2017 District Recreational Rules and Regulations
As approved at the 2016 AGM
Article 1: General
1.01 A copy of the current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the
ERSL web site.
1.02 The League Executive shall inform Members of any changes to the Rules
and Regulations within seven (7) days of their adoption and a consolidated
copy of the amended Rules and Regulations, if any were adopted during the year,
shall be provided to Members at the subsequent AGM of the ERSL or an SGM
convened to review League matters.
1.03 All fines resulting from breaches of rules identified in these
Rules and Regulations, including those published in the ERSL Fines Schedule
shall be assessed against the Club.
1.04 In the document, a reference to an “Age Group” refers to any one of
the U14, U16, or U18 age cohorts as defined under OSA Published Rules.
1.05 In this document, OSA means the Ontario Soccer Association, and
EODSA means the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association.
Article 2: Age Groups and Divisions
2.01 Subject to OSA Published Rules, ERSL may operate a district recreational competition for U13 to U18 teams located within
the Eastern Ontario District of the Ontario Soccer Association, based on the
TOLO approved by the EODSA.
Article 3: Club Membership and Team Entries
3.01 Club Membership Applications, associated Team Entries and all fees
to play in the ERSL shall be made annually on the ERSL official application
form, and received by the League no later than May 1st of each year
for the forthcoming outdoor season. If the ERSL Office is not open on May 1st,
then the documentation and fees must be received by the first day the ERSL
Office is open after May 1st.
Late applications may be accepted at the ERSL Management Board’s
discretion and only upon receipt of a late fee of $50 per team, to a maximum of
3.02 Applications shall only be accepted if the required documents are
properly completed, signed by a Club Officer, and accompanied by all required
Club membership/team entry fees and Club bonds for the season, as determined by
3.03 Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system
3.04 For each Team withdrawn after May 1st, the Club shall forfeit
the full fees paid. For each team withdrawn after the season start date, the
ERSL shall assess an additional fine equal to the Team registration fee.
3.05 Any Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an
administrative fee in accordance with the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules
4.01 All Clubs approved by the EODSA to operate Youth teams may enter teams in
any division of the ERSL District Recreational League. Clubs will self-select
into which divisions they wish to enter teams.
Article 5: Registration of Players
5.01 All players shall be registered with the EODSA, through their respective
Clubs, in accordance with the OSA Published Rules.
5.02 No player may
register with more than one team in the ERSL.
5.04 The deadline for placing a player on the Team roster is July 31st
of each year.
5.05 Players may transfer to a Team by submitting a properly completed
Application for Player Transfer to the EODSA in accordance with OSA Published
Article 6: Coaches and Other Team Officials
6.01 Each Team must appoint a Head Coach.
6.02 All Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with the
EODSA in accordance with the
OSA Published Rules.
6.03 All Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the
ERSL League website.
6.04 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on the ERSL
League Management System on or before April 30th of each season.
Failure to do so shall result in a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
Article 7: Playing Up and Temporary Eligibility
Permits and Trial Permits
7.01 A Team may use a player as a Play Up as follows:
District Recreational player may play-up to any team in a higher-tiered
division or higher age group than the team for which they are registered.
[Example: A U14 District Recreational player could play-up to a U14 Tier 2, or
Tier 1 District Competitive game or to any team U15 or older.]
player registered as a competitive player may not be used as a play-up to
For the purposes of Play Ups, Youth District Recreational League
players shall be considered to be in the age group as determined by their year
of birth and may play-up to District Competitive, and Regional teams in the
same age classification, plus to any team in a higher age classification;
[Example: If a player who is eligible by birth year to play U15 is registered
to a U16 District Recreational team, that player may play in a U15 District Competitive, or Regional game; in short, age
correct, level up.]
Players registered to Teams not playing in an Ontario Soccer
Association league are not permitted to play in the District Recreational
The player cannot be registered with another Team playing in the
The player must be registered with a team affiliated with one of
the Clubs within the EODSA;
The player must not be currently suspended by any league or governing organization affiliated
with the OSA;
Playing-up is controlled through the ERSL League Management System
accessed through the ERSL Web site. Once the player is approved by the Club,
their name will appear on the game sheet with an indication they are a Play Up.
