May 9, 2017

ByLaws

        OREM YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS AND RULES

CONSTITUTION

1:01        NAME

1:01:01        UYSA LEAGUE #20  

1:02        PURPOSE

1:02:01        Educational Purpose

1:02:02         Activities include the following:

                A.        It may acquire property, both real and personal.

                B.        It may contract for the accomplishment of its purpose.

1:02:03         Does not contemplate pecuniary gain.

1:02:04         Does not discriminate.

1:03              COLORS

1:03:01                The representative colors shall be Blue and Red.

1:04                AFFILIATION

1:04:01        Utah Youth Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

 

1:05        TERRITORIES AND BOUNDARIES

1:05:01        The Cities of Orem/Lindon/Vineyard, Utah.

1:05:02        A League.

1:06        AUTHORITY STRUCTURE

1:06:01                Governed by its Constitution, Bylaws and Rules.

  1. Requirements to UYSA.
  2. Copies of Constitution, Bylaws & Rules.
  3. Review by UYSA.

1:06:02                The Governing Authority.

1:06:03                Between meetings authority vests with the Executive Board.

1:06:04                Order of leadership

1:06:05                Executive Board.

1:07        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1:07:01                Each year the AGM will be held in the first quarter.

1:07:02                The order of business at the Annual General Meeting.

1:07:03                Each board member one vote.

1:07:04                Establish a quorum.

1:07:05                No Paid Employee holds votes.

1:08              AMENDMENTS

1:08:01                Submit proposed changes to the Constitution.

1:08:02                Amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules.

1:08:03                Amendment to the Constitution shall be by majority vote

1:09        DISSOLUTION

1:09:01        Dissolution of this Corporation.

BYLAWS

2:01              AFFILIATION

2:01:01                Every player, coach, team, volunteer must be registered.

2:01:02        Bad Standing

2:02        BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2:02:01                Election of members of the Board of Directors.

2:02:02        Executive Board responsibilities.

2:03        LEAGUE 20 ORGANIZATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

2:03:01                The governing authority is the League Board.

2:03:02                Electorate in the League.

2:03:0        3        Frequency of League Board Meetings.

2:03:04                Leagues have the authority to set their fee structure.

2:03:05                Authority of the League President.

2:04        ELECTIONS

2:04:01        Election to be held in a timely manner.

2:05        REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF OFFICERS

2:05:01                Procedure for the removal of any officer.

2:05:02                Filling a vacancy.

2:06        RULES OF ORDER

2:06:01                Parliamentary Procedure, Robert’s Rules of Order

2:07              AMENDMENTS

2:07:01                Amendments made at Annual General Meeting

2:08        FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

2:08:01        UYSA Disclaimer

2:09        BUSINESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST

2:09:01        Personal or Business Gain

2:10        SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE

2:10:01        Opposition to Sexual and Physical Abuse.

REGISTRATION RULES

3:01        MANDATORY REGISTRATION

3:01:01        Player Registration.

3:01:02        Responsibility for submission of fees.

3:01:03        Volunteer Registration.

3:01:04        Player registered without being on roster.

3:02        SEASONAL YEAR

3:02:01                The seasonal year is from September  1st to August 31st.

3:02:02         Recreation/Developmental Registration fees due no later than July 15th.

3:03        PROOF OF AGE

3:03:01        Competitive players.

3:04        AGE GROUP DEFINITIONS

3:04:01                UYSA LEAGUE #20 claims jurisdiction over all players up to  age 19.

3:04:02                The limiting age for any age group.

3:04:03                Chart of age groups.

3:04:04                Play-Up rule.

3:04:05                Penalty for misrepresenting age.

3:04:06                Improper Registration.

3:04:07                Presenting False Information.

3:05        RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

3:05:01                Boundaries.

3:05:02                Residence change.

3:05:03                Penalty for misrepresenting address.

3:06        MULTIPLE ROSTERING

3:06:01                Exception to playing on more than one team.

3:06:02                Player recruitment.

3:06:03                Player advancement to the highest level of their skills.

3:06:04                Transfer of a player.

3:06:05                Release of a player.

3:06:06                Tournament Teams.

3:07        PLAYER PASSES

3:07:01        Passes issued.

3:07:02        Registrars.

3:08        FEES

3:08:01        Registration fee.

3:08:02        Waiver of fees.

RULES OF PLAY

4:01        FIFA RULES 

4:01:01        Rules which govern UYSA play.

4:02        SPORTSMANSHIP

4:02:01        Purpose of Association

4:03                 THE FIELD OF PLAY

4:03:01                Field dimensions.

4:03:02                Conditions of competition fields.

4:03:03                Fields used by young age groups.

4:03:04                Equipment standards.

4:03:05                Team bench area.

4:04        THE BALL

4:04:01        Size 5.

4:04:02        Size 4.

4:04:03        Size 3

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4:05                NUMBER OF PLAYERS

4:05:01                Team Size.

4:05:02                Size of younger age group teams.

4:05:03                Substitutions.

4:05:04                All Play.

4:06        PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

4:06:01                Home team changes colors when similar as visiting team.

4:07        DURATION OF THE GAME

4:07:01        Chart of game and overtime periods.

4:07:02        Terminated games.

4:08        MIXED TEAMS

4:08:01        Girls playing on boys teams.

4:08:02        Types of teams.

4:09        COACHING FROM THE SIDELINES

4:09:01        Coaching from the sidelines.

4:09:02        Disciplinary Action

4:10        REPLAY OF GAMES

4:10:01        Conditions for replay of games.

4:10:02        Authority for additional conditions.

4:11        REFEREE TRAINING.

4:11:01        Qualified Referee Shortage/Referee Courses

RECREATION SOCCER RULES

5:01        PURPOSE

5:01:01        The purpose of recreation soccer.

5:02        FORMATION OF TEAMS

5:02:01                Team organization.

5:02:02                Coach selection.

5:02:03                Coaching Instruction – Recreational/Developmental

5:03        UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

5:03:01        Uniforms.

5:03:02        Equipment.

5:03:03        Safeguarding equipment.

5:04        PRACTICES. GAMES AND AGE GROUP ADMINISTRATION

5:04:01                Team & Field Supervisor.

5:04:02                Practices.

5:04:03                Standings.

5:04:04                No Game Dates.

5:05        COACHES TRAINING

5:05:01                Coaches’ Meeting.

        

5:06        AWARDS AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

5:06:01        Teach and build group spirit.

COMPETITION RULES

6:00        GENERAL

6:00:01        Laws of the Game.

6:00:02        Authority for Rules and Regulations.

6:00:03        Team & Field Supervisor

6:00:04        Coach selection, instruction and uniforms.

6:01        PROGRAM DEFINITIONS

6:01:01        Competition Program.

  1. Participation.
  2. Alignment.

6:02        PLAYER PASSES

6:02:01        Player Passes are property of UYSA and must be presented.

6:02:02        Appropriate passes.

6:02:03        Passes for those who are properly registered.

6:02:04        Coach must have proper coaching license for pass.

6:02:05        Must be presented.

6:02:06        Confiscated Passes.

6:03        REFEREES

6:03:01                Referees must be certified by and registered with USSF.

6:03:02                Diagonal System of Control

6:03:03                If referee fails to appear.

6:03:04                Lack of coaches agreement.

6:04        COACHES QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATION

6:04:01                Coaches or team representatives orientation meeting.

6:04:02                Progression of Licenses.

6:04:03                Certification requirements of coaches.

6:04:04                Coaching from the sidelines.

  1. Coaches box.
  2. Coaching consistent with the game of soccer.

PROTESTS AND APPEALS RULES

7:01                PROTESTS AND APPEALS COMMITTEE

7:01:01        Committee Composition.

7:01:02        Conflict of Interest.

7:01:03        Chairperson Pro Tempore.

7:01:04        Policies and Procedures.

7:02                JURISDICTION

7:02:01        Protests.

7:02:02        Appeals.  

7:03                STANDING

7:03:01        Protests.

7:03:02        Appeals.

7:03:03        Exhaustion or Remedies.

7:04                SUBMISSION OF PROTESTS OR APPEALS

7:04:01        Notice of Protest.

7:04:02        Notice of Appeal.

7:04:03         Filing Fee.

7:05                CONSIDERATION OF PROTESTS AND APPEALS BY THE STATE

7:05:01        Summary Disposition.

7:05:02        Stays.

7:05:03        Panel Assignment.  

7:05:04        Referral to Discipline Committee.

7:05:05        Notification

7:05:06        Discovery

7:05:07        Submission of materials

7:05:08        Decision without Hearing.

7:06                HEARING

7:06:01        Hearing.

7:06:02        Telephone Hearing.

7:06:03        Notice of Hearing.

