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Redwood Junior Soccer League Playing Rules and RegulationsPrintable

Adopted: March 8, 2006
Amended: September 22, 2009

0.00 INTRODUCTION TO REDWOOD LEAGUE COMPETITION

0.01 The Redwood Junior Soccer League (“League”) shall provide and schedule a round robin format competition for each California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) age division both Boys and Girls, that has a minimum of four (4) registered teams prior to the League's scheduling deadline date. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may divide an age division into two playing levels, if a sufficient number of qualifying teams register. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may combine age groups to form a combined age division. Failure of the minimum number of teams to register by the established deadline shall constitute a 'close-out' of that division for the seasonal year. However, the league can release qualifying teams to other district and state playing leagues.

0.02 The League season shall begin the first Sunday following the Labor Day Weekend. League games shall be scheduled on Sundays, whenever practicable. However, the League may schedule games on Saturdays if the Executive Committee of the Board deems such scheduling necessary to accommodate scheduling conflicts including but not limited to SATs, PSATs, religious holidays, District Cup, etc. In support of CIF Rule #600, League play shall be suspended during the High School soccer season, within those playing divisions affected.

0.03 Any team admitted to the League after League play has begun shall forfeit the preceding games. Late entries shall be approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

0.04 Division winners shall be determined by the accumulation of points earned from the results of League games, as follows: Win – Three (3), Tie – One (1), Loss – Zero (0). Point totals may be adjusted to reflect the imposition of penalties imposed by the Executive Committee of the Board.

0.05 Teams registered with the League shall not compete in any other League unless approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Should a team be approved for play in an additional league, its Redwood League schedule shall take precedent if a conflict of schedules arises.

1.0 REGISTRATION AND ELIGIBILITY

1.01 All teams intending to play in the District II Redwood Junior Youth Soccer League must register online and submit a Team Registration form (in approved form) to its Club Registrar no later than the registration date(s) annually set by the League. Each team or sponsoring club is required to submit the proper fees along with the sponsoring club's registrar signature. The club's registrar shall certify that the team has a minimum of thirteen (13) [or ten (10) Under-10] registered players and shall submit evidence that the coaches meet the District II and Redwood Junior Youth Soccer League Coaches Licensing Policy. Teams that do not register thirteen (13) [or ten (10) for Under-10] players or do not submit full payment of fees by the registration date(s) annually set by the League will not be accepted for League play. At its discretion, the Board of Directors may make exceptions such as in the case of teams receiving waivers of fees or scholarships. The Club registrars shall submit their teams’ registration packages to the League registrars no later than the registration date(s) annually set by the League.

1.02 Eligible age will be determined in accordance with CYSA Constitution By-laws, Rules and Regulations, Section 3:04 Limit Definition.

1.03 All League teams must have current USYSA Passes for every player, coach and team manager at the start of league play. The USYSA Player Pass must include the player's picture, team name and ID# for current seasonal year. The USYSA player pass must be properly validated with the District II registrar's signature. All USYSA player, coach and team manager passes must be laminated before the first usage.

1.04 A player who plays in a game and is not properly registered shall cause his/her team to automatically forfeit that game and may face further disciplinary action by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, depending upon the nature of the violation. The score in such forfeited games shall stand 3-0 against the forfeiting team.

1.05 Any registration and eligibility rules not covered in the above rules will be governed by the Constitution and Bylaws of California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

1.06 The League will accept for consideration completed written release forms requesting release to play in other Leagues submitted through the requester’s club's representative no later than the date established annually by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

1.07 Guidelines for releasing League teams to State Premier League, Abronzino (APYSL), Delgado (C3PL), Recreational Playing League, District 1 or other playing leagues

  1. The League’s primary responsibility is to provide a viable Class 3 Playing league for teams within its boundaries, with competition in each age division justified by current team registrations. Therefore, the release of teams will be considered based on the principal of League operations, then the additional guidelines below.
  2. Teams that request to be released from Redwood League play must complete and submit the League release form, qualify, and be released by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. If space is limited first preference will be given to team(s) that represent a Club that registered more than one (1) team in the age group of the team being released.

  3. To qualify for release, a team’s record from the most recent fall season will be examined. Teams that played in the highest Division offered in a Class 3 playing league (Redwood League, Delgado League) may be released to Class 1 or Premier playing leagues if they earn at least 80% of the maximum points possible in their most recent fall season of play. The maximum number of points is three (3) times the number of scheduled games. Points are awarded per paragraph 0.04.

