ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON PROFANITY
In addition to any fines designated in the bylaws, the following fines shall be in effect:
Failure to report score by 12:00 noon on Monday..... $25.00
No corner flags..... $25.00
Non-matching or improper uniforms..... $25.00
All teams must use only the designed computer generated line-up form for all matches. The line-up form must be printed within 48 hours of the match, i.e. Friday for a Sunday match. Failure to submit the league designated line-up form or submitting a line-up form dated prior to the time set forth by the League, shall subject the offending team to a fine of $25.00. In addition to submitting a line-up form to the referee, each team must provide a copy to the opposing team.
MARKINGS OF FIELD, GOAL NETS & CORNER FLAGS
The home team shall be responsible for visible, correct and clear markings of the playing field; proper goal nets; providng match balls; and corner flags. If a home team fails to have the field properly marked and have proper goal nets and corner flags placed after the referee has given the team the necessary time, the team may be punished by losing the game, fined, or both.
NON-APPEARANCE OF REFEREE(S)
If the referee appointed fails to appear, the captains of the competing teams should agree upon another referee for the game who need not be officially registered. In such cases the home club must furnish the League Office within 24 hours with a complete report, players list (lineup forms) and score(s). A game played under these conditions shall be considered properly played, according to schedule. If both teams cannot agree on a mutually acceptable person to referee the game, the game will be replayed at a time determined by the League.
PLAYER & COACH PASSES
All players and coaches must present their player and/or coach passes to the referee before the start of any league or cup game.
To be eligible to play in any and all games under the jurisdiction of this league, each player must produce a player pass valid for the current seasonal year. Such passes will be supplied by the league office on upon presentation of the properly completed registration documents. Regulations pertaining to player passes are as follows:
A. Player passes must be handed to the referee before the commencement of the game. Any team that fails to produce the required player passes shall forfeit the game.
B. All player passes are property of this Association and must be returned upon request.
C. If a pass is lost, a new pass must be issued by the League Office before the player is again eligible to play.
D. During a playing season, clubs signing players properly released from another club must obtain a revalidated or a new player pass. Clubs who release players must send the players’ passes to the league registrar.
Each team coach must be in possession of a supervisor’s or coach’s pass issued by the registrar of the ENYSSA or NJSA with his/her picture, name, address, telephone number and signature. Prior to the start of a game, if a team does not have a person in possession of a valid coach’s/supervisor’s pass, the referee will not permit the game to be played.
A team may be issued a maximum of three (3) validated coach’s/supervisor’s passes.
No scheduled game shall be postponed without the consent of the League Office and both clubs involved.
The champions of the divisions will receive the following prize money:
Division I - $5,000.00
Division I Reserves - $750.00
Division II - $750.00
Division II Reserves - $500.00
Metro Division 1 - $750.00
Metro Division 2 - $500.00
Over-30 Division - $500.00
Over-37 Division - $500.00
The home team is responsible for the payment of the center referee fee. In the 1st division, assistant referees are automatically assignd and the home team is responsible for the payment of the assistant referee fees. In the 2nd division, assistant referees are automatically assigned unless both teams agree to play without assistant referees and assistant referee fees are evenly split between the two competing teams in all matches that assistant referees are assigned.
RELEGATION & PROMOTION
Relegation and promotion exists between the 1st Division and 2nd Division; Metro Division 1 and Metro Division 2; and the Over-30 1st Division and Over-30 2nd Division. In order to play in the 1st Division or 2nd Division, a club must field both a first team and reserve team. Therefore, if a club wins Metro Division 1 and is unable to field a reserve team, the club cannot move to the 2nd division.
In divisions organized as a single table, the top 2 teams in the table are promoted to the higher division and the bottom 2 teams in the table are relegated to the lower division. In divisions organized in split groups, the top team in each group is promoted to the higher division and bottom team in each group is relegated to the lower division.
*The amount of teams may flucuate depending on how many spots are available in the divisions. The goal is to allow teams to promote but at the same time, the divisions need to be balanced as best as possible.
**Clubs may be able to move from the Metro Division 1 to the 2nd division if they form a reserve team but this will be decided on a case by case basis.
The league schedule generally starts the weekend after Labor Day and runs to the end of May or June with a winter break in January and February. The league office may schedule make up matches in January or February.
First and second division reserve team matches are played immediately prior to first team matches unless agreed upon by both competing teams and the league office.
If a player is suspended as a result of receiving a red card or an accumulation of yellow cards, he will be suspended until 24 hours after the match of the team for which he is listed on the league roster. So, for instance, if a player listed on a reserve team roster receives a two match suspension as a result of actions during a first team match, that player will be suspended until 24 hours after his team has played its next two reserve team matches, including cup matches. The player will be suspended for all league and cup matches during the suspension period.
If a team is not notified by 12:00 noon on a Friday of a player being suspended as a result of yellow card accumulations, the player's suspension shall be carried to the following week.
Teams shall appear in proper uniformed attire for all league and cup games. Players who, in the judgment of the referee, are not properly attired will be ordered off the field. In addition, the referee must order any players off the field, if, in the referee’s opinion, their dress could lead to an error in judgment. The home team shall always wear their “home” jerseys (except white) and the away team shall wear either white jerseys or colors that do not conflict with the home team’s jersey colors. The away team must change jerseys if there is a conflict.
All players on a team must wear matching jerseys, shorts and socks.
All players must have a clearly legible number on the back of their jersey and on the front. The number in the back is to be a minimum of 4 inches. The number in the front is to be a minimum of 3 inches.
Team Captains shall wear an armband on the upper left sleeve of their jersey. The Team Captain is the only one who is permitted to talk to the referee.
SPECIAL RULE FOR OVER-38 DIVISION
Only those players who have attained the age of 38 may play in the Over-38 Division, except that each team in the division may have three (3) players who have either: (1) attained the age of 33 or (2) attained the age of 32 and were rostered by the team the previous season.
If one of the designated exceptions is a player on a club's non Over-38 Division team, that player shall remain one of the three (3) exceptions unless released by the club or the league office is notified between December 31 and February 15 that the player is no longer an exception.