PIONEER VALLEY JUNIOR SOCCER
AFFILIATED MYSA, USYSA, USSF,
BYLAWS AND EXCEPTIONS TO RULES OF PLAY
All Participants in the PVJSL are required to
comply with the Zero Tolerance Policy regarding coach, player, and
1: GAME RULES.
Current MYSA, MTOC, and FIFA
Rules shall govern with exceptions as noted hereafter.
2: ROSTERS , NO DUAL ROSTERING , FAILURE TO REGISTER.
The oldest player
on the team roster determines the division a team is required to play. A player cannot be listed on more than
one roster in the Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League. Any club who fails to register a team
within the time provided by the league Registrar is subject to a fine of
$100 per team.
2a: PLAYER TRANSFERS. A team is permitted a maximum of
three (3) player transfers during a seasonal playing year, (September 1,
through August 31). These transfers are based upon the standard eighteen
(18) player maximum roster. Players may be added to bring the player roster
to its maximum eighteen (18) players. The replacement of an affiliated
player with an affiliated player from another team is a transfer, which is
counted against both clubs participating in the transfer. The release of an
affiliated player from another club and his replacement by a previously
affiliated player counts as a transfer. Official roster forms must be in
the hands of the League before any player can participate in league play.
Subject to change by M.Y.S.A, no additions to team rosters will be allowed
after May 31. Teams will be allowed to register a maximum of eighteen (18)
players per team or fourteen 14 players on a modified field. (U9 and Ul0).
2b: MIXED GENDER
ROSTERS. In the event that a team has a
mixture of boys and girls on the roster, it shall be considered a boys team
and be assigned in a boys division.
2c: RESIDENCY RULE. All players must register for a
team within the city or town where they reside if an age appropriate team
is available in that city or town. If a team has an out of town player on
its roster, the team must play up one age group above the out of town
player’s age bracket. The Board of
Directors may grant a waiver of this rule where the hometown releases the
player and the waiver does not conflict with MYSA rules. Waivers may be granted for:
1) a player involved in divorce or custody circumstances,
2) a school choice student playing for a team in the town where he
or she attends school, or
3) a player on a team affiliated with a church, temple or
fraternal organization where the player is a member.
2d: PREMIER PLAYER. A team with a player who is
dual-rostered with a team that plays in a premier league must place an (X) to the left of his or her
name on the roster. A team with a
premier player on its roster must play up one age group above the premier
player’s bracket unless:
1. The premier player resides
within the team’s hometown, or
2. No age appropriate PVJSL team is
available in the premier player’s hometown.
Any team with a
premier player whose principle place of residence is outside town borders
is ineligible for MOTOC play without a waiver from the League Registrar.
Any team registered for state cup play is not eligible for post-season play
or division championship in the spring season.
2e: PLAYER INFORMATION. Each club
and coach is responsible for verifying all player registration pertaining
to age, address, phone numbers to be correct and up to date. Proof of age,
(birth certificate, board of health record, passport, alien card) shall be
made available to the league upon request. Any changes to player
registrations must be made known immediately to the league. Failure to do
so could result in the entire team and coaching staff being suspended from
the league without refunds.
misrepresenting his/her age will be suspended for the rest of the season.
Any coach/manager knowingly using over-aged players will be immediately
suspended for the rest of the season and only readmitted to the league
after applying in writing, showing cause for re-admittance. Any organization in which one or more
teams have been determined by the president to be carrying over-aged
players shall be suspended for two years from any participation in league
activities, and may be readmitted to the league only after applying in
writing to show cause for re-admittance.
No team will be
allowed to play without proper player passes. The league will allow USSF
passes. In this case the team will be registered as a travel team and
proper full affiliation fees paid.
COACH PASS. A coach pass approved by the league is required for
eligibility to coach or assist in a league scheduled game.
4: DIVISION AGES, BALL SIZE, GAME LENGTH and MTOC.
requirements will apply to both boys and girls divisions in the League.
U.S.Y.S.A. Age Group Listing
2017 - 2018 Seasonal Year
September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018
LENGTH OF GAMES
(born on or after)
REPRESENT AT MTOC
25 MIN. HALVES
AUGUST 1, 2008
AUGUST 1, 2007
AUGUST 1, 2006
AUGUST 1, 2005
AUGUST 1, 2004
(30 min Fall Season)
AUGUST 1, 2003
U14 DIV. I
AUGUST 1, 2002
AUGUST 1, 2001
AUGUST 1, 1999
AUGUST 1, 1998
Home team shall provide a
regulation game ball as per specifications of the League. The suitability
of the ball is up to the judgment of the referee.
