TABLE OF CONTENTS
Article Description Page
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I. League Competition 1
II. Team Organization 1 - 2
III. Roster and Eligibility 2 - 3
IV. Player Registration and Transfer of Players 3
V. Dual Player Identification Cards 3
VI. Rules and Regulations 4 - 5
VII. Game Schedule Changes/Forfeits 5 - 6
VIII. Fields 6
IX. Insurance 7
X. Disciplinary Action/Conduct 7 - 8
XI. Protests and Disputes 8
1.1 The criteria for placing teams in divisions shall be determined by the following guidelines:
1.1.1 No division shall have less than four teams
1.1.2 The Governing Board assigns teams to a division and their decision is final.
1.1.3 Teams are assigned to divisions to promote competition. Existing teams which do not meet reasonable competitive standards may be moved to a lower division, while teams that exceed competitive standards may be moved to a higher division.
1.1.4 Informal playing divisions can be established by the Governing Board for a period of one year. At the end of that period, the division will be formalized in the Playing Rules or discontinued.
1.1.5 New teams will be assigned to a division, upon approval of their request for admittance and payment of fees, pursuant to the team’s playing background information.
1.2 There will be a Fall and Spring season. Each season will be divided into games depending upon the number of teams in each division. Each division is scheduled to play as many games as possible. Actual games played is predicated upon inclement weather, field conditions, forfeits, etc.
1.3 At the end of each season, if there is a tie in the standings, the Governing Board will determine if playoffs are feasible. If required, playoffs to determine standings must be played within 7 days after the end of the season. Playoff games will take precedence over a make-up game, unless such make-up games have a bearing on the standings.
1.3.1 If a playoff game ends in a tie, the method of breaking ties will be determined in advance by the Board
II. TEAM ORGANIZATION
2.1 Individuals may form a team and apply for membership by submitting a request to the league President. Teams are not automatically accepted.
2.2 All new teams must submit a request with intent to participate in the next scheduled season by the May general meeting for the Fall season, and by the December general meeting for the Spring season. Continuing team participation requests are also due at the May and December general meetings.
II. TEAM ORGANIZATION (continued)
2.3 Requests for league admittance will be reviewed by the Governing Board based on the following selection criteria: conduct, game forfeits, meeting attendance, payment, work party participation, and paperwork completion/legitimacy.
2.4 After acceptance, each team must submit a roster of players accompanied by the required State Association and USALSO fees.
2.4.1 The roster shall contain names of no less than 11 individuals and no more than 22 individuals. Each team must designate a Coach and a Team Representative, either of whom may be players on the team and they may be the same person.
2.4.2 New teams must also submit a fee based on the referee fee structure of the season in which they start, hereinafter referred to as the forfeiture bond. The forfeiture bond is refundable when the team leaves USALSO provided that no monies are owed to the league. If the team is assessed a forfeiture fee during the season, the team must then post another forfeiture bond before playing in another scheduled game.
2.4.3 League fees are determined at the beginning of the annual budget period based on actual expenses from the prior year and projected new expenses. Costs are divided equally among the anticipated number of teams in both seasons.
2.4.4 All fees must be paid promptly or a team will be dropped from the schedule.
2.5 Upon team acceptance in USALSO, each player must meet the criteria established in Article III., Section 3.2 and 3.3.
2.6 Upon team registration, each Team Representative will receive a copy of the Bylaws, Playing Rules, Waiver, and a current list of Board Members and Team Representatives.
III. ROSTER AND ELGIBILITY
3.1 Every player must be registered. A team must have at least 11 and no more than 22 players.
3.2 No player may be under 16 years old. Except for the 40s Division, each team is allowed 3 players under 18 years old. If under 18, players must have a signed, special waiver.
3.2.1 In the 40s Division, the player must turn 40 within the dates of the playing season. Players that were on the official roster at the end of the Spring 2008 season, but are not yet 40, will be “grandfathered” into the 40s Division and allowed to play.
III. ROSTER AND ELGIBILITY (continued)
3.3 Regardless of age, a player is registered only when the State Association has processed her registration form so that she is then able to present the State Association ID card at check in for team matches. Any player playing without an ID card, or with another player’s ID card, will be deemed an illegal player. Alterations to, or loss of the player registration ID card shall disqualify a player until a new ID card is obtained.
3.3.1 In the case of extenuating circumstances, a Board member may allow a player to play without an ID card. Said approval must be obtained in advance of the game, and noted on the team’s line-up card.
