2005 Rules and Regulations

1. All rules - Not covered herein shall be played as standard federation (high school) rules.

2. Ties - One ten minute sudden-death overtime (11 players per team). First team that scores wins. Playoff overtime games consist of two 15 minute sudden-death overtimes followed by a shootout if necessary.

3. Substitutions - Players may enter the game on goal kicks by either team, own team's corner kick, AND own team's throw-in (both teams may substitue if the team with the throw-in substitutes).

4. Roster - Use of non-roster or suspended players will result in a forfeit. Final rosters are due before July 6th (at the All-Star Game).  If the rosters are not in at that time, whatever roster is on the web site becomes final--no exceptions.  Players may play on only one team.  If a player plays for any team, that player may only play for that team for the remainder of the season.  Playing for a second team results in a forfeit for the second team for each game played with that player. It is the responsibility of the team captain to ensure that players playing for him have not played for other teams in previous games. Players must play in 3-5 regular season games, depending on the schedule length. To be eligible for the playoffs, a given player must be on the final roster, and have played in at least 1/4 (rounded in favor of the player) of the team's games . That would mean that in a 12, 13, 14, or 15 game schedule a player would need to play in 3 games. In 16, 17, 18 or 19 game schedule a player would need to play in 4 games. Note that in the case of injury, if the player travels to the game but can not participate due to injury, that counts as a game played). If a player is injured and shows up to a game (even if he can not play) that counts towards the games that must be played to be eligible for playoff games. Additionally, if a player could not play due to a team forfeiting, that counts as a game toward playoff eligibility.

5. Fields - Two nets and four flags are required. If no flags are available, cones may be used. The field must in playable condition (ie. Mowed and lined). Referees have the right to require the home team to pay for both officials in the case of a field that not lined and mowed yet is marginally playable, or they may call a forfeit against the home team if the field is completely unplayable.

6. Forfeits - Let it be first stated that there should be no forfeits.  If you can't make a game, notify the league commissioner AND the referee coordinator at least one game day before the game you can't make (ie. the Wednesday before the Sunday you can't play).  If you do this, there is no forfeiture fee.  If you do not notify the league commissioner and referee coordinator by the game before, then you will be assessed a fine of $50.00 to $100.00, depending on how close to the game you call.  This will be based on whether or not referees had to show up to the game or not.  Three forfeits and the team is suspended for the remainder of the season and playoffs. In the case of games which are pre-empted by weather, the discretion of the referee, or other reason: if the game has played through the 1st half, then the score stands. If the game is halted prior to the first half, then the entire game must be replayed (Red and Yellow cards will be recorded in this case, although goals will not). In the case where the game is stopped in the second half (due to weather or otherwise), the game's score at the time the game was stopped will be the final score. Note: extreme cases, such as a leading by one goal in the second half and down two players, then starting a brawl, resulting in the game being stopped, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the league board.

7. Referees - A two referee system will be used unless there is a shortage of officials. If no referees are present then the HONOR SYSTEM will be used. In this case only the fouled player may make the call. Any player may call a hand ball. All free kicks inside the penalty area become direct kicks outside the penalty area. When the honor system is used all calls are final - NO ARGUING. When referees are used, their decisions are also final.

8. Offsides - When referees are not available, the HONOR SYSTEM will be employed. Only the last defender may make the call, and it must be made before a shot is attempted.  In the case of one referee, the last defender should raise his hand to indicate offsides AND continue playing until the referee blows the whistle.  It is the referees discression whether or not to call the offsides in this case.

