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San Angelo Soccer Association




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The San Angelo Soccer Association

Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules &

Regulations

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Chapter 1: Constitution of the San Angelo Soccer Association

1.1 (Article I) Name

1.2 (Article II) Preamble

1.3 (Article III) Purpose

1.4 (Article IV) Affiliation

1.5 (Article V) Membership

1.5.1 Classes of Membership

1.5.2 Membership Dues, Fees, and Fines

1.5.3 Membership Meetings

1.6 (Article VI) Governing of Association

1.6.1 Composition

1.6.2 Affiliations

1.6.3 Jurisdiction

1.6.4 Officers

1.6.5 Method of Election and Qualifications to Run

1.6.6 Term in Office

1.6.7 Vacancies

1.6.8 Meetings

1.6.9 Rules of Procedure

1.7 (Article VII) Ratification, Amendments, and Interpretations

1.7.1 Ratification

1.7.2 Amendments

1.7.3 Interpretations

Chapter 2: By-Laws of the San Angelo Soccer Association

2.1 (Article I) Duties of Officers, Employees, and Agents

2.1.1 The Board of Directors: Executive Committee

2.1.2 The Board of Directors

2.1.3 Staff

2.1.4 Requirements of All Board Members

2.1.5 Change in Numbers

2.1.6 Removal from Office

2.1.7 Resignation

2.1.8 Filling Vacancies

2.2 (Article II) Committees

2.2.1 Executive Committee

2.2.2 Standard Committees

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2.3 (Article III) Disciplinary Hearings and Appeals

2.3.1 Due Process

2.3.2 Appeals

2.4 (Article IV) Notice

2.4.1 Manner of Giving Notice

2.4.2 Waiver of Notice

2.5 (Article V) Elections

2.5.1 Requesting a recount

2.6 (Article VI) Administrative Information

2.6.1 Conduct of the Association as a Not-for-Profit Corporation

2.6.2 All Members Bound by this Document

2.6.3 Propaganda

2.6.4 Fiscal Year

2.6.5 Books and Records

2.6.6 Distribution of Net Earnings

2.6.7 Dissolution of the Association

2.6.8 Rules of Play

2.6.9 Indemnity

2.7 (Article VII) Ratification, Amendments, and Interpretations

2.7.1 Ratification

2.7.2 Amendments

2.7.3 Interpretations

Chapter 3: Rules & Regulations of the San Angelo Soccer Association

3.1 (Article I) Player Requirements

3.1.1 Age for Registration

3.1.2 Registration

3.2 (Article II) Team Formation

3.2.1 Recreational

3.2.2 Competitive

3.2.3 Academy

3.2.4 All Star Team

3.2.5 Guest Player

3.3 (Article III) Coaches

3.3.1 Eligibility of Coaches

3.3.2 Licensing

3.3.3 Appointment of Coaches

3.3.4 Coach Guidelines

3.3.5 Head Coach requesting his/her child be on their team

3.3.6 Mandatory Coach’s Meeting

3.4 (Article IV) Camps, Clinics, Private Lessons

3.4.1 Camps or Clinics

3.4.2 Lessons during the season

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3.4.3 Use of Complex

3.4.4 Failure to Comply

3.5 (Article V) Illegal Recruiting

3.5.1 Inducement

3.5.2 Filing Allegations

3.5.3 Complaints against parties outside SASA

3.6 (Article VI) Unregistered/Non-Sanctioned Play

3.7 (Article VII) Parent/Legal Guardian Responsibilities

3.7.1 Registration Fees

3.7.2 Team Spectator Areas

3.8 (Article VIII) SASA Complex Rules

3.9 (Article IX) General Rules

3.9.1 Sportsmanship

3.9.2 Use of SASA Property

3.9.3 Mandatory Playing Time for Recreational Players

3.9.4 Team Meetings

3.9.4.1 Recreational Team Meetings

3.9.4.2 Competitive Team Meetings

3.9.4.3 All Star Team Meetings

3.9.4.4 Academy Team Meetings

3.9.5 Uniforms

3.9.6 Scrimmages

3.9.7 Specifics Regarding Recreational Play

3.9.8 Specifics Regarding Academy Play

3.9.9 Specifics Regarding Competitive Play

3.10 (Article X) Policies and Procedures

3.10.1 Foul Weather Procedures

3.10.2 Player Discipline

3.10.3 Determination of Season Standings

3.10.4 Association Records

3.10.5 List of Members: Mailings and E-mailings

3.10.6 Game Protest

3.10.7 Adult Criminal Background Checks

3.11 (Article XI) Discipline, Protest, Grievances, and Appeals

3.11.1 Authority

3.11.2 Misconduct of Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches

3.11.3 Misconduct of Spectators

3.11.4 Misconduct and Punishment of Teams

3.11.5 Misconduct Toward a Referee

3.11.6 Terms and References

3.11.7 Penalties and Suspensions

3.11.8 Misconduct of Referees

3.11.9 Appellate Procedures

3.11.10 Appeals Process

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3.11.11 SASA A&D Proceedings

3.11.12 Appeals Format

3.11.13 Records

3.12 (Article XII) FIFA Rules and Modifications

3.12.1 Modifications to the U4

3.12.2 Modifications to the U5/U6

3.12.3 Modifications to the U7/U8

3.12.4 Modifications to the U9/10

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3.13 (Article XIII) Amendments, Interpretations, and Violations

3.13.1 Amendments

3.13.2 Interpretations

3.13.3 Exceptions to the Rules

3.13.4 Violations to the Rules

3.14 (Article XIV) Common Term Definitions

3.14.1 Recreational

3.14.2 Competitive

3.14.3 Recreational Plus

3.14.4 Recreational Coed

3.14.5 Academy

3.14.6 All-Stars

3.14.7 Player Pool

3.14.8 Coed

3.14.9 Playing Up

3.14.10 Recruiting

3.14.11 Tryout Advertising

3.14.12 Free Agent

3.14.13 Suspension

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Chapter 1: CONSTITUTION

 

1.1 (Article I) Name

This organization shall be known as The San Angelo Soccer Association, also referred to as SASA.

1.2 (Article II) Preamble

In recognition of the responsibility, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, to promote fair play and good

sportsmanship in the game of soccer we, the members of SASA, do enact this constitution.

1.3 (Article III) Purpose

The purpose of The San Angelo Soccer Association shall be to foster and advance the cause of soccer within San

Angelo, Texas and the surrounding communities. SASA shall teach the skills, techniques, and the rules of soccer,

while keeping in mind soccer is a game for both ladies and gentlemen and one must have fun and practice good

sportsmanship at all times. These principles, contained here within, apply not only to the participants, but also to

the Coaches, volunteers, officials, spectators, and Parent/Legal Guardians.

1.4 (Article IV) Affiliation

This association shall be directly affiliated to, and comply with, the authority of the United States Soccer Federation

and the North Texas Soccer Association, and shall represent its members and respective interests in and before any

approved league or association.

1.5 (Article V) Membership

1.5.1. Classes of membership

There shall be four classes of membership: General, Active, Sustaining, and Honorary

 

1.5.1.1. General Members

To include all Incorporated and unincorporated clubs, club teams and the like, whose players are

registered with, or are under the jurisdiction of, the San Angelo Soccer Association.

1.5.1.1.1. Voting privileges shall be extended, only to those general members, who qualify to

vote as an Active Member.

1.5.1.2. Active Members

To include all duly registered players and their parents/legal guardians, Coaches, Assistant Coaches,

Referees (a Referee will have needed to work at least five (5) games per regular soccer season to be

considered Active), and officers of the San Angelo Soccer Association, who display an active interest

in the SASA.

1.5.1.2.1. Active Members entitled to vote, i.e. the voting body”, during the General

Meetings of the Membership (AGMs), as defined in the By-Laws Election and voting

processes, shall be those officers, head Coaches of teams, and Referees, all of whom must

be registered in the current season, present at the General Meeting (AGM), in which the

vote is being called, age eighteen (18) and older, and in good standing with SASA and all

affiliated organizations. During elections, officers shall not have a vote.

1.5.1.3. Sustaining Members

To include any firm, business, franchise, or individual wishing to support a team of SASA who does

not meet the requirements of an Active member.

1.5.1.3.1 Voting privileges shall be extended, only to those sustaining members, who qualify

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to vote as an Active Member.

1.5.1.4. Honorary Members: To include any firm, business, franchise, or individual wishing to

support SASA and its purpose, but not wishing to become a sustaining member.

1.5.1.4.1 Voting privileges shall be extended, only to those honorary members, who qualify

to vote as an Active Member.

1.5.1.5. If a member holds more than one voting position, this member may cast only one vote. If this

member is an officer or Referee and also a head Coach (in good standing), he or she may delegate the

team vote to a rostered Assistant Coach or rostered team manager of that team. If a member

Coaches more than one team, he or she may only cast one vote, and thus may delegate the other

team(s) vote to a rostered Assistant Coach or rostered team manager of that team, who meet all

other eligibility requirements listed in 1.5.1.2.1. During an election, Board Members must delegate

vote to another Team Representative.

1.5.1.6 The San Angelo Soccer Association shall provide an equal opportunity to any athlete, Coach,

trainer, manager, administrator, official, and employee, who is not under suspension or other

disciplinary action with SASA, or any affiliates, to participate in youth soccer, or seek employment,

without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin. SASA will

seriously take into consideration any partaking of, or suspected participating in, any form of illegal

activity.

1.5.2. Membership Dues, Fees, and Fines

By the authority vested in The Board of Directors, registration fees and dues for general, active, sustaining,

and honorary members shall be set as deemed necessary. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may pass

on any fees or fines assessed against SASA, the Board itself, or for the action(s) of individuals and/or teams,

to wherever or whomever the Board deems necessary.

1.5.3. Membership Meetings

Two General meetings, of SASA membership, shall be held in the months of August and February. The

August meeting shall be referred to as the Annual General Meeting, and the February meeting shall be

referred to as the Semi-Annual General Meeting. Written notice, electronic notice, and/or published notice

of meetings shall be made at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting specifying date, time, location, and

purpose of the meetings.

1.6 (Article VI) Governing of Association

1.6.1. Composition

The governing body of the San Angelo Soccer Association shall be known as “The Board of Directors,and

may hereafter be referred to as the Board.The Board of Directors shall be empowered to conduct all

necessary business for SASA, in accordance with this Constitution and these By-Laws.

 

1.6.2. Affiliations

This association shall be a direct member of, and comply with the authority of, the North Texas Soccer

Association. SASA also recognizes the superseding authority and precedence of the requirements of the

North Texas State Soccer Association, which comply with the authority of the United States Soccer

Federation and its National Associations, of which the North Texas State Soccer Association is a member,

and shall represent all of its members and their respective interests in and before the North Texas State

Soccer Association and all affiliates.

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1.6.2.1. Obligations to the North Texas State Soccer Association

SASA will not join any organization which has requirements directly in conflict with the North Texas

State Soccer Association governing documents. SASA shall register all of its players, Coaches, teams,

Referees, and administrators with the North Texas State Soccer Association at least once each year

and will timely pay all dues and fees of the North Texas State Soccer Association. SASA will also

annually provide, to the North Texas State Soccer Association, copies of the San Angelo Soccer

Association By-Laws, Rules, and any other governing documents. SASA will also submit any changes

to those documents, to the North Texas State Soccer Association, for approval, after adoption, in

accordance with specific time frames as established by the North Texas State Soccer Association

rules.

1.6.3. Jurisdiction

The San Angelo Soccer Association shall have jurisdiction over all Referees, Coaches, players, and teams

affiliated with the San Angelo Soccer Association.

1.6.4. Officers

The officers of the San Angelo Soccer Association shall be as listed:

President Elected Odd Years

Vice-President Elected Even Years

Secretary Elected Odd Years

Treasurer Elected Even Years

Referee Coordinator Elected Odd Years

Coaches Representative Elected Even Years

Director of Competitive Teams Elected Odd Years

Director of Special Events Elected Even Years

Commissioner of U4/U5/U6 Boys Elected Odd Years

Commissioner of U4/U5/U6 Girls Elected Even Years

Commissioner of U7/U8 Boys Elected Odd Years

Commissioner of U7/U8 Girls Elected Even Years

Commissioner of U9/U10 Boys Elected Odd Years

Commissioner of U9/U10 Girls Elected Even Years

Commissioner of U11/U12+ Boys & Girls Elected Odd Years

Commissioner of Adult League Elected Even Years

Commissioner of Middle School Elected Odd Years

Community Liaison Elected Even Years

The following offices shall be appointed, every two (2) years, by the Executive Committee, with

recommendations from the Board of Directors: Odd Years

Director of Field Operations

Appeals and Discipline Head

Registrar

1.6.4.1. All officers shall perform the duties as instructed in this Constitution and these By-Laws, by

the authority vested in these documents.

1.6.5. Method of Election and Qualifications to Run

Officers shall be elected, by a majority vote of the Coaches and Referees eligible to vote, in accordance with

1.5.1.2.1, during the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Board member(s) choosing to run for a different

position must resign from their current position, following the elections, if voted into the position for which

they are running. Officers shall serve until their successor is elected or appointed. Elections shall be held in

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accordance with this Constitution and these By-Laws, with the offices being elected each year in the manner

listed in 1.6.4. Any persons, eighteen (18) years old or older, in good standing with SASA, the North Texas

State Soccer Association, and all affiliates, shall be eligible to run for office, and must stay in good standing

with these entities for the duration of their term, or shall be subject to removal from office. All Board

Members must live within a one hundred and fifty (150) mile radius of San Angelo to be eligible for a Board

position.

1.6.6. Term in Office

The elected officers shall be elected for a term of two (2) years. A term of office shall be from the earlier of

September 1 or the date of the certification, of the AGM vote, by The Board of Directors, and shall end

August 31. If a major event, such as a sanctioned tournament, is in progress on these dates, those officers

who are actively involved with the event will continue in office until the event and all actions associated with

it are concluded. Newly elected officers shall assume all duties immediately following the certification of the

vote, by the Board of Directors, and may cast any vote required of office. Outgoing officers may, and are

encouraged to, stay in their position, as a non-voting advisory body, to ensure proper training of the newly

elected member for at least one (1) season, or longer if needed. No member shall hold more than one office

at any time, but may assist with the prior position, if appointed to a new position, or one position may

perform the tasks of a vacant position, until the time the prior position is filled, but may only retain one (1)

vote.

1.6.7 Vacancies

In the event of death, resignation, or removal from the Board, a successor shall be appointed, in accordance

with the By-Law 2.1.8, which shall take office immediately and shall serve until the next annual election. The

appointed member may run for re-election in accordance with 1.6.5.

1.6.8 Meetings

Notice of all scheduled meetings shall be published on the SASA website, or other written/electronic format,

to be distributed to Coaches and Referees, at least two (2) weeks prior to each meeting.

1.6.8.1. Regular Meetings of SASA shall be held at such times and places as the Board may

determine. Regular meetings will be in an open/closed format, with the open period being available

for any guests, from the floor, to comment, in formats and timeframes determined by the Board.

The voting period will be held in a closed session. Executive Committee meetings shall be held at

such times and places as the Committee may determine

1.6.8.2. Special meetings may be called by the President, four (4) Executive Committee members, or

written request from seven (7) active SASA members, in good standing, provided the seven (7) active

members notify all Board members as to the date, time, place, and nature of the meeting. Special

meetings may be called as a meeting of just the Executive Committee or of the entire Board,

depending on the subject matter. For only the Executive Committee to meet, in a Special Meeting,

the subject of the meeting must meet one of the requirements from By-Law 2.2.1, for which a

decision of the Executive Committee is required. Special meetings shall be restricted to no more than

two (2) emergency items, one of which must be the item for which the meeting is called. The agenda

of special meetings shall be published with the next regular meetings notice, if time allows.

1.6.8.3. Fifty-one percent (51%), of the duty elected Board Members shall constitute a quorum for

the transaction of business at any Regular or Special meetings of the Full Board. For Regular and

Special Executive Committee meetings, fifty-one percent (51%), of the duty elected Committee

Members must be present to constitute a quorum. Structure of the Executive Committee, and

criteria for an item to require an Executive Committee approval, can be found in By-Law 2.2.1.

1.6.8.4 Emergency Actions- Any three (3) members of the Executive Board of Directors (which

may include the President) may take emergency action on matters demanding immediate attention

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when it is impractical or impossible to call a meeting and shall report their actions to all Board of

Director members in writing, or by electronic means with in three (3) days.

1.6.9 Rules of Procedure

The Roberts Rules of Order (revised) shall be the parliamentary authority of this organization. Should

Roberts Rules of Order conflict with this Constitution, or By-Laws, this document, being the Constitution, By-

Laws, and Rules & Regulations, shall take priority.

 

1.7 (Article VII) Ratification, Amendments and Interpretations

1.7.1. Ratification

The Ratification of a new Constitution shall be accomplished, upon the approving vote of a two-thirds (2/3)

 

majority of the present, active, voting body,” at any general meeting of the membership.

1.7.2 Amendments

The Board will, at any time, enact and amend this Constitution, as deemed necessary, to ensure agreement

with the Constitution, By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of the North Texas State Soccer Association

(NTSSA) and/or the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). When amending for this reason, the

board must use wording directly from the NTSSA or USYSA source. If changing to wording is needed for

clarification, a proposed amendment may be approved by a deciding vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the

present, active, voting body(see 1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at any general meeting of

the membership.

1.7.2.1 Any active member may propose changes to the Constitution, provided the proposed

change is submitted to the Board, at least forty-five (45) days before the General Meeting in which

the vote will be called for.

1.7.2.2 Any proposed amendments, not due to those required for affiliate compliance, to this

Constitution must be approved by a deciding vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the present, active,

voting body(see 1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at any general meeting of the

membership.

1.7.2.3 Any proposed amendments, which are approved, at the General Meeting, shall immediately

become a part of this Constitution, and will be effective instantly.

1.7.2.4 Updated, amended copies, of this document, must be provided to the Coaches, and all

interested parties, on an annual basis, by a physical document or electronic format, within one (1)

month after the Annual General Meeting of the membership.

1.7.3 Interpretations

In cases of contested interpretation of this Constitution, By-Laws, and/or Rules & Regulations, the final

decision on interpretation shall rest with the Board of Directors.

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CHAPTER 2: By-Laws

 

2.1 (Article I) Duties of Officers, Employees, and Agents

The affairs of the San Angelo Soccer Association shall be managed by its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors

shall be empowered to fix the hour and place of meetings, make recommendations to the Membership of the

Association, adopt and modify the General rules of SASA, and shall perform such other duties as specified in this

document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulations. The Board of Directors shall have the power to

enforce the Laws of the Game, Rules of the United States Soccer Federation and its National Associations, Rules of

the North Texas State Soccer Association, and the By-Laws and Rules & Regulations of the San Angelo Soccer

Association, and shall also hear appeals from the decisions of the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee. The

Board of Directors must adhere to this document and the Board Member Code of Ethics, the Conflict of Interest

Policy, and Whistleblowers Policy.

2.1.1 The Board of Directors: Executive Committee

Within the Board of Directors, an Executive Committee of seven (7) shall consist of: The President, Vice

President, Secretary, Treasurer, Referee Coordinator, Coaches Representative, Director of Field

Operations, Head of A&D, and the Registrar. Please see By-Law 2.2.1, for a detailed description of the

Executive Committee, including their authority.

2.1.1.1 President

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the San Angelo Soccer Association. The

President shall preside over all meetings of SASA, and as an ex-officio member of all Committees.

The President shall not have a vote, on the Board, unless to break a tie. The President and Treasurer

shall sign all written legal contracts and legal obligations of SASA; both the contract and obligations

must have prior approval of the Board, and in cases identified in By-Law 2.2.1, the Executive

Committee. The President shall act as one of the points of contact for matters dealing with the

North Texas State Soccer Association, and shall perform other duties as assigned by the Board. May

sign checks on behalf of San Angelo Soccer Association, any expense electronically must be

presented to the treasurer and to the board for approval at the next available board meeting. In the

event the President cannot perform said functions, the Vice President shall perform these tasks.

2.1.1.2 Vice President

The Vice President shall oversee the handling of uniforms, fundraisers, trophies, concessions and any

other duties as assigned by the Board. The Vice President shall be vested with all powers and shall

perform all duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President. May sign checks on

behalf of San Angelo Soccer Association, any expense electronically must be presented to the treasurer and

to the board for approval at the next available board meeting. In the event the Vice President cannot

perform said functions, the Secretary shall perform these tasks.

2.1.1.3 Secretary

The Secretary shall assist the President in the conducting of SASA meetings, and shall rule on points

 

of order in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. The Secretary will also assist the President in

ensuring all applicable Texas laws are followed, regarding not-for-profits, meetings, record keeping,

 

and the posting of the same. The Board may not overrule the Secretarys rulings on parliamentary

procedure. The Secretary shall keep attendance of all meetings, hand out the recorded minutes

from prior meetings, conduct roll call to justify a quorum, shall be invited to sit in for all committee

meetings and discussions, and be responsible for maintaining the By-Laws, playing rules, and

policies of SASA, to be sure they are in compliance with NTSSA and USYSA, and perform other duties

as assigned by the Board. May sign checks on behalf of San Angelo Soccer Association. In the event

the Secretary cannot perform said functions, the Treasurer shall perform these tasks.

