Salem Youth Soccer Association, Inc.
PO Box 209 Salem, NH 03079
SYSA BY-LAWS August 18, 1994
This document contains specific operating rules, hereinafter known as SYSA By-Laws, as adopted by the SYSA Board of Directors. Travel team association (SNHSA or GSGL) requirements shall take priority over these rules where contradictions occur.
1. MODIFIED PLAYING RULES:
The Salem Youth Soccer In-Town league shall follow the United States Youth Soccer (USYSA) Modified Playing Rules with the following adjustments-
LAW I -- THE FIELD:
Markings are optional until field locations which can be marked are found. Approved corner flags shall be used. Cones can only be used to mark the Halfway Line and Penalty Area if the field cannot be lined.
LAW III -- NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
A. The recommended roster sizes, and the number of players per team on the field (including the goalkeeper) at any one time:
U - 6
10 to 12 (session)
3v3 (no goalkeeper)
U - 8
9 to 12
U - 1 0
9 to 12
U - 12
12 to 15
U - 15
12 to 15
The goalkeeper position must be filled in all divisions (except U-6). A minimum of four (4) players (U-8) or two players (U-1 0 and U-1 2) shall be used in the goalkeeper position for each game. Goalkeepers shall spend an approximately equal amount of time in that position during the game (except for injuries). Every rostered U-8 and U-10 player must play this position at least once in the Fall and once in the Spring seasons. This rule is in keeping with the intent of the SYSA Constitution that no player shall advance to older divisions without benefit of having experienced all major positions.
LAW XI -- OFF-SIDE:
There shall be no off-sides for U-8 and U-1 0.
LAW XII -- FOULS AND MISCONDUCT:
There shall be no cautions or send-offs for U-8 and U-1 0.
LAW XIll -- FREE KICKS:
There shall be no direct kicks for U-8 & U-1 0. Indirect free kicks shall be taken from the point of infraction or 12 yards from the goal, whichever is further.
LAW XIV -- PENALTY KICKS:
There shall be no penalty kicks for U-8 & U-1 0.
ADDITIONAL SYSA RULES:
1 . THERE SHALL BE NO LEAGUE STANDINGS IN U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12.
2. COACHES AND PLAYERS OF BOTH TEAMS SHALL SHAKE HANDS AT THE END OF EACH GAME.
3. COACHES SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THEMSELVES, PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS. ABUSIVE OR FOUL LANGUAGE SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED.
4. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED NEAR THE PLAYING AREA. COACHES, REFEREES, PLAYERS AND LEAGUE OFFICIALS SHALL NOT SMOKE NEAR THE PLAYING AREA.
5. PARENTS/COACHES, NON-PLAYING PLAYERS, PARENTS AND SPECTATORS SHALL BE LOCATED NO CLOSER THAN TWO (2) YARDS FROM OUTSIDE THE TOUCH LINE NOR SHALL THEY POSITION THEMSELVES ALONG THE GOAL LINE. NO INDIVIDUAL SHALL RUN THE LENGTH OF THE FIELD EXCEPT PARTICIPANTS OF THE GAME.
6. PLAYERS SHOULD NOT BE COACHED OR INSTRUCTED WHILE BALL IS IN PLAY.
7. IF INDIVIDUAL AWARDS ARE ALLOWED, ONLY PARTICIPATION AWARDS SHALL BE GIVEN.
8. INDIVIDUALS EXHIBITING UNSPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE FIELD AREA. MEMBER INFRACTIONS SHALL BE REPORTED TO THE DIVISION COORDINATOR/COACHING DIRECTOR/BOARD MEMBERS FOR ACTION. THE COACHING DIRECTOR SHALL ESTABLISH REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR THE SUPERVISION OF COACHES, PLAYERS, AND OTHER SYSA MEMBERS.
2.1 In-Town League:
Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the game time unless cited for misconduct, or is unprepared due to having missed practice. Players in U-8 and U-10 shall be rotated through all post 'tions (e.g. forward line, midfield, backs, etc.) during the season with sufficient frequenay that they become familiar with play in those positions. Players in U-1 2 and up should be given the opportunity to play in various positions while recognizing their desire to play some of their favorite positions. No SYSA player should complete all divisions of play without playing and learning the various positions, including goalkeeping. Coaches shall use the honor system to meet the spirit and intent of this by-law. Each season coaches shall determine what positions their players have not played and give them the opportunity to play new positions, based on the division of play.