9. Red-Yellow Cards - Any player who has accumulated two yellow cards in one game must sit out after receiving the second, but may participate in the following game. The carded player's team will not play a man down. Red cards follow standard federation rules, with the carded player sitting out the remainder of the game and the following game, and the player's team playing a man down for the remainder of the game in which the card was issued. The accumulation of 4 yellow cards in the season will warrant a one game suspension. VIOLENT red cards will carry a stiffer penalty, and will be brought up with the league board. 1 red card in the season = 1 game suspension, 2 red cards = 2 game suspension, 3 red cards = suspension from the league (for a period decided upon by the league board, at least for the remainder of the season). Dissenting by word or action against the referee's call may result in a yellow or red card, as well as any further suspension as deemed necessary by the league board. There are no team red cards, instead, if a team is deemed sufficiently out of control by the referee, the game can be called.

10. Game Time - Game start times allow for a 15 minute grace period. If not otherwise listed in the schedule, game start times are 6:30. Please refer to the schedule prior to each game day. Each team must have 7 players to play or they will have to forfeit.

11. Jerseys - If a conflict arises pertaining to color, the home team may have to go with t-shirts. Teams should make arrangements in advance. All new jerseys are required to have numbers on the back that correspond to a given player on that teams roster for the duration of the season.

12. Rescheduling - Captains must be notified prior to the game before the game in question, otherwise the opposing team does not have to comply, even in this case the game may or may not be rescheduled, and it might result in a forfeit. The referee assigner must be notified of all changes by teams requesting the changes.

13. Clock - The officials will keep time on the field. Forty-five minute running time halves will be used. If no referee is present, the home team will keep the time. No more than 15 minutes between halves (no time outs). Referee can stop the clock for cards, injured players, or delay of game. See http://www.time.gov for the REAL time.

14. Referee Payment - The cost of referees remain $60.00 per game. If only one referee is there, they get a game and a half fee of $90 ($45 from each team). Quarter-finals, semi-finals, and Finals are paid for through league fees.

15. E-mail scores in - On the night of the game the home team is responsible for reporting game scores. Teams must e-mail the scores in to betrusak@potsdam.edu.  Do this by 10:00 p.m. that night.  Please try to include details such as who scored, assists, saves, shutouts, etc . . .). You may also wish to contact the Ogdensburg Journal at 393-1000

16. Shin Guards - are mandatory for all players.

17. All players will be checked for jewelry, shin guards, and proper cleats (no metal cleats allowed*) before the game starts. *Exception - A player may seek approval from the referee before the game to use metal cleats.  It is up to each individual referee to make the decision BEFORE game time.  Because one referee in one game allows the metal cleats, this DOES NOT mean that this means each referee must allow them.  IF a player is caught using metal cleats, and has not gotten approval from the REFEREE--BEFORE THAT GAME-- to use them, that player will receive a yellow card.  IF the cleats are discovered as a result of injuring someone, that player will receive a RED CARD, and that player may receive additional punishment as necessary (up to and possibly including banishment from the league).  If you'd like a translation-we really do not want metal cleats used under any circumstances, but, if you insist upon using them, it is up to the referee at each individual game to let you or not. If you don't get permission, and get caught, your in deep @!&#.  Keep in mind it is the responsibility of each captain to monitor this for his team.

18. All league money - Will be held in a checking account under the North Country Summer Soccer League.  League fees must be paid in full before the season begins.

19. Fines - In the continuing efforts to keep the league clean, players will pay a fine of $5.00 per red card, and $3.00 per yellow card. Money will be taken from your deposit money for cards. If a team goes over their bond fee during the year, they will not participate in the playoffs until fines are paid.

20. Offensive Language - will not be tolerated. Any vulgarity or fighting could result in suspension from the league (upon review by the league).

21. Alcohol, Tobacco, and other drugs - Public facilities, including high schools and colleges in New York State are a drug-free zone. No alcohol, tobacco, or any other drugs are permitted on school grounds under any circumstances.

22. Suspension - Players may be suspended for accumulating yellow/red cards, or for serious offenses, as determined by the league judicial board (comprised of all team captains). Suspension for the remainder of the season is the usual result of an accumulation of cards, although the judicial board may assign a more serious penalty. In the cases where players accumulate enough cards for suspension for the remainder of the season AND no additional penalty is assigned, players are usually eligible to return to the league the following year with a probationary status.

