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Area 11L (South Orange County)

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Youth development is the central focus of the AYSO program. This includes development of youth whether they are soccer players or soccer referees. All AYSO guidelines and policies are directed toward providing a "Safe, Fair and Fun" environment for all of us, including our children. As such, please remember that only "Positive, Instructive, and Encouraging" comments are allowed to be directed at youth players and referees. The purpose of this policy is to make clear that verbal abuse or negative criticism of ANY player or referee is unacceptable and subject to immediate sanctions for improper conduct.

Too often many of us forget the reasons for being out on the field: encouraging and supporting our children, promoting fair play and good sportsmanship, teaching the kids how to have fun while competing and learning that there is more to winning and losing than just the final score.

Our referees are unpaid adult and youth volunteers who are doing their best to ensure our children's safety while upholding the spirit of the laws of soccer. The referees cannot and will not tolerate any abusive behavior. In addition to setting a poor example for the children, derogatory comments or constant complaining about the refereeā€™s calls or non-calls jeopardizes our ability to attract and retain volunteers, without whom we cannot play. In instances where parents or coaches cannot control their comments or behavior, they will be asked to leave the game area and in extreme situations could be banned from watching further games.

DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS FOR YOUTH REFEREE ABUSE

Any volunteer, upon receipt of any reported abuse of a youth referee, shall report immediately the incident to their Regional Commissioner, Regional Referee Administrator, Regional Coach Administrator, or Area Staff. An investigation and disciplinary hearing (conduct review meeting) will be held. At a minimum a one game suspension will assessed. Additional sanctions may be imposed.

AREA 11L has adopted and modified the following rules:
  • No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  • Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  • Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by their Regional or Area 11L Misconduct/Disciplinary Board.
If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, they should contact their local Regional Referee Administrator or Regional Commissioner.

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS A SAFE, FAIR, AND FUN EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE!

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24310 Moulton Parkway, Suite #O-214
Laguna Hills, California 92653

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Phone : 949-445-0115
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