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Discipline Procedures

April 2017

Player Misconduct

The Ottawa Carleton Soccer League will be handling Level 1 discipline as detailed in the attached chart.  All other discipline will be referred to the EODSA. This is a summary of the OCSL procedures. More information can be found on the Ontario Soccer Association website under Governing Documents, Section 12 – Discipline

Discipline will be conducted by either Discipline by Review (DBR) or Discipline by Hearing (DBH).  Most misconducts that are handled by the OCSL are conducted as Discipline by Review, unless the player requests a hearing. In the below chart, each misconduct is labeled as to what procedure is followed.

Discipline by Review?

Discipline by Review is the method of determining the discipline for a misconduct. Discipline by Review or DBR, is done by a panel of a minimum of 3 members. This panel reviews the misconduct report and determine if the charge is correct. If the charge is correct and no hearing is required, then they render the penalty. If the misconduct and subsequent charge is one that requires a hearing, the panel will take the necessary steps to schedule a hearing.

Once a decision has been made, the panel will contact the Club and Team Officials of which the player is registered. It is the responsibility of these officials to inform the player of the result. This notice will include the exact offence that has been committed, the penalty for the offence and the dates of the suspension, if required. Discipline by Review decisions cannot be appealed.

Except in the cases of misconducts 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6, a player is able to request a Discipline by Hearing.

Discipline by Hearing?

Discipline by Hearing is the review of the misconduct and the rendering of penalty by a panel of a minimum of 3 members, with the attendance of the player accused of the misconduct. This allows for the player to state their story for the panel. The player and club representative is required to attend the hearing. They may provide witnesses as well. The chair of the panel must have the OSA’s Discipline and Appeals Chairs Course.

A player may request a hearing for any offense other than 1.3, 1.5 and 1.6. There are some offences that are automatically assigned DRH. To request a hearing a player must submit, in writing, no more than 72 hours after the incident. There is a $100 fee that must be submitted with the request. This fee is refunded if the player is found not guilty.

A player may plead guilty to a misconduct and forgo a hearing. This plea must be received no later than 4 days before the hearing and must be in writing. In doing so the party accepts the maximum penalty applicable. The decision cannot be appealed. 

If a player does not attend the hearing, the player will be suspended until they do attend a hearing. They must request to schedule a hearing and will be charged a $100 administrative fee.

Appealing a Decision

A Discipline by Review decision may not be appealed. A Discipline by Hearing decision may be appealed to the EODSA. To appeal the decision of the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League, a letter of appeal must be submitted to the EODSA. The letter of appeal must specify your rationale for appealing the decision of the OCSL. Your rational must include:

  1. New facts not available when the OCSL decision was made or not available at previous hearings; or
  2. Specific procedural errors made by the OCSL or at previous hearings; or 
  3.  Specific instances where Articles and Rules have been wrongly interpreted by OCSL or at previous hearings. 
  4. Alleged excessive fine, fee, bond or suspension. 

 

Failure to provide an adequate rationale will result in your appeal being ruled out of order and disallowed.

The appeal shall be submitted in writing by registered mail, recognized Courier Service or by hand delivery to:

Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association
1150 Morrison Dr. Suite 303
Ottawa, 
Ontario
K2H 8S9

The appeal must be submitted no more than five (5) working days from the receipt of the written decision rendered by the OCSL.

When registered mail or recognized courier service is used to submit the appeal, it must be postmarked or dated no more than five (5) working days from the receipt of the written decision rendered by the OCSL. When hand delivered, it must be received at the EODSA Office no later than five (5) working days from the receipt of the written decision rendered by the OCSL. In cases of a disputed delivery date regarding appeals submitted by hand delivery, it is the responsibility of the Appellant to prove which date that the appeal was received at the EODSA Office.

A copy of the letter of appeal may be sent by registered mail, recognized Courier Service, or by hand delivery to the OCSL, however, it is the responsibility of the EODSA to advise all relevant parties of the appeal and to provide them with a copy of the appeal.

The appeal to the EODSA Discipline and Appeals Committee must include: a letter of appeal; the appeal fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) by cheque or money order; a copy of the decision being appealed. 

