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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

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.


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 referee coordinator.

Sideline Etiquette

We ask that the parents please represent your team and the organization in a professional manner.  In the spirit of this, there is absolutely NO Shouting from the sidelines unless it is to cheer positively for the team.  Please do not heckle the officials as it only hurts our team in the long run.  

IMPORTANTPlease DO NOT COACH your child from the sidelines, CHEER FOR THEM.  We have had many instances where parent instructions have been the opposite of what the playing situation dictates so please allow the coach to do the coaching.  Do not comment on other players, from either team.  If there is a problem a parent will be asked to leave the field, which nobody wants.

24 Hour Rule: Allow 24 hours before speaking to the coach after a game if there is something you are dissatisfied with.  This allows both parties a cool down period and time to reflect on the game and the situation. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Also, please keep in mind that ALL Coaches for AYS are volunteers and many are brand new.


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