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YARMOUTH-DENNIS SOCCER CLUB BY-LAWS

Section 1: ELIGIBILITY
In order for a player to be eligible to participate in the Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club, that person must be a resident of the Towns of Yarmouth or Dennis, either as a full- time or part-time resident. Any request for a waiver of this rule must be made in writing and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 2: REGISTRATION

Part A
Players shall register with YDSC and pay registration and participation fees. YDSC may set registration deadline dates for both Fall and Spring seasons. If deadlines have passed, players will be accommodated according to the Late Registration procedure.

Part B
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to fill out their player registration form completely and correctly, including age and grade. YDSC is not responsible for incorrect player registration information.

Once the recreational soccer team assignment email has been sent, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their player's grade/team assignment is correct. If the grade/team assignment is incorrect, the parent/ guardian has seventy-two (72) hours to contact the Registrar via email (registrar@ydsoccer.org) about the grade error. If the Registrar is not contacted within this period, there is no guarantee that the player can be switched to a different age group.

Part C
Refund Policy:


             Recreational Soccer
       (Spring and Fall Seasons)

Prior to Registration: 100% (excludes uniform)
After Meet the Coach Night, but Before First Game: Fee Refund Minus $25
After First Game: No Refund

                Travel Soccer
       (Spring and Fall Seasons)

Before Team Declaration (as determined by the SCSL): 100% (excludes uniform)
After Team Declaration: No Refund


Section 3:  LATE REGISTRATION
Players who do not register before registration deadlines shall be registered and placed on a time-ordered Late Registration Waiting List maintained by the Recreation Director. Every attempt will be made to place players in the YDSC soccer program.

Section 4: UNIFORMS
Players on a team shall wear uniforms selected by the Board of Directors. 
The issued uniform shall consist of a jersey, shorts and socks. Cutoffs, jams and visible boxer shorts are not allowed. The ordering of uniforms will be coordinated by the Uniform Coordinator.

Section 5: PLAYER'S EQUIPMENT
Player’s equipment requirements must be adhered to during all soccer activity (practices and games).

Players must wear shinguards and appropriate footwear at all times (player purchased). Soccer cleats are recommended. However, players can wear sneakers. Baseball, football and metal cleats are not allowed.

All items of jewelry (earrings, necklaces, wristbands, watches, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed. They cannot be covered up with tape or bandages. “Medical Alert” jewelry is allowed provided it is properly taped down and does not pose any danger to the wearer or other players.

Casts (soft or hard) and splints are prohibited.

A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is considered dangerous. The referee makes the final determination of what player equipment is safe or unsafe.

Mouths guards are encouraged for all players.

Section 6: CODES OF CONDUCT
Soccer is an opportunity to provide children with an opportunity to have fun in a group environment. The role of the coach is critical in this process.

Part A
Parents, players, and coaches must follow the YDSC Codes of Conduct. Violations of the Codes of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. The Parent and Player Code of Conduct may be found in Appendix A. The Coach Code of Conduct may be found in Appendix B.

Part B
Parents, players and coaches are encouraged to wait 24-hours after a game or incident in practice to address a concern or a decision. This will allow for cooler heads to prevail and promotes a more productive dialog.

Part C
The decisions of the referee are final and must be respected. At no time should a coach, player or parent question or argue with the referee.

 

Section 7: CORI
All coaches, volunteers and board members are required to complete a CORI check in accordance with Massachusetts Youth Soccer regulations and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements. No adult may have contact with non-familiar children of the club without a completed CORI check. This by-law specifically excludes coaches from conducting practices, clinics or attending games as a coach without a CORI check completed and clearance given by Massachusetts Youth Soccer. The exact procedure for completing the CORI check is prescribed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer and must be implemented by YDSC. In general, there must be at least one CORI administrator, who is a volunteer for the club, and is responsible for reviewing and implementing the CORI procedure.

Section 8: DISCIPLINARY ACTION 

Part A 
Any player, coach, referee, board member or spectator can be disciplined for unbecoming behavior or otherwise acting in a manner detrimental to the interests of the Club. This includes, but not limited to: fighting, intimidation, bullying, disrespecting authority, and use of foul language. 

Part B 
If problems between parties arise that cannot be mutually resolved, the Board of Directors will be convened to hear and hopefully, resolve the situation. 


Upon receipt of a written complaint, a hearing will be scheduled involving the complaining party and the person(s) involved in the unbecoming behavior. The President of the YDSC will preside at this hearing. In the event that the President is subject to the complaint, another member of the Executive Board will preside at the hearing. 

Part C 
The disciplinary action that can be taken include but are not limited to: 
•    Written warning
•    One week suspension from games or practice 
•    Multiple week suspension from games or practice 
•    Removal from team for balance of season
•    Permanent removal from the club 

If the party disciplined is a Board Member, said Board Member may be removed from their position using the procedures stated in Article 11, Section B of the YDSC Constitution. 

Part D 
The Board of Directors shall determine, by simple majority vote, the disciplinary action to be taken. 

Part E
In the case of suspension or removal, said individual will not be refunded any incurred registration or uniform costs. 


In case of removal, said individual must immediately surrender any credentials/licenses and return any YDSC-owned equipment to the club within ten calendar days.