In addition to being printed on the game sheet, a valid OSA ID Card, and a copy
of the OSA Team Roster Report for the team for which the player is registered
shall be present at the game should the opposing team request to verify
A team may not use more than three
(3) players, playing as Play-ups, in any one League game. Players with a TEP or
Trial Permit shall be included in the total of three (3) play-up players per
Subject to all other conditions in this Section 7.1, any player
may play-up under the Play-Up-Permit system an unlimited number of times per
The age classification of a team for the purposes of Play Ups and
TEPs is based on their registration with the OSA. A team playing in a
split age division (ex. Girls U15/16) use Play Ups who are eligible under their
OSA team registration age, which may not necessarily be the division maximum
age. For example a team registered with the OSA as a U15 team playing in a
Girls U15/16 age division cannot use a U16 player as a Play Up. A team playing
in the same division and registered as a U16 team with the OSA use a U16 player
as a Play Up, subject to the restrictions outlined in rule 7.01.
Teams will often
choose to maintain a lower age classification registration with the OSA when
playing in a split age division for the purpose of participation in tournaments
or to ensure promotion eligibility to the desired age division for the
7.02 Temporary Eligibility Permits
All Play Ups
who are registered with a team in another Club must have a Temporary
Eligibility Permit (TEP). A player using
a TEP can only play-up three times per season in District Competitive. In
addition to the TEP, a valid OSA ID Card shall be presented at each game in
order for the player to be eligible to play. TEPs may not be used after July 31st;
possession of an OSA issued Trial Permit are eligible to play in District
Competitive games. A Trial Permit entitles a
non-registered player to play two (2) games for a
registered team in a fifteen day period. In addition to the Trial Permit, a
valid OSA ID Card and Team Roster shall be present at each game in order for
the player to be eligible to play under Trial permit. A player may only
be issued one trial permit to play for any one Club. A player may obtain
two trial permits during one playing season. The trial period for each shall
not overlap. Trial permits may not be used after July 31st;
Article 8: Game Sheets
8.01 The names of all players and Team Officials participating in a game
must be printed on the official game sheet as generated from the ERSL League
Management System. With the exception of players using TEPs or Trial Permits,
no player’s name may be hand-written on the game sheet. If a team's game sheet
has hand-written names, the Club will be subject to the applicable fine as per
the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. The ERSL will manually verify the
registration status of the hand written players once the game sheet is
received. Players approved by their Clubs as Play Ups will be automatically
printed on the game sheet. Player numbers may be handwritten on the game sheet.
8.02 Twenty five (25) players may be listed on the game sheet and are
eligible to play in any game. Only four (4) Team Officials may be listed on the
game sheet, and all Team Official present at the game must sign the Team’s Game
sheet; the signature shall certify the eligibility of all players and officials
whose names appear on the game sheet, to participate in that game.
8.03 The names of players and Team Officials not present at the game
should be crossed out on the game sheet. All players, and team officials,
including call up’s, whose names appear on the game sheet and are not crossed
out, shall be deemed to have played, or participated in the game.
8.04 In the event that a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL
League Management System due to technical difficulties, the team shall inform
the ERSL Office by email or voice mail that the team was unable to print the
game sheet. Notice of the difficulty must be received prior to the game start
time. If notice is received after the game start time, the team's Club will be
subject to the applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
8.05 When a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL League Management
System due to technical difficulties, the affected team shall create a hand
written game sheet, modify a copy of an old game sheet or use the OSA Team
Roster Report and add the additional game information. The ERSL will manually
verify the registration status of the players once the game sheet is received.
8.06 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet will be subject to a
fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
8.07 Each team is required to provide three (3) copies of their game sheet to
Article 9: Player Verification
9.01 The checking of each player’s valid OSA ID Card (and OSA Team Roster
Report for the team to which the player is registered), and applicable TEP’s,
or Trial Permits, against the game sheet may be called for by either team prior
to game start but is not compulsory. Any and all calls for card checking shall
be performed 15 minutes, or more, before the scheduled start-time of the game.