  4. To qualify for release in subsequent years, a team’s record from the most recent fall season will be examined. Teams that played in the lowest Division offered by a Class 1 or Premier playing league and failed to earn at least 30% of the maximum points possible in their most recent fall season of play will be relegated to Class 3 status. The maximum number of points is three (3) times the number of scheduled games. Points are awarded per paragraph 0.04.

  5. Teams that have undergone a significant and substantial roster change may petition the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for release to Class 1 or Premier playing league. The team must have demonstrated their ability to be competititve as evidenced by their spring record and tournament record. The Executive Committee may direct that petitioning teams compete against identified teams. The Executive Committee will release petitioning teams only when overwhelming evidence is presented that the team will be competitive in the Class 1 or Premier playing league. The release of petitioning teams will be considered a rare exception to the provisions (c) and (d) above.

  6. If more teams request release to a playing league than the playing league will accept, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, using these guidelines and the good of the game concept shall select the teams to play in the other playing leagues. Release by Redwood League to another playing league does not guarantee acceptance by the other playing league.

1.08 League teams released to other playing leagues will follow the rules and directions of the league in which they play.

1.09 Goals for versus goals against ratio will not be considered as a criteria in determining whether a team shall be released.

2.00 SCHEDULING

2.01 The elected Scheduling Coordinator may submit the names of two (2) additional scheduling assistants, who shall be appointed subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

2.02 League play shall be confined to the CYSA age group classifications for both boys and girls. The season will consist of 8 to 12 scheduled games.

2.03 League divisions shall use the CYSA age classifications for boys and girls. The Scheduling Coordinator may divide an age division into multiple playing levels or combine adjacent age classifications to accommodate the number of qualifying teams that register. The Scheduling Coordinator may seed teams that apply to play in the League. Decisions of the Scheduling Coordinator are subject to review by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

2.04 All games will be played on the League scheduled date, except as provided below:

  1. For the convenience of a team, when both teams involved identify a mutually acceptable alternative date.
  2. The home team field is closed due to a rainout.

2.05 Game dates changed for the convenience of a team shall be played within four weeks of the originally scheduled date. If the teams fail to play the game within the four weeks, the Scheduling Coordinator may reschedule the game or otherwise determine the outcome. When teams agree to reschedule a game, the game may take place before or after the original game date. All rescheduled games must be played prior to two weeks after the date of the last scheduled season game.

2.06 Any game that must be rescheduled due to a rainout must be rescheduled to a mutually acceptable alternative date. An unplayable field due to water constitutes a rainout. If the game has not been played by a date two weeks after the last scheduled date in the playing season, the Scheduling Coordinator shall at his discretion reschedule the game or take such other action as he deems appropriate.

2.07 The Home team shall notify the visiting team of the game time and location at least 7 days prior to the scheduled game time. Notification shall be made by phone and email, or in person. In addition, the home team shall post the time and location on the League website (www.redwoodsoccer.org) not less than 7 days prior to the scheduled game time. A forfeit, reschedule, and/or relocation of the game may be awarded at the discretion of the Scheduling Coordinator if the home team fails to comply with these notification requirements. No game will be rescheduled after these notification windows with the exception of those caused by rainouts or other acts of nature unless the parties mutually agree to a reschedule date in accordance with 2.05 above

2.08 Any team that does not complete one-half of its scheduled games may be declared 'not in good standing' by the Board of Directors according to CYSA PIM 08-3 “PERSON TEAM OR LEAGUE DISCIPLINE” and may be sanctioned according to the rules of PIM 08-3 “BAD STANDING”. Teams held in BAD STANDING will not be eligible for State Cup, Association Cup or other State Competitions.

2.09 Games not played on their scheduled dates and not rescheduled as provided above, will be considered a forfeit by the team or teams that did not show up to play. The Scheduling Coordinator may grant a forfeit if a team is not ready to start play within 15 minutes of the scheduled game time with at least seven players and a coach with the necessary paperwork (player/coach passes). Details must be reported on a game card, signed by the referee and sent to the Referee Coordinator. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will determine the outcome of all scheduled but unplayed games not covered by these rules

2.10 A team’s inability to field a team on the day of a scheduled game does not constitute grounds for postponement, unless the opposing team agrees to reschedule the game.

2.11 The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may impose a $50 fine per game on any team that does not play games as scheduled.