If the appeal is upheld, the appeal fee shall be refunded.

For additional information about appeals, call the EODSA at (613) 233-6561.

Mail any correspondence to the OCSL as follows:

Ottawa Carleton Soccer League
1150 Morrison Dr, Suite 303
Ottawa, Ontario
K2H 8S9

Penalties for Misconduct                                            

Below is the chart listing the various misconduct charges and their penalties. As well it is noted if the charge is DBR only, Requested DBH or mandatory DBH. Most misconduct charges have the penalty of a suspension as well as a $50 administrative fee. Individuals who have been issued a notice of suspension must follow the instructions regarding which games to sit out. A player must wait for this notice to serve the suspension. Any mistakes as to which games to sit out will be the fault of the player and team.

The notification of player suspension(s) will indicate the number of games and the game number that the player is under suspension for.  The game numbers specified on the notification are the assigned games and must be served accordingly.  In the event that one of the assigned games is to be rescheduled, the player will still be required to sit the assigned game number.

He/she (or their Club) shall be levied an administrative fee of $50.00 for each misconduct that results in a suspension (per the attached chart).  Failure to pay will result in the individual remaining under suspension until the administrative fee is paid.  Players who resume play without paying the $50.00 administrative fee are considered ‘ineligible’ and are subject to disciplinary actions.

 

Discipline in a game that is not completed

Any discipline that is earned by players or team officials in a game that is not completed for any reason will count.

The following is a table of the most common misconducts for which the Ottawa Carleton Soccer League can issue discipline. This is not a complete list.

Standard penalties for misconduct by a Player:

Type #

Description of Misconduct

First seasonal Offense

Second Seasonal Offense

OCSL Fee

1.1

First Caution

no action

1.2

Second Caution

no action

1.3

Third Caution

DBR only

1 game suspension

$50

1.4

Fourth Caution

no action

1.5

Fifth Caution

DBR only

2 game suspension

$50

1.6

Sixth Caution and any subsequent cautions

DBR only

3 game suspension

$50

1.7

Notwithstanding Misconduct Types 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 above, the following suspensions will be applied to players in the Regional Division of the Senior Leagues:

1.7.1

First Caution

no action

 

 

1.7.2

Second Caution

no action

 

 

1.7.3

Third Caution

No action

 

 

1.7.4

Fourth Caution

No action

 

 

1.7.5

Fifth Caution

1 game suspension

 

$50

1.7.6

Sixth Caution

No Action

 

 

1.7.7

Seventh Caution

1 game suspension

 

$50

1.13

Dismissed for receiving a second caution in the same game for which neither of the offenses was directed at the game official (s)

DBR or DBH is requested

1 game suspension

3 game suspension

$50

1.14

Dismissed for receiving a second caution in the same game for which at least one of the cautions was directed at the game official (s)

DBR or DBH is requested

2 game suspension

 

$50

1.15

Dismissed for “using offensive, insulting, abusive language and/or gestures directed at anyone other than the game official.”

DBR or DBH is requested

1 game suspension

3 game suspension

$50

1.16

Dismissed or reported by game official for "Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures" directed at the game official(s).If racist or sexual comments - please see 1.73

DBR or DBH is requested

3 game

suspension

8 game

suspension

$50

1.17

Dismissed or reported for "using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures" directed at a game official(s) after having been previously dismissed or reported

Note: A suspension of 9-12 games can only be applied for 1.17 where the charge has been reduced from Game Official Assault charges 1.51/1.52. Otherwise the maximum suspension for 1.17 is 8 games.

DBH only

6 to 12 games

suspension

8-16 games

suspension

$50

1.18

Dismissed for “denying an opponent a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball”

DBR or DBH is requested

1 game suspension

2 game suspension

$50

1.18A

Dismissed for “denying an opponent a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or penalty kick.”

DBR or DBH is requested

2 game suspension

4 game suspension

$50

1.19

Dismissed for serious foul play

DBR or DBH is requested

2 game suspension

4 game suspension

$50

1.19A

Dismissed for Serious foul play where in the opinion of the Discipline hearing panel there was an obvious attempt to injure or a complete disregard for the safety of an opponent.

