2018 District Recreational Rules
approved at the 2017 AGM
Article 1: General
copy of the current Rules and Regulations shall be posted on the ERSL web site.
League Executive shall inform Members of any changes to the Rules and
Regulations within seven (7) days of their adoption and a consolidated
copy of the amended Rules and Regulations, if any were adopted during the year,
shall be provided to Members at the subsequent AGM of the ERSL or an SGM
convened to review League matters.
fines resulting from breaches of rules identified in these Rules and
Regulations, including those published in the ERSL Fines Schedule shall be
assessed against the Club.
the document, a reference to an “Age Group” refers to any one of the U14, U16,
or U18 age cohorts as defined under OS Published Rules.
this document, OS means Ontario Soccer Incorporated, and EODSA means the
Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association.
2: Age Groups and Divisions
Subject to OS Published Rules, ERSL may operate a district recreational
competition for U13 to U18 teams located within the Eastern Ontario District of
Ontario Soccer Incorporated, based on the TOLO approved by the EODSA.
3: Club Membership and Team Entries
Membership Applications, associated Team Entries and all fees to play in the
ERSL shall be made annually on the ERSL official application form, and received
by the League no later than May 1st of each year for the forthcoming
outdoor season. If the ERSL Office is not open on May 1st, then the
documentation and fees must be received by the first day the ERSL Office is
open after May 1st. Late applications may be accepted at the
ERSL Management Board’s discretion and only upon receipt of a late fee of $50
per team, to a maximum of $500.
Applications shall only be accepted if the required documents are properly
completed, signed by a Club Officer, and accompanied by all required Club
membership and team entry fees for the season, as determined by the League.
Withdrawals must be made through the ERSL League Management system (website).
3.04 For each Team withdrawn after May 1st, the Club shall forfeit
the full fees paid. For each team withdrawn after the season start date, the
ERSL shall assess an additional fine equal to the Team registration fee.
3.05 Any Club whose cheque is returned by the bank will be charged an
administrative fee in accordance with the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 4: Team Eligibility Rules
4.01 All Clubs approved by the EODSA to operate Youth teams may enter teams in
any division of the ERSL District Recreational League. Clubs will self-select
into which divisions they wish to enter teams.
5: Registration of Players
5.01 All players shall be registered with the EODSA, through their respective
Clubs, in accordance with the OS Published Rules.
5.02 No player may register with
more than one team in the ERSL.
deadline for placing a player on the Team roster is July 31st of
5.05 Players may transfer to a Team by submitting a properly completed
Application for Player Transfer to the EODSA in accordance with OS Published
Article 6: Coaches and Other Team Officials
6.01 Each Team must appoint a Head Coach.
Coaches and other Team Officials shall be registered with the EODSA in
accordance with the OS
Team Officials shall be registered in the Team section of the ERSL League website.
6.04 The Head Coach is responsible for the activation of their Team on the ERSL
League Management System on or before April 30th of each
season. Failure to do so shall result in a fine as published in the ERSL Fees
and Fines Schedule.
Article 7: Playing Up and Temporary Eligibility Permits and Trial Permits
Team may use a player as a Play Up as follows:
a) A District
Recreational player may play-up to any team in a higher-tiered division or
higher age group than the team for which they are registered. [Example: A U14
District Recreational player could play-up to a U14 Tier 2, or Tier 1 District
Competitive game or to any team U15 or older.]
b) Any player registered
as a competitive player may not be used as a play-up to District Recreational.
c) For the purposes of
Play Ups, Youth District Recreational League players shall be considered to be
in the age group as determined by their year of birth and may play-up to
District Competitive, and Regional teams in the same age classification, plus
to any team in a higher age classification; [Example: If a player who is
eligible by birth year to play U15 is registered to a U16 District Recreational
team, that player may play in a U15
District Competitive, or Regional game; in short, age correct, level up.]