7:07                DECISIONS AND ORDERS

7:07:01        Decisions.

7:07:02        Orders

7:07:03        Notice of Decision and Orders.

7:07:04        Enforcement of Decisions and Orders.

7:07:05        Disciplinary Action.

7:08                APPEALS OF ORDERS AND DECISIONS OF THE UYSA

PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEE

7:08:01        Procedure for appeal.

7:08:02        Preparation of Record for Further Appeal.

7:09                EXCLUSIVE REMEDY

7:09:01        Exclusive Remedy.

7:09:02        Sanctions.

RISK MANAGEMENT

8:01:01        Promotes Safety.

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE RULES

9:01        DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

9:01:01                A disciplinary committee appointed by the Commissioner.

9:01:02                Administer and enforce disciplinary rules.

9:01:03                Committee members’ non-participation because of direct interest.

9:01:04                Policies.

9:01:05                Jurisdiction.

9:02        DISCIPLINARY RULES

9:02:01        Players.

  1. Red Cards.
  2. Yellow Cards.
  3. Points.
  4. Suspension & ODP Program.
  5. Who Must Attend Disciplinary Meetings.
  6. Tournament Points.
  7. Team Accountable.

9:02:02        Physical Confrontation Between Participants.

  1. Physically Attacking.
  2. Coach Ejection.

9:02:03        Misconduct toward game officials.

  1. Referee Assault.
  2. Referee Abuse.
  3. Penalties.

9:03         APPEALS OF SUSPENSION FOR DISCIPLINARY POINTS

9:03:01                Appeals procedure

9:04         APPEALS OF ADVERSE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

9:04:01                Appeals procedure

        UTAH SOCCER ASSOCIATION LEAGUE #20

        CONSTITUTION

1:01              NAME

1:01:01        This Association shall be known as the UTAH YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION LEAGUE #20, a non-profit corporation hereafter referred to as UYSA LEAGUE #20 or the Association.

1:02                PURPOSE

1:02:01         The purpose of this Association is to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer within Orem, Lindon, Vinyard Utah among players nineteen (19) years of age and under. It is organized and operated for the educational purpose in accordance within section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

1:02:02         The Association shall carry on all activities reasonably related to the foregoing purposes, including but not limited to the following:

A.        It may acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise, and it may hold, improve, sell, lease, mortgage or otherwise encumber, any and all kinds of property, both real and personal.

B.        It may enter into and carry out contracts for the accomplishment of its purpose, and do all things permitted of a nonprofit charitable corporation under the laws of the State of Utah.

1:02:03         This Association is one that does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof, and it is organized solely for non-profit purposes.

1:02:04        This Association does not discriminate against any individual because of their race or religion.

1:03         COLORS

1:03:01         The representative colors of this Association shall be Blue and Red (Boys), Pink and Blue (Girls).

1:04         AFFILIATION

1:04:01                 This Association UYSA LEAGUE #20  shall be an affiliated member and comply with the authority of the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).  To the extent permissible under applicable law, this constitution and bylaws shall be consistent with UYSA’s and USSF’s, articles of incorporation and bylaws.  To the extent permissible under applicable law, UYSA LEAGUE #20 and its members shall abide by UYSA’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. UYSA LEAGUE #20  will not join any organization that has requirements that conflict with UYSA’s articles, bylaws, policies and requirements.  UYSA LEAGUE #20  will annually register with UYSA all players, coaches and administrators who are registered with UYSA LEAGUE #20.

1:05        TERRITORIES AND BOUNDARIES

1:05:01        The territory of this Association shall be the Orem, Lindon and Vineyard Utah.

1:05:02        This area shall be known as League 20.

1:06        AUTHORITY STRUCTURE

1:06:01                1:06:01This Association shall be governed by its Constitution, Bylaws and Rules, which shall be consistent with the Constitution and Rules of the Utah Youth Soccer Association, as such Constitution, Bylaws and Rules are approved by the governing authority.

                

  1. This Association shall provide annually to the UYSA Secretary : (1) a report on its activities; (2) copies of its constitution, bylaws, and governing documents; (3) any changes to its constitution, bylaws, and governing documents within 90 days of their adoption; and (4) its most currently completed financial statement no later than 90 days after the start of USSF’s seasonal year.
  1. Copies of this Association’s constitution, bylaws, and governing documents shall made available to its’ members through but not limited to the internet.
  1. This Association will allow UYSA, upon reasonable notice, to review its basic documents and procedures as may reasonably be required to determine compliance with UYSA Constitution and Bylaws.

1:06:02        The governing authority of this Association shall be the League Board as defined in the Bylaws section 2:03:01.  The League Board shall hold an Annual General Meeting, and may meet at other times, as deemed necessary, or upon petition of one-third of the voting strength of the Association.

1:06:03        Between meetings of the League Board, the governing authority shall be the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall consist of elected officers and all others as defined by the Constitution and Bylaws.

1:06:04        When the League President is absent, the following order of leadership will be followed for the purpose of conducting necessary business: Vice President (Recreation), Vice President (Competition), Secretary, Treasurer.

1:06:05        An Executive Board shall be composed of the following Officers:

President, Vice President (Competition), Vice President (Recreation), Treasurer and Secretary.  In case of emergencies between general meetings, the Executive Board will meet to discuss problems.  All actions by the Executive Board must be ratified by the full board at their next scheduled meeting.

1:07        ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1:07:01        The League Board shall hold an Annual General Meeting each year within 90 days of    U.Y.S.A.’s A.G.M. Notification shall be made to members seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

1:07:02        The order of business at the Annual General Meeting shall be as follows:

A.        Call to Order

B.        Roll Call

C.        Credentials Report

D.        Introduction of Guests

E.        Acceptance of Minutes of the Previous meeting

F.        Reports

G.        Unfinished Business

H.        Proposals for Changes to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules

I.        New Business

J.        Elections

K.        Good of the Game

L.        Adjournment

1:07:03        Each League Board member of UYSA LEAGUE #20 in good standing shall be entitled to (1) one vote as established in the Bylaws.

1:07:04        A majority of the eligible voting membership must be present in person or by proxy in order for a quorum to exist. Except for amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules, a majority of eligible votes cast shall be required to decide an issue.

1:07:05        No registrar or referee coordinator paid by UYSA LEAGUE #20 shall be entitled to vote in any capacity including proxy votes.

1:08        AMENDMENTS

1:08:01        Any proposal to amend the Constitution and bylaws of this Association may be made by any UYSA LEAGUE #20 member. Changes must be submitted in writing to the Executive board not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual General Meeting, and must be circulated to voting members not later than fifteen (7) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

1:08:02        Amendments to the Bylaws and Rules of this Association may be made at the Annual General Meeting, at special meetings of the Executive Board called for such purpose, or as otherwise specified.

1:08:03        An amendment to the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules, shall be deemed adopted by a majority of the votes present at the Annual General Meeting, or other meeting called for that purpose. Amendments adopted at the Annual General Meeting shall be effective immediately unless otherwise specified.

1:09 _        DISSOLUTION

1:09:01         Upon the winding up and dissolution of this Corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the Corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious and/or scientific purposes, and which has established its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If this Corporation holds any assets in trust, said assets shall be disposed of in such a manner as may be directed by order or decree of the District Court of the County in which this Corporation’s principal office is located, upon petition therefore, by any person concerned in the liquidation.

UYSA LEAGUE #20

        BYLAWS

2:01             AFFILIATION

2:01:01        All clubs, leagues, and associations or organizations affiliated with Utah Youth Soccer

Association must register every soccer player, every coach. ALL volunteers must be registered with UYSA LEAGUE #20.

2:01:02         Any team, club, league, or district determined to be in bad standing will not be allowed to participate in any UYSA LEAGUE #20 activities (tournaments, games, travel, etc.). This includes participating and voting at any and all meetings.

Reasons for bad standing include but are not limited to –

non-payment of fees

non-compliance of rules and policies

2:02        EXECUTIVE BOARD

2:02:01         At the AGM the following Executive Officers shall be elected for a two-year (2) term of office (except as noted below). Voting shall be done in the following order:

  1. Year one: the Vice President over Recreation and the Secretary
  2. Year two: the Vice President over Competition
  3. Year three: the President

No Officer of the UYSA LEAGUE #20 Board shall hold more than one (1) Board-voting position at the same time. An incumbent officer may be removed prior to completion of his/her term of office by a two-thirds vote of the body that elected him/her.

2:02:02        The Executive Board shall be responsible for the operation of the Association and the conducting of the business and affairs of the Association, including, but not limited to, the following:

A.        Enforcing and interpreting the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules of the Association.

B.        Establishing and/or modifying League and District Boundaries with the approval of the affected area and UYSA.

        Supervising the financial affairs of the Association to include        establishing or approving appropriate fees to provide the necessary financial  support for implementation of UYSA LEAGUE #20 programs, and

arranging for an independent C.P.A. audit as needed, of UYSA LEAGUE #20  financial records and procedures. Annual expenditures may not exceed annual receipts except as approved by the Executive Board.

