Article 1: OFFICERS AND DUTIES
1.1 Past President
The Past President shall be the preceding duly elected President, who shall chair the Nominating Committee and election portion of the Annual General Meeting. He/she shall serve as an adviser to the Board and provide services as required.
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of WYSA and, if present, he/she shall chair all WYSA meetings. He/she shall be nominated as MSA Youth Director A & or B, shall be an ex-officio member of all WYSA Committees and be a signing officer of WYSA. The President when presiding at meetings may only vote to break a tie. Shall chair the Management Committee.
The Vice-President shall, in the absence of the President, assume the duties of the President. Shall be a signing officer of WYSA.
1.4 Director of Referees
The Director of Referees shall administer and develop the youth referee program. He/she will chair the WYSA Youth Referee Development Committee that will be comprised of a Referee Supervisor from each District Club.
1.5 Director of Coaching
The Director of Coaching shall work in co-operation with the M.S.A. Director of Coaching and Player Development to have the best possible coaches available for our youth players. Shall chair the Coaching Committee, that will be comprised of the Head Coach from each District Club.
1.6 Director of Outdoor
The Director of Outdoor will work towards developing programs so as to give W.Y.S.A. youth the best possible environment in which to play soccer. Shall chair the Premier committee and represent W.Y.S.A. on the G.B.I.T. (Golden Boy International Tournament) Management Committee.
1.7 Director of Indoor
The Director of Indoor will work towards developing programs so as to give W.Y.S.A. youth the best possible environment in which to play indoor soccer. Shall chair the Indoor Committee.
1.8 Director of Communications
The Director of Communications shall be responsible for minutes of all General, Board and Annual General meetings. He/she shall also be responsible for WYSA Website content, as well as facilitating all Public Announcements.
1.9 Director of Finance
The Director of Finance shall be responsible for maintaining financial records and shall be a signing officer of WYSA. Additional responsibilities as per Constitution, Article 15.
1.10 Director at Large (Disciplinarian)
The Disciplinarian shall administer disciplinary actions, resulting from infractions recorded by game officials. Shall chair the Discipline Committee.
Article 2: TERMS OF OFFICE
All Officers will be elected for a two, (2) year term, as per Article 7 of the W.Y.S.A. Constitution.
Article 3: ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS
3.1 At the first regular scheduled meeting prior to the WYSA Annual General Meeting. A Nominating Committee shall be appointed, comprised of a minimum of three (3) members. The Past President shall normally chair the Nominating Committee.
3.2 The Nominating Committee shall be responsible to present a slate of candidates for all positions of the Board.
3.3 Elections of the Executive shall be held at the WYSA Annual General Meeting.
3.4 The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall present a slate of nominees for each office, to the members attending the Annual General Meeting, and shall call for additional nominees from the floor.
3.5 Nominees from the floor must agree to the nomination.
3.6 In the event of absence, the nominee must file a written statement of agreement with the Chair, to be read to the members present.
Article 4: WYSA Inc. STAFF
4.1 There shall be an Executive Director who shall be appointed by the Board. The Executive Director shall report to the Management Committee.
4.2 There shall be such other staff as may from time to time be required by the Board. Such staff shall report to the Executive Director.
4.3 The Executive Director and other staff shall be paid such remuneration as approved by the Board and shall have such duties as determined by the Management Committee.
Article 5: AMENDMENTS
5.1 Amendments to, the Constitution will be governed by Article 14 of the Constitution.
5.2 Amendments to the By-Laws shall only take place at the Annual Meeting or Special Meetings of the Association. Notice of motion for amendments shall be issued as defined in By-Law Articles 6.1 and 6.2.
5.3 Amendments to the Rules and Regulations shall only take place at a General or Special Meeting of WYSA. Notice of motion for amendments at Special Meetings shall be issued subject to defined in By-Law Article 6.2.
