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Published . August 2001

British Columbia Soccer Association

DISCIPLINE POLICY AND PROCEDURE GUIDE

Effective: August 2001

Each season, every District, League or Inter-District League or combination of either through

interlock, shall forward the names and telephone numbers of the chairperson and members of

their discipline committee to the Chairperson of the BCSA Discipline Committee as soon as such

names is available.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1 GENERAL .............................................................................................................................................. 4

PART 2 RULE 11 - DISCIPLINE........................................................................................................................ 5

PART 3 STANDARD TERMS............................................................................................................................. 8

PART 4 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.................................................................................................. 10

PART 5 BREACHES OF THE LAWS OF THE GAME ................................................................................. 12

PART 6 AUTOMATIC GAME SUSPENSION................................................................................................. 13

PART 7 DISCIPLINE HEARING PROCEDURES.......................................................................................... 14

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ECTION A FORMAL HEARING GUIDELINES........................................................................................................... 14ECTION B MAIL-IN HEARING PROCEDURES......................................................................................................... 16

PART 8 RIGHT TO WAIVE............................................................................................................................. 17

PART 9 REQUEST FOR POSTPONING A HEARING.................................................................................. 18

PART 10 INDEFINITE SUSPENSION ............................................................................................................... 19

PART 11 PUNISHMENT GUIDELINES ............................................................................................................ 20

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ECTION A ACCUMULATED CAUTIONS.................................................................................................................. 20ECTION B EXPULSION BY A REFEREE FOR:........................................................................................................... 21

1. Receives Two Cautions in One Game...................................................................................................... 21

2. Abusive, Insulting or Offensive Language and/or Behaviour.................................................................. 21

3. Denies the opposing team a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity - ................................................ 22

4. Denies a obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent -.................................................................. 22

5. Serious Foul Play or Very Dangerous Play .......................................................................................... 22

6. Violent Conduct ...................................................................................................................................... 22

7. Spitting, at an Opponent or any other Person ......................................................................................... 22

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ECTION C EXPULSION (RED CARDS AND MISCONDUCT REPORTS) FOR ACTIONS AGAINST GAME OFFICIALS ...... 23

1. Persistent Protests against Decisions by the Referee and Assistants ...................................................... 23

2. Abusive, Offensive or Insulting Language and/or Behaviour.................................................................. 23

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ECTION D MISCONDUCT BY A TEAM OFFICIAL .................................................................................................... 24

1. Abusive, Insulting or Offensive Language and/or Behaviour.................................................................. 24

2. Violent Conduct ...................................................................................................................................... 24

3. Spitting.................................................................................................................................................... 24

Misconduct Reported - a Team Official for actions against a Game Official .............................................................. 24

1. Persistent Protests against Decisions by the Referee and Assistants ...................................................... 24

2. Abusive, Offensive or Insulting Language and/or Behaviour.................................................................. 24

Misconduct Reported - a Team Official for actions against game officials, deemed to be an assault............................ 24

1. Deliberate physical contact i.e. pushing, pulling, charging, threatening or attempted physical contact 24

2. Violent conduct or attempted violent conduct that includes striking, spitting or kicking ........................ 24

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ECTION E ASSAULT, VERBAL OR PHYSICAL OF GAME OFFICIALS ....................................................................... 25

Procedures and Responsibilities: ................................................................................................................................... 25

Punishment Guidelines for Assault, Verbal or Physical of Game Officials.................................................................... 26

1. Deliberate physical contact i.e. pushing, pulling, charging, threatening or attempted physical contact 26

2. Violent conduct or attempted violent conduct that includes striking, spitting or kicking ........................ 26

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PART 12 REPEATED EXPULSION.S................................................................................................................ 27

Procedure for Reporting............................................................................................................................................ 27

PART 13 SPECTATOR AND TEAM MISCONDUCT...................................................................................... 28

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ECTION A LOCAL JURISDICTION.......................................................................................................................... 28

1. Procedures for Reporting ........................................................................................................................ 28

2. Hearing Requirements............................................................................................................................ 28

3. Penalties ................................................................................................................................................. 29

4. Game Abandonment ............................................................................................................................... 29

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ECTION B ASSOCIATION JURISDICTION............................................................................................................... 30

PART 14 PERFORMANCE BONDS AND FINES............................................................................................. 31

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ECTION A CRITERIA FOR FINES AND PERFORMANCE BOND POLICY..................................................................... 31ECTION B IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR PERFORMANCE BONDS................................................................ 31ECTION C PAYMENT OF FINES............................................................................................................................. 32ECTION D PROCEDURE FOR ASSESSING FINES...................................................................................................... 32

PART 15 PARTICIPATING IN SANCTIONED SOCCER ACTIVITIES WHILE UNDER SUSPENSION

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ECTION A SPECIFICS PERTAINING TO BEING SUSPENDED..................................................................................... 33ECTION B PUNISHMENT GUIDELINES ................................................................................................................... 34

PART 16 INELIGIBLE OR ILLEGAL PLAYERS............................................................................................ 35

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ECTION A CRITERIA ............................................................................................................................................ 35ECTION B PENALTIES AND PUNISHMENT GUIDELINES ......................................................................................... 35ECTION C CONTRAVENTION OF RULE 5 AND/OR RULE 23.................................................................................... 36

a) Player. Team Official, Administrator ................................................................................................................... 36

b) Club, League, District ......................................................................................................................................... 36

PART 17 SUSPENSION PAST THE END OF SEASON AND/OR GRADUATING PLAYERS .................. 37

PART 18 SUSPENSION REVIEW....................................................................................................................... 38

PART 19 EXPULSION POLICY ......................................................................................................................... 39

PART 20 PROVINCIAL CUP DISCIPLINE...................................................................................................... 40

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ECTION A ACCUMULATED CAUTIONS.................................................................................................................. 40ECTION B EXPULSION ......................................................................................................................................... 40ECTION C EXPULSION: PLAYERS ATTACHED TO TEAMS GRANTED DISPENSATION ............................................. 40ECTION D INTERIOR OR REGIONAL ROUND-ROBIN COMPETITION ....................................................................... 41

PART 21 NATIONAL CLUB AND ALL-STAR COMPETITION DISCIPLINE........................................... 43

PART 22 TOURNAMENT DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES ............................................................................... 44

PART 23 EXPULSION.S IN EXHIBITION GAMES....................................................................................... 45

PART 24 APPEALS . DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE DECISIONS ................................................................. 45

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PART 1 General

Constitution:

The purpose of the Association is to foster, develop and promote the game of soccer, in all its

branches, in the Province of British Columbia and;

To govern the rules of play of the game of soccer in the Province of British Columbia

By-Laws:

Article 1 Affiliation

The Association shall be affiliated with the Canadian Soccer Association and subject to the Rules

and Regulations of that body.

Article 5 Duties of the Board of Directors and Officers

Paragraph 6 f) To maintain all Rules & Regulations, which govern the game of soccer amongst the Active

members and Associate Members of the Association

In accordance with Article 1 and Article 5;

The Rules and Regulations governing disciplinary matters are described in

the Discipline Policy and Procedure Guide.

