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Procedures

CONSTITUTION

 

 1:01 Name
 1:02 Purpose
 1:03 Affiliation
 1:04 Boundaries
 1:05 Membership
 1:06 Authorities
 1:07 Annual Meeting
 1:08 Changes
 1:09 Rules of Order
 1:10 Rules of Play
 1:11 Colors
 1:12 Alcoholic Beverage Prohibition
 1:13 Dissolution

 1:01 NAME
 1:01:01 This Association shall be known as the Vacaville Youth Soccer League, Incorporated, also referred to as “VYSL”. This Association is a non-profit, tax exempt organization under the laws of the United States, and shall maintain its tax-exempt status.

1:02 PURPOSE
 1:02:01 The purpose of this Association shall be to develop, promote, and administer the games of outdoor soccer, among youth (boys and girls under nineteen years of age) within the boundaries of Vacaville Youth Soccer League as designated by CYSA and District VI. The ultimate goal of the Vacaville Youth Soccer League is to provide a quality soccer program for all of the children of Vacaville and the surrounding areas. Fulfillment of this goal is to be brought about by setting an atmosphere of sportsmanship in which learning and playing soccer are held foremost. Anything that distracts from this atmosphere should be discouraged.
 1:02:02 This Association members shall offer, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin and/or ability, a soccer program to all youth (boys and girls under nineteen years of age) within their geographical area. 

1:03 AFFILIATION
 1:03:01 This Association shall be an affiliated branch of and comply with the authority of the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). To the extent permissible under applicable law, this constitution and bylaws shall be consistent with USSF, USYSA, and CYSA articles of incorporation and bylaws. To the extent permissible under applicable law, this Association and its members shall abide by USSF’s, USYSA’s, and CYSA's articles of incorporation and bylaws. VYSL will annually register with CYSA, all players, coaches, and administrators who are registered with VYSL.


 1:04 BOUNDARIES
 1:04:01 The boundaries of this League shall be an area in and around Vacaville, CA, to include the Vacaville Unified School District and the Travis Unified School District. This boundary is subject to review and may be expanded with the authorization of the District VI Board of Directors. Players from within the boundary wishing to play outside of the VYSL must comply with current District VI inter-league policy. 

1:05 MEMBERSHIP
 1:05:01 Membership in this League shall be by affiliated teams formed under the direction of the VYSL Board of Directors. (B.O.D.) Participation in the leagues shall be open to any soccer player, coach, trainer, manager, administrator and official, provided such person is not barred from participation by prior rulings of VYSL, CYSA, USYSA, or USSF.
 1:05:02 All members shall abide by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Vacaville Youth Soccer League, the California Youth Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation; all General Procedures and Specific Rules as set forth by the Board of Directors and all applicable rules and regulations of the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation.
 1:05:03 Annual fees for players are due and payable, unless otherwise provided for by the Board of Directors, at the time of registration. Fee schedule will be set by the VYSL B.O.D. on a yearly basis to ensure sufficient funds to operate the league.
 1:05:04 All bank checks, drafts and/or money orders submitted to the League, shall be made payable to the Vacaville Youth
 Soccer League or to “VYSL.”
 1:05:05 Falsification of records shall be grounds for disbarment from future participation and/or membership in this Association.
 1:05:06 A plea of ignorance to the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures and Specific Rules of this League, the California Youth Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation is not sufficient and violators may expect appropriate action by the Board of Directors of this Association.
 1:05:07 Any person found guilty of violating the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures and Specific Rules of this Association, the California Youth Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association or the United States Soccer Federation may be asked to appear before the Board of Directors of this Association in order to explain his/her action. 

1:06 AUTHORITIES
 1:06:01 This Association shall be governed by its Constitution and Bylaws; any Specific Rules and Procedures adopted by the Board of Directors, and the Rules established by the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) and the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
 1:06:02 The governing authority of this Association whose powers shall be designated in the Bylaws, shall be vested with the Board of Directors of this Association.
 1:06:03 The governing board, hereinafter to be known as the “Board of Directors,” (B.O.D.) shall be comprised of the elected Executive Board, to include the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and other
 appointed Members-at-Large, as specified in the By-Laws; but in no case will the Board of Directors exceed sixteen (16) members.  

