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2012 OCSC


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       A. Unless otherwise noted, the current AYSO National Rules and Regulations, Section 11 and FIFA Laws of the Game will be used for this tournament. The following rules are intended specifically for this tournament ONLY!
       B. The Tournament Committee (incl. Tournament Director, Assistant Director(s), Field Director, Referee Director and other designated staff) will have jurisdiction over all games played. Disputes will be resolved by the end of the soccer day.
       Referee judgment calls are NOT subject to dispute or protest!

       A. Entire entry fee and referee deposit must accompany tournament application and will be returned if application is not accepted. Fee and deposit must be a single check issued from the Region’s account (no personal checks, money orders, credit cards, etc.).
       B. Fees are:
          U-10 $500 ($350 entry fee plus $150 referee deposit)
          U-12 $550 ($400 entry fee plus $150 referee deposit)
          U-14 $550 ($400 entry fee plus $150 referee deposit)
          U-16 $550 ($400 entry fee plus $150 referee deposit).
          U-19 $550 ($400 entry fee plus $150 referee deposit).

       A. Applications are due by May 1, 2012
       B. Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis, based on completed application (see Team Application Form for criteria). Teams will be notified by email within 48 hours of the receipt of their applications.
       C. Teams not accepted into the tournament will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. If a team chooses not to be on a waiting list, the application and entry fee will be returned within 48 hours of notification.
       D. The primary form of communication between the Tournament and applying teams will be email and the Tournament website. Teams must designate a Team Contact on their application who has email and Internet access.

       A. Teams withdrawing 18 days or more before the tournament will be issued a full refund.
       B. Teams withdrawing less than 18 days before the start of the tournament will only be issued a refund if a replacement team can be found.
       C. If the tournament is canceled and cannot be rescheduled a full refund will be issued.
       D. For teams that are eligible, referee deposit refunds will be mailed no later than 14 days after the end of the tournament. Referee deposit refunds will be on a prorated basis, comparing the number of assignments actually completed versus the number that were assigned.

       A. Should the tournament be rained out on the original date, it will not be rescheduled. Any pre-ordered items will be sent to the team.
       B. If the tournament is cancelled due to weather after partially completing and it cannot be rescheduled to be completed, refunds will be made to teams on a prorated basis, based on the number of actual games played.
       C. If the tournament cannot be held due to weather or other conditions beyond the control of the tournament hosts, then a full refund will be sent to all teams.

       A. Players on participating teams must be properly registered to play in AYSO, and have played in a previous AYSO season in the current season year in a minimum of one-half of the games for which they were eligible. Coaches are responsible to ensure that all players meet eligibility requirements.
       B. The team roster must be verified and approved by each player’s Regional Commissioner. Roster changes may be submitted (with the written approval of the Regional Commissioner); however, these changes must be received by the Tournament Registrar prior to the tournament. There will be no roster changes allowed on tournament day.
       C. 3 Guest Players (players from a different Region from the applying team’s Region) will be allowed for each team. However, the Guest Player will be required to have the approval of both the Guest Player’s Regional Commissioner and the Host Team Regional Commissioner (see Guest Player Form).
       D. Coed teams will be accepted; however they must play in the boys’ divisions only.
       E. Team sizes shall be as follows:
          Division                           Format        Max Roster Size           Minimum Field Players
          U-19:                                11-v-11                18                                          7
          U-16:                                11-v-11                18                                          7
          U-14:                                11-v-11                15                                          7
          U-12 League-sized:         9-v-9                 12                                          6
          U-10:                                   7-v-7                 10                                          5

       F. All players must play at least half of each game. Violation of these player rules exposes a team to protest and renders them subject to forfeiture of game and possible disqualification at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

       A. Each team is limited to two coaches but must have two – one Head Coach and one Assistant Coach.. These coaches must be the ones listed on the Official Team Roster.
       B. Each Coach must provide their AYSO Identification Number, be a currently registered volunteer, Safe-Haven certified, AYSO trained at the age-appropriate level and must provide proof of certification and training. Proof of coach certification and training will be verified by the coach and assistant coach by attaching their training record from eAYSO to the roster.
       C. Coaches are expected to set the example for their team in exhibiting proper AYSO behavior and Kids Zone behavior. Coaches are expected to remain in the technical area during games and only enter the field of play as requested by the referee.