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2.1.1.4 Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, and thus shall

be charged with the duties thereof, including receiving and depositing, in the name of the San Angelo

Soccer Association, in a financial institution selected by the Board, all SASA monies. The Treasurer

shall issue receipts; make all authorized disbursements; pay all liabilities; manage all accounts; and

offer at each meeting of the general membership, an opportunity for any interested parties to view

an itemized statement, on the financial condition, of SASA, for the current fiscal year.

The Treasurer must be notified of ALL purchases, no matter the amount. The Board of Directors may

require the Treasurer to be bonded, by an amount to be set by the Board. The Treasurer shall be

responsible for assisting the association in securing sponsors and grants. The Treasurer shall also

present, at each regularly scheduled Board meeting, an itemized financial statement for each Board

member, and access to view all banking records, receipts, accounting information, and contractual

items. The President and Treasurer shall sign all written legal contracts and legal obligations of

SASA; both the contract and obligations must have prior approval of the Board, and in cases

identified in By- Law 2.2.1, the Executive Committee. Authorized to sign checks on behalf of San

Angelo Soccer Association. All checks must be signed by both the Treasurer and another executive

committee member, in cases that the treasurer is absence or disabled, any two executive members (not

related) may sign. Must present a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the August Annual General

Meeting. Is required to serve on the Long Term Planning Committee. Authorized to allow automatic draft

for upcoming bills that have been previously approved by the board such as “utilities or reoccurring

 

expenditures.” In the event the Treasurer cannot perform said functions, the financial duties shall be

performed by the President.

 

2.1.1.5 Referee Coordinator

The Referee Coordinator shall represent the Referees in all transaction of the Board, and shall

present the views and concerns, of the Referees, to the Board. The Referee Coordinator

is responsible for keeping SASA in compliance with all affiliate Referee requirements, including any

required documentation, Risk Management/Background Check compliance, and Referee licensing

requirements. The Referee Coordinator shall give a status report, to the Referees, whenever called

upon, and shall be the major link between the Board and the Referees. The Referee Coordinator, if

called upon, shall also serve as a consultant for any Referee, who is being brought before the A&D

Committee, for any reason, and will perform other duties as assigned by the Board. The coordinator

will be in charge of setting up at least two clinics prior to the fall and two clinics prior to the spring

seasons. One of which will be a GRADE 8 Clinic and the other a GRADE 9 Clinic. Authorized to

sign checks on behalf of San Angelo Soccer Association. In the event the Referee Coordinator

cannot perform said functions, the Coaches Representative shall perform the task of representing

the Referees.

2.1.1.6 Coaches Representative

The Coaches Representative shall represent the Coaches in all transaction of the Board, and shall

 

present the views and concerns, of the Coaches, to the Board. The Coachs Advocate is

responsible for being a mediator, when required, to settle confrontations between parents and

Coaches. The Coaches Representative is re spons ibl e for keeping SASA in compliance with all

a f f i l i a t e Coach Requirements, including any required documentation, Risk

Management/Background Check compliance, and Coach licensing requirements. The

Coaches Representative shall be responsible for finding Coaches to fill any empty Coaching positions, for

teams needing a Coach at the beginning of the season. The Coaches Representative shall give a

status report, to the Coaches, whenever called upon, and shall be the major link between the

Board and the Coaches. The Coaches Representative, if called upon, shall also serve as a

consultant for any Coach, who is being brought before the A&D Committee, for any reason, and will

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perform other duties as assigned by the Board. In charge of setting up two coaches clinics per

season one to include a youth module approved by NTSAA. Authorized to sign checks on behalf of

San Angelo Soccer Association. In the event the Coaches Representative cannot perform said

functions, the Referee Coordinator shall perform these tasks.

2.1.1.7 Director of Special Events

The Director of Special Events, also referred to as the Director,” shall be responsible for the

organization, set-up, and operations of all tournaments and events approved by the Board. The

Director may appoint an individual or group of individuals, to assist as a Tournament/Events

Committee. The Director shall recommend, to the Board, the price for entry fees, and an expense

budget for Tournament/Event purchases, which should include awards and Referee pay. The

Director shall be responsible for only making those purchases which are approved, by the Board,

within the budgeted amount. Any additional purchases, outside of those listed in the budget, or any

purchases, exceeding the budgeted amount, must be approved by the Board. All receipts, invoices,

and sponsorship confirmations must be sent, to the Treasurer, for payment and confirmation of

payment. The Director shall work closely with the Referee Assignor, to ensure arrangements f o r

Referees are completed. The Director shall also report, to the Board, on a specified schedule, the

progress made, and must also be aware of, and comply with all NTSSA and SASA deadlines. The

Director will also perform other duties as assigned by the Board. Expenses must be presented and

approved at the next scheduled board meeting. In the event the Director of Special Events cannot

perform said functions, the Director of Field Operations shall perform these tasks.

2.1.1.8 Director of Field Operations

The Director of Field Operations, also referred to as the Field Director,” is responsible for

maintenance and repairs of playing fields, keys, water systems, parking lots, buildings, and any other

physical plants, on and within the SASA Complex and property. The Field Director is empowered, by

the Board, to review all contracts pertaining to the operations and maintenance of the physical

plant, fields, water systems, and parking lots, and will report to the Executive Committee for

approval and the President and Treasurer for signature, prior to the execution of any contract. The

Field Director will be in charge of field layout for the present and future field development. The Field

Director will oversee the access and usage of fields at all times, and will perform other duties as

assigned by the Board. Authorized to sign checks on behalf of San Angelo Soccer Association,

will have access to electronic means for “emergency” expenditures that incur before a scheduled

board meeting. Expenses must be presented and approved at the next scheduled board meeting.

In the event the Director of Field Operations cannot perform said functions, the President shall

perform these tasks.

2.1.1.9 Registrar

The Registrar is responsible for all aspects of registration, including advertising and registration

event planning. The Registrar must file all required Registrar documents, in accordance with the NTSSA

rules and regulations. The registrar is not to be combined with any other board or office position. The

registrar is a member of the Executive committee and is appointed by the board every two years (Even

Years). The registrar will determine the eligibility criteria for players who wish to play under the San

Angelo Soccer Association, and will be responsible for ensuring all players and teams are registered

in accordance with NTSSA rules and regulations. The registrar will work with the office manager to

maintain a complete and accurate list of all players, teams and team officials, but it is ultimately the

responsibility of the registrar to ensure all players are documented in a designated database. It is the

responsibility of the Registrar to certify the rosters of teams, by signature, to other Associations or

individuals, within the NTSSA, who inquire, and work with the Commissioners to ensure all

necessary paperwork concerning team formation and registration for both SASA and NTSSA are

accurately completed, in a timely manner, and will also notify the Coaches Representative of any

teams who do not have a Coach. The Registrar shall also oversee the formation of teams by a Team

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Formation Committee, chosen by the Registrar, and will provide team rosters, to the Commissioners,

at least three (3) days prior to the AGM, as well as perform other duties as assigned by the Board.

Authorized to sign checks on behalf of the San Angelo Soccer Association. In the event the Registrar

cannot perform said functions, the Secretary shall perform these tasks.

2.1.2 The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall include those on the Executive Committee, and the officers listed below:

 

2.1.2.1 Director of Competitive Teams

The Director of Competitive Teams, also referred to as the Competitive Director,” shall represent

all non-recreational or selectteams, and will be the liaison between these teams and the Board.

The Competitive Director shall schedule games through the Referee Coordinator, NTSSA, and any

other Competitive Group approved to use the fields, representing NTSSA, and check the availability

of fields through the Director of Field Operations and the Office Manager. The Competitive Director

is also responsible for making sure field access can be obtained, for Competitive Teams using fields

for approved games and practices. The Competitive Director shall also assist teams in making

requests to use the fields, and shall be sure all teams are complying with SASA rules, regulations,

and contract terms, and also be sure all teams are in compliance with all affiliate rules and

regulations. The Director of Competitive Teams will also perform any other duties as assigned by the

Board. In the event the Director of Competitive Teams cannot perform said functions, the U11+

Commissioner shall perform these tasks.

2.1.2.2 Commissioners of Age Groups

Commissioners of Age Groups shall represent the age divisions established by this document. Each

Commissioner shall enforce all SASA rules, policies, and procedures primarily by watching their age

groups games and counseling parents about any infringements they may witness. The Commissioner

shall represent the interests of the teams (primarily referring to the team parents) in all transactions

of the Board, and shall present any concerns, to the Board. The Commissioner will also perform any

other duties as assigned by the Board. In the event a Commissioner of an age group cannot perform

said functions, another Commissioner, as assigned by the Board, shall perform the tasks for the age

group.

2.1.2.2.1 Age group Commissioners will consist of two (2) Commissioners (1 for Girls and 1

for Boys) for the U4, U5, and U6; two (2) Commissioners (1 for Girls and 1 for Boys), for the

U7 and U8; two (2) Commissioners (1 for Girls and 1 for Boys) for the U9 and U10, one (1)

Commissioner for all U11 and up teams.

2.1.2.2.2 Commissioners-League Events

Commissioners of League Events shall represent the age divisions established by this

document. Each Commissioner shall enforce all SASA rules, Policies, and Procedures by

primarily watching their league events. The commissioner shall represent the interest of the

teams in all transactions of the Board, and shall present any concerns, to the Board. The

Commissioners will also perform any other duties as assigned by the Board. In the event a

Commissioner of a League Even cannot perform said functions, another commissioner, as

assigned by the Board, shall perform the tasks for the league event.

2.1.2.2.2.1- Adult League Commissioner will oversee the Adult League division.

2.1.2.2.2.2- Middle School Soccer Commissioner will oversee all activities that are

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related to Middle School Soccer Program.

 

2.1.2.3 Director of Appeals & Disciplinary

The Director of Appeals & Disciplinary, also referred to as the Head of A&D,” shall be the chairman

for the A&D Committee, and shall be responsible for all facets of appeals and disciplinary, including

(but not limited to) investigating complaints, conducting hearings, interviewing witnesses, and

assessing A&D points. The Head of A&D will be well versed on all rules and laws of the game, as well

as all SASA rules, regulations, and By-laws, and all affiliate rules, regulations, and By-Laws. The Head

of A&D will assemble a committee of five non-biased persons, from all aspects of the association, in

accordance wi t h By-Law 2.2.2.1. The Director of Appeals & Disciplinary i s required to at tend

meetings of the Board, and is subject to the same Board requirements as any other Board member.

In the event the Director of Appeals & Disciplinary cannot perform said functions, another Head of

A&D must be appointed as soon as possible, and no other Board Member is allowed to perform

these functions, other than the Director of Appeals & Disciplinary.

2.1.2.4 Community Liaison-

The liaison is one that oversees any contract negotiations that may occur between San Angelo Soccer

Association and any other entity, such as the City of San Angelo, Tom Green County, or the US

Army Corp of Engineers.

2.1.3 Staff

The Executive Committee may establish qualifications for and hire such staff as deemed necessary for the

operation of the San Angelo Soccer Association. A staff member can hold any office that is not an executive

position, and shall not have any vote in meetings of the Association or in meetings of the Board. Staff

members shall be hired and evaluated by the Executive Committee, but a majority vote from the full

Board of Directors is required to fire staff and determine pay raises. Staff members are required to sign and

follow all guidelines, rules, and regulations established in this document and the San Angelo Soccer

Association Employee Handbook.

2.1.3.1 The Office Manager reports directly to the President, shall attend all meetings of SASA, and

are required to stay abreast of all workings of SASA events and functions. The Office Manager shall

adhere to all confidentiality agreements, and be especially guarded with childrens information.

2.1.4 Requirements of All Board Members

2.1.4.1 All San Angelo Soccer Association Board Members are required to attend Meetings of the

Board of Directors, which should be held at such times and places as determined by the Board.

2.1.4.2 All Board Members are expected to work at least two (2) full Saturdays, per season, or four

(4) half Saturdays, per season, and are required to work any and every major (as determined by the

Board of Directors) SASA events, including Tournaments and Registration events.

2.1.4.3 All Board Members are required to sign, and comply with, the San Angelo Soccer Association

Board Member Agreement, and also are required to sign the Constitution, By-Law, and Rules &

Regulations Acknowledgement.

2.1.4.4 Board Members are responsible for protecting the assets and interest of the San Angelo

Soccer Association, and any equipment or keys, made available for the Board Members use, must be

returned to the office within one (1) week of the conclusion of an individuals tenure as a Board

Member. Whether the conclusion is voluntary or involuntary, failure to return property may result

in legal action.

2.1.4.5 Members of the Board of Directors shall serve without salary for their services. Any Board of

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Directors member may be reimbursed for expenses approved by the budget and/or the Board of

Directors

2.1.4.6 Any member of the Board of Directors shall refrain from voting with the Board of Directors if

the subject matter constitutes a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest are those matters related to

hearing protests or appeals related to the members team, player, age group, or Coach, or voting on

issues which would have an immediate impact on the member, member ’s di rect family, or the

members childs team. Members with a potential conflict may not participate in discussion of such

subjects, and must recuse themselves from the vote, on the subject.

2.1.4.7 It is the responsibility and duty of all Board Members to advocate, promote, and build the

Reputation of this Organization, by presenting the positives of the game and of the San Angelo

Soccer Association and by encouraging the public to enroll and participate.

2.1.4.8 All Board Members are required to protect and guard the children of SASA, and their

information. The San Angelo Soccer Association adopts a viewpoint which prohibits physical, verbal,

or sexual abuse of or by players, Coaches, Referees, administrators, and/or spectators, and will take

steps necessary to remove, from further soccer activities, any person found guilty of such.

2.1.5 Change in Numbers

The officers shall be as stated in the Constitution 1.6.4. A permanent decrease in the number of officers shall

require a change in 1.6.4, by a proposed amendment, to the voting body, at an AGM. The Board of Directors,

by a vote of two-thirds (2/3), of the voting offices, on the Board, may temporarily create a new office and

appoint an individual to fill the office until the end of the current year (June 1 through May 31). In order for

the office to continue into later fiscal years, a change in 1.6.4 must be done by a proposed amendment, to

the voting body, at an AGM.

2.1.6 Removal from Office

2.1.6.1 Vote of No-Confidence by the Membership

Any member of the Board of Directors shall be required to resign following a vote of no confidence

in his or her ability to remain in office. A number, of the members, of the San Angelo Soccer

Association, equal to ten percent (10%) of the number of eligible voters (the “voting body), for the

last season for which registration has been completed, may petition, in writing, for such a vote. The

petition must be submitted, in writing, to the Board of Directors which, in turn, shall review the

petition and set the date, time, and place of a Special Meeting of the San Angelo Soccer Association

Membership where the hearing and the vote shall be held. The Special Meeting for a vote of no

confidence must be scheduled within thirty (3) days after receipt of the petition by the Board of

Directors. The Board of Directors shall notify all members of the date, hour, place, and purpose of

the Special Meeting by publishing such notice, on the SASA website, for the seven (7) consecutive

days before the day of the Special Meeting. The vote of no confidence must be passed by two-thirds

(2/3) majority of the voting body attending the Special Meeting at which the vote is conducted. A

quorum, at a Special Meeting, for a vote of no confidence, shall be a number of the voting members

(the voting body), of SASA equal to 30% of the number of eligible voters for the last season for

which registration has been completed.

 

2.1.6.2 Vote of No-Confidence by the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors may call for a vote of no confidence, on any Officer, whose actions have been

grossly negligent, or severely improper, or for any reason otherwise deemed just ifiable, by the Board

of Directors. Prior to casting a vote of no confidence, the Executive Committee must meet with

the member to discuss the actions causing a potential vote of no confidence. If the actions are on

behalf of an Executive Committee member, the Board of Directors shall appoint three (3) Board

Members to meet with the member to discuss the actions causing the potential vote of no

confidence. These meetings shall serve as an opportunity for the accused to explain their actions

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and why they should not receive a vote of no confidence, two-thirds (2/3) majority, of the Board of

Directors, must declare a vote of no confidence. If an Officer receives the vote of no confidence,

he/she is automatically suspended from the Board. The suspended officer may not appeal.

2.1.6.3 Attendance at Meetings and Events

The Executive Committee may decide, by a majority vote, to declare an office vacant, if a Board

Member has three consecutive absences, without sufficient reason, from any regularly scheduled

meetings. The Board may decide, by a majority vote, to declare an office on the Executive

Committee vacant, if the member has three absences, without sufficient reason, from any regularly

scheduled meetings. If a Board Member misses any major (as determined by the Executive

Committee) event, such as a Tournament, or any event they have committed to attending, without

sufficient reason or timely notice, the Executive Committee/Board, will have justifiable reason to

declare a vote of no confidence, in accordance with 2.5.2.

2.1.6.4 Temporary Suspension of a Board Member

The board may voted to suspend another board member if the board decides that there is enough

evidence to do so before a hearing can be held. If the hearing comes back that there was no violation

then that member is free to resume their responsibilities on the board. If the hearing comes back that

the member was in violation, the board then may move into a vote of no confidence.

2.1.7 Resignation

Any Board Member, or staff, may resign by giving written or verbal notice, to the President. The resignation

shall take effect at the time specified therein, or immediately, if no time is specified. If a Board Member, or

staff, recants a verbal resignation, at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors, after the President

has caused the verbal resignation, and recant, to be included in the minutes, the verbal resignation will be

considered as null and void, and the Board Member will continue in the office until an action causes the end

of the commitment, whether by the expiration of the term in office or removal from office.

2.1.8 Filling Vacancies

In the event of death, resignation, or removal from the Board, the Executive Committee shall appoint a

successor, who shall take office immediately upon appointment. Those interested in a p p l y i n g

f o r appointment will send a letter of intent, to the Executive Committee, for review. The Executive

Committee will research the candidate, and if the Executive Committee is satisfied the candidate will be

able to fulfill the required duties of a Board Member, the candidates application will then be passed to the

full Board for a majority vote.

2.2 (Article II) Committees

2.2.1 Executive Committee

Within the Board of Directors, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, an Executive Committee will consist of

the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Referee Coordinator, Coaches Representative, Director

of Field Operations, Head of A&D, and the Registrar. The Committee will have authority to require

their approval on: any issues concerning single item purchases of, or dedication of funds of, more

than $1500.00; any contractual agreements which would last for more than one (1) fiscal year; any issues

regarding staff; any issues regarding inner board disputes; any issues regarding Board Member disciplinary

actions; and evaluation of prospective newBoard Members, in accordance with By-Law 2.1.8. The

Executive Committee shall have the power to call Special Meetings, of just the Executive Committee,

providing the subject is under their authority of approval. The Executive Committee is required to publish,

in the next regularly scheduled meeting, of the Board, the minutes, including the agenda, of all

Regularly Scheduled and Special Meetings. Items to be discussed, during a regularly scheduled Executive

Committee Meeting, must be listed on the Regular Meetings agenda, but does not have to be explicit.

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2.2.2 Standard Committees

No Standard Committee shall have the authority to commit SASA on matters of policy or to create financial

obligations, without approval from the Board or in cases identified in 2.2.1, the Executive Committee. All

Committee plans and actions are subject to Board approval except those of the Nominating Committee. A

majority of any committee shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of committee procedures.

2.2.2.1 Nominating Committee

A Nominating Committee shall be selected by the Executive Committee and shall consist of at least

three (3) Active Members-at-Large, to constitute an odd number of representatives to compile and

present a slate of officers to be voted upon, at the annual election. The Nominating Committee will

meet and make its report to the Executive Committee at least forty (40) days prior to the annual

election.

2.2.2.2 Rules Committee

The Rules Committee shall be comprised of the Secretary and any other Board Members selected by

the Secretary. The Rules Committee shall review a minimum of annually, the Constitution, By-Laws,

and Rules & Regulations of the San Angelo Soccer Association, as well as any proposed changes to

the same. The Committee shall make certain the Chapters, of this document, do not conflict with

each other or with those of NTSSA, the USSYA, or any other affiliates, and if such conflicts exist, a

proposed resolution should be drafted as a proposed amendment for approval, by the voting body,

at the Annual General Meeting.

2.2.2.3 Special Committees

The Board shall appoint such Special Committees as may be needed to carry on the work of the San

Angelo Soccer Association, and shall name the chairperson of each.

2.2.2.4 Competitive/Select Committee

The Competitive/Select Committee will oversee the development of all non-recreationalteams,

registered with SASA. This will include all All-Star, Academy, and Competitive Teams and Clubs. The

Competitive/Select Committee will be selected by the Director of Competitive Teams, and will be

charged with the main duties of serving as the communication link between SASA and the

Competitive Teams, and ensuring all Coaches are familiar with the NTSSA and SASA rules governing

competitive and select teams. The Committee will be responsible for assisting new Teams in these

groups, and h e l p i n g a l l Co a c h e s wi th not i f i c at ion procedures , tryout p r o c e d u r e s ,

and t e am formation rules. The ultimate responsibility of knowing and complying with rules and

deadlines lies with the team Coach, but this committee will serve as an assistant for the Competitive

Coaches and teams.