3.3.2 No Board member may sign for their own player.
3.3.3 The signing Board member and/or game official may require a second form of identification before allowing a player to play.
IV. PLAYER REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF PLAYERS*
4.1 Player registration, if the player has not had a recent playing card, requires one identification photo, a signed “add” form, updated team roster, and current State Association new player fee, to be placed in an envelope. Loose information will not be accepted. The deadline for registering new players is Sunday night for the following Sunday’s game.
4.1.1 Identification photos must be passport pictures taken of the face only—no sunglasses or hats.
4.1.2 No new players may be added for the team’s last two scheduled games in a season.
4.2 A player or a team may terminate the player’s affiliation with her team at any time and may transfer to another USALSO team. However, the player will not be permitted to play on another USALSO team until her obligations to the team, e.g. uniform return, payment of dues, etc., are met. The player ID card will then be returned to the Registrar accompanied by a release from the former team’s Team Representative.
4.2.1 If a player is not continuing in USALSO a “drop” form, current State Association drop fee, updated team roster, and the player ID card are given to the Registrar in an envelope.
4.2.2 A player may transfer from team to team only twice during the State Association ID period of September 1 to August 31. There is a fee to transfer to another team.
4.2.3. No transfers will be allowed in the team’s last two scheduled games in a season.
4.2.4 There is a fee to replace a lost card.
IV. PLAYER REGISTRATION AND TRANSFER OF PLAYERS* (continued)
4.3 The team captain, coach, or Representative, has the right to check the other team’s ID cards before and after a game. Irregularities relating to player eligibility shall be brought to the attention of the Referee. In the event of an unresolved matter, the captain may indicate to the Referee that the game is being played under protest. After the game, a letter of protest may be sent to the Trial Board as outlined in Article XI.
4.4 Use of an illegal player may be reported by anyone at any time before the end of the playing season. Use of an illegal player may be reported by the opposing team without the game being played under protest. See Section X for disciplinary action regarding the use of an illegal player.
* Registration procedure applies to current State Association requirements.
V. DUAL PLAYER CARD PROCEDURE**
5.1 A player may play on a second team by obtaining a second State Association identification card. However, the player may not play on two teams in the same division.
5.2 League schedules will not give priority to avoid game conflicts for dual card players.
5.3 Dual card players will be rostered on both teams and are counted as part of the team’s 22 players.
5.4 No more than 4 players carrying dual cards may be rostered on a team.
5.5 Dual card players are required to pay $35.00 per team they are rostered on.
** Dual Card registration procedure applies to current State Association requirements.
VI. RULES AND REGULATIONS
6.1 All players must be dressed in the
official uniform of their team during League play.
6.1.1 The Governing Board shall be consulted with regard to changing uniform colors in order to limit color conflicts.
6.1.2 In case of a color conflict at game time, the Home Team (listed first on the schedule) will change uniforms. Uniform color listed on the schedule is the team’s official color. If another color uniform is worn, the other team does not have to change, even if they are the home team.
VI. RULES AND REGULATIONS (continued)
6.1.3 Each team must have non-conflicting alternate, numbered jerseys or pennys.
6.1.4 If the Home team does not provide an alternate, they will forfeit the game and pay both referee fees. However, should the visitors decide to change, the home team will be fined $25.00 by the league.
6.2 The Referees are in charge of players, team officials, and playing grounds at all times. Coaches and Team Representatives are responsible for the conduct of their spectators.
6.2.1 USSF/FIFA licensed referees are required for USALSO games. Referees are scheduled by an independent referee association, with the responsibility of payment given to each team.
6.2.2 Referee fees are set by the league every Fall season. Referees are to be paid, half by each team, at the start of the game.
6.2.3 Any team not paying its half of the Referee’s fee prior to the start of the game will forfeit that game by a score of 1-0.
6.2.4 If a check is returned for any reason, the team will be responsible for a replacement plus the return check fee.
6.2.5 In the event of an on-field forfeit, both referee fees are to be paid by the forfeiting team directly to the referees. To ensure proper credit, payment must be noted on the line-up card.
6.2.6 Notice of the intent to forfeit must be given to the Referee Liaison, Statistician, and opposing team by the Wednesday prior to the scheduled game to avoid additional fees.
6.2.7 If the forfeiting team did not give the proper notice as stated in 6.2.6 above, an additional fee of $100.00 will be imposed on the forfeiting team.
6.2.8 All forfeiture fees must be paid before a team can resume their playing schedule.
6.3 Each Team must completely fill out an official game card and present it to the Referee prior to the start of the game.
