New Bedford Youth Soccer Association, Inc.
Constitution and By-Laws
The organization shall be known as the New Bedford Youth Soccer Association,
Inc., herein referred to as NBYSA.
1.2 The headquarters/ address of the corporation shall be in the City
of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The mailing address of the corporation will change each year when the election
of officers is held. The mailing addresses will be tied to the addresses of the
elected officers at their discretion.
2. 0 Objectives
2-1 The vision of NBYSA is
to develop and encourage good sportsmanship and fair play of all participants
therein; to offer quality programs for youth boys and girls to participate in
recreational and competitive soccer programs, educational programs and encourage
the personal growth and development of our individual players. The association
encourages coaches, players and volunteers from all cultural and socioeconomic
areas of the community to participate in the program.
NBYSA shall achieve these objectives by defining and explaining the
characteristics of good sportsmanship; developing the principles of fair play;
building good character; promoting the growth of soccer and life skills;
instructing; training and educating players and coaches to develop and improve
their capabilities; and seeking the assistance of community resources,
professional organizations and parents to enhance the growth of our individual
Membership shall be open to player members, parents or legal guardians of
player members, coaches, assistant coaches and the Board of Directors.
3.2 Suspension or Termination
The Board of Directors by at least a two thirds
vote of those present at any duly constituted meeting, shall have the authority
to discipline, suspend or terminate the membership of any member when the
conduct of such person is considered detrimental to the best interest of the
The member involved shall be notified of such
meeting, informed of the general nature of the charges, and given an
opportunity to appear at the meeting to answer such charges.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Officers of this corporation shall consist of a President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, Coaching Director, Equipment Manager and
Immediate Past President, also known as the Executive Committee, who together
with Division Directors and Special Directors, shall constitute the Board of
4.2 Each Officer and Director shall be elected for one year. The term
of office for each shall coincide with the fiscal year of the corporation.
4.3 The Officers and Directors shall be elected by ballot at the
Annual Meeting of the corporation.
a. Each Officer and Director can retain his/her
position each fiscal year of the corporation if they are meeting the
requirements listed for said position as set forth in the by-laws.
b. Should a position become vacant a current
Officer or Director may move to the vacant position internally, leaving his/her
c. Any position determined to be vacant will be
open for nomination through the nomination committee. All nominees shall be subject to approval by
the Board of Directors, by closed or open voting, prior to placement on the
ballot for election.
d. The Board of Directors has the authority to
vote in new board members during the course of the year.
The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar, and Immediate
Past President shall constitute an Executive Committee to pass on matters
demanding immediate attention where it is impractical to call a full Board of
The Board of Directors shall transact all business of the corporation and shall
have the power to enforce the Bylaws and Rules of Play of the NBYSA
The Board of Directors shall have the power to set up rules governing the
corporation competition, tournaments, and special competitions within its own
The Board of Directors shall have the powers to ascertain age limits in
Board Members are required to attend all Board meetings held during the
calendar year. If a Board Member misses
three (3) consecutive meetings or a total of four (4) meetings during the
calendar year, the Board can vote to remove that Board Member for the remainder
of their term.
Board of Director Meetings will be held on a date and at a site determined by
the acting Board of Directors or the President.
The Board of Directors shall have the right to appoint non-voting advisors as
The President of the corporation shall preside at all meetings. He/ she shall
pass upon and approve all bills against the corporation. He/ she shall appoint
all Committees. He/ she shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie vote
at the Committee meetings.
The President shall appoint delegates to all affiliated soccer corporations.
The President shall submit a report on the operations of the corporation at the
The President will serve as the Kid Safe Coordinator for NBYSA.
6.0 VICE PRESIDENT
The Vice President shall succeed to the powers of the President in his/her
The Vice President shall have full power to schedule or re-schedule postponed
The Vice President shall perform such other duties and render such assistance
as may be directed by the President.