2.2.2.5 Appeals and Disciplinary Committee

The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, also referred to as A&D,” shall be composed of the

Director of Appeals & Disciplinary and four other members, recommended by the Head of A&D and

approved by the Board of Directors, including at least one (1) Referee, one (1) Coach, one (1)

Parent/Legal Guardian, one (1) Board Member. Three (3) members of this Committee shall

constitute a quorum, with one being the Head of A&D. No Committee Member shall hear or vote on

any disciplinary matter, or appeal, in which the Member has any vested interest. Should it be

impossible for a quorum to be had, in order for the Committee to make a ruling, within the period

set by theses By-Laws or the Rules & Regulations of SASA, or the Rules & Regulations of NTSSA, then

the Head of A&D, or any other member, shall appoint any impartial person(s) to serve temporarily,

on the Committee. The A&D Committee procedures shall follow those rules and procedures

established in the North Texas State Soccer Association A&D Handbook. The Head of A&D shall

notify the Board of Directors, in writing, of the rulings of this Committee, and for those rulings which

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require notification to the NTSSA; the Head of A&D shall immediately mail such rulings to the NTSSA

office. Referee misconduct reports, shall be mailed or delivered to the office for retrieval, by the

Head of A&D, within the time allowed for such reports. Complaints, addressed f o r the A&D

Committee, must be brought, to the office, in a sealed envelope, with A&D written on the outside.

The Committee shall provide a Discipline Committee for all tournaments, sanctioned by the San

Angelo Soccer Association, and will be at the site, of the tournament, ready to render whatever

judgments may be required during tournament play. Any person serving on the A&D Committee

must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and in good standing with SASA and all affiliates.

2.2.2.6 Long Term Planning Committee-

The long term planning committee is in charge of establishing all capital projects that the association

needs. This committee will take suggestions from the board and research cost, and overall usefulness

of such a project. The committee will seek three bids for services and present its findings to the board

of directors. The treasurer, field director, and president will comprise this committee.

2.3 (Article III) Disciplinary Hearings and Appeals

The San Angelo Soccer Association will provide impartial and prompt hearings and appeal procedures to insure the

rights of due process to the accused.

2.3.1 Due Process

In all hearings, the parties involved shall expect: Notice of the specific charges or alleged violations, in

writing, and possible consequences if the charges are found to be viable; Reasonable time between receipt

of the notice of charges and the hearing, to prepare a defense; The right to have the hearing conducted at a

practical time and place to ensure attendance of involved parties; A hearing before an impartial body; The

right to be assisted in the preparation of ones case, by the Referee Coordinator (in cases of alleged Referee

misconduct), by the Coaches Representative (in cases of alleged Coach misconduct), or Age Group

Commissioner (in cases of player or Parent/Legal Guardian misconduct); The right to call witnesses and

present oral and written evidence; The right to confront witnesses, including the right to be provided the

identity of a witnesses in advance of the hearing, if requested; the right to have a record made of the

hearing, if requested at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance, of the hearing, with all costs to be paid by

the requester; and a prompt written decision, with the reasons for the decision, based solely on the

evidence of record, and including the appeal rights and procedures.

2.3.2 Appeals

2.3.2.1Decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee may be appealed to the Board of

Directors of the San Angelo Soccer Association. Procedures for filing appeals shall be the same as for

filing a complaint with A&D, except letters of appeal shall be addressed to the Board, and the sealed

envelope will require Board Appeal written on the outside. The SASA President shall notify all

concerned parties of the receipt of the appeal and of the time and place for the Appeal hearing.

Decisions of the Board of Directors may be appealed to the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee of

the North Texas State Soccer Association by following the procedures set forth in the NTSSA

Administrative Rules.

2.3.2.2 All appeals must be submitted, in writing, and received by the Board within five (5) days of

the A&D decision being appealed. All appeals shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee of

$50.00, (cash, money order, or certified funds), as set by the Board of Directors. If the appeal is

upheld, by the Board, the fee shall be returned. If the appeal is denied, the fee shall be forfeited, to

the treasury of SASA. The Board of Directors reserves the right to waive the established fee, at any

time.

2.3.2.3 The Board may, when requested in writing, waive the time limit for filing an appeal, but in no

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case may allow an extension of more than ten (10) days.

2.3.2.4 The San Angelo Soccer Association will honor all orders of suspension of disbandment, issued

by the North Texas State Soccer Association, any other af f i l iates , or any other NTSSA Member

Associations.

2.3.2.5 All complaints, filed by any member of the San Angelo Soccer Association, must go through

the established channels within the San Angelo Soccer Association, before being appealed to the

North Texas State Soccer Association, or any higher authority. Any member, who fails to follow the

proper established channels, for appeals, unless advised to do so by a collective recommendation of

the Board, shall be considered to be in bad standing with the San Angelo Soccer Association until

such time as determined by the Board of Directors.

2.3.2.6 Decisions of the San Angelo Soccer Association Board of Directors may be appealed to the

Appeals and Disciplinary Committee of the North Texas State Soccer Association. In no event shall

any person or persons or organizations, under the jurisdiction of the San Angelo Soccer Association,

resort to the courts, until all appeal procedures, including appeals to the NTSSA and to the USSF,

have been exhausted. For violations of this rule, the offending party shall be subject to the sanctions

of suspension and fines as set forth by the United States Soccer Federation, and shall be liable for all

expenses incurred by the San Angelo Soccer Association and/or any of its members, including, but

not limited to court costs, attorney fees, reasonable compensation for time spent by SASA officers

and members in responding to and defending against allegations in the action, responses to

discovery and court appearances, travel expense, and the expenses for holding special meetings

necessitated by the court action.

2.3.2.7 All decisions at all levels of the appeals process shall stand and be of full force and effect

until changed by a higher authority, including any suspensions or points assessed.

2.4 (Article IV) Notice

2.4.1 Manner of Giving Notice

Whenever, under this document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulations, notice is

required to be given to any member of the San Angelo Soccer Association, and no provisions are made as to

how such notice shall be given, it shall not be construed to mean personal notice. Such notice shall be given

in writing, by mail, postage paid, addressed to such member, at the address appearing on the records of the

Association; and any notice required or permitted to be given by mail shall be deemed given at the time

when the notice is deposited in the United States mail. If notice is allowed by electronic formats, notice shall

be deemed as given at the time when the notice is sent or forwarded to the email address, on file, with the

San Angelo Soccer Association; sent or forwarded email shall be kept in an electronic file, for reference of

dates and times the email was sent. If notice is required to be given to a large number of SASA members,

such notice may be given by posting the notice, on the SASA website, for seven (7) consecutive days.

2.4.2 Waiver of Notice

Whenever any notice is required to be given to any member of the Association, under the provisions of this

document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulations, a waiver in writing, signed by the

person or persons entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time stated in such notice, shall be

deemed equivalent to the giving of such notice. Attendance at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice

of such meeting, except where a person attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of

any business on the ground the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

2.5 (Article V) Elections

Election of officers shall be held, by secret ballot, of the voting body, as identified in 1.5.1.2.1, at the August AGM.

The Nominating Committee shall be selected, by the Executive Committee, in accordance with By-Law 2.2.2.1. All

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nominees must consent to serve, and be age eighteen (18), or older, in good standing with SASA and all affiliates,

live within 150 mile radius of San Angelo, and be able to perform the functions of the position, as outlined in this

document. If there are three (3) or more nominees for any office, and one nominee does not receive a majority of

the votes cast, the nominee receiving the lowest number of votes will be dropped from the list of nominees, before

the next round of voting, which shall be a re-vote to determine a majority. The election results will be posted, to the

SASA website, within 24 hours of certification by the Board, and count totals will be posted in the minutes of the

next regular Board meeting.

2.5.1 Requesting a Recount

Any candidate may request a recount of the votes. The request must be accompanied by a non-refundable,

$20.00 fee, which shall be placed in the treasury of SASA. All involved candidates will be notified and may be

present during the recount. During a recount, the incumbent shall retain the position until the results are

finalized, and certified by the Executive Committee. The recount vote must be requested within 48 hours of

the i n i t i a l count. Ballots will be destroyed 72 hours after initial certification of the results, and the

Nominating Committee of SASA shall maintain the ballots until their destruction.

2.6 (Article VI) Administrative Information

2.6.1 Conduct of the Association as a Not-for-Profit Corporation

The San Angelo Soccer Association shall conduct its business in a manner conforming to the purposes set

forth in Article II, while complying with all rules and regulations set forth under Section 501(c) (3), of the

Internal Revenue Code, so as to maintain its status as a nonprofit corporation.

2.6.2 All Members Bound by this Document

All players, their parents/guardians, all Coaches, all Referees, all officers, all employees, all agents, and all

other members of the San Angelo Soccer Association, by their participation, agree to be bound by and

subject to the entirety of this document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulations, as they

now exist or may be amended.

2.6.3 Propaganda

The San Angelo Soccer Association shall not knowingly participate in, or intervene in (including the

publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign, or participate in the carrying on of any

propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence legislation or opinions, on behalf of any candidate for public

office, or for any political party.

2.6.4 Fiscal Year

The fiscal year, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, shall be from August 1 to July 31.

 

2.6.5 Books and Records

The San Angelo Soccer Association shall keep correct and complete books and records of account, and shall

keep minutes of all meetings, at its registered office.

2.6.6 Distribution of Net Earnings

No part of the net earnings of the San Angelo Soccer Association shall serve the benefit of any private

individual, member, or officer of SASA (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services

rendered to or for SASA, affecting one or more of its purposes). No private individual, member, or officer of

SASA shall be entitled to a share in the distribution of any corporate asset on dissolution of the San Angelo

Soccer Association.

2.6.7 Dissolution of the Association

Upon the dissolution of the San Angelo Soccer Association, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or

making provision for the payment of all liabilities of SASA, dispose of all assets of SASA in such manner, or to

such organization or organizations which are organized and operated for charitable, educational,

humanitarian, or scientific purposes, as shall, at the time, qualify as an exempt organization, or to any

organization, under Section 501 (c) (3), of the Internal Revenue Code, as the Board of Directors may

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determine. Any of such assets, not so disposed of, shall be disposed of by the District Court of the County, in

which the principal office, of the San Angelo Soccer Association is then located, exclusively for such

purposes, or to such organization, or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and

operated exclusively for such purposes.

2.6.8 Rules of Play

The San Angelo Soccer Association will use the Rules of Play, modified as allowed, for play, as specified by

the North Texas State Soccer Association. The current copy of the playing rules of SASA will be maintained in

the Rules & Regulations section of this document.

2.6.9 Indemnity

The directors, officers, employees, agents, Referees, Coaches, and any other Representatives of the San

Angelo Soccer Association shall be indemnified and held harmless by the SASA in defending any legal action

taken against said person for good faith acts or omissions by said person in the administration of the SASA,

so long as said person has not acted maliciously. Any Representatives, agents, or affiliates shall be held

harmless and/or otherwise indemnified against any claim by or on behalf of any other member, to include

players and their parents, as a result of participation in any San Angelo Soccer Association programs or events,

and/or being transported to or from the same.

2.7 (Article VII) Ratification, Amendments and Interpretations

2.7.1 Ratification

The Ratification of a new set of By-Laws shall be accomplished, upon the approving vote of two-thirds

 

(2/3) majority of the present active voting body, at any general meeting of the membership.

2.7.2 Amendments

The Board will, at any time, enact and amend these By-Laws, as deemed necessary, to ensure agreement

with the Constitution, By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of the North Texas State Soccer Association

(NTSSA) and/or the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). When amending for this reason, the

board must use wording directly from the NTSSA or USYSA source. If changing to wording is needed for

clarification, a proposed amendment may be approved by a deciding vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the

active and present voting body (see 1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at an Annual General

Meeting (AGM).

2.7.2.1 Any active member may propose changes to the By-Laws, provided the proposed change is

submitted to the Board, for consideration, at least forty-five (45) days before the Annual General

Meeting in which the vote will be called for. The Board shall consider any proposed change, and

document, in the meetings minutes, the reasoning for or against the addition of the proposed

change, to these By-Laws. If the Board is in agreement for the addition of the proposed change, it

then must be presented, as a proposed amendment, at the Annual General Meeting.

2.7.2.2 Any proposed amendments, not due to those required for affiliate compliance, to these By-

Laws must be approved by a deciding vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the active and present

voting body (see 1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at an Annual General Meeting.

2.7.2.3 Any proposed amendments, which are approved, at the Annual General Meeting, shall

immediately become a part of these By-Laws, and will be effective instantly.

2.7.2.4 Updated, amended copies, of this document, must be provided to the Coaches, and all

interested parties, on an annual basis, within one (1) month after the Annual General Meeting of the

membership.

2.7.3 Interpretations

In cases of contested interpretation of this document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and/or Rules &

Regulations, the final decision on interpretation shall rest with the Executive Committee, of the Board of

Directors.

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Chapter 3 Rules & Regulations

3.1 (Article I) Player Requirements

 

3.1.1 Age for Registration

All youths, who are between the ages of four (4) and nineteen (some may be 3 at the time of registration,

but must turn 4 before July 31 of the current playing year, and may not turn 19 any later than July 31 of the

current playing year), may register and be rostered, or assigned to a team, with the San Angelo Soccer

Association, provided enough players have registered, within the players designated age group.

3.1.1.1 Proof of Age

All players must present proof of age when registering to play for the first time in the Association,

and if the player has not played for more than two (2) consecutive seasons, or one (1) full year.

Proof of age shall consist of a birth certificate; or birth registration, issued by an appropriate

government agency; Board of Health records; passport; alien registration card, issued by the United

States Governments; a certificate, issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to

age; a Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173), issued by the uniformed

services of the United States; or a certification of an American citizen born abroad, issued by the

appropriate government agency. Hospital, baptismal, or religious certificates will not be accepted.

Any misrepresentation, by an individual player, parents, Coaches, relatives, legal guardians, or

Commissioner, as to a players birthdate, address, home school attendance area, or other

information which might be interpreted as trying to circumvent team building policy, will subject the

player to being removed from a team, and may cause the guilty individuals to be subject to action by

the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

3.1.1.2 Age Divisions

Player Divisions are separated in accordance with the NTSSA team formation method, which

recognizes U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U19 as established age divisions. The soccer year as set

by the USSF is from September 1 through August 31. The “end of the soccer year” refers to the July

31 after play have begun. For example, a player registering July 15, 2011, for the new soccer

year, beginning with the Fall Season, would consider July 31 at the end of the soccer year, to be the

July

31, 2012, occurring after the end of the Fall and Spring playing season. Below is a breakdown of the

age requirements for each age division, within the San Angelo Soccer Association.

U4 Player must turn age four (4) before July 31, at the end of the soccer year

U5 Player must not turn age six (6) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U6 Player must not turn age seven (7) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U7 Player must not turn age eight (8) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U8 Player must not turn age nine (9) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U9 Player must not turn age ten (10) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U10 Player must not turn age eleven (11) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U11 Player must not turn age twelve (12) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U12 Player must not turn age thirteen (13) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U13 Player must not turn age fourteen (14) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U14 Player must not turn age fifteen (15) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U15 Player must not turn age sixteen (16) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U16 Player must not turn age seventeen (17) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U17 Player must not turn age eighteen (18) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U18 Player must not turn age nineteen (19) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

U19 Player must not turn age twenty (20) before July 31 at the end of the soccer year

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3.1.1.2.1 Players are permitted to play up1 age group, with a written approval from the

player, or a minors legal guardian. Players are permitted to play up2 age groups, with

written request from the player, or a minors legal guardian, and approval of the Board.

3.1.2 Registration

No youth may play in any league game without having completed the registration process outlined for the

class of team on which he/she is playing. The registration process is not completed until all necessary

registration forms and fees have been turned into the San Angelo Soccer Association. Paperwork and fees

must be in turned in at least forty-eight (48) hours before the player may play in a league game. No Coach,

of a recreational team, will be allowed to refuse players, in any way, being added to their team.

3.1.2.1 USYSA Registration Forms

When players register for the first time, during the current soccer year, they (or their legal

guardians, if the player is a minor), must fill out and sign a USYSA Registration Form, which is valid

for the remainder of the soccer year. Completion of the identified registration form allows the

player to play outdoor soccer with the San Angelo Soccer Association. The players assignment to a

specific team, by the appropriate team formation rules, is for the entire soccer year; however SASA

may charge each active player a new player fee for each separate a n d distinct playing season.

Forms, Fees, releases, and birth certificates (if not already on file) must all be turned in, but the

established deadlines, set forth by the Board of Directors, for a player to be rostered to a team.

Failure to comply with this rule, will result in the players ineligibility to play, and could result in team

disqualifications. The United States Soccer Federation has established the soccer year as being from

September 1 through August 31. Any misrepresentation, by an individual player, parents, Coaches,

relatives, legal guardians, or Commissioner, as to a players birthdate, address, home school

attendance area, or other information which might be interpreted as trying to circumvent team

building policy, will subject the player to being removed from a team, and may cause the guilty

individuals to be subject to action by the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

3.1.2.2. Playing outside of the Home League

Any Recreational team, which desires to participate in a League conducted by another USYSA

sanctioned association will register with and pay their fees to the San Angelo Soccer Association.

Such a team shall then apply to the Board of Directors for a release to play in such a League. Any

Recreational teams, residing in the boundaries of another USYSA sanctioned association, but

desiring to participate in a League conducted by the San Angelo Soccer Association must first

register with their home association and pay such fees and insurance as may be due to their State

Association through their home association, and then must obtain a release from their home

association in order to participate in the League operated by SASA. Any team playing in a League

operated by the San Angelo Soccer Association will pay the fees set by the SASA Board of Directors,

will be subject to this Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulation, and will be within the

jurisdiction of the San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, for all games

played in this League, no matter where said games are played.

3.1.2.2.1 Youth players, not residing in the North Texas State Soccer Association, are

prohibited from registering in the San Angelo Soccer Association, unless the National State

Association, in which the player resides, grants permission (in writing), to the North Texas

State Soccer Association , for the player to be allowed to register to play on a SASA team.

3.1.2.3 Dual Registration

Players may only be rostered wi th one team at any given time, during the soccer year, except a

player may be rostered on an All Star Team (Recreational Plus), or an Academy Team, in addition to

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the players regular outdoor team.

3.2 (Article II) Team Formation

San Angelo Soccer Association may only form teams in accordance with the current North Texas State Soccer

Association team formation rules. There shall be four classes of teams wi th SASA: Recreational, Competitive,

Academy, and All Star. Guest Players, for tournaments and special events, in accordance with this document Rule

3.2.5, may play in any of these classes.

3.2.1 Recreational

A player is registered as a recreational player from the moment the player of the players legal guardian sign

the San Angelo Soccer Association Registration form and pays the appropriate fees. Initial rostering shall

 

commence no later than the players first participation in any competition sanctioned by the Association.

Recreational, or Rec., teams are formed by an impartial Committee, which assigns players to teams based on

 

the players gender, elementary school district of residence, and/or zip code of residence. School attendance

areas are defined by the local Independent School District(s). A Neighborhood Player Pool will be formed of

all players, within an age group, who attend, or live in, the same elementary district or zip code, and then

will be divided by gender. Players living in a school district, or zip code, which does not have enough players

to form a Neighborhood Player Pool , will be placed in the neighborhood pool closest to the player ’ s

residence. Depending on the number of children, in each gender, in the player pool, and currently on

returning teams, teams in U11 and up may be coed teams. Only in the U11 and up age groups, if the

Registrar determines there are not enough players available, in the player pool, to place enough players on

the roster, of each team, to have viable teams, may the Board of Directors allow the Coaches of record to

actively seek players, of the proper age group, to be added to the Neighborhood Player Pool. Players

presently listed on the roster of an existing SASA team may NOT be added to the Player Pool through this

process. Players who reside outside of the San Angelo School District will be placed in the neighborhood

pool closest to where they live.

3.2.1.1 Team Continuance

Coaches and players, constituted as a Recreational team, in the previous season, may remain as a

unit provided they meet the league eligibility and age requirements. The minimum number of players

remaining on a Rec. team, in order to remain as a team, is: three (3) players for a U4, U5, and U6;

five (5) players for U7 and U8; six (6) players for U9 and U10; and eight (8) players for U11 and up.

SASA may approve an exception to these restrictions when they determine doing so is in the best

interest of the Association and its players. SASA reserves the right to assign players to Rec. teams,

as necessary, when fewer players than required return from a previous team.

3.2.1.1.1 Entire team skipping a season

SASA recognizes that certain teams will play outdoor soccer during only one of the various

seasons offered each year. Such teams must return the minimum number of players at least

once per year in order to continue as a team. Players from the team who register to play

outdoor soccer in a season when the team does not participate, will be assigned to a new

team, in accordance with the applicable team formation rules, and moving back when the

team returns is not guaranteed. The Registrar will insure the name of these teams will not

be assigned to another team within the same League.

3.2.1.1.2 Player skipping a season

A player sitting out one season may request to return to the player’s former Rec. team,

provided space is available. SASA does not intentionally hold positions on the team. If space

is not available, the player will be placed in the Player Pool, in the same manner as any other

new player coming into the Association.

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3.2.1.1.3 Player signing up, to remain on a team, after pre-registration

A player, on a team, who is not signed up during pre-registration, with the rest of the team,

 

may return to the players former team, provided space is available at the time the Registrar

receives the player’s SASA registration form. Otherwise, the player will be placed in the Player Pool,

in the same manner as any other new player coming into the Association.

3.2.1.1.4 If an existing team has the minimum number of returning players, but there are

not enough new players to add to the Recreational Team for it to continue as a team, the

players will be placed on another team, in their neighborhood area, or as closely adjacent to

it as possible. Efforts will be made to keep the returning children together when moving

them, but keeping them together is not guaranteed.

3.2.1.2 New Season Players

Any player, registering during Open Registration, shall be considered a New Season Player, even if

they played in the previous season, except in the situation in 3.2.1.1.3. All teams, new or returning,

will be subject to team formation rules set forth in this document, and the NTSSA Rules and

Regulations. New players will be assigned to returning teams until all players from the Player Pool

have been assigned. All teams will be kept as close to the same player count as possible, and a

Coach cannot refuse new players.

