My name is Brian Hurley, I am the D&P rep for SBYSC. The purpose of the BAYSA D&P committee is to interpret the rules of competition and apply them to games and other situations that may occur during the BAYSA season. The BAYSA D&P committee is also responsible for determining issues concerning forfeits, and presiding over hearings on protests and grievances. The D&P committee also rules (within BAYSA) on issues concerning player penalty points and suspensions.
I know we are already going into our second week of games for most teams, but I wanted to provide a list of items that as a coach you will need to know for each game this season.
1. Every player needs to have a player card in order to be eligible to play. If you do not have a player card for someone on your team, please get with the South Belt registrar. If you play a player that does not have a player card, it will result in an automatic forfeit.
2. Every player needs to be listed on the game card from within GotSoccer. You cannot write in any player names, even if they have a player card. Any player write ins on the game card could result in an automatic forfeit. If you have a player not showing up on your game card, please get with the South Belt registrar to rectify it.
3. All player cards and coach’s kid safe cards need to be laminated. Any cards not laminated at game time will result in an automatic forfeit. I suggest also putting all player cards on a key ring and on a lanyard that way it is easier to contain them and the cards stay together.
4. D&P decided on a new goal differential rule last season which states that no teams should run up the score on their opponent by 10 or more goals. Meaning if you win your game 15-3, you are in violation of this rule. D&P actions will be a warning to the coach for the first offense and a possible one game suspension for repeat offenses. As a coach you should know quickly if your team is able to score a vast amount of goals, ways to help eliminate a run up of the score is to put a pass restriction for your players or even swap the offense and defense.
5. BAYSA has published the Fall 2017 handbook at the following site. Please read this and be familiar with the rules and guidelines for this season, especially for your age bracket:
6. After the game the referee should be taking the home team’s game card and turning it in, and the visiting team is to turn in their game card to their club. If you are the home team, I would suggest you take a picture of the game card that the referee will keep after both coaches sign it so you can have a record of it.
Lastly, all of us coaches are responsible for the behavior of our players and our parents. If a parent is getting out of hand, the referee may ask you to talk to that parent to calm them down. Please follow the guidance of the referee and help him ensure that the game stays calm and doesn’t escalate out of control. There have been several instances where parents, players, and coaches cause such a scene that police have to be called to the fields. We want everyone to stay safe and enjoy their weekend of soccer. Remember this is youth soccer, and although games are competitive and referees can make bad calls, just remind your team members to stay calm and enjoy the game.
If you have any questions, need clarification, or have an incident at one of your games, please feel free to email me or call/text me at 832-721-0388.