22. Reinstatement into the league - Players suspended to do an accumulation of cards are usually eligible to return to the league the following year on a probationary status (unless they were on probation the previous year, in which case they would come before the judicial board for more serious measures, possibly including permanent suspension). Players suspended do to serious problems (fighting, inappropriate language, exposure of body parts, etc. . . ) will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year. After one calendar year, players may appeal for reinstatement. Players wishing to be reinstated must send a formal letter requesting reinstatement to the league commissioner. The league judicial board (comprised of the captains from all teams) will review cases for reinstatement before the season begins or at the all-star break. The player requesting reinstatement will then attend the meeting, and at the meeting a presentation of the specific events leading to suspension will be presented. An anonymous vote of the team captains (at least 3/4 of team captains must be present for the vote to be official) will determine wether or not the player will be reinstated. A two-thirds majority of votes in favor or reinstatement will allow the player to return to the league with a probationary status. In the case where a reinstatement request is rejected, the player may request reinstatement again 1 calendar year from the decision.

23. Probation - All suspended players returning to the league will be held to a high standard of sportsmanship. Accumulation of cards for probationary players is as follows: 1 red card = 2 game suspension. 2 red cards=season suspension (including playoffs) (4 accumulated yellow cards=1 red card). Additionally, the judicial board may review the players probationary status at any time before, during, or after the season. If the player accumulates 1 red card (or equivalent) during the season, the probationary status will carry over to the following season. If the player accumulates no red cards (or equivalent), the probationary status is usually removed, and the player is then allowed to participate normally the following year. Final Note: Players who have been suspended for a calendar year in the past due to serious offenses are on a permanent probation of sorts. Specifically, should another suspension based on a serious incident occur, that player would be banned permanently from the league.

24. Playoff positions and tiebreakers - In any given season, 8 teams participate in the 3 rounds of the playoffs. Playoff standing ties between two teams are decided in the following order:
1) Head-to-head record (in the case teams in a tie for first place, tiebreakers are used to determine the playoff seed only, while co-division champion status is awarded).
2) Goal Differential in head-to-head games (aggregate score). In the case of a tiebreaker between two teams who split wins, then aggregate score is used (eg. Team A won the first game 3-2, Team B won the second game 4-2, the aggregate and tiebreaker would go to Team B 6-5. In the event that each team won 1 game, but one team had a forfeit, then the tiebreaker is awarded to the team that did not forfeit (eg. Team A wins 1-0 by forfeit in the first game, team B wins 6-0 in the second. Even though the aggregate would be 6-1 for Team B, due to their forfeit, Team B would lose the tiebreaker).
3) Overall Goal Differential
4) Overall Number of wins
5) Coin Flip
Special Situation - If 3 or more teams tied for one playoff position. Seedings will be decided in the following order.
1) Overall winning percentage in all games played among tied teams.
2) If there is still a tie among 3 ore more teams, then goal differential in games played against tied teams is used (aggregate).
3) If there is still a tie among 3 or more teams, then goal differential in all games played is used.
4) If there is still a tie among 3 or more teams, then overall number of wins is used.
5) If there is still a tie among 3 or more teams, then names will be picked by lottery.
6) If any of 1-5 is applied, and only two teams remain tied, the tiebreaker for two teams above will be used.

25. Individual Player participation in the playoffs - to participate in the playoffs, a given player must be on the final roster, and have played in at least 1/4 (rounded in favor of the player) of the team's games . That would mean that in a 12, 13, 14, or 15 game schedule a player would need to play in 3 games. In 16, 17, 18 or 19 game schedule a player would need to play in 4 games. Note that in the case of injury, if the player travels to the game but can not participate due to injury, that counts as a game played). Additionally, if a player could not play due to a team forfeiting, that counts as a game toward playoff eligibility.