Zero ToleranceZero Tolerance Policy for Abuse of Referees
It is the policy of NYSL to provide a safe, fair, fun environment for all youths participating in our program. It is important that this expectation be extended to our youth referees, as well as our players.
It is the responsibility of ALL adults participating in our program whether coaches, parents, or spectators to realize that our program cannot continue without the dedication and commitment of our referees. With this in mind it is the stated policy of NYSL to protect our referees from abuse or misconduct of any kind.
It is a league rule that NYSL expects positive, instructive, and encouraging behavior toward our players at all times. Likewise, in consideration of respectful treatment of our referees NYSL is formally instituting the following standards, effective with the Spring 1998 season.
ANY disrespectful behavior toward a referee during a game or practice at Lawrence Park as determined by NYSL league officials will result in the following:
- First offense will be handled as a WARNING, and will result in a discussion regarding the type of behavior that is expected and the type of behavior that is not allowed.
- Second instance of misconduct during any NYSL sanctioned event will result in a CAUTION being issued to the offender by the league with the expectation the disrespectful behavior will immediately stop.
- Third instance of misconduct will result in the offender being issued a SEND OFF. Any coach, parent, or spectator receiving this major violation will be immediately asked to leave the vicinity of all games; furthermore, league volunteers will be restricted from any participation during the following weekend.
This is a zero tolerance policy, and will be considered cumulative over the entire season. It is the responsibility of NYSL league officials, coaches, and parents to administer this policy.
NYSL is firmly committed to providing a positive environment for all youths in our charge and needs you to assist us in this effort.
Thank you for your cooperation on behalf of all our referees…