d) Players registered to
Teams not playing in an Ontario Soccer Incorporated league are not permitted to
play in the District Recreational League;
e) The player cannot be
registered with another Team playing in the same competition;
f) The player must be
registered with a team affiliated with one of the Clubs within the EODSA;
g) The player must not be
currently suspended by any
league or governing organization affiliated with the OS;
h) Playing-up is
controlled through the ERSL League Management System accessed through the ERSL
Web site. Once the player is approved by the Club, their name will appear on
the game sheet with an indication they are a Play Up. In addition to being
printed on the game sheet, a valid OS ID Card, and a copy of the OS Team Roster
Report for the team for which the player is registered shall be present at the
game should the opposing team request to verify eligibility;
i) A team may not use more
than three (3) players, playing as Play-ups, in any one League game. Players
with a TEP or Trial Permit shall be included in the total of three (3) play-up
players per game;
j) Subject to all other
conditions in this Section 7.1, any player may play-up under the Play-Up-Permit
system an unlimited number of times per season;
k) The age classification
of a team for the purposes of Play Ups and TEPs is based on their registration
with the OS. A team playing in a split age division (ex. Girls U15/16)
use Play Ups who are eligible under their OS team registration age, which may
not necessarily be the division maximum age. For example a team registered with
the OS as a U15 team playing in a Girls U15/16 age division cannot use a U16
player as a Play Up. A team playing in the same division and registered as a
U16 team with the OS use a U16 player as a Play Up, subject to the restrictions
outlined in rule 7.01.
Teams will often choose to
maintain a lower age classification registration with the OS when playing in a
split age division for the purpose of participation in tournaments or to ensure
promotion eligibility to the desired age division for the following season.
7.02 Temporary Eligibility Permits (TEP)
Ups who are registered with a team in another Club must have a Temporary
Eligibility Permit (TEP). A player using a TEP can only play-up three
times per season in District Competitive. In addition to the TEP, a valid OS ID
Card shall be presented at each game in order for the player to be eligible to
play. TEPs may not be used after July 31st;
7.03 Trial Permits
in possession of an OS issued Trial Permit are eligible to play in District
Competitive games. A Trial Permit entitles a non-registered player to
play two (2) games for a registered team in a fifteen day period. In addition
to the Trial Permit, a valid OS ID Card and Team Roster shall be present at
each game in order for the player to be eligible to play under Trial
permit. A player may only be issued one trial permit to play for any one
Club. A player may obtain two trial permits during one playing season.
The trial period for each shall not overlap. Trial permits may not be used
after July 31st;
Article 8: Game Sheets
names of all players and Team Officials participating in a game must be printed
on the official game sheet as generated from the ERSL League Management System.
With the exception of players using TEPs or Trial Permits, no player’s or team
official’s name or OS number may be hand-written on the game sheet. If a team's
game sheet has hand-written names or OS numbers, the Club will be subject to
the applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. The ERSL
will manually verify the registration status of the hand written player(s) or
team officials once the game sheet is received. Any player(s) approved by their
Clubs as a Play Up will be automatically printed on the game sheet. Player
numbers may be handwritten on the game sheet.
twenty-five (25) players may be listed on the game sheet and are eligible to
play in any game. Only four (4) Team Officials may be listed on the game sheet,
and all Team Official present at the game must sign the Team’s Game sheet; the
signature shall certify the eligibility of all players and officials whose
names appear on the game sheet, to participate in that game.
names of players and Team Officials not present at the game should be crossed
out on the game sheet. All players, and team officials, including Play Ups,
whose names appear on the game sheet and are not crossed out, shall be deemed
to have played, or participated in the game.
the event that a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL League Management
System due to technical difficulties, the team shall inform the ERSL Office by
email or voice mail that the team was unable to print the game sheet. Notice of
the difficulty must be received prior to the game start time. If notice is
received after the game start time, the team's Club will be subject to the
applicable fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
a game sheet cannot be printed from the ERSL League Management System due to
technical difficulties, the affected team shall create a hand written game
sheet, modify a copy of an old game sheet or use the OS Team Roster Report and
add the additional game information. The ERSL will manually verify the
registration status of the players once the game sheet is received.
Team that fails to produce a game sheet will be subject to a fine as per the
published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
8.07 Each team is required to provide three (3) copies of their game sheet to
Article 9: Player Verification
9.01 The checking of each player’s valid OS ID Card (and OS Team Roster Report
for the team to which the player is registered), and applicable TEP’s, or Trial
Permits, against the game sheet may be called for by either team prior to game
start but is not compulsory. Any and all calls for card checking shall be performed
15 minutes, or more, before the scheduled start-time of the game. Team Head
Coaches are responsible to have each player’s valid OS ID Card (and the OS Team
Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered), and applicable
TEP’s, or Trial Permits, checked against the game sheet. Players not in
possession of a valid OS ID Card (with OS Team Roster Report for the team
to which the player is registered), and applicable TEP’s, or Trial Permits, are
considered to be ineligible to play and Articles 9.04 and 9.05 of ERSL District
Recreational League Rules and Regulations are applicable.