Rule 11 . Discipline and are interpreted in

Discipline Committees

The committee shall be responsible for all matters of discipline referred to it under the jurisdiction of the Association,

including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any of the following matters:

a) Alleged misconduct on the part of a member of a Club, Player, Team Official or any member that

may bring the game of soccer into disrepute.

b) Alleged breach of any of the Rules, Regulations or By-laws of the Association, District Association

or League-in-Membership.

Structure:

Chair: Appointed or elected by a District Association or League-in-Membership

Members: Two other members, who may be either appointed or elected.

Terms of Reference:

a) To inquire into all allegations of misconduct and to hold hearings when necessary

b) To conduct such hearings in accordance within the provisions of Rule 11-Discipline

c) To appoint discipline hearing committees as may be required from time to time to deal with

specific issues

d) To determine the disposition of all discipline matters brought before the committee

Committee - General

1. Meet in accordance with a schedule as established by the Association and District Association or League-in-

Membership or Inter-district League.

2. Keep minutes of all hearings and a written record of decisions rendered.

3. Shall report the decisions to the District Association or League-in-Membership in accordance with committee

reporting policy.

4. Shall report the decisions to the Association, bi-monthly and end of season.

5. Shall retain all records of discipline hearings for a period of three years.

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PART 2 Rule 11 - Discipline

a) The Board shall have the power to inquire into the conduct of any member in the member’s capacity as a player,

team

official,

has:

i) violated F.I.F.A. Laws of the Game and/or the Association’s game rules;

ii) violated rules established from time to time by the Association governing the conduct of members on and off the

field;

iii) behaved in a manner considered by the Board to be unbecoming of a member registered with the Association;

iv) behaved in a manner considered by the Board not to be in the best interest of the game of soccer or the Association;

v) bet on any soccer match;

vi) attempted to offer, either directly or indirectly, any consideration whatsoever to another team, player or players of

any other team, with a view to influence the result of the match;

vii) accepted consideration pursuant to clause vi);

game official, team, club, district or league, and may take disciplinary action where it is determined that a member

viii)

misconduct or any other matter which, in the opinion of the Association, is considered to be unsporting, insulting or

improper behavior or likely to bring the game into disrepute

committed any act or made any statement either verbally or in writing, or been responsible for conduct, continuing.

b) Where the Board has made a determination pursuant to paragraph .a" above, the Board with respect to the member

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do one or more of the following

i) reprimand the member;

ii) suspend the member from the privilege of playing, coaching, managing,

member group in the Association for one or more league or provincial cup games:

iii) suspend the member from the privilege of playing, coaching, managing, officiating or acting as an officer of a

member group in the Association for one or more playing seasons;

iv) suspend the member from the privilege of playing, coaching, managing,

member group in the Association for an indefinite period;

v) expel the member from the Association;

vi) in the case of an adult player, team official, team, district or league, impose a fine

officiating or acting as an officer of aofficiating or acting as an officer of aand/or bond

c) The Board shall have the power to impose an interim suspension with respect to a member pending a final determination

pursuant to paragraph "b" Rule 11 - Discipline.

d) In addition to its powers under paragraphs "b" and "c., Rule 11 - Discipline, the Board may make any other disciplinary

decisions that it considers just.

e) No player or member of any such team,

be eligible for membership in any other team, district, league or association affiliated with the Association without special

permission of the Board.

game official, district, league or affiliated association so removed or suspended shall

f)

powers vested in the Board and the Association under Rule 11 . Discipline

The Association may delegate and authorize officers of the Association to perform the functions and exercise the disciplinary

g)

as a last resort, and then only with the consent of the Board.

In case of disputes between players, teams, districts, leagues, or affiliated associations, legal proceedings shall be taken only

h)

officials and spectators, and is required to;

i) take all precautions necessary to prevent spectators threatening or assaulting officials and/or players during or at the

conclusion of matches.

ii) take all precautions to prevent the use of objectionable, insulting language and offensive behavior.

Every team, club, district, league or affiliated association is responsible to the Association for the actions of its players,

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removed from any ground

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be allowed to continue to participate in all soccer activities until their case is dealt with, except;

i) Players or team officials reported for assault of Referees and/or Game Officials, shall stand suspended from all

soccer activities within the jurisdiction of the Association until their case has been heard, and dealt with, by the

Association.

ii) A player (red card) or team official sent from the field of play will automatically be suspended for one (1) game.

Suspensions shall apply to the player’s or

whichever comes first. The player or team official, having served the one (I) game suspension shall be eligible to

resume playing,

is being applied. The one game suspension shall be carried from one season to the next if not served prior to the

completion of the season in which it was issued.

iii) A player or who accumulates three (3)) cautions (yellow cards) within a period of one playing season shall be

automatically suspended without hearing and without appeal from the player’s following league or cup game

whichever comes first

playing, unless notified by the Association that further disciplinary action is being applied. The one game

suspension shall be carried from one season to the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in which it

was accumulated.

iv) A player who accumulates in excess of (3) cautions (yellow cards) within a period of one playing season shall be

suspended one or more additional games pursuant to the Association Discipline Policy and Procedure Guide

v) For provincial cup play, a player who accumulates three (3) cautions (yellow cards) during provincial cup play, shall

automatically be suspended without hearing and without appeal from the player’s next provincial cup game.

Provincial Cup for youth teams is defined as all "A. Cup competition. and "B" Cup competition beyond district

qualification (inter-district), (see Rule 25 - Rules for Provincial Cup Play -Youth). Provincial Cup for senior teams is

defined as provincial cup play beyond league qualification (see Rule 27 - Senior Cup Competition Rules.)

in any case of a breach of paragraph .h. (ii & iii), Rule 11 . Discipline, any player, official or spectator may be.Players and / or officials reported for misconduct in a league, cup competition, tournament, exhibition or training game, mayteam official.s next regularly scheduled league or cup competition game,coaching, managing or officiating unless notified by the Association that further disciplinary action,. After having served the one (1) game suspension, the player shall be eligible to resume

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the player is registered,

i) Disciplinary decisions shall be the responsibility of the discipline committee for the association or league governing

the competition where the permitted player was charged with an offence

Any disciplinary action applied while playing in a game under permit shall apply to all future games of the team for whichand shall be subject to;

ii)

registered and to the team official of the team to which the player is attached

Said discipline committee shall forward a copy of the discipline ruling to the district association where the player is.

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instance in a twelve-month period,

and all other pertinent information must be sent to the Association for review. The Association shall retain jurisdiction in this

instance for all such cases regardless of the domicile of the individual.

Any registered player or team official found guilty of an offence for which expulsion was the result for the third (3rd)may be assessed a maximum one (l) year suspension. Discipline records for the individual

l)

established by the Association.

The Board, in carrying out its powers under Rule 11 - Discipline, shall follow the procedure for disciplinary hearings

m)

off of the field of play as well as players and or officials reported for misconduct shall be dealt with by the organization or

committee

Where the control of discipline has been delegated to a district, league or affiliated association, all cases of players orderedpursuant to the Association Discipline Policy and Procedure Guide;

i)

Within fourteen (14) days of the incident

ii)

regularly scheduled hearings, and giving of notice in .m., i) is waived.

