe" form to the appropriate League designee coordinating the KidSafe program. A League Registrar will not issue a "sideline" pass card without confirmation from such League designee that a completed "KidSafe" form is on file for that individual.

Scheduling Process

A. Scheduling for Conflicts

Following registration of teams, the League shall set forth the process of scheduling. -

The Fall/Spring Seasons requires cooperation of all teams and clubs to communicate conflict information to the league scheduler. Please speak with your players and parents to determine team availability for the spring season.

Teams requesting all Saturday or  all Sunday games CAN NOT be accommodated. PLEASE LIMIT your conflict dates to a MAXIMUM OF 2 DATES.

Coaches must submit a Coach’s Conflict Form prior to the season (Feb 20- spring August 10-fall).  The form is available as a link at the top of the Coaches Page on the GSYSL web site

CONFLICT INFORMATION WILL BE LIMITED TO THE CATEGORIES BELOW (Spring Season Only)

  • Is your team is entered in State Cup
  • Do you have 3 or more players involved in ODP
  • Are you playing in a tournament on a certain weekend
  • Senior Division - Graduation and Prom dates

If your Club or Team cannot play on a particular date due to tournaments or special events (Graduations, Proms etc.) you must notify the league scheduler by 2/15.

Schedule accommodations will not be made for coaches who coach multiple teams. The League requires that you have an Assistant Coach to handle your conflicts

NO CHANGES in the schedule will be made during the season.

B. Final Schedule

The League shall, prepare a final schedule to be distributed at the League Kick—Off Meeting that may be held jointly with other youth soccer leagues or via the league web site. The schedule shall be final and no changes shall be made by any Club/Team without the consent of the appropriate GSYSL -League Chair or designee. The schedule will accommodate as much as possible, all foreseeable conflicts. C. Field Coordinator System (Location Manager)

For scheduling purposes, each Club/Team shall designate a Field Coordinator (Location Manager) who will interface with GSYSL regarding scheduling matters. -. In addition, during the slotting process, the Field Coordinator is responsible for communicating with other Clubs/Teams on requested -conflicts regarding the scheduling process

  • Field Coordinators must submit a Location Manager Blackout Date Submission Form
  • All Location Managers must submit this form for potential conflicts for the upcoming spring regarding field availability.
  • The Season requires cooperation of clubs to communicate Field Availability Issues and Blackout date information to the league scheduler
  • Click on Calendar Link for important dates.
  • The scheduling process begins on 2/25 (spring season) 8/10 (fall season)

During the season, the Field Coordinator will be the primary point of contact between his or her Club/Team and GSYSL or other Clubs/Teams regarding changes, cancellations and rescheduling. Only the Field Coordinator may cancel games for unplayable conditions or unexpected field emergencies. At that time the Field Coordinator will notify the Home Team coaches, responsible parties of the visiting Club/Team (or may request the Home Team coaches to so notify), the Referee Assignor and the League Chair or designee such as the League Scheduler. The Field Coordinator will facilitate the rescheduling of such cancelled games and is responsible for notifying these same individuals, either personally or through delegation, of the new date/time of the matche(s).

D. GSYSL Geographic Concerns/Scheduling

When formulating the schedule in any particular season, the appropriate Vice Chair of Competition or designee may assign a lesser number of home games than the average team if, in the discretion of the appropriate Vice Chair or said designee, such team is unable to provide adequate fields or for which referees are not easily assigned due to geographic limitations.

E. Changes.

Once the schedule is posted NO Changes will be considered (except under extenuating circumstances). Requests must be submitted to the -League Chair for consideration and approval after consultation with the league scheduler. In the event a team does not play a game as scheduled, for other than weather or field reasons, or cancellation by the Field Coordinator, it shall incur a fine of $100 plus any Referee fees incurred by the League. In the event the team and/or costs are not paid forthwith, the League shall be authorized to place the offending Club in bad standing and notify USYSA/GSYSL accordingly. Only the “home team” Field Coordinator may cancel games for unplayable conditions or unexpected field emergencies, always excepting the determination by Referees on the field of play that field conditions are unsafe and the scheduled game therefore cancelled.