D.        Appointing or approving the appointment of all Executive Officers, and, in the event a member of the League Board is unable to complete his/her term of office, appoint, approving the appointment, or providing for the election of an individual to complete the term of office of the outgoing individual.

E.        Suspending, barring completely or otherwise disciplining any player, coach, manager, team assistant, parent or referee, or State, District or League Officer. Such action shall be subject to any restrictions in Section 2:05 of these Bylaws.

F.        Making from time to time temporary rules or regulations for specific cases or occasions not provided for in the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules, but which are deemed necessary, by the Executive Board, to carry out the objectives of this Association. Such rules must be approved at the next Annual General Meeting.

2:03        UYSA LEAGUE #20  ORGANIZATION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

2:03:01        League Board is the basic administrative unit of this Association which schedules play for recreation/developmental teams in any defined bracket or age level and is responsible for providing a recreational/developmental soccer program for youth residing within its boundaries.

The governing authority in UYSA LEAGUE #20 shall be vested in a League Board which should be composed of the following:

A.        LEAGUE PRESIDENT League Presidents shall preside at and conduct meetings of the League Board and shall be responsible for establishing and staffing a League organization in all areas necessary to provide a complete soccer program within the League. League Presidents shall be responsible for implementing and enforcing the UYSA Constitution, Bylaws and Rules as well as District Rules within the League. League Presidents have the authority to make decisions without having to call a league board meeting. Such decisions are subject to ratification by their league boards.

B.        VICE-PRESIDENT FOR RECREATION/DEVELOPMENTAL The

        Vice-President for Recreation/Developmental shall supervise the administration of the Recreation/Developmental program within the league to include the distribution of uniforms and scheduling of games. The Vice-President for Recreation shall also chair meetings of the League Recreation Coordinators and Specialists which includes all Recreation coaches within the League.

C.        VICE-PRESIDENT FOR COMPETITION The Vice-President for Competition shall supervise the administration of the Competition Program within the The Vice-President for Competition shall also chair meetings of the League Competition Coordinators and Specialists which includes all competition coaches within the League.

D.        SECRETARY The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings, handle all correspondence, give notice of meetings and maintain the files of the League.

E.        TREASURER The Treasurer shall give a receipt for all monies which shall be deposited in a federally insured financial institution in the name of the UYSA League #20. All accounts shall be paid by check and shall bear two (2) signatures; the League Treasurer’s and/or the League President, Vice-Presidents or Secretary.

F.        DIRECTOR OF COACHING The Director ofCoaching shall be responsible for providing coaching training and support for all recreation/developmental coaches within the League and shall assist in recruiting coaches.

G.        REFEREE ASSIGNOR The Referee Assignor shall be responsible for providing referee training, testing and certification at the Recreation level within the League and shall assist in recruiting referees. The Referee Assingnor may be tasked with assigning referees to officiate at games.HREGISTRAR The Registrar shall be responsible for the annual or semi-annual registration of players in the League to include making prior arrangements for the sign-up, supervising the event, and coordinating with the League Treasurer in accounting for all registrations.

  1. UNIFORM SPECIALIST  The Uniform Specialist shall be responsible for acquiring 3 bids for the uniforms, purchasing and distributing them.  
  1. FIELD MANAGER  The Field Manager shall be responsible for putting up and taking down the nets on the goals, repair of equipment and periodic equipment checks for safety.

        The League President, subject to the approval of the League Board, shall add such other positions as deemed necessary.

2:03:02        Insofar as is practicable, League Board Members shall be elected by registered coaches, referees, administrators and parents of players in the League for a two (2) year term of office. Elections will be held in odd-numbered years.

2:03:03        Executive Board Meetings shall be held not less than monthly during the playing season and as needed during the rest of the year. Each member of the Board shall have one (1) vote except that the President (or senior Vice President when acting as President) shall cast a vote only when the vote is by ballot and in all other cases where the vote would change the result. Fifty (50) percent of the members must be present in order for a quorum to exist and a majority of the eligible votes cast shall be required to decide an issue. Members must be present in order to vote.

2:03:04        This League shall have the authority to set their fee structure. 2:03:05        The League President, subject to the approval of the League Board, may appoint additional officers to assist in the administration of the League.

2:04        ELECTIONS

2:04:01        It is the responsibility of governing bodies of Leagues, Districts and the State to ensure that elections of their respective officers are held in a timely manner and at appropriate intervals as set forth in these Bylaws.  An opportunity shall be afforded to interested individuals to announce their candidacy for office. Appropriate notice of elections should be distributed  by the league as applicable. Newly elected officers shall take office immediately upon election.  The State Office must be notified within fourteen (14) days of the result of the election.

Organizational Members may submit nominations at least twenty one (21) days prior to the election, candidates must submit a nomination packet including an information sheet, resume, and written acceptance of their nomination at least fourteen (14) day prior to elections. The Nomination list of candidates will be available to voters at least seven (7) days prior to the election. There will be no nominations from the floor at the election meeting.

2:05        REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT OF OFFICERS

2:05:01        A hearing for the removal of any officer will be held upon presentation to the governing body over that officer of a petition for removal signed by a number of eligible voters equivalent to at least one-third (1/3) of the eligible voters in attendance at the meeting at which the officer was elected. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the eligible voters at the hearing shall be required to remove the officer. In addition to the above, petitions for the removal of a League President must be signed by at least 5% of the voting members of the League.

2:05:02        When any office becomes vacant because of the removal or resignation of the incumbent, an election will take place at either the next League Board Meeting or Special League Board meeting within one hundred twenty 120 days of the vacancy. The body having jurisdiction over the vacant office shall appoint an individual to fill this position on an interim basis.

2:06        RULES OF ORDER

2:06:01        Meetings of this Association shall be conducted in accordance with parliamentary procedures, with Robert’s Rules of Order being the standard reference in the event of dispute.

2:07        AMENDMENTS

2:07:01        Amendments to these Bylaws shall be made at the Annual General Meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose pursuant to Article 1:08:02 of the Constitution of this Association. Amendments shall be adopted in accordance with Article 1:08:03 of the Constitution of this Association.

2:08        FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

2:08:01        UYSA LEAGUE #20 specifically disclaims financial responsibility for, and shall not assume nor be held liable for, debts, contracts, or other financial obligations, either expressed, or implied, of any affiliated district, League, club or team or any of the coaches, managers, officers, officials or any associate member of any affiliated District, League, club or team.

2:09        BUSINESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST

2:09:01        No member of UYSA LEAGUE #20  shall engage in any position or function of UYSA LEAGUE #20  in an effort to gain advantage for their personal or business gain. Any potential conflict of interest shall be declared in a disclosure statement to the UYSA LEAGUE #20 Board. The statement may be submitted voluntarily or upon request of the Commissioner. The Executive Board  will investigate and, if necessary, take action for removal of the individual from their position in UYSA LEAGUE #20

2:10                SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE

2:10:01        This Association opposes sexual and physical abuse.  To the extent permissible under applicable law, the Executive Board and League Board  shall adopt policies consistent with the criteria established by USSF.

        UYSA LEAGUE #20

        REGISTRATION

3:01        MANDATORY REGISTRATION

3:01:01        PLAYER REGISTRATION. Every player that is sponsored, financed, coached, sanctioned, supported or administered by this league must be properly registered with the Association prior to participating in any UYSA LEAGUE #20 or Inter-District games or activities. The player is registered from the moment the player or players agent (legal guardian) signs the UYSA Participation Registration Form and other documents as required and pays the appropriate fees to the association having jurisdiction over the player within the time frame set by that body.

3:01:02        RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUBMISSION OF FEES. This association shall be responsible for insuring proper registration of players, volunteers and teams, properly accounting for fiscal transactions with prompt, accurate reporting of registration data to the governing authority with District Registrars submitting all forms and fees to the State Office.

All Leagues shall submit all registrations (recreation and competition) on a database file compatible with the State’s player registration program. Leagues must submit their registrations to the State on the database file by September 30.

3:01:03        VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION. All volunteer coaches, referees and administrators shall register with the Association by submitting a completed appropriate registration form at the beginning of each seasonal year.

3:01:04        A player may register with UYSA LEAGUE #20 without being listed on a team’s roster.

3:02        SEASONAL YEAR

3:02:01        The seasonal year of this Association shall begin on September 1st and end on August 31st of the following year.

3:02:02        Formal registration of recreation/developmental players shall take place each year prior to May 31st, and registration forms and fees shall be due at the state office no later than July 15th.