2.12 If the game is rescheduled to the visiting team’s field, the original home team shall pay any referee costs.

3.00 GAMES

3.01 Length of game and ball sizes are determined by CYSA Constitution Bylaws and Regulations, Section 3.07.01 and modifications of District 2.

3.02 If Divisions are tied at the end of League Play, a winner will be determined in order of the following tie breakers: (1) winner of head to head competition; (2) a winner will be determined by a play-off game(s) or at its discretion the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may declare co-champions. In playing divisions with combined age groups, the Executive Committee of the Board may declare separate winners for each age group. Goals scored and goals allowed differential will NOT be used as a tie breaker.

If a play-off game is tied, overtime periods will be played as defined by CYSA Constitution section 3.07.01. In the event no winner is determined after overtime, kicks from the penalty mark will be taken as specified by FIFA rules.

3.03 Regular season League games that end in a tie score shall stand as a tie.

3.04 All game cards and referee reports shall be returned to the League’s Referee Coordinator and shall be and remain the property of the League.

4.00 GUIDELINES FOR SCHEDULING REFEREES

4.01 Each Club is required to have a licensed Referee Assignor or may be declared 'not in good standing' by the Board of Directors.

4.02 Each Club Referee Assignor will assign referees for all home games unless specifically exempted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

4.03 Each Club Referee Assignor is to schedule one referee and two assistant referees for each home game. The assignors shall use his/her best efforts to follow the conditions of section 4.05. The center referee shall be older than the age group being officiated unless emergency conditions exist per section 4.06.

4.04 Only the diagonal system of control per USSF may be used in League games. No duals are allowed ever. This does not mean that three licensed referees have to show up to play an official game, only that the proper system of control be used.

4.05 Per USSF GUIDELINES: One federation referee and two federation assistant referees shall be the standard. If three game officials do not show up, the following alternatives in order of preference are acceptable:

  • One federation referee and two assistant referees, one of whom is a federation referee and one of whom is a trainee of the local referee program.
  • One federation referee and two assistant referees who are both unrelated to either team participating in the game but are not federation referees.
  • One federation referee and two assistant referees who are not both federation referees and who are affiliated with the participating teams.

Member clubs should make every effort to assist in recruiting officials so that enough federation referees will be available to permit use of the diagonal system of control for all competitions.

4.06 If no referees show up and a suitable replacement can be found and agreed to by both coaches, the game can be played and will be considered official. No protest will be allowed based on the use of an emergency official. If no referees show up and suitable replacements cannot be found, the visiting team shall decide whether to record the game as a forfeit win or to reschedule the game at a mutually agreeable date. If the game is not rescheduled, it will be recorded as a forfeit win for the visiting team.

4.07 If the referees abandoned a game for any reason in Law V, (FIFA), the final outcome of the game will be determined by the League Protest and Appeals Committee. The referee shall write a report and forward it to the League within 24 hours. There does not have to be a protest for the Protest and Appeals Committee to act on any information provided regarding an abandoned game.

4.08 Scheduled referees shall not be related to a game participant or serve in any official capacity with the home team involved in a League game. If it is determined at any time that any of the scheduled referees had undisclosed inappropriate ties to the home team, the game will be recorded as a forfeit win for the visitors.

5.00 TEAM / CLUB RESPONSIBILITY

5.01 In all League games, both teams' bench areas will be on the same side of the field. Each coach or manager shall confine all coaches and reserve players to an area of not more than ten (10) yards on their side of the half line. Spectator areas shall be established on the opposite side of the field. Only players' and coaches' with USYSA passes shall be allowed on the teams' side of the field.

5.02 A properly credentialed Coaches Pass, Assistant Coaches Pass or a Team Administrator's Pass must accompany at least one team official at each League game in order for the team to be eligible to play. All coaches must meet the District II Coaches Licensing Policy.

5.03 BOTH teams shall report scores within 48 hours to the League website at www.redwoodsoccer.org-> or by other methods approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Failure to report scores as required will be viewed as non-participation and the non-reporting team and its staff are subject to League sanctions.

5.04 Clubs/teams are responsible for reserving fields for their home games and shall ensure that the fields are lined properly, goals shall be secured and have nets for all games they are hosting. Hosting teams shall clean up the sideline areas occupied during the game.

5.05 Teams shall consider the age and skill level of players, and schedule a field of suitable size for that age level.

5.06 The home team shall be responsible for the return of the game card to the League Referee Coordinator within 48 hours after the game has ended.