The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings, and keep the records of
The Secretary shall be responsible for filing all reports, which may be
required because of the corporation's affiliation with other soccer
The Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence, both within and
outside the local corporation, which may be required from time to time.
The Secretary shall be responsible for notifying Board of Director members of
upcoming and scheduled meetings.
The Secretary shall be responsible for issuing public notices of the Annual
The Treasurer shall collect all registration fees and donations and shall be in
charge of all monies of the corporation.
The Treasurer shall maintain a detailed set of records of income and
expenditures and shall submit a quarterly report of finances to the Board of
Directors and an Annual Report for the Annual Meeting.
The Treasurer shall pay all bills promptly that have been verified and/ or
The Registrar shall be in charge of the registration process for the fall, and act
as assisting the SCSL Director for the spring program. In addition,
the Registrar shall be responsible for registering all NBYSA players, coaches,
and officers, along with collecting the
appropriate fees, and reporting to the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association
(MYSA). A league computer will be available at his/her residence to use for league
The registrar will serve as the TOPS Soccer
liaison on behalf of NBYSA.
10.1 Shall be responsible for the recruiting, training and developing of quality
coaches; shall manage board approved coaching and player training programs;
oversee all coaching clinics and training programs; and monitor the activities of all coaches for
any NBYSA team.
11.0 EQUIPMENT MANAGER
control the inventory, storage and movement of all field equipment and
supplies, including, but not limited to, goals, nets, line painting equipment,
signs and supplies. Maintain
inventory of all equipment. Report to
the Board the theft or damage of equipment. Order uniforms for Fall recreation
season, and coordinate sponsorship info.
Order and perform sizing for competitive (Spring) team uniforms; work
closely with uniform manufacturer, and competitive team coaches.
12.0 DIVISION DIRECTORS
Division Directors shall be elected and represent each designated age division
for both Fall & Spring.
Division Directors shall coordinate and communicate all activities of their
respective divisions and represent the interests of that division on the Board
The Division Directors shall assist in recruiting and assigning all coaches
required for the operation of the corporation's fall and spring programs. They
shall also help organize any coaching meetings or clinics deemed necessary for
the development of new and veteran coaches.
12.4 During their respective divisions field playing time Division
Directors will be expected to be present (for the duration) at the field to
address any questions or problems that may arise.
The Division Directors shall be responsible for instituting the Rules of Play
for their respective divisions.
13.0 SPECIAL DIRECTORS
Special Directors shall be elected and shall be responsible to coordinate
certain league functions. Special Directors positions are as follows:
1. Referee Director - responsible for recruiting,
training, assigning and
monitoring the activities of all the referees
hired by NBYSA. Work in cooperation
with area referee assignors to ensure
availability of referees for NBYSA games.
2. Public Relations Director – responsible for
all publicity of the corporation to include corporation advertising,
fundraising and coordination of community events.
3. Field Development and Maintenance Director –
responsible for the supervision of the development of fields and their
continued maintenance utilized or owned by the corporation.
4. Field Director – responsible for the
supervision of the set up and take down of field equipment (goals, nets, flags,
etc.) for all soccer activities.
5. Assistant Registrar – The assistant registrar
shall assist the League Registrar
who is in
charge of the registration process for the fall, and assisting the Vice
for the spring program. In addition, the assistant registrar shall assist
the league Registrar in registering all NBYSA
players, coaches, and officers, along
the appropriate fees, and reporting to the Massachusetts Youth Soccer
6. Assistant Secretary – The assistant secretary
shall assist the Secretary as needed with all duties required in 7.1 through
7.5 above. The assistant secretary shall
also be responsible for maintaining and responding as needed to the league
7. The president of the league can request to
appoint a special director to the league as needed for a period of one year.
These directors must be approved by the board of directors and shall have the
right to vote.
8. Spring Recreation Director –
Responsible for operating and managing the spring recreation program for the U6
and U8 divisions.
