COAST YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE

                                    GENERAL PROCEDURES
                                     AND SPECIFIC RULES1


The General Procedures and Specific Rules of the Coast Youth Soccer League shall
govern members of this League and herein incorporate the Constitution and Bylaws of
the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), the United States Youth Soccer
Association, and the United States Soccer Federation. All competition shall be governed
by the rules stated herein unless the rules of a specific competition determine otherwise
and as long as they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of this League or Associations
listed above.

1:01     Uniforms and Equipment:
All players are required to wear the CYSL-provided team uniforms when participating in
regulation matches. CYSL will provide identical jerseys, shorts and socks.
In accordance with FIFA and California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) Bylaws and
Rules of Play:
      a. No medals, earring, rings, watches or hard ponytail holders shall be worn during the
      b. No player wearing a cast, air-splint, or metal splint will be allowed to participate.
      c. Shoes will be safe; football cleats and hard-toe shoes are not allowable. Soccer
         shoes do not have a front cleat.
      d. Eyeglasses should be plastic and not easily broken. A strap to hold them on the
         head is recommended.
      e. The goalkeeper may wear pants and gloves -- all others must be in uniform.
         Goalkeepers shall wear a shirt distinguished in color from both teams.
      f. Shin guards are mandatory and required to be worn in practice as well as in games.

1:02     Age Group Playing Brackets: Brackets shall be determined in accordance
         with CYSA rules and procedures.         Refer to CYSA GENERAL
         PROCEDURES 3:04:03.

1:03     Game Times and Ball Specifications: Length of games, overtime periods, and
         ball specifications, except as provided by USYSA and its affiliates, the length of
         games, ball size, ball weight, ball dimensions, and tie-breaking rules for each age
         group shall be as specified in CYSA GENERAL PROCEDURES 3:07:01.

    Adopted July 1, 1984. Revised December 1991. Draft Revision November 1998.

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1:04   Number of Players: It is the CYSL goal to prepare youth to play, to improve, and to
       continue playing soccer at the highest level they can. Toward that goal, and in
       accordance with CYSA-recommendations, CYSL may prescribe small-sided games
       in many or all Class IV (recreational) league divisions, which will increase player
       participation and time on the ball, and improve skills and confidence. The number of
       players assigned to each team for practice and play are as follows, by division:

   a. Under-6 teams: The recommended maximum number of players on the roster
      should not exceed eight (8), forming two teams of three (3) to play simultaneously.
      The maximum on the field for both teams is six (6), including the goalkeepers.
      Every child should play goalkeeper at least once during the game. Teams shall be
      co-educational; using all registered children in this age group and balanced by
      gender to the extent possible.

   b. Under-8 teams: Same as for U-6 except the recommended maximum number of
      players on the roster should not exceed twelve (12), with the intent to form two
      teams of four (4) to play simultaneously. Depending on team size, the
      recommended maximum number of players on the field for both teams is eight (8)
      or ten (10), including the goalkeepers. Teams shall be formed co-educational; using
      all registered children in this age group and balanced by gender to the extent

   c. Under-10 teams through U-16: From year to year, the Board will review the
      number of youth registered and assign an appropriate roster and game format (e.g.,
      6v6 or 11v11). Such assignment will strive to form as many teams as possible,
      equally balanced in number and ability by age group and gender. When small-sided
      games are prescribed and played on reduced fields in U-10 and older age divisions,
      the recommended maximum number of players on the field for each team shall be
      six (6) and shall not exceed seven (7), including the goal keeper. The minimum
      number is four (4). The number of players assigned to a team roster will be
      dependent on the game format prescribed.

       On a full field in the U-10 division only, the maximum number of players on the field
       for each team is nine (9), one of whom shall be a goalkeeper. In this case, the
       minimum number is six (6) and the maximum recommended roster is thirteen (13).
       In U-12 and U-14 divisions, a full-sided game is eleven (11) maximum, and the
       minimum to play is seven (7).

1:05   Referees: In all age divisions, a referee shall be at least one age group older than
       the team, and in no case shall a referee be related to any member of a team s/he
       referees. For small-sided games, one referee shall serve. The referee shall call the
       game in an instructional capacity for the U-6 and U-8 divisions. No less than 2
       referees will call full-sided games of U-10 divisions. In U-12, no less than 2 (but
       preferably 3) referees shall call the game. In U-14 and above, no less than 3
       referees shall be used.