No player who is not registered with SYSA can participate in a game between In-Town teams. No SYSA player is allowed to play in a game in a younger division than the age group he/she is rostered in. No SYSA player is allowed to play in a game in a division that is more than one level older than the age he/she is rostered in.
2.2 Travel League:
Coaches shall recognize that some players will play more than others due to the level of competition, but that all players in good standing shall be given the opportunity to participate in each game.
NOTE: Examples of misconduct - Disrespect in the form of foul/abusive language/gestures towards the coach, referee, or players of either team, unexcused absences from practices or games, uncooperativeness in following the coach's directions or rules, or other reasonable offenses that the coach deems inappropriate towards good sportsmanship or willingness to follow directions.
SYSA members who are suspended from league activities shall not participate in any SYSA or
NHSA activity. Suspensions for more than one game shall be under the sole authority of the
Board of Directors. Coaches may suspend a player for one game due to misconduct, but must report it to their division coordinator and to the Board.
All teams within the SYSA shall be classified as either In-Town or Travel.
The In-Town (recreational) divisions shall organize teams by balancing, to the extent possible, skills, age, sex, experience and other factors determined by division coordinators. The focus of these leagues this league is to teach appropriate techniques, improve game skills, foster sportsmanship and friendly competition and to provide fun and an appreciation for the sport of soccer. Normally, teams within the same age division will play each other in an intramural-style format. In-Town league members may participate in other in-town (recreational) games (such as 6 v 6 team format games or recreational tournaments) with other NHSA affiliated teams'with the President's approval.
The Travel divisions shall organize its boys and girls teams within the guidelines of the Southern New Hampshire Soccer Association (SNHSA) or the Granite State Girls League, the SYSA Constitution and its by-laws. This is a more competitive level than the In-Town, in which players are selected, based on tryouts, to represent the team in in-state competition. The focus of this league is to provide and develop a higher level of competition and instruction for the youth of Salem, therefore providing to the willing player the opportunity to achieve higher game skills. Teams at this level compete with other SNHSA teams and various in-state/out-ofstate tournaments. Members of current season travel teams may not participate in scheduled In-Town division games.
5. AGE GROUPS
Although separate girls and boys divisions may exist, boys and girls may participate on the same teams.
The In-Town League shall consist of the following age divisions: U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-15. The minimum age to enter the league is six years old (before August 1 of the new season). An instructional division (U-6) is provided for players younger than the minimum for In-Town team play.
The girls and boys travel coordinator may arrange any qumber of travel teams at various age groups consistent with the SNHYSA and GSGL and with the knowledge and approval of the Board of Directors. Available resources shall be considered before expansions take place.
All prospective Travel and In-Town players shall register with the SYSA Registrar. In-Town league registration for the Fall season shall be completed by the end of the school year. Late comers will be place on a waiting list until team make-up can be determined.
Travel and Intown fees for the next season shall be determined with the approval of the next season's budget by the Board of Directors.
8. FORMING OF TEAMS
All In-Town teams shall be formed and initial rosters completed by July 31. Special requests shall be honored only to the extent that they do not affect the balance of the division. Teams shall not be reorganized to meet any special requests of late registrants. Team rosters are based on optimum size to allow players ample playing time to develop their skills. All efforts will be made to accommodate late comers, but they may not be registered if all teams are filled or no new ones can be formed due to lack of volunteers. Brothers/sisters and children of coaches/assistant coaches shall be placed on the same team unless instructed otherwise by the parents. Players may move up into a higher age division upon verbal agreement of the player, parent and the coaches. The players safety and potential for enjoyment shall be paramount in the decision to move him/her up. Players may not remain in a division in which they are above the maximum playing age. Extreme circumstances will be considered and waivers approved by the President. Players must wait five days after registering before they may join their team for practice or games. This ensures that their names have been forwarded to the NHSA for insurance coverage.
No player may participate in any SYSA activity unless that player's name has been registered with NHSA. No SYSA team may participate in any game or scrimmage with a team that is not registered with NHSA. Should any SYSA team enter either in-state or out of state tournaments, the responsible SYSA official must obtain proof of sanctioning from that tournament director. No SYSA team shall participate in any out of state tournament, game or scrimmage unless the Board receives written permission to travel from the NHSA. Volunteer coaches and referees are covered under NHSA only if they participate in NHSA affiliated league games. In summary, SYSA teams, coaches and referees will be covered by the NHSA insurance plan if the following criteria are met:
a. All players are registered with NHSA.
b. Both teams playing are registered with NHSA.
c. The activity is team related.