3.2.1.2.1 Requests

A player, or a minors legal guardian, may make requests for players concerning the team

the child is placed on. Requests are never guaranteed, except requests to be removed from a

team. Youth players may only be transferred once during the soccer year. If a player has

guest played for a team, in any event or tournament, the player may not be transferred or

added to the hosting teams Recreational Roster for the remainder of the current soccer

year, and all of the following soccer year, unless the player transfer is approved by the San

Angelo Soccer Association Board of Directors.

3.2.1.2.1.1 Requests for a Player to Play on a Certain Team

A player, or a minors legal guardian, may request a player be placed on a specific

team, if a request is made for substantial reasons. A substantial reason includes: a

 

Head Coachs child (see Rule 3.3.5 for specifics regarding transferring a Head

Coachs child); requesting a sibling, within the same household, play on a team with

a child already on the team; returning to a team previously played on; or for any

other reason the Team Formation Committee deems substantial. Requests made for

transportation reasons may not be deemed substantial.

3.2.1.2.1.2 Requests for Players to play together

A player, or a minors legal guardian, may request for two new players to play

together, but may not specify a certain team for the players to be placed on.

Requests for a new player to play on a specific team, with a child who is already

rostered, to that team may or may not be considered a substantial reason to specify

a team, except in cases where a sibling is already on a team, which is a substantial

request.

3.2.1.2.1.3 Requests to be removed from a team

A player, or a minors legal guardian, may register during Open Registration and request

the player not return to a prior team. Such requests will be honored. The player

 

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will be placed in the Player Pool, in the same manner as any other new player

coming into the Association. Depending on the reasoning, a $15.00 fee may be

assessed for the purchase of a new uniform if the request is made for a change from

the Fall season going into the Spring.

3.2.1.2.1.4 Request to transfer to a specific team

A player, or a minors legal guardian, may request to transfer from one team in the

Fall season to a different team in the Spring season. Requests are considered in the

same manner as a new player requesting to play on a certain team, as in 3.2.1.2.1.1,

with the exception of a fee of $15.00, which is required for the purchase of a new

uniform.

3.2.1.2.1.5 Request for an entire team to “Play Up” –

A team formed or continued in accordance with this team formation rules, may

request to Play Up into the next older age group. The Coach of record shall submit a

request for the team to play up, to the Registrar. The request must include some

form of documentation showing a majority of the team’s legal guardians support

such a request. The Registrar and Age Group Commissioners will decide if it is in the

best interest of the team and the Association for the team to play up. If a decision is

made to allow the team to Play Up, individual players, or the minorslegal guardian,

may request they be removed from the team and assigned to another within their

current age group. Once a team has been approved to Play Up, the team may not

return to their age group, unless the team decides to disband.

3.2.1.2.1.6 Requests made after the season has begun

Once the playing season has begun, a player, or a minors legal guardian, may

request to be moved to another team, however the player will not be allowed to be

moved to another team if, in doing so, they leave their original team without a

comparable number of players as the other teams in the age group, unless approved

by the Board of Directors. Depending on the r easoning, a $15.00 fee may be

assessed for the purchase of a new uniform.

3.2.2 Competitive

Competitive, also known as Select, teams are formed by team tryouts, and player selections are made by the

Coach of the Competitive team. A player is registered as a competitive player and rostered to a competitive

team from the moment the player or the players legal guardian signs the North Texas State Soccer

Association registration form and contract, and the team representative presents the appropriate fees to

the San Angelo Soccer Association. All paperwork and fees, for competitive teams, must be submitted, to

the Registrar, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, before the date set by the Board of Directors.

Add/Delete forms, complete with all necessary supporting documentation and all fees, must be submitted,

to the Registrar no later than one week prior to any soccer activity, which will involve or exclude the

player(s) listed on the form.

3.2.2.1 Tryouts

Only competitive teams may hold tryouts, from July 1, until August 31, while players are free agents.

Those teams holding tryouts may advertise their tryouts, and must turn in a copy of the

advertisement prior to June 1, along with the Coaches Intent (see 3.3.3.2 for Coach Requirements).

Advertisements are not required, however if the Coach decides to advertise, it may contain only the

following information: Team name, age group, and club affiliation; geographic area served by the

team; season of tryout, dates, and times; location of tryouts, with directions if necessary; Coachs

complete name and telephone number, and/or the contact persons name and telephone number;

Coachs USSF, USYS, NTSSA, and/or NSCAA badge level; notes regarding seasonal need for a release,

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if necessary; and what to bring, such as water, ball, etc. All Coaches must complete and turn in to

 

the North Texas State Soccer Association, a NTSSA “Fact Sheet,in accordance with NTSSA Rules

regarding Competitive Team formation. A copy of the fact sheet must be turned into the SASA Office, no

later than June 17.

3.2.2.1.1 Competitive Season Restrictions and Free Agentstatus

The United States Youth Soccer Association and North Texas State Soccer Association have

established the soccer year as being from September 1 through August 31, however these

rules provide, a competitive player is a free agent beginning July 1. All players are free

agents until the player, or minor are guardian, has signed a contract with a team. The

period from August 1 of the prior soccer year, through May 31 of the cur rent soccer

year is considered the soccer playing yearfor competitive players. During the soccerplaying

year, players are not allowed to tryout, practice, or participate with any other team,

unless they are registered as a guest player with another team. Practice with a team on

which a player is registered as a guest player is permitted only if the practice dates are

included on the guest player release. A competitive player may practice with another team

if he/she has received a written permission letter, signed by his/her current Coach, which

sets out the dates and the team with which the player will practice. The player is to give

the letter to the Coach of the team with which he/she will be practicing, and must keep a

copy. After May 31 (the end of the soccer playing year for competitive players), players

may practice with other teams without any required guest player release or other

permission, although formal tryouts may not be held until July 1, and players desiring to sign

with a new (different) team may not sign any contract or otherwise commit to a team for

the following year, prior to July 1. Players desiring to return to the team on which they

played the soccer year immediately preceding, may sign a contract, as a returning

player, beginning July 1. Contracts may be signed beginning July 1, although signing on

July 1 is not mandatory. After July 1, players who are not or have not been rostered to a

team, for the current season, may sign a contract for the current season at any time.

3.2.2.1.2 Illegal Recruitment

Failure to comply with proper tryout procedures, may constitute a violation of current

NTSSA directives concerning illegal recruitment, and shall be punishable by suspension of

the guilty parties, i.e. Coach, Assistant Coach, or team manager, for a minimum of one (1)

year. Allegations against registered youth players are subject to review before punishments

are considered, and punishment periods are at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

3.2.2.2 Competitive Formation Process

Team rosters and USYSA competitive registration forms must be turned into the SASA office within

five (5) days of the completion of tryouts. Any fees due to SASA must be paid before any games are

played. A schedule of game dates, opponents, and times must also be turned in, as soon as the

information is available. (All select teams are responsible for scheduling their own games, either

through the league in which they play, or by any other means.) Coaches and Managers are asked to

allow a minimum of two business days for the availability of their roster, and/or player cards.

Referee fees are not included in the registration fee, as such; Referee fees must be paid prior to the

start of each game.

3.2.2.3 Releases and Transfers

A competitive (select) player is obligated to his/her competitive team for the entire soccer playing

year, from the time he/she signs a contract until the end of the subsequent soccer playing year

(August 1 of the prior soccer year through June 30 of the current soccer year), unless the player

requests a release, or is released involuntarily.

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3.2.2.3.1 Involuntary Release

A player may be released from a team involuntarily, only if the player is unable to play for

one or more of the following reasons: The player has violated rules of the USSF, the USYSA,

or the NTSSA, or the San Angelo Soccer Association; the player has moved beyond a

reasonable travel distance, as defined by NTSSA; the player is injured to such a degree

he/she will not be able to participate for the remainder of the contract. Any Competitive

Coach, who releases a player involuntarily, for any reason other than listed above, may be

brought before the NTSSA Competitive Committee to explain his/her actions. An assertion

by the Coach or any person with authority or assumed authority on the team, either verbally

or by action, which a reasonable person would interpret to mean the player is no longer

welcome on the team may be considered an involuntary release by the Coach, even if no

formal steps are taken to complete release paperwork. If the NTSSA Competitive Committee

finds the involuntary release was not justified, or could have been avoided, in the best

interest of the player, the Coach is subject to severe sanctions including, but not limited to,

suspension from all soccer activities for a period of time determined by the NTSSA

Competitive Committee. The Coach is responsible for the action of any persons in authority,

or assumed authority, on the team.

3.2.2.3.2 Voluntary Release

Any player rostered to a team is bound to the team for the entire soccer year, unless the

player requests a release or is released involuntarily. Players, or a minors guardian, may

request a voluntary release, from their Competitive team, Voluntary Releases, which are

 

approved, by the players current Coach, may be granted at any time prior to April 1. Any

request for release, which is not approved by the players current Coach, must be filed, in

writing, with the NTSSA office, to be decided upon. This shall be done between the dates of

December 1 and January 31 for U11 through U14, and December 1 and March 15 for U15

through U19 only. Upon receipt of the written request for release, the NTSSA office will

forward a copy of the transfer to the players current Coach or manager for a written

response. NTSSA will render a decision based on the written reports received. A player may

leave a competitive team and go into the SASA recreational player pool at any time on or

prior to April 1, of the current soccer year, with permission from NTSSA. Voluntary Releases

are usually only granted for special circumstances.

3.2.2.3.3 Transfer

Any release to transfer to another NTSSA competitive team will be allowed only in limited

circumstances. Transfers, which are approved, b y the p l a y e r ’ s current Co a c h , may

be granted at any time prior to April 1. Any request for transfer, which is not approved by

 

the players current Coach, must be filed, in writing, with the NTSSA office, to be decided

upon. This shall be done between the dates of December 1 and January 31 for U11 through

U14, and December 1 and March 15 for U15 through U19 only. Upon receipt of the

written request for transfer, the NTSSA office will forward a copy of the transfer to the

player’s current Coach or manager for a written response. NTSSA will render a decision

based on the written reports received. A player may leave a competitive team and go into the

SASA recreational player pool at any time on or prior to April 1, of the current soccer

year, with permission from NTSSA. Players may not be released from their competitive team

after April

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1, as no recreational pool is available. Any Recreational player currently rostered t o a

Recreational team and wishing to be released to join a competitive team may do so only

between December 1 and March 15, and may do so only with permission from the SASA

Registrar. A competitive player registration form must be completed prior to the player’s

transfer to a competitive team.

3.2.3 Academy

Academy teams are a group of U9 through U10, registered NTSSA recreational players, who participate with

their standard Recreational team, but also with an Academy group and team, which does not follow the

recreational team formation rules. Players must register with SASA, and must be rostered on a recreational

team. Academies teams will fall under the age group Commissioner for which they are in.

3.2.3.1 Team Formation

Players may join a SASA Soccer Academy, within their age group, and are not required to obtain a

release from their recreational team to participate on an Academy team. Players must present a

form of proof of registration, signed by the Registrar, each time the player participates with an

Academy team. Players may join as many Soccer Academies as they like, as long as a North Texas

Soccer Member Youth Association recognizes the Soccer Academy. No formal contract, or written

commitment, may be signed by or on behalf of the player to commit a player to an Academy team.

The SASA Board of Directors will set a fee to cover expenses, which will be in addition to the players

recreational soccer registration fees. Soccer Academy teams are not considered registered teams,

and therefore do not have to follow recreational team formation rules. Soccer Academy rosters may

change from week to week to accommodate player s desiring to change Soccer Academies, or to

accommodate players who want to play on one team one week and another team the next week.

SASA Academy Teams will be formed from those players, whose parents have enrolled their children

in the Superior Soccer Skills training, and have agreed for their child to participate in the Academy

program. The Parent/Legal Guardian will pay the fee, established by the Board of Directors, for the

Superior Soccer Skills training, and will then agree to pay any additional fees and fill out the required

documents, once their child is rostered to participate on an Academy Team. Players who meet these

requirements will be placed in an Academy Team player pool, for their age group. The Academy

team roster size will be determined by the rules of the event the team is participating in. Each

Academy team roster will be filled to the max level, and the rostered players will vary for each

event, provided there are enough players in the Academy pool to do so. All players participating in

the Soccer Academy program will, in the event of a conflict, consider their recreational team to be

their primary team and the Soccer Academy as a secondary commitment.

3.2.4 All Star Teams

By written request, a SASA Coach may request the formation of a recreational All-Star Teams in U-11

through U-19 divisions, from players who are currently registered on a recreational team, within their age

group, for purposes of participating in tournaments designated for Select or Competitive teams.

Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) of players must pay any fees for the tournament and Referees, and All-Star

Uniforms will be furnished by SASA and Parents/Legal Guardians will be charged for uniforms lost or

returned in an unusable condition. Should the Parent(s)/Legal Guardian(s) decide, by majority vote, to

purchase uniforms for the team, they shall incur all expenses? Recreational All-Star Teams shall be defined as

teams composed of players selected from more than one recreational team. A recreational All-Star team

formed during the current soccer year may not form as a competitive team until the following soccer year,

i.e. the players must go through a formal tryout procedure to play on a competitive team.

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3.2.4.1 Team Formation

All-Star practices may begin at approximately four (4) weeks prior to the recreational season end,

and may be in existence for ten (10) weeks. The All-Star team head Coach will select the players to

be listed on the All-Star team roster for each tournament, no earlier than two (2) weeks before the

tournament date, in which the All-Star team is entered. The Coach will consider the individual

players performance in All-Star team practices, the players attendance at All-Star team practices;

the players demonstrated individual skills, and the players dedication and dependability. The All-

Star team head Coach will also be expected to consult with the Coaches of the individual players

recreational team. Each player, of proper age, within the age group shall have an equal chance, and

consideration, to be selected to the All-Star team, Each player selected for a SASA All-Star team

must be rostered to one of the SASA recreational teams. An All-Star team roster may have a

minimum of twelve (12) players, and a maximum of eighteen (18) players, although the roster

should be as large as possible given the number of interested players. When enough players can be

selected to an All-Star team, to make two or more teams, additional All-Star teams may be formed,

provided coaching s t af f i s a v a i l a b l e . These additional team(s) may participate in the

same tournaments as scheduled for the original All-Star team, or may participate in

other tournaments. SASA does not intend to promote All-Star teams at the expense of the

recreational team. Each registered player is expected to participate in scheduled Rec. games and

tournaments with their recreational team. All players participating on an All-Star team will, in the event

of a conflict, consider their recreational team to be their primary team and the All-Star team

as a secondary commitment. The Association may re-schedule Rec. games in order to eliminate

conflicts with possible All-Star team tournaments.

3.2.5 Guest Players

When participating in a Tournament, hosted by either the San Angelo Soccer Association, or another

association, guest players may be allowed, depending on the hosting organizations tournament rules. The

use of Guest Players shall be in accordance with the given Rules within this document. NTSSA Guest Player

forms must be filled out, in triplicate, with one copy sent to the NTSSA office, one copy remaining with the

Coach releasing the player, and one copy remaining with the Coach requesting the use of the player. If a

team is using Guest Players, in any tournament sanctioned by a USYSA Member State Association, the Coach

must have appropriate signatures, including the SASA Registrars signature before turning the form in to the

tournament/event director. The Coach of a team who fails to submit the Guest Player Release form shall

receive a six (6) month suspension from all soccer activities. If a Coach refuses to sign, or is not available to

sign, a guest player release for tournament play occurring during any part of the month of June, the guest

player release form may be presented to NTSSA for approval. If the player'current team is not playing in an

US Youth Soccer sanctioned tournament/event during the time specified, permission to guest play will be

granted.

3.2.5.1 Recreational Guest Players

Recreational Guest players may not be transferred, or added, to the hosting teams roster for the

remainder of the current soccer ear, and all of the following soccer year, unless the player transfer is

approved by the SASA Board of Directors. A guest player may practice with the hosting team only if

the dates for the practices are included on the guest player release, which must be properly filled

out and signed. Violators to the rule are subject to discipline under the NTSSA rules governing use of

ineligible p l a y e r s . Only r e c r e a t i o n a l players, rostered to a r ecr eat ional team, a r e

e l i g i b l e to participate as a guest player on any recreational team. Under no circumstances can

a player on a competitive team participate as a guest player for a recreational team, unless the

team is playing in an open or competitive tournament.

3.2.5.2 Competitive Guest Players

During the soccer playing year, players are not allowed to tryout, practice, or participate with any

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other team, unless they are registered as a guest player with another team, in which case the proper

release must be signed by all parties. Practice with a team on which a player is registered as a guest

player is permitted only if the practice dates are included on the guest player release. Under no

circumstances can a player on a competitive team participate as a guest player for a recreational

team, unless the team is playing in an open or competitive tournament.

3.2.5.3 Academy and All

Stars

No guest players will be permitted, due to max roster requirements listed in Rules 3.2.3.1 and

3.2.4.1.

3.2.5.4 Traveling outside of the NTSSA area

For a team traveling outside of NTSSA, and using guest players, the Coach must file guest player

release forms with NTSSA for approval. These forms should be filed with the NTSSA office at least

fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled tournament date. Coaches who fail to submit guest player

release forms, for players participating in an event, to NTSSA, shall receive a six (6) month

suspension from all soccer activities. For travel within the United States, Mexico, or Canada, any

team going outside NTSSA boundaries, (including into South Texas) must have a Travel Application

and ID cards, approved and signed by NTSSA. Travel Ap p l i c a t i o n , ID cards, Official Roster, and

tournament hosting agreement must be at the NTSSA office at least thirty (30) days prior to the

scheduled tournament/event start date.

3.3 (Article III) Coaches

The Coach of Record, also known as the Head Coach, is to be an active Coach, for the team, and must remember, a

Coach belongs to a team, and the team does not belong to the Coach. SASA reserves the right to refuse any Coach,

for any reason deemed justifiable.

3.3.1 Eligibility of Coaches

A person is eligible to Coach a San Angelo Soccer Association team who has completed the Registration

requirements of a Coach, has completed all training requirements required by SASA and NTSSA, and has

permission to Coach granted by the SASA Board of Directors. Each Coach must sign a Coachs Application

with SASA each season, before any team function may be held. Each Coach, Assistant Coach, or manager of

a team shall be required to register each soccer season, and may be issued an identification card. Every

Coach, Assistant Coach, and manager shall include a copy of a valid photographic identification and must

complete a North Texas State Soccer Association volunteer Risk Management Background Check, along with

any Coachesfee, which may be set and assessed by the SASA Board of Directors, with the team paperwork

at the time of team registration. By signing the official team roster, on the NTSSA required form, the Coach

is certifying the accuracy of all information on the roster, especially the birth dates of the players. Even

though the Registrar may prepare ros ter s for the Coaches, each individual Coach is responsible for the

accuracy of the roster. The safety of the children is the highest priority for the San Angelo Soccer Association

Board of Directors, and to ensure the safety of the children, each Coach must complete and pass a North

Texas State Soccer Association Risk Management Background Check, and if required, a San Angelo Soccer

Association Background Check, in accordance with 3.10.7.

3.3.2 Licensing

Each Coach, of a team, within the San Angelo Soccer Association is expected to participate in the Association

 

CoachesDevelopment Program. The soccer programs offered by the Association are for the good of the

youth playing within those programs. For this reason, the Coaches are expected to improve their personal

Coaching skills and techniques, in order to offer the players the best instruction possible. Minimum

standards for remaining a Coach for the San Angelo Soccer Association are as listed. For U4 through U8

teams, if not USYSA licensed, a Coach must attend a GCoaching course, within one (1) of the date they

become a Coach of these age groups. For other Recreational age groups, attainment of, or evidence of

 

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progress towards, a State “F” Coachs License, or the local equivalent. For Competitive Teams, a minimum of

an Elicense is required, however attainments of, or evidence of, progress toward a State DCoachs

License, or the local equivalent is highly encouraged. Those Coaches who are currently Coaching teams, but

do not have the appropriate training will be responsible for contacting the Coaches' Representative, to

attain the appropriate training within the stated time. These standards wi l l be applied to ALL Coaches,

whether head Coaches or Assistant Coaches.

3.3.3 Appointment of Coaches

Eligible Coaches shall be appointed by the teams of the age group, and shall be held accountable to their

team. Parents/Legal Guardians are encouraged to be involved with the Coaching program. All Coaches in

Recreational leagues will be volunteers. If priority assignment is necessary, the guidelines for assignment will

be as follows: A senior head Coach, who coached in the age group in the previous season; an Assistant

Coach who coached in the age group in the previous season; a senior head Coach whom coached in the

previous season and is moving up an age group with the team; any other qualified individuals.

3.3.3.1 Loss of Coach

In the event a team loses its Coach, the appropriate Commissioner will select the successor Coach. If

the team is sponsored by an organized club, or if the Parents/Legal Guardians of the team are well

organized, the club or Parents/Legal Guardians organization may propose a new Coach for the team.

Without a Coach, a team will not be permitted to participate in tournament/event or season play.

