The Protest and Appeals Committee may initiate disciplinary proceedings against any player, coach, manager, team assistant, league officer, referee or spectator from any member team, league or organization. The proceedings may be initiated based on information brought to the attention of the Board of Directors or the Protest and Appeal Committee through complaints, reports of incidents, information obtained during the course of protest and/or appeal hearings, and otherwise. The disciplinary proceedings shall be initiated by notice to the appropriate party containing a brief statement of the reasons for the initiation of the proceedings. Parties against whom such proceedings have been brought may, with a proper hearing, be suspended, barred completely, or otherwise disciplined.
The Executive Committee of this Association may suspend any person, team or league prior to the commencement of disciplinary proceedings if, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, there is sufficient evidence to believe that any individual(s) in this association may present a non-acceptable risk to the association and its members. Parties suspended under this paragraph will be afforded, if application, a hearing in accordance with the procedures outlined in the CYSA Constitution and Bylaws.
PLAYER / TEAM OFFICIAL DISCIPLINE (SUSPENSION)
A player / team official serving a term of suspension for disciplinary reasons will serve that suspension in the next regularly scheduled CYSA or US Youth Soccer competition(s), i.e. League, Cup, Tournament. This does not include friendly games or scrimmages. Any disciplinary action will carry over from seasonal year to seasonal year.
When a player / team official is sent off in a game outside his/her home league or district jurisdiction, the player / team official pass and referee report shall be forwarded within 48 hours to their home league or District Commissioner as appropriate.
Unless specifically stated otherwise at the time a suspension is imposed, the suspension of a team official, applies to participation in any CYSA sanctioned activity during the period of suspension and, like the suspension of a player, must be served with the team with which the suspension was incurred. If for any reason the suspended team official cannot serve all of the suspension with the team with which the suspension was incurred, the part of the suspension not served must be served with another CYSA team of which the suspended person is a registered team official. Suspensions carry over from seasonal year to seasonal year. All of the suspension must be served.
Example 1: X is a team official of both the red team and the blue team. X receives a 3 game suspension for a send off in a red team game. X may only serve the suspension of three games with the red team. X also may not participate in blue team games until X has served all of the 3 game suspension with the red team.
Example 2: X is a team official of the red team, the blue team, and the green team. X receives a 3 game suspension for a send off in a red team. After X has served 1 game of the suspension, the red team disbands. X must serve all of the remaining two game suspension with either the blue team or green team, but not both. X also may not participate in blue or green team games until the remaining 2 games of the suspension are served.
Example 3: X is a team official of the red team. X receives a 3 game suspension for a send off in red team's last game of the season. The next season X is a team official with the green team. X is suspended for the first 3 green team games.
PERSON, TEAM OR LEAGUE DISCIPLINE ("BAD STANDING")
Any person, team or league associated with the operation of this Association may be declared "in bad standing" by the appropriate administrative body. The term "bad standing" may only be applied due to a very severe detrimental action or after a probation has been violated and may mean either total suspension (expulsion) from CYSA or a limited suspension (partial benefits). Any person, team or league declared to be "not in good standing" must be so notified in writing and advised of the right and procedure to appeal.
Person, Team or League placed in bad standing -
May only play teams from within home league
No inter-league/district play.
No tournament play.
No State Competitions (State Cup, Association Cup, Founders' Cup, State Premier League).
No Travel outside of CYSA-North.
No participation in the CYSA Olympic Development Program.
No voting power at District or State level as per CYSA rule 1:07:04
If the player registration and fees are not received by January 1st, the league may be denied league affiliation for the following seasonal year
REFEREE ABUSE / REFEREE ASSAULT
Misconduct against referees may occur before, during and after a match, including travel to and from the match. Misconduct may also occur at later times when directly related to the duties of a game official as a referee. Misconduct will be classified as referee abuse or referee assault.
1 Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee's property or equipment.
(a) 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; spitting at (but not on) the referee; or verbally threatening a referee. Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm.
2.Referee assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee.
(a) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee; head butting; 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.
The penalty for referee assault for all age groups will be suspension for a minimum of one (1) year and review by the Board of Directors regarding further disciplinary action.
ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
"The use, consumption, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances immediately before, during, or after the play of any game, practice, or athletic event is prohibited. Any player, team official, league official, parent or spectator, or any member of this Association subject to the jurisdiction of this Association, its districts, or its affiliated member leagues shall be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension, by the league, district, or this Association."
INAPPROPRIATE PLAYER INTERACTION
All coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and team officials are required to abide by the policies outlined in the CYSA risk management program. Inappropriate physical contact with players is strictly prohibited. Social interactions with players less than 18 years of age (such as dating, parties without parental involvement and private one on one situations) are prohibited. Violation of these rules may result in immediate suspension from all CYSA and affiliated activities and initiation of disciplinary proceedings as outlined in PIM 08-3.