Only players listed on official team rosters distributed du(ing the coaches organizational meeting may participate in scheduled games. Players may not be swapped, traded or moved except for obvious errors in assignment or by mitigating circumstances and then only by the knowledge and consent of the coaches involved, Registrar, division coordinator and President. The Registrar's master roster shall be the official document of registered SYSA members.
11. GAME MAKE-UPS
There shall be one rain date scheduled per season. If more than one game date is canceled,
Teams may make up that game sometime before the last game of the season provided there
are no conflicts. All rules remain in effect and league officials must be notified of the date, time and location.
There must be a recognized SYSA coach or assistant coach, present at all games and practices for every team. If only the assistant coach is to be present and he/she is not an adult, one adult (parent or otherwise) must be present during the practice/game. The Division Coordinator must be notified if neither coach or assistant coach is available. If no appropriate substitutes can be found, there will be no practice or game. Coaches are strongly encouraged to conduct two practices per week during the Fall season. Coaches should keep their team roster, registration forms (with medical release) and the letter authorizing use of field in their vicinity during games and practices. Coaches should have a first aid kit (or at least cold packs) at their practice sessions to cover minor injuries. First aid kits, provided by the league, shall be provided for all teams.
Coach volunteers must be legal aged adults, assistant coaches may be under legal adult age. In such cases, a legal adult must be present with the assistant coach at practices and games. All coaches and assistant coaches must attend the NYSCA Certification course (lst, 2nd and 3rd year classes) or have at least an F-License (USYSA) or both or produce equivalent qualifications to the Coaches Director
Travel Teams must have at least one coach vath a minimum of an F-License (UlO and younger) or D-license (Ul 1 and older) or equivalent. It is highly desirable for the assistants to have same.
Coaches must remain current in their NYSCA Certification while an active coach/assistant coach. In addition, all coaches must attend basic skills clinics. SYSA strongly encourages all coaches/referees to attend workshops or other activities that will enhance their ability to provide the best available coaching to the players. All coaches/league officials shall wear their coaches shirt or sweatshirt at games as a means of identification for parents and other league officials. Coaches must be sensitive to the flow of the game and take measures against onesided scores from occurring to the best of their eibility. This may include rotating certain players or working specific plays with the less skilled p layers. Deliberate running up of scores will not be condoned. As a rule of thumb, coaches should take measures to control the score when there is a four (4) goal difference in the game.
14. PLAYING SEASON
The In-town playing season officially begins August 1 of each year. The season is split into two
halves: the Fall and Spring sessions, with games normally held on Sunday afternoons. The
first game of the Fall session will normally begin on the first Sunday of the Salem school year while the first game of the Spring session will normally begin in April, depending on field conditions. Each session will normally consist of eight games. Exact start dates, length of season, number of games, opponents schedule, locations and times will be passed out during the coaches meeting and will become part of the By-laws for that season.
The Travel teams playing season will be established by their respective leagues.
15. PLAYING TIME
In-Town league games shall be played in two equal time periods with at least a 5 minute break between halves in accordance with the following schedule:
a. U-15 two 35 minute halves.
b. U-12 two 30 minute halves.
c. U-10 two 25 minute halves.
d. U-8 two 25 minute halves.
Shinguards completely covered by socks (or shinguards that have their own protective cloth cover) and footwear are mandatory. Jewelry (e.g. rings, chains, necklaces, anklets, earrings, hard barrettes, watches, bracelets and the like, metallic or non-metallic) shall not be worn. Medic alert bracelets or necklaces may be worn but must be securely taped in place. The goalkeeper must wear a uniform of a different color than his and the opponents' teams. Players cannot be permitted to play with casts, splints or exposed metal on orthopedic braces. Players may not wear headgear with visor extensions. Players must wear their team shirts over any cold weather clothing.
17. GIRL'S USE OF ARMS
Girls may use their arms to protect the upper body by crossing their arms over the upper part, flat against the chest, but may not trap or direct the ball, in which case a hands violation shall be called.
18. BALL SIZES
FIFA approved balls shall be used as follows-.