LEAGUE and DIVISION
A minimum of five
(5) teams is required to have regular competition in each division.
Division I, Division II and Division Ill in each age group will be
established if enough teams are registered in those divisions.
5a: OPEN ENTRY U-9,
U10, and U11 and RELEGATION SYSTEM.
entering at the U9, U10 and U11 shall request a division based on the
club’s best estimate of the team’s competitive level. Thereafter, teams in U9 and U10 will be
placed in a division based on their experience and at the discretion of the
league BOD. For the spring season,
the 8 teams with the best record in U11 Division 1 shall remain and any
other teams in Div. 1 will be dropped to a lower division. Teams with the best fall season record
in U11 Division 2 will not be entitled to move up to Division 1 for the
In all other age
groups, teams with the two best records in Division II will move the
following season to Division I and the two teams with the worst records in
Division I will move down to Division II. This will occur regardless of the
status of the premier players on the roster. New teams must enter at a
Division II level or lower and earn their way to Division I, which will be
limited to 8 teams.
6: FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS.
All league fees
must be paid before the start of the season; otherwise the team will be
removed from the regular schedule. All teams must complete league
obligations during the course of the season including financial
commitments; otherwise the team could be disqualified from participating in
state tournaments or out of state tournaments and league play. Teams not
completing all financial league obligations will be required to post a cash
bond in an amount determined by the BOD before the start of the next
season, or they will not be allowed to participate in the league.
6a: AFFILIATION. Affiliation
with MYSA for all teams, coaches and players must also be accomplished
fourteen days prior to the start of league play, otherwise the team, club,
player, or coach will be disqualified from participating in the league and
a $50/day fine will be assessed.
6b: DROPPED TEAM. Any team, which drops out after registration, will be subject
to a $500 fine. The club will be on probation for the following season, and
a $100 additional bond per team will be required.
6c: CLUB RESPONSIBILITY. Any costs assessed to the League
by any parties, resulting from the act or omission of any team or player
will be the responsibility of the club concerned. (e.g. MTOC forfeits, game
forfeits, property damage, etc.). Each club or organization is responsible
for the fines of their member teams. All fines must be paid within seven
days or the organization may be suspended by majority vote of the BOD.
Fines will carry over to the following season and nonpayment will result
in the disallowance of any future registration by the club or team.
6d: BONDS. The BOD
may require any team or club to post a bond before playing in the league
where the league determines the ability or intent of the team to meet it’s
financial obligations to the league may not be met
At no time will
alcoholic beverages be allowed before, during or after the game on or off
the field. The league will not make any exceptions to this rule. The rule
will apply to coaches, managers, team representatives, players, fans and
8: REFEREE’S RESPONSIBILITIES.
The referee is
responsible for the conduct of the game. The referee keeps the time of the
game. The referee is the sole judge of the suitability of the field and its
equipment, the players’ uniforms and equipment. The referee will conduct
the game according to the “laws of the game”.
power from the time he enters the field of play to record and caution any
player or coach guilty of misconduct or ungentlemanly behavior, and if he
persists, to suspend him from further participation in the game.
power to stop the game for any infringement of the laws and to suspend or
terminate the game by reasons of elements, interference, by spectators, he
deems such stop is necessary.
power to suspend from further participation in the game, without previous
caution, a player guilty of violent and dangerous conduct.
Allow no person
other than the players to enter the field of play without permission.
Enforce the laws
and decide any disputed point. His decision on points of fact connected
with play shall be final so far as the result of the game is connected.
Will not have the
authority to award a win or tie to a team as a result of a stopped or
suspended game. The BOD will make this decision after review of the
8a: REFEREE NO SHOWS. When a referee
does not arrive 5 minutes before a scheduled game time, the game shall be
played as scheduled with a referee agreed upon by both coaches involved.
Said referee must keep a game report and indicate that he/she is a
substitute. Such substitute referee will be paid according to the PVJSL
scale of fees. It is important
that both coaches make every reasonable effort to have the game played at
the scheduled time. The failure to
do so may result in fines or forfeiture.
8b: REFEREE REPORTS.
Coaches will hand to the referee a pre-printed roster, and the referee will
maintain a contemporaneous game report which the referee will provide to
the league, together with the player or coach pass of any person ejected
from the game, within 48 hours after completion or as otherwise requested
by the league. The referee report will be the official record of the game.