3.3.3.2 Competitive Coach Appointment

All Coaches requesting to Coach a select/competitive team must have been a Head Coachor

Assistant Coach,for the past two (2) years, and be in good standing with USYSA, UIL, NCAA, USSF,

NAIA, NTSSA, and SASA. All competitive Coaches must have obtained at least an “E” Coaching license,

and Coaches U15 and up should be working towards obtaining a “D” License. No later than June 1,

all Coaches must present, each year, a letter of intent to Coach a Competitive team, which should

 

include a copy of their current TX drivers license, and a copy of their highest USSF Coaching

License; a copy of any tryout advertisements must also be included as well. The Competitive/Select

Committee will assist the Coaches with any questions they have; the ultimate responsibility of

knowing and complying with rules and deadlines lies with the team Coach, but this committee will

serve as an assistant for the Competitive Coaches and teams.

3.3.3.2.1 Competitive coaches must have all licenses to be considered to coach at the

competitive level. In order to become a NEW competitive coach, one must complete a competitive

packet which includes: coach’s application, copy of coach’s license (coaching license) proposed

 

team fact sheet, a summary of leagues/tournaments that team may be involved in, and a coaching

philosophy.

3.3.3.3 Academy and All Star Coach Appointment

The SASA Board of Directors must approve of, or select, any Coaches, Assistant Coaches, or

managers, for any All-Star team. Any Coach interested in being chosen, to Coach an All-Star team,

must have at least an “E” Coaching License and must notify the SASA Board of Directors, in writing

or by e-mail, at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled start of All-Star practices. An interested

Coach must state, in his/her letter of interest, why he/she desires to Coach the All Star team, what

credentials he/she has, what the expected training regimen will be, what Tournaments are

anticipated, the total estimated cost per player, and how he/she plans to include the recreational

Coaches within the age division.

3.3.4 Coach Guidelines

3.3.4.1 A team, which uses unregistered players, shall automatically forfeit all games in which said

players have participated. A Coach, Assistant Coach, or administrator found to have knowingly

allowed the use of an unregistered player(s) shall be suspended from all soccer activities for a

minimum of one (1) year.

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3.3.4.2 Any recreational Coach who knowingly and/or willingly drops a player from their roster, or

advises that player not to play for their team, whether through direct contact or coercion, shall be

called before the San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, and if found to

be in violation of the offense, may be suspended from Coaching.

3.3.4.3 Constructive Coaching, during play will be allowed, if the following guidelines are followed:

Coaching must be positive in motivation, must be instructional and pertaining to the laws of the

game, must be executed in a positive manner so as to not draw undo attention away from the game,

and done from the sidelines (touchline) within ten (10) yards of the mid-field line.

3.3.4.4 All Coaches must agree to the terms of the Coachs Contract, included in the Coachs

Application, and must also agree to the terms listed in the Coachs Code of Ethics.

3.3.5 Head Coach requesting his/her child to be on their team

A person, who has a child playing in the age group, in which the person is the Head Coach of record, shall

have the privilege of having his/her child assigned to his/her team. In order for any person to request their

child be transferred to a returning team in which they are coaching, they must have been the Head Coach of

Record, of the team, for the previous two playing seasons (fall and/or spring), or they must have been asked

to become the head Coach of record, of the returning team, by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. A

parent may coach a new team in which their child is rostered.

3.3.6 Mandatory Coachs Meeting

All Coaches must attend both yearly AGM’s (August and February), held by SASA. Notification will be sent

out, to the existing Coaches, 30 days prior to the AGM. Failure to attend, without good reason, may result in

 

disciplinary action. Two, non-mandatory Coachs meetings will be held, throughout each season, to allow

Coaches an opportunity to ask any questions or provide any comments, to the Coaches Representative, and

to gain any updates which may be available.

3.4 (Article IV) Camps, Clinics, Private Lessons

3.4.1 Camps or Clinics during the season

Between August 1 of the prior soccer year and May 31 of the current soccer year, SASA registered players

may attend soccer camps (clinics), private lessons, etc. hosted and/or Coached by individuals, teams, clubs,

and/or organizations other than the players current Coach, team and/or organization as long as the soccer

camps meet the criteria in these Rules. The clinic or camp must be available to all interested persons for

each age group offered, through an open invitation. Each individual, team, club and/or organization hosting

any soccer clinic or camp must require written registrations of each participant which includes the following

information:

1. Players name

2. Name, address and phone number of individual(s), team(s), club(s) and/or organization(s) affiliated with

and/or hosting the clinic

3. Name(s) of Coach (es) at clinic

4. Name & date(s) of clinic

5. Name of players current team and home association

6. A statement signed by the players current Coach/manager stating that he/she is aware that the player is

attending the camp or clinic.

7. The following disclaimer:

“The recruiting of players for the benefit of any individual, team, club and/or organization is strictly

prohibited. Any person having knowledge of any player recruitment at or through this soccer clinic, camp,

private lesson, etc. should report same, in writing, to the Youth Commissioner of NTSSA. The NTSSA Youth

Commissioner shall deal with the alleged violations in accordance with NTSSA Rule 3.9.Recruiting is any

action or statement, made by anyone, either verbally or in writing, which encourages or entices a player to

register with a particular Coach, team, club, and/or organization.

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8. The paperwork must have a Parent/Legal Guardian signature acknowledging that he/she has read and

understands the disclaimer, and a date of signature. If player is 18 years or older, the player should sign also.

3.4.2.1 The host of the clinic or, camp must keep all registration forms for one (1) year from the date

of the camp, clinic, academy, etc. so that they will be able to produce on demand from SASA and/or

NTSSA a copy of the registration form to verify compliance with this rule in the event charges of rule

violations are alleged against the hosting individual, team, club and/or organization as stated above.

3.4.2.2 This rule does not apply to any clinic, camp, academy, etc. sponsored by the San Angelo

Soccer Association for the Association players where the registration publicity is conducted by SASA.

Any publicity must indicate the Association sponsors this camp or clinic. SASA must monitor the program

to assure that no recruiting activities occur.

3.4.2 Lessons during the season

Between August 1 of the prior soccer year and May 31 of the current soccer year, players requesting private

lessons from any person must obtain a written statement from their current Coach stating their knowledge

of the private lessons. The person giving the private lessons must retain the acknowledgment slip and be

able to present same when requested by SASA or NTSSA.

3.4.3 Use of Complex

Any organization wishing to use the soccer fields at the SASA Complex, including La Lirafields, must have

prior permission from the San Angelo Soccer Association. A written request must be given at least sixty (60)

days before the intended date of use.

3.4.4 Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with these rules may result in the offending Coach, Assistant Coach, manager/trainer,

and/or team representative being suspended from soccer activities for a period of not less than one (1) year.

3.5 (Article V) Illegal Recruiting

Illegal recruiting occurs when any Coach, Assistant Coach, trainer, or team representative who is associated in any

way with any United States Youth Soccer Association affiliated youth outdoor team di scus ses , or attempts t o

discuss, the chances, probabilities, possibilities, or benefits of a player whose name appears on the official roster of

another San Angelo Soccer Association team becoming a member of that individuals associated team.

3.5.1 Inducement

No Coach, Assistant Coach, trainer, team representative, player, Parent/Legal Guardian or advertisement

may offer any kind of inducement to recruit a player to play on his/her respective team. Coaches are

responsible for the actions of all of the above listed participants on their team. Forms of inducement include,

but are not limited to, free T-shirts, free uniforms, college scholarships, free or discounted travel costs

and/or negative statements which could affect the decision of a player regarding his/her choice of team.

This rule applies to any type of communication, including but not limited to: verbal discussions, letters, brochures,

printed or broadcast advertisements, and the use of the Internet and/or E-mail. Failure to comply with this

rule shall result in the offending party being suspended from all soccer activities for a period of not less

than one (1) year, except allegations against registered youth players are subject to review before

punishments are considered. Complaints against those af f i l iated with SASA will b e handled as outlined

in 3.5.2. Complaints against those not affiliated with SASA will be handled as outlined in 3.5.3.

3.5.2. Filling

Allegations

Any allegation of illegal recruiting must be made in writing or e-mail, and submitted to the Age Group

Commissioner. The Commissioner will present the allegation, of illegal recruiting, to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors will investigate the allegations and decide whether a hearing is needed. If it is

determined a hearing is needed, they will submit a written report to the Head of A&D. The Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee is directed to deal severely with any individual found to be guilty of illegal recruiting.

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The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee is also directed to deal severely with any person who attempts to

 

interfere with the Committees investigation of allegations of illegal recruiting.

3.5.3. Complaints against parties Outside of SASA

Should the complaint be against some individual, team, club, and/or organization not affiliated with SASA,

then the complainant will file the complaint directly with NTSSA, who shall render a decision. Either party

may then file an appeal with the State Executive Committee, according to the Bylaws of the North Texas

State Soccer Association.

3.6 (Article VI) Unregistered / Non-Sanctioned Play

Players or teams who participate with unregistered players, or engage in unsanctioned play, shall have no benefits

of membership in both the San Angelo Soccer Association and the North Texas State Soccer Association, including

but not limited to risk management, disciplinary or insurance protection, while playing with unregistered players or

in unsanctioned play. Such players and teams must certify in writing to NTSSA the nature of any disciplinary actions

or injuries sustained while playing unsanctioned play, before resuming play in sanctioned activities. Unsanctioned

play shall include, but not be limited to playing with other members of a players SASA team in outdoor / indoor

leagues, tournaments, and games not sanctioned by NTSSA or another USSF affiliate. This shall not be construed to

prevent any individual player from participating with school or church teams, or neighborhood unsupervised games.

3.7 (Article VII) Parent/Legal Guardian Responsibilities

Parents/Legal Guardians have a responsibility to ensure their player is properly registered, and also to encourage the

children playing youth soccer, remembering the large goal of the San Angelo Soccer Association is to help young

adults develop an appreciation for fair play and sportsmanship. All Parents/Legal Guardians must adhere to the

Parents/Legal Guardians Code of Ethics. The daily duties of Parents/Legal Guardians include, but are not limited to:

1. Supporting the Coaches, realizing SASA Coaches are all volunteers, and are the formal leaders of the team.

2. Encourage and applaud each players performance during activities. Criticism, and/or negative or abusive

language, have NO place in youth athletics and will NOT BE TOLERATED.

3. Ensure their child is uniformed appropriately in accordance with the USYSA Referee handbook, which

includes, but is not limited to: no jewelry of any sort (earrings included), use of shin guards, and padding of

casts and braces.

4. Reporting any inappropriate behavior to:

San Angelo Soccer Association

A&D Committee

1501 Glenna Dr.

San Angelo, TX. 76901

sasa@wcc.net

 

3.7.1 Registration Fees

The Board of Directors will determine a registration fee for each season, and will also determine any fees for

other events.

3.7.1.1 Refunds of Fees

Registration refunds, minus a $20.00 administrative cost, and any fees accrued (such as uniform cost),

will be given out after the second weekend of games. There will be no refunds after the AGM or

SEMI-AGM for league play. Rules regarding refunds for any other events will be established by the

Board of Directors for each event.

3.7.2 Team Spectator Areas

Teams and their fans will be located on opposite sides of the field. The Hometeam and their fans will take

the West or South side of the field, and the Awayteam and their fans will take the East or North side of

the field. Rostered Coaches, with proper identification, will stay within ten (10) yards of the centerline during

 

play. Spectators will stay inside the two penalty areas, on the same side as their childs team. Coaches and/or

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Parents/Legal Guardians are NOT allowed to sit or watch a game from behind the goal, or on the scoring

ends of the fields, for ANY reason. We strongly encourage Parents/Legal Guardians to cheer on the team,

but only a Rostered Coach is allowed to Coacha team; the Parents/Legal Guardians may direct instructional

comments to their child only.

3.8 (Article VIII) SASA Complex Rules

Any games, events, camps, clinics, lessons, etc., taking place on the property, or within the Complex, including the

La Lirafields, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, are subject to the following Complex Rules:

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED ON SASA PROPERTY

NO PETS OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED ON SASA PROPERTY (We love animals, but not on the fields)

NO CONCEALED WEAPONS/FIREARMS ARE ALLOWED ON SASA PROPERTY

NO TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE ALLOWED ON SASA PROPERTY (Not even in the parking lot, if you must

smoke, you must do so in your car)

 

NO USE OF ABUSIVE, AGGRESSIVE, OR OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE ANYWHERE ON SASA PROPERTY

ANY USE OF SASA PROPERTY MUST BE REQUESTED AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

3.9 (Article IX) General Rules

 

3.9.1 Sportsmanship

Each teams Parents/Legal Guardians, Coaches, and Players should shake hands with the other team after

each game.

 

3.9.2 Use of SASA Property

The SASA Complex, including the fields identified as La Ligaare not open to practice or play, unless

permission is secured, in advance, from the SASA Board of Directors, for each practice and/or event.

 

3.9.3 Mandatory Playing Time for Recreational Players

All Recreational Teams, U4 through U19, will play all players fifty percent (50%) of each game. Substitutions

shall be on the Quarters, for U8 and below, and by stoppage of play, for U9 and above, to insure a minimum

playing time of 50% of each game. If a Coach cannot play each player the required amount of time, they

must report the reason immediately to the Referee. Intentional and-or repeated violation of this rule, by a

Coach or acting Coach, will result in a minimum of six (6) months suspension, or a maximum of one (1) year

suspension. There are no mandatory pl aying time requirements for Competitive, Academy, or All-Star

teams.

3.9.3.1 Reduction of playing time

This rule does not apply to U4 through U8; only players U9 and up may have their playing time

reduced below 50%, in accordance with the following: Only in cases of well documented persistent

absences from practice or games, may a Coach reduce playing time below 50%. Coaches having

problems with a player must first talk with the Parents/Legal Guardians to resolve the problem. If

the problem continues, the Commissioner of the age group must be notified. The Commissioner will

then attempt to resolve the problem by talking with the Parents/Legal Guardians. Only after making

every attempt to resolve the problem may the Coach reduce or suspend playing time, by taking the

following actions: The Coach must notify the Commissioner, in writing or email, 72 hours before the

game, notifying them the players time will be reduced or suspended. The Parents/Legal Guardians

must be informed, by the Coach, at least 48 hours before the game of the decision to reduce playing

 

time. The Referee of the game must be informed the players time will be reduced, as agreed upon

by the Co a c h and the a g e group Commissioner. Each case wi l l be evaluated individually. All

reductions of playing time may be appealed, to the SASA Board of Directors.

3.9.4 Team Meetings (Practices)

Team meetings are defined as a coming together of a teams players and Coaches to practice skills, discuss

strategies, and/or play a friendly game or scrimmage. A Coach may not allow a player, who is not registered

or assigned to the team, to participate in a team meeting or a regular scheduled game. Failure to comply

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with this rule will force a team to forfeit all games played in which the said player participated. All Coaches

involved will be suspended from all soccer activities for a timeframe to be determined by the Board of

Directors. All teams, U7 and up, must begin practicing no later than two (2) weeks before the first game day,

and U6 and under teams must begin practicing no later than one (1) week before the first game day. Under

no circumstances may a Recreational team begin practicing more than four (4) weeks before the first game

day, unless participating in a Tournament starting earlier than the first games, but must obtain approval

from the Board of Directors to start practice early. All Recreational teams must cease practices after the last

scheduled game or Tournament in which the team is participating.

3.9.4.1 Recreational Team Meetings

Teams may not have more than two (2) team meet ings per week. A regular scheduled game,

scheduled by SASA does not count as a team meeting. A scrimmage does count as a team meeting.

Teams in the U4 through U6 are HIGHLY encouraged to only have one (1) team meeting per week,

and t e am meetings may not b e l o n g e r than one ( 1) hour. Teams in U7 through U 8 are

recommended to have (1) meeting per week, and U9 through U10 are recommended to have two

(2) meetings per week. Two (2) meetings per week, if necessary, are the most a team U7 through

U10 may have, and team meetings may not be longer than one and a half (1 1/2 ) hours each. Teams

in U11 and up are HIGHLY encouraged to have two (2) meetings per week, and team meetings may

not be longer than two (2) hours each. Coaches are advised to use their best judgment when setting

practice lengths, the times listed here are maximum times.

3.9.4.2 Competitive Meetings

Competitive teams may practice as many times per week as the Coaches’ desires. Field usage,

including the La Liga fields, is prohibited without approval from the Board of Directors. Such

approval may be obtained by seasonally filling out a Field Usage Contract and submitting it for approval.

Once approved, the team, coaches, and spectators, are bound to the contract terms, for the

duration of the contract. Field usage fees are non-refundable, and are set seasonally, by the

Board of Directors, at its discretion.

3.9.4.3 All Star Meetings

When a Recreational All-Star team is formed, the Coaching staff, of all recreational teams within the

age group, is expected to participate in All-Star practices and assist the All-Star team Coaching staff

in the selection of players for the team. All registered recreational team players, within the All-Star

age group, will be entitled and encouraged to attend all practices for the All-Star team(s), prior to

the choosing of rostered players. The unconditional right to attend these practices will allow all the

recreational players the opportunity to improve their individual and team skills so they may have a

better chanc e to be selected to future All -Star teams. There will be no minimum playing time

requirements with respect to players on an All-Star team. The All-Star teams may practice as many

times per week as agreed on by the Coaches and majority of the players parents/legal guardian.

3.9.4.4 Academy Meetings

Academy players are limited to one (1) practice per week with each of their Academy team(s). Academy

players may only play in one (1) Academy game per week, except tournaments. Academy players

may participate in only one (1) Academy tournament at a time. Violations of this rule shall result in

sanctions against the of fending party (Coach, Assistant Coach, manager, Parent /Legal Guardian,

or other team representative), that could include suspension from all soccer activities for a period

of time determined by NTSSA.

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3.9.5 Uniforms

Recreational team’s primary uniform shall be supplied by SASA. Secondary uniforms, if used, must be

purchased with “team funds,” and not paid for by individual Parents/Legal Guardians. Team Funds may be

raised through fundraisers, donations, etc.

 

3.9.5.1 Similar Jersey Color

In cases where both teams are wearing like color, or similar jerseys, the home team will change

jerseys, or wear pennies. Jerseys need only be changed if the Referee, or in cases of U8 and below, a

Board Member, directs it.

3.9.6 Scrimmages

Scrimmages will be allowed, as long as each team in within one age above or below the team they are

scrimmaging, unless the SASA Board of Directors approves the age difference between the two teams.

Scrimmages count as a team meeting, as referenced in Rule 3.6.1.4.1. Scrimmages with teams outside of

SASA are subject to Rules Article 3.6.

3.9.7 Specifics Regarding Recreational Play

3.9.7.1 Goal Tending

Officially, off-sides are not a foul in U4 through U8 age groups. However, in the game, a player who is

 

continually positionedclose to the opposing teams goal, with the intent of scoring will be called

for Goal-Tending.The foul will be punished with the awarding of an indirect free kick, to the

defending team.

 

3.9.8 Specifics Regarding Academy Play

3.9.8.1 Formation of an Academy League

Member Associations may provide league play if they have enough teams, or may coordinate with

other Member Associations to provide a league or games between Soccer Academy teams from

different home associations. Age division play will be designated as U9 or U10. Scores and standings

should not be kept. U7 and U8 players may participate with Academy teams for one practice only

per week and one game only per week. Soccer Academy teams may not enter NTSSA sanctioned

tournaments unless the tournament has specified a Soccer Academybracket. In that e ve n t ,

players must declare which Soccer Academy team they will play with in the tournament and may

only play for one team in a tournament. Soccer Academy teams may not travel out of NTSSA, as a

team, to play in tournaments.

3.9.9 Specifics Regarding Competitive Play

3.9.9.1 Youth Competitive Club Distinction [North Texas Soccer Rule 4.9]

A competitive club is any group of two or more competitive teams that have a common

administrative group and play under the same name. Competitive Clubs are recognized by NTSSA on

a team-by-team basis.

3.9.9.2 Registered Youth Competitive Club

A Competitive Club that has at least six (6) competitive teams playing in a competitive league(s) may

register for recognition as a Registered Competitive Club.

3.9.9.3 A club will be recognized as a Registered Competitive Club once properly completed

registration forms, together with any required supporting documentation, have been submitted to

NTSSA. The Competitive Soccer Committee as directed by the Youth Commissioner will review all

submissions for compliance.

3.9.9.4 A Competitive Club may register for recognition as a Registered Competitive Club at any time

during the soccer year. Unless timely renewed, recognition as a Registered Competitive Club expires

on August 1st. A Registered Competitive Club may renew its recognition as a Registered Competitive

Club by the proper submission of any required renewal forms between July 10th and July 31st.

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3.9.9.4.1 A Registered Competitive Club may be held accountable to NTSSA for the acts or

omissions of its members, Coaches, trainers, managers, players, Parents/Legal Guardians,

officers, directors, officials, agents and/or other representative, provided that such acts or

omissions constitute violations of rules, laws, codes and/or regulations which are within

NTSSAs enforcement jurisdiction.

3.10 (Article X) Policies and Procedures

All San Angelo Soccer Association Policies, duly approved by the Board of Directors, automatically become part of

the General Rules of the San Angelo Soccer Association and shall be treated as such. Policies which do not appear to

belong in any other Article of the Rules & Regulations will be added to this Article. In the event of conflicts between

approved policies and this document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules & Regulations, or the By-Laws of

the North Texas State Soccer Association, the United States Youth Soccer Association, or the United States Soccer

Federation, then the policy will be subservient to the appropriate Rule or By-Law.

