SIDELINE CODE OF CONDUCT
We appreciate the role that parents play in our youth soccer program. More information on Sideline Code of Conduct and Coach Code of Conduct can be found at NSRL/WPL. GFYSC complies with all the rules of Granite Falls School District. Spectator behavior is a direct responsibility of the Head Coach of the team and the Ref will red card the HC and they will be removed from the game and potentially face 2+ game suspension. Additionally, any spectator behavior that is deemed inappropriate or violating GFYSC or WPL/NSRL policy & rules will be temporarily suspended from attending team events (practices & games) while GFYSC and/or WPL determines discipline. GFYSC will defer to WPL policy on discipline when spectator behavior is reported to the Club, but not through the WPL. GFYSC is adopting a zero tolerance policy, effective 2024, for any referee abuse, especially abuse towards minor referees.
*No alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco products (including chewing tobacco, and delivery devices such as vapor pens).
*Keep pets off all fields (playing and practice) & pick up your garbage.
*Don’t allow children to play on the goals and nets. Goals can tip and have the potential to cause serious injury.
*Please demonstrate kindness and respect in your words and actions towards coaches, players, officials and fans. No verbal abuse, name calling or violent behavior. Spectator misconduct may result in being removed from the field and suspension from future games. (1+)
*Please encourage those around you to be kind and respectful.
*No coaching from sidelines. Remember, this is a children’s game. Always provide positive support and encourage good sportsmanship. Have fun, cheer your player and their team on and walk away if the game is getting to you.
New rule beginning Spring 20204:
Rule 309 — Sideline Etiquette
The Sideline/touchline (technical area) for both teams must be located on the same sideline/touchline between the halfway line and the 18 yd line (extended). Spectators must be on the opposite sideline/touchline (2 yards behind). Spectators, Players, and Team Staff are prohibited between the 18 yd line (extended) down to the end line (or corner flag). No one is allowed on or near the end line/goal line from corner to corner. The Head Coach for each team is responsible for the behavior of their Spectators’ sideline. Spectators are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully before, during and after the match. Unruly or irresponsible behavior identified by the referee crew will (at minimum) lead to expulsion of the Team’s Head coach. The Head Coach must leave immediately, or the match will be abandoned. This will result in the offending team forfeiting the match and/or a monetary fine. If the league receives reports of unsportsmanlike/unruly conduct from any spectator(s), the league reserves the right to fine the offending Club(s), remove the team(s) from the league or take any other action, if deemed necessary.
Rule 501 – Assault or Abuse of Participants
A. When any person shall assault or abuse a participant (as defined by B) below) within WPL the matter shall be brought directly before the WPL Discipline Committee. (Note that assault or abuse of a referee by a player, coach, manager, club official or match official is subject to the jurisdiction of the WPL Discipline Committee under the specific definitions and procedures of USSF Policy 531-9 — Misconduct toward Match Officials.) Nothing herein shall prevent a referee from carding a player or cautioning/ejecting a participant, or from the WPL Disciplinary Committee imposing sanctions against a participant under its rules, even if the incident involved assault or abuse.
B. A participant, for the purposes of this specific rule, shall be defined as a registered player, the parent, relative or guardian of a registered player, a coach, assistant coach, trainer or team manager, a spectator, an officer of a Club, Association, or member of the Board of Directors of WPL, Association, referee, and any other person required to have Risk Management acceptance.
C. (1) (i) Assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon an individual.
(ii)For purposes of this specific rule, “intentional act” shall mean an act intended to bring about a result which will invade the interests of another individual in a way that is socially unacceptable.
(iii) Outside of practice and match activity, a “socially unacceptable” act includes (but is not limited to) touching which the victim considers invasion of personal space or makes the victim feel uncomfortable or threatened. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.
(iv) During practice or matches, “socially unacceptable” acts include violent acts during matches and practices which exceed all reasonably acceptable sporting behavior.
(2) Assault includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into an individual; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at an individual that could inflict injury; damaging an individual’s clothing or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.
D. (1) Abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact which implies or threatens physical harm to an individual or their personal property.
(2) Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon an individual: using foul or abusive language toward an individual that implies or threatens physical harm; spewing any beverage on an individual’s personal property; spitting at (but not on) an individual; or verbally threatening an individual.
(3) Abuse shall include, but not be limited to, racial, ethnic, religious or gender slurs directed at one or more individuals.
(4) Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm. Such remarks as “I’ll get you after the match” or “You won’t get out of here in one piece” shall be deemed abuse.
E. (1) Assault or abuse may be grounds for suspension or ban from further participation and membership in WPL or any affiliated Member Association, club or team. Such authority shall supersede any and all other penalty codes or rules. A temporary suspension will be imposed immediately upon the verification of an allegation of assault or abuse until a hearing is held and the decision is published by the hearing chair. Minimum penalties and periods of suspension shall be as follows:
(i) Except as provided below, for any assault, at least one (1) year from the time of the assault.
(ii) For a minor or slight touching of the individual or their personal property, a minimum of three (3) months.
(iii) For an assault committed by an adult upon an individual seventeen (17) years of age or younger, at least three (3) years.
(iv) For a minor or slight touching committed by an adult upon an individual (17) years of age or younger, at least 6 months/years.
(v) For an assault when serious injuries are inflicted, at least five (5) years.
(vi) In the case of assault, shorter periods may not be provided but, if circumstances warrant, a longer period may be provided (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).
(vii) The minimum suspension for abuse shall be three (3) matches. Longer periods may be provided when circumstances warrant (e.g., habitual offenders with two (2) or more incidents of suspension).