Taunton Youth Soccer
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Taunton, MA 02780
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While attending a Taunton Youth Soccer League (TYSL) function of any kind, proper and respectful conduct is expected of all TYSL members, including but not limited to, players, coaches, and spectators. Any infraction of this rule shall be subject to disciplinary action per the Disciplinary Action section of this document.

Zero Tolerance for harassment of referees Taunton Youth Soccer League has adopted a "Zero-tolerance" policy towards harassing referees. We believe that this will:

        - ensure a positive and safe environment for referees, coaches, players and spectators.
        - encourage our valuable referees to continue with TYSL, growing in experience and skill
        - provide a proper example to our players

The following is taken directly from the Constitution of South Coast Soccer League and is adopted in full by Taunton Youth Soccer League:

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

No one is to address the referee during the game except as allowed below.

Coaches and Managers

During the Game:

May respond to a referee initiating a communication
May ask for substitutions
May point out emergencies or safety issues
At halftime or at the end of the game:

May ask a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and constructive way
May give a polite and friendly feedback to the referee Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment, or intimidation is allowed in any conversation with the referee

Penalties:

1st Minor Infraction - The referee should ignore
1st Serious Infraction - Caution or ejection depending on the seriousness of the infraction (FIFA)
2nd Minor Infraction - A verbal warning
3rd Infraction - Caution
4th Infraction - Ejection

Spectators

During the game:

May respond to a referee initiating a communication
May point out emergencies or safety issues

Penalties:

1st Infraction - Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.
2nd Infraction - A verbal warning. Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an ejection or the referee will abandon the game.
3rd Infraction - The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator refuses to leave the field.
If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and the TYSL may impose a forfeit on the spectator's team.


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