Article 6: MEETINGS
6.1 General Meetings
Notice of General Meetings of WYSA, including minutes of the previous meeting shall be mailed to each Board Member and District Club Representative at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
6.2 Special Meetings
Notice of Special Meetings must be communicated to each Board Member and District Representative, seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Only items defined in the notice of meeting shall be discussed.
i) Special meetings for the purpose of By-Law amendments must be called not later than twenty-eight (28) days prior to the date of the meeting.
ii) Proposed amendments and changes to the By-Laws must be submitted to the WYSA office not later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the Special meeting.
iii) Amendments and changes to the By-Laws are to be circulated to the voting members fourteen (14) days prior to the Special meeting.
6.3 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting shall be convened each year in the month of October.
ii) Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be made public through the media or area newsletter at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. This notice shall include the slate of nominees for elected Board Members.
iii) Copies of the agenda, minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and Annual Reports shall be distributed at the meeting.
iv) Order of business, for the Annual General Meeting shall be:
a) Call to Order;
b) Approval of the Agenda
c) Approval of Minutes of the Previous Annual General Meeting;
d) Business arising from minutes;
e) Annual reports;
f) Review of Financial Statements
g) Amendments to the Constitution
h) Amendments to the By-Laws
i) Election of Board Members
j) New Business
Article 7: FISCAL YEAR
WYSA's fiscal year shall terminate each March 31st.
Article 8: FINANCES
8.1 Expenditures on behalf of WYSA programs and activities can only be made against budgets that have been approved by WYSA.
8.2 Budgets submitted for approval by WYSA must be in written form and identify the following;
i) purpose and a general description of how the funds are to be spent;
ii) an expire date by which the funds are to be spent;
iii) the person(s) responsible for the budget.
8.3 The balance of any approved budget account that is not expended after the budget expire data shall be returned to general accounts.
8.4 Funds may only be expended for the purpose(s) for which they were approved.
8.5 Expenditures cannot exceed approved budget authority without the approval of WYSA. The person(s) responsible for the budget must keep track of expenditures to ensure this does not occur.
8.6 Requests for reimbursements, advance payments or for the payment of invoices must identify the budget accounts against which expenditures are to be charged and must be authorized in writing by the person responsible for the budget.
8.7 Receipts must be provided for all expenditures and shall be signed by the person responsible for the budget against which the expenditure is to be charged. If no receipt is available, a written declaration describing the expenditure and to whom it was paid must be submitted. This declaration must also be authorized by the person responsible for the budget.
8.8 Advances for petty cash must be accounted for with authorized receipts or declarations before any additional funds can be advanced.
Article 9: SIGNING AUTHORITY
9.1 The signing authority for the control of all funds of WYSA shall be held by the following positions: Director of Finance, President, Vice-President. Signing authority at any given time will be a combination of the Director of Finance and one of the two above positions.
Article 10: PURCHASING AND DISBURSEMENT
10.1 All purchases of goods or services, all payments or any other disbursements above $1000.00 must have the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
10.2 A minimum of two (2) price quotes is required for all purchases of goods or services above $500.00. These are to be submitted to the Director of Finance, who, upon approval from the Board, will issue a purchase order to procure the requested goods or services.
10.3 All purchase orders and contracts shall be numbered and carry a minimum of two signatures.
10.4 Where unanticipated and immediate needs for goods and services are necessary to the functioning of WYSA or WYSA's programs, the Board may authorize by majority vote, expenditures up to $1000.00 without prior approval of WYSA.
10.5 Any purchases or disbursements made under Section 10.4 must be reported to the Members at the next monthly meeting.
Article 11: DISTRICT RESPONSIBILITIES
11.1 District Clubs are responsible for the following duties;
i) The registration of teams
ii) The registration of players
iii) The appointment of delegates or officers to assist in the administration of W.Y.S.A.
iv) The exercise, maintenance and control of discipline among its members
v) The reporting of all irregularities to W.Y.S.A.
vi) To develop and maintain all documents required as per Constitution Article 5.
vii) To abide by WYSA By-Laws, Constitution and Rules and Regulations.
viii) Assisting the WYSA Referee Development Committee with the administration of the Youth Referee Program as required.