5.07 The USYSA Registration Form (1601), properly signed and dated, shall be in the coach’s possession at all games and practices.

5.08 If the goals are not properly secured at the scheduled League game time, the home team has 15 minutes to correct the problem. If not corrected, the game shall be abandoned and a forfeit win recorded for the visiting team.

6.00 DISCIPLINE

6.01 Any player accumulating 3 red cards during a playing season will be suspended for twice the amount of the third suspension. Any player accumulating 4 red cards during a playing season will be suspended indefinitely and his/her playing status will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. A player receiving 5 red cards during any twelve month period will be suspended indefinitely and his/her playing status will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

6.02 In accordance with FIFA’s prohibition against 'temporary suspension' of cautioned players, a cautioned player will not be required to leave the field of play. CYSA's provision allowing, but not requiring, a coach to substitute a cautioned player is not considered a temporary suspension. It is a substitution opportunity that coaches may utilize to better communicate with the cautioned player. If a team decides to substitute or remove a cautioned player, the substituted/removed player cannot return until the next legal substitution opportunity for the team.

6.03 Any player(s) sent off for fighting or referee assault will be suspended for 5 games minimum and the player’s playing status will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

6.04 Coaches and Managers are responsible for the discipline and behavior of their players and spectators.

6.05 Any coach or manager receiving a send off during league play will be suspended from any contact with his/her team for a minimum of 6 weeks and the adult’s status will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Any coach or manager who is sent off for referee assault will be permanently banned from coaching. A coach receiving a second sendoff in one calendar year will receive a minimum one year suspension and his/her status will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors..

6.06 Any and all suspensions shall apply to League play as well as any CYSA and/or USYSA sanctioned event.

6.07 Any team that accumulates 3 red cards during league play will forfeit 6 points in the League standings.

6.08 Any team that accumulates 5 red cards during league play will be dismissed from the League and all of the team’s games will become forfeits. If the sanctioned team does not return to League play in the subsequent season, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors reserves the right to impose any sanction, including but not limited to, disqualification of the coaches or managers from future teams, further suspension of the coaches or managers, or probationary status.

6.09 All penalties/sanctions may be appealed per CYSA guidelines.

6.10 The tracking of red cards will be coordinated with the League Referee Coordinator. The tracking of red cards for accumulation purposes will begin on July 1st and will continue until June 30th of the following year. The fall and spring playing seasons will be considered separate seasons for team red card accumulations, but not for individual red card accumulation purposes.

6.11 All referees are required to mail or fax any red card reports within 24 hours. All red card reports relating to League play, with the pass included, for all age groups, will be sent to the League Referee Coordinator.

6.12 All teams are required to honor suspensions. Any team found to be in violation of this rule will be subject to league sanctions.

6.13 League reserves the right to hold a pass for any coach or player involved in a serious incident until the suspension has been served. All red card reports will be sent to the club president.

6.14 Any team that has spectator or parent involved in a serious incident during a League game is subject to sanctions by the League Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. A report must be filed with the League before any action can be taken.

6.15 League reserves the right to increase the length of any suspension for any League member.

6.16 Depending on the nature, seriousness and or repetition of the offense, the Board of Directors, acting as the League Disciplinary Board, may convene a disciplinary hearing to address the issue.

7.00 PROTESTS

7.01 For protest to be valid, the opposing team official and the referee must be notified that the game is under protest prior to leaving the field. The referee must record protests on the game card. The protest must be in writing and delivered to the League’s Protest and Appeals Committee within two (2) days after the game being protested. A $50 fee must accompany the protest, which will be returned if the appeal is upheld.

8.00 EXISTING CLUB RECOGNITION

8.01 A Club may be recognized by the League and shall be eligible to have one representative on the Board of Directors if it complies with the following requirements:

  1. Provide to the League at any time upon request by the Executive Committee, a copy of the Club’s organic documents (Constitution and By-Laws).

  2. Provide to the League no later than January 31 of each year, and at any other time upon request by the Executive Committee, a written certification from the Club’s President that there has been no change to the Club’s organic documents from the submission then on file, or the Club President shall provide an attachment describing the changes.

  3. Provide to the Executive Committee no later than 60 days following any change in the Club’s organic documents, the Club President’s certification and notification of such changes.

  4. Provide to the Executive Committee no later than January 31 of each year, and at any other time upon request by the Executive Committee, a written certification from the Club’s President that the Club has conducted its financial affairs in accordance with the League’s requirements, as well as the applicable requirements of CYSA and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations.

