League Rules

Songhurst airborne Give the Ref a Red Card!South Vancouver Island Classics’ Soccer Association Rules

These are the rules of the South Vancouver Island Classics’ Soccer Association (the “society”) until changed in accordance with the bylaws.

Member in good standing

1. In order to be member in good standing a member must have:-

i) submitted the Team Registration Form by the first organizational meeting of the season.

ii) submitted the Players List Form and the Membership Dues by the first game of the season.

iii) complied with any decision of the Disciplinary Committee

2. If a member is not in good standing the board may, in its discretion omit, the team they represent from scheduled league games until they are again in good standing.

Dues

1. Each new member must pay to the society the sum of $100 as a performance bond for payment of red and yellow card fines and costs of defaulted games. This amount is not refundable except upon dissolution of the society.

2. Membership dues normally include an amount on account of the society’s liability insurance premium, applicable field rental costs, the injured players fund, disciplinary fines, and a year end tournament levy (deductible from the tournament entry fee).

Spending

The treasurer must keep an accurate account of all income and expenditures of the society and must deposit all monies received in a bank in the name of the society. No monies may be withdrawn from the society account without the signatures of two of the three designated signing officers (president, vice-president, and treasurer). All expenditures are to be explained to members at society meetings. Any expenditures over $250 require the agreement of members.

Injured Players Fund

The injured players fund committee may authorize a payment from the injured player’s fund to a player injured in a league game to mitigate the harm to the player. eg. on account of lost wages. The committee should normally consider whether the player has other sources of compensation for that harm.

Team Responsibilities

1. Every team is responsible to the society for the action of its players and officials. It is the responsibility of the team to inform all players of the society's intent, principles and objectives and insurance waivers before they play. All teams must be self-policing.

2. Each team shall be responsible for making sure every player is properly dressed and equipped.

3. Teams designated as the home team shall be responsible for the game ball.

4. Teams must provide a net, corner flags and proper uniforms (team jerseys). Teams failing to provide the above may be assessed a team warning.

5. Teams are to report to the referees' scheduler if a referee does not report for an assigned game.

6. All teams in the league should be prepared to play games outside of their preferred times, days and venues. Scheduled games may be rearranged by consent of both teams.

7. Any team responsible for defaulting a game must pay the total costs of the game, i.e. referee, field.

8. Defaults should be avoided. Teams may use players from other teams in the league not playing at that time to bolster their team or may borrow players from the opposition when required.

9. If a team wishes to reschedule a game they must contact their opponent at least 5 days in advance of the scheduled date to determine the new play date and location, and must also contact the referees' scheduler and game scheduler. Failure to do so will be considered a default.

10. No standings will be kept for the league. As the league is a recreational one, teams are asked not to "run up the score" on their opponents.

11. A member must pay a fine of $50 for the first missed meeting in a season and $100 for each subsequent missed meeting in a season.

12. Team managers may submit comments about the quality of officiating or opponents behaviour. They will only be considered if they are in writing and specific. They should be sent to the Disciplinary Committee Chair

Forms are available at www.svicsa.com

 

Rules of Play

1. Substitution is unlimited. Substitution must be made during a stoppage in play and at a signal from the referee.

2. Outfield players are to remain on their feet at all times. Slide tackles are strictly prohibited. Players deliberately slide tackling should be assessed either a yellow or a red card depending on the severity of the infringement as determined by the referee. The slide tackle rule also applies to goaltenders if they slide to tackle an opponent. However, a goalkeeper is allowed to slide to save the ball as long as he plays the ball with his hands. Note that a player is not permitted to leave their feet to keep a ball from going out of player either, even if no opponent is in the vicinity.

3. Substitution is unlimited. Substitution must be made during a stoppage in play and at a signal from the referee

4. All other F.I.F.A. rules apply.

Playing Rules

FIFA rules apply with the following modifications:

1. No slide tackles or sliding for the ball at all, please stay on your feet. Goalkeepers must not slide out feet first. Shoulder to shoulder contact ONLY. Play the ball, not the man.

2. Referees may send a player off for 10 minutes to 'cool off'. This player can be replaced.

3 Cards:

a. Accumulation of 2 yellow cards in different games – player misses next game.

b. Red card - player automatically misses the next game.

c. Red cards and second yellow cards will result in teams having to play a man down.

d. Usual SVICSA disciplinary process applies to our Association players.

4. Players should be aware that ANY contact with the goalkeeper will result in a ten minute cooling off period. 50/50 with the keeper, outfield player to back off. Protect the keepers.

5. You may challenge for the ball on a cross / corner BUT if you make contact with the keeper you will be sent off for ten minutes or may receive a yellow card, depending upon severity.

6. Violent conduct, fighting or foul and abusive language towards an official will result in a red card.

7. Please refrain from any foul language as this will draw a card from the Referee.

8. Clearly notify officials when wishing to make substitutions. Ensure the official has acknowledged your request before making the substitution.