DBR or DBH is requested

4 - 8 game suspension

8 -12 game suspension

$50

1.20

Dismissed for spitting at an opponent or any other person other than the game official.

DBR or DBH is requested

4 game suspension

8 game suspension

$50

1.21

Dismissed for violent conduct

DBR or DBH is requested

3 game suspension

6 game suspension

$50

1.21a

Dismissed or reported for "Violent Conduct" where in the opinion of the Discipline Hearing Panel there was an obvious attempt to seriously injure a registrant or non-registrant.

DBH Only

6 - 10 game suspension

10 – 15 game suspension

$50

1.22

Received and found guilty of a third dismissal in a playing season within that league or competition

DBH Only

A discipline hearing shall be conducted and the appropriate discipline shall be rendered

1-11 Months

$50

1.23

Senior player played as an ineligible player.(ID Cards specifically)

DBR only

See R & R IV.5 and XI

2 games

4 games

$100

1.25

Re-enters the field of play or player bench area after having been dismissed from the game by the game official

2 game suspension

5 game suspension

$50

1.73

Dismissed or reported by a game official or other registrant for racist or sexist comments made during the game or in the vicinity of the playing field either during or after the game

1-3 month suspension

4-6 month suspension

$50

 


 

Team Misconduct

Card Accumulation

If a competitive team receives 25 yellow cards, or a recreational team receives 20, or either receives four (4) red cards in a single season, it will be required to attend a Team Misconduct meeting.  If a team receives five (5) or more red cards in a single season, it will be required to attend a discipline hearing and may be subject to corrective action.

Failure of a Club to appear at a Team Misconduct Meeting or a Discipline Hearing (without valid reason) will result in a fine of $250. Notification will also be sent out to the Club stating that failure to agree to reschedule the hearing within ten (10) days of the date of the letter will result in the Club’s suspension from all soccer activities until a hearing is requested.

Failure to Show for a Scheduled Game

Section XVI, Article 3, states that:  “Clubs/teams must notify the OCSL office in writing at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled kick-off time if they are not able to field a team.  Otherwise, they shall be fined. Defaulted games will not be rescheduled.”

Section XIV, Article 1a, states that:  “Any team which fails to field the allowable minimum number of players within 20 minutes after the scheduled kickoff time shall be considered to have failed to appear and they shall default the game.  Defaulting team(s) shall be subject to fines.  In all categories the score will be recorded as 2 - 0 for their opposition.”

If both teams fail to appear, both teams will be subject to corrective action.  There shall be no points and no score for the game but each team will have one loss added to its record.

Game Sheets

Failure of a team to properly fill in a game sheet as noted above will result in the team being subject to corrective action.

The OCSL Constitution Section XII, Article 1, states:

                                “OCSL Game Sheets (signed by the designated coach present at the game) with attached permits, etc, must be provided to the game official prior to the start of the game.  These sheets must contain a hand printed or typed list of all registered players’ full names (first and last names) together with their shirt numbers and game related information (Division, Date, Team Names, and location etc).  Any player listed but not in attendance must have a line through their name or he/she is deemed to have played that game.  Any player under suspension must have the word “suspension” printed besides his/her name on the game sheet or he/she is not considered to have sat out the game.  Failure to identify players under suspension may result in disciplinary action by the OCSL.”

Club Misconduct

Each Club is responsible for the conduct of their players, coaches, administrators, and spectators (OSA Discipline Policy 5.2).

Clubs are responsible for ensuring that coaches and players are made aware of the above information.  They must also be aware of this information and the discipline status of their players and other Club officials.

Failure of a Club to appear at a Team Misconduct Meeting or a Discipline Hearing (without valid reason) will result in a fine of $250. Notification will also be sent out to the Club stating that failure to agree to reschedule the hearing within ten (10) days of the date of the letter will result in the Club’s suspension from all soccer activities until a hearing is requested.