U-6 & U-8 size 3
U-10 & U-12 size 4
U-15 and up size 5
Volunteer referees shall be assigned for each game. All volunteer referees must attend a training session by SYSA or be certified referees (USSF). Club linesmen should be assigned for each game as much as possible. Club linesmen shall call the ball out of touch and indicate team possession. In case of a referee no-show, and no acceptable substitute can be found, coaches/assistant coaches must be prepared to referee their own games.
20. GAME PRELIMINARIES
All games must start on time. Players and coaches must arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled game time. Coaches scheduled for the first game time should arrive at least 45 minutes early to allow time to set up the goals and flags. All coaches need the time to warm up (including stretches) their players, inspect the field/equipment and to have the referee inspect the players and conduct the coin toss prior to the scheduled game time. Coaches and referees shall inspect the field conditions for unsafe conditions and proper placement/condition of flags and goals. The referee has the final decision on whether the field is unsafe to begin or continue play. The referee shall inspect the condition of all players' uniforms and equipment for unsafe conditions or unauthorized items. Broken or non-manufactured shinguards and metallic or broken/sharp cleats are not allowed. Ball possession and defending goal shall be determined by the toss of a coin by the referee and two opposing players who shall be called "team captains". The winner of the coin toss shall decide on whether to kick or receive, while the loser shall decide which goal to defend first.
Each team shall have an equal number of players on the field, If one team does not have enough players, the coaches should agree to play with fewer players, with the recommendation that at least one substitute be available to each team,
Free substitution is allowed under the following conditions:
a. Substitutions may not take place without the referee's consent.
b. Players must enter from midfield.
c. The referee shall allow reasonable time to complete the substitution. Player(s) shall exit first, then the substitute(s) shall be allowed to enter.
d. Substitutions may take place only during stoppage of play.
The referee shall clear the area around an injured player and motion the coach to enter the field. The coach may then determine if additional help is needed. All injuries shall be reported on the game report and to the division coordinators within 24 hours of the occurrence.
23. CAUTIONS AND SEND-OFFS
All cautions (yellow cards) and send-offs (red cards) shall be noted on the game report (not for publication), Consistent offenders will be reviewed for possible disciplinary action.
Spectators shall provide sufficient space for both teams to place their equipment and extra players. Parents should encourage their players to remain with their coach throughout the game.
There shall be no protests allowed in In-Town play.. If a coach feels that a referee is misapplying a game law (i.e., not an opinion call), he may discuss his/her concerns with the referee at half-time or after the game, or bring it to the attention of the Referee's Coordinator, Division Coordinator, Coaches Director, or other Board Member. Coaches shall remember that all referees are volunteers and shall conduct themselves with courtesy and sportsmanship at all times.
26. GAME TIES
Games tied at the end of regulation play shall be declared a draw.
27. GAME REPORTS
All coaches shall complete a game report immediately at the end of their game and place it at the place designated by the Publicity Coordinator. Do not mention all players' names in each report as there is limited space in the newspaper. Do ensure that all players names are included at least once in each season. Make sure that the referee is given the opportunity to make comments (such as yellow/red cards) on the report. Comments or questions involving referee or procedures may be included. The Publicity Coordinator will give the game reports to the Referees' Coordinator after the newspaper articles have been written.
28. INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTIFICATION
Upon notification from the President or his representative of a game cancellation, Division Coordinators shall contact the coach of each team. If the coach or assistant coach cannot be reached, the coordinator shall call a member of the coach's team and ask them to inform the others. Coaches shall leave a point of contact for the coordinator if he and his assistant will not be available during the time the cancellation announcement could be made (such as church). The Referee Coordinator shall also inform the referees upon similar notification. If coaches and teams do not receive word of a cancellation, they shall report to the field at the scheduled time. As a rule, cancellation notification will not be made until 1 1:00 AM, unless conditions are obviously unplayable, in which case the President may begin his/her notification earlier.
29. POST GAME CONDUCT.
Both teams shall shake hands immediately after each game, regardless of outcome. Abusive or foul language or gestures or ungentlemanly-like conduct (such as spitting or hitting) of any kind is strictly prohibited and is subject to future game suspensions or other punitive action decided upon by the Board. Everyone must realize that the referee's authority does not end until he leaves the general area of the field of play. Referees that remain as spectators may not be subject to abusive or foul language or acts of violence by anyone. Such violations shall be reported to the Board for their action.
Changes to the By-laws must be approved by majority vote of the Board Members present at the board meeting prior to the Fall coaches meeting.