9.02 Each team will present its signed game sheet and any TEPs, or Trial
Permits, of those players participating in the game to a representative from the
opposing team. Should they decide they want to verify the valid OS ID
Cards (and the OS Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is
registered) and any TEP’s, or Trial Permits, against the names on the game
sheet they can call for a card check at this time.
9.03 After completion of this procedure, a Team Official will initial the game
sheet in the appropriate box to certify that the card checking procedures was
completed. If no card check is called for or completed then the box shall
not be initialed. The game sheets are then to be given to the Referee prior to the
starting whistle (or kick-off) who shall retain them.
9.04 The Referee will note all questions regarding a player’s eligibility, or
the validity of a player’s OS ID Card (and the OS Team Roster Report for
the team to which the player is registered) and any TEP’s, or Trial
Permits, on the game sheet, and the player concerned must sign and enter his /
her date of birth on the game sheet. Moreover, if the validity of a
player’s OS ID Card or OS Team Roster Report is questioned, the Referee will
retain said OS Registrant Book or OS ID Card or OS Team Roster Report and
submit it to the League Office as per the procedures outlined in 11.2.
9.05 A player arriving after a
player verification is completed may play but must first report to the
representative from the opposing team. A player arriving after the second half
of the game has started is ineligible to play and will be subject to the applicable
fine as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, if they play.
9.06 In exceptional circumstances
where a team official who is in possession of the valid OS ID Cards (and the OS
Team Roster Report) and any TEPs, or Trial Permits, fails to appear for
inspection when one is requested, prior to 20 minutes after the scheduled
kick-off time, the opposing team could accept to play the game under protest
and this shall be noted on the game sheet.
9.06.01 Should the team official who is in possession of the required valid OS
Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with OS Team Roster Report) arrives in
time to permit the inspection of the documents as per 9.01 of these Rules and
Regulations before the start of the second half of the game, the game will
continue and the protest shall become void.
9.06.02 Should a card inspection be requested and the team official who is in
possession of the required valid OS Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with
OS Team Roster Report) not arrive or does not have in their possession the
required valid OS Registrant Books or valid OS ID Cards (with OS Team Roster
Report) before the start of the second half of the game, the opposing team
shall have the option of pursuing the protest in accordance with Article 20 of
these Rules and Regulations.
9.07 Any player whose name does
not appear on the game sheet or who does not have a valid OS Registrant Book or
a valid OS ID Card (or is not on the OS Team Roster Report) or applicable TEP
is ineligible to play. Such players must change out of uniform and leave the
players’ bench or the Team’s technical area. The only exception to the
player leaving the technical area is extenuating circumstances, with the
permission of the referee (to be noted on the game sheet) due to the
unavailability of safe and appropriate adult supervision for the player(s) away
from the bench.
9.08 Any Team that fails when
requested to produce the required valid OS ID Cards (and the OS Team Roster
Report for the teams to which the player is registered), and any TEP’s, or
Trial Permits, will be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and
Fines Schedule. The team Officials may also be required to attend a Discipline
9.09 In the event that an
opposing team player, who is not in possession of their valid OS ID Card
(and the OS Team Roster Report for the team to which the player is registered),
or applicable TEP, or Trial Permit, participates in a game the opposing team
Head Coach must note the discrepancy on the game sheet. Failure
to note the player’s ineligibility on the game sheet may result in a fine as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule. The opposing Team Head Coach may
also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing.
Article 10: Player Eligibility
10.01 No more than 25 players may participate in any game.
10.02 Where it comes to the attention of the ERSL, through any means, that one
or more unregistered or ineligible players have allegedly participated in a
game, the ERSL may investigate and take appropriate disciplinary action.