9. Spring Competitive Director –
the Registrar Shall act as SCSL Director on behalf of NBYSA Inc.
10. Director of Coaching
Development – Responsible to develop and improve coaches so that players maximize their potential at all ages. NBYSA and the director
shall have the responsibility to develop a program that nurtures, assists and
trains volunteer coaches.
14.1 The president of the league can request to
appoint advisors to the league as needed for a period of one year. These
advisors must be approved by the board of directors.
Any player members, parents or legal guardians of player members, coaches, and
assistant coaches may attend a General or Annual Meeting.
The Board of Directors through the President may extend invitations to
non-members to attend Board of Director meetings.
The Executive Committee and Board of Directors shall meet on a monthly basis to
discuss and act on the routine business of the league. The meeting shall take
place on the last Thursday of the month unless an alternate day is needed.
Decisions for matters involving the by-laws, rules of play, policies, committee
recommendations, discipline of members, major expenditures over $500.00 or
those matters deemed critical and influential to the operation of the league
must be conducted with the Executive Board
and Board of Directors present.
minimum of six (6) members may constitute a quorum at all Board of Directors
meetings. A majority of votes cast shall decide all questions except amendments
to the Bylaws as stated in 17.0.
"Robert's Rules of Order" shall govern at any meeting of the
The fiscal year of the corporation shall run from January 1st to December 31st.
The Annual Meeting shall be held before January to review the previous seasons'
activities and elect officers for the coming year. Officers and Board of
Director members shall assume their newly elected duties upon completion of the
Voting members at the Annual Meeting shall be player members, parents or legal
guardians of player members, coaches, assistant coaches and the Board of
Directors. There shall be no more than
one vote per family.
Boards and Committees
There shall be a Finance Committee, a
Sportsmanship Review Committee, and an Appeals Board as standing committees of
the NBYSA. The President at the October
Board meeting shall appoint a Nominating Committee. The Board may choose to
appoint additional Boards or Committees as required.
16.2 Conflict of Interest:
A member of any Board or Committee as defined in
this section shall be disqualified from deliberating or voting on a particular
issue if that member:
a) was involved in the issue
b) is the spouse or relative of an involved
c) has a child playing on an involved team
The Board may temporarily replace the member so
involved. A replacement for the involved
member shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board.
16.3 Finance Committee
A Finance Committee shall be established each
operating year consisting of the Treasurer as Chairperson, and two (2) members
appointed by the President from the Board and approved by the Board.
B. Duties and Responsibilities
The Finance Committee shall:
a) recommend registration fees to the Board
b) recommend payment deadlines to the Board
c) guard the financial well being of the NBYSA
d) assist the Treasurer in developing a balanced
16.4 Appeals Board
The President with the approval of the Board of
Directors, shall appoint a chairperson and two (2) members that were not part
of the original decision.
Duties and responsibilities
The Appeals Board shall deal with all appeals of
1) decisions made by the Board of Directors and
the Sportsmanship Review Committee. Any
decisions overruled must be ratified by two thirds of the Board of Directors.
2) expulsion and suspension of members.
C. Appeal Procedure
A formal appeal, in writing, stating all the
known facts shall be sent to the President within seven (7) days after the
decision or event. The appointed appeals committee after fact finding to
determine the validity of the issue, shall have the authority to hold a hearing
and render a decision. Any decisions
overruled must be ratified by two thirds of the Board of Directors.
16.5 Sportsmanship Review Committee
The Sportsmanship Review Committee (SRC) shall
promote good sportsmanship within the NBYSA and review issues of lack of
sportsmanship, inappropriate conduct, unbecoming conduct, or violation of the
By Laws or Rules of Play.
The SRC shall consist of a Chairperson and two
(2) members of the Board of Directors all appointed by the President.
