The ERSL conducts all disciplinary
matters in accordance with OSA Discipline Policy Section 12
There are two
mechanisms for administering discipline whenever a registrant has been
cautioned (received a yellow card), dismissed (received a red card) or reported
for an OSA misconduct (See Procedure 9.0)
- Discipline by Review (DBR - see 5.3); and
- Discipline by Hearing (DBH - see 5.4).
Discipline and Appeals
is used when the penalty for a misconduct is set (not a range)
Discipline Committee determines the charges and penalties based on OSA
is used when the penalty for a misconduct is a range
Discipline Panel hears the case and decides whether the accused is
guilty or not guilty
the Panel finds the party guilty of a misconduct they select a penalty within
the range outlined in the OSA policy
- If you receive a red card,
you will likely be subject to the DBR System and not
- However, anybody who has
received a red card may request a
hearing within 72
hours of completion of the game within which the dismissal occurred to the ERSL along
with the request for hearing fee
DBR decisions may not
- It is the responsibility
of the Club to inform the accused of their discipline hearing. Parties
required to attend must appear at the hearings.
- Any hearing decision may
be appealed to the next higher governing organization.
- DBH schedule dates are
scheduled at the start of the season and all hearings will be booked on
the next available date
Deciding if You Should Request a Hearing
Take the Following Steps:
1. Determine "why" you were dismissed.
The referee should have listed a reason using a red card code in the R
column on the game sheet. If this code
is missing, or if you would like to confirm the reason for the dismissal before the dismissal report is made available to your Club and Team Official online then
contact the ERSL.
Following each game the Match Official's dismissal report is made available on the ERSL website to the Team Officials and the Club. The reason for the dismissal as well as a description of the incident(s) will be included.
Note that Dismissals
will be passed on to the District Association if the dismissal was for Game
Official assault or involves issues related to registration. If it has been
sent to the District, you should contact your District Association directly.
2. Determine if you Agree or Disagree with the
Once you have
verified the reason for dismissal you may disagree with the charge and/or
referee’s report and should at that time request a hearing. Requesting a
hearing is done by submitting a Request in writing which can be sent to the
ERSL office by Express Post or registered mail, or can be e-mailed or hand
delivered to the ERSL Office. The Request must be accompanied by the $50.00
request for hearing fee, in the form of cash, cheque, or money order.
If you discover that you agree with the dismissal and the referee report then
you should not request a hearing and will accept the mandatory penalty as
outlined in the OSA Discipline Policy. At this time there is nothing you need
to do except wait to find out your penalty; if there is a suspension you will
be notified through your Club which games you are suspended for.
Where disciplinary action results in a suspension, the suspension shall
not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the issue of the
notice of discipline. The only exceptions to this are if a suspension is requested by the suspended party to begin earlier OR in the event of a carry over suspension from a previous season which will be applied to the first games of the new season.
Suspensions received in League play do not carry over into tournaments
or other competitions. However,
suspensions received in competitions outside of League play that are not served
in their entirety by the conclusion of the competition do carry over into
Team Official Season Carry Over Suspensions
As Approved by the ERSL Operations
Committee - April 23, 2014
Season carry over suspensions for Team Officials who are no
longer affiliated to the team with which they received
the suspension will be served with a single team at the highest
level/age group eligible with which they are affiliated in the appropriate
Carry over Season.
1. Who Can Be Disciplined?
Discipline action may
only be taken against a registrant of the OSA. A registrant is a person who, or
an organization which, is named on the register of a governing organization, in
accordance with OSA published rules. Notwithstanding, any person acting as
Coach, Administrator or Game Official shall be considered to be a registrant of
the OSA regardless of whether he/she has registered to do so.
2. What Discipline matters fall
under the jurisdiction of the District?
Red Cards in which the offence was 'directed at
the Game Official(s)' fall under the jurisdiction of the EODSA. Such offences
are subject to the DBR System, however, the accused has the right to request to
be disciplined by the DBH System.
All misconduct types relating to registration of players, team officials &
club administrators fall under the
jurisdiction of District Associations. All misconduct by a game official
falls under the jurisdiction of the District Association in which the
game official is registered .
How do I request a hearing?
Except in cases of O.S.A. Misconduct
Type 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6, an individual who is subject to the D.B.R. System shall
have the right to request to be disciplined by the D.B.H. System.
Any request for a hearing shall be submitted to the ERSL in writing within 3
days of completion of the game along with a Hearing Fee of fifty dollars ($50)
in the form of cash, cheque, or money order payable to the ERSL. The hearing fee
shall be reimbursed only if the Discipline Panel finds the accused person not
guilty on all charges. An accused person who has requested a hearing and fails to appear for
the hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
Requesting a New Hearing
Those who wish to request another hearing after failing to attend a hearing when required to do so, shall submit a written request together with the required $50.00 request for hearing fee in the form of cash, cheque, or money order. This fee is non-refundable.
How do I postpone a hearing that has already been scheduled?
Any party required to attend a hearing may request one (1) postponement of that
The party must submit a Request for Postponement, in writing, to the ERSL and
must state the reason for requesting the postponement. The Request for
Postponement must be received no later than four (4) days prior to the date of
that hearing and must be accompanied by the correct Request for
Postponement Fee of $50.00.
The ERSL shall have full discretion to refund the Request for Postponement Fee
if sufficient reason warrants such action.
What if I don't show up to my scheduled hearing?
Failure of an accused player or Team
Official to appear at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in the immediate
suspension of the accused and fines shall be imposed as per the published ERSL
Fines. The suspension will continue to be in effect until the accused appears
before the Disciplinary Committee.
6. Who Can Attend a Hearing?
The accused individual
or organization or his/her/its representative must attend a hearing. Anyone
representing an accused must provide a signed proxy from the accused before
being allowed to participate at the hearing.
ERSL Proxy Form
Adviser - a person of 18 years of age or older who provides
advise to any party required to attend a Discipline Hearing or to the
Discipline Hearing Panel. An accused less than eighteen years of age
must be accompanied by an adult, who shall act as an adviser, failing
which the hearing will not proceed and the accused shall be suspended until the
hearing is held.
Observer - is permitted
to attend a Discipline Hearing in order to ensure that a specific party
receives a fair and constitutional hearing. Each party required to attend a
hearing is entitled to have a maximum of 2 observers.
Club Representative - Each Club is
entitled to send a representative to a Discipline Hearing at which one of its
players, coaches or administrators has been charged with a Misconduct Type. A
Club Representative may serve as an adviser.
OSRA Representative or Representative
of Local Referee Association - the OSRA or a Local Referee
Association is entitled to send a representative to a Discipline Hearing at
which one of its game officials is required to attend as the accused, the
person who reported the misconduct or as a witness to a misconduct.
Witness - Each party
required to attend a Discipline Hearing is entitled to bring witnesses.
Witnesses must appear in person. Written reports by witnesses are not
acceptable. There is no limit to the number of witnesses but they must be able
to add new testimony and the panel has the right to limit the number if the
testimony is repetitious.
7. Can I appeal the decision made
at a hearing?
Except for discipline decisions rendered under the D.B.R. System, any party
directly affected by a decision has the right to appeal that decision, in
accordance with their Rights of Appeal.
The time-lines for appealing a decision shall only go into effect after the
affected party has received a
written copy of both the decision and the “Rights
of Appeal Information”. The discipline decision shall
remain in effect pending the result of the appeal.