F. Forfeits.

Unless an authorized change to the schedule has been made, any team that fails to appear for or play a game shall forfeit. The opposing team (11v.11) will be credited with a 1—0 win for standings purposes. Fines for forfeited games are as follows: League notified 7 days prior to game day will incur a $100.00 fine (to be distributed to opposing team that lost the opportunity to play). League notified within 7 days of game day and prior to 24 hours of game time will incur a $250.00 fine (of which $100.00 will be distributed to the opposing team that lost the opportunity to play). No League notification and failure to play a scheduled game the forfeiting team shall pay any Referee fees incurred by the League as well as the $250 fine to be distributed as stated above. . In addition, the forfeiting team shall pay any Referee fees incurred by the League as well as a $250 fine as required by Paragraph C. The opposing team (11v.11) will be credited with a 1—0 win for standings purposes.

Rules of Play

A. Game Length

Game length shall be as follows:

  • U-8 (4v4)- four l2 min. periods
  • U–10/U-9 (6v6)- four l2 min. periods
  • U—11/U-12 - two 30 min. halves
  • U—13/14 - two 35 min. halves
  • U—15-19 Senior Division - two 45 min. halves

B. The Game Ball

The game ball shall be provided by the Home team according to the following sizes:
  • U-10 – U12 – Size 4 ball.
  • All other age groups shall use a Size 5 ball, in accordance with USYSA rules of play.

C. Rules of Play

  • All Small Sided Games shall be governed by the USYSA rules of play.
  • All 11 v. 11 games shall be governed by the FIFA ‘Laws of the Game".

Substitutions are unlimited. Substitutions can be made on a goal kick, after a goalis scored or on the substitute's team throw in.

The Following rule change has been adopted: Amended Substitution Rule:

  • On a throw in, if both teams have substitutes at the center line, both teams' substitutes may enter the field of play on either teams throw in.
  • Players must be at the center line prior to the stoppage in play.
  • Under no circumstance should players enter the field of play directly from the bench as a substitution

D. Point System

The standings of teams in their respective divisions shall be figured by points.

  • Three (3) - Win
  • One (1) - Tie
  • Zero (0) - Loss
  • Zero (0) - Forfeit and $250.00 fine

E. Tiebreakers

If at the end of the regular season, two or more teams are tied, the winner shall be determined through the following tiebreaker methods:

  1. Head to Head Competition;
  2. Most Wins;
  3. Most Shutouts;
  4. Goal Differential, up to a maximum of 3 per game;
  5. Fewest Goals allowed, up to a maximum of 3 per game;
  6. Coin Flip

Coaches and Managers

A. Teams must have a coach or manager present at each game in the bench area whose responsibilities shall include maintaining control and discipline over the team. A team that appears without a coach, or a clearly responsible adult substitute with positive ID and a pass card, shall forfeit that game.

B. Coaches and managers are responsible for their own conduct, and for the conduct of their players and fans, at all times. Abusive or obscene language, violent play, violent conduct or other behavior detrimental to the game and/or contrary to the Coaching Code of Ethics as established by USYSA/GSYSL/US Soccer and included in these By Laws as Addendum, will not be tolerated and will be cause for a misconduct investigation and subsequent disciplinary action.

C. Coaches must remain within three (3) yards of their players' bench during the course of play. They must refrain from loud, persistent or intrusive coaching of field players from the touchline. Only qualified coaches and managers may be present on the sidelines with the team during a game, excepting paragraph A and paragraph E under "Player and Coach Pass Cards". Parents and other spectators must remain on the opposite sideline or in a designated spectator area.

D. Coaches or managers who are ejected by the Referee, or who are under suspension, must remain completely away from

the playing field or site i.e. out of view of the players, spectators or other coaches. Failure to abide by this rule may result in additional disciplinary action.