C. Procedures and Authority
All NBYSA members, coaches, parents and players
have the right to file a complaint in writing to the SRC. All letters to the
SRC will be kept in strict confidence, as well as the parties making the
complaint. All SRC members shall be notified
of the complaint within seven (7) days.
a) The Chairperson, when notified of a
sportsmanship issue and after fact finding to determine the validity of the
issue, shall have the authority to hold a hearing of the SRC to review the
issue within two weeks of receipt or refer the matter to the Board of
Directors. All SRC actions shall be
reported in writing to all parties involved and to the Board of Directors. The SRC shall report any activity at the next
NBYSA Board meeting or request an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors
to make a recommendation for action.
b) On matters of serious infractions of the Code
of Conduct, red cards, the SRC shall have authority to immediately suspend a
coach until final action by the Board of Directors.
c) The Board of Directors shall authorize action
on the recommendations of the SRC with a two-thirds majority vote.
d) Decisions of the SRC may be appealed to the
NBYSA Appeals Board.
16.6 Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall compile a list of
Nominations for the elected offices, which shall be presented at the AGM.
The Nominating Committee shall consist of a
chairperson and two (2) members of the Board of Directors appointed by the
President and approved by the Board.
C. Procedures and Responsibilities
a) The Nominating Committee shall determine the
board of directors positions that will
be vacant come the end of the business year.
The committee shall then present a slate of nominees for vacant
positions to the Board of Directors prior to the Annual General Meeting for
review. Nominations will not be allowed from the floor of the AGM.
b) The Nominating Committee shall strive for
broad geographical distribution among the nominees to ensure they will uphold
the objectives, philosophy and by-laws of NBYSA.
c) Prior to being nominated as President or Vice
President, such person must have held a Board of Director position for at least
17.0 RULES OF PLAY
Refer to the NBYSA Rules of Play Article 21.0 Fall Program.
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
All coaches representing NBYSA in any program or event sponsored by NBYSA or
any affiliated organization shall abide by the NBYSA, Coaches Code of Conduct
that is written and made part of the NBYSA By-laws.
Board of Directors of the NBYSA is concerned about the conduct of all coaches.
We want to ensure that the coaches who represent the organization uphold the
objectives and philosophy, by-laws, and the rules of play adopted by the NBYSA.
We also want to ensure that games are fair, positive, and enjoyable experiences
for all of the children and adults involved.
expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct.
Coaches who do not follow the expectations described below may be
disciplined or removed. The SRC shall advise the Board of Directors with their
recommended disciplinary action, if any, to be taken.
Coaches will not discriminate against players based on their race, ethnicity,
gender, religious affiliation, or ability. Coaches will not use language that
is offensive or derogatory to a person's race, ethnicity, gender, religious
affiliation, or ability.
Compliance with NBYSA philosophy, by-laws, and rules of play.
Abide by the rules of play established by NBYSA and its affiliated
Comply with the NBYSA By-laws and those of its affiliated organizations and
abide by the
actions of the Board of Directors as set forth in the By-laws.
Create an environment in which children develop their skills and knowledge of
soccer while having fun and building self-esteem.
Show by behavior and words that each player is an important member of the team
whether or not they perform well. Give encouragement for efforts as well as
Rely on positive reinforcement for things done correctly. Minimize negative
emphasis on mistakes, which are required for learning to take place. Praise
players in public, correct them in private.
Promote increased self-esteem among players by encouraging players whenever
possible. Show by words and actions that you like and accept them regardless of
how well they perform.
Spend comparable instruction time with all players, regardless of ability.
Teach competitiveness with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.
Conduct during games
Before, during, and after the game, is an example of dignity, patience, and
Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.
During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If
one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible, or overly aggressive, take
the player out of the game at least long enough to explain the reasons for your
action and for him/her to calm down.
During the game you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents and
other persons associated with your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable
player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting. Encourage them to applaud
and cheer for good plays for either team. Discourage them from yelling at
players and the referee.
During the Game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue,
discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game. If you have a
major concern, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased or incompetent,
report your opinion to the appropriate NBYSA Division Director.