Team Head Coaches are responsible to have each player’s valid OSA ID Card (and
the OSA Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered), and
applicable TEP’s, or Trial Permits, checked against the game sheet. Players not
in possession of a valid OSA ID Card (with OSA Team Roster Report for the
team to which the player is registered), and applicable TEP’s, or Trial
Permits, are considered to be ineligible to play and Articles 9.04 and 9.05 of
ERSL District Recreational League Rules and Regulations are applicable.
9.02 Each team will present its signed game sheet and any TEPs, or Trial
Permits, of those players participating in the game to a representative from
the opposing team. Should they decide
they want to verify the valid OSA ID Cards (and the OSA Team Roster Report for
the team to which the player is registered) and any TEP’s, or Trial Permits,
against the names on the game sheet they can call for a card check at this time.
9.03 After completion of this procedure, a Team Official will initial the game
sheet in the appropriate box to certify that the card checking procedures was
completed. If no card check is called
for or completed then the box shall not be initialed. The game sheets are then to be given to the
Referee prior to the starting whistle (or kick-off).
9.04 The Referee will note all questions regarding a player’s eligibility, or
the validity of a player’s OSA ID Card (and the OSA Team Roster Report for
the team to which the player is registered) and any TEP’s, or Trial
Permits, on the game sheet, and the player concerned must sign and enter his /
her date of birth on the game sheet. Moreover, if the validity of a
player’s OSA ID Card or OSA Team Roster Report is questioned, the Referee will
retain said OSA Registrant Book or OSA ID Card or OSA Team Roster Report and
submit it to the League Office as per the procedures outlined in 11.2.
9.05 A player
arriving after a player verification is completed may play but must first
report to the representative from the opposing team. A player arriving after
the second half of the game has started is ineligible to play and will be
subject to the applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule, if they
9.06 In exceptional
circumstances where a team official who is in possession of the valid OSA ID
Cards (and the OSA Team Roster Report) and any TEPs, or Trial Permits,
fails to appear for inspection when one is requested, prior to 20 minutes after
the scheduled kick-off time, the opposing team could accept to play the game
under protest and this shall be noted on the game sheet.
9.06.01 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OSA
Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team Roster Report) arrives in
time to permit the inspection of the documents as per 9.1 of these Rules and
Regulations before the start of the second half of the game, the game will
continue and the protest shall become void.
9.06.02 Should a card inspection be requested and the team official who is in
possession of the required valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards
(with OSA Team Roster Report) not arrive or does not have in their possession
the required valid OSA Registrant Books or valid OSA ID Cards (with OSA Team
Roster Report) before the start of the second half of the game, the opposing
team shall have the option of pursuing the protest in accordance with Article
20 of these Rules and Regulations.
9.07 Any player whose
name does not appear on the game sheet or who does not have a valid OSA
Registrant Book or a valid OSA ID Card (or is not on the OSA Team Roster
Report) or applicable TEP is ineligible to play. Such players must change out
of uniform and leave the players’ bench or the Team’s technical area. The only exception to this is extenuating circumstances, with the
permission of the referee (to be noted on the game sheet) due to the
unavailability of safe and appropriate adult supervision for the player(s) away
from the bench.
9.08 Any Team that
fails when requested to produce the required valid OSA ID Cards (and the OSA
Team Roster Report for the teams to which the player is registered), and any TEP’s,
or Trial Permits, will be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule. The team Officials may also be required to attend a Discipline
9.09 Any Team Head
Coach who permits an opposing team player, who is not in possession of their
valid OSA ID Card (and the OSA Team Roster Report for the team to which
the player is registered), or applicable TEP, or Trial Permit, to play, without
noting a protest to the players eligibility on the game sheet prior to kick
off, will be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule. The Team Head Coach may also be required to attend a Discipline
Article 10: Player Eligibility
10.01 No more than 25 players may participate in any game.
10.02 Where it comes to the attention of the ERSL, through any means, that one
or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated in a
game, the ERSL may investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.