Article 12: DEFINITION OF AGE GROUPS
12.1 Age group divisions shall comprise of players who will be the age of their Age group on or after January 1 of the current year.
Age Groups 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Division 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Article 13: TEAM REGISTRATION
13.1 The Districts Clubs must register all their teams with W.Y.S.A.
13.2 All team registration fees must be paid to the W.Y.S.A. by May 1st of the Current Year for outdoor play and by October 31st of the current year for indoor play. A grace time of 48 hours is given after which a fine system is in place.
Fees paid in the first week following the due date will be subject to an additional levy of $100.00
Fees paid in the second week following the due date will be subject to an additional levy of $200.00. Fees paid in the third week following the due date will be subject to an additional levy of $300.00
13.3 All Districts Clubs registering teams for play in leagues operated directly by the W.Y.S.A. (Div.2 through 7 and Developmental 8 and 9 Outdoors), (Div. 2 through 11 Indoors) must deposit a Performance Bond of $600.00 to cover all of their teams. The bond default value is$150.00 for all teams. Rural non-members teams pay $200.00 per team, with each being valued at the same. All defaults must be replenished on or before March 31st of the following year.
13.4 All co-ed teams registering for play in leagues operated by the W.Y.S.A. will be placed in the boys division of their age group.
13.5 A team is deemed registered when its place in the current league structure has been confirmed by W.Y.S.A.
13.6 Once registered, all teams must complete the assigned schedule. Failure to do so will result in forfeit of the performance bond.
13.7 Team Official/Coaches Registration
i) All teams must have a Coach with proper coaching certification as per Rules and Regulations Articles 1.1b or 2.1a listed on its official team roster.
ii) All team officials, except the person having been chosen to comply with Rules And Regulations Article 1.1 or 2.1b must be in compliance with the WYSA Volunteer Screening Policy.
iii) A maximum of four (4) officials/coaches may be listed on a team's official roster.
iv) All team officials/coaches shall be deemed registered when their name appears on a roster form, or an Addition/Deletion form, along with Identification Card when applicable, which has been received and certified by the registrar of the affiliated District Club and by the Executive Director of WYSA or their designate. There will be no deadline for the Addition/Deletion of team officials.
v) All team officials listed on a WYSA registered team's roster are required to have a valid Identification Card.
vi) Only team officials with a valid Identification Card ( except for the same gender person) are allowed in the team's technical/bench area. Valid team official Identification Cards must be submitted to the referee prior to the start of each game. Team officials failing to produce valid Identification Cards at the start of the game will not be permitted in the team's technical/bench area, until such time they produce them. Otherwise they must move to the Spectator side of the pitch.
Article 14: PLAYER REGISTRATIONS
14.1 All player rosters must be registered with the W.Y.S.A. office by April 30th of the current year for Outdoor play and by October 31st of the current year for Indoor play. Player rosters initially must contain a minimum of eight players.
i) All District Club Registrars shall have the option to inspect team rosters from other District Clubs.
14.2 All players shall be deemed registered when their name appears on a roster form or on a player addition and deletion form, along with I.D. card when applicable which has been received and certified by the registrar of the member District Cluband by the Executive Director of W.Y.S.A. or his/her designate.
14.3 That a child shall register each year with the WYSA member club in which his or her domicile is or was located on January 1 (for premier program) or February 28 (for all other programs) of the year and in applying this rule:
i) No child has more than one domicile at any time.
ii) The domicile of the child on January 1 / February 28 of the year shall continue to be considered the domicile of the child for the purpose of registration of the child in the next following outdoor and indoor soccer seasons (including playoffs and tournament sanctioned by WYSA or MSA), until such time as it has been demonstrated to the executive of WYSA in its unfettered discretion, that the child's domicile has changed and it is appropriate that the WYSA Member Club of the child has changed.
iii) The domicile of the child on January1 / February 28 of each year:
a) Where the parents of the child have a common domicile, is the domicile of the parents:
b) Where the parents of the child do not have a common domicile, is the domicile of the parent with whom the child normally and usually resides more than 50% of the time; and
c) Where the domicile of the child cannot be determined under clause (a) or (b), is the domicile where the child normally and usually resides more than 50% of the time.