Always treat players on other teams as members of our community first and as
After the game, thank the referee, opposing players and coaches and encourage
your players to do the same in a positive, sportsmanlike manner.
All coaches affiliated with NBYSA are expected to obey State and Federal laws
and refrain from behavior or activities that would be considered inappropriate
for adults who are entrusted with the care of children.
All coaches affiliated with NBYSA in accordance with the Kidsafe Policy, shall
submit a KORI form on an annual basis.
Coaches must be 18 years of age or older.
Apprentice Coach Program - NBYSA shall also provide the opportunity for younger
individuals to assist and work directly with an experienced NBYSA coach. Approval by the board of directors is
required for individuals wishing to participate in the Apprentice Coach Program. Apprentice coaches must be at least 16 years
of age. The apprentice coach can only participate in practices and
games when the assigned coach is present.
- All By-Laws of the corporation shall be
subject to alteration or repeal, and new By-Laws be made, by a 2/3 vote
of the Board of Directors present at the Annual Meeting.
- The By-Laws may also be amended if required
at a Special Meeting called by the President.
20.0 SPECIAL MEETINGS
The President or a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors may call special
Meetings to consider a specific subject.
No business other than that specified for the meeting shall be
21.0 FALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAM
The Recreational program shall be primarily an IN-HOUSE program. Teams will be
fielded in the girls and boys divisions as coaches, fields, and equipment
allow. All attempts will be made to accommodate all players who have
registered. The goal of the Recreational
program will be to equalize the levels of competition for play IN-HOUSE.
a. Any NBYSA member, after a minimum of two years
participation, who moves out of the City of New Bedford, may be "
grandfathered " and allowed to continue in the corporation for only the
fall program. Participation in a spring program shall be governed by the rules
of the MYSA (Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assn.) sponsored leagues.
The Fall Recreational program will run on Saturdays and Sundays, from September
through November and the Spring Recreational program will run on Saturdays and
Sundays from May through June.
Matches will be low key with emphasis on teaching the correct way to play the
game of soccer. The virtues of sportsmanship and fair play are to be stressed.
New Bedford Youth Soccer Association Executive Committee is responsible for the
final decision and execution of the Recreational program. Any matters of policy
or direction shall be their responsibility.
Age Grouping for the Recreational
Has reached 4th birthday by August 1st and has
not reached 6th birthday by August 1st
Has reached 6th birthday by August 1st and has
not reached 8th birthday by August 1st
Has reached 8th birthday by August 1st and has
not reached 10th birthday by August 1st
Has reached 10th birthday by August 1st and has
not reached 12th birthday by August 1st
reached 12th birthday by August 1st and has not reached
14th birthday by August 1st
Program Structure. A minimum of 2 teams will be required to have regular season
play in each age group.
Boys & Girls Under 6 - Size
Boys & Girls Under 8 - Size
Boys & Girls Under 10 - Size
Boys & Girls Under 12 - Size
Boys & Girls Under 14 - Size
a. Players shall wear uniforms
as selected and prescribed by the Board of Directors and distributed by the
Equipment Manager. No Coach or Player is
permitted to alter the appearance of a uniform unless such alteration
(re-sizing) is required for the uniform to be worn by the Player.
b. The Board of Directors must
approve all Sponsors and the Sponsor name must appear on the reverse of the
c. Shin guards are MANDATORY during
practice and games.
d. Molded turf shoes or rubber cleats are
e. Safety glasses are strongly recommended for
those who wear glasses.
f. No jewelry is to be worn on the field.
21.9 PERIODS OF TIME (Duration of the Game):
Boys and Girls Under 6 4 periods 6 minutes each
Boys & Girls Under 8 4 periods 8 minutes each
Boys & Girls Under 10 4 periods 10 minutes each
Boys & Girls Under 12* 2 periods 25
Boys & Girls Under 14* 2 periods 25
Rest time between periods not to exceed 5
*These teams are permitted to
substitute players consistent
with FIFA laws. Players must be given a minimum
field playing time equal to 10
minutes per half.