3:03        PROOF OF AGE

3:03:01        COMPETITIVE PLAYERS. All players in competitive programs are required to meet USYSA standards and furnish as proof of age one of the following documents:

A.        Birth Certificate

B.        Board of Health Records

C.        Passport

D.        Alien Registration Card issued by the U.S. Government

E.        Uniformed services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) issued by the uniformed services of the United States

F.        Birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency

G.        Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age or a certification of an American Citizen born

abroad issued by the appropriate government agency.

H.        Hospital, baptismal or religious certificates WILL NOT be accepted.

3:04        AGE GROUP DEFINITIONS

3:04:01        UYSA LEAGUE #20 claims jurisdiction over all amateur youth soccer players in Orem, Lindon and Vineyard who have not reached nineteen years of age before the first day of August of the immediately preceding seasonal year in which they apply for registration.

3:04:02        Players who attain the limiting age for any age group on or after August 1 of the seasonal year will be eligible to play in that age group for the remainder of the seasonal year.

3:04:03        This association, unless otherwise sanctioned by the Board of Directors of this Association, shall divide play (to include all competitions and tournaments) among teams of single age grouping as follows:

UNDER-19 Player has not reached 19 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-18 Player has not reached 18 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-17 Player has not reached 17 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-16 Player has not reached 16 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-15 Player has not reached 15 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-14 Player has not reached 14 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-13 Player has not reached 13 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-12 Player has not reached 12 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-11 Player has not reached 11 years of age before AUGUST 1St of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-10 Player has nor reached 10 years of age before AUGUST 1St of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-8 Player has not reached 08 years of age before AUGUST 1st of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

UNDER-6 Player has not reached 06 years of age before AUGUST 1St of the immediately preceding seasonal year.

3:04:04        PLAY-UP RULE. Any player may play up one (1) year above their appropriate age year without any signed permission. A player playing in the League program may play up more than one (1) year only with the written approval of the parents, and District Board and State Commissioner. Any player playing in a district/league recreation or district competition program may play up more than one (1) year only with the written approval of the parents, District Chairperson or Assistant District Chairperson. The District Registrar must provide a list of players playing-up more than one (1) year to the State Registrar. This list must include the rationale for the play-up and must be provided each season. No player will be allowed to play up into the recreation Program.  The player must be (4) years of age before August 1st (According to National Cut-off Dates). No player will be allowed to play up into the AA/Inter-district Competition Program.  The player must be (8) years of age before August 1st (According to National Cut-off Dates).

NOTE:  The play up rule is to be used only for allowing development of a soccer program in a geographic area or development of an

individual player. Under no circumstances may a player play in an

age group younger than that for which he or she is eligible

according to the above age group classifications.

3:04:05         PENALTY FOR MISREPRESENTING AGE. -Any altering or falsifying of proof of age

documents or misrepresentation of age may result in both disqualification of the player from further UYSA play as well as forfeiture of all games by the team on which the player played.

3:04:06        IMPROPER REGISTRATION – Any team playing a player who is over-age or who is not registered or who is improperly entered on a team’s roster shall forfeit the game(s) in which that player takes part.

3:04:07        PRESENTING FALSE INFORMATION  Any individual (coach, player, parent/guardian & others) who knowingly falsifies records, documents, player passes or in any other matter or manner, shall be grounds for immediate suspension from further participation and membership in UYSA or any league, team or club pending a hearing.

3:05        RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

3:05:01        BOUNDARIES The Association has established and recognizes specific boundaries for each of its leagues, districts and affiliate associations. Except as noted below and in 6:01:01 in the Bylaws and Rules, players must register to play in the league, district or association within whose boundaries they reside as of the date regular registration begins for the seasonal year. Players who attend schools outside of the league boundaries in which they reside may elect to register either within the league they reside or where they attend school. All competitive players must indicate elementary school area in which they reside on REGISTRATION FORM.

3:05:02        RESIDENCE CHANGE. In the event that a player changes residence either following registration or during a seasonal year, the player may either continue to play in the league, district or association within which he or she registered until the end of the seasonal year or may transfer to the new league, district or association in which he or she now resides, subject to space being available on a team. In the event the player decides to transfer, and the transfer is from one UYSA league or district to another UYSA league or district (as opposed to At Large League), the registration shall be fully transferable and no additional State registration fees shall be required for the remainder of the seasonal year. League fees for uniforms etc may apply.

3:05:03        PENALTY FOR MISREPRESENTING ADDRESS. Any address given to qualify a player for assignment to a team in a league, district or association must be the player’s bona fide address. Any attempt to manipulate the area or team on which one plays by submitting an incorrect or false address may result in both disqualification of the player from further UYSA play as well as forfeiture of all games by the team on which the player played.

3:06        MULTIPLE ROSTERING

Players may not be registered nor play on more than one team sponsored by Utah Youth Soccer Association at the same time excluding all players participating on the State Select Team and players in the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 age groups and on tournament teams as defined by bylaw.

3:06:01        Players in the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 age groups may register for more than one team sponsored by UYSA under the following considerations:

A        Both teams are entered at least on equal competition levels but in different age brackets/or gender groups.

B.        Neither team competes against each other in league or tournament play.

C.        The player designates one team as the primary team whose league and tournament play take preference. This does not apply to National Championships (State Cup). See National Rule 4072.5b “A player shall require a transfer to participate in cup competition on any team other than the one to which he was rostered at the time of initial rostering”.

D.        Competition fees must be paid for both teams.

Selection to the State Select Team is excluded from the above conditions.

3:06:02        PLAYER RECRUITMENT. Coaches, administrators or others who persist in unwelcome attempts to secure a player’s services after the player or his/her parents have indicated their decision not to participate in the program are subject to disciplinary action.

3:06:03        PLAYER ADVANCEMENT. Coaches administrators and other UYSA adult volunteers are pledged to assist players in reaching the highest level of play within UYSA that their skills, desires and inclinations permit. Those individuals that interfere with or subvert the efforts of others to help players reach these goals (such as actively discouraging players from trying out for competitive teams) are subject to disciplinary action (this does not apply where a team has been established and playing for that year, and player advancement would cause the team to drop below eleven players, resulting in its disbandment).

3:06:04        TRANSFER.

The team may not roster any player who was previously rostered during the seasonal

year to another team, or the same team, unless a written request, stating the reason

why this action has been requested, has been made to and approved by the

governing authority on the appropriate form.. The team may not roster more than

three (3) previously rostered players in any seasonal year.

3:06:05        PLAYER RELEASE

The team may not release, voluntarily or involuntarily, any player from its roster unless a written request, stating the reason why this action has been requested, has been made to and approved by the governing body on a form provided. A team may release involuntarily a player from its roster only if the player is unable to play for one of more of the following reasons:

A.        The player has violated rules of the USSF, USYSA, UYSA. or UYSA League #20.

B.        The player has moved beyond a reasonable travel distance. Determination of what considers a reasonable travel distance is subject to definition by the UYSA.

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

3:06:06        TOURNAMENT  Teams may be formed without respect to current Utah Youth Soccer Association boundary restrictions for the purpose of playing in out of state tournament. Such teams shall exist for the expressed purpose of play for a stated tournament or tour.

3:07        PLAYER PASSES

3:07:01        All Inter-district competition players and all players playing on teams entered in out-of-state tournaments or tournaments that include out-of-state teams must have a valid laminated player pass issued and signed by the District or Association Registrar. Passes will be issued to players on a team basis by appointment prior to the beginning of each seasonal year. During the year, passes will be issued to new and transferred players after receipt of all required forms and fees.

3:07:02        PASSES ISSUED BY DISTRICT REGISTRARS. District and association registrars are required to enforce the standards outlined herein for competition and recreation players.

3:08        FEES

3:08:01        REGISTRATION FEE. A player registration fee will be established each year to pay for necessary program expenses such as uniform (optional for competition teams which are not required to use the official league uniform), team equipment which may include but is not limited to the following: (a bag, three balls, six cones, a goalie shirt and a first aid kit), field equipment and maintenance, league administrative support, accident reimbursement plan, liability insurance, State Office administration and national USYS dues. UYSA leagues are authorized to set their own registration fees, subject to approval by their District Committee. The fee charged by the State Office for administration shall be uniform for all members throughout the State. The Board of Directors at their discretion can offer incoming leagues lower fees for a limited time. Only the league president or the authorized agent that collects the registration fees can authorize a refund of any or all of the registration fees. Neither the district nor the state has the authority to change the league presidents decision.