  5. Provide to the Executive Committee no than January 31 of each year, and within 30 days following any change, and at any other time upon request by the Executive Committee, an updated list of the Club’s Board of Directors, certified by the Club President.

  6. Provide to the Executive Committee no than January 31 of each year, a certification by the Club President that:

    • If incorporated, the Club is in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its formation
    • If unincorporated, the Club is in compliance with applicable laws of its governing jurisdiction
    • In either case, that the Club maintains minutes of its actions and decisions.

  7. Appoint a Treasurer who shall report to the Club’s Board of Directors or other governing authority. Each Club shall require that its Treasurer report to the Club Board on not less than a monthly basis, the financial condition of the Club, including a reconciliation of accounts and that all financial records be made available to the Club Board and to any member of the Club upon request.

8.02 All funds payable for the registration of players, coaches, managers, trainers, administrator, or otherwise payable to Redwood League, District 2 or CYSA shall be delivered to the League by the team or such persons on behalf of the team with which they are registered in the form of a check payable to Redwood League, District 2 or CYSA as appropriate.

8.03 The League shall recommend to each Club President that the duties of the Club Treasurer be similar to those outlined in the “Duties of the Treasurer” letter attached to the League’s By-laws.

8.04 The League shall make an independent determination whether initially, on annual review and upon receipt of a notice of change the documents appear to contain any provision that contravenes any published CYSA Article, By-law, Rule Procedure or PIM.

8.05 The League may provide copies of any and all certifications, determinations and notices to CYSA at such times as CYSA may reasonably request.

8.06 If any Club fails to meet the requirements for recognition, the League may recommend to CYSA that the members of the Club’s Board of Directors, at the time the Club is notified of its failure to meet the requirements, be placed in “Bad Standing” with CYSA.

9.00 RECOGNITION OF NEW CLUB

See New Club Application Note: This application is provided to assist new clubs. The application is not part of these rules.

9.01 Board Approval. New Clubs are accepted into the Redwood League (the “RWL”), at the sole discretion of the Redwood League Board of Directors (the “BOD”), based on satisfaction of the requirements set forth herein and the totality of circumstances pertinent to the application. In assessing the application of any prospective New Club, the RWL BOD should take into account the quality and substance of the prospective New Club’s application, the administrative capacity of the RWL to handle additional clubs, the capacity of the local community to support an additional club, the ability and willingness of the New Club to participate in, and contribute to, the RWL goals and operations, and the quality of the soccer experience for the RWL players if the New Club is admitted.:

9.02 Application Procedure. A prospective New Club will not be considered for acceptance in the RWL unless and until a complete application that includes all information set forth herein has been submitted to the RWL President in electronic form. Upon receipt of a complete application, the RWL President shall notify all BOD of the application, and electronically distribute copies of the application, at least 15 days before consideration by the BOD. The BOD will not act until thirty (30) days after the complete application is received by the President.

9.03 Club History And Goals. The Application of every prospective New Club must include a statement of the prospective Club’s history, goals and objectives, its philosophy concerning soccer, player development, and coaching of the Club and the unique or different approach (if any) that will be offered compared to other RWL Clubs.

9.04 Organizational Documents. The Application of every prospective New Club must include a copy of the prospective Club’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, §501(c) status and other organizational documents in either final form or draft. The Club application should include the progress, if any, regarding the establishment of 501(c)(3) or other non-profit status.

9.05 Mandatory Club Management. New Clubs management teams must include a President, Registrar, Treasurer and Referee Assignor. The Application of every prospective New Club must identify the name of each member of the management team and provide background profiles and a biography of each person.

9.06 Number of Teams. To be accepted as a member of the RWL, a prospective New Club must have a minimum of four (4) teams that will be registered in CYSA-affiliated leagues. If a minimum of six (6) teams are not registered in CYSA-affiliated leagues two years after RWL acceptance, the New Club’s continued participation in the RWL will be reviewed by the BOD. The Application of every prospective New Club must include a list of the coaches and rosters including player birthdates and cities of residence for each team.

9.07 Financial Information. The Application of every prospective New Club must include a copy of its financial statements for the previous year (if any), and a budget for the current year..