 1:07 ANNUAL MEETING
 1:07:01 The VYSL President shall call an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members to be held during the period of October 10 to November 20. (2001 AGM) The League will give written notice not less than thirty (30) nor more than ninety (90) days before the meeting, the date, time, place and purpose of the meeting to each affiliated league member and each member of the Board of Directors.
 1:07:02 The order of Business, at the Annual General Meeting, shall be as follows:
 A. Call to Order
 B. Roll Call
 C. Credentials Report
 D. Introduction of Guests
 E. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous AGM
 F. Reports:
 1. President
 2. 1st Vice President
 3. Treasurer
 4. Other Board Members
 G. Unfinished Business
 H. Proposals for change to Constitution, Bylaws, and/or General Procedures and Specific Rules
 I. Elections of new Executive Board Executive Board members will be elected and serve 2-year terms. The President, 2nd Vice-President, and Treasurer elected in odd numbered year AGM and start two year term on the following even numbered year, the 1st Vice-President and Secretary elected in even numbered year.  AGM and start two year term on the following odd year.To facilitate for 2002/2003 season, initial terms of 1st Vice President and Secretary this year would be for a 1-year term. (2001 AGM)
 J. New Business
 K. Good of the Game
 L. Adjournment
 1:07:03 The VYSL Board of Directors will annually recommend to the membership, the procedures and rules required for the upcoming season, for ratification at the Annual General Meeting. Any changes in existing procedures or rules, being recommended by the Board of Directors, shall be forwarded, in writing, to all members, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
 1:07:04 Each affiliated parent, each adult coach, each adult referee, and each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one (1) vote. Voting shall be restricted to those individuals, which have been registered during the current season. Voting by proxy shall not be allowed and only those members of record, in good standing, shall be entitled to voting privileges. No person shall cast more than one (1) vote, regardless of his/her affiliations with the league and/or as a member of the Board
 of Directors. The President of this Association shall cast a vote only in the case of a tie.
 1:07:05 A quorum shall consist of any number of members present at the Annual General Meeting.
 1:07:06 In the event there are two or more rule change proposals that are to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting of the VYSL that conflict with each other: the rule change proposal that receives the greatest number of “yes” votes shall prevail providing that it receives a two thirds majority of those voting. 

1:08 CHANGES
 1:08:01 Any affiliated member, or any member of the VYSL Board of Directors may submit proposed changes to the existing Constitution and Bylaws; Specific Rules and Procedures adopted by the Board of Directors. Proposed changes shall be submitted to the VYSL Secretary 15 days prior to the AGM.
 1:08:02 Amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Procedures of this Association shall only be made at the Annual General Meeting of the membership, except in such cases as specified in the Bylaws of the Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation.
 1:08:03 An amendment shall be deemed adopted by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members attending and voting at the Annual General Meeting.
 1:08:04 Any and all amendments to the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures, and Specific Rules of this Association, adopted at the Annual General Meeting, shall become effective at the beginning of the seasonal year immediately following the Annual General Meeting. 

 1:09 RULES OF ORDER
 1:09:01 The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order (revised) shall govern this Association in all cases in which they do not conflict with the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures and Specific Rules of this Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation. 

1:10 RULES OF PLAY
 1:10:01 Rules of play, except as provided by USYSA and its affiliates, the FIFA “Laws of the Game” shall apply to any and all competitions sponsored by the Association. Players under ten years of age may play soccer under the auspices of this Association in accordance with the rules of this Association’s development player program: modified playing rules for Under-6, Under-8, and Under-10. 

1:11 COLORS
 1:11:01 The representative colors of this Association shall be red, black and white. 

1:12 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE / SMOKING PROHIBITION
 1:12:01 The use and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, immediately before, during or immediately after the playing of any youth soccer game, is expressly prohibited.
 1:12:02 The use of any tobacco products by any affiliated parent, coach, referee, or player within 150 feet of any soccer game or practice is expressly prohibited.
 1:12:03 Any player, team official, league official, or any other member of this Association, who violates this prohibition, shall be subject to disciplinary action and/or suspension by the Board of Directors of this Association. 

1:13 DISSOLUTION
 1:13:01 Should this Association be dissolved, all assets remaining after payment of all debts shall be turned over to the California Youth Soccer Association for the express purpose of the development of youth soccer. 

