Taunton Youth Soccer Code of Conduct
While attending a Taunton Youth Soccer function of any kind, proper and respectful conduct is expected of all TYS members, including but not limited to, players, coaches, and spectators. Any infraction of this rule shall be subject to disciplinary action per the Disciplinary Action section of this document.
Zero Tolerance for harassment of referees TYS has adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy towards harassing referees. We believe that this will:
- Ensure a positive and safe environment for referees, coaches, players and spectators.
- Encourage our valuable referees to continue with TYS, growing in experience and skill – provide a proper example to our players.
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The following is taken directly from the Constitution of South Coast Soccer League and is adopted in full by TYS:
All persons responsible for a team and all the 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 players, the referee and all the other participants and spectators.
No one is to address the referee during the game except as allowed below.
COACHES AND MANAGERS
During the game:
- May respond to a referee initiating a communication.
- May ask for substitutions.
- May point out emergencies or safety issues at halftime or at the end of the game.
- May ask a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and constructive way.
- May give a polite and friendly feedback to the referee. Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment, or intimidation is allowed in any conversation with the referee.
- 1st Minor Infraction: The referee should ignore
- 1st Serious Infraction: Caution or ejection depending on the seriousness of the infraction
- (FIFA) 2nd Minor Infraction: A verbal warning
- 3rd Infraction: Caution
- 4th Infraction: Ejection
During the game:
- May respond to a referee initiating a communication
- May point out emergencies or safety issues
- 1st Infraction: Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.
- 2nd Infraction: A verbal warning. Referee should stop the game and ask the coach warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an ejection or the referee will abandon the game.
- 3rd Infraction: The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator refuses to leave the field. If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and the TYS may impose a forfeit on the spectator’s team.