 

Standard Penalties for misconduct by a Coach or Administrator:

Type #

Description of Misconduct

First Seasonal Offense

Second Seasonal Offense

OCSL Fee

2.31

Persisted in Misconduct after receiving a warning for misconduct from the game official for which neither of the offenses was directed at the game officialDBH only

1 week suspension

3 week suspension

$50

2.33

Used offensive, insulting or abusive language directed at anyone other than the game official.DBH only

2 week suspension

5 week suspension

$50

2.66

Intentionally acted in contravention of, or failed to act in accordance with, a "Published Rule."

1 - 6 month Suspension

6 -12 month suspension

$50

 

Trophy Return

Section XXIII, stipulates that “Each club must ensure that all League property presented to a representative of their Club is returned to the OCSL prior to July 1st of the following season.

Failure to do so will result in the Club being fined an appropriate amount per trophy, cup or shield or the cost of replacing the trophy, cup or shield (whichever is higher).


 

Ineligible players

Further to the OCSL Rules and Regulations, Section IV, Articles 5 and 6:

“5) Any team playing a player not registered in accordance with the OSA Published Rules or one who is ineligible to compete at the level of the team, or a player who is serving a “time suspension’ as a player or from all soccer activity, or is specifically suspended for the game(s) in question shall forfeit all games in which he/she participates.

“6) Any team playing an ineligible player under the name of one of its registered players will be subject to the above fine as well as possible expulsion from the League Competition”

Any player listed on the game sheet is deemed to have played in the game, except if a line is struck through the player’s name or the words “suspended”, “suspension” or “under suspension” are written beside the player’s name.  Where a suspended player’s name appears on the game sheet without the above notation the player will not be able to claim that he/she sat out a game of his/her suspension.

Any team playing such an ineligible player will be subject to corrective action in addition to the forfeiture of points.  The case will be referred to the EODSA, which will impose further penalties as warranted against Club and Team officials as prescribed by OSA discipline regulations.

Further to the OSA Policies and Guidelines, proof of registration (i.e. player cards) must be available to be checked prior to every game.  The checking of player cards by the referee is mandatory prior to kickoff for all OCSL games. Teams and coaches must allow sufficient time prior to the game starting to facilitate this verification process and not cause a delay in the start of the game.

Teams playing without the required player cards will be subject to corrective action in addition to the forfeiture of points. Any player without a valid player card and /or permit (if applicable) CANNOT PLAY; such players must change out of their uniform or leave the playing area.

Games should not be played and will not be rescheduled if player cards are not at the field.  Games not played as a result of player cards not being present at the game could result in the offending team being fined as previously stated and a win being awarded to the other team. 

If the legitimacy of any player card or permit presented at the field is questioned, it should be noted by the referee, and the player concerned MUST SIGN THE GAME SHEET and the matter will be looked into by the League office upon receipt.  Discipline action and fines may be assessed as required.

Players who arrive after the start of the first half, but before the second half starts, may play in the game. Their player card must first be shown to the opponent’s coach/manager before they enter the field of play.  Once the player presents his/her card, the player may then enter the field of play during the first half.

Please note that referees have the right to refuse to officiate a game where player cards are not present.  The referee will submit a special incident report in this regard and possible discipline action may be taken against both teams as deemed necessary.

A zero tolerance approach will be applied to players, coaches, and teams who fail to follow the OCSL’s Card Checking Procedures. Fines and/or other disciplinary measures will be applied.

NO CARD = NO PLAY.


 

Protests

Protests of games must be submitted within 24 hours of the game and accordingly to Section XXIV of the current OCSL Rules and Regulation.  Protests will not be accepted on grounds regarding to referee conduct and decisions, field conditions, goal posts, crossbars, ball, colours, etc.  Protests must be noted on the game sheet.

According to Section XXIV, Article 4a, “Protest fee shall be as established by the LMB and must accompany any protest.


 

Game Official Assault

If you have committed Game official Assault you are automatically suspended from all soccer-related activity and you will be contacted by your Club and the District notifying you of such conditions. The district will notify the Club and Team Officials within 24 hours of the filing of the report.