3.10.1 Foul Weather Procedures

The Referee Assignor, along with a member of the Executive Committee, shall decide if the games, which

are scheduled for a specific day are to be canceled or delayed due to foul weather. If the Referee Assignor is

not available to make the decision, the Field Director along with a member of the Executive Committee will

make the call. If neither the Referee Assignor, nor the Field Director is available, the next available Board

Member, starting with the President and following the chain of command can make the decision. The

Referee may delay or terminate a specific game if, in their own determination, impending danger to players

exists. If the game is delayed or called, due to foul weather, during the 1set half of the game, the game will be

rescheduled. If foul weather is called during the 2nd half of the game, and the game is not resumed within 20

minutes, the game will be considered as is, and the score will stand as is. During Foul Weather, teams who

are not otherwise notified at one (1) hour prior to game time, of a cancellation, will report to the playing

field.

3.10.2 Player Discipline, pertaining to U9 and up only

A player may be withheld from a game for disciplinary reasons when the punishment has been approved by

the age group Commissioner, and reported in accordance with 3.6.1.3.1. Each such disciplinary action serves

as a written complaint of misconduct. Three disciplinary actions, during the season will require a review of

the player, by the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

3.10.3 Determination of Season Standings

U6 through U8 team will NOT have official season standings. U10 through U19 age group division

(boys and girls) Champions will be determined by point standings as follows:

Win = 3 points

Tie = 1 point

Loss = 0 points

Forfeit = -2 points

Games won by forfeit will result in the winning team receiving the maximum 3 points

o Season games tied after regulation time has expired will stand, unless determined otherwise by

a SASA Official.

 

o If any non-counter games are needed, to round out season play, they shall be scheduled before

points play begins, unless said scheduling is not possible.

If teams are tied, in the standings, based on the point system above, the follow system will be used

to determine the Champion:

The winner of the game in which the tied teams played, during regular season play, will

be the winner. If there is a three-way tie and one team won over the other two, that

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team would be the Champion. If required to further break a tie, any non-counter game

scores in which the two teams played each other, will also be considered.

· For first or second place, if two teams are tied in points AND the two teams tied

during the regular season matches, a play-off game will be played, resulting in a

Champion. Three way ties will use the following to break the tie: Head to head

during season play (counter games), Most Shut-Outs (counter games), Goals For,

and Penalty shootout. It will strictly follow this order to break a three way tie.

Play-off games will not end in a tie. Overtime play and, if necessary, a FIFA

shoot-out will be used. Overtime will be the length stated in the playing rules

for the age group involved. At any playoff game, an impartial Board Member

shall be present AND a full crew of Referees shall be present, or the playoff

game will be rescheduled. The Referee Coordinator will set up all dates for playoff

games, depending on Referee availability.

3.10.3.1 Forfeiture

A team will forfeit any game in which it fields an ineligible player, or a player under suspension; it

has a suspended Coach appearing at a game to Coach; it fails to field the minimum number of

players minus 1 (example, for a 7v7 game, the team must field at least 6 players), within five (5)

minutes of the scheduled starting time, according to the Referees watch (if neither team has the

minimum, the game will be a loss for both teams); or the team violates the minimum playing time

 

requirements for any player on the team. When a game is forfeited, the score will be recorded as 1

0. Since any forfeiture may affect the final standings of the age group, the age group Commissioner

will make a complete inquiry concerning the forfeit. Any team forfeiting a scheduled non-counter

game, will be docked one point from their season standings, unless both Coaches agree to cancel

the game, in which case neither team will be penalized, except in no show situations, in 3.6.2.3.3,

where the team will be deducted 3 points.

3.10.3.2 Make-Up Games

For any game, in which a coach/team will not be able to attend the game, an option will be available

to make-up the game, provided the Commissioner is contacted before noon (12pm) of the Tuesday

before the game is scheduled to be played. Games to be made up will be arranged through the age

group Commissioner, who will set up a date and time with the Referee Assignor.

3.10.3.3 No Shows

Any team which is considered a no show,will be responsible for the Referee fees. Any no show

teams, in a game which is considered a countergame will have two (2) points deducted from

their total season points. A no showis declared when a coach/team fails to provide at least 48

hoursnotice, to the Commissioner or Office Manager, stating the team will not be in attendance. If

the coach is present but the required minimum number of players is not present, the game is declared

a forfeit. If the coach and/or fewer than three (3) players are not in attendance, the team will be

declared a no-show.

3.10.3.4 Awards

All players, rostered to a team, at the conclusion of the season, U4 through U8, will receive an

individual participation trophy or award. Individual trophies will be presented, to the members of

the first (1st) and second (2ND) place teams in each age grouping, U9 through U19. Participation

awards will also be given for all players, rostered to a team, at the conclusion of the season, U9

through U19.

3.10.4 Association Records

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The minutes of the Association and any associated exhibits are records which are open records, available for

inspection by any interested party. Copies of these records may be made for interested parties; however,

the Association may charge a fee for making the copies. Most other records of the Association are also open

records and will be available for review at the Association office. Those records which show individuals

names, addresses, or phone numbers are generally not open records and are not available for review.

Records of player sign-ups, team formation notes, and team rosters are NOT open records and are not subject

to inspection or copying. Player and team records will only be provided to those individuals who need

these records in order to advance the purposes of the Association. All records of the disciplinary

committees of the Association, including, but not limited to, complaints, minutes, and exhibits, are

confidential records and are NOT open to inspection or copying. Only those individuals bringing complaints,

or being the subject of complaints or other disciplinary actions, will be allowed to inspect and obtain copies

of the portion of the records of a disciplinary committee meeting, which pertain to their action. Disciplinary

records will be made available to any appellate body reviewing the disciplinary action. The decisions of the

disciplinary committees, including the sanctions imposed on any individual, are open records, subject to inspection

and copying.

**Policy Change: Rescheduling Games Policy:
1. All requests by coach must be made within 72 hours in advance.
2. The commissioner has to approve also within that 72 hour period.
3. All games must be rescheduled within one week.
4. Coaches may only request one reschedule per season for his/her team.
5. If the request is not made within 72 hours in advance, the teams will have to pay refs.

3.10.5 Lists of Members: Mailings and E-mailings

The lists of the members of the San Angelo Soccer Association are recognized as being valuable properties of

the San Angelo Soccer Association and its affiliates, and will not be distributed to any person or organization

outside the San Angelo Soccer Association or its affiliates. This includes lists of players, lists of Coaches, and

lists of officials. The Registrar of the San Angelo Soccer Association will determine which officers of the

Association need copies of the various membership lists. Lists will not be given to any officer without a need

for them. Under no circumstances will any member of the San Angelo Soccer Association give any such list(s)

to any other organization, business, or person(s).

3.10.5.1 Mailings, including E-mailings, may be made to all members, or to some defined subset of

members of the San Angelo Soccer Association, only for other 501(c) (3) organizations. Such postal

mailings will only be prepared, as a blind mailing, by a direct mail service chosen by the Board of

Directors, and paid for by the organization requesting the mail-out, and will be made in such a

manner as to guard the integrity of the San Angelo Soccer Association membership list. The San

Angelo Soccer Association will provide mailing labels to the direct mail service, which will apply the

labels, to the mailing piece(s), and supervise the mailing, to insure no copy of the list is made or

kept.

3.10.5.2 Any 501 (c) (3) organizations wishing to mail, or e-mail, to the members of the San Angelo

Soccer Association will apply to the Board of Directors for permission. The application must include

a copy of the mailing piece(s). Upon approval of postal mailings, the Office Manager and/or

Registrar will be directed to prepare a set of mailing labels for the mailing and convey the labels to

the approved direct mail service. Upon approval of the e-mail mailings, the Office Manager and/or

Registrar will forward the Board approved message or document, through e-mail, to the approved

parties.

3.10.5.3 Any 501 (c) (3) organization wishing to mail to the members of the San Angelo Soccer

Association will pay the Association a fee of 25¢ per name for the use of the list. The requesting

organization will also pay for the actual expenses of preparing the mailing labels, and will pay all the

expenses involved in the preparation of the mailing and the actual mailing expenses. The fee for the

use of the list may be reduced or waived when the Board of Directors feels that the mailing is in the

best interest of the soccer programs, of the San Angelo Soccer Association.

3.10.6 Game Protests

All protest of game matters shall be submitted, in writing or by email, to the office, within 48 hours of the

game, accompanied by a protest deposit of $100.00. If the protest is upheld, the deposit with be refunded. If

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the protest is denied, the deposit till be forfeited to the SASA treasury. The protest will be sent to the Board

of Directors who shall review the protest to determine the situation and validity. A game may only be

protested if:

A team is knowingly playing an unregistered, ineligible, or suspended player

A teams suspended Coach is present and Coaches the team

There is a violation of the minimum playing requirements for any player as outlined in

these Rules

There has been an obvious error made in the application of the Laws of the Game,

which directly affects the outcome of the match, and the Referee admits such an error

No protests can even be entertained if they are based on judgment decisions made by the Referee during

play. See FIFA Law V. If the protest is judged valid for hearing, the Board of Directors shall accept the protest

and the deposit and forward them to the Head of A&D within 24 hours of receiving them. There will not be

protests accepted for games U8 and under; if a team violates minimum playing time requirements for any

player, the matter will be handled as a complaint against the Coach.

3.10.7 Adult Criminal Background Checks

In accordance with North Texas State Soccer Association Rule 3.6, and USYSA Rule 4044, every person, over

the age of 17, who at any time could be expected, in the performance of their duties, to be alone with any

registered youth player, must have on file with NTSSA, a completed NTSSA Application and Consent for

Criminal Background Check (Risk Management). For the purposes of this procedure, at a minimum, all

Coaches, Assistant Coaches, managers, trainers, Referees, volunteer administrators, board members, and

staff/employees are required to complete this obligation. Others may be included if they may be alone or in

a small group with any registered youth player. The procedures to be followed are explained in the NTSSA

Administrative Rule Book as Rule 3.6. The San Angelo Soccer Association has the right to further examine all

Coaches, Assistant Coaches, managers, trainers, Referees, volunteer administrators, board members, and

staff/employees, and may do so by conducting their own Criminal Background Check, and may prohibit an

individual from participating in any of these capacities based on such findings, even if the individual was

approved by the NTSSA Risk Management.

3.11 (Article XI) Discipline, Protests, Grievances, and Appeals

The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, of the San Angelo Soccer Association, is the judicial branch of the

Association. Appeals about actions and/or decisions of Association officers, Coaches, and Referees will be filed with

the Head of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, unless an alternate review process is specified in some part of

the By-Laws or the Rules & Regulations of the San Angelo Soccer Association. Protests and grievances will also be

filed with the Head of A&D. The Referees, of San Angelo Soccer Association sanctioned games, will file a North Texas

State Soccer Association Referees Report of Misconduct, with the Head of A&D for ALL incidents in which the

Referee issues a CAUTION, SEND OFF, or suspends a game or alleges misconduct by any person (this includes cases

of alleged Referee abuse - the Referee must file a copy of the Report with the Head of A&D even though the incident

will be adjudicated by the North Texas State Soccer Association).

NOTE: All comments in this chapter, regarding the actions of the North Texas State Soccer Association, its officers,

and its committees are explanatory in nature and do not bind the State Association in any way. The actions of the

State Association, its officers and committees are governed by the North Texas State Soccer Association

Administrative Handbook. The explanations included herein are intended to inform the members of the San Angelo

Soccer Association of their rights and obligations due to the San Angelo Soccer Association, in the North Texas State

Soccer Association. In case of conflicts between this chapter and the North Texas State Soccer Association

Administrative Handbook, the NTSSA Handbook will be the definitive document.

3. 11.1 Authority

3.11.1.1 All members and participants, in youth soccer, within the jurisdiction of the San Angelo

Soccer Association have requested to participate in our programs. Therefore, these participants have

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agreed to abide by the By-Laws and Rules & Regulations of the San Angelo Soccer Association, as

well as those of the North Texas State Soccer Association, the United States Soccer Federation,

and the United States Youth Soccer Association. The San Angelo Soccer Association Constitution, By-

Laws, and Rules & Regulations, provide that it has jurisdiction over all players, Coaches, team

managers, administrators, Referees, and teams who choose to affiliate. Any member or participant in

youth soccer within the jurisdiction of NTSSA found in violation of the Articles of Incorporation,

Constitution, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of NTSSA, the San Angelo Soccer Association, as well as

those of the United States Soccer Federation and its National Associations of which North Texas

State Soccer Association is a member, may be subject to publication in the monthly newsletter or

NTSSA President's Newsletter of their name, the type of violation, and the disciplinary action taken.

Publication will be limited to individuals receiving disciplinary actions of three months or greater.

3.11.1.2 The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee of the San Angelo Soccer Association will hold

hearings - WITH THE PARTIES HAVING THE RIGHT TO BE PRESENT - on every player/Coach/Assistant

Coach sent off, on Referees reports of serious misconduct by spectators and/or Parents/Legal

Guardians. These hearings will, unless absolutely impossible to schedule, be held and decisions

communicated to the involved parties and league officials, before the individual involved is

scheduled to play another game, sanctioned by the San Angelo Soccer Association. The use of tape

recorders (audio or video), court reporters, and the presence of attorneys (in their professional

capacity) at hearings, conducted by either the Appeals or Disciplinary Committee, or by the Board

of Directors, acting as an appellate body, is not allowed.

3.11.2 Misconduct of Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches

3.11.2.1 If the Head of A&D of the San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary

Committee becomes aware of a pattern of misbehavior, by a Coach, the Coach may be summoned

before the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee for judgment on fitness to continue coaching youth

soccer. A pattern of misbehavior may consist of written complaints, which must be made on separate

occasions (games, practices, etc.) during the season and may include written complaints from other

Coaches, or from any Association member. Letter will be received by the Office, along with any

misconduct reports by the Referees. A pattern of misbehavior may consist of as few as one instance

of serious misconduct or several instances of "minor" misbehavior which, taken together, raises a

question of the Coach's suitability to Coach youth soccer.

3.11.2.2 The San Angelo Soccer Association will operate and keep records on a CUMULATIVE CARD

SYSTEM" for all players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches. Appeals of cards are not allowed except when

the Referee admits he/she made an error in the issuance of the card. Cards issued in league play are

cumulative during the entire soccer year. When a player transfers to another team his/her

accumulated league play cards count against the cumulative card totals for both his/her old and new

teams. Player suspensions mentioned in this section, including automatic suspensions, from all

NTSSA sanctioned activities,” include all games, organized scrimmages, friendly games, and the like,

but do not include team practices. A "CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM" in league play will be operated

as follows:

o Yellow Cards - One game automatic suspension for the game following an individuals third

league play yellow card. Two game automatic suspension for the game following such

 

individuals fifth league play yellow card. One game automatic suspension for the game

following such individuals sixth league play yellow card.

NOTE: A player/Coach/Assistant Coach receiving a second yellow card in a single game is suspended

 

for the balance of that game, and those two yellow cards are then added to such individuals previous

total of league play yellow cards to determine whether additional game suspensions, if any, are

required. Red cards issued solely as a result of a second yellow in a single game will not be

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added to such individuals league play red card total.

o Red Cards - One game automatic suspension for the game following an individual��s first league

play red card. Automatic suspension, pending a hearing, from all NTSSA-sanctioned activities

 

following such individual��s second league play red card. Red cards issued solely as a result of a

second yellow card in a single game will not be added to such individual��s league play red card

total.

NOTE: In cases where, during a single game, an individual receives a yellow card followed by a

straight red card(as opposed to a red card issued solely as a result of a second yellow) both cards

will be added to such individual��s respective total of league play red and yellow cards and punished

accordingly. If the Appeals & Discipline Committee determines that a red card was issued for an

infraction that was not an "expulsion" offense in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game, the

Appeals & Discipline Committee may reduce the red card to a yellow card and assess sanctions

accordingly. The Committee or the San Angelo Soccer Association may not, however, do away with

the card altogether. A full report of this action must be sent to NTSSA.

o Seventh Card - Any individual obtaining a seventh card in league play shall be immediately

suspended pending a hearing with NTSSA A&D Committee (meaning any combination of yellow

and red cards totaling seven).

3.11.2.3 These are minimum disciplinary punishments to be taken by the Appeals and Disciplinary

Committee. Nothing herein prevents the Committee, or the Board of Directors as an appellate body,

from enacting more severe sanctions. Each case should be judged on its own set of circumstances

and degree of misconduct or violence, the latter of which must be dealt with swiftly and severely.

3.11.2.4. Game suspensions for Yellow and Red cards (as set forth above) are to be served by the

player/Coach/Assistant Coach at the next scheduled game (including league, playoff, championship,

cup, and local or state tournament games) that such individual��s team is involved in. A suspension

imposed by these rules shall be recognized by all affiliated organizations after proper notification.

 

The lack of a hearing or Referee report on the offense shall not affect such individual��s suspension.

Exceptions For misconduct cards issued during State Cup, Regional, or National competitions (US

Youth Soccer), the misconduct will be handled within that competition.

3.11.2.5 All game suspensions must be reported immediately to the State A & D Committee. The

SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will forward a copy of any Referee's Misconduct Report(s)

which underlie the suspension. The State A & D Committee will determine the extent of

punishment, if any, in addition to that prescribed by the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee

taking into consideration the severity of the misconduct.

3.11.2.6 Any misconduct by a Coach justifying a report by a Referee or any other person shall be

directed to the North Texas State Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee as well as

the San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee. The SASA Committee shall

promptly (within five days after receipt of the report) rule on the report and send its decision to the

State A & D Committee. The State Committee will determine the extent of the punishment, if any, in

addition to that taken by the San Angelo Soccer Association.

3.11.2.6.1 The North Texas State Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will

make its decision entirely upon the written reports before it, including that of the affected

Coach should he/she submit a report. Hearings will not be held by the State Committee

unless it, of its own volition, chooses to call one.

3.11.2.6.2. A Coach whose conduct is not considered to be exemplary to his/her players,

Parents/Legal Guardians, and spectators will be firmly dealt with by the SASA Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee and the State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

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3.11.2.7 The San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee is directed to

extend severe punishment to those players, Coaches, and Assistant Coaches guilty of extreme

violent conduct while participating in a match and for violence toward any person or property after

being sent off, while on the touch-line, or approaching or leaving the game site.

3.11.3 Misconduct of Spectators

3.11.3.1 Each team in the San Angelo Soccer Association is responsible for the conduct of its

spectators. The Referee and Board of Directors shall have the authority to caution and/or send off

the Coach or acting Coach from the field for the misconduct of the spectators associated with the

team. Therefore, the Coach, Assistant Coach, and team manager are expected to control the

spectators. If he/she is unable to do so, the San Angelo Soccer Association will take appropriate

actions toward the identifiable, unruly spectator, or, if unidentifiable, towards the team itself. The

action of the Association shall be sent to the North Texas State Soccer Association Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee for review and further action if it feels it is warranted.

3.11.3.2 Possible actions for the misconduct of spectators are: to require the spectator to

leave the property for the duration of the game; suspend the spectator from attending

future matches; to require the team to forfeit any games at which that spectator is present

on the touch-line; to require the offending team to pay for the presence of police at the

game; to revoke and/or refuse registration to the offending team; to cause the spectator to

be placed under a municipal peace bondor restraining order.

3.11.4 Misconduct and Punishment of Teams

3.11.4.1 When, during the current soccer year, the players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches of a given

team have accumulated a total of seven (7) send-offs in league play (including red cards issued as a

result of an individual receiving two yellow cards in a single game) or any combination of cards

totaling 25 the SASA Discipline and Appeals Committee shall notify the team and the State A & D

Committee. The team will be fined $100.00 payable to NTSSA within thirty (30) days of receiving

notice of the seventh (7th) send-off or any combination of cards totaling 25. The Coach and the

players of said team may also be required notified to appear before the SASA Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee to explain the teams' continued misconduct. The Committee may waive the

holding of a local hearing and referee the matter to the State A&D. If desired, the SASA Appeals and

Discipline Committee Failure of the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee to notify the State

A&D Committee within fourteen (14) calendar days of a team��s seventh (7th) send-off or any

combination of cards totaling 25 will result in a fine of $ 100.00 per week for each week such notice

 

is late. Red cards or send-offs assessed against that team��s spectators or against that team during

tournament play will be reviewed to ascertain team misconduct tendencies.

3.11.4.2 When the players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches of a given team have accumulated a total of

four (4) send-offs in a tournament (including red cards issued as a result of an individual receiving

two yellow cards in a single game) Tournament Officials shall notify the team and the State A & D

Committee. The team will be fined $100.00 payable to NTSSA within thirty (30) days of receiving

notice of the fourth (4th) send-off. The coach and the players of said team may also be required to

appear before the committee to explain the team's continued misconduct. Failure of Tournament

Officials to notify the State A&D Committee within fourteen (14) calendar days of a team��s fourth

(4th) will result in a fine of $100.00 per week for each week such notice is late. Red Cards or sendoffs

 

assessed against that team��s spectators or against that team during league play will be

reviewed to ascertain team misconduct tendencies.

3.11.4.3 The San Angelo Soccer Association will not hesitate to deny teams, coaches, managers, team

representatives, or players, within its jurisdiction, the privilege of further participation in all or

selected soccer activities for repeated offenses and for serious offenses considered to bring the

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game into disrepute. A probation period and/or other sanctions may be rendered to teams, Coaches,

 

managers, team representatives, or players for violations of the Associations rules.

3.11.4.4 The San Angelo Soccer Association does hold the team and its Coach (es) jointly responsible

for the conduct of the players, Parents/Legal Guardians, and spectators.

