This policy was released from NCYSA President Keith Price on March 17, 2014
When I send out letters to our members, I like for them to be filled with good news, positive information, but that unfortunately will not be the case today.For some time now, the conduct and behavior of players and adults in NCYSA matches has gotten increasingly worse causing me and others great concern. I attend matches. I see and hear what is being done and said by players. It is depressing, it is disappointing and it is UNACCEPATBLE! According to the Laws of the Game, Law 12, there are 7 sending-off offences. Number 6 is the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures. Herein lies the heart of the issue. Mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters, everyone should be able to go to a match and not have to be concerned about being subjected to offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures from ANYONE participating in the match.
This is found in the NCYSA Discipline and Appeals Manual.
Vulgarity by coaches, players or spectators directed towards anyone.
6) DISCIPLINARY RULINGS AND SUGGESTED PUNISHMENTS
6.3- Players guilty of using profanity, either by word or sign, against other players, coaches, spectators, referees, team officials or any league official before, during or after a game shall receive a minimum one (1) game suspension.
6.7- Coaches, spectators, team officials or league officials who are found guilty of making threatening gestures or using threatening language or profanity to players, coaches, spectators, team officials or league officials before, during or after a game shall receive a minimum two (2) game suspension.
This email is your notice that effective immediately, NCYSA, along with the cooperation and assistance of the NC Soccer Referee Association, will begin a crackdown on the behavior and conduct of all participants in NCYSA matches as it relates to the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures. Simply put, this behavior is not going to be tolerated and offenders will be sent off from matches and they will be subject to any additional sanctions as determined by the NCYSA Discipline and Appeals Committee. I strongly encourage you to address this with all players and coaches. NCYSA has no desire to see anyone sent off because of this issue. NCYSA does strongly support these principles and expectations.
NCYSA believes in the principles of fair play, ethical behavior and the right of every individual to fully enjoy the sport of soccer without undue interference from others.
NCYSA recognizes that participation in competitive activities is a source of strong feelings which will often lead to misunderstandings, disagreements and other conflicts. However, NCYSA also believes that every participant has a duty to respect the right of competitors to hold conflicting views.
NCYSA therefore expects its coaches, players, referees and spectators, as well as their friends and families to deal with conflicts in a spirit of good sportsmanship and to cooperate in promoting the enjoyment of soccer to the greatest extent possible.
NCYSA expects adherence to the spirit, the letter of its Rules and the Laws of the Game. Illegal, unfair, rowdy, violent, dangerous and unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated, whether on the field of play or away from the playing area
NCYSA expects all participants to show RESPECT for opponents, regardless of their skill.
NCYSA has no desire to see anyone sent off because of this issue but we are committed to seeing drastic improvement in the behavior and conduct of participants in NCYSA matches.
The crackdown begins immediately.
M. Keith Price
N C Youth Soccer
NC Youth Soccer
Association Executive Directors
Association D&A liaisons
Association Classic Liaisons, Challenge Liaisons, Recreation Liaisons
Head coaches - all levels
Team managers - all levels
Ken George, Chairman of State Referee Committee
Paul James, State Referee Administrator