Please note that if you are suspended from all soccer related activity you cannot participate in any soccer activities under the scope of the OSA.   This includes administering, practicing, coaching, playing, officiating, or any other activity related to soccer under the OSA guidelines.

Please note that when the District suspends you under the Decision By Review system you are charged an administrative fee of $50.00.  This must be paid in order to return to play after a suspension. 


 

Discipline during Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup

This is a summary of the discipline during the Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup. For complete rules, please view the Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup Rules

Jurisdiction

The Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup Discipline Committee shall be responsible for handling all cases of game-related misconduct, except for cases “game official assault”.

 Discipline Systems

Unless the accused requests to be heard under the Discipline by Hearing (DBH) system, within 24 hours of the Competitive Cup game or immediately after the Recreational Cup game discipline for the following offenses shall be rendered in accordance with the Discipline by Review (DBR) System, players who are reported for:

  • 1.13 Dismissed for receiving a second caution in the same game for which neither of the offenses was directed at the game official (s)
  • 1.14   Dismissed for “receiving a second caution in the same game” for which at least one of the cautions was directed at the game official(s).
  • 1.15     Dismissed for “using offensive, insulting, abusive language and/or gestures directed at anyone other than the game official.”
  • 1.16 Dismissed or reported by game official for "Using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures" directed at the game official(s)
  • 1.17     Dismissed for “denying an opponent a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball.”
  • 1.18     Dismissed for “Denying an opponent a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick.”
  • 1.19     Dismissed for Serious Foul Play
  • 1.20     Dismissed for spitting at an opponent or any other person other than the Game Official.
  • 1.21     Dismissed for violent conduct.

  A decision rendered under the DBR system cannot be appealed.

For all other offenses, the discipline shall be rendered in accordance with the Discipline by Hearing (DBH) System.

It is the responsibility of each Club to ensure that its players and team officials are aware of the Ontario Soccer Association Discipline Policies and Procedures.

The Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup Discipline Committee shall review all cases of reported misconduct occurring in the Bob Rathwell Cup, except for: misconducts directed at the game official and game official assault.

Any Player/Team Official/Club that is reported to have committed an offense (misconduct), and not requesting a hearing, will serve the penalty established by the Ontario Soccer Association.  He\she shall be subject to at least the mandatory minimum penalty as outlined in OSA Discipline Policy, Standard Penalties for Misconduct.  Discipline shall be rendered using the Discipline by Review (DBR) system and in accordance with OSA Discipline Policies.

The notification of player suspension(s) will indicate the number of games and the actual game(s) number(s) that the player is under suspension for.  The game number(s) and the competition (regular League play or Cup play) that the suspension is to be served will be specified on the notification. Notification of a suspension will be sent to the Club and it is the Club’s responsibility to communicate the information to the appropriate coach and/or player.

Any player receiving a red (dismissal) or an accumulation of yellow (caution) cards shall be subject to at least the mandatory minimum penalty.  He\she (or the Club) shall be levied an administrative fee of $50.00 for each misconduct that results in a suspension.  Failure to pay will result in the individual remaining under suspension until the fee is paid.

Request for a Discipline Hearing

A player or team official has the right to request a Discipline Hearing.  Such request, and subsequent hearing, must adhere to the following procedures:

A written request must be delivered, by registered mail or by hand, accompanied by the $100.00 request for hearing fee to the OCSL Office within 72 hours.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the player/team/Club official to ascertain the status with regard to discipline matters such as the date when the individual becomes eligible to participate or the number of cautions (yellow cards) accumulated, etc.

The coach of any team having a player serving a suspension, either automatic or imposed, will be required to include that player’s name on the game sheet with the notation “Under Suspension” beside the name.

Suspensions and\or the accumulation of red & yellow cards incurred during OCSL League play will not carry over into Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup games, and suspensions incurred during Bob Rathwell Ottawa Cup play will carry over into OCSL League play if all Cup games have been played.

Clubs are responsible for ensuring that coaches and players are made aware of this information.  They must also be aware of this information and the discipline status of their players and other Club officials. Each Club is responsible for the conduct of their players, coaches and spectators.

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