BYLAWS 13, 14, 16, 17 - Conduct & Discipline

13. Support for Referees (Zero Tolerance Policy)

It is expected that every person responsible for a team and each and every spectator and player will support the referee. This support is essential to the proper play of the game and to the development of our players. Failure to support the referees, especially by the person (s) responsible for the team, undermines the authority of the referee, sets a bad example for everyone else, especially the players, and can rapidly lead into a hostile, negative game environment which is entirely inconsistent with the sportsmanship goals BAYS is trying to promote. Therefore, the basic rule is that persons responsible for a team and spectators will not address the referee at all during the play of the game. This prohibition, its exceptions, and the penalties for violating it, are described below.

  1. Persons Responsible for a Team
    ​With the exceptions of responding to a communication initiated by the referee, making a substitution, or pointing out an emergency safety issue, during the play of the game the persons responsible for the team should not say anything to the referee, nor should they do anything which in any way conveys any criticism of the referee. Coaches may ask questions before the start of the game. Coaches may not approach the referee at half time or at the end of the game. Coaches who have concerns about a referee’s officiating may express those concerns orally or in writing to the referee assignor and/or the BAYS Referees Representative. They may not express those concerns directly to the referee.

    BAYS recommends that the referee deal with infractions of this rule in the following manner:

    As to the first infraction, the referee should determine if the conduct involves serious misconduct under the ordinary FIFA rules. If it does, a caution (optionally showing a yellow card) or a dismissal (optionally showing a red card) should be awarded, depending on the nature of the conduct. (For example, a threat of bodily harm or an obscenity directed at the referee should result in a dismissal. A prolonged, significant outburst of dissent should result in a caution.)

    On the other hand, the first instance of a short, reasonably low-keyed referee criticism by a person responsible for the team should be ignored. The second instance should result in a warning, the third in a caution, and the fourth in an ejection. In giving the warning, the referee should make clear the next instance of dissent of any sort will result in a caution. Similarly, after a caution, the referee should make clear that the next instance of dissent of any kind will result in an ejection.

  2. Spectators
    With the exception of responding to a communication initiated by the referee or pointing out an emergency safety issue, spectators should not say anything to the referee, nor should they do anything which in any way conveys any criticism of the referee.

    BAYS recommends that the referee deal with infractions of this rule in the following manner:

    As to the first infraction, the referee should stop the game and ask the person responsible for the team to quiet the offending spectator.

    As to the second infraction, the referee should stop the game and ask the person responsible for the team to warn the spectator that the next infraction will result in the spectator leaving the game; otherwise the referee will abandon the game, and file a report with the club and BAYS. BAYS policy will be to generally impose a forfeit on the team with which the spectator is affiliated, and the referee should so inform the person responsible for that team.

    As to the third infraction, the referee should instruct the person responsible for the team to direct the spectator to leave the field. If the spectator does not leave, the referee should abandon the game, and file his/her report.

    The referee may need the assistance of the responsible persons from both teams if the spectator is not affiliated with either team.

14. Consequences of Unbecoming Conduct

If a member or members of a team, any person responsible for the team, or a team’s spectators engage in unbecoming conduct before, during, or after a game, the offenders will be subject to discipline by the Sportsmanship Review Committee.

16. Consequences of Fracas

If a player leaves the bench area to take part in a fracas and is ejected by the referee, he shall be subject to additional discipline, by action of the Sportsmanship Review Committee.

17. Sportsmanship Review

The second vice-president will receive all referrals on sportsmanship issues, other violations of the constitution, bylaws, or rules that arise before, during, or after any BAYS games, and abandoned games requiring disposition. The second vice-president will decide if a particular issue will be reviewed; referrals will also receive a review if requested by five BAYS board members. A quorum to review a particular issue shall consist of any three members of the Sportsmanship Review Committee (SRC). The SRC may request as an advisor a certified USSF referee to be designated by the referees representative. The SRC will inform all parties involved of its decisions.

In addition to penalties specified in the constitution, bylaws, or rules, the SRC may impose such additional penalties as are judged to be appropriate to the severity of the issue, including suspension of participation, determination of forfeits, and decisions to replay games. Decisions and penalties imposed by the SRC will take effect immediately upon notification of the parties involved.

Decisions by the Sportsmanship Review Committee may be appealed only to the BAYS board of directors. Such appeals may be considered at a regular board meeting, or at a special board meeting if called by the president or at the request of five BAYS directors. The president may delay the imposition of penalties until a board meeting has been held to consider the appeal.