Section 8: FIELD POLICIES

Part A 
Players and coaches are prohibited from using the fields if they are deemed closed by the Town of Yarmouth, Town of Dennis, D-Y Regional School District, and/or by the Board of Directors.

Part B
Pets are not allowed on the fields at any time. Service animals are welcome.

Part C
Smoking and vaping is not allowed on the fields or parking lots at any time.

 

 

APPENDIX A

Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club

Player and Parent Code of Conduct

As some of you may know, inappropriate conduct by parents and other spectators has become an increasing problem for youth sports organizations. To deal with this problem in an effective manner, Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club (YDSC) has adopted the Parents’ Code of Conduct which is detailed below. This Code of Conduct goes beyond our existing Zero Tolerance Policy to protect Officials. We have also adopted the Zero Tolerance Policy for violators of the Code of Conduct. The Board of YDSC urges all of you to take these policies to heart so that we will all have a safe, enjoyable and successful season.

We will be implementing a 24hr rule. The purpose of this rule is to delay your communication until you have calmed down to reduce the chance for an emotional over-reaction and increase the opportunity to think about the situation more rationally. Waiting 24 hours will increase the probability that you can more clearly communicate your issue with a cool head.

It is expected that all players and parents affiliated with the Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club will read and understand the following CODE OF CONDUCT. It is expected that all players, parents, and spectators will continue to observe and follow the principles contained within the Code throughout the year.

1. I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve any and all conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

2. I will never criticize, ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.

3. I will commit to ensuring my child attends as many practices as possible in order to develop, to the best of his or her ability, skills in the game of soccer in order to maximize team success

4. I will applaud good plays by both my child’s team and the opposing team. I will not be critical of or embarrass any player, including opposing team players under any circumstance.

5. I will allow the coaches to instruct the players, and will not participate in sideline coaching

6. Respect the coach’s decision and abilities. Don’t force your kids to decide whether to listen to you or to the coach.

7. Stress the importance of teamwork

8. Never lose sight of the fact that you are a role model

9. I will not interfere with the coaches duties during practice or games unless it is a safety issue.

10. Remember that coaches and administrators are usually volunteers. A “thank you” every once in a while is often a nice reward

11. I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. I will never yell at, taunt, threaten, or inflict physical or verbal violence upon any player, official, or spectator at any soccer activity. The use of any abusive, vulgar, racial and ethnic or gender related language will not be tolerated at any time.

All parents and guardians of YDSC players are subject to the Zero Tolerance Physical Abuse Policy:

1. Any parent/guardian that attempts to cause physical injury or makes the threat thereof to any individual associated with YDSC shall be subject and his/her children shall be subject to immediate suspension from YDSC play and/or other league involvement, for up to one year at the sole discretion of the YDSC Board.

2. A second instance of an attempt to threaten or cause physical injury shall result in up to a three year suspension for the player(s) and the parent/guardian from any involvement with YDSC.

All individuals associated with YDSC are expected to uphold the values of honesty, good sportsmanship, and respect for the integrity of team participation and team play within YDSC and other related sports organizations.

The game will be stopped by referees or YDSC administration if and when parents, guardians, or spectators displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interfere with coaches, players, or other spectators during the game. Referees or YDSC officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents or spectators from the spectators’ viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by YDSC or local civil and criminal statutes. Inappropriate and disruptive behavior listed above shall include, but not be limited to:

Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.

Taunting players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence, or actual violence.

Throwing of any object in the spectators’ viewing area, players’ area, or playing fields, or parking areas, directed in any manner in order to intimidate or harm another person, or create a safety hazard.

I have read and understand the above Code of Conduct, and I agree to abide by these guidelines at all team, Club, and League activities. I understand that if I do not follow this Code of Conduct, I may be asked to 1) leave the Club activity and 2) withdraw my child from the Club.  

 

APPENDIX B

Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club

Coaches Code of Conduct

The Board of Directors of Massachusetts Youth Soccer and the leaders of the affiliated Leagues are concerned about the conduct of all coaches and referees during games at all levels, from recreational to premier to ODP.

We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the children and adults involved. A soccer game should be friendly and unifying - a spirited social and athletic occasion for players, coaches, referees and spectators.

To clarify expectations of coach conduct, we jointly expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct.

Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit. • Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.

• During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him/her to calm down

• During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting.

• Encourage them to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Discourage them, and you may need to be forceful and direct, from yelling at players and the referee

• During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of spectators rooting for your team. • During the game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game.

• If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, report your opinion to your League. Your reactions will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally

• After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the same.

We stress two points: Referees - especially young and inexperienced ones - are like your players and yourself, in that they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game. You can help by encouraging them, by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes and by offering constructive post-game comments. On the other hand, you could discourage and demoralize the referees by criticizing their decisions, by verbally abusing them and inciting - or even accepting - your own players’ overly aggressive behavior.

Your example is powerful, for better or worse. If you insist on fair play, if you concentrate on your players' enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and if you support the referee, your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play outside the rules, if you're overly concerned about results, and if you criticize the referee harshly, your players and their parents will also notice.

Think about what you're doing during a game! Uphold the Spirit of the Game! If you follow the expectations described above, the spirit of the game will be alive and well in Massachusetts and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.

Coaches who don't follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed.

Amended on:
June 28, 2021
February 28, 2022
April 18, 2022

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