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Disciplinary Matters

Players are expected to demonstrate good behavior and respect for other players, coaches and referees at all times.  This includes practices.  Disruptive or disrespectful behavior may result in exclusion from future practices and/or games with the approval of the Regional Commissioner. At games, a player who is ejected from the game must leave the field of play.  The team may not substitute for that player for the remainder of the game. If there is no parent present at the game to accompany the ejected team member, he/she will remain silent on the sideline under the care of the team’s coaches and may not participate in the hand shake at the end of the game. A player that is ejected before, during or after a game, will be ineligible to participate in the team’s next scheduled game and any team practices prior to that next scheduled game. Depending on the severity of the action that resulted in the ejection, the Commissioner at his/her discretion may review the circumstances and issue greater sanctions against the offending player. Any player receiving two ejections during the season shall have the infractions reviewed by the Regional Board and may be denied further participation. A player’s continued involvement in the program is also subject to review for receiving frequent or repeated warnings by referees, which did not result in an ejection from a game but which were of such nature to warrant reporting in the match report, at the discretion of the Regional Commissioner.

A coach who is ejected by the referee must leave the field of play and the immediate area (i.e. must not be within visibility or sound of the players or referees) for the remainder of the current game and, at a minimum, will be suspended for the next scheduled game and all practices prior to that next scheduled game. Depending on the severity of the action that resulted in the ejection, the Commissioner may review the circumstances and issue greater sanctions against the offending coach. Player Registration Forms must be in the possession of the remaining registered coach. If the coach refuses to leave, or there is no remaining coach or assistant coach to supervise the players, the referee will abandon the match. In an instance where the game is abandoned, the Commissioner will decide the outcome of the game. Any coach ejected from more than one game during the season will be immediately suspended for the balance of the season and his/her actions will be reviewed by the Regional Board to determine any additional sanctions.

A coach that is criticized in a referee match report for a clear failure to observe either positive coaching or good sportsmanship will receive a verbal warning from the Commissioner and be asked to correct their actions. A reported repetition of their behavior, described in a referee report at a subsequent game, will result in a minimum suspension of one game and, based upon the severity of the actions, the Regional Board, may decide to impose additional sanctions.

A spectator or other guest who is asked to leave the field area by the referee must do so immediately (i.e. must not be within visibility or sound of the players or referees for the remainder of the game). If a spectator or guest refuses to leave the field, the referee may terminate the match, in which case, the Commissioner will be responsible for determining the outcome of the match.


AYSO has been promoting the recommendations provided by the U.S. Center for Disease Control's Heads Up program for concussion awareness and safety.  Parents are encouraged to learn the signs and symptoms of concussion and the associated risks.  For more information, you can read AYSO's Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet.

Injured Players

If a player is injured and unable to play, the coach may request that a replacement player be assigned to the team from the division waitlist (if any). If a replacement player is assigned to the team, the injured player will be moved to an injured player pool. If the injured player wishes to return to the division, he or she will be assigned to a team based on space availability and team balance considerations. There is no guarantee that the injured player will be assigned to his or her original team.

Kids Zone

The national media have focused on the negative, even violent, behavior of players, coaches and parents involved in youth sports. To counteract this trend, AYSO coaches and parents work together to make AYSO a Kids Zone – a place where our kids can have fun and learn good sportsmanship.

We believe that parents are role models for the kids, and that overzealous adult behavior is totally inappropriate. We need your help to make sure AYSO players, coaches and parents never slip into a "win at all costs" mindset.

Here are some specific ways you can set a good example for your children:

Before the Game
• Tell your child you love him/her regardless of the outcome.
• Tell him or her "Go for it, give it your best shot and have fun!"

During the Game
• Understand that kids are over-stimulated during games. The coach may be giving instructions, opponents and teammates are talking, the crowd is cheering, and the referee is blowing the whistle. Do not yell instructions to your child during the game because it only adds to the confusion. Sometimes the best thing you can do as a parent is to be quiet.
• Cheer and acknowledge good plays by both teams.
• Don't criticize a coach or a referee. All our coaches and referees have volunteered their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, even when they make mistakes.

After the Game
• Thank the officials for doing a difficult job.
• Thank the coaches for their efforts. Understand that after a difficult loss is not a good time to question a coach.
• Thank your opponents for a good game.
• Congratulate your child and his or her teammates for their efforts.
• Compliment individual players on good plays they made in the game.

During the Ride Home
• Point out a good play your child made during the game.
• Avoid criticizing or correcting mistakes.
• Ask open-ended questions about how the game was played rather than how many points were scored, for example:
"Did you have fun?"
"Did you give it your best effort?"
"What did you learn from the game?"
"What was the best play you made and how did it feel?"
"Did you bounce back from your mistakes?"

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Hillsborough AYSO Region 110

PO Box 117669 
Burlingame, California 94011

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