6.3.1 The lineup card must be signed on game day by each individual player and the team manager, regardless of the time of arrival of the player. No photocopy signatures are acceptable.
VI. RULES AND REGULATIONS (continued)
6.3.2 A person signing the lineup card on behalf of another player constitutes the use of an illegal player.
6.4 Each Player must present her State Association ID card to the Referee prior to playing the game. The Referee is responsible for seeing that each player has a valid ID card.
6.5 At the end of the game, the winning team (or Home Team in case of a tie) is responsible for placing the game cards in the box located on the equipment bin at the field site. Failure to comply will result in the game being recorded as a tie.
6.6 USALSO operates under FIFA playing rules except:
6.6.1 Chest Protection is allowed with no forward motion of the hands/arms.
6.6.2 Substitution may occur on any dead ball, regardless of possession, upon referee discretion, and take place at center field. A player who is substituted may return to the game. Players may sub in at any time during the game, regardless of their time of arrival, but must immediately provide their identification card, and sign the line-up card.
6.6.3 Sleeveless jerseys are allowed.
6.6.4 Slide tackling in the 40s division is not allowed. However, it is up to the Referee’s discretion what constitutes a slide tackle maneuver in a game situation.
6.7 All games should be played with two 45-minute halves, with one 10-minute half time, except where otherwise noted on the schedule, or by consent of both teams at the start of the match.
6.8 No player or spectators are allowed behind the goals.
6.9 All games will start at the scheduled match time. Failure of the team(s) to have the field and/or players ready will get a reduced first half of the game. It is the responsibility of each team to allow sufficient time prior to the match for the Referee to check in players.
6.9 At the beginning of each game, a person shall be designated as the Coach/Representative, and will be responsible for the substituting as well as the conduct of the team and spectators. Said person must coach from the coaching area which is 10 yards on either side of the centerline.
VII. GAME SCHEDULE CHANGES/ADVANCE FORFEITS
7.1 From time to time, the Board may make changes to the season playing schedule as deemed necessary. The Team Representatives will be notified of the changes, and the Board decision is final.
7.2 In the event of inclement weather, Team Representatives must call the Field Hotline as indicated on the schedule after 6:30a.m. or may check the USALSO website at www.usalso.com, to see if scheduled games will be played.
7.3 If planning to forfeit, in order to avoid penalty, teams must call the Referee Liaison, Statistician, the opposing Team Representative as listed on the schedule, not later than Wednesday prior to the scheduled game. (Also see Section 6.2.6 above.)
7.3.1 Not providing notice of forfeiture will result in a forfeiture fee as shown in Section 6.2.7. If the forfeit occurs on the field, refer to Section 6.2.5.
7.3.2 If the start of the game is delayed for more than 15 minutes from the scheduled game time, the team causing the delay will forfeit the game. See Section 6.2.5.
7.3.3 If a team has 7 eligible players at the scheduled match time, the referee shall start the game/clock.
7.3.4 If both teams are unable to field 7 players, the game will be recorded as a loss for both teams. Each team will pay an equal share of the referee fee directly to the referees on the field, and must record payment on the line-up card to ensure proper credit.
7.4 If a team leaves the league prior to the end of the season, all games the team participated in will be disallowed, and the statistics adjusted accordingly.
8.1 Prior to the first game on the field, each team is responsible for setting up the goal posts and flags, and for marking their half of the field, one-half hour (1/2 hour) before game time. Dragging or dropping the goal posts is to be avoided. Painters must be returned to the equipment bin before the first game starts.
8.1.1. Teams not returning painters, or discovered abusing field equipment, will be fined $100.00.
8.2 After the last game on the field, each team is responsible for taking down the goal posts and flags on one half of the field. Teams are responsible for reporting broken or unsafe field equipment.
VIII. FIELDS (continued)
8.2.1 Field equipment is not to be left on the ground by the bin and must be returned to its designated location inside the bin.
8.2.2 NOT MORE THAN 20 MINUTES AFTER THE LAST GAME ON THE FIELD, THE EQUIPMENT BIN WILL BE LOCKED. Teams will then have to locate the Field Coordinator to make arrangements for securing USALSO equipment.
8.2.3 Teams that are found to be negligible at returning equipment will be fined $100.00.
8.3 Field work parties will be held at least once per season. Each Team must send one representative to each work party. Failure to appear will result in a $100.00 fine which must be paid by the following Wednesday, or a team’s next scheduled game will be considered a forfeit.