Referees must clearly note any important information in relation to the
game including ejections or cautions.
8c: Referee Enforcement of PVJSL Safety Rules: PVJSL does not allow the
following items for purpose of player safety, no jewelry of any kind. No
Metal Hair clips, No Hair Paint or glitter on the face or hair. There are
absolutely No Casts of any kind allowed during play regardless of the
ability to cover with foam or padding. In addition to these items the
referee has full authority to disallow any item that he or she feels would
injure the player with the item or other players on the field. This might
include knee braces with exposed metal braces, or other supports using
9: UNPLAYABLE FIELDS & WEATHER CONDITONS.
and safe fields are the responsibility of the home team. All fields should
be lined and all goal posts should contain nets.
Prior to the
scheduled time a game is to be played, the person, group, or department,
which has control of the field, will make decisions regarding whether to
close a field due to unplayable conditions, otherwise it shall be the
referee’s responsibility to determine if the field is playable.
In the event that
the game is stopped by the referee and not restarted due to field or
weather conditions, the following will apply:
If the game is stopped prior to the end
of the first half or beginning of the 2nd half, it will be replayed in its
entirety with the starting score being 0-0.
If the game is
stopped after the start of the 2nd half, it will be counted as a game
played, and the score will stand.
CIRCUMSTANCES MAY COACHES RESCHEDULE LEAGUE GAMES. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH
THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN A FORFEIT OF GAME BY BOTH PARTICIPATING TEAMS. The league cannot accommodate
requests for reschedules regardless of the reason; with the only exception
being for games cancelled or called by the referee. All games are scheduled to start at
specified times. The referee will allow a 10-minute period before the start
of each game if either home team or visiting team is not ready to play.
10a: MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS. If the minimum of 7 eligible
players (5 for modified fields) is in uniform on the field of play at the
scheduled time, the game must start, or the BOD may declare a forfeit.
10b: TEAM “NO SHOWS”. If a coach calls the Board of Directors to indicate that
the team will not be showing for a game more than 7 days prior to the game,
the team will be given a warning and will be placed on probation. In
addition, a $100 fine will be assessed. If that same team calls for a
second “no-show”, the team will pay a $200 fine and will be suspended from
the league. In the event a coach FAILS to call in accordance with this rule
and the team does not show for the game, the team will be fined $200 and
will be placed on probation.
11: RESPONSIBILITY OF COACHES.
required to review with all players prior to the beginning of each season
the rules of play of the PVJSL, as well as, the laws of the game as
described by FIFA. The elements of good sportsmanship must also be reviewed
prior to each season of play. Any coach who fails to review the laws and
rules of the game with their players prior to the season and is involved in
a breach of those laws or rules could be suspended, at a minimum, for the
remainder of that season. Coaches are required to
comply with the Zero Tolerance Policy of the PVJSL.
DISCIPLINE. Coaches and managers are
responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players, and their fans at
all league matches. Abusive and obscene language, racial and/or ethnic
disparagement, violent play, violent conduct, fighting and other behavior
detrimental to the game will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by the
league BOD. In the event of violations, the BOD may assess fines,
probation, suspensions and forfeitures.
11b: COACHES MEETINGS. At
least one official coach from each team is required to attend the preseason
coaches meeting. The failure to attend shall result in a fine.
11c: SAFETY TRAINING. All Coaches are required to complete the
American Red Cross CPR and Sport Safety Training program.
11d: PAY REFEREE AT THE FIELD Prior to the beginning of the game, each team is
responsible to pay ½ of the referee fee established by the league. In the event of a team “no show” the
referee will be paid a fee by the league and the team that fails to show
will be assessed costs and fines.
11e: PROVIDE COPY OF ROSTER Prior to the beginning of the
game, each team is responsible for supplying the referee a current copy of
their league approved roster with player numbers and other pertinent
information completed on the form.
11f: TWO COACHES ON SIDELINE RULE:.PVJSL allows only two
coaches on the players side of the field during games. If one of the two
rostered coaches is unable to attend any coach with a PVJSL authorized
coaching pass can substitute for the missing coach, if there is no coach
with a pass available an assistant without a pass will be allowed, however,
this individual must comply with all regulations regarding coaching
behavior and discipline and this individual can be subjected to the same
penalties as coaches for rules/zero tolerance policy violations.