10.03 Any team playing an unregistered player, or a player who is not
registered with the team (excluding players playing with a valid TEP, or
Trial Permit), or not eligible to play in that age division, or a player who is
currently under suspension shall forfeit all the games in which such player
participates and will be assessed penalties that the Discipline Committee
imposes in accordance with OS Published Rules as well as any applicable fines
as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
10.04 Any Team playing an unregistered or ineligible player will be subject to
a disciplinary hearing. The Team and its Officials will be assessed
penalties that the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OS Published
Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
10.05 Any team playing an unregistered or ineligible or suspended player under
the name of one of its other registered players will be assessed penalties that
the Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OS Published Rules as
well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines
Schedule. Any person aiding or abetting such action shall be subject to a
Article 11: Submission of Game Reports and Scores
11.01 Each Coach shall be responsible for entering the game report, including
the score, cards issued by the Referee as well as the game feedback on the ERSL
League Management System within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the
game. If the game report is not entered within seven (7) days, the League will
utilize the game sheet received from the Referee to complete the game report and
the team(s) which failed to enter the game report will be subject to a fine as
specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
11.02 The Referee must enter the
game report electronically on the designated system within twenty-four (24)
hours of completion of the game as well as email, mail, fax or deliver to the
ERSL Office the paper copy of all game sheets and permits as well as any player
documentation retained in accordance with Article 9.04 within forty-eight (48)
hours of the completion of the game. A Referee, who fails to submit the
required documents and/or complete the game report electronically within seventy
two (72) hours of the date of the game, shall be reported to the EODSA for
Article 12: Equipment
12.01 At each game, the home team shall put up two sets of nets and four corner
flags whose height above ground must be at least five (5) feet. The home team
shall also provide two game balls that are acceptable to the Referee. Failure
of the home team to provide the required equipment shall result in fines as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
12.02 The game balls size shall be size 5.
12.03 All Teams must register their regular and alternate Team colours
with the League prior to the start of the League schedule. Where the
Referee decides that the regular team colours conflict, the home team is
required to change to their alternate colours providing that the visiting
team’s colours are as filed with the ERSL and if not, the visiting Team shall
change its shirts to their regular team colour. The goalkeepers’ jersey colour
must be different from that of either team. It is the responsibility of the
Coach of the Team that is required to change, to have alternate shirts available
at each game and failure to do so shall result in fines as per the published
ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
12.04 All players on the same team, except the goalkeeper, shall wear shirts of
the same colour, which must be numbered on the back. Numbers must be at least
eight inches in height. No two players may wear the same number. Player’s
numbers must be recorded on the game sheet and cannot be changed after the
start of the game without the referee’s permission.
12.05 FIFA-sanctioned safety or protective equipment may be worn after
inspection by the Referee and only if the Referee deems that the wearing of
such equipment will not constitute a danger to other players.
12.06 All teams are required to
have a copy of the District Recreational League Rules and Regulations at every
Article 13: Duration of Games
13.01 Games shall be of the
U13 to U15: Two x 40 minutes
U16 to U18: Two x 45 minutes halves.
Should there be a U15/U16 division the game length will be two x 45 minute
Article 14: Responsibilities of Coaches and Team Officials
14.01 The Home Team shall designate the bench or technical areas for each of
the Teams, which shall be on the same side of the field. The bench or
designated technical area shall start at a distance of five (5)
meters and end (10) metres on either side of the centre line. If the technical
area is not painted on the field, each team shall use cones to designate the
14.02 Only the twenty five (25) players listed on the gamesheet and a maximum
of four (4) Team Officials are permitted to sit on the Team bench or within the
designated technical area. All substitute players and Team Officials shall
confine themselves to their designated technical or bench area as defined in
Article 14.01 of the District Competitive League Rules and Regulations.
14.03 The set-up and/or operation
of video cameras, still or digital cameras, or other similar equipment in the
technical area, on the side of the field which includes the technical areas, or
behind the goals is specifically prohibited.
14.04 The ERSL does not require a certified coach to be in the technical area
at all times. In the event that the team
appointed coach is not present for the game, or at any time during the game is
dismissed from the technical area, the most senior Team Official whose name and
signature appears on the game sheet shall be deemed responsible for all Head
14.05 A Club Head Coach or Technical Director may sit on the Team bench or
within designated technical area but he/she will be included in the limit of
four (4) Coaches and Team Officials specified in 14.02 above.
Coach or Team Official may enter the field of play at any time without the
prior approval of the Referee.
14.07 No Coach or Team Official has the right to withdraw their Team or any of
their players from the field of play without the prior approval of the Referee.
14.08 Each Team shall ensure that its spectators sit on the side of the field
opposite from the side where the players and Team Officials are located. All Team Officials must remain in the
Technical Area and may not sit on the spectators’ side of the field.