8.4 Each Team is responsible for picking up trash or debris, including tape, around their field after their game.
8.5 All dogs must be on a leash and must be secured within the team area at all times.
9.1 Insurance is provided by affiliation with the State Association.
9.2 The insurance is to be used as secondary insurance if primary coverage is exhausted, or as primary coverage where the player does not have other benefits.
9.3 Coverage only applies to sanctioned, affiliated matches—not practices.
9.4 It is the responsibility of any team member to ensure that all injuries, no matter how minor, are properly documented by the referee on the game card; e.g. minute of game, how injury occurred, what is injured.
9.4.1 Treatment for an injury must occur within 60 days of the injury date.
9.4.2 All claims must be filed within 90 days of injury date. Claim forms may be obtained from the league Vice-President.
*** Insurance applies to current State Association.
X. DISCIPLINARY ACTION/CONDUCT
10.1 Abusive or foul language, hostile action, persistent dissent, or unnecessary roughness toward another player, game official, Governing Board member, or spectator, will not be tolerated. The Referee may elect to caution (yellow card) or eject (red card) a player or team official for any of the above reasons.
10.1.1 A player receiving a red card may appeal to the Trial Board. However, protests regarding referee judgment calls will not be allowed.
10.1.2 The Referee will confiscate the ID card of the ejected player and will include it with a report sent to the President.
10.1.3 If an individual receives a red card, they are suspended for one game. If a player is playing on two teams, the player is suspended for the next scheduled game for both teams. Also see 10.2.1 for league suspensions.
10.1.4 Red card suspensions in the last game of the season will carry over to the first game of next season that the player is registered to play.
10.1.5 If a Coach/Team Official is sent off, the Referee will make a report and the Board will decide if further action is warranted.
10.2 Players or team officials receiving multiple yellow or red cards during a season will be penalized as follows:
10.2.1 Three yellow cards equal one red card, and the individual is suspended for their next scheduled game, or if the player is playing on two teams, then for the next scheduled game for both teams.
10.2.2 After two red cards, the individual is suspended for the remainder of the season, with further action as decided by the Governing Board.
10.3 If an individual is ejected for violent conduct or fighting, regardless whether first offense, the Board will review the action and may issue additional red cards, or a long-term, or permanent, suspension from USALSO. The action taken may impact any other team the player is participating on.
10.4 Use of an Illegal Player
10.4.1 All games the illegal player played in are forfeited.
10.4.2 Further disciplinary action to the Player and/or Team Representative and/or the entire team will be decided by the Board.
X. DISCIPLINARY ACTION/CONDUCT (continued)
10.5 Decisions made by the Governing Board regarding disciplinary actions are final and may not be protested.
XI. PROTESTS AND DISPUTES
11.1 Protests must be made to the Referee who will note the protest, the rule violation and the time on the game card. The game will then be continued as scheduled.
11.2 Within 72 hours of the game, the Team Representative must submit a protest letter to the league President. Protests must be accompanied by a $25.00 protest fee which will be returned only if the protest is upheld.
11.2.1 The protest letter must state the rule allegedly violated, by rule number, from FIFA rules, USALSO Bylaws, or these Playing Rules. If a red card is being protested, a protest letter must describe the circumstances under which the disputed card was given and explain why the card was given in error.
11.3 Protests regarding judgment calls will not be allowed. Protests regarding equipment must be made as soon as detected.
11.4 Protests involving the eligibility of a player may be made at the beginning of a game or within 72 hours of the game, by the Team Representative, or in their absence, the team captain. If a player is found to be ineligible, the protest affects all games that the player has participated in.
11.4.1 See Sections 4.4 and 10.4 for additional rules regarding the use of an illegal player.
11.5 A protest regarding a referee error that is upheld will result in the replaying of the game, if the ruling was a deciding factor. An upheld protest regarding a team, coach or player, results in forfeiture of that game.
12.1 Team awards will be determined by the Governing Board at the start of each season. Awards are predicated upon the number of divisions and the number of teams per division. However, during the course of a season, the Board may adjust awards as necessary.
12.2 The first place team will be the team having accrued the highest total points awarded as:
Win = 3 points, Tie = 1 point, Loss = 0 points.
XII. AWARDS (continued)
12.3 At the end of each season, if there is a tie in the standings, the Governing Board will determine if playoffs are feasible. If playoffs are not feasible, the Governing Board has the authority to combine/split awards as necessary.