Zero Tolerance Policy

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:

  1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.
  4. If Coaches would like to provide feedback to or about the referee, AFTER the game, log into the BAYS site and a dropdown under MyBAYS should have a Game Feedback tab with a form that goes directly to the home Ref Assignors and Club President.
  5. If spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club Referee Assignor for the game in question, at https://bays.org/bays/organizations.

Recommended sanctions for ZT violations

  • 1 ZT rating: BAYS recommends that Clubs track and monitor their own coaches' ZT 1 violations and impose sanctions as needed
  • 2 ZT rating: BAYS recommends a minimum of a letter of apology from the offender(s) to the referee(s) sent via the referee assignor
  • 3 ZT rating: BAYS recommends a minimum of a one-week suspension and a letter of apology from the offender(s) to the referee(s) sent via the referee assignor

Repeat offenses will be taken into account when determining sanctions.