Notwithstanding, districts and leagues in membership, or their members, may publish in advance the dates of

iii)

convened.

If a hearing is not held by this time, the player.s rights are temporarily reinstated until the disciplinary hearing is

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set within:

i. 15 working days of the alleged incident

ii. 25 working days of the previous hearing

In cases where an accused stands suspended pending a hearing, or for any adjourned hearing, the date for the hearing shall be

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within 30 days of receipt of the game official.s report by the governing body.

In all cases of alleged game official assault by a player or by a team, club or district official, the hearing shall be convened

p)

days following the hearing.

Wherein a result of a discipline hearing is withheld, the accused shall be a sent a final determination no later than 15 working

q)

Association Discipline Policy and Procedure Guide and in accordance with the following:

Each discipline hearing held within the jurisdiction of the Association and its members shall be conducted pursuant to the

i)

A Discipline Hearing Committee shall have no less than three members, one of whom shall act as Chairperson.

ii) Discipline Hearing committee shall record in writing any action taken under Rule 11. Discipline, paragraph "b..

iii) In all cases, the party complained against shall have the right to appear and offer a full answer or defense to the

charges when the case is heard.

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paragraphs .m. and .n. may be waived

By mutual consent, in writing, of the accused and a Discipline Hearing Committee, any terms in Rule 11.Discipline,.

r) No barrister or solicitor shall represent any such player, team, district, league or affiliated association at the hearing of

any

i) As an executive officer of the team, district, league or affiliated association concerned and has been for a period of

three months immediately preceding the lodgment of the misconduct, protest, complaint or appeal,

ii) And whose name appears on the affiliation form of such team, district, league or affiliated association as an

executive officer,

misconduct, protest, complaint or appeal, unless;

iii)

team, club, district or league official.

And, a person so identified, may only represent the player, team, district or league in the capacity of a

s)

or documents and other evidence the Board may desire.

The Board shall have the power to call any player, team, district, league or affiliated association to produce any books, letters

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The Board may also, order the offending parties to pay all expenses incurred in hearing the case.

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PART 3 Standard Terms

Association The British Columbia Soccer Association.

Advisor An adult person who provides advice to a youth player required to attend a hearing in order

to ensure that a specific party receives a fair and impartial hearing. The party may be a

barrister or solicitor provided they meet the conditions of Rule 11-Discipline, Paragraph

.r.. The advisor may not act as a witness at such hearing.

Board The Board of Directors of the Association, District Association or League-in-Membership

elected or appointed to govern the operation of its members.

Bond A defined amount determined by a district or league, which may be implemented in

accordance with the jurisdiction.s rules and regulations and may be levied at the discretion

of the enabling authority for the purpose of a member guaranteeing proper conduct; which

shall be refunded without interest provided the conditions are met.

Club An organization affiliated with a district, league-in-membership or the Association who

shall observe the rules and regulations of the Association.

Discipline Committee A group consisting of a minimum of three persons who are appointed or elected by an

organization to adjudicate disciplinary matters in accordance with discipline policy

consistent with the Association.s rules and regulations.

District District Association primarily established for the purpose of organizing and administrating

youth age soccer in a defined area.

Exhibition Game A game played which does not count in league standings or in cup competition.

Expulsion To remove or suspend a member, which may include a team, from membership within the

jurisdiction of a governing organization; to be ejected for misconduct at a sanctioned soccer

activity

Fines A non-refundable monetary amount assessed for breach of the rules and regulations by the

Association or in accordance with district or league policy, however, shall not be levied

against any youth age player.

Game Official Assault Deliberate physical contact, (i.e. pushing, pulling, charging), or attempted physical contact,

threats or threatening action, attempted violent conduct, violent conduct (i.e. striking,

kicking, spitting, etc.)

Game Official Referee, Assistant Referee or 4

Referee to act in that capacity.

Hearing Notice A number of day.s notice consistent with the rules and regulations of the Association.

Districts and leagues may publish in advance the dates of regularly scheduled hearings

which shall waive the giving of notice.

Inter-District League Two or more District Associations operating league under rules and regulations approved

by the Association.

League Senior Leagues- in-Membership, primarily established for the purpose of organizing and

operating open age soccer as defined by the Association or a sanctioned league operating

under rules and regulations approved by the Association.

th Official or a Club/Team Linesperson accepted by the

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Misconduct Type As defined in Rule 11 . Discipline and Part 11, Punishment Guidelines on which charges

are based and penalties assessed.

Player A player registered with the Association.

Response Days A number of days an accused offender has to respond to a written request by a discipline

committee or in accordance with discipline policy and procedures.

Soccer Related Activity Activities that include administering, coaching, managing, playing or officiating in any

sanctioned activity that falls under the jurisdiction of the Association or as determined by

the Association.

Suspension Review A request to the Association, District Association or League-in-Membership, for a review

of a lengthy suspension, which may be considered by leave of the governing jurisdiction.

Suspension Automatic game suspension which may not be appealed and must be served in the

following league or cup match, whichever comes first, or a suspension for a specific

number of games, a specific stated period of time, or from all soccer related activities.

Team Official The coach, assistant coach, manager or other person registered with the Association who

oversees the operation of an affiliated team.

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PART 4 Rights and Responsibilities

1. Players, team officials, administrators, game officials and spectators may only take part in, or attend games, on

condition that they observe the published Rules & Regulations of the Association.

2. Every Club is responsible for the actions of its players, teams officials, administrators and spectators.

3. Every club, district and league is required to take all precautions necessary to prevent its players, team officials,

administrators and spectators from threatening or assaulting anyone present at games, and especially the game

officials.

4. In all cases of mistaken identity of an accused player, team official or administrator caused as a result of a team

list error or other irregularities, the responsible team, club, district or league, shall properly identify the offending

party involved.

5. Affiliated District Associations, Leagues-in-Membership and Clubs shall ensure that their disciplinary rules,

regulations, policies and procedures are consistent with those of the Association.

6. Failure to observe timelines defined in the Rules and Regulations of the Association may render any disciplinary

action taken after the expiration of the time, null and void in the event of appeal.

7. A member is accused of misconduct when they are reported in accordance with Part 5, Breaches of the Laws of

the Game and/or paragraph .a., clauses ii) through viii), Rule 11 . Discipline.

8. The accused shall be notified in writing, when the report alleging their misconduct is being heard, except where

hearings are held in accordance with a published schedule.

9. Accused parties have the right to appear at a hearing at their own expense.

10. A game official must attend a Discipline Hearing if required to do so, by the organization adjudicating the case.

11. In all cases where a person has been charged in a criminal court with offenses of moral turpitude, the accused

shall be suspended from all soccer activity until the case has been concluded in the criminal courts. The

Association shall decide if further proceedings are warranted pursuant to the published Rules and Regulations of

the CSA.