9. Respect the call of the officials, right or wrong. This is a recreational league. There are no standings.

Player Eligibility

1. The league has three age groups; Over 40, Over 48, and Over 55;

Over 40 Section. Players in the over 40 section must be 40 or older in order to step onto the field of play. If you turn 40 midway through a season, that is when you can start to play in our league. Goalkeepers can be 35 or older by April 30th of the year following the start of any season. (ie. Season starts September 2017, goalkeeper eligible if they turn 35 by April 30th/2018.) If a goalkeeper is under 40 he may not participate as an outfield player.

Over 48 Section. Players in the over 48 section must be 48 or over by April 30th of any given season (ie. Season starts September 2017, outfield player must turn 48 on or before April 30th/2018); goalkeepers can be 43 or over on the same date. If a goalkeeper is under 48 he may not participate as an outfield player. Team managers of teams declaring themselves "Over 48" are expected to refrain from signing new players under that age. Existing players under 48 may have been grandfathered onto the team provided they were at least 44. The grandfathering provision is no longer permitted for new players.

Over 55 Section. Players in the over 55 section must be 55 or over by April 30th of any given season (ie. Season starts September 2017, outfield player must turn 55 on or before April 30th/2018); goalkeepers can be 50 or over on the same date. If a goalkeeper is under 55 he may not participate as an outfield player. Team managers of teams declaring themselves "Over 55" are expected to refrain from signing new players under that age. Existing players under 55 may have been grandfathered onto the team provided they were at least 51. The grandfathering provision is no longer permitted for new players.

2. Players can play for more than one team but must have signed and submitted the SVICSA Waiver Form and met the registration requirements of at least one team.

Discipline

1. Matters involving the discipline of players will be dealt with by the society’s disciplinary committee.

2. The captain of a team has no special rights but is responsible for the conduct of his team.

3. The fine for yellow cards is $20 and for red cards $20 for a hand ball offense and $50 for all others. Before a player can play after serving a suspension the outstanding fine must be paid. The disciplinary committee has the authority to determine and reassess the levy of the fine. This will be taken from the team's performance bond at the end of the season. Before the next season's play this amount must be replenished to the original performance bond.

4. Expulsion

The members have the power to bar from games scheduled by the society, any team, any team player, or official who, in their judgment has violated the laws of the game, the rules, regulations, by-laws or constitution or any type of misconduct which may bring the game or society into disrepute. This ruling requires a majority vote of 2/3 of all members. Members not present must be polled by phone or by proxy.

5. TEAM WARNINGS: Teams receiving more than one warning in a season for inappropriate behaviour will be fined and/or suspended from the Association.

Referees

1. Referees will receive full payment for games defaulted when sufficient notice is not given to the referees' scheduler. Payment will be deducted from the team's performance bond and must be reimbursed.

2. Referees will be paid the same fee as determined by the Vancouver Island Soccer Association for Senior level. This must be paid in cash to the referee before the start of the game.

3. Referees assigned to officiate games in Sooke or north of the Malahat may apply to the Association Treasurer for a traveling allowance of $10 per return journey.

4. Teams are to report to the referees' scheduler if a referee does not report for an assigned game.

5. Referees can send a player off the field for a 10 minute "cool down period" when the situation warrants. This player may be replaced by a substitute.

*Referees may give this penalty for:-

- a tendency towards rough play

- persistent verbal harassment of opponents and/or fellow team members.

- dissent toward referee

- any other behaviour deemed inappropriate by the referee

A record will be kept of players receiving 10 min penalties

6. Yellow/Red card reports (complete on line at http://svicsa.com/referees/card-report.html)

Disciplinary Committee Chair Bill Nieuwenhuis
bill@digitaldirectprinting.com

These reports will consist of:-

i) Team name and scores

ii) A team behaviour (physical and verbal conduct) assessment for each team on a 5 point scale; 5 being the highest

iii) Team manager’s assessment of opponent’s sportsmanship on a 5 point scale

iv) The names of players given a 10 minute penalty.

v) Disciplinary reports must be filled out for each yellow and red card by the referee

Criteria to consider when making your assessment:

Team demonstrates sportsmanship by players showing respect for opponents, the referee and their team-mates and plays the game in the spirit of the SVICSA objectives.
Number of red, yellow cards given
Number of 10 minute warnings given
Degree of quibbling with referee’s decisions
Strength and manner of physical challenges are appropriate for recreational SVICSA games
Yellow/red card reports (complete on line at www.svicsa.com/red_yellow_report.htm)should go to the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee Bill Nieuwenhuis  - bill@digitaldirectprinting.com

INJURY FUND GUIDELINES

Intent

- To assist with lost wages due to injury during a SVICSA game/practice (assuming no medical leave/sick day provision/EI assistance)

- To assist with medical costs (treatment, medications) not covered by personal insurance plans and/or league insurance plans

Guidelines

- The team/club is expected (but not required) to match the SVICSA assistance

- Maximum amount to any one individual (per incident) is $ 600

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