Disciplinary Matters

The Montclair Soccer Club (MSC) Disciplinary Committee, guided by JLYSSL Rules of Play (Zero Tolerance Policy for Physical and Verbal Abuse, Parents Agreement, Coaching and Sideline Behavior), reviews incidents, complaints and concerns from individuals, member clubs and/or the League, gathers information from all parties involved, mediates or conducts hearings, reports findings and may initiate disciplinary proceedings against any player, team official or spectator.

The Disciplinary Committee Members serve at the discretion of the MSC President. No one other than the regular Committee Members may attend a committee meeting unless invited by the Chairperson.

Disciplinary Proceedings

Incident reports submitted to MSC Disciplinary Committee are kept CONFIDENTIAL and your name will be withheld if you wish.

Incident Reporting – Use the JYSSL’s Serious Problem Report Process to report to the League any incidents or conditions in serious need of remedy. Those issues will be addressed by the appropriate official(s) in a timely fashion. Your comments will be directed to the JLYSSL Discipline Committee Chairman, JLYSSL Referee Coordinator, and JLYSSL Vice President. The information will be relayed to the appropriate official(s) for action and you will receive a response about the status or resolution of the matter. Examples of issues include improper behavior by coaches, referees, parents, or players, as well as seriously unsafe field conditions.

MSC families and members (players, parents, coaches and referees) may submit their incident reports, complaints and concerns via an e-mail directly to the Club’s Disciplinary Commitee. Incidents involving U8 and younger teams are handled by the Club’s Disciplinary Committee exclusively. Match Referees may submit their reports directly to the Chairman of JLYSSL Disciplinary Committee.

Investigation – All submitted reports are investigated either by the JLYSSL Disciplinary Committee or the Montclair Soccer Club Disciplinary Committee. MSC Disciplinary Investigation is conducted by its Disciplinary Chair contacting parties involved; collecting statements and relevant information.

Reporting Findings – After completing an investigation the Disciplinary Chair writes report about findings and submits report with disciplinary recommendation to MSC Disciplinary Committee. The Committee reviews report and approves or rejects disciplinary action. If disciplinary action is approved by the Committee the Club President will be notified by the Chairperson. When an incident is reported to MSC Disciplinary by JLYSSL, the report and the disciplinary recommend recommendation is submitted to the Chair of JLYSSL Disciplinary Committee.

Disciplinary Action – The Disciplinary Committee has discretion in any levied penalties. Actions include but are not limited to probation, suspension, and suspension for life. In all cases, a notice about the decision of disciplinary action will be sent to the offender within 48 hours of the decision. All other concerned parties, including but not limited to the Club Presidents and Match Secretaries (if necessary), will be notified.

Protest and Appeal – Decision of the MSC Disciplinary Committee can be appealed to the JLYSSL Disciplinary Committee within seven (7) days of receipt of the decision. Decision of the JLYSSL Disciplinary Committee is subject to appeal to the League Board not later than seven (7) days following the postmark date of the notifying letter. Appeals will be decided upon at the earliest JLYSSL Board meeting scheduled. Decision of the JLYSSL Board may be appealed to the CYSA-N Board of Directors.

Helpful links

JLYSSL Rules: Rules of Play
United States Soccer Federation
California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA)
Respect – A Sideline Guide For Parents (TheFA)


Coaches Disciplinary Presentation
Parents Disciplinary Presentation