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1:06   Game Cards: Game cards shall become the official record of team scores.
       Referees shall require coaches to sign the game card and verify the score. The
       game card is the coach’s vehicle to evaluate the referee and to make comments at
       the game's end.

1.07   Rules for Small-Sided Games: Any division assigned to play in a small-sided
       game format shall use a reduced field, approximately half the length and width of
       an age-appropriate full-sided field. Modified rules will apply, and the Board will
       review and revise these rules as needed prior to each season for distribution at the
       pre-season coach (General) meeting.

1:08   Injuries: Safety of the player is paramount, and the referee will stop a game if s/he
       becomes aware a player may be seriously injured. However, the game will not be
       stopped for minor injuries. After the referee has stopped the game for an injury,
       coaches and parents must be beckoned before being allowed on the field. If play
       is stopped for injury, the injured player must be substituted regardless of the

1:09   Practice Fields and Times:

a.     Fields and Times: Because of the limited number of practice fields and limited
       practice times, coaches shall reserve practice fields and times at the annual
       pre-season coach meeting. The Vice President of the CYSL Board will make
       assignments to teams that are not present and resolve practice location and time
       conflicts as necessary. In the absence of the Vice President, the Field Manager
       shall assume these duties.
b.     Equipment: CYSL field equipment, including goal posts, nets, flags, etc. will not be
       used for practice, unless already in place on the field or by special permission of the
       Field Manager.
c.     First day of practice: Recreational (Class IV) teams will not begin practicing for the
       fall season prior to the date established by the Board of CYSL (generally August 1st

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       The coach is responsible for the behavior of parents and fans at games. Parents
       and fans will abide by any coach directives.

2:01   Language: Coaches, parents, and players are forbidden to use foul or abusive
       language at any time.

2:02   Spectator behavior and location: Parents should feel free to cheer for their team
       and children in a positive and non-distracting manner. Voices should be kept at an
       informative level and tone. Parents shall not coach, berate, or belittle their own
       children, other players, coaches, or officials. The best support is positive.
       Spectators will remain on the side of the field opposite from coaches and players at
       least five feet (5') back from sidelines. It is especially important to keep small
       children off the field and away from the field sidelines and the goal areas.
       Spectators and coaches are prohibited from running up and down the sidelines.

2:03   Referees and Parents:        CYSA trains youth and adults to referee recreational
       games. Referees are responsible to oversee a game without comment or prejudice.
       Skills and experience will vary. Coaches will be given an opportunity to comment on
       the referee knowledge and skills when they sign the game card. CYSL REFEREES

2:04   Alcohol & Illegal Drugs: CYSA prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal
       drugs within 25 yards of any CYSA-affiliated activity. Such drugs are expressly
       prohibited on fields in the Fort Bragg and Mendocino Unified School Districts.

       Coaches shall abide by CYSA Bylaws, Section 3:06, Rules of Play, incorporated
       herein, and the following additional rules of conduct during the course of the game.
       "Course of the game" may be defined as the time during which a team and its
       coach are on or about the field of play, including the time immediately preceding the
       start of a game, half time, and the time immediately following the conclusion of a

3:01   Referee Disputes: A coach shall not, during the course of a game, dispute or
       question by word or gesture, the calls or decisions of the referee, lines-person,
       other coaches or fans of the opposing team. Nor shall a coach call out alleged
       fouls, such as "hands", "offside", etc. or otherwise indulge in a running commentary
       of infractions of the Laws of the Game, whether real or imagined.

3:02   Gestures: A coach shall not indulge in any intimidating tactics by word or gesture
       of the players of the opposing team and/or their coach.

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3:03   Communication with a referee: A coach, during the course of a game shall
       address a referee at the following times only:
       a.   Prior to the start of a game.
       b.   When he/she wishes to make a substitution.
       c.   To draw his/her attention to an injured player of either team.
       d.   If s/he is addressed by the referee.
       e.   At the conclusion of the game.
       f.   Before or at half-time, regarding balancing numbers of players on each team.