12. In the event that criminal charges are laid as a result of any incident that occurred in a game, the case should

proceed, unless the accused requests a postponement of the hearing in accordance with the published policy. The

results of the criminal case shall not influence the hearing of the case. Requests for postponement under these

circumstances shall be granted however the accused shall remain suspended until their case is dealt with the

Discipline Hearing Committee.

13. Any accused player who is less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adviser, in accordance with the

Association.s policy Part 7, Hearing Procedures, failing which the hearing will not proceed and the accused

person shall be suspended, pending a subsequent hearing.

14. At a Discipline Hearing, each party required to attend may have no more than two observers attend the hearing

unless otherwise requested by a Discipline Committee.

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may not act as a witness at such hearing unless by specific permission of the adjudicating committee.

16. If an individual has sat out the required automatic game suspension and the committee is unable to hear the case

before the next scheduled league or cup match, a player is eligible to play until the player attends a scheduled

hearing.

17. All parties affected by a discipline decision have the right to receive a written copy of the decision and also, the

specific Rights of Appeal information, including:

a) The name and address of the organization to which the decision may be appealed

b) The amount of the appeal fee

c) The timeline for appealing a decision

d) The criteria for the specific grounds for appeal

e) Method of notification; must be in writing and may be submitted by mail or facsimile.

Fee for an appeal filed by facsimile must be remitted to the Association within the prescribed timeline

18. The timelines for appealing a decision shall only go into effect after the affected party has received a written copy

of the decision and the Right of Appeal information.

19. A discipline decision shall remain in effect pending the result of the appeal pursuant to Rule 13-Appeals

20. Discipline Committees have a responsibility to investigate any formal, written complaint brought to their attention

by the Association, their governing body, a member district, league-in membership or club.

A person present at a Discipline Hearing in the capacity as an advisor, observer or Club or District Representative

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PART 5 Breaches of the Laws of the Game

The referee must report to the appropriate authority any misconduct or misdemeanor on the part of spectators, team

officials, players, named substitutes or other persons which take place either on the field of play or in its vicinity at

anytime prior to, during or after the match in question so that appropriate action can be taken by the authority

concerned.

1. It is understood that any registered player or team official who is sent from the field of play or reported for

misconduct, shall automatically be suspended from participating in the following league match, league cup or

Provincial Cup match of their team.

Interpretation: The next game whether league or cup game, whichever comes first.

a) The rules regarding discipline do not differentiate between games that are completed or abandoned for any

reason. Therefore, the penalty for being cautioned or expelled from

the situation surrounding the games outcome.

b) Suspensions shall be served for a continuous period, or for consecutive games, except where there is a break

in the competition, in which case the suspension may be:

i)

a game remains the same regardless ofContinued accordingly

ii)

Continued during .the active season.

c) Players or team officials shall not participate in any sanctioned soccer activity while under suspension which

includes:

i) Acting as a game official;

ii) Coaching in any way, either verbally or by hand signals or assisting the team in any way;

iii) Shall not be in match strip while standing with team members during any match.

iv) Shall not participate in any exhibition match or tournament without the written permission of the

discipline committee that rendered the decision.

2. The suspension/s may carryover into any sanctioned activity, including tournament and exhibition matches, but

shall not constitute the serving of the suspension/s

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3. Breaching the suspension shall result in a further suspension as determined by a discipline committee of the

Association, District, League- in- Membership or Inter-district league

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4. Individuals having served their one game suspension, shall be eligible to play or act as team officials until their

case is dealt with, unless otherwise advised or indicated in these guidelines pursuant to Rule 11 paragraph .m.

iii).

5. A Discipline Hearing Committee may:

a) Pursuant to Rule 11, paragraph .b., a Discipline Committee may reprimand, suspend, fine and/or bond (with

or without suspension) with the exception; any player under the age of 18 at the time of registration, may not

be assessed a fine.

b) May set timelines for payment of fines or bonds, and may set further terms of punishment for noncompliance.

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PART 6 Automatic Game Suspension

1. A player or team official sent from the field of play for misconduct or who engages in conduct for which the

penalty under FIFA Laws of the Game would be expulsion from the field or game, shall be suspended without

hearing and without appeal, from the following League or Cup game.

served the one game suspension shall be eligible to resume play, coach, manage or officiate. The one game

suspension shall be carried from one season to the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in

which it was issued.

2. A player or team official who accumulates three (3) official cautions (Yellow cards) within

playing season shall be automatically suspended without hearing and without appeal from the player’s following

League or Cup game. After having served the one game suspension, the player shall be eligible to resume play

unless notified that further disciplinary action is being considered. The one game suspension shall be carried from

one season to the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in which it was accumulated.

3. For provincial cup play, a senior player who accumulates two (2) cautions, yellow cards, or, a youth player who

accumulates three (3) cautions during provincial cup play, shall automatically be suspended without hearing and

without appeal from the player’s next provincial cup game. Provincial Cup for youth teams is defined as all "A.

Cup competition and "B" Cup competition beyond district qualification (inter-district), (see Rule 25 - Rules for

Provincial Cup Play -Youth). Provincial Cup for senior teams is defined as provincial cup play beyond league

qualification (see Rule 27 - Senior Cup Competition Rules.)

** The player or team official, havinga period of one

** Interpretation:

The very next game whether league or cup competition.

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PART 7 Discipline Hearing Procedures

The following procedures are to be used by Discipline Committees within the jurisdiction of the Association and

should be the operating guidelines for hearing discipline cases. Rule 11 . Discipline, paragraph .q. provides for the

minimum requirements for discipline committees. The procedures are consistent with the CSA Discipline Rule 12,

paragraph .d. x).

Section A Formal Hearing Guidelines

1. A Discipline Committee must be comprised of three members, one of whom shall act as a recording

secretary, unless, by mutual consent, the accused has signed a waiver pursuant to Rule 11, paragraph .q. iv).

2. A team official may represent players, however, if the player is less than eighteen years of age they must be

accompanied by an adult. The individual representing the player should be given the opportunity to speak on

behalf of the individual.

3. The accused and their representative shall be present, or the hearing shall not proceed.

a) Failure by any person to attend without valid reasons a regularly scheduled discipline hearing or after

having been given notice to do so shall result in suspension of the accused. The suspension shall

continue until the accused requests and attends another hearing.

4. Players, team officials charged with an offence must have the opportunity to respond to the charges either:

a) in person.

b) in writing (permission may be granted if the individual is unable to appear and has made a written

request for such consideration).

5. The Chairperson shall read the report and state the charge or at the discretion of the committee, may allow the

accused to read the report

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a) if the individual is unable to appear, a copy of the report should be mailed to the accused with a covering

letter advising the date their reply is expected.

b) match reports, which may accompany a referee.s report, do not have to be copied and given to the

individual.

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and/or clarification of the respondent’s statement should be asked after the individual has had an opportunity

to reply.

7. The Recording Secretary must record pertinent information for the record, in particular, any serious

discrepancy that may exist between the game official.s report and the individual’s responses

8. After questioning the individual, ask them if they have anything further they wish to add to their statement

before a decision is made. Request the individual to withdraw while the committee discusses the case and

makes a decision.

9. The Discipline Hearing Committee shall consider the report and further evidence provided and shall decide

on the case.