BYLAWS

2:01 Board_of_Directors
2:02 Meetings
2:03 Quorum
2:04 Executive Committee
2:05 Standing Committee
2:06 Financial Responsibility
2:07 Sexual and Physical Abuse
2:08 Liability Protection
2:09 Seasonal Year
2:10 Vacaville United Soccer Club (VUSC)

2:01 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2:01:01 The membership shall elect the 5 members of the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting whose duties are detailed but not limited to the following:
A. President
The President shall conduct all meetings of the VYSL B.O.D. and shall cast a vote only in the case of a tie. The President shall appoint non-elected members of the VYSL B.O.D. (Subject to approval of the Executive Board) and shall appoint all standing committee’s and their chairperson. The President will represent VYSL at all District VI and CYSA level meetings. The President shall have oversight responsibilities for all league members and league sponsored events and will approve any information released to public forums including the VYSL internet website.
B. 1st Vice President
The 1st Vice President shall succeed to the powers of the President in his/her absence. The 1st Vice President shall chair the Protest, Appeals, and Disciplinary Committee, hereafter known as the P.A.D. Committee. The 1st Vice President will serve as VYSL representative at District VI and CYSA level meetings, in the absence of the President. The 1st Vice President shall serve on the Competitive Team Committee (CTC) in an advisory capacity and will report CTC activities to the VYSL Board as directed by the President. The 1st Vice President will coordinate the annual "Fun Tournament" for all recreational teams. The 1st Vice-President will have oversight responsibilities for any league fundraising drives.
C. 2nd Vice President
The 2nd Vice President shall be the liaison between the League and the City of
Vacaville and surrounding school districts for field use permits. The 2nd Vice President will coordinate the use and maintenance of the Horse Creek Soccer Complex. In addition, the 2nd Vice President will serve on the Tournament Committee in an advisory capacity and will report Tournament Committee activities to the VYSL B.O.D. as directed by the President. The 2nd Vice-President shall serve on the Horse Creek Project Committee in an advisory capacity and will report committee activities to the VYSL B.O.D. as directed by the President.
D. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall give a receipt for all moneys, which shall be deposited in a recognized bank in the name of this Association. All accounts shall be paid by check and shall bear three (2) signatures: The Treasurer and/or the League President and 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, League Secretary and 2 additional Board members approved by the Executive Committee. The receipt book and vouchers shall be produced when required by the VYSL B.O.D., properly balanced according to the bankbook or statement, whichever is up to date. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the preparing of any and all papers pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation and Tax Exemption status of the Association. At no time shall any parties related by blood or marriage be utilized to sign the same check regardless to whom the check is payable.
E. Secretary
The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all meetings, handle all correspondence, give notice of meetings, and maintain the files of the League. The Secretary shall submit copies of all League meetings to the District VI Commissioner. When directed by the VYSL B.O.D., the Secretary will prepare the agenda for the monthly meetings and will be the point of contact for adding agenda items. The Secretary shall arrange for all meeting places and advise all members of the VYSL B.O.D. of the time, place, and any agenda items added since last meeting.


2:01:02 In addition to the elected Executive Board, the VYSL President will nominate and the Executive Board will ratify the following VYSL B.O.D. positions whose duties are detailed, but not limited to the following:

 