3.11.4.5 A Coach whose conduct is not considered to be exemplary to his/her players, Parents/Legal

Guardians and spectators will be firmly dealt with by the Appeals and Discipline committees of both

the San Angelo Soccer Association and the North Texas State Soccer Association.

3.11.5 Misconduct Toward a Referee [See North Texas Soccer Rule 3.11.7]

3.11.5.1 North Texas State Soccer Association has exclusive jurisdiction over assault or abuse of

officials, both Referee and Assistant Referee, in any competition by the State or Member Associations.

This jurisdiction includes: all USSF registered Referees (adult and youth); any non- licensed person

serving in any emergency capacity as a game official; any Coach, Parent/Legal

Guardian or junior Assistant Referee serving as a game official.

3.11.5.2 If there is an assault/abuse of any game official by any person, including players, Coaches,

managers, or spectators, a report of the alleged assault/abuse will be submitted immediately to the

NTSSA A & D Committee Chairman, the appropriate State Commissioner, the Olympic Development

Program Chairman, and the Chairman of the State Referee Committee.

3.11.6 Terms and References

3.11.6.1 Referee assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a Referee (an act

intended to bring about a result, which will invade the interests of another in a way that is socially

unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.). Assault includes but is not limited

to the following acts committed upon a Referee: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on,

grabbing or bodily running into a Referee; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a

Referee that could inflict injury; damaging the Referee's uniform or personal property, i.e. car,

equipment, etc.

3.11.6.2 Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact, which

implies or threatens physical harm to a Referee or the Referee's property or equipment. Abuse

includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a Referee: using foul or abusive

language toward a Referee; spewing any beverage on a Referee's personal property; spitting at (but

not on) the Referee; or verbally threatening a Referee. Verbal threats are remarks that carry the

implied or direct threat of physical harm. Such remarks as, "I'll get you after the game" or "You won't

get out of here in one piece", shall be deemed Referee abuse.

3.11.6.3 Misconduct at a Referee means persistent statements or physical acts directed toward a

Referee during or after a game, that do not constitute Referee assault or abuse as provided under

United States Soccer Federation policy 531.9, but that mistreat the Referee or are inappropriate or

unacceptable statements or acts, and may include the following: excessive incidences of foul or

abusive language at the Referee; statements that diminish the authority of the Referee; statements

or acts that serve to intimidate without threatening physical harm to the Referee, examples being:

confronting the Referee without physically threatening the Referee; spitting on the ground or in the

air but not at the Referee; throwing or kicking an item as a sign of disrespect or dissent but without

the chance of hitting the Referee; re-entering the field.

These are only some of the examples of possible misconduct and are not all inclusive.

3.11.7 Penalties and Suspensions

3.11.7.1 Referee Assault

The person committing the Referee assault is automatically suspended as follows:

(a) for a minor or slight touching of the Referee or the Referee's uniform or personal property, at

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3 months from the time of the assault;

(b) except as provided in clause (c) or (d), for any other assault, at least 6 months from the time of

the assault;

(c) for an assault committed by an adult and the Referee is 17 years of age or younger, at least 3

years; or

(d) for an assault when serious injuries are inflicted, at least 5 years.

3.11.7.2 Referee Abuse

The person committing the Referee abuse shall be suspended for a minimum of three (3) games.

3.11.7.3 Misconduct Towards a Referee

The person committing the misconduct towards a Referee shall be suspended for a minimum of

three (3) games.

3.11.8 Misconduct of Referees

3.11.8.1 When any Referee is alleged to have committed misconduct toward any participant,

spectator of a match, or toward another Referee the North Texas State Soccer Association Appeals

and Discipline Committee will hear such allegations and assess punishment of the Referee in regard

to his/her activities.

3.11.8.2 When any Referee is alleged to have mis-interpreted the Law of the Game but does not

admit to such mis-interpretation, the complainant will submit a letter to the San Angelo Soccer

Association RefereesRepresentative who will present the matter to the local RefereesCommittee.

The RefereesCommittee will deliver to the Board of Directors its findings and punishment of the

Referee in regard to the alleged mis-interpretation.

NOTE: If the Referee admits to have mis-interpreted the Laws, the complaint will be handled as a

game protest and will be submitted with the appeal deposit of $50 to the Appeals and Disciplinary

Committee Head.

3.11.8.3 When any Referee is alleged to have carried out his/her duties in less than a professional

manner, the complainant will submit a letter to the San Angelo Soccer Association Referees

Representative who will present the matter to the local RefereesCommittee. The Referees

Committee will deliver to the Board of Directors its findings and punishment of the Referee in

regard to the alleged breach.

3.11.9 Appellate Procedures

3.11.9.1 All complaints, protests, grievances, misconduct reports, and appeals of the decisions or

actions of any official of the San Angelo Soccer Association will, unless directed elsewhere in the

Association By-Laws and General Rules, be submitted, in writing, to the Head of the Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee within forty-eight (48) hours of the matter concerned. The Committee may,

at its discretion, when requested in writing to do so, waive the time limit for filing matters before it,

but in no case will grant an extension of more than ten (10) days. Matters submitted to the

Committee must be accompanied by a cash bond (see the later paragraph about filing fees).

Definition of a grievance: a wrong, real or fancied, considered as grounds for complaint against an

unjust act.

3.11.9.2 The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will act on all matters submitted to it within five

(5) days after receipt of the complaint or report. All involved parties (Referees, linesmen, Coaches,

players, Parents/Legal Guardians) will be notified of the hearing date and time and are expected to

be present. However, if any person is not present, the Committee may proceed with the hearing.

The Committee will hear all sides of the incident according to the Committees established

procedures, and then will request that all involved parties leave so that the Committee may

deliberate on the matter (no decision will be made by the Committee while the involved parties are

present).

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all involved parties as soon as possible.

3.11.10 Appeals Process

The Board of Directors of the San Angelo Soccer Association may bring any matter directly before the Board

as a judicial body when the Board feels it is necessary in order to render a decision and to speed the normal

process for matters of utmost importance.

3.11.10.1 All decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, except those which are sent

directly to the North Texas State Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, may be

appealed to the Board of Directors of the San Angelo Soccer Association. Those decisions which are

appealed directly to the State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee are enumerated in other sections

of the General Rules. All decisions by the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee which are

appealed to the Board of Directors and most of those which are appealed to the State require the

posting of a cash bond.

3.11.10.2 All decisions of the Board of Directors of the San Angelo Soccer Association may be

appealed to the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee of the North Texas State Soccer Association.

Such appeals may require the posting of a cash bond.

3.11.10.3 All decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee of the North Texas State Soccer

Association may be appealed to the State Executive Committee.

3.11.10.4 All appeals at all levels are subject to a complete rehearing of the initial incident or action.

No appeal level will lessen the punishment assessed by a lower level in any case in which the lower

level decision is upheld. Higher appeal levels may, at their discretion, increase the punishment

assessed by a lower judicial body.

All persons, under the jurisdiction of the San Angelo Soccer Association, are reminded that they must

exhaust all appellate procedures of the Home Association before they may appeal to the North Texas State

Soccer Association or other governing bodies.

3.11.11 SASA A&D Proceedings

3.11.11.1 The San Angelo Soccer Association and its Committees will refuse to hear any appeal when

any person is threatening a lawsuit. Such appeals will immediately be passed to the North Texas

State Soccer Association. This is a sport to which our local officers and officials are giving freely of

their time, and none of them need to take the trouble and expense to appear in court.

3.11.11.2 The San Angelo Soccer Association and its Committees and the North Texas State Soccer

Association and its Committees will refuse to allow the use of recording devices, court reporters,

and the presence of attorneys acting in their professional capacity at all hearings.

3.11.11.3 Should any aggrieved party resort to the courts without exhausting all avenues of appeal

including through to the United States Soccer Federation, the San Angelo Soccer Association may, at

its discretion, suspend such person or refuse to accept further registration in soccer activities within

its jurisdiction.

3.11.12 Appeals Format

Any appeal, to any reviewing body in either the San Angelo Soccer Association or the North Texas State

Soccer Association, will be:

In writing.

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Made to the appropriate person within five (5) days of receipt of written notice of the lower level

authoritys decision(s). The appropriate person is the: Head for the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary

Committee, President for the SASA Board of Directors, Chairman for the NTSSA Appeals and

Disciplinary Committee, or the General Manager for the NTSSA Executive Committee.

Accompanied by the specified fees in cash or certified funds

Filing fees for appeals will not be waived. Filing fees for protests, grievances, and the SASA Appeals

and Disciplinary Committee, for good reason, may waive complaints. Filing fees will be refunded to

the appealing party only if the previous decision is overruled. Fees will be: $50.00 for all matters at

either the SASA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee or Board of Directors and $100 for all appeals

to the North Texas State Soccer Association.

3.11.13 Records

The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will maintain a permanent file of all reports sent to it and the action

taken. When any one person or team shows a trend toward numerous misconduct reports the Committee will

contact such person or team for the purpose of warning or may call such person or team before it.

3.10 (Article X) FIFA Rules and Modifications

Games sanctioned by the San Angelo Soccer Association will be played under the rules published in the current

edition of FIFA Laws of the Game (or its successor publications) except as modified by the San Angelo Soccer

Association, with the permission of the North Texas State Soccer Association and the United States Youth Soccer

Association. The following modifications to the current edition of Laws of the Game are the rules which will be

enforced in SASA League play.

3.12.1 Modifications to the U4

Law 1 The Field of Play

Dimensions:

Length: 30 yards to 35 yards

Width: 20 yards to 25 yards

Center Circle radius: 3 yards

Goal Area:

Width: 12 feet along goal line (3 feet outside each goal post)

Depth: 3 feet into field

Penalty Area: NONE

Corner Arc radius: 2 feet

Goals:

Width: 6 feet between the posts

Height: 4 feet under the crossbar

Law 2 The ball

USSF size 3

 

Law 3 The Number of Players

Each team shall consist of three players on the field

A minimum of three players on a team is required to begin play

There are NO goalkeepers or designated defenders

No more than six persons may be named on the roster. (Roster size may be amended by

SASA Board of Directors)

Substitution:

Substitutions may only b e m a d e during the break b e t we e n quarters; however,

a substitution may be made for an injured player during stoppage of play.

Each team member MUST be allowed to play at least 50% of each game he/she attends

Law 4 The Players Equipment

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game plus:

 

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Jerseys must have a distinctive 4number on the back

Home team will change jerseys, or wear pennies, if colors conflict.

NOTE: Shin guards are MANDATORY and must be covered entirely by the sock

Law 5 The Referee

Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game except does NOT keep or report any scores

Coaches, in this age group only, will referee the games

NOTE: All decisions made by a person, not registered as a referee, who officiates, are just as

binding and valid as if the person were a registered referee. Only referees registered with

USSF may caution or send off players and/or discipline coaches or team officials.

Law 6 The Assistant Referee

Not used in U4 Play

 

Law 7 The Duration of the Match

Matches are divided into four equal periods of 6 minutes each

 

Half-time Interval: the interval between the 2nd and 3rd quarters will not exceed 6 minutes

Quarter Intervals: the interval between the 1st and 2nd as well as the 3rd and 4th quarters will

not exceed 2 minutes. These intervals are strictly for the purpose of substituting players

and should end as soon as substitutions are completed.

Law 8 The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

 

Team which takes the kickoff to start the game will take the kickoff to start the 3rd quarter.

The other team will take the kickoff to start the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

Teams will exchange ends at half-time.

A goal may NOT be scored directly from a kickoff

Opponents must be 3 yards from the ball at kickoff

Law 9 The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

Law 10 The Method of Scoring

NO RECORD OF SCORES WILL BE KEPT

If the ball crosses the goal line between the goal post, and under the crossbar, but one or

more of the players, on the team attacking the goal, are in their own defensive half of the

field, to play defense, the referee will restart with a goal kick. Otherwise, conform to FIFA

Laws of the Game for Restart.

Law 11 Offside

No offside in this age group

 

Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

All free kicks will be indirect free kicks with all opponents at least 3 yards from the ball.

The referee is encouraged to explain fouls to players.

Law 13 Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

All free kicks are indirect free kicks with all opponents at least 3 yards from the ball.

Law 14 Penalty Kicks

There will be NO penalty kicks

 

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Law 15 The Throw-in

For this age group, replaced with a kick-in. Kick-in is an indirect free kick, from the touchline.

All opponents must be at least 3 yards from the ball.

Law 16 The Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

A goal may not be scored directly.

Opponents must be at least 3 yards from the ball.

Law 17 The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

A goal may not be scored directly.

Opponents must be at least 5 yards from the ball.

NOTE TO PARENTS AND COACHES OF U4

The purpose of the small sided soccer games is to teach our youth to play soccer by playing with the

ball. By limiting the number of players of the field, each player has more opportunities to touch the

ball. The number of touches, on the ball, by each player, is much important than the player’s

technique. More opportunities to touch the ball occur when all players are close to the ball. Playing

 

a set position limits the players opportunity to touch the ball.

No person, other than the Coaches (acting as the referee) and the players should be on the field.

Substitution players, parents/legal guardians, and other spectators should remain at least 4 feet

away from the touch line. NO spectator should run up and down the touch line during play. NO

spectators are allowed within 10 feet of the ends of the field. Assistant coaches and substitutions

should remain within 10 feet of the halfway line.

Soccer is a game for the players! It is not a game for the coaches and/or parents, who feel the need

to control the youths game. Parents/Legal Guardians and Coaches who feel the need to play the

game for their child, instead of encouraging the player, are invited to join the adult soccer leagues

available in San Angelo. Encourage the players and help them enjoy their game.

Modified Rules UNDER 5 THROUGH UNDER 6 - PLAYING RULES

3.12.2 LAW I THE FIELD OF PLAY

The field size below is the SASA recommended, but may vary depending on field availability.

The field of play is 20 (twenty) yards wide by 30 (thirty) yards long.

A halfway line shall be marked out across the field.

The center circle is 4 (four) yards in radius.

The goal area is an 8 (eight) yard arc (The Arc).

The corner area is 1 (one) yard.

The goal size is 4 (four) feet high and 6 (six) feet wide.

LAW II - THE BALL

2.1 The ball is a size 3 (three).

3. LAW III THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

3.1 Teams are comprised of players using the following guidelines:

 

League Maximum Minimum

 

Under 5 5 4

 

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Under 6 6 4

3.2 The number of players on each side shall be as follows:

League Players

 

Under 5 3

Under 6 4

3.3 No Goal Keepers are allowed in this Age Group.

3.4 Substitutions

3.4.1. For an injured player, when the referee stops play;

3.4.2. At a quarter break...

3.4.3. For any stoppage in play caused by the ball leaving the field.

*NOTE: Coaches, spectators, or parents shall not enter the field of play for any reason without

permission of the referee.

4. LAW IV THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

4.1 Players equipment must conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

4.1.1 Footwear: Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes.

4.1.2 No Jewelry of any sort (this includes earrings).

4.1.3 No casts of any kind are allowed.

*NOTE TO PARENTS: Shinguards are mandatory for all practices and games. Players will not be allowed

to participate without them.

5. LAW V THE REFEREE

5.1 Registered Referee.

5.2 Parent/Coach or Assistant who must remember that he/she is serving as an official.

5.3 Referee’s decisions on points of facts connected to the game shall be final.

 

5.4 All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

5.5 Only registered referees have the power to caution or send off players

6. LAW VI THE ASSISTANT REFEREE

6.1 None

 

7. LAW VII THE DURATION OF MATCH

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EACH PLAYER MUST PLAY AT LEAST 50% OF EACH GAME.

 

 

7.1 The game shall be divided into 4 ten-minute quarters with a 2-minute between quarters and a 5-minute halftime

period.

7.2 Teams that are not ready to play within 10 minutes of published time will forfeit game. There will be no

time stoppage for any reason.

8. LAW VIII - THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

8.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

8.1.1 Opponents must be 4 (four) yards from the center mark while kicking off is in progress.

8.1.2 Restart and the end of the quarter shall be with the proper restart for the reason play was stopped (e.g.,

throw in, goal kick, corner kick, etc.)

9. LAW XI THE BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

9.1 Conform to FIFA.

10. LAW X - METHOD OF SCORING

10.1. Conform to FIFA.

11. LAW XI OFFSIDE

11.1 There shall be no off-side.

12. LAW XII - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

12.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

12.1.1 All fouls will result in an indirect free kick with the opponents 4 (four) yards away.

12.1.2 The Referee must explain all infractions to the offending player.

12.1.3 No "two touches" on kicks.

12.1.4 Slide tackling is not allowed and shall be considered "dangerous play" in this age group.

*NOTE: Any player that is sent off can be replaced with another player from the same team. The player

being sent off must sit out the rest of that game.

13. LAW XIII - FREE KICKS

13.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

13.1.1 Kick-off, throw-ins, goal kick and fouls are indirect kicks (i.e. a goal cannot be scored by kicking the ball

directly into the goal: the ball must first be touched by another player).

13.1.2 Defending players must be at least 4 (four) yards from the ball at the time of the free kick.

14. LAW XIV PENALTY KICK

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14.1 No Penalty kicks are to be taken during these games.

 

15. LAW XV Throw-in

15.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

15.1.1 If a throw is done improperly, a second throw-in must be allowed, if throw in still wrong ball will stay in

play and the game move forward. The referee shall explain the proper method before allowing the player to rethrow.

15.1.2 No "Second Touches" are allowed on throw-ins. The throw in must be retaken.

15.1.3 The defending player shall be at least 2 yards from the ball at the time of the throw in.

16. LAW XVI Goal Kick

16.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

16.1.1 Opponents must be 4 (four) yards away.

16.1.2 The goal kick may be taken anywhere on the goal line between the Arc and the corner kick arc. The ball

is in play when it is kicked and moves.

17. LAW XVII Corner Kick

17.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

17.1.1 Opponents must be 4 (four) yards away.

18 OTHER GENERAL RULES

18.1 Coaches are not allowed on the field during play, unless they are invited by the official for the purpose of

assisting an injured player.

18.2 Score is not kept during games. At the end of the game there are no winners and losers. ALL kids are

winners.

18.3 Only coaches and players are to be in the technical area (i.e. the coach’s box) during the game. Parents and

spectators may not be in the technical area. Parents and spectators may be around the fields, but should remain

two yards back from the touch lines, goal lines, and goals.

18.4 Playing Restrictions:

18.4.1 If in the opinion of the referee a team is guilty of intentionally placing a player in front of their goal while

his/her team is on the attack, the referee shall stop play, warn the team, and restart with an indirect free kick to

the other team at the point where the ball was at the time of the stoppage.

18.4.2 No player may touch the ball inside the eight foot semi-circle in front of the goal line (the Arc). If an

attacking player touched the ball inside the Arc, a goal kick is awarded. If a defending player touched the ball

inside the Arc, a corner kick is awarded.

NOTE TO PARENTS AND COACHES OF U5/6

The purpose of the small sided soccer games is to teach our youth to play soccer by playing with the

ball. By limiting the number of players of the field, each player has more opportunities to touch the

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ball. The number of touches, on the ball, by each player, is much important than the player’s

technique. More opportunities to touch the ball occur when all players are close to the ball. Playing

 

a set position limits the players opportunity to touch the ball.

No person, other than the Coaches (acting as the referee) and the players should be on the field.

Substitution players, parents/legal guardians, and other spectators should remain at least 4 feet

away from the touch line. NO spectator should run up and down the touch line during play. NO

spectators are allowed within 10 feet of the ends of the field. Assistant coaches and substitutions

should remain within 10 feet of the halfway line.

Soccer is a game for the players! It is not a game for the coaches and/or parents, who feel the need

to control the youths game. Parents/Legal Guardians and Coaches who feel the need to play the

game for their child, instead of encouraging the player, are invited to join the adult soccer leagues

available in San Angelo. Encourage the players and help them enjoy their game.

3.12.3 Modified Rules for U7/8

1. LAW I THE FIELD OF PLAY

The field size below is the SASA recommended, but may vary depending on field availability.

The field of play is 45 (forty-five) yards wide by 65 (sixty five) yards long.

A halfway line shall be marked out across the field.

The center circle is 8 (eight) yards in radius.

The goal area is 10 (ten) yards wide and 3 (three) yards in depth.

The corner area is 1 (one) yard.

The goal size is 6 (six) feet high and 12 (twelve) feet wide.

There is no penalty mark.

2. LAW II - THE BALL

2.1. The ball is a size 3 (three).

3. LAW III THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

3.1. Teams are composed of players using the follow guidelines:

 

League Maximum Minimum

 

U7 10 8

U8 10 8

3.2. The number of players on each side is as follows:

League Players

 

U7 6

U8 7

3.3. A team may not play with less than five (5) players on the field.

3.3.1 This age group plays with goalies

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3.4. Substitutions

3.4.1. For an injured player, when the referee stops play;

3.4.2 Conform to FIFA rules for substitutions

NOTE: Coaches, spectators, or parents shall not enter the field of play for any reason without permission of the referee.

4. LAW IV THE PLAYERS EQUIPMENT

4.1. Players equipment must conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

4.1.1. Footwear: Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes.

4.1.2. No Jewelry of any sort (this includes earrings).

4.1.3. No casts of any kind are allowed.

5. LAW V THE REFEREE

5.1. Registered Referee

5.2. Associate Referee

5.3. Parent/Coach or Assistant who must remember that he/she is serving as an official

5.4. Referee’s decisions on points of facts connected to the game shall be final.

 

5.5. All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending player.

5.6. Only registered referees have the power to caution or send off players

6. LAW VI THE ASSISTANT REFEREE

6.1. None

 

7. LAW VII THE DURATION OF MATCH

EACH PLAYER MUST PLAY AT LEAST 50% OF EACH GAME AND OF EACH HALF.

