Operating Procedures of the ODSL
The President shall appoint each year, with the approval of the Board of Directors, standing and special committees to advance the work of the League in such matters as rules of competition, conduct, scheduling, publicity, membership, and other areas which may be well served by committees.
The standing committees will include:
1. Membership Committee
2. Competition Committee
3. Rules and Discipline Committee
4. Appeals Committee
5. Ad Hoc Committee
Each Committee shall have a Chairman and certain Board of Director standing members. The President may also choose at-large members with the approval of the Board of Directors.
1. Membership Committee
The Membership Committee will exercise those duties described in MEMBERSHIP. The Chairman of the Membership Committee shall be the Registrar.
2. Competition Committee. All division structure and team entry procedures shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Competition Committee. The Committee shall meet as necessary to formulate recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning structure of age divisions, modification of the Laws of the Game, recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning changes or adjustments to the League’s policies, and procedures to promote the level of competitive play within the League. The President shall serve as the Chairman of the Competition Committee. Standing Members shall include the Boys Commissioner and the Girls Commissioner.
a. The Competition Committee will evaluate applications and consider teams for inclusion in the coming season of play based on the birth year of the team, the team’s strength, and number of teams of similar strength in the ODSL. Teams returning without a break in seasons of play will be given priority. New applicants and previous teams re-applying after a break in seasons of play will be considered equally. Pre-season requests for division placement must be included in the application before the application deadline in order to be considered by the Competition Committee. The commissioner will acknowledge receipt.
b. Following the July and January meetings, the Competition Committee shall meet to formulate recommendations to the Board of Directors for acceptance of teams and to determine the structure of each Division for the next season of play. The Competition Committee’s recommendations of acceptance of teams shall be presented for approval at the August and February Board of Directors meetings.
c. In cases where a team withdraws from League play after the August or February Board of Directors meetings, the Competition Committee may act to fill the vacancy, if a suitable new entry is found, or make adjustments as necessary to the structure of the divisions.
C. Rules and Discipline Committee. It is expected that all registered participants at an ODSL game exhibit good sportsmanship. The League disdains any abuse by word or action toward referees by players, team officials, or spectators before, during and after a soccer match. The League will support game officials who take action against those who violate the spirit of the game. The Vice President shall serve as the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee. Standing members shall include the Boys Commissioner, the Girls Commissioner, and the Secretary.
1. Conduct Issues
a. The Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee has the individual authority to impose player or team official suspensions depending on the severity of the undesirable behavior or violation of the League’s Code of Conduct.
b. Upon receipt from the Referee Coordinator of an Official Game form and/or referee report arising from actions taken by a referee under Laws V and XII concerning undesirable behavior, or any other report of violations of League policy and procedures, the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee shall review the record of offenses set out therein. The Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee shall communicate with the appropriate Member Representative of the offenses set out. It shall be the duty of the Member Representative to contact the offender, apprise him or her of the situation and that an action is pending.
c. When deemed necessary, the Member Representative shall request the offender to contact the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee. If the offender is a player, his or her coach must contact the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee. The Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee shall inform the party that matters in rebuttal, mitigation or extenuation shall be presented in writing, in person or by telephone.
d. The Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee shall provide a written decision to the Club President and the Member Representative.
e. The Member Representative may request a Rules and Discipline Committee hearing to preempt the decision of the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee. The request must be done in writing stating what the request is based upon and the circumstances to the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee within two (2) business days of the notice. This request must be accompanied by a check for $100, payable to ODSL. The Rules and Discipline Committee shall consider all such cases on the specified date utilizing such evidence as is available at that time. A decision on the case of each individual shall be rendered by a majority vote. The Referee Coordinator shall be a non-voting member of the Rules and Discipline Committee for all matters that pertain to the rules of the game.
f. Decisions of the Rules and Discipline Committee may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.
2. Application of Rules and Protest Issues
a. Violations and misapplications of the FIFA Laws of the Game or those as amended by the League can be protested. Protests must be submitted in writing by the Member Representative within two (2) days and must be done in writing to the Chair of the Rules and Discipline Committee.
b. Judgment calls by a Referee cannot be grounds for a protest and may not be appealed. In soccer, the referee is law. His or her “judgment” decisions are final. Players, team officials, and spectators may question a referee’s calls and may lodge a complaint against the referee with the League. The vast majority of these complaints revolve around "judgment calls," which the referee call will always prevail. Disagreement with the judgment of an official is not grounds for a formal complaint and may not be appealed.
c. The Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee has the individual authority to render a decision. Actions which may be taken are: Refuse the protest; cause a game to be replayed in its entirety; award a game to an opponent; allow the score of a game, whether or not completed, to stand.
d. Decisions of the Chairman of the Rules and Discipline Committee may be appealed to the Appeals Committee. Within seven (7) days of receiving written notice of a decision or the scheduled play of a game, the appealing Member Representative must send, by registered mail, to the President his written appeal accompanied by a check for $200.00, payable to ODSL. If the appeal is upheld, the $200.00 will be refunded. If the appeal is not upheld, the $200.00 shall be forfeited
D. Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee shall consider and adjudicate cases that are presented by appeal of a decision of the Rules and Discipline Committee. The President shall serve as the Chairman of the Appeals Committee. Standing members shall include the Treasurer and Registrar.
1. Within seven (7) days of receiving written notice of a decision or the scheduled play of a game, the appealing Member Representative must send, by registered mail to the President, his written appeal accompanied by a check for $200.00, payable to ODSL. If the appeal is upheld, the $200.00 will be refunded. If the appeal is not upheld, the $200.00 shall be forfeited.
2. The Appeals Committee shall meet within fourteen (14) days of receipt of an appeal and will hear the case of the appealing party. All decisions of the Appeals Committee shall be by majority vote in writing and all decisions are final.
Updated October 2010