3:08:02        WAIVER OF FEES. While it is expected that all players pay their way, it is recognized that some players may not be able to pay their full registration fee because of severe financial hardship. Leagues, Districts and Associations may set their own standards whereby they waive all or a portion of the registration fee that remains with the league, district or association. Any shortfall thus incurred must be absorbed within that body’s budget. Such waiver policies should be approved by the District Committee for UYSA leagues. The state portion of the registration fee cannot be waived except by the Board of Directors upon application and a showing of severe hardship. Players or parents receiving a waiver of all or a portion of the registration fee should be prepared to volunteer their services to the waiving body in such areas as fields and equipment, refereeing, or as needed.

        UYSA LEAGUE #20

        RULES OF PLAY

4:01        FIFA RULES

4:01:01        FIFA rules shall govern UYSA play except as modified herein.

4:02        SPORTSMANSHIP

4:02:01        The common interest that members of the Association share is to inspire youth to practice the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. Any player, coach, team, parent, spectator, administrator or referee whose behavior detracts from this purpose is subject to disciplinary action regardless of technical soccer background, expertise, accomplishments or standing.

4:03        THE FIELD OF PLAY

4:03:01        FIFA DIMENSIONS. FIFA Law 1 provides for flexible external field dimensions within a given maximum and minimum width and length. These dimensions should be adhered to for all fields used by teams under-12 and older.

4:03:02        COMPETITION FIELDS. Fields used within the competition program must be a minimum of 100 x 60 yards. Leagues, districts or associations participating in the state competition program that are unable to provide a field that meets these minimum requirements must advise the State Competition Board which will assign its Fields Committee to inspect the field and recommend to the Board whether or not a waiver of the minimum dimensions should be granted. Teams from leagues, districts or associations that are unable to provide an acceptable field may be required to play all their games away.

4:03:03        FIELDS USED BY YOUNG AGE GROUPS. The dimensions of fields used by recreation teams under-10 and younger should be less than FIFA rules.

U-6 teams should play on a field approximately 20 X 40 yards with no penalty areas. Fields for older age groups should be progressively larger. USYSA recommends U-8 should play on a field 40-50 yards in length and 20-30 yards width. It is recommended U-10 play on a field 70-80 yards in length and 40-50 yards in width. In addition, fields used by young age groups may have their internal dimensions and size of goal similarly modified.

4:03:04        We will abide by and accept equipment standards as defined by FIFA, USSF, USYSA and UYSA.

4:03:05        TEAM BENCH AREAS. The decision for team/spectator placement on the field will be made by the governing body of that team. A team’s bench area shall consist of that area at least one (1) yard away from the touch line and extending to twenty yards (20) both ways from the halfway line. In the event that field conditions require team benches to be on the same side of the field, a team’s bench area shall consist of that area two (2) yards away from the touch line and extending twenty yards one (1) way from the halfway line. The home team has first choice as to where it wishes to locate its bench area. Coaches and substitutes are required to remain within their bench area during the game. Parents and spectators should occupy the same side of the field as the team they are supporting.

4:04        THE BALL

4:04:01        SIZE 5        All age groups under-13 and older use a size 5 ball

(circumference 27-28 inches, and weight 14-16 ounces).

4:04:02        SIZE 4        Age groups under-9 thru under-12 use a size 4 ball

(circumference 25-26 inches, and weight 11-13 ounces).

4:04:03        SIZE 3        Age groups under-6 through under-8 use a size 3 ball

(circumference 23-24 inches, and weight 11-12 ounces).

4:05        NUMBER OF PLAYERS

4:05:01        TEAM SIZE Except as noted below, team rosters shall consist of not less than eleven nor more than eighteen players. A team must have at least seven (7) players present and able to play before referees are permitted to start a sanctioned game. No more than eleven (11) players per team may be on the field at any one time during the game.

4:05:02        SIZE OF AGE GROUP TEAMS. In order to give player’s maximum opportunity to develop in the game of soccer, U-6 through U-1O play modified rules and size of roster as stated in United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) rules. It is strongly recommended that U-6 and U-8 play 4 v 4. UYSA shall not sanction’ games involving teams under 10 or younger unless such games are conducted with not more than eight (8) players per side. (National rule 4036 section 2) Recreational/Developmental players at other ages or where numbers in the playing area are low are strongly encouraged to play small-sided games on reduced field size.

4:05:03        SUBSTITUTIONS  Teams may make an unlimited number of substitutions at the times indicated below. A player who has been replaced may reenter the game as a substitute at a later time.

A.        Prior to a throw-in your favor.

B.        Prior to a goal kick by either team.

C.        After a goal by either team.

D.        After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play.

E.        At half time.

F.        When a player has been “cautioned”, only the player receiving “caution” may be substituted.

4:05:04        ALL-PLAY. All-play means that every recreation player on every team shall play at least fifty percent of each game. Coaches in the competition program are encouraged to play their players 50% of each game.

A.        A Coach shall be permitted to not play a player 50% of each game under special circumstances, e.g., unexcused absences from practice and/or games, ungentlemanly conduct at practice and/or games, and injuries.

        

4:06        PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

4:06:01        COLORS. Where the uniform colors of both teams are so similar that the referee orders a change, the designated home team must change to colors distinct from those of the opponent.

4:07        DURATION OF THE GAME

4:07:01        The length of games shall be as follows:

Under-19        Two 45-mm halves

Under-18        Two 45-mm halves

Under-17        Two 45-mm halves

Under-16        Two 40-mm halves

Under-I5        Two 40-mm halves

Under-14        Two 35-mm halves

Under-13        Two 35-mm halves

Under-12        Two 30-mm halves

Under-11        Two 30-mm halves

Under-10        Two 25-mm halves

Under- 8        Two 20-mm halves

Under- 6        In accordance with the State 4 V 4 Program.

4:07:02        Any game terminated after 15 minutes into the second half by the referee by reason of the elements, or by reason of grave disorder on the part of the coaches, players or spectators of a team that is losing at the point that the game is terminated, shall stand as a completed game.

4:08          MIXED TEAMS

4:08:01        GIRLS PLAYING ON BOY’S TEAMS Girls are eligible to play on boys teams with parent/guardian permission.

4:08:02        TYPES OF TEAMS. Teams with females only are Girls Teams. All others are Boys’ Teams.

4:09        COACHING FROM THE SIDELINES

4:09:01        Coaching from the sidelines, i.e., giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position, is permitted provided that:

A.        No mechanical, electrical or other devices are used to amplify the voice.

B.        The tone of voice is informative and not a harangue.

C.        The coaching takes place within the team’s bench area.

D.        No coach, substitute, player or spectator is to make derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, linesmen, players, substitutes or spectators.

E.        No coach, player, substitute or spectator is to use profanity or incite, in any manner, disruptive behavior of any kind.

4:09:02        Any individual cautioned or otherwise cited by a referee for violation of this Rule may be subject to action by the Disciplinary Committee.

4:10        CONDITIONS OF REPLAY OF GAMES

4:10:01        Any game which is required to be replayed as a result of any protest or appeal, shall be subject to the following conditions:

A.        The game shall be replayed on the same field as was the suspended or protested game, unless otherwise agreed by the coaches.

B.        Impartial referees shall be assigned to the new game.

4:10:02        The PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEE shall have the power to impose such additional conditions on the replay of the game as it deems appropriate under the circumstances.

4:11        REFEREE TRAINING

4:11:01        In most areas, there is a shortage of qualified referees. Parents, older children and other children and other interested individuals should be strongly encouraged to obtain referee training and officiate at recreation games. Official UYSA sanctioned training courses include:

  1. Recreation Referee Course – A three (3) hour course presented by league referee instructors based on standardized training outline and materials prepared by the State Director of Referee Instruction. Recreation referee patch issued to all those who successfully complete course.

B.        USSF Associate Referee Course – A nine (9) hour course presented by the State Director of Referee Instruction or his designee. USSF Associate Referee patch issued to those who successfully complete the course.

C.        USSF Referee Course – Sixteen and one-half (16 ½) hour course – (14 hours classroom instruction, 2 ½ hours field instruction), including written examination and physical exercise test under the direction of the State Director of Referee Instruction or his designee. USSF Referee patch issued to those who successfully complete the course.

D.        USSF Assistant Referee Course – An eight (8) hour course presented by the State Director of Referee Instruction or his designee. USSF Assistant Referee patch issued to those who successfully complete the course.

        UYSA LEAGUE #20

        RECREATION / DEVELOPMENTAL SOCCER RULES

5:01        PURPOSE

5:01:01        The purpose of recreation/developmental soccer is to provide a positive, enjoyable and FUN experience in an. organized team sport for all participants regardless of physical coordination, skills or abilities. To this end, recreation/developmental soccer must be absolutely free from player tryouts or selections, maintenance of records of scores and team standings, recognition or awards for champions, and pressure from coaches or parents to win. Players should be taught basic skills and strategies and encouraged to do their best on the field. They have a right to expect praise and positive reinforcement for their efforts whether their team wins, ties or loses.