A. League Registrar
Attend District Registrar meeting. Organize assistant registrars. Insure that adequate registration notice is give to the members. Verify registration forms for completion and accuracy. Insure that players are placed in the proper age group and pay the correct fee. The Registrar will issue all players and coach’s passes in accordance with current League and District policy. The registrar will maintain accurate record of all players and coaches registered and will retain copies of team rosters, league rosters, and player birth certificates. The registrar will communicate regularly with both the Boys and Girls Coach Coordinators during team building and coach recruitment phases. The Registrar will also complete league registration with CYSA.
B. Boys Coach Coordinator
The Boys Coach Coordinator will attend District Coach Coordinators meetings. Act as liaison between boys teams recreational coaches and the VYSL B.O.D. The Coach Coordinator will be the first level mediator for problems arising with parents, coaches, and players. Together with the Girls Coach Coordinator, will organize league schedules for recreational teams and schedule coaching clinics. The Boys Coach Coordinator will also serve on the P.A.D. committee. The Boys Coach Coordinator will select and organize Boys Age Group Coordinators as his/her assistants. The Boys Coach Coordinator, along with the Girls Coach Coordinator, will be responsible for ensuring sufficient volunteer coaches have been recruited and will communicate regularly with the League Registrar to determine the number of teams expected in each age group upon completion of the registration process.
C. Girls Coach Coordinator
The Girls Coach Coordinator will attend District Coach Coordinators meeting. Act as liaison between girls teams recreational coaches and the VYSL B.O.D. The Coach Coordinator will be the first level mediator for problems arising with parents, coaches, and players. Together with the Boys Coach Coordinator, will organize league schedules for recreational teams and schedule coaching clinics. The Girls Coach Coordinator will also serve on the P.A.D. committee. The Girls Coach Coordinator will select and organize Girls Age Group Coordinators as his/her assistants. The Girls Coach Coordinator along with the Boys Coach Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring sufficient volunteer coaches have been recruited and will communicate regularly with the League Registrar to determine the number of teams expected in each age group upon completion of the registration process.
D. Referee Coordinator
Attend District Referee Coordinators meeting. Organize and schedule league referees. Organize assistant coordinators to whom he/she may delegate assignor duties. Schedules Referee certification courses. Collects all game cards for recreational games and will submit referee payment schedule to the League Treasurer as directed by the VYSL B.O.D. The Referee Coordinator will also serve on the P.A.D. committee.
E. Team Parent Coordinator
The Team Parent Coordinator will schedule and organize Picture Day and the Team Parent Meeting. The Team Parent Coordinator will organize the Team Parents from all teams whose function will be to disseminate league information in a timely manner. Additionally, when league fundraisers are
held, the Team Parent Coordinator will act as a liaison between the Team Parents and the Fundraising Chair.
F. Publicity Coordinator
Publicity Coordinator will arrange for publication of League Newsletters. Publicize league events as directed by the VYSL B.O.D. The Publicity Coordinator will be the point of contact for all items to be published in the league newsletter, league website, and any league press releases to be released to any newspaper. The VYSL President will approve all of the above prior to actual publication.
G. Advanced Team Coordinator
Advanced Team Coordinator will act as liaison between the Advanced Teams representing VYSL in District playing leagues and the VYSL B.O.D. The Advanced Team Coordinator will chair the Competitive Team Committee (CTC), which will be responsible for Advanced Team head coach selection and approval of all assistant coaches. Once approved by the CTC, the Competitive Team Coordinator will submit its recommendation to the VYSL B.O.D. for final approval. The Competitive Team Coordinator will report all activities of the Competitive Team Club on a monthly basis to the VYSL B.O.D. The Competitive Team Coordinator will insure that all members of competitive teams abide by VYSL and District VI rules and will report any violation to the VYSL P.A.D. for its review.
H. Fields Manager
Fields Manager will ensure that all fields are properly striped and equipped for all seasonal and tournament games held in
Vacaville. The Fields Manager will be responsible for ensuring that permanent or temporary goals have been delivered and secured for the seasons’ play. The Field Manager will coordinate removal of goals after completion of the season and return them to the appropriate storage area. The Fields Manager will recruit volunteers from the league membership to store nets and corner flags between game days. The Fields Manager will ensure that all billing of field marking accurately reflects actual work performed.
I. Equipment Manager
Equipment Manager will be responsible for seeking bids and formulating contracts for the purchase of league equipment to include, uniforms. All purchases are subject to VYSL B.O.D. approval. The Equipment Manger will coordinate with the Coach Coordinators and Registrar to ensure that like colors of uniforms do not exist within an age group to avoid color conflicts. The Equipment Manager will arrange distribution to/from all coaches.

J. Player/Coach Advocate Coordinator

K. U6-U8 Coach Coordinator
2:01:03 (deleted)
2:01:04 The VYSL B.O.D. shall be responsible for and have sole authority for the following:
A. Enforcing and interpreting the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures and Specific Rules of the VYSL.
B. Approving registered teams.
C. Shall, from time to time, make temporary rules or regulations for specific cases or occasions not provided for in the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures, or Specific Rules, but which are deemed necessary, by the Board of Directors, to
carry out the objectives of this Association or to comply with the rules/regulations of the CYSA, the USYSA and/or the USSF.
D. To review the VYSL League Constitution and Bylaws and ensure consistency with the CYSA Constitution, Bylaws and
General Procedures and Specific Rules.
2:01:05 Members of the Board of Directors, except elected Executive Board members, may designate assistants, who in their absence, shall have a right to vote at monthly meetings of the VYSL B.O.D. All Assistant Board members must be approved by the VYSL B.O.D. before being allowed to vote on any league matters.
2:01:06 The VYSL Board of Directors shall have the right and authority to suspend, bar completely or otherwise discipline any player, coach, manager, team assistant, league officer or VYSL affiliated referee from any member team or organization with the proper hearing. Any action taken against a referee will only be applicable to events within VYSL. Notification of higher authorities, where applicable, will be the responsibility of the VYSL President.