9.08. Fields. The Application of all prospective new clubs must identify (i) the fields (by name) that they will be using, (ii) the practice times and game times, and (iii) under what authority use of such fields will be acquired. If the named fields are used by other organizations, including other RWL clubs, the application of the prospective New Club must describe specifically how they will share field space, and with whom this has been coordinated.

a) For each of the Club’s teams, a minimum of 3 hours of practice time per week starting two weeks before the playing season and ending at the last date of the playing season is required. Additionally field access for 1½ hours of game times on the weekend for ½ of their teams is required during the playing season.
For example, a club of six teams requires a minimum of 4½ hours of field space for practice and 4½ hours of weekend field space for games every week, based on the assumption that four teams can reasonably share a field for practices.

b) If the new Club’s proposed fields are in any city where RWL clubs already exist or field teams, the existing clubs that use fields in that city will be given the opportunity to make a recommendation to the BOD regarding the acceptance of the application.

c) If irreconcilable disputes arise between the new Club and an existing Club over local field allocation and usage, resolution will be determined by the RWL BOD.

9.09. Referees. All prospective New Clubs must have at least 1 licensed referee per team and a plan to develop additional referees. The application must include the referees’ names and contact information and details concerning the referee development plan.

9.10 Cooperation With Youth Sports Organizations; Positive Coaching. All prospective New Clubs must demonstrate a willingness to cooperate with existing RWL member clubs, the RWL, other organizations, and local governments, and its application must include examples of how they are, or expect to, satisfy this requirement. All coaches must demonstrate a willingness to adhere to positive coaching principles and are expected to protect their players from abusive coaches and practices. All members of the prospective New Club are expected to deal with others, both inside and outside the RWL, with honesty and respect and to strive to instill a love and appreciation of soccer to everyone with whom it is affiliated.

9.11 Probationary Period; Revocation Of Acceptance. Acceptance of any New Club is provisional for the initial two (2) years after acceptance (the “Probationary Period”). The BOD, in its sole discretion, may revoke acceptance during, or at the conclusion of, the Probationary Period

a) If a minimum of six (6) teams are not registered in CYSA-affiliated leagues two years after RWL acceptance; and

b) Without cause, and without a hearing, upon a 2/3 vote of the BOD.

10.00 GUEST PLAYERS IN REDWOOD LEAGUE

Adopted 9/22/09 and effective immediately.

10.01 Definition of a Guest Player: A guest player is a player with an approved CYSA member pass who is not listed as a rostered player (listed on the Goldenrod) for the CYSA team with which the player is participating.

10.02 Number: Up to 3 guest players per team are allowed in Redwood League games

10.03 Maximum roster per game: If a team uses a guest player, the team roster for that game (listed on the match card) cannot exceed 15 players, including the guest players. (12 player maximum game roster for 8v8 teams).

10.04 Age of Guest Players: A guest player must be age appropriate for the team for which the player is being a guest.

10.05 Players Can Only Guest In Club Of Registration: Except as outlined in 10.06, a player only can guest on a team from the same club in which he/she is registered. The first 6 digits (DD-LL-CC) of the player's CYSA pass team ID have to be the same as the team for which the player is a guest.

10.06 Small Club Exception: Redwood League Clubs with fewer than 10 CYSA teams are allowed to use guest players from any Club participating in CYSA leagues, provided the rest of the guest player guidelines are met.

10.07 No Division Restriction: There is no restriction on players guesting for a team in a different Redwood playing league division. A player on a team in a RWL Red division can guest for a White Division team and vice versa. A player on a Redwood league team playing in another Division 3 (Class 3) playing league may also be a guest player for a Redwood League team.

10.08 Players On Class 1 Teams: Players registered with a Class (Division) 1 team are not allowed to guest on teams playing in Redwood League.

10.09 Forms Required: The coach needs to have the CYSA membership pass and the CYSA 1601 form for the guest player at the game. The guest player must be listed on the game card, including the player’s CYSA number. A 1611, guest player form, is not required.

10.10 Suspensions: If a guest player receives a red card (send off), the suspension is to be served only in games of the player's team of registration. Suspended players are not allowed to play or guest for any team until the suspension is served.

10.11 Inviting Players To Guest: Inquiries as to the availability of guest players must first be made to a member of the team staff of the player's team of registration.

10.12 Checking Player Passes: If a team is using a guest player, they must inform the referee at the time of check in. That team's player passes may be reviewed by a member of the opposing team staff. Questions regarding the eligibility of a guest player should be noted on the game card and will be reviewed by a League official upon request after the match.

10.13 Using Illegal Players: Using an illegal player will result in forfeit of the match in which such illegal player participated and both the coach and player may be severely sanctioned.