Standards of Conduct Procedures
A. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT. The ODSL is based on the principle of providing the youth of our member clubs with the opportunity to acquire and develop soccer skills through a higher level of competition. These skills, as well as the individual growth of the players, cannot be nurtured in an environment of confrontation, poor sportsmanship, or verbal and physical abuse among spectators, match participants and match officials. Players, team officials, and spectators are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship.
B. DISCIPLINE POINT SYSTEM (PER SEASON). In order to promote better understanding of the importance of sportsmanship and proper conduct within the Laws of the Game, the ODSL maintains the following Discipline Point System of serious and/or persistent misconduct:
1. One (1) penalty point will be imposed for each caution or yellow card issued and two (2) penalty points for each ejection or red card issued. These penalty points apply to both team officials and players. Penalty points will be accumulated in all ODSL matches.
2. When an individual (team official or player) accumulates six (6) penalty points in a season, the team official and Club Representative will be notified by the Boys or Girls commissioner, that he/she is suspended from further participation in matches until reinstated by the Rules and Discipline Committee.
3. A team accumulating ten (10) or more team penalty points during a season is subject to having its Head Coach suspended based upon investigation by the Chair of the Rules and Discipline Committee.
4. The administrator will notify the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee of any suspension due to the accumulation of penalty points. A player or team official who wishes to be reinstated after being suspended must submit a letter [through the Member Representative] to the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee. The letter should explain why the individual accumulated sufficient points to be suspended and what the individual plans to do to keep from getting further points. The letter must be accompanied by a written endorsement from the player’s Head Coach, or the Member Representative if the individual seeking reinstatement is a team official.
5. Suspension as a result of the accumulation of penalty points is separate and in addition to suspension resulting from being ejected from a match. The automatic one match suspension resulting from an ejection is also separate and in addition to any other action the Rules and Discipline Committee may take.
6. Players and team officials ejected during the last match of the season must sit out the first match of the next ODSL season in which they participate.
7. All yellow and red cards issued to a guest player count towards the team total they are playing for at the time the card is issued. Any player with an un-served sit-out(s) in any league is not eligible to play in an ODSL match until the sit-out(s) have been served. Any ODSL players, playing as a guest for another team in a league match, and ejected from the match, must serve a sit-out in their next ODSL match. Note to team officials: Teams will forfeit any match in which they play an ineligible player, and team officials are subject to additional sanctions imposed by the Rules and Discipline Committee.
C. EJECTIONS and RED CARDS
a. A player receiving a red-card ejection is automatically suspended from play in the next ODSL league match. His/her coach must withhold him from the next match. A suspended player may attend the game provided that he-she is not in uniform and does not play.
b. The team must present a sit-out card to the referee of their next ODSL match for his/her signature confirming that the player sat out that match.
c. The card must be mailed immediately following the match in which the player served the suspension. Failure to abide by a mandated sit-out will result in forfeiture of a match and an additional one match sit-out.
d. Any violation of the above requirements will be reviewed by the Chair of the Rules and Discipline Committee for additional action.
e. Any player who confronts the referee crew after being sent off the field will be given an additional minimum suspension of one match.
2. Team Official
a. A team official who receives an ejection during ODSL league play must immediately follow the explicit instructions of the referee at the time of the ejection and is suspended from participation in the next ODSL match with his/her team. The team official must remove themselves to a location out of sight and out of sight of the field during and after a game and may not return to the field following the match for any reason.
b. When a team official is suspended, he/she may practice with his/her team. However, he/she is not allowed to be present at the field where the team is playing its next ODSL match.
c. The team must present a sit-out card to the referee of their next ODSL match for his/her signature confirming that the team official sat out that match. Failure to abide by any condition of this rule will result in forfeiture of the match and additional suspension(s) against the team official.
d. The card must be mailed by the team immediately following the match in which the team official served the suspension.
e. Any team official previously ejected from the match who confronts the referee crew after being sent off the field will receive an additional minimum one match suspension.
a. A spectator who is banished from the field by a referee must immediately follow the explicit instructions of the referee at the time of the ejection. The spectator must remove themselves to a location out of sight of the field. The spectator may not return to the field for any reason.
b. ODSL holds team officials accountable for misbehavior on the part of a spectator associated with their team.
4. Abandonment of a Match. In the event a match is abandoned due to the actions of a player, team official, or a spectator associated with their team, the match shall be deemed a forfeit by the offending team.
Updated October 2010