2:01:07 Any member of the VYSL B.O.D. may resign effective upon the date and time specified in a written notice given to the VYSL President. In the event the resignation creates a vacancy on the VYSL Executive Board; the VYSL President shall nominate a replacement. VYSL Board of Director approval of the nominee will be required. Vacancies occurring in appointed positions will be filled at the discretion of the VYSL Executive Board.
2:01:08 The VYSL B.O.D. shall have, by two thirds vote of those members present, the authority to remove, with cause, any member of the VYSL Board of Directors with the proper hearing. Notice of said hearing shall be given, in writing, at least 14 days prior to the hearing. Cause shall be deemed as not performing one’s duties as set forth by the Constitution and Bylaws or being found guilty of conduct that is detrimental to the purpose of this Association. Any VYSL Board Member who misses three (3) monthly meetings in a row and/or five (5) meetings in a year, will be considered remiss in their duties. When an Executive Board position is declared vacant, the VYSL Executive Board will nominate a replacement subject to ratification by the VYSL B.O.D. [Top]

 

2:02 MEETINGS
2:02:01 Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least ten (8) times per year by the call of the President with consent of a majority of the Board of Directors. Public notice will be given for all regular monthly meetings. The agenda for regular meetings shall be as follows:
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Introduction of Guests
D. Acceptance of Previous Months Minutes
E. Correspondence
F. Treasurer Report
G. Director Reports
H. Committee Reports
I. Unfinished Business
J. New Business
K. Good of the Game
L. Adjournment
2:02:02 The VYSL Board of Directors shall meet whenever the President deems it necessary, or if he/she is instructed to do so by four (4) or more members of the VYSL Board of Directors.
2:02:03 Any member of the VYSL Board of Directors or league member may request that an item be placed on the monthly VYSL B.O.D. meeting agenda provided that request is made in writing and is received by the League Secretary 7 days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting.
2:02:04 To consider an item not on the agenda, a 2/3 majority of VYSL B.O.D. members present must vote in favor of suspending the rules pertaining to the time frame stated in 2:02:03. [Top]

2:03 QUORUM
2:03:01 At all meetings of the VYSL Board of Directors, fifty percent (50%) of the VYSL Board of Directors current membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. [Top]
2:04 EXECUTIVE BOARD
2:04:01 The Executive Board of this Association shall be composed of the VYSL President, the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice
President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
2:04:02 The VYSL Executive Committee shall serve between VYSL B.O.D. meetings for either emergencies or to dispose of duties bestowed upon the Executive Board by the VYSL Board of Directors. All actions taken by the VYSL Executive Board must be ratified by the VYSL Board of Directors at their next scheduled meeting.[Top]
2:05 Deleted
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2:06 FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
2:06:01 This Association shall not assume, nor be liable for, the debts and/or the financial responsibilities, either implied or incurred, of any player, coach, manager, team assistant, league official, or referee.
2:06:02 An independent financial audit of the league bankbook will be conducted in the event the League Treasurer remains in office for two (2) consecutive years or when requested by the VYSL B.O.D. Any individual familiar with General Accounting procedures may perform the audit so long as they are not currently a Board member or directly related to any current Board member. [Top]
2:07 SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE
2:07:01 This Association opposes sexual and physical abuse. To the extent permissible under applicable law, the VYSL Board of Directors and members shall adopt procedures consistent with this policy consistent with criteria established by USSF.  [Top]
2:08 LIABILITY PROTECTION
2:08:01 All officers of this Association and officials of member teams and leagues shall be covered against personal liability claims by the California Youth Soccer Association for performing acts and duties directly related to the work of this Association.  [Top]
2:09 SEASONAL YEAR
2:09:01 The seasonal year shall be from September 1 through August 31. Insurance coverage shall be for the same period of time. Insurance coverage will be deemed to be in effect upon proper application as specified in section 1:05.  [Top]
2:10 VACAVILLE UNITED SOCCER CLUB (VUSC)
2:10:01 The Vacaville Youth Soccer League is the governing body of Vacaville United Soccer Club (VUSC). The Club shall operate as a vital part of the VYSL, offering an advanced level of play for all members of the VYSL who try out and are selected to play in any of the VYSL approved Competitive play. The Club shall be further governed by its bylaws and shall have these bylaws approved by the VYSL at such time that they are amended. The VUSC will submit its bylaws, including any proposed amendments, to the VYSL BOD for approval prior to the start each tryout season.  [Top]

 

GENERAL PROCEDURES

3:01 Authorities and Responsibilities
3:02 Registration
3:03 Proof of Age
3:04 Game Times and Ball Specifications
3:05 Rules of Play
3:06 Send Off Procedure
3:07 Protests and Appeals Procedure
3:08 Coach Selection Process

 