Uniforms are to
consist of a shirt, shorts, socks and footwear, which may be either
official soccer boots or sneakers, at individual option. No team can play
without shirts and the shirts must have numbers on the back. In the event
two teams have similar colors, the home team will be required to change. It
is the responsibility of the referee to notify the home team of a color
coordination problem. This cannot be construed to mean that a team may play
without shirts or without numbers. The referee will make the decision on
the field if there is a problem with the uniform colors. Shin guards are
mandatory for all divisions.
13: TEAM BENCH OPPOSITE FROM FANS.
During the course
of the game both team benches will stay on the same side of the field. Fans
must observe the game
from the sideline
opposite the players. Failure to comply with this rule could result in a
forfeiture, at the discretion of the
14: GIRLS PROTECTION.
may use their arms to protect the upper part of their bodies by crossing
their arms over the upper part of the body flat against the chest. They may
not use their arms to trap or direct the ball. Girls or boys will not be
allowed to wear jewelry during the game.
Substitutions shall be unlimited except for when
specified otherwise in the rules and regulations for special competition.
Substitutions may be made with the consent of the
referee at the following times:
a. Prior to a throw in your favor.
b. Prior to a goal kick by either team.
c. After an Injury by either team when the referee stops
d. After a goal by either team.
e. At halt-time.
EJECTIONS & SUSPENSIONS.
Managers, coaches, or players
must leave the playing field area (complex) when ejected from the game and
may not in any way after ejection from the game remain in the bench area. A
manager, coach or player who has been ejected or suspended may not return
to his or her team in any capacity until such time as the suspension has
been lifted. Failure to abide by this rule could mean permanent suspension
from the league, and said suspension shall remain in effect even if
ejected from the game for any reason will be automatically suspended for
the next regularly scheduled of post-season league game. Coaches ejected
from the game for any reason may be automatically suspended for the next
three league games or playoff games. No substitution may be made for the
ejected player. The team must play short for the rest of the game.
Any player, coach or team
official physically or verbally attacking a referee will be suspended a
minimum of one year, or indefinitely if the ejection is thought serious
enough by the BOD.
A referee may end
a game if players, coaches or fans do not comply with applicable rules.
16a: VIOLENT PLAY. In
cases of violent play or fighting, any player or coach found responsible
shall be suspended for one year from the date of the incident. In the event
of players leaving the bench to enter the field to participate in a fight,
the coach and manager must appear before the Board of Directors for a
hearing to determine whether or not the team should be suspended for the
remainder of the season.
are expected to provide support to referees at all times.
Coaches, managers or team representatives will not be permitted to disrupt
games or hand out physical or verbal abuse to players or referees. Failure
to comply with this rule could result in loss of all games for the
remainder of the season, Any coach, manager or team representative who
threatens a referee, either verbally or physically, could be suspended
permanently from further participation in the league. This rule will apply
to action committed before, during or after the game.
16c: BEHAVIOR OF FANS. Fans will not be permitted to
disrupt games or hand out physical or verbal abuse to players or referees.
Failure to comply with this rule in controlling fans must be placed in the
hands of the individual clubs and particularly team coaches. Failure to
comply with this rule can result in loss of all games for the remainder of
the season. The coach, manager, or team representative may be suspended a
minimum of one year or more if the reason for ejection is thought serious
enough by the league BOD.
16d: TWO RED CARDS. The
Board of Directors may suspend any player who receives two red cards during
the season for one year from the date of the incident.
16e: THREE YELLOW CARDS.
player who receives three yellow cards during the season will be suspended
automatically for one game.
16f: CARRY OVER. Suspensions will carry over to the
following season from the day of the incident, until fully served.
TOLERANCE VIOLATIONS. Beginning
with the Spring 2007 season Referees will be authorized to stop games for
any player, coach, fan or any person in violation of the PVJSL Zero
Tolerance Policy. This authorization will be handled in the following
manner: The referee will momentarily stop the game and alert the coaches of
both teams that a person has become vocal/disruptive/unruly to the point of
violating the PVJSL Zero Tolerance Policy. The coaches will determine which
team this person belongs to, and then ask that person to leave the field
area immediately. If the person fails to comply the referee is authorized
to end the game immediately by showing a blue card or telling the coach
his/her team is being given a blue card. The team to which the violating person
is part of will forfeit the game, the club that the team belongs to will be
fined $100 and must pay that fine at the next open PVJSL office date or the
club will not be allowed to participate in any schedule games until the
fine is paid. There will be no appeals of the violation of the Zero
The referee must
be notified at the field, during the game or at the final whistle if a
protest is intended. The league president must be notified of an intended
protest within 24 hours of the completion of the game. The protest, in
writing, must be submitted with a $200 deposit (refundable if the protest
is upheld) to the league president within 48 hours of the completion of the
game. The league shall act upon all properly submitted protests within 5
days of the game and the decision of the Board and protest committee shall
be final. No protests will be allowed on judgment calls of the referee..