Each team is required to arrive at the field at least 15 minutes prior to the
scheduled time for the game.
The number of players on the field for each team:
& Girls Under 6 3 vs 3
& Girls Under 8 6 vs 6
& Girls Under 10 8 vs 8
& Girls Under 12 8 vs 8
& Girls Under 14 8 vs 8
No game will be forfeited due to a shortage of players.
Expectations of Coaches
a. Promote good sportsmanship.
b. Do not tolerate unsportsmanship by coaches,
players, or spectators.
c. Promote good soccer through the development of
ball and game skills.
d. Maintain accurate rosters and player ratings.
e. Schedule at least one practice per week. A
practice schedule, to include time and location, shall be submitted to the
appropriate Division Director at the beginning of the season.
f. Ensure that all players play at least TWO
QUARTERS of each game. Exceptions should only be for injuries, illness,
unsportsmanlike conduct during a game or unexcused absences from practices.
g. Under 12-14 divisions, it is not mandatory
that seasoned players play all positions.
New players are required to learn all positions.
h. Under 10, and 6 divisions - It is MANDATORY
that all players learn all positions. Players should be rotated quarterly,
including the goalie.
i. Penalty kicks shall not be taken. All
penalties issued by the referee occurring within the penalty area shall result
in a direct free kick being awarded just outside the penalty area.
j. All new
coaches are required to take a licensing course approved by NBYSA.
coaches must wear league issued ID during all games. Failure to wear ID could result in removal
from the field.
a. Players are expected to participate in
practices and games. Parents are expected to participate by insuring that their
players are on time and picked up on time for games and practices and that they
have their equipment with them. If a player cannot be present for a scheduled
practice or match, the coach should be notified in advance.
b. Participation in the fall/spring recreational
program shall be open to any child who is a resident of the City of New Bedford
and who will attain the age of five (5) years during the year of play, and will
not have attained the age of fourteen (14) by August 1st of the year of play,
provided there are a sufficient number of registrants in a given division to
form a sufficient number of teams within that division as shall be determined
by vote of the Board of Directors.
c. Parents should support the coach and promote
good sportsmanship. If problems should arise that cannot be mutually resolved,
they should be brought to and resolved in the following manner:
- Coach speaks to parent...if it cannot be
- Coach speaks to Division Director...if it
cannot be resolved,
- Division Director speaks to parent...if it
cannot be resolved,
- Division Director speaks to Sportsmanship
Review Committee, SCR submits recommendation to the Board of Directors.
d. ALL volunteers, and the Board of Directors
involved with players during practices or games, MUST fill out an NBYSA CORI/KidSafe
form annually and be screened in accordance with the NBYSA Kidsafe Policy.
e. Zero Tolerance
All persons responsible for a team and all the
spectators shall support the referee.
Failure to do so will undermine the referee's authority and has the potential
of creating a hostile environment for players, the referee and all the other
participants and spectators.
Absolutely no sarcasm, harassment or intimidation is
allowed in any conversation with the referee, coach, or spectator during any
NBYSA game or event.
No one is to address the referee during the game
except as allowed below.
Coaches and Managers
During the Game:
May respond to a referee
initiating a communication
May ask for substitutions
May point out emergencies or
At halftime or at the end of the game:
May ask a referee to explain a
rule(s) in a polite and constructive way
May give a polite and friendly
feedback to the referee
Minor Infraction - The referee should ignore
Serious Infraction - Caution or ejection depending on the seriousness of the
infraction (FIFA). If a red card is
issued the coach shall be immediately be ejected from the game and from the
field of play. The coach will automatically incur a one game suspension
Minor Infraction - A verbal warning
Infraction - Caution
Infraction – Ejection
serious infractions or ejections must be reported to the board of directors in
writing for referral to the SRC.