. The individual should be given the opportunity to answer to the charges as described in the report. Questions

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10. Call the individual back in and advise them of the committee.s decision.

a) the accused shall be given a written record of the committee.s decision

b) if the accused disputes the decision, advise them they have the right of appeal

c) appeal procedures must be outlined

d) inform the accused, if an appeal is considered, they are required to serve any assessed suspensions while

the appeal process is pending.

Suspensions must be served as assessed unless given leave by the Provincial Board

11. Decisions should be made based on the referee’s report and information presented by the individual at the

hearing.

12. You have the right to withhold the decision at the end of the hearing, however the individual should be

advised of the reason i.e. an extremely serious offence and the committee wishes to deliberate further.

a) The accused shall be permitted to participate in their next league or cup match until a decision is made,

provided the automatic game suspension has been served, excepting anyone accused of game official

assault, threatening a game official or harassment of a game official.

b) In the event a decision is withheld, the committee upon rendering a decision shall contact the accused

and team official and inform them of the committee.s decision. The accused shall be notified in writing

of the result of the hearing in accordance with Rule 11, paragraph .p..

13. Failure of the accused, without due cause, to remain at a discipline hearing shall be dealt with as follows:

a) an accused individual who refuses to participate in a Discipline Hearing, or who walks out of a hearing,

thus preventing a Discipline Committee from rendering decisions on the case, shall stand suspended

until such time they make a written request for another hearing and appear at a scheduled subsequent

hearing.

b) Notwithstanding, clause .a., if a Discipline Committee determines that it has obtained sufficient

evidence, prior to the walkout, to make a decision in the normal manner; it shall render its decision.

14. Members of Discipline Committees should appear impartial at all times. A structured formal process tends to

impart this image.

15. Familiarity with players and officials must be discouraged, as it tends to detract from the process of a formal

hearing.

16. If an individual has sat out the required automatic game suspension and the committee is unable to hear the

case before the next scheduled league or cup match, a player is eligible to play until the player attends a

scheduled hearing.

Appendix B: Discipline Committee Report Form (Optional)

Note:

The date of the offence, date of hearing and the three-discipline committee.s names should be recorded on the

report form. In the event of an appeal, this information may be the determining factor if leave for appeal is

granted.

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Section B Mail-In Hearing Procedures

The following procedures may be used as the operating guidelines for reviewing or hearing discipline cases that

require the use of a mail-in system. Hearing guidelines are fully documented under the formal hearing procedures,

Section A, The District, League-in-Membership or Inter-district league Discipline Committee, must approve a request

for a mail-in review

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1. Players or team officials charged with an offence must have the opportunity to respond to the charges and shall

be:

a) Sent a copy of the details of the charges

b) Allowed sufficient time to respond to the charges in writing

c) Allowed the opportunity to answer to the charges as described in the report

d) Advised the date their reply is expected

2. Record pertinent information in the record, in particular, any serious discrepancy that may exist between the game

officials. report and the individual’s responses. If a serious discrepancy exists, it may be necessary to convene

a formal hearing.

3. A committee comprised of three members, none of whom may be associated with the accused, must review all

pertinent information including the accused written response.

4. The individual must be advised in writing the decision of the committee. The decision may be communicated

verbally to expedite matters, however, a written confirmation should be sent out within 48 hours. The appeal

procedures should be outlined in the written notification of the committee.s decision.

5. Once the individual has served the required automatic game suspension, they are eligible to play until the

discipline committee has rendered a decision.

6. If the individual fails to respond to the charges by the date specified in your original notification they;

a) shall be suspended until the reply is received.

b) a notice of Indefinite Suspension shall be mailed to the accused

Mail-in procedures shall not be permitted for anyone accused of Deliberate Physical Contact or Violent Misconduct

towards game officials. The Association shall appoint a committee to oversee hearing proceedings.

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PART 8 Right to Waive

The CSA Rule 12 . Discipline permits, with mutual consent of the accused and a Discipline Hearing Committee,

waiving the Rules & Regulations governing Hearings, Timelines and Notices. In order to be consistent with the CSA,

the Association.s Rules & Regulations include the waiver clause in Rule 11-Discipline, Paragraph .q. iv).

Where hearing schedules are published in advance, timeline and notification requirements are waived and mutual

consent is not required

than three members.

. Signed waivers are required in all instances of a Discipline Committee comprised of less

Criteria

1. The right to waive should only be considered if a situation arises that is unforeseen and the hearing cannot be

rescheduled within the required timelines.

2. When a hearing has been scheduled and one member of the Discipline Committee is unable to attend or is

detained, the option to waive may only be considered under the following criteria:

a) The offence is not of a serious nature

b) The adult representative for a registered youth age player agrees to sign the waiver

3. If the offence is of a serious nature or the offender has been subject to disciplinary action for prior offences,

the right to waive should not be considered. The hearing should be adjourned and rescheduled at the earliest

possible date. Pursuant to Rule 11-Discipline, paragraph .m. iii), the player.s rights are temporarily

reinstated until a hearing is convened.

4. If the accused is unable to appear for valid reason, a Discipline Committee may offer the accused the option

to respond in writing and waive the right to appear and offer a defense when the case is heard.

5. Waivers will not be considered if the offence is directed towards a game official.

Appendix A: Waiver Form (Mandatory)

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PART 9 Request for Postponing a Hearing

Any accused party required to attend a hearing may request one postponement for a scheduled or published hearing.

1. The Discipline Committee in jurisdiction may grant postponement of the hearing, on terms published in

advance of the hearing. Where district associations, leagues-in-membership or inter-district leagues, do not

have published terms, the following terms shall be met:

a) The accused must make submission no later than seven days prior to the date of that hearing

b) The accused shall state the reason for requesting the postponement.

c) The hearing shall be rescheduled within 15 working days of the alleged incident.

2. Governing jurisdictions may establish a fee schedule; however, any such fee shall be included in the enabling

authority.s fee schedule.

3. If the Request for Postponement is denied, the fee shall be refunded.

4. An accused party making submission to postpone a hearing is required to serve any required automatic game

suspension and shall remain suspended until the Discipline Committee deals with the case. If a Discipline

Committee is not able to reschedule the hearing within the required 15 working days, the accused shall be

eligible to participate in soccer activities provided the required automatic suspension has been served.

5. Should the hearing be postponed by the Discipline Committee and the accused was prepared to appear, the

hearing shall be rescheduled and the following terms shall be met:

a) The accused party shall not be assessed a fee

b) The accused party shall be eligible to participate in soccer activities once the required automatic game

suspension has been served, with the exception, of any individual accused of Assault of a Game Official.

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PART 10 Indefinite Suspension

Failure by any person to attend, without valid reason, a Discipline Hearing after been given notice to do so in

accordance with a district, league-in-membership or inter-district leagues discipline policy, shall stand suspended and

deemed to be

The individual is deemed to be under

soccer activities under the jurisdiction of the Association pursuant to Rule 11- Discipline, paragraph .e.. The

Discipline Committee in jurisdiction shall inform the district, league or inter-district league and in addition are

required to inform the team officials responsible for the team by

Indefinitely Suspended.Indefinite Suspension and shall be notified they may NOT participate in anyNotice of Indefinite Suspension.

