By-Laws Articles 11-15

Article XI

Player Eligibility

11.1        A player must be at least sixteen (18) years of age, except in the Over 30 Division in which case the player must be at least thirty (30) years of age, and the Over 40 Division where the player must be forty (40) years of age or older (except to the extent the Board approves any exceptions or exemptions to this rule of eligibility, e.g. underage goalkeeper).

11.1.1     Goalkeepers for Over 30 division must be over 25 years old, and for Over 40 division must be over 30 years old.

11.2        The age of the player shall be determined by the player’s age on the day of the game.

11.2.1     Proof of age is required for the Over 30 division and the Over 40 (38) division, in the form of a copy of a valid driver’s license, signed passport or birth certificate (accompanied by a copy of a valid picture ID (e.g. State ID)). If a player is in question, the team captain may ask the referee to ask for a valid driver’s license to veryify a player.

11.3        All players are required to have a valid player pass.  This player pass must have the current year league sticker to be valid.  There will be no substitute for player passes (No Pass--No Play). To the extent that a referee permits a game to be played where there is a dispute about a pass or eligibility to play without a pass, the referee shall make a written report to the league and/or assignor.

11.4       Violation of player eligibility rules as determined by the Grievance Committee shall result in a team forfeiting each game in which a rule has been violated.

11.5        If any player is found using a false player pass, the team will forfeit the game and shall be put on probation for the rest of the season, and may be assessed a fine as determined by the Board.  Further violations could result in dismissal from the league.

11.6        All teams must have a Home Field in order to be a member of this league.

11.7        All team rosters will be frozen 2 games before the end of the regular season.

Article XII

Registration

12.1        At least three (3) weeks prior to the first league game, a registration meeting will be scheduled for team registration purposes.

12.2        Each year players are required to re-register with the ISSA and fill out a new player registration form per ISSA rules.

12.5        New teams registering with the league must turn in the League Entry form, a map to their home field and a new team registration fee prior to registration.  The Board has the right to determine how much the new team registration fee will be.  All players must be registered as stated above.

12.6        A team may not register more than twenty-five (25) players at one time. If a team has twenty-five (25) players and wants to register a new player, they must drop a player from their roster.  To do this, the team must follow ISSA rules to drop a player, and add the new one.

12.8        A player may not switch from one team to another for a period of 2 games without the written consent of the original team’s manager. Player must be in good standing and any equipment that needs to be returned shall be returned.  After this requirement is fulfilled, player may switch from one team to another provided he registers with the ISSA and follows ISSA rules.  His old ID must be destroyed by the old team.



Article XIII

Schedules

13.1        All PSL games will be scheduled by the Commissioners.  The schedules will be sent to the Team Managers at least two weeks prior to the start of the season.

13.2        Game Times - All Open Division games will be played on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise specified.  All Over 30/40 Division games will be played on Saturday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. or on Sunday morning at 9:30 am or such other day and time as noted on the league schedules prepared by the Commissioners. The field must be ready for play at least fifteen (15) minutes before the scheduled starting time.  Ready for play includes:

  1. Nets on goals.
  2. Field lined.
  3. Corner flags in place.

If the field is not ready for play 10 minutes before starting time, the referee will have the right to consider the field in improper playing condition and leave the field.  The Home Team will forfeit the game (see Forfeits).

13.3        Rescheduling - Teams have until 3 days prior to game time to postpone a game by mutual consent of both teams.  The Commissioner, Referee Assignor and other team MUST be notified.  The game must be rescheduled within 1 week, or the Commissioner will assign a new game date.  IF the team being cancelled upon incurs a fee because of the postponement, the cancelling team must pay the expense.  If there is NOT MUTUAL CONSENT, the Commissioner will assign a new game date, and if it is not acceptable, the game will be recorded as a forfeit of the cancelling team.


  • If games are rescheduled less than 72 hours before game time, the cancelling team will be charged $10.00 for reassignment, and must pay the entire fee for the referee crew.

13.4        The Home Team is responsible for notifying the visiting Team, the commissioner and the Referee Assignor of any field changes and/or game times 3 days prior to the scheduled game.  Failure to do so will result in a forfeit (see Forfeit). If there are any problems beyond the control of the Home Team (excessive rain, snow, wind, park district restrictions etc.) within 72 hours of game time, the Home Team shall provide written proof of the action taken and the Commissioner(s) and/or the Board will make whatever determination is necessary for rescheduling the match or declaring a forfeit. (see Forfeit)

13.5        Any team which forfeits a game will be fined $50.00.  This fine will be payable to the league.  In addition, the team forfeiting will be responsible for all costs incurred for playing the game; this includes referee fee and any field rental.  Any team forfeiting a second time will be fined $100.00.  Any team forfeiting three games in one season will be removed from the league.

Article XIV

Official Match Roster/Game Results

14.1        The PSL Officials’ Match Roster and Referee Report shall constitute the official game record.  Each team shall fill form out fully including player name, ID#, and jersey#, and present it to the referee prior to the start of the game.  25 players may be listed on the game day roster, but only 18 may play on any given game date.  At the end of the game, the team manager will sign the report and receive his copy of both teams’ game reports.  Do not sign the report until the referee has filled it out.  It is the responsibility of the team captain to make sure the referee checks each player into a game on the roster form, and that the information is correct at the end of the game.

14.2        The referee will fill out the report completely.  He will record all goals and violations and any comments he cares to make.  He will sign and return the report to the Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours after the end of the game. Any additional reports should be made in writing to the referee assignor and/or league as soon as possible (e.g. e-mail).

14.3        Any Referee who does not return the report or does not fill out the report properly will be reported to the Referee Assignor for appropriate action.  Repeated violations of reporting requirements for referees will be taken into account on future assignments, if any, to the violating referees.

14.4        The Team Manager of the winning team must phone in the results of the game to the Commissioner by 9:00 p.m. on the game date.  In case of a tie, both Team Managers must phone in the scores.  A team that does not phone in its score runs the risk of losing any points awarded for that game including goals for (goals against would still be counted).

14.5        Any team failing to report their scores by the previously stated times will be fined $25.00.  If the fine is not received before the team’s next game, they will forfeit that game and all games until the fine is paid.  Repeat violators will be brought before the Board for further league action.

14.6        Standings - The Commissioner will be responsible for maintaining the standings for each division.  The standings will be determined by point accumulation based on the following:

                Win   = 3 points

                Tie     = 1 point

                Loss   = 0 points

If a team wins as a result of a forfeit, the results will be recorded as 3-0 and 3 points awarded.

14.7        If at the end of the season or end of a session more than one team has the same number of total points, the final league results will be determined by:

                1.             Goal Differential (Goals for – Goals  Against)

                2.             Head to Head Record.

                3.             Coin Flip

14.8        There will be no ties during cup/tournament play where a winning team must be determined.


Article XV

Protests/Grievances

                Any Team Manager may file a protest or grievance for any suspected violation of league or game rules, or for any injustice that might have been incurred, by submitting the protest in writing within seven (7) days of the violation or injustice.  The team manager must also submit a $25.00 deposit.  The $25.00 will be returned if the Grievance Committee finds in favor of the team filing the protest; otherwise the league will keep the $25.00.




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