14.09 Clubs and Team Officials are fully responsible, at all times, for the
conduct of their players, other Team
Officials and spectators, at and in the vicinity of any game in which their
14.10 A player, Coach or other Team Official who tries or does impede, harass
or otherwise intimidate a game official or opposing Team Officials, shall be
subject to severe disciplinary action. The Team and its Officials will be
assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance
with OS Published Rules, as well as any applicable League fines and bonds as
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.11 In the event of an altercation on the field of play, anyone from the
bench entering the field of play during the altercation, for whatever reasons,
shall be subject to severe disciplinary action. The players and the Team
Officials will be assessed penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes
in accordance with OS Published Rules, and any applicable fines as published in
the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
14.12 Any suspended Team Official may not be present at or in the vicinity of
the field for any League game throughout the period of his/her suspension.
Failure to comply with this rule shall result in further disciplinary action
and a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Article 15: League Standings
15.01 No scores or standings will be published for the District Recreational
16: Game Start Times and Abandoned Games
Teams are required to present themselves at the game field at least 30 minutes
before the scheduled kick-off time and the home team shall ensure that the
nets, corner flags and other necessary equipment are installed and ready before
the scheduled kick-off.
Team that causes a game to be delayed beyond the scheduled kick-off time shall
be subject to a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
a team does not have a minimum seven (7) players within 20 minutes after the
scheduled kick-off time they shall be entitled to borrow players from the
opposition to balance team numbers and allow the game to proceed.
in the opinion of the Referee, a game should be abandoned due to adverse or
dangerous weather such as in the case of electrical storms, unplayable field
conditions or bad visibility, before the completion of ¾ of the total regular
playing time as specified in Article 13.01 of the District Recreational League
Rules and Regulations, the game shall be rescheduled. Games abandoned in the
last ¼ of the regular playing time shall be deemed as complete.
16.05 If a Referee decides to abandon a game at any time due to the actions of
players, officials or spectators/supporters of a Team the players and the Team
Officials will be subject to a disciplinary hearing and will be assessed
penalties that the ERSL Discipline Committee imposes in accordance with OS
Published Rules as well as any applicable fines as published in the ERSL
Fees and Fines Schedule.
16.06 If a game has to be abandoned by the Referee at any time because a team
removes itself from the field, and said team is found by the ERSL League
Discipline Committee to have abandoned the game without valid justification,
the Club of said Team shall be assessed any applicable fines as published in
the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule shall. The Team Head Coach or the next
most senior Team Official whose name and signature appears on the game shall be
deemed to have acted in a manner detrimental to the game and the applicable
penalties as per the OS Published Rules shall apply.
16.07 If a game is abandoned by the Referee before the completion of two halves
for any reasons other than those published in Articles 16.04 to 16.06 of the
ERSL District Recreational League Rules and Regulations, the ERSL Management
Board shall rule on the status of the game.
16.08 In the event of a game postponement or abandonment due to a Referee no
show, an official of the home team shall be responsible for advising the League
within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled start of the game.
Article 17: Schedules
17.01 The season shall begin in May on a date to be determined by the ERSL
Management Board. Notice of the season start date will be provided to member
clubs no later than May 1st.
17.02 The End of Season date for all ERSL District divisions shall be 11:59 P.M.
of the first Sunday after the Labour Day long weekend. All games must be
completed by this date, except where the ERSL Management Board extends the
season for any/all ERSL divisions. The reasons for any such extension, and the
period of the extension, will be communicated to affected clubs and teams at
the earliest opportunity.
17.03 The rescheduling of games shall be in accordance with the ERSL Game Reschedule
Policy. In the event teams agree to an unauthorized game reschedule, team
officials from both teams will be assessed any applicable fines as published in
the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Player substitutions shall be permitted with the consent of the Referee during
stoppages of playfor the following reasons:
a) Goal Kicks;
b) Scoring of a goal;
c) At half time;
d) To replace an injured player;
e) On a team’s own throw in only (at
which time the opposing team can also make a substitution); and
f) Water breaks.
Referee shall have the discretion to deny a substitution if he or she feels a
coach is abusing the substitution rules in order to waste time.
substitution is permitted for a player who is ejected by the referee.
will take place at mid-field except unless otherwise expressly permitted by the
Article 19: Referees
19.01 Referees shall be appointed in accordance with the ERSL Referee
19.02 Referees are required to be at the assigned game field a minimum of
thirty (30) minutes before the scheduled kick-off time to complete the
standard field check and other pre-game procedures, including facilitation of
checking of valid player OS ID Cards (and the OS Team Roster Report for the
team to which the player is registered) and any applicable TEP’s, or Trial
Permits should one be requested by either Team`s officials. Failure to do so
will result in disciplinary action by the appropriate District Association.