1. Failure to attend a Discipline Hearing when required to do so, shall result in the accused remaining suspended

until such time the suspended party requests in writing, another hearing and appears at a subsequent hearing

and may be penalized in accordance with the published rules of the governing jurisdiction.

2. Should any individual continue to participate in soccer activities after being placed on Indefinite Suspension,

they shall be ordered to appear before the District, League-in-Membership or Inter-district League Discipline

Committee. The Discipline Hearing Committee shall assess a suspension in accordance with the Punishment

Guidelines in Part 15, Participating in Soccer Activities While Under Suspension

suspension for the original offence

in addition to the

Failure to know the rules shall not be considered a defense

3. Districts and leagues shall forward any Notice of Indefinite Suspension to the Association Discipline

Committee within twenty-one days for distribution to Provincial Registrar and member organizations.

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Appendix C Notice of Suspension

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PART 11 Punishment Guidelines

Section A

Accumulated Cautions

If a player receives two cautions in one match and consequently is expelled the cautions

the caution accumulation. The two cautions automatically constitute an expulsion. If however, after receiving a

caution, the player is subsequently expelled for any offence, punishable by expulsion, the first caution shall become

part of the record.

shall NOT become part of

a) THREE Official Cautions

: Rule 11 , paragraph .i. iii)

A player who accumulates three (3)) cautions (yellow cards) within a period of one playing season shall be

automatically suspended without hearing and without appeal from the player’s following league or cup

game

to resume play unless notified that further disciplinary action is being applied. The (1) one game suspension

shall be carried from one season to the next if not served prior to the completion or the season in which it

was accumulated

, whichever comes first. After having served the (1) one game suspension, the player shall be eligible.

b) FIVE Official Cautions

Having accumulated the cautions as per paragraphs .i. iii), Rule 11, players receiving a further two (2)

cautions (yellow cards) in the current season shall be required to appear before a Discipline Committee and

shall be assessed a (1) one game suspension which must be served in the player.s following league or cup

game, whichever comes first. The (1) one game suspension shall be carried from one season from one

season to the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in which it was accumulated.

c) SIX Official Cautions

Having accumulated the cautions as per paragraph .a. and .b., players receiving a further single caution

(yellow card) in the current season shall be required to appear before a Discipline Committee and shall be

assessed a (2) two game suspension which must be served in the player.s following league or cup game,

whichever comes first. The (2) two game suspension shall be carried from one season from one season to

the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in which it was accumulated.

d) SEVEN Official Cautions

Having accumulated the cautions as per paragraph .a. .b. and .c., players receiving a further single caution

(yellow card) in the current season shall be required to appear before a Discipline Committee and shall be

assessed a (5) five game or 30 Day suspension which must be served in the player.s following league or cup

games, whichever comes first. The game suspension shall be carried from one season from one season to

the next if not served prior to the completion of the season in which it was accumulated.

Notwithstanding, paragraphs .a through d., where a player is not a registered youth player, leagues-in-membership

may, in addition, fine registered players pursuant to the leagues discipline policies, with the exception of those players

registered under youth jurisdiction.

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Section B Expulsion by a Referee for:

i) Serious foul play

ii) Very dangerous play

iii) Violent conduct

iv) Persistent protests against decisions by the referee and assistants

v) Leaving the field of play in protest without notifying the referee

vi) Repeated misconduct, despite a previous caution by a referee

vii) Extremely unethical (ungentlemanly) conduct

viii) Repeated gamesmanship

ix) Insulting players, team officials, or any other person present at the match

x) Other serious acts of unsporting conduct

The following actions or penalties are recommended

stated, is the Mandatory Minimum penalty.

in ADDITION to the one game automatic suspension and unless

Expulsion

(Red Cards and Misconduct Reports) for actions against other players or team officials

1.

Receives Two Cautions in One Game

Repeated misconduct despite a previous caution by the referee CSA Rule 12 f) ii, (vi)

Repeated gamesmanship (time-wasting, deliberate hand ball, etc CSA Rule 12 f) ii, (viii)

(a) If two cautions are issued for infractions that individually is not cause for expulsion alone

First Offence: ONE additional game if warranted

Second Offence: TWO to FOUR additional games

Subsequent offences: Five additional games

2.

Abusive, Insulting or Offensive Language and/or Behavior

Extremely unethical (ungentlemanly) conduct CSA Rule 12 f) ii (vii

Insulting players, team officials, or any other person present at the match CSA Rule 12 f) ii (ix)

(a) If the language is loud enough to be heard by the game official and/or spectators, but not directed at

any one person:

First Offence: ONE additional game if warranted

Second Offence: ONE to THREE additional games

Subsequent offences: FIVE additional games

(b) If the language is directed at another player, team officials or spectators and is loud enough to be

heard by the game officials:

First Offence: ONE additional game if warranted

Second Offence: TWO to FOUR additional games or more if warranted

Subsequent offences: EIGHT additional games

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3.

Denies the opposing team a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity -

By deliberately handling the ball

First Offence: Warning

Second Offence: ONE additional game

Subsequent offence: FIVE additional games

4.

Denies a obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent -

Moving towards the players goal by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick

First Offence: Up to TWO additional games

Second Offence: Minimum THREE additional games

Subsequent Offences: Minimum, FIVE additional games

5.

Serious Foul Play or Very Dangerous Play

CSA Rule 12 f) ii (i) or CSA Rule 12 f) ii (ii)

First Offence: Minimum TWO additional games

Second Offence: FIVE additional games

Subsequent Offences: Minimum, TEN additional games

6. Violent Conduct

CSA Rule 12 f) ii (iii) or CSA Rule 12 f) ii (x)

Attempting to, or actually, pushing, kicking or striking another person; threatening behavior in any physical

manner or physical action intended to provoke another person into a fight.

First Offence: Minimum, TWO and up to FIVE additional games

Second Offence: FIVE additional games

Subsequent Offences: TEN additional games

7. Spitting, at an Opponent or any other Person

Extremely unethical (ungentlemanly) conduct

First Offence: EIGHT games

Second Offence: 12 month Suspension

Subsequent Offences: 24 month Suspension

Pursuant to CSA Rule 12 f) ii (vii)

Note: Serious foul play or violent conduct considered extreme in nature may warrant suspensions in excess of

the guidelines for first, second or subsequent offences.

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Section C Expulsion (Red Cards and Misconduct Reports) for actions against game officials

1. Persistent Protests against Decisions by the Referee and Assistants

CSA Rule 12 f) ii (iv)

First Offence: Minimum, TWO additional games

Second Offence: Minimum, FOUR additional games

Subsequent Offences: 90-Day Suspension

2. Abusive, Offensive or Insulting Language and/or Behavior

Deliberate insulting conduct towards game officials including personally insulting remarks, threatening

behavior without physical contact or threatening verbal statements.