       A. Each team in the tournament will provide a crew of 3 referees. These referees will be assigned up to 3 games, based on their qualifications.
       B. All referees must be an AYSO currently registered and trained volunteer, Safe-Haven Certified and at least hold a regional referee badge.
       C. Only the diagonal system of control will be used to referee the games.
       D. Referees for U-19 should be National level.
Referees for U-16 games should be Advanced level or above.
Referees for U-14 games should be Advanced level or above.
Referees for U-12 games should be Intermediate level or above.
       E. Youth referees (center referees) must be at least 2 years older than the age group they are refereeing.
       F. All referees must be in full uniform as defined by AYSO and USSF, including the AYSO Referee Badge. Referees not in uniform will not be permitted to referee games, and their team’s referee deposit may be subject to forfeiture.
       G. If all assignments are successfully completed, the Referee Deposit will be refunded (see REFEREE PLAN for more details).
       H. Referees are expected to check in at the Referee Station at least 30 minutes prior to their assigned game. Failure to appear on time may result in a replacement referee crew being assigned to the field. Once a replacement crew has been assigned, they will have priority and the original crew must report to the Referee station for alternate assignment.
       I. Players in the tournament will not be allowed to referee until they have played in all of their games for that day. It is recommended that players in the tournament who wish to referee do so only on a standby basis and confirm with the referee director after they have played their games for the day that they are fit and capable of officiating.
       J. Coaches and players in the tournament will not be allowed to officiate games in their division and gender, nor any game involving a team from their home region.
       K. Referees will be expected to uphold the tournament rules, AYSO Rules and Regulations and FIFA laws. Any failure of the referee to uphold these rules may be cause for dismissal from the tournament, and will place a team’s referee deposit refund in jeopardy.

       A. All fields will be set up and taken down by the tournament staff.
       B. Trashcans will be provided at each field. Teams will be expected to clean up all trash in their area before leaving.
       C. There are no pets of any kind allowed at this tournament.

       A. This is a pool-play tournament.
       B. Each age division will be bracketed into playing pools. Each team will play a minimum of 3 preliminary play games within their respective pools. Where there are sufficient teams, divisions will also be separated into multiple competition flights.
       C. Teams will advance from qualifying pools based on pool play standings points. Number of teams advancing per pool will be determined by the number of pools in the division.

       A. Teams must check in 60 minutes prior to their first game, and must present Game Cards for as many games as the team will play in the tournament (including medal-round games). The Game Cards must be properly completed with the players listed by first name-last name in jersey number order. The players listed on the game cards must match the approved roster submitted with the team’s application. All players listed on the roster must appear on each game card, even if there is an expectation that one (or more) might miss a scheduled game.
       B. Each coach or team representative must provide AYSO Player Registration Forms with original ink signatures for verification by tournament officials.
       C. Coaches must have these Player Registration Forms with them at all times and ready for presentation to Tournament Officials.
       D. Late arriving players must be escorted to the check-in station by a team official along with their Player Registration Form and be cleared by the Tournament Staff before participating in any games.

       A. There will be a tournament Field Monitor assigned to each field, and will report to the Tournament Field Director. Field Monitors will check in teams prior to each game, and present the verified game cards to the match referees.
       B. At the conclusion of the game, the match referees must return the completed game cards to the Field Monitor.
       C. Field Monitors will be the first to respond to any incidents or injuries, and will be in contact with the rest of the tournament staff by radio. Tournament participants are encouraged to report any concerns immediately to the Field Monitor, and also to respectfully follow any instructions given by the Field Monitor.