14.4 The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association will acknowledge only those Family Transfers administered by the Greater Council of Winnipeg Community Centres (GCWCC).
14.5 Individual players from outside WYSA boundaries must submit their requests to participate in WYSA's programs in writing. Premier and Regional player requests will be placed by the Premier committee. Recreational and Competitive requests will be placed at the nearest District Club to their domicile.
14.6 Players conforming with, Articles 14 may participate in league and other competition after being registered one calendar day. If W.Y.S.A. finds any player identified as an ineligible player, that team will forfeit all points gained in games the player took part in.
14.7 No player may be registered for more than one team, youth or senior, at any one time.
14.8 Developmental and Recreational Teams Outdoor rosters:
a) 9 a side rosters are restricted to a maximum of 14 players
b) 11 a side teams Division 8 to 11 rosters are restricted to a maximum of 16 players.
c) 11 a side teams Division 7 to 2 rosters are restricted to a maximum of 18 players.
14.9 Premier / Regional Clubs at Division 7 through 2 to be able to carry a combined player pool of a maximum of 34 players on their rosters. Clubs not carrying a pool will be restricted to a roster of 18 players maximum.
14.10 All youth players who compete in Division Seven and older age divisions and competitive 8 & 9 divisions are required to have Identification Cards. In no case shall an I.D. card be used for more than TWO consecutive years. Player identification Cards MUST submitted by the team official to the referee prior to the start of the game. Players that do not have an ID card may not participate in the game until the card is produced. If in exceptional circumstance that an entire team's ID cards are unavailable, the team official must produce the team's cards prior to the end of the game. Teams failing to produce Identification cards before the end of the game will forfeit any chance of winning points from that game. Opposition teams will not gain any points not earned in these games unless team found to be playing illegal players.
Valid I.D. cards must include the following;
i) a recognizable photograph
ii) the current years date stamp
iii) W.Y.S.A. and District Club Registrars signatures and or stamp
Article 15: ZONE
i) Recreational zoning will be in effect for all age groups from Division Three to Division Eleven. A Recreational Zone shall be the area covered by a single Non Premier/Community Centre, as defined by the City of Winnipeg Parks and Recreational Branch, except where WYSA or it's Board of Directors has specified otherwise.
ii) District Club zoning will be in effect for all Premier, Regional, and Division 2 Recreational players.
iii) Area zoning within a District Club will be in effect for Competitive teams as per WYSA approved Competitive Policy.
Article 16: TRANSFERS AND RELEASES
16.1 Within a District Club, if a player does not have a team within their age group or if a player is not required by their team(s) at their age group, the player shall report to the nearest WYSA Member Club within their District Club requiring their services, provided that they do not replace any other player(s) in said WYSA Member Club.
16.2 Each Inter District Club transfer involving Recreational or Competitive Players will require the consent of a parent/guardian, and the approval of the President of both releasing and of the receiving District Club, and must be recorded by the WYSA office. All such transfers are for one season only either (Outdoor or Indoor).
16.3 All Inter-District Club transfers involving Premier or Regional players, will require the consent of a parent/guardian and the approval of the transferring District Club President. The completed form must be submitted to the Premier Committee for consideration. The Premier committee governs the transfer of all Premier and Regional players. Having made their decision, the Premier committee must forward the form to the receiving District Club President for approval. The completed form is to be submitted to the WYSA office. All such transfers are for one season only either Outdoor or Indoor.
16.4 Other Inter-District transfers may be allowed, with each transfer being judged on its individual merits. Application for such transfer must be submitted to the WYSA office and will be considered by the Appeals/Protest Committee.
16.5 No transfers between Non Premier teams to Premier and Regional teams will be allowed after August 20th for Outdoors, and December 20th for Indoors. No Inter-Provincial transfers will be permitted after July 31st of the current year for Outdoors.
16.6 If a player wishes to be released from a Premier team and re-register with a non-Premier team he/she may do so within the rules of Article 17 of the By-Laws.
