Several coaches, referees, and parents have expressed frustration at being able to find BAYS-specific rules without having to wade through the rulebook, one by one. Following is a summary of BAYS-specific rules and policies:
|Revised: 2020-02-16||Fall and Spring||Spring Only||Fall and Spring|
|3rd/4th||5th/6th Grade||Grade 8||Grade 11||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|
|Roster Player Limit||N/A||
D1 & D2 Gr 6 = 16
|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|
Coaching and Coach Credentials
Important: NEW Process for Validating Coaches
All coaches 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 taped 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
All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.
Consequently, BAYS has adopted and modified the following rules:
Referees should use the following scale when reporting violations of the Zero Tolerance Policy on their game reports:
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. Referee may or may not
|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 participant's behavior has been given a zero tolerance rating of "2" or "3".|