Several parents, coaches, and referees have expressed frustration at being able to find BAYS-specific rules without having to wade through the rule-book, one by one. Following is a summary of BAYS-specific rules which can also be found under the Referee tab.
|Revised: 2017-02-06||Fall & Spring||Spring Only||Fall Only|
|3rd/4th||5th/6th Grade||Grade 8||Grade 10||Grade 12||High School|
|Time||2 x 30 min||2 x 30 min||2 x 35 min||2 x 40 min||2 x 45 min||2 x 30 min|
|Heading||No (attempted or actual) IFK for team not in violation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Penalty Mark||8 yds||10 yds||12 yds||12 yds||12 yds||12 yds|
|Players Needed to Start||6||7||8||8||7||6|
|Players Needed to Continue||5||6||7||7||7||5|
|Player Cards||Never||Spring: Gr. 6 Div 1 & 2||Spring: Div 1 & 2||Div 1 & 2||All||No|
|If required, player passcards must be in color and resemble the player but do not need a current season sticker|
|Substitutions||With the permission of the referee
|Rosters||Two (2) printed copies (one for the referee, one for the opponent) and signed by the coach; electronic versions are not valid. All rosters must be typed/printed with no hand-written additions except for jersey numbers. The referee is not responsible for ascertaining the roster size or eligibility of players|
All adults on the sideline (to a maximum of three) must have a BAYS-approved or USYSA coaches card (in color) with current season BAYS sticker. Adults on the coach sideline do not have to be listed on the roster.
All adults on the sideline must stay within the technical area (if marked) and if not marked within an area designated by the referee.
|Equipment||Casts (even if padded) and jewelry (including earrings) of any kind (except for medical bracelets) are not allowed. All other equipment is at the discretion of the referee.|
|Special 3rd/4th Grade Rules||
Goal Kick: defenders must retreat to the half-line, but the opposing team may kick before all defenders have retreated.
On a PK, all players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must be on the kickers defensive side of the half-line.
On a goal kick or goalkeeper save, the resulting punt or throw must touch a player or the ground in the goalkeeper's defensive half of the field; - if the ball lands or is touched first in the kicking teams offensive half the defending team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the half-line
|Zero Tolerance||Coaches may only address the referee to request a substitution or to direct attention to an unsafe condition (e.g. player injury, lightning). Spectators may only address the referee to direct attention to an unsafe condition.
0. No Issues: Everyone well behaved and positive.
1. Minor: Some comments. Did not disrupt enjoyment of game by players or distract the referee(s).
2. Major: Significant comments. Did disrupt game. Cautions issued or should have been issued.
3. Severe: Major distractions for the referee(s). Ejections for ZT occurred or should have occurred. Ref may or may not have considered terminating the game.
|Game Reporting||All referees (including ARs) must fill out an online game report by Nov. 30 for the fall and June 30 for the spring in order to be paid. A narrative must be provided in any instance where a serious injury has occurred, where a player, coach, or spectator has been ejected, or where any partipant's behavior has been given a zero tolerance rating of "2" or "3".|