Article 17: ADDITIONS & DELETIONS
17.1 Additions or deletions to the roster may be made up to:
i) August 20th of any year for the Outdoor season.
ii) December 20th of any current year for all indoor teams
iii) Such additions or deletions may be made only on the appropriate forms along with, proper I.D. when applicable with the signature and/or stamp of both the District Registrar and the W.Y.S.A. office.
Article 18: AGE ADVANCEMENT
The definition of Age Advancement is that a player is registered and playing at a higher Division than the one he/she qualifies for by virtue of his/her birthday.
i) Age Advancement for RECREATIONAL teams is not allowed, without the approval of the WYSA Member Club Convenor.
ii) Age advancement for COMPETITIVE and REGIONAL teams is not allowed without the approval of the Director in charge of that program.
18.2 In all cases of Age Advancement Premier/Non Premier, the player must sign an agreement that if he/she does not make the older team, he/she can not, upon returning to his/her former team, cause any player to be removed from said team, save at the discretion of the Director/Convenor when a player may join a team with less than the maximum number of players.
18.3 In all cases of age advancement the player and parent/guardian must be notified of the intent, in writing.
18.4 Such Age Advancement is for a one (1) season (Indoors or Outdoors) only.
18.5 District Club or Premier Club approval is required before age advancement is permitted within the Premier program.
Article 19: PLAYING IN A HIGHER AGE GROUP (Guest Players)
19.1 Members operating more than one team may occasionally utilize the services of a player registered in a lower Division or in a lower Age Division. Members not having a lower division, or a lower age division team utilize the services of their players transferred to a lower division or lower age division to another club within the District Club. If a player is occasionally to play in a higher Division or a higher Age Division, the following provisions must be met:
i) Players transferred within their District Club may only appear as a guest with the home club.
ii) The permission of the coach of the lower Division or lower Age Division must be obtained.
iii) The name of the player from the lower Division or lower Age team must appear with an appropriate designation on the game sheet.
iv) A player registered onto a higher age Division recreational team may appear as a guest player in the Premier/Regional and Competitive division in their defined age group or a higher age group up to a total combination of five (5) league games.
v) Players transferred to a non-premier team in another District Club can only appear as a guest player on their home Premier/Regional and Competitive Club.
vi) Premier team players may only appear as a guest on their Premier Club.
Regional team players may only appear as a guest on their own Premier or Regional club.
Competitive team players may only appear as a guest on their own Premier, Regional, and/or Competitive Clubs.
i) A player is allowed five games in a higher Division or higher Age Division in league play. The maximum number of players in any league game is three (3). A team may use guest players during Play-offs and or Challenge Cup games to a maximum game roster of 11 (eleven) players. Guest players must be clearly indicated on the game sheet.
ii) Any team in violation of the five league game rule will forfeit SIX points.
19.3 Registered youth players can play an unlimited number of trial games with any senior team(s) within the Provincial Association.
i) Appropriate MSA forms will be available at the WYSA office, and will only be issued to WYSA team officials.
Article 20: REFEREES
20.1 For all game splayed under the auspices of the WYSA appointed referees must officiate in clean and proper attire and with proper equipment as per Article 20.2. Referees must also conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times as per the Canadian Soccer Association code of ethics for referees. For all league games sponsored by the W.Y.S.A., referees and assistant referees must appear in proper attire, and to have at their disposal proper equipment, as per Article 20.2.
20.2 Proper attire for all Youth and Senior Officials is black boots, black socks with three white bands, black shorts and an official referee shirt, with referee badge attached,Â the color of which does not blend with either team. When assistant referees are assigned all three game officials must wear the same color o shirt where possible. Proper equipment comprises whistle (with spare), watch with start/stop function, notebook, pencil (with spare), coin, yellow and red cards and assistant referee flags.
20.3 For all games played under the auspices of the WYSA referees shall be appointed from the official MSA list of referees or youth district referee lists where appropriate and by a recognized referee assignor.
