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AASL Rules


RULES ON BLOOD:

 

If a player becomes injured during a match or warm up and there is visible blood, the following must happen before the player can return to the match:

 

  • bleeding must be stopped,
  • wound must be covered, and
  • Uniform must be changed (if blood is excessive).

 

CONDUCT:

 

All players and coaches must be on the opposite side of the field from their spectators.  Coaches are not allowed to roam all the way down to the end line. Coaches must remain no further than 20 yards from the centerline on their team bench area side.  If at any time you are instructed by the referee to remain within that guideline you shall not challenge his/her interpretation of what is 20 yards.  To challenge the referee on this point constitutes dissent.  Maximum of 3 AASL registered coaches allowed on Player/Coach side of the field.  An exception is when an AASL registered Club Director of Coaching or Trainer(s) is present at a match they are allowed in their Clubs bench area and to exceed the 3 maximum on the sideline rule. He/she must remain silent and maintain good sportsmanship.  

 

Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their players, spectators, and themselves. A coach is recognized as a participant in the match and may receive yellow and/or red cards from the referee. Except for the referee and players in a game, no other person is allowed on the field unless, and until, authorized by the referee.

 

Spectators, coaches and substitute players are required to remain at least ONE YARD back from the touchline on their side of the field to allow the Volunteer Club Linespersons a clear view down the field. It is suggested that fields have spectator lines marked in yellow.

 

Fighting by any persons, either in the game or on the sidelines, and verbal disrespect or physical assault or verbal abuse on the referee/players/coaches/spectators, shall be grounds to immediately suspend the match. Such decision is that of the referee alone, who at his/her discretion may ask for assistance form the coaches. 

The coach shall be held responsible for their players and/or spectators’ actions. POOR CONDUCT BY A TEAM, LEADING TO A SUSPENSION OF THE MATCH WILL BE GROUNDS FOR FORFEITING THE MATCH BY A SCORE OF 0 – 4 AND A $200.00 FINE WILL BE IMPOSED UPON THE TEAM.  THE COACH WILL BE SUBJECT TO A DISCIPLINARY HEARING AND A POSSIBLE SUSPENSION/AND OR A MAXIMUM LIFETIME BAN COULD BE IMPOSED ON SUCH COACH.  

 

Any physical assault or verbal abuse of a referee by a coach/player will receive an immediate suspension from all AASL and OYSAN activities pending a disciplinary hearing by the OYSAN Disciplinary Board.

 

A physical assault or verbal abuse of a referee by a spectator will receives an immediate suspension from attending any AASL game pending a disciplinary hearing by the AASL Disciplinary Board.

 

Any reported verbal disrespect of the referee by coach/player/spectator will result in an immediate suspension from attending any AASL game pending a disciplinary hearing by the AASL Disciplinary Board.

 

RED CARD POLICY:

 

Players and coaches can receive red and yellow cards. It is not necessary to receive a yellow card prior to a red card. Two yellow cards equal a red card and an ejection from the match. Ejected players must leave the bench area immediately.  Ejected coaches and spectators must leave the field area immediately and not be within 500 feet of the field.  Unnecessary delay or refusal to leave the field immediately, arguing with the official or any unsportsmanlike conduct after being red carded or asked to leave by the referee will result in another game suspension plus other disciplinary action by the AASL Board.  Any match suspended by the referee for refusal to leave the field of play or bench area by anyone will result in forfeit by team or teams responsible or possible fine of $100.  The referee has the authority to issue both red and yellow cards from the time he/she arrives to the time he/she leaves and report any unsportsmanlike conduct or threatening action by anyone on the way to the field site or upon leaving field. 

 

RED CARDS ARE A MINIMUM ONE GAME SUSPENSION FOR A PLAYER AND A MINIMUM TWO GAME SUSPENSION FOR A COACH. THERE MAY ALSO BE A LOSS OF POINTS IN THE FINAL STANDINGS AND THERE SHALL BE MINIMUM TWO GAMES TO MAXIMUM LIFE SUSPENSION AFTER A HEARING BY AASL DISCIPLINARY BOARD FOR VIOLENT CONDUCT AND SERIOUS FOUL PLAY. The suspensions will apply to the next scheduled AASL league games. Two red card suspensions for the same person in the same season may mean ejection for the rest of that season and review by the AASL Disciplinary board.

 

It is the responsibility of the coach to insure sportsman like conduct of his/her players both on and off the field of play. A coach must also speak to his/her spectators about good conduct and sportsmanship. A coach must intervene between their spectators or players if they are physically or verbally abusing the referees before, during, or after the game. The coach must escort the offender away from the referee when their approach is unwelcome by the referee. THE COMMUNITIES MUST BE RESPONSIBLE TO ENFORCE THESE RULES, THERE WILL BE NO TOLERATION OF VERBAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE OF REFEREES.  A COACH WILL RECEIVE A RED CARD AS A RESULT OF THE ACTIONS OF HIS TEAM’S SPECTATORS IF THERE IS NO ATTEMPT TO HELP REMEDY THE SITUATION.

 

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