3:01 AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
3:01:01 The rules contained herein shall govern members
of this Association in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of this Association, the California Youth Soccer Association, 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.
3:01:02 Each team shall be responsible for the conduct of its players, coach, manager, team assistants and parents and it is the responsibility of each team to ensure that its actions, on or off the field, do not bring disrespect upon this Association. [Top]
3:02 REGISTRATION
3:02:01 All players, coaches, and administrators shall annually register with CYSA and timely pay all dues and fees. All players are required to submit a properly completed USYSA Membership form.
3:02:02 Under-6 to under-14 players must register with the VYSL unless inter-league transfer is approved. Under-15 to under-19 players may register with any affiliated league in their district provided they adhere to current District VI inter-league transfer policy. Inter-district registration, where necessary, shall require the approval of the two (2) District Commissioners of the respective Districts.
3:02:03 VYSL will be required to submit a CYSA team registration form for all teams. The submittal of the team registration form, with proper approvals, binds the player to that team for the seasonal year unless a player is granted a transfer.
A. Maximum roster - no team shall be allowed more than eighteen (18)-registered players at any given time.
B. Minimum roster - no team shall be allowed to have less than seven (7) players registered.

3:02:04 Any teams which have the same name (e.g., club’s name) must be identified by a numerical prefix or a different name. The same team name shall not be used for more than one team in the same age/gender division.
3:02:05 Each team official (i.e., coach, assistant coach/manager) shall be registered with this Association and have a proper
USYSA Coach Pass. [Top]

3:03 PROOF OF AGE
3:03:01 Proof of age shall consist of: a birth certificate, birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency, Board of Health records, passport, alien registration card issued by the United States Government, a certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age, or a certification of an American citizen born abroad issued by the appropriate government agency. Copies of these documents will be required by the league at time of registration and will be retained by the league. Hospital, baptism, or religious certificates will not be accepted. [Top]

3:04 GAME TIMES AND BALL SPECIFICATIONS
3:04:01 The following game-time and ball specifications are recommended and are subject to modification by the VYSL B.O.D.:
Game Length Ball Size Circum. Weight
U-19 2-45 min.. #5 27”-28” 14-16 ozs.
U-16 2-40 min.. #5 27”-28” 14-16 ozs.
U-14 2-35 min.. #5 27”-28” 14-16 ozs.
U-12 2-30 min. #4 25”-26” 11-13 ozs.
U-10 2-25 min #4 25”-26” 11-13 ozs.
U-8 2-20 min #3 23”-24” 11-12 ozs.
U-6 As modified#3 23”-24” 11-12 oz.
No overtime periods will be allowed unless specifically authorized by tournament or CYSA rule. [Top]

3:05 RULES OF PLAY
3:05:01 Shinguards are mandatory during all practices and games.
3:05:02 Players wearing orthopedic casts, air-splints or metal splints shall not be eligible to participate in any game.
3:05:03 Charging the goalkeeper shall not be permitted at any time, when he/she is within his/her own penalty area.
3:05:04 Coaching from the sidelines, giving direction to one’s own team on points of strategy and position, is permitted provided:
A. No mechanical devices are used.
B. The tone of voice is informative and not a harangue.
C. No coach, substitute, player, or spectator is to be anywhere but at his/her bench area during the game. A team’s bench area shall be that area one (1) yard from the touchline and extending to ten (10) yards, one way, from the half-line only.
D. No coach, substitute, player or spectator is to make derogatory remarks or gestures to the referees, other players, substitutes, or spectators.
E. No coach, substitute, or player is to use profanity.
F. No coach, substitute, player, or spectator is to incite, in any manner, disruptive behavior of any kind.
The penalty for the above shall be ejection from the game and disciplinary action will be taken by the Board of Directors of this Association.

3:05:05 Both teams will be responsible for erecting the goals and installation of the nets prior to the first game. After the last game of the day, both teams are responsible for the take down of the goals. Home teams are responsible for the pickup/return of nets and flags. Net storage locations will be clearly marked on net bag. It will be the responsibility of the home team to have a game ball and both teams will see that their fans behave in a proper and respectful manner.
3:05:06 Players may be substituted at the following times:
A. Prior to a throw-in, in your favor.
B. Prior to a goal kick, by either team.
C. After a goal, by either team.
D. After an injury, when the referee stops play, by either team.
E. At half time.
F. When the referee stops play to caution a player, only the cautioned player may be substituted, prior to the restart of the
game.
The number of substitutes shall be unlimited, unless a competition superseding the jurisdiction of this Association determines
otherwise. In any case, a substitute shall not enter the field of play until he/she has been given a signal to do so by the referee.