3:04   Entering the field: A coach shall not enter the field of play except::
       a. Prior to the game.
       b. At half time.
       c. And at the end of the game.
       d. To aid an injured player from either team (after being given permission by the
          referee to enter).
       e. When beckoned onto the field by the referee.

3:05   Coach Behavior and location: Section 3.06.05 of the CYSA Bylaws states
       ‘coaching from the sidelines, giving direction to one's own team on points of
       strategy and position’… is subject to the following guidelines:

       a. The coach shall remain within 10 yards of the half-line on the side of the field.
          No coaching is allowed behind goals or from any area outside the designated
       b. No mechanical devices are to be used to coach.
       c. The tone of voice must be informative and not a harangue.

3:06   Coaches as role models: No coach shall exhibit, tolerate, or ignore unsporting
       conduct by anyone on or off the field. This includes players or coaches not shaking
       hands after a game, outwardly blaming anyone or anything for their team’s loss,
       and/or anyone abusing anyone verbally, physically, or otherwise. Such actions
       immediately shall be brought to the attention of any member of the CYSL Board of

3:07   Penalty for Infringements:: If a coach violates any one or more of the paragraphs
       #3:01 through 3:06 above, the referee shall be obliged to give such coach a
       warning (yellow card). Subsequent infractions will result in a second warning (red
       card). A red card indicates that a coach has been ejected from the game and must
       leave the playing area completely, or forfeit the game. The Director of Referees
       shall report any person, player, or coach receiving a red or multiple yellow cards to
       the CYSL Disciplinary and Grievance Committee disciplinary action.

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4:01   Illegal Players: No one is to practice or participate with CYSL soccer teams without
       being duly registered with CYSA-District V. An unregistered player is not insured,
       causing potential liability to the coach, the league, the school district, and others in
       case of injury. Therefore, a coach may be suspended for allowing an unregistered
       youth to practice or play with a team. Any unregistered youth playing in a league
       game will cause the team to forfeit the game (whether because of lack of proper
       registration or illegal transfer).

4:02   Trophies and Awards: At the end of the soccer season, CYSL shall distribute
       participation awards (such as pins) to all registered players, and trophies or other
       awards to division winners. The coach may neither purchase nor embellish trophies
       beyond what CYSL awards to the team. However, it is permissible to give generic
       certificates which recognize ALL players, such as for "big foot", "speedster", "fancy
       footwork", "great attitude" (but not ‘MVP’); as long as every team member is
       recognized in an equally positive manner.


5:01   Referee authority: All referee decisions shall stand and game outcome shall not
       be considered a condition for appeal.

5:02   Ejections: A player or coach receiving an ejection (red card) has the right to appeal
       an imposed penalty, and may also seek a personal hearing.

5:03   Notice of Appeal of ejection: Notice of an appeal must be received, in writing,
       within two (2) days of the offense in an "automatic penalty". If the Disciplinary and
       Grievance Committee determine the offender warrants an increased penalty, then
       the offender may give notice of appeal of the added penalty within two days after
       receiving written notice of that increased penalty. Receipt of notice of appeal
       within the time stipulations effectively suspends the penalty until the Board rejects
       the appeal or determines otherwise.

5:04   Appeals in persons: The appellant may appear personally before the Disciplinary
       and Grievance Committee. He/she may call witnesses and present written
       evidence and testimonials as desired.

5:05   Notice of Decision: The appellant will be notified in writing of the decision of the
       Board within 2 weeks of first notification of the appeal.

5:06   Further Appeals: Any member of CYSL unsatisfied with a decision is entitled to
       take his/her grievance to a higher level. However, he must first exhaust all
       avenues of appeal open to him/her within the CYSL i.e., the Disciplinary and
       Grievance Committee and the Board of CYSL. The next level of appeal is the
       relevant office of California Youth Soccer Association, e.g., District V (5).

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First Aid Policy
Play Even Policy
Over Scoring Policy, etc.
No Score-keeping U-6-10
No Special Transportation/team Requests U10 and up
50% playing rule unless explained
Mandatory fundraising participation
No. of Practices per week before and after season.
Team draft for balance--ratings
Goal of small-sided games: special rules
No. of picks in the draft for coaches, asst. coaches, and sponsors
Responsibility for extra team expenses—debts

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