5:02        FORMATION OF TEAMS

5:02:01        TEAM ORGANIZATION. It is the responsibility of the designated league official to promote UYSA League #20 and soccer within a school area and to assist in registering players for the recreation/developmental program. Following registration, the school coordinator will assign players to teams by age group, taking into consideration the players’ neighborhood, exact age, and previous soccer experience. Every attempt should be made to form neighborhood teams with an approximate balance of age and playing experience. Recreation/developmental teams should not be perpetuated year after year where an obvious imbalance exists, i.e., a team wins all Its games.

5:02:02        COACH SELECTION. League Officials will secure the services of volunteer parents or other responsible individuals to serve as coach, assistant coach, and team parent for each team. The coach and assistant coach are responsible for the technical soccer development and training of players and the team. The team parent assists by being responsible for such matters as team communications, coordination of non-related technical matters as proposed by the Team Coach. All volunteers need to turn in volunteer registration form required by the national governing body.

***        This rule comes under the Recreation/Developmental Rules, but applies to all programs.

5:02:03        COACHING INSTRUCTION FOR RECREATION/DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM.

This association is responsible for scheduling coaching clinics through UYSA for volunteer coaches in their charge. Coaches from other areas may attend coaching clinics. Refer to Coaching Section 4.11 for appropriate certificate or license information.

NOTE:        Certificate or license not obtained through UYSA Coaching Staff will be void. Transfer coaches’ certificate of license from other states will be honored.

**        This rule comes under Recreation/Developmental Rules, but applies to all programs.

5:03        UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

5:03:01        UNIFORMS. Each player may, at the discretion of the Executive Board, be issued as part of his or her registration fee a quality uniform consisting of a shirt, shorts and socks. The shirt should have individual numbers at least eight (8) inches high on the back of the shirt and USYSA logo displayed in conjunction with league, club or district logo. Players are required to provide their own footwear and shinguards which are mandatory.

Acceptable footwear includes sneakers or cleated shoes that meet the standards of FIFA Law 4. Teams should have all their players in full uniform when on the field of play. When weather conditions dictate, recreational/developmental players may wear warm-ups or other clothing under their uniforms.

** This rule comes under the RECREATION/DEVELOPMENTAL RULES, but this rule is applicable to ALL PLAYERS.

5:03:02        EQUIPMENT Each team will be issued team equipment which may include but is not limited to the following:

A.        Six (6) cones or appropriate amount of field markers.

B.        Carrying bag for the team equipment.

5:03:03        SAFEGUARDING EQUIPMENT. Coaches should be required to receipt for the equipment they are issued. League equipment chairpersons should

collect all equipment from coaches promptly at the end of the seasonal year.

5:04        PRACTICES. GAMES AND AGE GROUP ADMINISTRATION

5:04:01        TEAM & FIELD SUPERVISOR. An Team & Field Supervisor should be appointed by the league Vice-President for Recreation to secure coaches for teams within the age group(s),supervise fields and to coordinate matters pertaining to the age group with other league officers and teams within the age group.

5:04:02        PRACTICES. It is recommended that teams have practices for 1 – 1 ½ hours in length not more than twice a week.

5:04:03        STANDINGS. No records should be kept of game scores or team standings within the age group. Accordingly, no protests of game outcome may be accepted. Each game is an end in and of itself and is played for the fun and physical challenge it offers the players.

5:04:04        NO-GAME DATES. It is recommended that games not be scheduled the opening weekend of deer hunt season, LDS Conference Weekend, Spring Break nor on Easter weekend. It is also recommended that games not be scheduled during the weekend of the UYSA America Cup Tournament (held usually in May), but rather teams be encouraged to participate in this activity.

5:05        COACHING TRAINING

5:05:01        A coaches meeting should be held prior to the start of the seasonal year. Pertinent UYSA, District and League rules and procedures should be reviewed. Coaches should be strongly encouraged to attend training courses to improve their understanding of the game and their ability to teach their players.

5:06        AWARDS AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

5:06:01        The Association approves and encourages league, age group, and/or team sponsorship of award banquets, picnics or other activities which build and aid group spirit in a constructive way. Awards given to players or teams in the recreation/developmental program must be solely for participation and must be given equally to all players and teams.

        UYSA LEAGUE #20

        COMPETITION RULES

6:00        GENERAL

6:00:01        All official Inter-district games shall be played under the “Current Laws of the Game” published by FIFA as modified by UYSA and USYSA subject to specific rules originated by the membership and/or the Competition Board and approved by the membership at the Annual General Meeting or at special meetings called for that purpose.

6:00:02        Competition VP will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of their respective programs Any changes in the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules will be made in accordance to section 1:09 of the Constitution, Bylaws and Rules.

6:00:03        TEAM & FIELD SUPERVISOR. An Team & Field Supervisor should be appointed by the league Vice-President for Competition to secure coaches for teams within the age group(s),supervise fields and to coordinate matters pertaining to the age group with other league officers and teams within the age group.

6:00:04        Coach selection (5:02:02), Coaching Instruction (5:02:03) and Uniforms (5:03:01) apply to ALL teams – competition as well as recreation/developmental teams.

6:01        PROGRAM DEFINITIONS

6:01:01        COMPETITION PROGRAM 

        

        The Inter-district Competition Program contains teams entered on the Inter-district level playing in leagues formed on a district wide basis without regard to gender in the following manner:

A.        The Inter-district  Program consists of teams formed with players with regard to League boundaries.

  1. Teams will be formed through a modified draft set forth by the Executive Board..

        

6:02        PASSES

6:02:01        All passes issued by UYSA League #20 are the property of the UYSA League #20 and must be surrendered upon request of the UYSA League #20.

6:02:02        All players and coaches on a validly registered team shall obtain an appropriate identification pass, laminated on both sides, bearing the individuals name, signature, team affiliation, and photograph.

6:02:03         Only individuals properly registered and rostered in accordance with the rules of UYSA League #20, District 5, UYSA and USYSA may be issued passes by the UYSA League #20.

6:02:04        No pass shall be issued for a coach without proof of proper licensure or temporary waiver as defined by Section 6:04

6:02:05        Passes shall be presented to the referee and, upon request, to the representative of the opposing team before each match. The referee may retain the passes until the conclusion of the match.

6:02:06        Passes of any individual(s) ejected from any match shall be retained after the match by the referee. The pass of any individual who has received a third caution (yellow card) during a playing year shall be confiscated by the referee at the conclusion of the match in which the third caution was received. The referee shall also retain any pass not in compliance with 6:02:02. The referee shall deliver all confiscated passes to the UYSA League #20 within forty-eight 48 hours of the conclusion of the match.

6:03         REFEREES

6:03:01         Referees must be certified by and registered with USSF.

6:03:02        All games will be officiated using the Diagonal System of Control. Registered and certified officials will be assigned each U-16 through U-19 games. If the assigned officials fails to appear for an U-16 through U-19 game, the referee will select a linesman from one team who, for the purpose of the game, will be considered neutral. At least one registered and certified referee will be assigned all other games. Other assigned officials will be a neutral linesman. Each team will provide one linesman who, for the purpose of the game, will be considered neutral.

6:03:03        If an assigned referee fails to appear at a properly scheduled game, and there is a registered and certified referee available, if the referee and both coaches approve, the game may be played.

6:03:04        If the game cannot be played because of lack of agreement as per 6:03:03, the game will be rescheduled by the VP Recreation.

6:04        COACHES QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATION

6:04:01        Coaches or team representatives must attend an orientation meeting prior to each season before league play begins.

6:04:02        For competition purposes the following will be the recognized progression of licensure: – USSF “F” Certificate, USSF E” certificate, USSF “D” license, then according to national progression.

6:04:03        All individuals coaching in the Inter-district Competition Program will have on record at the State Office a valid USSF “E” License. Coaches who have attended or who are attending the required licensing clinic may apply to the Executive Board for a waiver in order to coach a continuing team in the Inter-district Competition Program. A coach new to the Inter-district Competition Program will have a minimum of one year to obtain the appropriate license, during this time he/she must obtain a waiver.

NOTE:        The coaching waiver is only good for the duration of one (1) UYSA playing year, September 1 through August 31.

Reference Competition Policy for due dates of roster submission.

6:04:04         Coaching from the sidelines is subject to the following conditions:

1.        Within the coach’s box (10 yards each side of the half-way line and beginning 1 yard away from the touch line).

2.        Coaching shall be consistent with the game of soccer. Language and attitude will not be conducive to misconduct or incite or encourage violence.