7.1. The game shall be divided into 2 twenty-two minute (22) halves with a 2-minute water break in each half

and a 5-minute half-time period.

7.2. Coaches may agree to play a continuous half (i.e. no water break) and shall inform the referee of their intent

prior to the opening kickoff.

7.3. Teams that are not ready to play within 10 minutes of published time will forfeit game. There will be no

time stoppage for any reason.

8. LAW VIII - THE START AND RESTART OF PLAY

8.1. Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

8.1.1. Opponents must be 8 (eight) yards from the center mark while kicking off is in progress.

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8.1.2. Restart and the end of the water break shall be with the proper restart for the reason play was stopped (e.g., throw

in, goal kick, corner kick, etc.)

9. LAW XI THE BALL IN AND OUT OF PLAY

9.1. Conform to FIFA.

10. LAW X - METHOD OF SCORING

10.1. Conform to FIFA.

11. LAW XI OFFSIDES

11.1. There shall be no offside.

12. LAW XII - FOULS AND MISCONDUCT

12.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

12.1.1 All fouls will result in an indirect free kick with the opponents 4 (four) yards away.

12.1.2 The Referee must explain all infractions to the offending player.

12.1.3 No "two touches" on kicks.

12.1.4 Slide tackling is not allowed and shall be considered "dangerous play" in this age group.

12.1.5 There is no violation for the ball being kicked above four feet high.

NOTE: Any player that is sent off can be replaced with another player from the same team. The player being sent off

must sit out the rest of that game.

13. LAW XIII - FREE KICKS

13.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

13.1.1 Kick-off, throw-ins, goal kick and fouls are indirect kicks (i.e. a goal cannot be scored by kicking the ball

directly into the goal: the ball must first be touched by another player).

13.1.2 Defending players must be at least 4 (four) yards from the ball at the time of the free kick.

14. LAW XIV PENALTY KICKS

14.1. No Penalty kicks are to be taken during these games.

 

15. LAW XV THROW-IN

15.1 Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

15.1.1 If a throw is done improperly, a second throw-in must be allowed. The referee shall explain the proper

method before allowing the player to re-throw.

15.1.2 No "Second Touches" are allowed on throw-ins. The throw in must be retaken.

15.1.3 The defending player shall be at least 2 yards from the ball at the time of the throw in.

16. LAW XVI GOAL KICK

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16.1. Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

16.1.1. Opponents must be 4 (four) yards away.

17. LAW XVII CORNER KICK

17.1. Conform to FIFA with the following exceptions:

17.1.1. Opponents must be 4 (four) yards away.

18. OTHER GENERAL RULES

18.1. Coaches are not allowed on the field during play, unless they are invited by the official for the purpose of

assisting an injured player.

18.2. Score is not kept during games. At the end of the game there are no winners and losers. All kids are

winners.

NOTE TO PARENTS AND COACHES OF U7/U8

The purpose of the small sided soccer games is to teach our youth to play soccer by playing with the ball. By

limiting the number of players of the field, each player has more opportunities to touch the ball. The number

of touches, on the ball, by each player, is much important than the player’s technique. More opportunities

to touch the ball occur when all players are close to the ball. Playing a set position limits the players

opportunity to touch the ball.

No person, other than the Referee and the players should be on the field. Substitution players, parents/legal

guardians, and other spectators should remain at least 4 feet away from the touch line, and preferably in

the bleachers. NO spectator should run up and down the touch line during play. NO spectators are allowed

within 10 feet of the ends of the field. Assistant coaches and substitutions should remain within 10 feet of the

halfway line.

Soccer is a game for the players! It is not a game for the coaches and/or parents, who feel the need to control

the youths game. Parents/Legal Guardians and Coaches who feel the need to play the game for their child,

instead of encouraging the player, are invited to join the adult soccer leagues available in San Angelo.

Encourage the players and help them enjoy their game

3.12.4 Modifications to the U9/U10

1. Law I The Field of Play

Dimensions:

Length: 80 yards

Width: 50 yards

Center Circle radius: 8 yards

Goal Area:

Width: 19 feet along goal line (3 feet outside each goal post)

Depth: 6 feet into field

Penalty Area:

Width: 35 yards along goal line (14 yards outside goal)

Depth: 14 yards into field

Penalty Arc Radius: 8 yards

Corner Arc radius: 2 feet

Goals:

Width: 21 feet between the posts

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Height: 7 feet under the crossbar

 

2. Law II The ball

2.1 USSF size 4

 

3. Law III The Number of Players

League Players

 

U9 8

U10 9

3.1 A minimum of six players on a team is required to begin play

3.2 This age group DOES use goalies

3.3 No more than twelve persons may be named on the roster. (Roster size may be amended by

SASA Board of Directors)

3.4 Substitution:

3.4.1Unlimited with the consent of the referee:

3.4.2 Prior to throw-in only by team taking the throw-in

3.4.3 Prior to goal kick, by either team

3.4.4 After a goal is scored, by either team

3.4.5 during the half time interval

3.4.6 After referee has issued a caution, only the player cautioned.

3.4.7 Each team member MUST be allowed to play at least 50% of each game he/she attends, but

Is subject to Rule 3.9.3.1.

4. Law IV – The Player’s Equipment

4.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game plus:

 

4.2 Jersey’s must have a distinctive 4” number on the back

 

4.3 Home team will change jerseys, or wear pennies, if colors conflict.

NOTE: Shin guards are MANDATORY and must be covered entirely by the sock

5. Law V The Referee

5.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game except does keep or report any scores

NOTE: All decisions made by a person, not registered as a referee, who officiates, are just as

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Binding and valid as if the person were a registered referee. Only referees registered with

USSF may caution or send off players and/or discipline coaches or team officials.

6. Law VI The Assistant Referee

6.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: Club linesman may only be used to indicate, to the referee, when the ball passes over

the goal lines or the touch lines, however, the referee’s decision is final.

 

7. Law VII The Duration of the Match

7.1 Matches are divided into two equal periods of 25 minutes each

7.2 Half-time Interval: will not exceed 5 minutes

8. Law VIII The Start and Restart of Play

8.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

8.2 Opponents must be 8 yards from the ball at kickoff

9. Law IX The Ball In and Out of Play

9.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

10. Law X The Method of Scoring

10.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

11. Law XI Offside

11.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

12. Law XII Fouls and Misconduct

12.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: Only a referee may caution or send off any player or coach.

Coaches, Assistant coaches, and trainers are subject to the same game disciplinary

procedures, by the referee, as are players.

13. Law XIII Free Kicks

13.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

13.2 All opponents at least 8 yards from the ball.

14. Law XIV Penalty Kicks

14.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

14.2 All opponents at least 8 yards from the ball.

15. Law XV The Throw-in

15.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

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16. Law XVI The Goal Kick

16.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

17. Law XVII The Corner Kick

17.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

17.2 Opponents must be at least 8 yards from the ball.

NOTE TO PARENTS AND COACHES OF U9/U10

The purpose of the small sided soccer games is to teach our youth to play soccer by playing with the ball. By

limiting the number of players of the field, each player has more opportunities to touch the ball. The number of

touches, on the ball, by each player, helps develop the player’s technique. More opportunities to touch the ball

occur when all players are close to the ball. Playing a set position limits the player’s opportunity to touch the

ball. No person, other than the Referee and the players should be on the field. Substitution players, parents/legal

guardians, and other spectators should remain at least 4 feet away from the touch line, and preferably in the

bleachers. NO spectator should run up and down the touch line during play. NO spectators are allowed within 10

feet of the ends of the field. Assistant coaches and substitutions should remain within 10 feet of the halfway line.

3.12.5 Modifications to the U11 U19

1. Law I The Field of Play

1.1Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: except in small sided games, in which the field size will be that of the U9/U10 division

2. Law II The Ball

2.1 U11-U12 USSF size 4

2.2 U13+ USSF size 5

3. Law III The Number of Players

3.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game plus:

3.2 Each team shall consist of eleven players on the field, except in small sided games where the

number of players on the field is eight.

3.3 A minimum of six players on a team is required to begin play

3.4 This age group DOES use goalies

3.5 For U11 through U15, no more than 18 persons may be named on the roster.

3.6 For U16 through U19, no more than 22 persons may be named on the roster.

(Roster size may be amended by SASA Board of Directors)

3.7 Substitution:

3.7.1 Unlimited with the consent of the referee:

3.7.2 Prior to throw-in only by team taking the throw-in

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3.7.3 Prior to goal kick, by either team

3.7.4 After a goal is scored, by either team

3.7.5 During the half time interval

3.7.6 After referee has issued a caution, only the player cautioned.

3.8 Each team member MUST be allowed to play at least 50% of each game he/she attends.

4. Law IV – The Player’s Equipment

4.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game plus:

 

4.2 Jersey’s must have a distinctive 4” number on the back

 

4.3 Home team will change jerseys, or wear pennies, if colors conflict.

NOTE: Shin guards are MANDATORY and must be covered entirely by the sock

5. Law V The Referee

5.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game except does NOT keep or report any scores

NOTE: All decisions made by a person, not registered as a referee, who officiates, are just as binding and valid

as if the person were a registered referee. Only referees registered with USSF certification may caution or send

off players and/or discipline coaches or team officials.

6. Law VI The Assistant Referee

6.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: Club linesman may only be used to indicate, to the referee, when the ball passes over the goal lines or

the touch lines, however, the referee’s decision is final.

7. Law VII The Duration of the Match

7.1 Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

7.2 U11 and U12: two equal periods of 30 minutes each

7.3 U13 and U14: two equal periods of 35 minutes each

7.4 U15 and U16: two equal periods of 40 minutes each

7.5 U17 and older: two equal periods of 45 minutes each

7.6 Half-time Interval: will not exceed 5 minutes

8. Law VIII The Start and Restart of Play

8.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

 

9. Law IX The Ball In and Out of Play

9.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

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10. Law X The Method of Scoring

10.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

11. Law XI Offside

11.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

12. Law XII Fouls and Misconduct

12.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: Only a referee may caution or send off any player or coach. Coaches, Assistant coaches, and trainers are

subject to the same game disciplinary procedures, by the referee, as are players.

13. Law XIII Free Kicks

13.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

 

14. Law XIV Penalty Kicks

14.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

 

15. Law XV The Throw-in

15.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

16. Law XVI The Goal Kick

16.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

17. Law XVII The Corner Kick

17.1 Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

NOTE TO PARENTS AND COACHES OF U11+

The purpose of soccer games is to teach our youth to play soccer by playing with the ball. The number of

touches, on the ball, by each player, helps to develop the player’s technique. No person, other than the Referee

and the players should be on the field. Substitution players, parents/legal guardians, and other spectators should

remain at least 4 feet away from the touch line, and preferably in the bleachers. NO spectator should run up and

down the touch line during play. NO spectators are allowed within 10 feet of the ends of the field. Assistant

coaches and substitutions should remain within 10 feet of the halfway line. Soccer is a game for the players! It is

not a game for the coaches and/or parents, who feel the need to control the youth’s game. Parents/Legal

 

Guardians and Coaches who feel the need to play the game for their child, instead of encouraging the player, are

invited to join the adult soccer leagues available in San Angelo. Encourage the players and help them enjoy their

game.

3.12.6 Modifications to Adult League Soccer U18+ Co-Ed, Open, Men’s, Women’s

Law 1 The Field of Play

1.1 Dimensions:

 

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Length & Width: Varies depending on league

Small sided U9/10 division field

Full Sided regulation field

Center Circle radius: 8 yards

Goal Area:

Width: 19 feet along goal line (3 feet outside each goal post)

Depth: 6 feet into field

Penalty Area:

Width: 35 yards along goal line (14 yards outside goal)

Depth: 14 yards into field

Penalty Arc Radius: 8 yards

Corner Arc radius: 2 feet

Goals:

Width: 21 feet between the posts

Height: 7 feet under the crossbar

Law 2 The ball

USSF size 5

 

Law 3 The Number of Players

Each team shall consist of eight players on the field in small sided and eleven players in full sided.

A minimum of six players on a team is required to begin play

This age group DOES use goalies

Substitution:

Unlimited with the consent of the referee:

Prior to throw-in only by team taking the throw-in

Prior to goal kick, by either team

After a goal is scored, by either team

During the half time interval

After referee has issued a caution, only the player cautioned.

Law 4 – The Player’s Equipment

Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game plus:

 

Jersey’s must have a distinctive 4” number on the back

 

Home team will change jerseys, or wear pennies, if colors conflict.

NOTE: Shin guards are MANDATORY and must be covered entirely by the sock

Law 5 The Referee

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Confirm to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: All decisions made by a person, not registered as a referee, who officiates, are just as binding and valid

as if the person were a registered referee. Only referees registered with USSF may caution or send off players

and/or discipline coaches or team officials.

Law 7 The Duration of the Match

Matches are divided into two equal periods of 25 minutes each

Half-time Interval: will not exceed 5 minutes

Law 8 The Start and Restart of Play

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

Opponents must be 8 yards from the ball at kickoff

Law 9 The Ball In and Out of Play

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

Law 10 The Method of Scoring

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

Law 11 Offside

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

NOTE: Only a referee may caution or send off any player or coach. Coaches, Assistant coaches, and trainers are

subject to the same game disciplinary procedures, by the referee, as are players.

Law 13 Free Kicks

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

All opponents at least 8 yards from the ball.

Law 14 Penalty Kicks

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

All opponents at least 8 yards from the ball.

Law 15 The Throw-in

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

Law 16 The Goal Kick

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game

 

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Law 17 The Corner Kick

Conform to FIFA Laws of the Game except:

Opponents must be at least 8 yards from the ball.

3.13 (Article XIII) Amendments, Interpretations, and Violations

3.13.1 Amendments

3.13.1.1The Board will, at any time, enact and amend these By-Laws, as deemed necessary, to

ensure agreement with the Constitution, By-Laws, and the Rules and Regulations of the North Texas

State Soccer Association (NTSSA) and/or the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). When

amending for this reason, the board must use wording directly from the NTSSA or USYSA source. If

changing to wording is needed for clarification, a proposed amendment may be approved by a

deciding vote of fifty-one percent (51%) majority of the active and present voting body (see

1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at an Annual General Meeting (AGM).

3.13.1.2 Any active member may propose changes to the By-Laws, provided the proposed change is

submitted to the Board, for consideration, at least forty-five (45) days before the Annual General

Meeting in which the vote will be called for. The Board shall consider any proposed change, and

document, in the meetings minutes, the reasoning for or against the addition of the proposed

change, to these By-Laws. If the Board is in agreement for the addition of the proposed change, it

then must be presented, as a proposed amendment, at the Annual General Meeting.

3.13.1.3 Any proposed amendments, not due to those required for affiliate compliance, to these By-

Laws must be approved by a deciding vote of fifty-one percent (51%) ) majority of the active and

present voting body (see 1.5.1.2.1., for a definition of the voting body), at an Annual General

Meeting.

3.13.1.4 Any proposed amendments, which are approved, at the Annual General Meeting, shall

immediately become a part of these By-Laws, and will be effective instantly.

3.13.1.5 Updated, amended copies, of this document, must be provided to the Coaches, and all

interested parties, on an annual basis, within one (1) month after the Annual General Meeting of the

membership.

3.13.2 Interpretations

In cases of contested interpretation of this document, being the Constitution, By-Laws, and/or Rules &

Regulations, the final decision on interpretation shall rest with the Executive Committee, of the Board of

Directors.

3.13.3 Exceptions to the Rules

The SASA Board of Directors must approve any exception to these rules and procedures. Should any rule

conflict with NTSSA rules, the most severe rule shall prevail. If any changes mandated by USYSA or NTSSA

should occur, to the Rules & Regulations (Chapter 3), the change will be implemented and changed with in

this document immediately without the approval of the SASA Board of Directors or Approval of the AGM

3.13.4 Violations of the Rules

Violations of these policies and procedures shall result in disciplinary actions against the person(s). Penalties

and action will be the responsibility of the SASA A&D Committee with appeals to the SASA Board of

Directors, in accordance with 3.11 (Article XI) Discipline, Protests, Grievances, and Appeals.

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3.14. (Article XII) Common Term Definitions

 

3.14.1 Recreational

Recreational, or Rec., teams are formed by an impartial Committee, which assigns players to teams based on

 

the players gender, elementary school district of residence, and/or zip code of residence. These types of

teams are designed purely to teach children the rules of the game in a fun and educational environment.

Recreational soccer is meant to be fun, with a high emphasis on learning and having fun.

3.14.2 Competitive

Competitive, also known as Select, teams are formed by team tryouts, and player selections are made by the

Coach of the Competitive team. Competitive teams are designed to focus on not only reinforcing the rules of

the game, but also on player and team development. Competitive teams generally travel to other areas of

the state, and win/loss counts determine state standings . While there is an emphasis on playing at max

potential, learning and developing well-rounded players, ready for the collegiate level, is most important.

3.14.3 Recreational Plus

Recreational Plus, is for proper age players U11 and older. Players may be assigned to Recreational Plus

teams by the NTSSA recreational team formation method listed in the Rules & Regulations 3.2. Additionally,

SASA may consider requests from Recreational Plus players to play together on a team. The use of tryouts,

invitations, recruiting, or any similar process to roster players selectively to any team on the basis of talent

or ability is prohibited. The San Angelo Soccer Association accepts as participants, in the league, any and all

eligible youths. Recreational Plus teams must play in a Recreational Plus or Open League. Recreational Plus

teams may not enter Recreational Tournaments unless the tournament provides a Recreational Plus

division. Please see Rules & Regulations Article 3.2.4 for more information about All-Star teams.

3.14.4 Recreational Coed

Teams entering the U11 and older age groups may be assigned, or rostered, to a coed team, in accordance

with NTSSA recreational team formation methods, listed in the Rules & Regulations 3.2. Additionally, SASA

may consider requests from coed aged players to play together on a team.

3.14.5 Academy

A Soccer Ac a d emy is a group of Under 9 through Under 10 registered NTSSA recreational players, who

desire to participate with other players, without following the recreational team formation rules. Players

must register with their home association and must be on a recreational team. Academies teams will fall

under the age group Commissioner for which they are in.

3.14.6 All-Stars

All Star Teams are temporary teams formed by the selection of players from among all the Recreational

teams, in a particular league. All-Star teams may be formed only in the U12, U14, U16, and U19 Leagues. The

formation of an All-Star team requires the approval of the Age Group Commissioner.

3.14.7 Player Pool

The player pool is comprised of any players, registering during the open registration period, which is not

returning to the team the child was on in the previous season, or is a brand new player to SASA. Players in

the player pool may or may not fill out a request for a specific team, in accordance with Rule 3.2.1.2.1.

3.14.8 Coed

Coed teams are comprised of both Boys and Girls. The intentions of SASA are to keep teams gender pure

until the teams reach at least U11, however if absolutely necessary, in accordance with NTSSA Rules, SASA

may create coed teams earlier. The teams will stay non-coed for as long as enough gender pure teams are

able to be formed, to keep a competitive division, for both boys and girls. Once a point is reached that there

are no longer enough children to make enough gender pure teams, the teams will be combined and become

coed. It is possible for gender pure boys teams to play against a coed team, as long as the majority of the

team is boys. A coed team will not be permitted to play against a gender pure girls’ team.

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3.14.9 Playing Up

Anytime a player, with approval, plays in an age group older than the group the players age dictates they

should play in, the player is considered playing up.

3.14.10 Recruiting

Committing to or on behalf of a team, a club, a player, or a Coach, for the upcoming soccer year, prior to July

1, whether in writing or otherwise, or requesting or requiring a commitment to or by a team, club, player, or

Coach for the upcoming soccer year, prior to July 1, whether in writing or otherwise. Note: A Coach

requesting a returning player to state his/her intention concerning returning the following soccer year, or a

player inquiring about his/her status on the team for the following year is permissible prior to July 1, but the

commitment is not binding on either the player or Coach

3.14.11 Tryout Advertising any notification of tryouts on television, radio, the internet, periodicals,

newspaper articles, notices posted in public places, bill boards, portable signs, banners, flyers, circulars, email,

or direct mailing, all of which are subject to policies regarding advertising for tryouts.

3.14.12 Free agent

A free agent is a player in the U-11 through U-19 age division who desires to participate on a competitive

team and is not rostered to any team. All players in the U-11 through U19 age divisions become free agents

as of July 1. NOTE: The free-agentrule applies only to those players trying out or being selected for

competitive teams. The rule does not apply to movement of players in the recreational leagues.

 

3.12.13 Suspension

If a player, Coach, or Assistant Coach is suspended, the player, Coach, or Assistant Coach may be present at

future events strictly as a spectator, unless otherwise defined by the North Texas State Soccer Association or

the San Angelo Soccer Association Appeals and Disciplinary Committees. Further discipline of the suspended

player, Coach, or Assistant Coach will fall under Rule 3.11.3 Misconduct of Spectator.

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Office Information

Office Hours:

Holiday Office Hours!!
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday-Friday,
12/14/17-1/1/18
Office Closed 12/25/17


Mon: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tues: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wed: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thurs-Fri: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat-Sun: Closed

San Angelo Soccer Association
1501 Glenna St.
San Angelo, TX 76901

Phone Number: 325.942.5425
Fax Number: 325.224.4150
Email: sasa@wcc.net



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