3:05:07 The referee shall require that both teams enter all the appropriate information on a CYSA Referee Report form (game card) prior to the start of the game.
A. The referee shall verify the identity of the player with his/her player pass. He shall collect the passes of those players whom
are to participate in the game. The referee must allow no player into the game for whom he/she has no pass or whose name
does not appear on the Referee Report form. The referee shall also require that the coach or manager of each team sign the Referee Report form verifying that the information entered on the form is correct.
B. Upon completion of the game, the referee shall send his/her report to the proper authority within forty-eight (48) hours,
holidays excluded, along with the player pass of any ejected player and, in such cases of ejection, he/she shall also mail a
supplementary 24 Hour Send-Off Report.
C. Prior to the game, the referee shall make sure that each player’s equipment is in proper order.
D. A Referee Report/Game Card must be filed for every game played.

3:05:08 The referee’s judgment with regard to the physical condition of the field and its acceptance for play, to the actual happenings and occurrences related to the conduct of the game and those prerogatives granted to him/her, by the “Laws of the Game”, shall not be challenged. [Top]
3:06 SEND OFF PROCEDURE (Formerly Ejection)
3:06:01 If a player or coach is sent off for misconduct, then the referee shall retain the player’s/coaches pass and forward it to the league (in case of league games), or to the proper authority, along with his/her game report. That player/coach is ineligible until the pass is returned, upon completion of suspension. Referees will receive specific instructions on where report/pass are to be sent at the beginning of each season. [Top]
3:07 PROTEST AND APPEALS PROCEDURE
3:07:01 In the matter of protests and appeals, no person(s) associated with the operations of this Association at any level (team, league, district, or state) may invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within CYSA/USYSA/USSF, including a final appeal to the USSF Council at the Annual General Meeting.
3:07:02 Only violations of the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures and Specific Rules of this Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation, including the right of individuals to participate and compete, misapplication of the “Laws of the Game” for outdoor soccer, or violations of league rules and regulations, provided the latter are within the framework of the Constitution, Bylaws, General Procedures, and Specific Rules of this Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association and the United States Soccer Federation, shall be proper subjects to be considered for action.

3:07:03 The Protest and Appeals Committee will consist of the VYSL Executive Board. Should the VYSL Executive Board choose not to hear a protest or appeal, that body may, if they desire, refer the matter directly to the next higher authority.
3:07:04 Upon receipt of any adverse decision, appeal may be made to the next higher authority.
3:07:05 Protest and appeals of VYSL PAD decisions are to be in writing and describe in detail the grounds for the appeal. Protests and appeals will be sent to the official VYSL address; VYSL, PO Box 73, Vacaville, CA95696, and shall be postmarked within seventy-two (72) hours (Sundays and holidays excluded) following receipt of league disciplinary decision being protested or appealed. There shall be no fee for protests/appeals to the VYSL PAD. Upon receipt of a protest/appeal, the VYSL PAD Chairman will schedule a hearing and will notify all parties to the appeal, with written notification, at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. Such a date shall be within thirty (30) days of receipt of said appeal. The VYSL Protest and Appeals committee shall consider all pertinent information arising out of an appeal of a league disciplinary action. The parties involved shall have the opportunity to present their case. The decision of the Protest and Appeals Committee of this Association shall be conveyed, in writing, to the party initiating the appeal within seven (7) days of the decision. Upon rendering a decision, the league shall maintain a copy of all evidence, findings and the decision for future reference. All records related to the protest/appeal will be made available to higher authorities when requested. [Top]

3:08 COACH SELECTION PROCESS
3:08:01 Selection of coaches for the recreational league (Class IV) will be the responsibility of the League Coach Coordinator. He/she will select the best candidates from volunteers expressing interest in a coaching position. All adult volunteers may be required to submit to background checks and shall sign sworn statements of personal history. New coaches will be offered training at league expense to assure proper training curriculum up to the “District D” (formerly E/D ) license level. Complaints against coaches will be fully investigated as directed by the League President and will be referenced during the coach selection process.
3:08:02 Selection of coaches for the Vacaville United Soccer Club (VUSC) teams (Class I and Class III) will be the responsibility of the VUSC Executive Board. Final approval of advanced coaches will be the responsibility of the VYSL B.O.D. based on VUSC recommendation. The following criteria will be the basis of selection of all advanced team coaches.
1. VYSL Coaching experience
2. High School level coaching experience
3. College level coaching experience
4. Playing experience weighted by highest level of competition
5. Coaching license level weighted by highest credential attained
6. Referee License – Level 8 or higher
7. Interview conducted by the VUSC.
The above criteria are to be used as guideline, no significance in the order is intended. Any information pertinent to the candidate made available (IN WRITING) to the committee will be reviewed. The intent is to select the best possible candidate from the available coaches. Coaches wishing to be considered for an advanced team should apply in writing to the VYSL ATC no later than December 1. Application should be mailed to the league address; VUSC Committee,
POBOX 73, Vacaville, CA95696. Applications received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the VUSC. Coach selection will be completed by Jan 15, to be approved at the January meeting of the VYSL B.O.D. [Top]