        UYSA LEAGUE #20

        PROTEST AND APPEALS RULES

7:01                PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEE

7:01:01        COMMITTEE COMPOSITION.  The Protest and Appeals Committee shall consist of not fewer than three and no more than twelve members.  The Chairperson of the Protest and Appeals Committee shall be appointed annually by the Commissioner, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.  Other members of the Protest and Appeals Committee shall be nominated by the Chairperson and approved by the Board of Directors for two-year terms.

 7:01:02        CONFLICT OF INTEREST. No member of the Protest and Appeals Committee shall participate in any case or controversy in which that member has a direct interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest, as determined by the Chairperson.  Members of the Protest and Appeals Committee may decline assignment to any case or controversy based on actual or perceived conflict or interest.

                

7:01:03        CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMPORE.  If the Chairperson elects not to participate in a case or controversy, due to a conflict of interest or any other reason, the Chairperson shall select a member of the Committee to serve as Chairperson Pro Tempore, who shall be endowed with the rights and responsibilities of the Chairperson for the particular case or controversy.

7:01:04        POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.  The Protest and Appeals Committee may adopt policies and procedures as it may determine to be appropriate and desirable in order to fulfill its responsibilities.  Any objection to the policies and procedures of the Protest and Appeals Committee, which may have a bearing on a protest or appeal, must be raised before the Committee in order to be grounds for further appeal.

7:02                JURISDICTION

7:02:01        PROTESTS. The Protest and Appeals Committee may exercise original jurisdiction over all disputes, except those within the jurisdiction of the Discipline Committee, arising from any match scheduled and administered by UYSA League #20.  Protests must be based on an alleged violation of the published rules of the competition, or UYSA League #20 Constitution and Bylaws, or FIFA Laws of the Games as modified by UYSA.  The Protest and Appeals Committee may not review a discretionary decision or judgement call of a referee, but may consider appeals based on a misapplication of the laws of the game or rules of competition.  

7:02:02        APPEALS.  The Protest and Appeals Committee may exercise

jurisdiction over appeals that arise from an adverse decision from a protest hearing, administrative action, disciplinary hearing, or lower-level appeal.  Appeals must be based on an alleged violation of the published rules of the competition, or UYSA League #20 Constitution and Bylaws, or UYSA Constitution and Bylaws, or FIFA Laws of the Game as modified by UYSA.

7:03                STANDING        

7:03:01        PROTESTS.  The right to protest is limited to the players, coaches,

administrators, teams, and clubs directly involved in the disputed match.

7:03:02        APPEALS.  The right of appeal is limited to the parties to the original action and to real parties in interest that were adversely impacted by the adverse decision.

7:03:03        EXHAUSTION OF REMEDIES.  The right to appeal to the Protest and Appeals Committee does not ripen unless and until all avenues of protest and appeal at a lower level or within the rules of a tournament or competition have been exhausted.

7:04                SUBMISSION OF PROTESTS AND APPEALS

7:04:01        NOTICE OF PROTEST.  Notice of protest must be filed with UYSA League #20 within five business days of the completion of the disputed match.  This notice must be submitted in writing, and it must contain the following:

  1. a statement showing that the Protest and Appeals Committee may properly exercise jurisdiction over the protest;
  2. a listing of parties directly or potentially affected by the protest;
  3. a brief statement of relevant facts;
  4. a listing of the rules, bylaws, regulations, or procedures allegedly misinterpreted, misconstrued, or violated; and
  5. a statement of the desired resolution or remedy.

7:04:02        NOTICE OF APPEAL.  Except as specified by the rules of the competition

or tournament rules, notice of appeal must be filed with UYSA League #20 within three business days of receipt of the adverse decision from a protest hearing, administrative action, disciplinary hearing, or lower-level appeal.  This notice must be submitted in writing, and it must contain the following:

  1. a statement showing that the Protest and Appeals Committee may properly exercise jurisdiction over the appeal;
  2. a listing of parties directly or potentially affected by the appeal;
  3. a brief statement of relevant facts, including a description of any prior proceedings;
  4. a listing of the rules, bylaws, regulations, or procedures allegedly violated;
  5. an explanation of how these rules, bylaws, regulations, or procedures were allegedly misinterpreted, misconstrued, or violated; and
  6. a statement of the desired relief.

7:04:03        FILING FEE.  A notice of protest or appeal must be accompanied by a

check or money order for $100 payable to UYSA League #20.  The filing fee, or a portion of the filing fee, may be refunded at the discretion of the Protest and Appeals Committee.

7:05                CONSIDERATION OF PROTESTS AND APPEALS 

7:05:01        SUMMARY DISPOSITION.  Upon receipt of a protest or appeal, the

Chairperson of the Protest and Appeals Committee may dismiss any

protest or appeal deemed untimely, frivolous, meritless, moot, or

otherwise defective.  Such dismissal may be appealed to the United

States Soccer Federation in accordance with Section 7:08.

7:05:02        STAYS.   Although the filing of a protest or appeal does not have the

effect of staying a competition or the enforcement of a previous decision,

the Protest and Appeals Committee shall have the discretion to issue an

order enjoining the enforcement of a prior decision or staying a

competition pending the outcome of a protest or appeal.

7:05:03        PANEL ASSIGNMENT.   Upon receipt of a protest or appeal not subject to summary disposition, the Chairperson  of the Protest and Appeals Committee shall appoint a panel of not fewer than three and no more than seven members of the Protest and Appeals Committee to consider the protest or appeal.  In the event that a suitable panel cannot be seated due to disqualifications, the Chairperson may, with the consent of the parties, appoint impartial UYSA member(s) to consider the particular case or controversy.

7:05:04        REFERRAL TO DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE.  Upon receipt of an appeal

                from a lower-level decision imposing discipline on a member, the

                Chairperson of the Protest and Appeals Committee may refer the appeal

                to the Discipline Committee for consideration.  Any resulting decision of

                the Discipline Committee, sitting as an Appeals Committee, could not be

                further appealed to the UYSA Protest and Appeals Committee but could

                be appealed to the United States Soccer Federation.

7:05:05        NOTIFICATION.  Upon receipt of a protest or appeal, parties directly

                affected by the protest or appeal will be informed of the protest or appeal.  

Service may be accomplished by certified, registered, or regular US Mail:

                facsimile; telephone; or electronic mail.

7:05:06        DISCOVERY.  Parties to a protest or appeal will be granted access to all

                pertinent information and materials reasonably related to the case or

                controversy, as determined by the Chairperson of the Protest and

                Appeals Committee.  Disputes relating to discovery shall be presented to

                and decided by the Chairperson of the Protest and Appeals Committee.

7:05:07        SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS.  The protest and Appeals Committee may

invite the parties to submit evidence and written arguments.  All parties

are entitled to examine and respond to such evidence, and to receive

copies of such arguments.

7:05:08        DECISION WITHOUT HEARING.  The Protest and Appeals Committee

may decide protest and appeals based on its review of the record,

submitted evidence, and/or the written arguments of the parties.

7:06                HEARING

7:06:01        HEARING.  If deemed necessary or appropriate, the Protest and Appeals

Committee may convene a hearing to take testimony, examine evidence, and/or consider arguments.  The Committee may adopt hearing procedures it deems appropriate, provided that all parties are allowed an opportunity to appear and represent their positions.

7:06:02        TELEPHONIC HEARINGS.  If deemed necessary and appropriate, the

Protest and Appeals Committee may convene a hearing during which

parties or witnesses may participate by telephone.

7:06:03        NOTICE OF HEARING. Parties to a protest shall be given reasonable notice of the date, time, and place of a hearing.  The Chairperson shall have the discretion to sustain an objection to the date, time, or place of a hearing, and may reschedule the hearing upon reasonable notice.  Notice may be accomplished by certified, registered or regular US Mail; facsimile; telephone or electronic mail.

7:07                DECISIONS AND ORDERS

7:07:01        DECISIONS. The Protest and Appeals Committee shall issue a final decision, resolving a case or controversy, not more than five business days after the close of a hearing and in all cases within thirty days of the filing of a protest or appeal.  The Protest and Appeals Committee may, as appropriate, make findings of fact, issue conclusions of law, and conclusively interpret the Constitution, bylaws, rules, regulations and procedures of the UYSA.

                 

7:07:02        ORDERS.  The Protest and Appeals Committee is empowered to issue

both temporary and final orders to give effect to its decisions.

7:07:03        NOTICE OF DECISION AND ORDERS.  Decisions and orders of the

Protest and Appeals Committee shall be conveyed to the parties by

certified, registered, or regular US Mail; facsimile; telephone; or electronic

mail.  Copies of decisions and orders of the Protest and Appeals

Committee shall be maintained on file at the UYSA office.

7:07:04        ENFORCEMENT OF DECISIONS AND ORDERS.  The Protest and

Appeals Committee may serve the UYSA Commissioner with an order to

enforce a decision of the Protest and Appeals Committee.