The decision of the Board and/or protest committee shall be final. Per
USYSA rules, no party to a protest may engage the services of an attorney.
18: SCORE REPORTING.
All scores must
be reported through use of the league computer web site. The home team is
responsible for reporting all scores. A score should be reported the same
day the game is played. All scores must be reported within 48 hours of the
end of the game. Teams not reporting scores will be subject to loss of
points, fines and suspensions. Each coach is responsible for maintaining a
complete list of the scores throughout the season for each game, including
goals for and
U-19: Three points will be awarded for a win, one point for a tie, and no
points for a loss or no game. The team with the most points at the end of
the season will be division winner. In the event of a tie for the division
lead, the league will schedule a time and field for a playoff game to
determine which team will be division winner.
If ties exist for
other playoff positions the Board of Directors will look at the teams
involved and how they fared in head-to-head competition. Head-to-head will
only be considered in a two way tie. League statistics will then be
reviewed to determine standings based on most wins, then least goals
19a: U9 and Ul0. No
outcome-based awards will be given in age groups younger than U-11 and no
official standings will be kept for publication for such age groups.
The league, to
the extent legally permissible, shall indemnify each member of the BOO, its
officers and committee members against all liabilities and expenses. This
shall include amounts paid and satisfaction of judgments, and compromise
actions, suits, claims, or other proceedings and penalties and attorney and
counsel fees reasonably incurred by them in connection with defense or
disposition of any action, suit, or other proceedings, civil or criminal,
in which he/she may be involved while in office or thereafter, by reason of
them having been an officer, and/or committee member. The right of
indemnification hereby provided shall not be exclusive or affect any other
rights to which the officer or committee member may be entitled. As used
here the term officer, and/or committee member, includes their heirs,
executives, and administrators. The league may purchase and maintain
insurance on behalf of all persons who may be indemnified against liability
incurred by him or her in any such capacity arising out of his/her status
as an officer or committee member, whether or not the league would have
the power to indemnify him/her against liabilities hereunder.
USYSA and MYSA
appeals bylaws shall apply to all organizations, clubs, players and coaches
of the Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League. No affiliate of the Pioneer
Valley Junior Soccer League shall limit or deny a player, coach, team, etc.
to appeal an action of the Board of Directors. The appeals procedure of the
PVJSL shall follow the procedure outlined in the USYSA appeals bylaw. When
an appeal is made to the PVJSL Board of Directors, secondary to an action
they have taken, an appeals committee shall be established consisting of
no less than four (4) members of the Executive Council. Members of the
Appeals Committee will not include representation from the involved clubs
or organizations. The president or his designee of the Pioneer Valley Junior
Soccer League Board of Directors shall chair the Appeals Committee but
shall vote only in the case of a tie. An appeal must be made in writing
within ten (10) days of the ruling. An appeal must be accompanied by a
nonrefundable $200 check made payable to PVJSL. An appeal must include
seven (7) copies of all documents pertinent to the appeal. The PVJSL
Appeals Committee must hold a hearing, which all parties have been notified
and invited, within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the written appeal.
The PVJSL Appeals Committee will render a decision in writing to all
parties in the appeal. Per PVJSL rules, no party to an appeal may engage
the services of an attorney. In order to participate in a hearing an
attorney must be a direct party to the appeal and be acting in the capacity
of a coach, player or administrator and not as an attorney. Once the appeal
decision has been reached and rendered by the PVJSL Appeals Committee
further appeal may be made to the MYSA Appeals Committee pursuant to the Bylaws
and procedures of MYSA.
22: MODIFICATIONS TO BYLAWS AND EXCEPTIONS TO RULES OF PLAY.
The bylaws and
exceptions to rules of play, or any section thereof, may be amended by
simple majority vote of the BOD members present at a board meeting. In
addition, changes may be proposed by any member of the Executive Council at
the AGM and/or at a regularly scheduled Executive Council meeting, and
approved by a simple majority vote of the voting members present. Providing
the proposed change is made known in writing to the BOD and Executive
Council seven days prior to the meeting.