20.4 If in unforeseen circumstances a referee fails to appear for a game or is unable
To officiate due to illness or injury a qualified referee who is on site can replace them. Failing that, the teams are responsible to agree on someone to officiate. If in unforeseen circumstances a referee fails to appear fro a game or is unable to fulfill their duties through illness or injury, any official referee that is on site willing to do the game will replace them. Otherwise District associations, leagues, clubs or teams are responsible to agree on some other person to officiate. The decisions of a person assuming the duties of the referee in such an emergency situation shall have the same powers and duties as a person on the official list of referees. Upon completion of the game, they shall complete the game sheet and file an official referees report if necessary.
Article 21: REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS
In cases where the regulations concerning registration of players are broken (including the use of improperly released or transferred players, the use of over-age players or the use of unregistered players) the penalties are as follows:
21.1 For the first occurrence, all games played under these infringements shall result in default and three points shall be awarded to the opposing team. The team official shall be reprimanded.
21.2 For a second occurrence, the team and the team official, shall be suspended pending a hearing by the W.Y.S.A. Discipline Committee. The suspension(s) may be extended to the end of the league, play-off or cup schedule.
Article 22: PROTEST/APPEALS COMMITTEE
i) Any member aggrieved by a decision of any Association in membership or by the WYSA Disciplinarian, having exhausted all other avenues of appeal, may as of right, appeal from said decision to the Appeals Committee.
ii) All protests or appeals with reasons therefore shall be made in writing to the WYSA office within 72 hours of the incident-giving rise to the protest or the decision appealed from, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of two hundred dollars ($200.00) in cash, money order or certified cheque. Such deposit includes a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00. $150.00 will be refunded in the event the Appeal is successful.
iii) The Appellant in his appeal shall set out the following:
a) The decision sought to be appealed, including the reason for the decision if given
b) A concise statement of the facts, and
c) A concise submission setting out clearly in what respect the decision is alleged to be wrong, including relevant Constitution, Bylaw and Rules and Regulations articles.
iv) The office of WYSA, upon receipt of the appeal shall forthwith forward a copy of the appeal to the appellant's governing Organization. Said Organization shall within five (5) clear days after receipt thereof, file its reply (if any) in writing with the WYSA office and deliver a copy of the said reply to the appellant.
v) All protests or appeals shall be dealt with by the an Appeals Committee appointed by the Executive Committee to hear the appeal, within ten (10) clear days of being properly notified in writing of the protest or appeal.
vi) All protests and appeals shall be submitted in triplicate and all correspondence shall be by registered mail, certified mail or personal service.
vii) The Appeals Committee may refuse a protest or appeal on such terms and conditions, as said Committee deems appropriate.
viii) The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding except that the appellant may appeal the decision of the Committee to the Manitoba Soccer Association.
ix) The Appeals Committee
a) Is not barred from proceeding if no reply is received from the association in membership within the time stipulated.
b) Notwithstanding what is disclosed in the appeal and the reply of the Organization in membership may make such further inquiries, as it may deem advisable.
c) Shall not change any findings or facts made by the association in membership unless it is satisfied that there was no evidence to support such findings of facts, but this clause shall not apply to any proceedings to which the Association in membership is a party.
d) May uphold, reverse or vary the decision appealed from or make such other order in the circumstances, as it deems proper.
e) The Appeals Committee shall give reason for their decisions in writing to all parties to the appeal.
x) The operation of the decision of the Organization in membership shall not be suspended pending hearing of an appeal, unless the Appeals Committee so orders.
xi) All protests pertaining to situations correctable before the commencement of the game, and coming under the jurisdiction of WYSA shall be lodged in writing with the referee and opposing captains prior to the commencement of the game.
xii) In accordance with F.I.F.A. rules, decisions of the referee on points of fact connected with the play shall be final so far as the result of the game is concerned.
xiii) WYSA shall have power to demand from any member involved in any protest, appeal, dispute or investigation, all books, letters, documents or other evidence necessary for the proper conduct of a hearing into the matter alleged.
xiv) In dealing with any protest or appeal, the Appeal Committee, as the case may be, may, in coming to its decision, take into consideration the possession by the protesting member any knowledge, which if properly used, might have obviated the protest or appeal.