May respond to a referee
initiating a communication
May point out emergencies or
Infraction - Referee should stop the game and ask the coach to quiet the
Infraction - A verbal warning. Referee should stop the game and ask the coach
to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an ejection or the
referee will abandon the game.
Infraction - The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to
leave the field. The referee should abandon the game if the spectator refuses
to leave the field.
spectator is asked to leave the field a member of the board of directors must
be informed immediately or as soon as possible following the game. The board of
directors shall review the incident and determine if the individual(s) should
be barred from any NBYSA field.
22.1 The Board of Directors shall fix fees for participation for each
22.2 Any request for a waiver of fees due to injury or reduction of
the fees shall be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the Treasurer
for validity and submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.
22.3 With respect to refunds, in the case of a participant who
withdraws prior to the first game of the season, the registration fee will be
refunded less the cost of any fee paid to MYSA and the cost of the uniform. Requests for refunds for a player that
withdraws after the first game of the season a refund of 30% of the
registration fee shall be given. Refunds
for a player that withdraws after the second game of the season a refund of 20%
of the registration fee shall be given.
Refunds for a player that withdraws after the Third game of the season a
refund of 10% of the registration fee shall be given. No further refunds will
be given after the third game. All requests for refunds must be submitted in
writing for review by the Board of Directors.
22.4 Any Player injured during the season (NBYSA game/Activity) will
be eligible for a refund. The treasurer shall review the request to determine
if the player was injured during and NBYSA game/Activity. The refund shall be
assessed based on the number of games remaining as defined in 22.3.
Look at all player registration forms for medical problems, physician
preferences, and parental comments. If necessary, make reminders on roster
Appoint a parent who is interested in helping to act as a Team Parent. This
person should assist you by:
A. Calling players if a match is canceled.
B. Calling players for practices.
C. Setting up schedule for bringing water and/ or
The league issued First Aid Kit must be available where practices are held and
where the matches are being played.
Standings will NOT BE KEPT to discourage the " Win at any cost"
syndrome and to encourage the instructional element.
REMEMBER this is a volunteer program with people trying to do their best. The
idea is for the matches to be enjoyable while players develop their skills.
The Division Director is your contact person for questions, suggestions, game
There will be no smoking on school property, and no smoking while coaching.
24.0 GAME GUIDELINES
Report to the field fifteen minutes before the game and check in at the field
table for information updates, league news and to pick up club announcements:
A. Warm up with brief stretching exercises.
B. Brief practice session.
C. Get players together and explain who is
starting in what positions.
D. Select a Captain or Co-Captain (different each
game) to represent the team at the coin toss.
E. Verify players are properly attired.
A. Let the players rest
B. Make sure refreshment is available for the
C. Assign player positions
A. Team players should line up and shake hands
with the other team and referees. DISCOURAGE snide remarks, spitting, and forceful
handshakes. Stress good sportsmanship, win or lose!
B. Announce next practice time. Pass out any club
announcements to parents.
C. Parents are to remain on designated spectator
A. Keep a sharp eye out for players who are
getting over tired or are injured. If a player is injured, ALL players are to
STOP play and remain in their current positions until the game resumes.
B. Encourage good sportsmanship and fair play by
removing players from a game if he/ she starts arguing with the referee, etc.
C. Feel free to speak to over zealous spectators
who interfere with the best interests of the game by yelling non constructive
criticisms at coaches, players, referees, etc.
D. Matches should be instructional in that
incorrect throw ins, goal kicks, etc. should be retaken for U6, U8 Division
Boys & Girls ONLY, so that the correct way of doing a skill is learned.
E. Remember, the referee is in charge and, while
mistakes may be made, the referee will be doing his/ her best.
F. NO coaches in any Division, with the exception
of the U6 Division, are allowed on the field or near the goal during games.
Coaches should not allow anyone to stand near the goal.
A. For planning purposes, try to have the
practice at the same day and time each week.
