Zero Tolerance Policy
Pflugerville Area Youth Soccer League
Physical violence or physical abuse of any person will be cause for permanent suspension from PAYSL facilities and legal action may be filed.
Unsportsmanlike conduct by players, coaches, referees, or spectators will not be tolerated at any time on Pflugerville Area Youth Soccer League (PAYSL) fields and surrounding areas.
Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following actions towards any player, coach, referee, spectator or PAYSL representative:
- booing, ridiculing, using sarcasm , using intimidation or any other remarks or gestures that are inappropriate and demeaning
- using profanity, racial slurs, or other abusive language or gestures
- threatening physical violence through words or gestures
- throwing of any object onto the field or surrounding areas in a manner that may create a safety hazard
- questioning a referee before, during or after a game by any person who is not a coach
- questioning a referee in an aggressive manner before, during or after a game
- stepping onto the field during a game to question a referee
- displaying excessive signs of dissatisfaction with a referee’s decision
Unsportsmanlike conduct also includes the following specific actions towards any referee:
If, in the sole discretion of the referee or appropriate PAYSL representative, the first infraction is considered to be minor, then a verbal warning will be given. In the case of a minor infraction by a spectator, the referee will ask the coach to warn the spectator. If, in the sole discretion of the referee or appropriate PAYSL representative, the first infraction is more serious, then the person will be asked to leave the facilities (including fields and parking areas) immediately and not return for a min of two weeks If the ejection occurs after a game, the ejection will be enforced on the next scheduled game. If the person refuses to leave or returns before ejection period is completed, the referee will leave the field, the game will be forfeited by the team associated with the person asked to leave, and the police may be called.
The person will be asked to leave the facilities (including fields and parking areas) immediately and not return before the following day. If the ejection occurs after a game, the ejection will be enforced on the next scheduled game. Failure to leave the facilities, or returning before authorization has been given, will result in the referee leaving the field, the game will be forfeited by the team associated with the person asked to leave, and the police may be called. If the ejection is the second ejection by the same person during a season, then the person may not return to PAYSL facilities for the remainder of the season AND the following season. Furthermore, the person will not be allowed to coach any team at PAYSL in the future.
When an ejection occurs, all referees and/or PAYSL representatives involved must complete an incident report outlining reasons and/or circumstances for the ejection. The person ejected and any witnesses will also have an opportunity to file an incident report if they choose to do so.
The person ejected may appeal to the PAYSL Board of Directors.
Furthemore Paysl will enforce STYA’s guidelines for Misconduct of players, parents and coaches.
Below is the guidance from STYSA Administrative Hanboook Section 4.9
4.9. DISCIPLINE SYSTEM
4.9.1. Purpose. Misconduct of players, coaches and fans continues to be a problem in soccer. More emphasis is needed to promote proper conduct and good sportsmanship, especially in our youth competition. The following system is an effort to discourage violent play and misconduct.
4.9.2. Responsibilities of Coaches, Players and Associations
a. Maintain Control of Fans and Sideline. Coaches are required to maintain control of their players and the team’s fans on the sideline. A coach or an assistant coach may be cautioned and / or ejected by a referee for the misconduct of a fan of the team which he / she coaches.
4.9.3. Misconduct by Fan / Supporter. The parents, fans or supporters of any STYSA team by attending a STYSA sponsored event subject themselves to the jurisdiction of the member association and its affiliates, the STYSA Appeals Committee, Executive Committee and the STYSA Governing Board. Therefore, misconduct by a spectator, parent, fan or supporter can be investigated and disciplinary action can be taken by any of the various levels which have jurisdiction over the team involved. Spectators, parents, fans, or supporters of any STYSA team who are sent away from the field of play by a referee or a competition official shall receive an immediate two (2) week suspension or until a hearing is held, whichever comes first, and may not be present at any STYSA or USYSA sanctioned activity, including but not limited to games, practices, practice games, tournaments, or friendly games, during such period.
If disciplinary sanctions in addition to the above automatic suspension are not imposed at the local level, the STYSA Appeals Committee may investigate the matter and hold a hearing to determine what disciplinary actions, if any, should be provided, and pursuant to such hearing, may impose such additional disciplinary sanctions as it determines to be appropriate. Such discipline can include, but is not limited to, prohibiting - 11 - the spectator, parent, fan or supporter from attending any STYSA sponsored event, including games, practices and tournaments, for a period of time or indefinitely. The failure to comply with the discipline imposed, either automatically or at any level of authority, shall be sufficient cause for the STYSA Appeals Committee to discipline the player related to the spectator, parent, fan or supporter; the team which the spectator, parent, fan or supporter supports; and/or the coach of such team. (Changed 2.22.2015) 4.9.4.