       A. Pool play games will consist of 25 (U10) or 30 (U12 and older) minute halves with a five minute half time. There will be a running clock during the match including substitutions. There will be no time added on for injuries or time wasted in qualifying rounds. Games will expect to end on time, and may be shortened if they started late. Pool play games may end in a tie.
       B. Games will be as shown below. Championship and alimination round games will be played until there is a winner (see Medal Round rules below).
       C. Game duration shall be as follows:
          Division       Pool Play          Elimination Rounds           Elimination Rounds
          U-10:       25 minute half          25 minute half                  25 minute half
          U-12:       30 minute half          30 minute half                  30 minute half
          U-14:       30 minute half          30 minute half                  35 minute half
          U-16:       30 minute half          30 minute half                  40 minute half
          U-19:       30 minute half          30 minute half                  45 minute half

       D. The “home” team will be the first team or top team listed on the game schedule and will be responsible for providing the game ball. The home team will be situated on the North or East side of the field, and the visitor will be situated on the South or West side. Spectators must remain on the side of the field designated for their team. The home team will change jerseys or don pinnies in the event of a color conflict with the visitor team. The tournament will have overlays available. If any questions, the referee will determine whether this is necessary.
       E. There will be no warming up on the field. Teams must warm up prior to taking the field. As soon as the previous game has ended, teams must clear the field and the teams for the next game must take their places.
       F. FORFEITS: Teams must check in at the designated Field Coordinator Station 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. There will be a five-minute grace period at the start of the game for a team to take the field before a forfeit is declared. The score for a forfeit match will be 1-0 for the remaining team (See STANDINGS for the points to be awarded). For U-10 division teams, there is a minimum of 5 players on the field to continue a game. For U-12 the minimum number is 6 players in the 9v9 bracket. For all other divisions, there must be a minimum of 7 players to continue a game. If a team cannot field the minimum number of players, the game will be abandoned and a forfeit will be declared. Regardless of the reason, forfeit one, forfeit all.
       G. SUSPENDED GAMES: The Tournament Committee may determine to end matches early if field schedule is behind due to game delays, interference, or if weather conditions provide unsafe conditions; and may distribute awards according to games played and points. The Tournament Committee will determine the outcome of any single game which is terminated prematurely (due to inclement weather, participant injury, or interference by outside party, etc.).
       H. ABANDONED GAMES: if any pool play games cannot be played due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament, the final standings of the pool will be determined by applying the Winning Percentage formula (Total Points Earned in all Game Played divided by Total Points Possible for the Number of Games Played) to each team in the pool. Note. This does not apply to games which were shortened due to late a late start. Only the Tournament Director or designee can declare a game to be abandoned or not played.

       A. Substitutions shall be allowed at half-time and approximately mid way through each half for ALL divisions U-10 through U-14, and will be recorded on the game cards by the referee. U-16 and U-19 shall be monitored substitution.
       B. All substitutions must be approved and recognized by the referee. Substitutions may be made for injured players; however, they may not return until the beginning of the next quarter and will be considered as having played the current quarter (exception: an injured player not replaced may return to play at any time with the referee’s permission).
       C. Substitutions in overtime periods of medal round matches will be at the beginning of each period only for U10 through U14.

       A. STANDINGS for pool play games will be determined on the standard scoring system as follows:
          WIN = 3 points
          TIE = 1 points
          LOSS = 0 points
       B. Winners of ties in standings will be determined as follows:
          1. Head to head
          2. Most wins
          3. Goals scored (max 3 per game)
          4. Goal differential (max +/-3 per game)
          5. Fewest misconduct points
          6. Coin flip or other random process to be determined by the tournament director. The head coach, assistant, manager, team parent or regional commissioner of each team must be present unless the head coach gives consent otherwise. Except for the regional commissioner, the team representative must be listed on the team roster.
          NOTE: In the event more than two teams are tied: When one or more teams are eliminated at a level and two or more teams are still tied, the remaining teams restart the tie-break procedure.
       C. Misconduct point calculation
          Red card, 2nd yellow/red, coach or spectator ejection: 3 points each
          Caution or coach warning: 1 point each (max 1 point per coach per game)
       D. Wildcard teams will be the team(s) with the highest standings points from all teams in the division who are not automatically advancing.
       E. Standings will be updated continuously at the Tournament Scoreboard. The deadline to challenge the posted results will be at the conclusion of Pool Play.

       A. Pool winners (and in some cases wildcard teams) will advance to medal round play.
       B. Teams will play semi-final and/or championship final matches, depending on the number of teams in each pool and the format of play for that flight.