E. Coach Suspension

Any coach receiving an ejection shall be suspended for his next 3 GSYSL games and shall not be allowed at the venue.  If a coach receives a second ejection at any time during their GSYSL coaching career the coach shall be suspended for the current season and shall have to apply to the GSYSL disciplinary committee for reinstatement to the league.   If an ejection is a result of physical abuse and/or activity (punching, kicking, biting, spitting or any other infraction deemed inappropriate by the GSYSL executive board) the coach shall receive a life-time suspension from GSYSL.  The coach shall have the right to appeal the decision.  The appeal must be presented within fourteen (14) days of the notification from the GSYSL executive board.  The appeal shall be presented to the GSYSL Chair.

Recruiting of Players

A. GSYSL does not allow club officers or coaches to recruit players from other clubs/teams during the seasonal year. Recruiting is defined as the active solicitation of players by another coach or club official by direct contact with the player. The solicitation of players for State teams i.e. ODP, by State Coaches or State officials, is specifically exempted from the definition of ‘recruiting’. Players may be recruited during the off season (summer). Players may also be recruited if they are currently not rostered to a team. All recruiting is subject to the following rules:

Ø No coach or club official can contact directly a player not in high school i.e. only high school players may be contacted directly by coaches or club officials.

Ø A coach or club official is not forbidden to talk to parents if the parent calls them directly.

B. Providing a player with information regarding a regularly scheduled group tryout while the player is still rostered with another team, or discussions with a player’s parents, does not constitute illegal recruiting or tampering. Complaints of tampering should be directed to the GSYSL Chairperson. The Team or Club of the team which the Chairperson, through consultation with the Executive Committee, has determined has violated this policy shall be assessed a $250 fine. Until the fine is paid, the Team or Club of such team will be held in bad standing.

Protests

A. Any team protesting a game must, through its manager or coach initiate such protest by notifying the coach of the opposing team either verbally or in writing before leaving the field of play. A verbal or written notification of the decision to protest the match must be given to the Referee at the same time. A formal protest in writing stating all known facts and reasons for the protest shall be sent to the League Chairperson within five (5) days after the match. As soon as practicable, the Executive Committee shall be convened by the League Chairperson for the purpose of deciding the protest. A written notification of the Executive Committee’s decision shall be sent to both teams. The decision of the Executive Committee may be appealed to the USYSA Appeals Committee for a de novo review by filing a written request with the USYSA Administrative office within 30 days of the date the Executive Committee decision is received and by paying any applicable appeal fee imposed by US Soccer or USYSA.

B. Judgment calls of a Referee may not be the basis for the filing of any protest. The Executive Committee may decline a protest if, in the consensus of the Board, the protest is made for the purpose of reviewing a judgement call made by a Referee.

Referees

A. Referee Assignor

The League shall utilize a Referee Assignor system, as approved by the Executive Committee, for assigning referees. All games under the jurisdiction of the League shall be officiated by licensed and registered referees. In a case where a referee fails to appear for a game, both teams may agree upon a substitute referee. If both teams are thus in agreement, the game shall count for standings purposes. The Referee Assignor will be responsible for submitting a written report to the Executive Committee on Game coverage and Referee attendance per season.

B. Referee Reports/Game Cards

Every Referee shall  submit a game report/game card on an official League report form or game card and forward it to the League Administrator within 24 hours of the game (Game scores are submitted thru the online game reporting system). This form shall include: the date and time of the match, teams participating, including gender and age group, the result of the game, field conditions, referee crew and the goal scores. All information must be legible. Any misconduct or violations of FIFA rules by either team or either coach must be included in the report and a separate USSF Game Report.

C. Referee Fees

The Executive Committee shall appoint a Referee Assignor to handle game assignments. It shall establish appropriate fees for each respective age group by a system of on-field payments as established by the Executive Committee prior to the commencement of game play during the season. A three - official system shall be used for U – 11 through U - 19 games whenever possible. For U – 10 and under games, each Home Club or Field Coordinator shall have the responsibility of assigning the Referee. Referees are paid by the individual clubs and are therefore not considered sub-contractors of GSYSL or the league’s designated referee assignor.