B. Encourage attendance at practice. Most
coaching should occur during practices, not during the game. Players should be
allowed to play and enjoy the game.
C. Each player should bring a ball to practice.
Make the practices fun by covering different aspects of the game and not making
any drill too long. Remember ideas from MYSA.
25.0 SPRING COMPETITIVE PROGRAM
Participation in the spring program shall be open to any child who is a resident
of the City of New Bedford meeting the age criteria as set by the SCSL (South
Coast Soccer League.) Priority will be given to players who have participated
in the fall program. The constitution, by-laws and rules of play established by
the SCSL shall be adhered to by any NBYSA team (players, coaches and parents)
participating in the SCSL spring program.
The Spring Competitive Director shall act as the SCSL Director on behalf of the
NBYSA, Inc. Prior to October each year he/she shall recruit coaches in
cooperation with the coaching directors to field teams to play in the SCSL. The
board of directors must approve all coaches.
The board of directors shall determine the division each team shall play
within the appropriate age group set by SCSL.
Each October the Spring Competitive Director shall schedule try-outs for NBYSA
players meeting the age criteria as set by the SCSL (South Coast Soccer
League.). Players must attend the try-out to be eligible to play. If for specific reasons a player cannot
attend the try-out the parent must notify the Spring Competitive Director prior
to the try-out date so an alternate try-out date can be established. Within
each age group the following preferences shall be adhered to when choosing
a) The division one coach in each age group has
first preference to choose his/her players. If more than one division one team
exists in an age group then the coach of team #1 has preference over team #2
and so on.
b) Once the division one teams are established
then the division two coach can choose his/her players. The same rule applies
for multiple teams in the division as stated above.
c) The Spring Competitive Director upon
notification from a parent that a player cannot attend the scheduled try-out
date shall forward the player’s name to the division one coach in the
appropriate age group for an alternate try-out. If that coach does not choose
the player he/she shall then be referred to the next coach in order of the
preferences established above.
26.0 USE OF NAME AND LOGO AND COLORS
one may use the name or initials of NBYSA, any of its trade names including New
Bedford Youth Soccer Association when related to soccer, or any of its logos
except as provided under these By-Laws or except with the express written
consent of NBYSA.
The colors of NBYSA are red and white.
OF FIELDS AND RULES OF CONDUCT
The president along with the board of directors shall provide field locations
for all NBYSA games and events.
Use of any field owned or operated by NBYSA by another organization must be
approved by the board of directors.
27.3 Rules of Conduct -The following activities shall be
prohibited at any time and at any location during the NBYSA season/events by
any coach, administrator, parent, player, spectator, guest or other agent,
servant, employee and/or invitee:
Unsafe, careless, or negligent behavior while engaging in
Any activity that may reasonably be expected to cause or
which will or may foreseeably injure or harm any person or persons or which
will deface or cause damage to city property or the property of others;
The possession, sale or use of any alcoholic beverages of
any kind and/or any unlawful drugs or substances;
Use of any tobacco products;
Playing any other sport or engaging in any other activity
other than soccer unless approved by the Board of Directors;
The presence of any pet of any sort other than seeing-eye
The use of off road motorized vehicles and skimobiles;
The possession of any fire arm whether licensed or not.
The use of any public address system, amplifier and/or
The use of any generator, cooking appliance or barbecue
grill unless approved by the board of directors.
Any activity which may reasonably be expected to produce any
unusual, noxious or objectionable smoke, gas, vapor or odor;
The posting of any signs or advertisements or the
distribution of any written materials calculated to generate business in any
way unless approved by the board of directors is also prohibited.
will be no solicitation by any individual or group at any field location
during NBYSA games and events unless
specifically approved by the board of directors
- March 12, 1997
- April 16, 1998
- April 5, 1999
- April 19, 1999
- October 25, 2001
- October 29, 2003
- December, 2006
- December, 2007
- December, 2008
- December, 2009
- December, 2011
- December 2012
- December 2013
- December 2014
- December 2015