       A. All medal round matches ending in a tie will have two full overtime periods of five minutes in length with teams changing field direction after the first five minute period. In these matches, if still tied after overtime play, the game shall be decided by FIFA Kicks from the Penalty Mark.

       A. Medals will be presented to coaches and players from the first and second place teams in each division.
       B. A tournament pin will be presented to each player and coach.

       A. Coaches will be expected to set a positive example for the team, and will be held responsible for the actions of their team including spectators. All spectators must remain behind the control line and between the 18-yard lines (penalty areas in small fields). Two coaches maximum per team, and they must remain in the marked coaching area (within ten yards either way from halfway line).
       B. At the conclusion of each match, the referees will be required to complete a game misconduct report for all misconducts during the game, as well as any incidents of interference by spectators.
       C. Any coach or spectator ejected must immediately leave the vicinity of the playing field (out of sight and sound) and will be prohibited from attending the next scheduled game. Any player sent off (red carded) must immediately leave the vicinity of the game (under supervision of his/her parent or Safe Haven-certified adult), and may not return to the field of play during the current game, including for the post-game handshake, and may not be substituted for, and is suspended from participation in the next game. In the alternative, the player may stay on the sideline under the supervision of the coach. There will be penalty point deductions for all send-offs (see Standings rules).
       D. Any violent conduct red card or ejection will result in that player/coach/spectator being barred from the remainder of the tournament.
       E. If it is determined that an ineligible player has participated in a game, the team will forfeit all games in which that player participated illegally. Furthermore, if it is determined that the coach knowingly played a player illegally, that coach will be barred from further participation in the tournament.
       F. It is mandatory to play a scheduled game. If it is determined that a coach willfully fails to have his team participate in a scheduled game, the coach will be dismissed from the tournament and the incident will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner.
       G. All conduct problems will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner.
       H. All Serious Incidents will be reported to the respective Regional Commissioner as well as Area, Section and AYSO National Office.

       A. There will be a First Aid station at the main tent where participants may receive ice, etc. for minor injuries.
       B. There will be a roving first aid response staff member to respond to injuries on the field. Field Monitors will communicate to call the first aid staffer to the field where first aid is requested.
       C. If an injury is serious, the first aid staff or Safety Director will call 911 for emergency response. This does not prohibit any person from calling 911 for a serious injury. If you do, you must inform the tournament staff so that they can make preparation for emergency vehicles.
       D. Directions to the nearest hospital/urgent care center will be available at the First Aid station.

       A. All players must wear the approved AYSO uniform only according to the National Rules & Regulations, and all players on the same team must wear matching uniforms (goalkeeper excepted – may have a different kit, AYSO logo is recommended but not required.)
       B. Each player’s uniform must be marked with a permanently-affixed unique number that matches the uniform number on the Game Card, and may not exchange numbered jerseys with any other player during the game including the goalkeeper.
       C. Garments may be worn under the uniform (i.e. long sleeves, etc.) during inclement weather, however the match referee will be the judge of what should be allowed or not.
       D. Not allowed: jewelry, hard metal or plastic clips on clothing or hair. No player will be allowed to participate with any type of cast or splint. Removal of any type of cast or splint at the field or surrounding area in order to participate shall disqualify that team member from participation.
       E. AYSO will not prohibit the use of knee braces by players in AYSO events and programs; providing that the brace is adequately covered and padded in the judgment of the referee, so as to eliminate the possibility of its causing injury to the other players on the field.

       A. Protests will be considered only for the following reasons:
            • An ineligible player has played.
            • One or more registered player(s), present and in uniform, have not played the required one half of the game (except for illness or injury as recorded by the game referee or tournament official).
       B. All protests must be presented in writing to the Tournament Director within 1/2 hour of the completion of the game.
       C. All protests will be heard by a Protest Committee of at least three persons selected by the Tournament Director. In all cases, the members of the Protest Committee will be unrelated to either team involved in the protest. ALL PROTEST DECISIONS ARE FINAL!
       D. Referee judgment calls are FINAL and are not grounds for nor subject to protest or dispute!

       The Tournament Director retains the right to interpret and apply the tournament rules to the optimum benefit of all tournament participants.


In all cases where discrepency exists,
the downloadable print (pdf) version shall be official.

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