D. Failure of Referees to Appear

If a scheduled Referee does not appear, the opposing coaches may agree on a substitute Referee or not play and ask the League to reschedule the game. If the game is played, no protests based on the quality or performance of the Referee shall he heard by the Executive Committee.

NO SHOW REFEREE -AR

If a member of the Referee crew fails to appear or there were no AR’s assigned due to the unavailability of referees, the referee shall request a club AR from each coach to assist the referee for assisting in the determination of the ball being in or out of touch ONLY.  If a patched referee is available he or she should be employed, PROVIDING the referee(s) is age appropriate for the match. In the case of either, the Referee should be clear in the instructions for the level of assistance required of either the Club AR or the patched referees.

Red and Yellow Cards

A. A player who receives a Red Card shall stand suspended automatically for the player’s next scheduled League game. The Executive Committee may, through a disciplinary hearing, impose a greater sanction if the circumstances, in the Committee’s view, warrant the sanction. In the event the player is double rostered, the player shall stand suspended for the player’s next game regardless of whether the player’s next game is with the team on which the player was playing when the Red Card was given. If a Club Pass Rule player is issued a Red Card, that player is ineligible to play on any other GSYSL team while serving a suspension for the team on which the Red Card was issued. Any player receiving a red card shall be suspended for 1 game. The red carded player will not be eligible for the player pass rule during this suspension. This also includes a player who is double rostered with two teams playing in GSYSL. No player may compete on another team within GSYSL until suspension has been served with the team he received the red card for.

B. In any given season, upon a player being given a 3rd yellow card, the player shall stand suspended for the player’s next League game. Any yellow card count hereunder shall not include yellow cards involved in a Red Card being given based on two cautions in a single game.

C. Any game suspension hereunder shall apply only to League games or competitions.

D. GSYSL players who receive a Red Card in any GSYSL competitions shall automatically stand suspended for their next League game. If a Club Pass Rule player is issued a Red Card, that player is ineligible to play on any other team while serving a suspension for the team on which the Red Card was issued. Any player receiving a red card shall be suspended for 1 game. The red carded player will not be eligible for the player pass rule during this suspension. This also includes a player who is double rostered with two teams playing in GSYSL. No player may compete on another team within GSYSL until suspension has been served with the team he received the red card for.

E. Red Cards received in a player’s last game, or in a GSYSL competition after the season has ended, shall carry over and be enforced in the following season.

F. GSYSL New Policy - Red Cards and Coaches Suspensions

1. Player Red Cards

Any player receiving a red card shall be suspended for 1 game. He will not be eligible for the player pass rule during this suspension.  No player may compete on another team within the club until suspension has been served with said team.  If a player receives a 2nd red card during a season, the player shall be suspended for the remainder of the season, a season is considered fall and spring. If the red card is issued as a result of physical activity (punching, kicking, biting or any other infraction deemed inappropriate by the GSYSL executive board) the player shall be suspended for the rest of the season. Any player receiving a red card shall be suspended for 1 game. The red carded player will not be eligible for the player pass rule during this suspension. This also includes a player who is double rostered with two teams playing in GSYSL. No player may compete on another team within GSYSL until suspension has been served with the team he received the red card for.

2. Coach Suspension

Any coach receiving an ejection shall be suspended for his next 3 GSYSL games and shall not be allowed on the venue.  If a coach receives a second ejection at any time during their GSYSL coaching career the coach shall be suspended for the current season and shall have to apply to the GSYSL disciplinary committee for reinstatement to the league. If an ejection is a result of physical abuse and/or activity (punching, kicking, biting, spitting or any other infraction deemed inappropriate by the GSYSL executive board) the coach shall receive a life-time suspension from GSYSL. The coach shall have the right to appeal the decision. The appeal must be presented within fourteen (14) days of the notification from the GSYSL executive board.  The appeal shall be presented to the GSYSL Chair.

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