First Offence: One month suspension or FIVE games

Second Offence: Two month suspension or TEN games

Subsequent Offence: Six month suspension up to a 12 month Suspension

Note:

contemplated, then the time of the

suspensions or if the player is graduating from youth to senior. Suspensions covering a specific period of time may be

continued to cover the .active season..

The CSA recommends specific periods of time for lengthy suspensions. If monthly suspensions areyear should be considered. Consideration should be made for end of season

Pursuant to Rule 11-Discipline, paragraph .k.,

A player having been expelled for the third instance in a twelve-month period shall be required to attend a BCSA

Discipline Committee Hearing and may be suspended for a period of one year in addition to the penalty assessed by

any District, League or Inter-district Discipline Committee.

The reporting requirements for Rule 11, paragraph .k. are detailed in Part 12, Repeated Expulsions

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Section D Misconduct by a Team Official

The following penalties are recommended for any Team Official reported for misconduct, which may or may not have

resulted in an expulsion. An automatic one game suspension shall be served in addition to the penalties if the person

charged was expelled.

The following offences are subject to the penalties recommended in

Punishment Guidelines, Section B

1. Abusive, Insulting or Offensive Language and/or Behavior

If the language is directed at players, other team officials or spectators and is loud enough to be heard by the

game officials:

2. Violent Conduct

Attempting to, or actually, pushing, kicking or striking another person; threatening behavior in any physical

manner or physical action intended to provoke another person into a fight

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3. Spitting

Extremely unethical (ungentlemanly) conduct

Pursuant to CSA Rule 12 f) ii (vii)

Note: Violent conduct considered extreme in nature may warrant suspensions in excess of the guidelines for

first, second or subsequent offences.

Misconduct Reported - a Team Official for actions against a Game Official

The following offences are subject to the penalties recommended in

Punishment Guidelines, Section C

1.

Persistent Protests against Decisions by the Referee and Assistants

CSA Rule 12 f) ii (iv)

2.

Abusive, Offensive or Insulting Language and/or Behavior

Deliberate insulting conduct towards game officials including personally insulting remarks, threatening

behavior without physical contact or threatening verbal statements.

Misconduct Reported - a Team Official for actions against game officials, deemed to be an assault

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The offender must be reported to the Association and may be subject to the penalties in Punishment

Section E

Guidelines,. The accused shall be immediately suspended pending a hearing by the Association

1. Deliberate physical contact i.e. pushing, pulling, charging, threatening or attempted physical contact

2.

Violent conduct or attempted violent conduct that includes striking, spitting or kicking

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Section E Assault, Verbal or Physical of Game Officials

The Association shall retain jurisdiction in this instance for all such cases regardless of the domicile of the individual

pursuant to Rule 11- Discipline, paragraph .i., i). .

The Association shall investigate all cases of misconduct involving alleged physical assault, attempted physical

assault or threatening behavior towards a game official by any person and shall be dealt with by an Association

Discipline Committee. In the instance of an assault occurring outside the lower mainland, the Association may

appoint a Discipline Committee to investigate and deal with the matter in the domicile of the accused. In any such

instance, the appointed committee Chairperson shall handle the case in consultation with the association.s Discipline

Committee.

Assault

or threatening in a verbal or physical manner. If a player, team official or spectator assaults any match official in the

above manner, a report of the incident must be forwarded immediately to the BCSA office.

In each case of alleged game official assault by a player or team official, the accused shall be suspended from all

soccer activities pending a hearing by the Association.s Discipline Committee.

is defined as deliberate physical contact by: striking, spitting, kicking, charging, pushing, pulling or holding,

Procedures and Responsibilities

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1. The game official must complete a written report and submit it to the district, league or inter-district league

and the Association

2. The Association shall notify the alleged offender and/or their District or League-in-Membership that the

accused is immediately suspended from all soccer-related activity and shall stand suspended pending a

hearing.

3. The Association, in all instances, shall notify the accused that they stand suspended and are required to attend

a hearing that shall be scheduled within 21 days of the receipt of the misconduct report.

In the event that criminal charges are laid as a result of an alleged assault in a game, the case shall proceed, in

accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Association, unless the accused requests a postponement of the

hearing. A request for postponement shall be granted but the accused person shall stand suspended until a Discipline

Hearing Committee deals with the case. Upon hearing the case, any suspension period shall include the period during

which the accused was suspended prior to the hearing

within 48 hours of the incident..

Incidents involving spectators should be investigated by the District Association or League-in-Membership and a

report must be filed with the Association so that a decision can be made as to the responsibilities of the team officials.

Refer to Part 13, Guidelines for Spectator Incidents

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Punishment Guidelines for Assault, Verbal or Physical of Game Officials

Expulsion or Misconduct

( for actions against game officials

1. Deliberate physical contact i.e. pushing, pulling, charging, threatening or attempted physical contact

First Offence: ONE year suspension

Second Offence: Minimum TWO years suspension up to FIVE years

Any Repetition: FIVE years suspension

2. Violent conduct or attempted violent conduct that includes striking, spitting or kicking

First Offence: FIVE years suspension

Second Offence: TEN year suspension

Any repetition: Lifetime Suspension, not to be reviewed

Suspension Review

Anyone under suspension for a period greater than two years may request a review of his or her .period of suspension.

after at least one half of such suspension has been served.

Refer to Part 18, Procedures for Suspension Review

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PART 12 Repeated Expulsion.s

The Association shall retain jurisdiction in this instance

individual

Discipline Committee to investigate and deal with the matter in the domicile of the accused. In any such instance, the

appointed committee Chairperson shall handle the case in consultation with the association.s Discipline Committee.

Pursuant to Discipline Rule 11, paragraph .k.,

.any registered player or team official found guilty of an offence

instance

for all such cases regardless of the domicile of the. In the instance of an assault occurring outside the lower mainland, the Association may appoint afor which expulsion was the result for the thirdin a twelve month period, may be assessed a minimum one year suspension..

Note:

Implied that the aforementioned shall include any party reported for misconduct, which results in a suspension for a

third instance in a twelve-month period.

In accordance with the CSA Punishment Guidelines, the punishment may be in addition to any sentence imposed by a

District or League Discipline Committee.

Procedure for Reporting

Districts, Leagues- in-Membership and Inter-district leagues are required to submit the following information to the

Association within fourteen days of the hearing.

a) Referee’s reports for the three expulsions

i) A suspensions as a result of accumulated cautions described in Part 11, Section A is not considered

an expulsion and therefore should not be included in the accumulation

b) Discipline hearing records which should include:

i) Names of the Committee members hearing each case

ii) Signed waiver for Rule 11, paragraphs .m. and .q. if applicable

iii) Correspondence or notes from hearings

c) The dates for which the player or team official served any assessed suspensions.

d) Player’s or team official.s discipline record since first registered with the District or League.

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PART 13 Spectator and Team Misconduct

Every team, club, district, league or affiliated association is responsible to the Association for the actions of its

players, officials and spectators and is required to take all precautions necessary to prevent spectators threatening or

assaulting game officials and/or players before, during or at the conclusion of any sanctioned game.

