Zero Tolerance

Below is the BAYs Zero Tolerance Policy, which HYSA adheres to for our entire program.

BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, BAYS has adopted and modified the following rules:

1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.

4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at http://www.bays.org.

Offense by Spectator(s):

1st Referee will ask the coach to intervene to quiet spectator.
2nd Referee will stop the game, ask coach to warn spectator that next time he/she will be asked to leave.
3rd Ask coach to make the offender leave the field.

Offense by Person Responsible (Coach/Manager):

1st Major. If serious misconduct, then caution or ejection. Referee may show card to coach.

Otherwise:

1st Referee may ignore.
2nd Verbal Warning.
3rd Caution (optional yellow card).
4th Ejection (optional red card).

*Note: Obscene language, stepping on the field and threat of bodily harm are major offenses deserving immediate ejection. Prolonged significant outburst or dissent is deserving of a caution or ejection at the discretion of the referee.


If you have any concerns, please contact the appropriate referee coordinator.

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