19.03 Referee and assistant referees assigned for District Recreational League
games, shall be paid for their services in accordance with the fee schedule
detailed in the ERSL Referee Appointment Policy.
19.04 If one of the Teams raises objections as to field conditions, goalposts,
balls or team colours, the Referee may, at his discretion, require the
responsible Team to correct the cause of the objection, if this is possible
without unduly delaying progress of the game. The Referee shall be the sole
judge as to whether the matters that gave rise to the objection by one of the
Teams, is sufficient cause to abandon the game.
19.05 In the event that the appointed Referee(s) fail to appear by the
appointed kick-off time, the Home Team will make every attempt to contact
a Grade 4 or higher Referee as required for the level of match or one of the
Assistant Referees may assume the duties of the Referee, if he/she meets the
minimum requirement of being an OS registered Grade 4 or higher Referee as
required for the level of match. If the
game is played with a substitute Referee, the results of the game shall stand.
19.06 The Referee shall ensure that the well-being of the players is given
priority over the progress of the game. Consequently, the Referee must suspend
play or abandon the game, if necessary, where weather conditions, and more
particularly thunderstorms, or field conditions place the safety of players at
Article 20: Protests
20.01 Where a game is played under protest, such fact must be noted on the game
sheet. Confirmation of the protest shall be a protest fee of one hundred and
fifty dollars ($150) in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable
to the ERSL, which must be delivered by registered mail, recognized courier
service or hand delivered to the League Office within 48 hours, of the
completion of the game. A date stamped receipt must be retained as proof of the
date of mailing or delivery of the protest.
20.02 In dealing with any Protest, the ERSL or its Discipline Committee shall
take into consideration the possession by the protesting Club or Team of any
prior knowledge of the facts or allegations contained in the Protest, which if
properly used, might have prevented the Protest.
20.03 Game points may be adjusted based on the decision of the ERSL on the said
20.04 The $150 protest fee shall be refunded if the protest is upheld.
20.05 Correctly submitted protests, delivered within the specified deadlines,
shall be heard by the ERSL Discipline Committee. All other protests will be
ruled out of order and will not be heard.
20.06 No protests pertaining to the decision of the game official shall be
20.07 Objections to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours, shall
not be considered as grounds for a protest. Objections of this nature shall be
brought to the attention of the Referee and noted in writing on the Game sheet.
If in the opinion of the Referee, the objections do not constitute a valid
reason for abandoning the game, no further action will be considered by the
League. In all other cases, the league may take appropriate action based on a
review of the Referee’s written report.
Article 21: Discipline
21.01 Disciplinary action shall be taken in accordance with the OS Published
Rules and the ERSL Discipline Procedures. The following guidelines will apply:
a) In cases where OS Published Rules
provide for Discipline by Review (DBR), the accused player or Team/Club
Official does not have to appear for a hearing. If the accused person does not
request a hearing or does not file an appeal within seventy-two (72) hours of
the game where the offence occurred, the case will be dealt with by DBR and, if
the accused person is found guilty, the applicable penalties and/or fines,
established by the OS for the offence for which he/she has been charged, shall
b) Any request for a hearing shall
be submitted by email to the ERSL League Administrator within 72 hours of the
game where the offence occurred. A Hearing Fee of fifty dollars ($50) in the
form of cash, cheque or money order payable to the ERSL must be delivered to
the League Office within 72 hours of the completion of the game. The hearing
fee shall be reimbursed only if the Discipline Panel finds the accused not
guilty. An accused who has requested a hearing and fails to appear for the
hearing shall forfeit the Hearing Fee.
21.02 Where the OS Published Rules provide for Discipline by Hearing (DBH), and
where the ERSL Management Board has delegated to the ERSL the authority to
handle all discipline pertaining to league activities, except where the offence
was directed at a game official, the ERSL
Management Board shall appoint a Discipline Committee or Panel to hold a
hearing and deal with the alleged infractions.
21.03 Where disciplinary action results is a suspension, the suspension shall
not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the issue of the notice of
discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice on Friday
would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the following
a) Where a player is suspended for a
game(s), and the game is cancelled, or not played, the suspension will carry
over to the next scheduled game(s); and
b) If a game is started, then
abandoned, based on a decision of the referee, the players suspension is deemed
to have been served.