10.03 Any team playing an unregistered player, or a player who is not
registered with the team (excluding players playing with a valid TEP, or
Trial Permit), or not eligible to play in that age division, or a player who is
currently under suspension shall forfeit all the games in which such player
participates and will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee
imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines
as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
10.04 Any Team playing an unregistered or ineligible player will be subject to
a disciplinary hearing. The Team and its Officials will be assessed
penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA
Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
10.05 Any team playing an unregistered or ineligible or suspended player under
the name of one of its other registered players will be assessed penalties that
the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OSA Published Rules as
well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule. Any person aiding or abetting such action shall be subject to a
Article 11: Submission of Game Reports
11.01 Each Coach shall be responsible for entering the game report, including
the score, cards issued by the Referee as well as the game feedback on the ERSL
League website within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game. If the
game report is not entered within seven (7) days, the League will utilize the
game sheet received from the Referee to complete the game report. and the team(s) which failed to enter the game report will be subject to
a fine as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
11.02 The Referee
must enter the game report electronically on the designated system within
twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game as well as mail, fax or
deliver to the ERSL Office the paper copy of all game sheets and permits as
well as any player documentation retained in accordance with Article 9.04
within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the game. A Referee, who
fails to submit the required documents and/or complete the game report
electronically within 72 hours of the date of the game, shall be reported to
the EODSA for discipline.
Article 12: Equipment
12.01 At each game, the home team shall put up two sets of nets and four corner
flags whose height above ground must be at least five (5) feet. The home team
shall also provide two game balls that are acceptable to the Referee. Failure
of the home team to provide the required equipment shall result in fines as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
12.02 The game balls size shall be size 5 and the predominant colour shall be
12.03 All Teams must register their regular and alternate
Team colours with the League prior to the start of
the League schedule. Where the Referee decides that the regular team colours
conflict, the home team is required to change to their alternate colours
providing that the visiting team’s colours are as filed with the ERSL and if
not, the visiting Team shall change its shirts to their regular team colour.
The goalkeepers’ jersey colour must be different from that of either team. It
is the responsibility of the Coach of the Team that is required to change, to
have alternate shirts available at each game and failure to do so shall result
in fines as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
12.04 All players on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear shirts of
the same colour, which must be numbered on the back. Numbers must be at least
eight inches in height. No two players may wear the same number. Player’s
numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the
start of the game without the referee’s permission.
12.05 FIFA-sanctioned safety or protective equipment may be worn after
inspection by the Referee and only if the Referee deems that the wearing of
such equipment will not constitute a danger to other players.
12.06 All teams are
required to have a copy of the District Recreational League Rules and
Regulations at every game.
Article 13: Duration of Games
13.01 Games shall be
of the following duration:
U13 to U15: Two x 40
minutes halves; and
U16 to U18: Two x 45 minutes halves.
13.02 Should there be a U15/U16 division the game
length will be Two x 45 minute halves.
Article 14: Responsibilities of
Coaches and Team Officials
14.01 The Home Team shall designate the bench or technical areas for each of
the Teams, which shall be on the same side of the field. The bench or
designated technical area shall start at a distance of five (5) meters and end (10) metres on either side of the centre line. If the
technical area is not painted on the field, each team shall use cones to
designate the technical area.
14.02 Only the twenty five (25) players listed on the gamesheet and a maximum
of four (4) Team Officials are permitted to sit on the Team bench or within the
designated technical area. All substitute players and Team Officials shall
confine themselves to their designated technical or bench area as defined in
Article 14.01 of the District Competitive League Rules and Regulations.
14.03 The set-up and/or operation of video cameras, still or digital
cameras, or other similar equipment in the technical area, on the side of the
field which includes the technical areas, or behind the goals is specifically
14.04 The ERSL does not require an OSA Community Senior certified coach to be
in the technical area at all times.
14.05 A Club Head Coach or Technical Director may sit on the Team bench or
within designated technical area but he/she will be included in the limit of
four (4) Coaches and Team Officials specified in 14.02 above.
14.06 No Coach or Team Official may enter the field of play at any time
without the prior approval of the Referee.
14.07 No Coach or Team Official has the right to withdraw their Team or any of
their players from the field of play without the prior approval of the Referee.
14.08 Each Team shall ensure that its spectators sit on the side of the field
opposite from the side where the players and Team Officials are located.
14.09 Clubs and Team Officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the
conduct of their players, other
Team Officials and spectators, at and in the vicinity of any game in
which their Team participates.