Article 23: LEAGUE ADMINISTRATORS
23.1 The WYSA Office shall act as the League Administrator for All Division 2 through 7 plus Division 8 and 9 Competitive TEAMS including the playoffs.
23.2 The District Clubs shall act as the League Administrator for Division 8 through 11 recreational TEAMS including the playoffs.
Article 24: APPEALS AGAINST DECISION OF THE LEAGUE ADMINISTRATOR
The League Administrator is responsible to the W.Y.S.A. Board of Directors. Objections to a decision or complaints about the behavior of a convenor will be heard only in the form of an appeal, the procedure for which is as follows;
24.1 Coaches or team officials wishing to protest decisions related to their team made by their age-group convenor or other league officials concerning terms, dates, locations, outcomes and/or records kept of games, may do so by submitting a written summary of their complaint to the Chairperson of WYSA, who shall immediately submit the appeal to the Protest/Appeals Committee.
24.2 All such appeals are subject to Article 22b.
24.3 The Protest/Appeals Committee shall invite both the appellant and the convenor to meet and explain their positions. The Appeals Committee shall then adjourn or clear the room to make a decision, a written copy of which shall be given to both the appellant and convenor.
24.4 The representative of the District Club from which an appeal comes shall not participate in the decision of the Protest/Appeals Committee.
Article 25: SEASON PLAY
25.1 Length of Outdoor Season
i) Division 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 9, 10 and 11 recreational Outdoor Season as per approved WYSA Rules and Regulations.
ii) The Premier league season runs from May through August with a 3 week break from the 2nd Tuesday of July to the 1st Tuesday in August. The City play-offs will begin late August and continue through to the final game in late September or early October.
iii) The Regional and Competitive league season runs May, June and the first two weeks of July
iv) The City play-offs will begin late August or early September and continue through to the final game in late September or early October.
25.2 Game Times Outdoors
i) For spring play, the kick-off time for early games will be 6:00pm; the late games will kick-off at 7:30pm. Fall play kick offs will depend upon the length of the games.
ii) Any team(s) having less than eight (eleven a side) or seven (nine a side) players at the scheduled kick-off time will be allowed 15 minutes grace time in the spring, and 5 minutes on weeknights and 15 minutes on weekends in the fall to acquire sufficient players to start the game.
25.3 Length of Indoor Season
The length of the Indoor Season is dependent on the total number of registered teams and the availability of Indoor Facilities.
25.4 Game Sheets
The W.Y.S.A. will supply game sheets to all age groups. These game sheets will be the only statistics used in determining league standings. They must be filled out properly and returned to the League (Age) Administrator or W.Y.S.A. office within five days of the date of the game.
There will be no rescheduling of games not played for reasons other than weather, administrative error and/or dangerous conditions
25.6 Team Default
i) Any team defaulting any game will have 5 (five) points deducted from the standings
ii) Premier / Regional clubs that have teams default games, in addition to having 5 (five) points deducted, will be fined $100.00 (One Hundred dollars) per game defaulted.
iii) Any team withdrawing from league or playoff play, or being expelled for cause and failing to complete their schedule shall have their entire record declared null and void.
Article 26: PLAYOFFS
All teams must complete the assigned play-off schedule unless a letter signed by the senior team official and a District Club representative clearly indicating the withdrawal of the team after league play but before the play-offs begin is received by the Executive Assistant of the W.Y.S.A. by July 15th of that year for the outdoor season. Failure to notify the W.Y.S.A. and/or complete the schedule will result in the forfeit of the performance bond.