7:07:05        DISCIPLINARY ACTION.  Misconduct occurring during or as part of

proceedings before the Protest and Appeals Committee is neither

privileged nor immunized, and the Protest and Appeals Committee may

refer matters of misconduct arising from its proceedings to the UYSA

Disciplinary Committee.  The filing of a protest or appeal lacking in good

faith, as determined by the Protest and Appeals Committee, may be

grounds for disciplinary action.

7:08                APPEALS OF ORDERS AND DECISIONS OF THE UYSA PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEE.

7:08:01         PROCEDURE FOR APPEAL.  Decisions of the Protest and Appeals Committee shall

include a statement of the procedure for appeal to the United States Soccer Federation.  If an appeal is taken, the appellant must notify the UYSA Protest and Appeals Committee by sending, via certified US mail, a copy of the notice of appeal to the UYSA office.

7:08:02        PREPARATION OF RECORD FOR FURTHER APPEAL.  Upon receipt of a notice of appeal to the United States Soccer Federation, the Chairperson of the UYSA Protest and Appeals Committee shall prepare and certify the record for appeal.

7:09                EXCLUSIVE REMEDY

7:09:01        EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.  No player, coach, referee, team, club, league, district, or member of the UYSA, or their representative, may invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies and avenues of appeal within the UYSA League #20 and UYSA and USSF.

7:09:02        SANCTIONS.  For any violation of Section 7:09:01, the offending party shall be subject to suspension and fines, and shall be liable to the UYSA League #20 and UYSA and USSF for all costs and expenses incurred by the UYSA League #20 and UYSA, USSF, and their officers and members in defending each court action.  The UYSA League #20 and UYSA and USSF shall be entitled to all costs and expenses, including but not limited to, court costs, attorneys fees, travel expenses, and reasonable compensation for time spent by the officers and employees of the UYSA League #20 and UYSA and USSF in responding to and defending against allegations in each action, including discovery and court appearances.

        

UYSA LEAGUE #20

        RISK MANAGEMENT

8:01        SAFETY

8:01:01        CONTROL. The Association promotes safety by encouraging local programs to observe strict controls over ages, equipment, behavior of youth, and adult spectators.

        UTAH YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

        DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE RULES

9:01        DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

9:01:01        The disciplinary committee shall consist of five (3) members who shall provide separate representation of the following groups: Parents, Coaches, and Referees. The Committee shall be appointed annually by the League President.

9:01:02        The disciplinary committee is formed for the purpose of reviewing allegations of misconduct by persons coming under the jurisdiction of UYSA LEAGUE #20 that are not specifically the responsibility of the Protest and Appeals Committee, or another specifically identified hearing body, and imposing appropriate sanctions in those cases where the committee determines that misconduct has been proven. This includes administering and enforcing the disciplinary rules of the UYSA League #20, as well as any other rules of conduct established by UYSA League #20 that are not specifically the responsibility of the Protest and Appeals Committee, or another specifically identified hearing body. These rules include the FIFA Laws of the Game and other written rules of play. Because UYSA League #20 and UYSA is affiliated with United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA and the United States Soccer Federation USSF), this also includes administering and enforcing the rules of those bodies as they apply to UYSA members or activities.

9:01:03        Disciplinary committee members shall not participate as a committee member in any hearing in connection with a disciplinary matter in which they have a direct interest as determined by the Chairman of the committee.

9:01:04        The Disciplinary Committee may adopt such policies and procedures as it may determine to be appropriate and desirable, and which are consistent with these Rules, in order to carry out its responsibilities hereunder. If any person desires to have any policy or procedure adopted by the Disciplinary Committee amended, modified or revoked, or otherwise challenged or reviewed, that person may do so by following the same procedure that has been established for the review of adverse disciplinary action of the Disciplinary Committee, as set forth in Rule 9:04.

9:01:05        The Disciplinary Committee shall have jurisdiction over players, coaches, team officials and any other individuals who may be reasonably construed to be associated with the team such as relatives and spectators. Coaches and team officials may be held responsible for the actions, at a match of any individual(s) deemed, in the opinion of the referee, to be a supporter of that team.

9:02        DISCIPLINARY RULES

9:02:01        PLAYERS:

A.        A player who is ejected from any match (red card) shall be suspended from playing in the next game in which the player would otherwise be eligible to play. A player may receive more than an one game suspension. Upon receipt of a second red card during a playing year, the player shall be suspended for two games, although a longer suspension is possible. Receipt of a third red card during a playing year triggers an indefinite suspension, pending review and/or further action by the Disciplinary Committee.

B.        Upon receipt of three yellow cards during a playing year, the offending participant will be suspended from playing in the next game in which the offending participant would otherwise be eligible to participate. This process will continue so that for each three yellow cards received during a playing year, the player will be suspended from playing in the next game (after receipt of a third yellow card) for which the offending participant would otherwise be eligible to participate.

C.        Any player, coach, or other participant receiving a total of six (6) or more disciplinary points, as defined in these Disciplinary Committee Rules, during the playing year shall be suspended from further participation until his or her actions are reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee. This review must be held before the participant has missed more than 2 games. These points hall stay with the participant.

D.        Any person who has been suspended as the result of a disciplinary hearing shall not take part in the Olympic Development Program until the completion of his or her suspension.

E.        The team head coach or assistant coach must attend all disciplinary meetings in which he\she has a player being reviewed. The team head coach will be required to meet before the disciplinary committee and face possible disciplinary action after his/her third player appears before the Disciplinary Committee. If a coach or assistant coach does not appear with his/her player, that player will remain suspended until such appearance before the committee.

F.        Points earned in tournament play excluded. Each tournament will be responsible for their own disciplinary actions for points accrued in their tournament only.

G.        Each member team shall be held primarily and solely accountable

for the conduct of persons associated with the member team in any manner whatsoever.

During any sanctioned or regularly scheduled game of UYSA or any Affiliated member league, club or team a referee may stop the game and eject any spectator, coach player from the grounds (within sight or sound of the field of play and areas surrounding the field of play and areas surrounding the filed or fields neat the field upon which the game is being played) if in the opinion of the referee the offender is guilty of violent conduct, serious foul play or the use of foul or abusive language, or if the conduct is deemed to be an interference by the offender as designated in subdivision (d) of Law V of the Referees – FIFA Laws of The Game. Each coach and assistant coach shall be held primarily accountable for the conduct of the spectators for or from their respective teams.

9:02:02       PHYSICAL CONFRONTATIONS BETWEEN PARTICIPANTS

A.        Any player, coach, parent, referee or other participant physically attacking and/or intentionally causing bodily harm to another player, coach, parent, referee or other participant will be suspended from further participation until reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee, and may be further suspended, barred or disciplined according to the decision of the disciplinary committee as ratified and/or modified by the Board of Directors, consistent with the rules and guidelines of the governing regional and national bodies.

B.        A coach who is ejected from any match (red card) shall be suspended from attending in the next game in which the coach’s Team is scheduled to play. A coach may receive more than a one game suspension. Upon receipt of a second red card during a playing year, the coach shall be suspended indefinitely, pending review and/or further action by the Disciplinary Committee.

9:02:03        MISCONDUCT TOWARDS GAME OFFICIALS.

Misconduct against referees may occur before, during and after the match, including travel to and from the match. Misconduct may occur also at later times when directly related to duties of a game official as a referee.

A.        Referee Assault is intentional offensive physical contact upon a referee.

Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting at or on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could inflict injury, damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property, i.e., car equipment, etc.

B.        Referee abuse is verbal statement or physical act which implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment.

Abuse includes; but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: using foul or abusive language toward a referee; spewing any beverage on a referee’s personal property, or verbally threatening a referee.

C.        PENALTIES

1.        The player, coach, etc. committing the referee assault is automatically suspended for at least one (1) year from the time of the assault, unless serious injuries are inflicted, then the minimum suspension period will be a least five (5) years.

2.        The minimum suspension for referee abuse shall be at least three (3) scheduled matches with the rules of the competition. (i.e., tournament, season play, etc.)

In cases of reports of referee abuse only, a hearing is held only when requested by the convening authority.

9:03        APPEALS OF SUSPENSION FOR DISCIPLINARY POINTS

9:03:01        Any player which is suspended pursuant to Rule 10:02:03 C of these Disciplinary Committee Rules may appeal the suspension to the Disciplinary Committee. Such appeals must be in writing and must be made within seven days of receipt of the Notice of Suspension.

9:04        APPEALS OF ADVERSE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

9:04:01        Any action taken by the Disciplinary Committee, unless taken pursuant to Section 7:05:04, may be appealed to the UYSA Protest and Appeals Committee in accordance with the applicable bylaws, policies, and procedures of the UYSA Protest and Appeals Committee.