14.10 A player, Coach or other Team Official who tries or does impede, harass
or otherwise intimidate a game official or opposing Team Officials, shall be
subject to severe disciplinary action. The Team and its Officials will be
assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance
with OSA Published Rules, as well as any applicable League fines and bonds as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.11 In the event of an altercation on the field of play, anyone from the
bench entering the field of play during the altercation, for whatever reasons,
shall be subject to severe disciplinary action. The players and the Team
Officials will be assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes
in accordance with OSA Published Rules, and any applicable fines as published
in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.12 Any suspended Team Official may not be present at or in the vicinity of
the field for any League game throughout the period of his/her suspension.
Failure to comply with this rule shall result in further disciplinary action
and a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 15: League Standings
15.01 No scores or standings will be published for the District Recreational
Game Start Times and Abandoned Games
16.01 Teams are required to
present themselves at the game field at least 30 minutes before the scheduled
kick-off time and the home team shall ensure that the nets, corner flags and
other necessary equipment are installed and ready before the scheduled
16.02 Any Team that causes a game to be
delayed beyond the scheduled kick-off time shall be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
16.03 If a team does not have a minimum seven (7) players within 20
minutes after the scheduled kick-off time they shall be entitled to borrow
players from the opposition to balance team numbers and allow the game to
16.04 If in the opinion of the Referee, a game should be abandoned due
to adverse or dangerous weather such as in the case of electrical storms,
unplayable field conditions or bad visibility, before the completion of ¾ of
the total regular playing time as specified in Article 13.01 of the District
Recreational League Rules and Regulations, the game shall be rescheduled. Games
abandoned in the last ¼ of the regular playing time shall be deemed as
16.05 If a Referee decides to abandon a game at any time due to the actions of
players, officials or spectators/supporters of a Team the players and the Team
Officials will be subject to a disciplinary hearing and will be assessed
penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with
OSA Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the
ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
16.06 If a game has to be abandoned by the Referee at any time because a team
removes itself from the field, and said team is found by the ERSL League
Discipline Committee to have abandoned the game without valid justification,
the Club of said Team shall be assessed any applicable fines as published in
the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule shall. The
Team Head Coach or the next most senior Team Official whose name and signature
appears on the game shall be deemed to have acted in a manner detrimental to
the game and the applicable penalties as per the OSA Published Rules shall
16.07 If a game is abandoned by the Referee before the completion of two halves
for any reasons other than those published in Articles 16.04 to 16.06 of the
ERSL District Recreational League Rules and Regulations, the ERSL Management
Board shall rule on the status of the game.
16.08 In the event of a game postponement or abandonment due to a Referee no
show, an official of the home team shall be responsible for advising the League
within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled start of the game.
Article 17: Schedules
17.01 The season shall begin in May on a date to be determined by the ERSL
Management Board. Notice of the season start date will be provided to member
clubs no later than May 1st.
17.02 The End of Season date for all ERSL District divisions shall be 11:59
P.M. of the first Sunday after the Labour Day long weekend. All games must be
completed by this date, except where the ERSL Management Board extends the
season for any/all ERSL divisions. The reasons for any such extension, and the
period of the extension, will be communicated to affected clubs and teams at
the earliest opportunity.
17.03 The rescheduling of games shall be in accordance with the ERSL League
Reschedule Policy. In the event teams agree to an unauthorized game reschedule,
team officials from both teams will be assessed any applicable fines as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 18: Substitutions
18.01 Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of the Referee
during stoppages of play for the following reasons:
a) Goal Kicks;
b) Scoring of a goal;
c) At half time;
d) To replace an injured
e) On a team’s own throw
in only (at which time the opposing team can also make a substitution);
f) Water breaks.
The Referee shall have the
discretion to deny a substitution if he or she feels a coach is abusing the substitution rules in order to
18.02 No substitution is permitted for a player who
is ejected by the referee.
18.03 Substitutions will take place
at mid-field except unless otherwise expressly permitted by the referee.
Article 19: Referees
19.01 Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL Terms of League
19.02 Referees are required to be at the assigned game field a minimum of
thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time to complete the
standard field check and other pre-game procedures, including facilitation of checking
of valid player OSA ID Cards (and the OSA Team Roster Report for the team to
which the player is registered) and any applicable TEP’s, or Trial Permits
should one be requested by either Team`s officials. Failure to do so will
result in disciplinary action by the appropriate District Association.