Verbal abuse and insulting behavior of game officials by a team, team officials or spectators is a breach of the Rule

11-Discipline, Paragraph .a. clauses ii) through iv) and Paragraph .h. and subject to disciplinary action by a district

or league-in-membership or inter-district Discipline Committee. Persistent disputing of games official.s decisions,

persistent criticism including personally insulting remarks, threatening behavior, violent conduct or attempted violent

conduct shall be investigated by the governing body in jurisdiction.

District, league-in-membership and Inter-District leagues are required to investigate all such incidents and convene a

Discipline Hearing. In the instance of threatening behavior, a Discipline Committee may consult with the

Association.s Discipline Committee, in order to establish jurisdiction. If the allegations are proven, the team shall be

penalized in accordance with the governing authority.s rules and regulations, which may include a fine and/or

performance bond consistent with those of the Association.

Section A Local Jurisdiction

District Associations, Leagues-In-Membership & Inter-District League Jurisdiction

1. Procedures for Reporting

Where reporting procedures for game officials do not exist, district associations, leagues-in-membership and interdistrict

leagues shall advise their officials to act in accordance with the following procedures.

The Referee shall stop the game and approach the team officials to determine the name of the spectator and:

a) Instruct the team official to speak to the individual and request they cease and desist

b) If the team official refuses to identify the individual and speak to them, the Referee shall inform the team

officials the game will not proceed until the said individual ceases and desists.

c) If the spectator is unknown to the team, the team officials shall request the party to cease and desist and

that the game may be abandoned by the game official.

d) If the misconduct continues, the referee will inform the players and team officials that the game is being

abandoned and that a game report will be forwarded to the governing body.s Discipline Committee.

e) Shall

report the TEAM OFFICIAL for:

i) failure to control players, if requested by the game officials

ii) failure to control spectators, if requested by the game officials

iii) failure to address game official harassment by team or spectators if requested by game official

iv) foul, abusive, insulting or offensive language to players or spectators

v)

game official

failure to identify a spectator responsible for misconduct towards a game official if requested by the

2. Hearing Requirements

The failure by Team Officials to control their players or spectators which results in a misconduct report or complaint

by an official, shall be subject to the following:

a) The team officials shall be required to attend a hearing

b) The spectator if identified shall be requested to attend the hearing

c) An official from the team.s Club shall be afforded the opportunity to attend any hearing.

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3.

Penalties

Failure to control players and/or spectators if requested by the game officials

Failure to address game official harassment by team or spectators if requested by game official

Foul, abusive, insulting or offensive language to players or spectators

Failure to identify a spectator responsible for misconduct towards a game official if requested by the

game official.

i)

authority.s rules and regulations, and/or

May be fined, suspended or expelled from the league in accordance with the governing

ii)

Post a Performance Bond in accordance with the governing authority.s rules and regulations or

iii)

officials shall be:

First offence: Subject to a minimum $100 fine and/or

Post a Performance Bond in the amount of $200

Second Offence: Forfeiture of the Performance Bond

Subject to a minimum $200 fine

Post a further Performance Bond in the amount of $500

Shall be reported to the Association

Where the governing jurisdiction does not have established good performance policy, the team

4.

Game Abandonment

Where a game is abandoned by a game official due to the action(s) of its players, team officials,

administrators, or spectators and it is deemed a valid reason for abandoning the game, and the governing

jurisdiction does not have an established policy, the team officials or the club on their behalf shall be:

First offence: Subject to a minimum $100 fine and

Post a Performance Bond in the amount of $500

Second Offence: Forfeiture of the Performance Bond

Post a further Performance Bond in the amount of $1,000

Subsequent offences shall be reported to the Association and the team may be suspended from participating

in any sanctioned activity under the jurisdiction of the Association pending a review.

a) A governing jurisdiction shall be empowered to determine if an abandoned game is forfeited,

rescheduled, awarded to the opponent or indefinitely postponed.

b) Notwithstanding the above, a governing body may expel the team from membership, in accordance

with established policy provided for the member.s rules and regulations.

Extreme lack of discipline and order, invasion of the field, objects being thrown, etc. by a team or their

spectators must be reported to the Association.

Performance Bonds and fines shall be remitted to the governing body in jurisdiction within seven days of the hearing.

Failure by the team official or their Club to pay a fee, fine or performance bond imposed by a governing body.s

Discipline Committee, shall result in the team being suspended from district or league sanctioned activities until the

assessed amounts are paid.

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Section B Association Jurisdiction

1. Criteria

a)

Spectators or unidentified players or teams officials accused of Game Official Assault for:

i) Deliberate physical contact: i.e. pushing, pulling, charging, attempted physical contact or

threatening behavior

ii) Violent Conduct, attempted violent conduct, striking, spitting or kicking

b) Game abandonment as a result of an assault on a game official perpetrated by a player, team official

or spectator.

c) Must be reported to the Association, District Association, League-in-Membership or Inter-district

league within 48 hours of the incident.

2. Procedures

a) Team Officials are required to attend a hearing

b) The spectator if identified shall be requested to attend the hearing

c) An official from the team.s Club, District Association or League-in-Membership shall be afforded the

opportunity to attend any hearing.

Team Officials and a Club Representative shall be required to attend any hearing involving a Game Official

Assault.

3. Penalties

a) The team may be suspended from participating in any sanctioned game within the jurisdiction of the

Association pending the hearing.

b) Failure by any party required to attend a hearing, without good cause, may result in the team being

suspended from participating in any sanctioned activities within the jurisdiction of the Association.

c) A team or team.s Club shall be required to post a Performance Bond if the spectator incident involves in

an assault of a game official.

i) Deliberate physical contact - Performance Bond in the amount of $ 200

ii) Violent or attempted violent conduct, etc. - Performance Bond in the amount of $ 500

iii) Repeat incidents - Performance Bond in the amount of $1,000

The Club, District Association or League-in-Membership shall guarantee proper conduct of the individual for a period

of one year

The team officials, Club, and District Association or League-in-Membership will be notified, in writing of the levy of

any performance bonds.

The Performance Bond shall be remitted to Association, District Association or League-in-Membership as directed by

the Associations. committee. Performance bonds shall be refunded, without interest, at the end of the performance

period, provided there are no further incidents.

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PART 14 Performance Bonds and Fines

The Association.s Rule 11-Discipline provides several options when assessing penalties for violations of the laws of

the game, reported misconduct or breach of the rules and regulations. Offending parties, if found responsible, may be

assessed a fine or ordered to post a performance bond in addition to any assessed suspension, subject to paragraph .b.

vi).

not exempted from fine and performance bond policies.

Youth status shall apply to all players, under 6 through under 18, registered with the Association, on a youth

application for membership. Youth players permitted to play for a senior team on permit, retain their youth

registration status and are, therefore, not subject to fining penalties. A youth age player registering as a senior

amateur player does not retain youth status and shall be subject to the discipline policies of the league or organization.

The Association permits the establishment of Performance Bond Policy by clubs, districts and leagues within the

jurisdiction of the Association, from which fines may be deducted or performance guaranteed.

The CSA prohibits the imposition of fines on youth age players. Teams, team officials and organizations are </