26.1 Structure (Premier, Recreational, Regional and Competitive Program)
The structure of all play-offs operated by the W.Y.S.A. office for the Division two through, Division seven and competitive divisionsoutdoors, Division two through to Division eleven Indoors, will be as follows:
i) In the first round teams will be grouped into units (leagues) according to their standing in league play at the end of the schedule and will play a round robin followed by elimination games. Teams will be scheduled to play a minimum of four (4) games. Elimination games will be played to resolution, with winning teams advancing to the next round of games.
ii) Minimum number of teams per League is four (4)
iii) Recreational and Competitive teams will compete for a maximum of two (2) Trophies, A and B. Premier and Regional teams will compete for one (1)
iv) In all recreational Divisions the top half of the Division will play for the A Trophy, and the bottom half of the Division will compete for the B Trophy.
v) If a Division has an odd number of Teams, than the Division will be split evenly in numbers with WYSA deciding which group "A"ÃÂ or "ÃÂB" will have the odd team.
vi) The teams, grouped into units for round robin play will all be drawn from the same age group when possible.
vii) Round robin games will not have either overtime or penalty kicks to determine the outcome. Tied scores will be counted as in league play.
viii) Games won by forfeiture shall show the result in the standings to be 5-0 five to nil.
ix) In the event of a tie in the standings at the end of a round robin, the tie shall be broken by applying the following procedures in order until the tie is broken;
a) Wins and losses between or among the tied teams;
b) Least goals against in games between or among the tied teams;
c) Most wins in round robin play
d) Least total goals against in round robin
e) Goal difference; goals for minus goals against in round robin, with a maximum of five goal difference per game.
f) Tie breaker games played to resolution with overtime and penalty kicks
x) All outdoors games that have to be played to resolution, will have overtime with the Golden Goal Rule then penalty kicks (per F.I.F.A. rules) if required. Indoors, games that have to be played to resolution will go to a shootout except for Finals, which will have overtime with Golden Goal Rule then a shootout as per Indoor Rules.
xi) All outdoors championship games will be played with nets, corner flags and Assistant Referees, provided by W.Y.S.A.
xii) W.Y.S.A. will assume the costs of the outdoor championship games
26.2 Application of Rules by Age Groups (Recreational, Outdoor Program)
i) Divisions 11, 10, 9, & 8 Recreational
In these age groups, a maximum of ten (10) teams will advance to the City (A) and a maximum of ten (10) teams will advance to the City (ÃÂÃ"B) play-offs. If a District cannot send its full slate of teams (2 teams) for both (ÃÂÃ"A) and (ÃÂÃ"B) play, the other Districts will be allowed to enter additional teams (pro-rated according to numbers) will be allowed to enter additional teams, to make up the maximum. Each District will be responsible for selecting the format used in determining which teams from their District advance to the (ÃÂÃ"A) and (B) play-offs.
ii) Divisions 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.
In these age groups, all teams finishing league play are eligible to enter the play-offs. For play-off purposes, teams will be grouped by Divisions. Teams may be moved up, depending on their skill level, subject to the approval of W.Y.S.A.
26.3 Application of Rules by Age Groups (Premier, Regional and Competitive Program)
All Division 2-7 and Competitive teams finishing league play will participate in the Playoffs.
The following amendments were approved by the members on Oct 30/03
Articles amended: 12.7 (New), 13.3 (New), 13.10 F (Amended), 16.1 (Amended), 17.4 (Amended), 17.5 (Amended), 21.2 (Amended), 22.4 (Amended), 23.1a (Amended), 23.2a (Amended)
The following amendments were approved by the members on Oct.28/04:
Articles amended: Article 1.11 (Amended), Article 4 (New), Article 6.3 (Amended), Article 10.1 (Amended), Article 10.4 (Amended), Article 11.1 (Amended), Article 13.7 (Amended), Article 15 (Amended)
The following amendments were approved by members on Dec.6/04:
Articles amended: Article 16 (Amended), Article 20 (Amended), Article 22b (Amended), Article 23 (Amended), Article 24 (Amended)
The following amendments were approved by members on October 27, 2005.
Articles amended: Article 1.2, 1.3 (Amended), Article 13.3 (Amended), Article 14.8, 14.9 (Amended), Article 19.2 (Amended), Article 25.6 (Amended)
Last updated: Mar 12, 2008