19.03 Referee and assistant referees assigned for District Recreational League games, shall be paid for their services in
accordance with the fee schedule detailed in the ERSL Terms of League
19.04 If one of the Teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts,
balls or team colours, the Referee may, at his discretion, require the
responsible Team to correct the cause of the objection, if this is possible
without unduly delaying progress of the game. The Referee shall be the sole
judge as to whether the matters that gave rise to the objection by one of the
Teams, is sufficient cause to abandon the game.
19.05 In the event that the appointed Referee(s) fail to appear by the
appointed kick-off time, the Home Team will make every attempt to contact
a Class 3 or Class 4 Referee as required for the level of match or one of the
Assistant Referees may assume the duties of the Referee, if he/she meets the
minimum requirement of being an OSA registered Class 3 or Class 4 Referee as
required for the level of match.
19.06 The Referee shall ensure that the well being of the players is given
priority over the progress of the game. Consequently, the Referee must suspend
play or abandon the game, if necessary, where weather conditions, and more
particularly thunderstorms, or field conditions place the safety of players at
Article 20: Protests
20.01 Where a game is played under protest, such fact must be noted on the game
sheet. Confirmation of the protest shall be a protest fee of one hundred and
fifty dollars ($150) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable
to the ERSL, which must be delivered by registered mail, recognized courier
service or hand delivered to the League Office within 48 hours, of the
completion of the game. A date stamped receipt must be retained as proof of the
date of mailing or delivery of the protest.
20.02 In dealing with any Protest, the ERSL or its Discipline Committee shall
take into consideration the possession by the protesting Club or Team of any
prior knowledge of the facts or allegations contained in the Protest, which if
properly used, might have prevented the Protest.
20.03 Game points may be adjusted based on the decision of the ERSL on the said
20.04 The $150 protest fee shall be refunded if the protest is upheld.
20.05 Correctly submitted protests, delivered within the specified deadlines,
shall be heard by the ERSL Discipline Committee. All other protests will be
ruled out of order and will not be heard.
20.06 No protests pertaining to the decision of the game official shall be
20.07 Objections to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours, shall
not be considered as grounds for a protest. Objections of this nature shall be
brought to the attention of the Referee and noted in writing on the Game sheet.
If in the opinion of the Referee, the objections do not constitute a valid
reason for abandoning the game, no further action will be considered by the
League. In all other cases, the league may take appropriate action based on a
review of the Referee’s written report.
Article 21: Discipline
21.01 Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OSA Published
Rules and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines will apply:
a) In cases where OSA
Published Rules provide for Discipline by Review (DBR), the accused player or
Team/Club Official does not have to appear for a hearing. If the accused person
does not request a hearing or does not file an appeal within seventy-two (72)
hours of the game where the offence occurred, the case will be dealt with by
DBR and, if the accused person is found guilty, the applicable penalties and/or
fines, established by the OSA for the offence for which he/she has been
charged, shall apply.
b) Any request for a
hearing shall be submitted by email to the ERSL League Administrator within 72
hours of the game where the offence occurred. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars
($50) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to the ERSL must
be delivered by registered mail, recognized courier service or hand delivered
to the League Office within 72 hours of the completion of the game. The hearing
fee shall be reimbursed only if the Discipline Panel finds the accused not
guilty. An accused who has requested a hearing and fails to appear for the
hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
21.02 Where the OSA Published Rules provide for Discipline by Hearing (DBH),
and where the ERSL Management Board has delegated to the ERSL the authority to
handle all discipline pertaining to league activities, except where the offence
was directed at a game official, the ERSL
Management Board shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a
hearing and deal with the alleged infractions.
21.03 Where disciplinary action results is a suspension, the suspension shall
not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the issue of the notice of
discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice on Friday
would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the following
a) Where a player is
suspended for a game(s), and the game is cancelled, or not played, the
suspension will carry over to the next scheduled game(s); and
b) If a game is started,
then abandoned, based on a decision of the referee, the players suspension is
deemed to have been served.