POLICY INTERPRETATION MEMORANDA (PIMs)

PIM 2000-1   PIM - Defined
PIM 2000-2   PIM - (Deleated)
PIM 2000-3   PIM - VYSL Sideline Behavior Policy
PIM 2000-4   PIM - Horse Creek Project Operations Manual
PIM 2000-5   PIM - Game Scoring Differential Policy
PIM 2000-6   PIM - Pre-Registration Policy
PIM 2000-7   PIM - Recreational Level Referee Certification
PIM 2000-8   PIM - Club Linesman Program
PIM 2000-9   PIM - Required Snack Bar Assistants
PIM 2000-10 PIM - Required Team Advanced Referee Support
PIM 2000-11 PIM - Player Participation Fee
PIM 2000-12 PIM - Coaching License Requirements for Recreational Coaches
PIM 2000-13 PIM - Certified Referee Requirement for older Recreational Teams

                                                                                         PIM 2000-1 PIM - Defined
This area of the document is used to list and explain any policy decision that the VYSL B.O.D. has made in recent years. It will clarify issues that are not specifically stated in the above document. PIM's should not be taken lightly, as they will become a permanent part of the whole document. They can be overturned, but the original will still remain part of the document. [Top]

PIM 2000-2 PIM – VYSL Board Handbook
 (Deleated)

PIM 2000-3 PIM – VYSL Sideline Behavior Policy
The VYSL B.O.D. has adopted a sideline behavior policy that will be used to address unacceptable behavior by any member. This policy will be given to all members prior to the start of the season. The policy will be maintained in the Referee Coordinator's section of the VYSL Board Handbook for refecence.

PIM 2000-4 PIM – Horse Creek Project Operations Manual
The VYSL has undertaken the development of the Horse Creek Soccer Project and to ensure continuity on the project, has directed the Horse Creek Project Committee to develop a long-term plan on the operation of the complex. An Operations Manual is currently under development. In the event that the manual is not completed this year (2000), this PIM will be the authority for the Committee to continue its work and finalize the manual and seek approval in early 2001. [Top]

PIM 2000-5 PIM – Game Score Differential Policy
It will be the policy of this league to review all games that result in scoring differential of 6 or more goals. All coaches are reminded that fairness and the spirit of good sportsmanship must be paramount in all league games. Coaches who intentionally run up scores on their opponents will be held accountable for their actions. While the Board of Directors acknowledges that large scoring differentials will occasionally occur, the intent of this PIM is to make coaches aware that game scores are monitored and will be acted upon should situations warrant. [Top]

PIM 2001-6 PIM – Pre-Registration Policy
All recreational players should be encouraged to pre-register. (Where applicable) Only returning players of the proper age are eligible. If a player does not pre-register, the coach loses retention rights to that player. This is a further attempt to simplify the incredibly difficult task of registration. Coaches will be given specific instruction on the pre-registration process and the timeline to ensure retention of their players. It is not the intention of this proposal to prevent players who do not pre-register from returning to their previous seasons’ team, however, those that do not, may or may not be placed on the same team. This proposal does not supersede current language that limits guaranteed retention up to Under-10. [Top]

 PIM 2001-7 PIM – Recreational Level Referee Certification
VYSL should create a recreational level referee course. This course would introduce the laws of the game to parents and coaches and enable them to referee recreational games. The course would be up to 6 hours, 3-4 hours classroom and 1-2 hours of fieldwork. It is the intent of this PIM to supplement the core of certified FIFA referee’s to help cover all games. Recreational level referees will be limited to recreational games per District VI policy. [Top]

PIM 2001-8 PIM – Club Linesman Program
VYSL will reinstate the Club Linesman program of several years ago. The League will continue to strive to assign Referee’s and Assistant Referee’s at all games U12 and above, and a center Referee at U8-10 games. However, each team will be required to have a Club Linesman available at every game. In the event the league does not/cannot supply linesmen for a match, each team will supply a person reasonably qualified to act as a Club Linesmen. Club Linesman training will be made available to all recreational teams. Teams failing to comply with the intent of this policy may be penalized by the league

PIM 2002-12 PIM- Coaching License Requirement for Recreational Coaches All "returning" head coaches are required to obtain a Coaching "F" certificate prior to being given a team or take the first available "F" coaching course offered by VYSL. New coaches will be given one year waiver but are encouraged to receive this training in their first year. VYSL will continue to reimburse coaches for costs of successfully completing coaching clinics up to the District "D" level.