21.04 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 Fees and Fines. The suspension will continue to be in effect
until the accused appears before the Disciplinary Committee.
21.05 All youth players attending a Disciplinary Hearing must be accompanied by
an adult who shall act as an advisor, failing which, the hearing will not
proceed, and the player shall be suspended until the hearing is held.
21.06 Clubs shall ensure that accused players and Team/Club Officials appear
for their Disciplinary Hearing. If, upon being advised of the failure of the
accused to appear for their hearing, the Club fails in meeting its
responsibility within 30 days of the date of the original hearing, the fine
published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule, shall be assessed against the
21.07 Failure of a Club to appear
at a Disciplinary Hearing will result in a fine as specified in the published
ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Discipline Fine – At the conclusion of the season, every club which has a team/teams
with a Discipline Index (DI) of 2.0 or greater, as calculated by the ERSL
League Management System, shall be assessed a discipline fine as specified in
the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule for each team/teams, to a maximum
discipline fine of $1000 per club, per season.
22.01 Appeals of any decisions related to the District Recreational competition
made by the ERSL Management Board, or a Disciplinary Panel of the League shall
be dealt with by the EODSA in accordance with its Published Rules. Information
concerning Appeals can be found on the ERSL website.
Article 23: Club Representatives
23.01 A Club that is accepted into membership shall designate up to five (5)
individuals as its Club Representative(s). The Club Representative(s)
shall be the official point of contact in dealings with the ERSL and will
be available for duties in the operation of the League that may be assigned
from time to time by the ERSL Management Board.
Article 24: Communications
24.01 The ERSL shall mainly use its web-based league management system for all
communications with its member Clubs, and their team officials. Communications
shall be by e-mail. Clubs shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the
league management system at all times for the following positions, as a
b) Club Administrator;
c) Club Representative;
e) Discipline Representative; and
24.02 Unless specified otherwise in these rules and regulations (e.g.
rescheduling of games), communication with the ERSL by players, parents, or
team officials is not permitted. Questions, complaints, concerns, and other
matters must be communicated to the appropriate Club representative. If, in the
opinion of the Club, the matter should be addressed by the ERSL, then the Club
shall forward the communication to the ERSL, requesting league action. Failure
to follow this process will result in the communication being discarded by the
ERSL without further notice to the originator, and may result in a fine to the
Club as specified in the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
24.03 Teams shall ensure they have valid email addresses in the league
management system from April 30 until October 1 of each season for the
following positions, as a minimum:
i. Head Coach; and
24.04 At a minimum, the Club President, Club Administrator and Club
Representative shall be notified by e-mail, of all new general notices or
notices that pertain to their Club teams that are posted from time to time on
the ERSL Web site.
24.05 At a minimum, the Team Head Coach and Manager shall be notified by
e-mail, of all new general notices or notices that pertain to their teams that
are posted from time to time on the ERSL Web site.
24.06 Notices of suspensions, penalties or fines levied on a Club, Club
Administrator, Team Staff or Player as a result of discipline hearings
shall be communicated to the Club.
24.07 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Clubs:
a) March 2nd to
September 30th - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail: and
b) October 1st to
March 1st - 7 days after transmittal of the e-mail.
24.08 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:
a) May 1st to
October 1st - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail; and
b) October 1st to
April 30th - no e-mails will usually be sent to teams other
than for informational purposes.
25: Pre-Season Meetings
25.01 Each March, there may be a mandatory pre-season meeting for a minimum of
one (1) Administrator from each member Club. Clubs failing to send a
representative to the Administrator pre-season meeting shall be assessed a fine
as per the published ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
Each May, prior to the start of the season there may be a mandatory pre-season
meeting for a minimum of one (1) team staff from each team. Clubs failing to
send one (1) representative per team to the Team pre-season meeting shall be
assessed a fine as published in the ERSL Fees and Fines Schedule.
ERSL shall host two (2) festivals at which all teams in each age group will be
automatically entered as part of their team fees.
players will receive an end-of-season gift, the nature of which will be
determined by the League Management Board each year.
League Management Board shall determine the dates of the festivals which will
be held each year. The mid-season Festival will have a target date each
year of the last weekend of June. The end of season Festival will have a
target date each year of the weekend prior to Labour Day weekend.
Article 27: Other Matters
27.1 All matters not included in these Rules and
Regulations shall be dealt with in accordance with the OS Published Rules.