21.04 Failure of an
accused player or Team Official to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result
in the immediate suspension of the accused and fines shall be imposed as per
the published ERSL Fees and Fines. The suspension will continue to be in effect
until the accused appears before the Disciplinary Committee.
21.05 All youth players attending a Disciplinary Hearing must be accompanied by
an adult who shall act as an advisor, failing which, the hearing will not
proceed, and the player shall be suspended until the hearing is held.
21.06 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and Team/Club Officials appear
for their Disciplinary Hearing. If, upon being advised of the failure of the
accused to appear for their hearing, the Club fails in meeting its
responsibility within 30 days of the date of the original hearing, the fine
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, shall be assessed against the
21.07 Failure of a Club
to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in a fine as specified in the
published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
21.8 Discipline Fine – At the conclusion of the season, every club which
has a team/teams with a Discipline Index (DI) of 2.0 or greater, as calculated
by the ERSL League Management System, shall be assessed a discipline fine as
specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule for each team/teams, to
a maximum discipline fine of $1000 per club, per season.
Article 22: Appeals
22.01 Appeals of any decisions by the ERSL Management Board, a Disciplinary
Panel of the League or one of the District Associations shall be dealt with by
the OSA in accordance with its Published Rules. Information concerning Appeals
can be found on the ERSL website.
Article 23: Club Representatives
23.01 A Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to three (3)
individuals as its Club Representative(s). The Club Representative(s)
shall be the official point of contact in dealings with the ERSL and will
be available for duties in the operation of the League that may be assigned
from time to time by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 24: Communications
24.01 The ERSL shall mainly use its web-based league management system for all
communications with its member Clubs, and their team officials. Communications
shall be by e-mail. Clubs shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the
league management system at all times for the following positions, as a
b) Club Administrator;
c) Club Representative;
e) Discipline Representative; and
24.02 Unless specified otherwise in these rules and regulations (e.g.
rescheduling of games), communication with the ERSL by players, parents, or
team officials is not permitted. Questions, complaints, concerns, and other
matters must be communicated to the appropriate Club representative. If, in the
opinion of the Club, the matter should be addressed by the ERSL, then the Club
shall forward the communication to the ERSL, requesting league action. Failure
to follow this process will result in the communication being discarded by the
ERSL without further notice to the originator, and may result in a fine to the
Club as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
24.03 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league
management system from April 30 until October 1 of each season for the
following positions, as a minimum:
i. Head Coach; and
24.04 At a minimum, the Club President, Club Administrator and Club
Representative shall be notified by e-mail, of all new general notices or
notices that pertain to their Club teams that are posted from time to time on
the ERSL Web site.
24.05 At a minimum, the Team Head Coach and Manager shall be notified by
e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their teams that
are posted from time to time on the ERSL Web site.
24.06 Notices of suspensions, penalties or fines levied on a Club, Club
Administrator, Team Staff or Player as a result of discipline hearings
shall be communicated to the Club.
24.07 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Clubs:
a) March 2nd
to September 30th - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail: and
b) October 1st
to March 1st - 7 days after transmittal of the e-mail.
24.08 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:
a) May 1st to
October 1st - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail; and
b) October 1st
to April 30th - no e-mails will usually be sent to teams other than
for informational purposes.
Article 25: Pre-Season Meetings
25.01 Each March, there will be a mandatory pre-season meeting for a minimum of
one (1) Administrator from each member Club. Clubs failing to send a
representative to the Administrator pre-season meeting shall be assessed a fine
as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
25.02 Each May there will be a mandatory pre-season meeting for a
minimum of one (1) team staff from each team. Clubs failing to send one (1)
representative per team to the Team pre-season meeting shall be assessed a fine
as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 26: Festivals
26.01 The ERSL shall host two (2) festivals at which all teams in each
age group will be automatically entered as part of their team fees.
26.02 All players will receive an end-of-season gift, the nature of
which will be determined by the League Management Board each year.
26.03 The League Management Board shall determine the dates of the
festivals which will be held each year.
The mid-season Festival will have a target date each year of the last
weekend of June. The end of season
Festival will have a target date each year of the weekend prior to Labour Day
Article 27: Other Matters
27.1 All matters not
included in these Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with in accordance with
the OSA Published Rules.