To help prevent physical assault and verbal abuse during sanctioned events the Central Maryland Soccer Association has adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. This policy applies to all coaches, players, parents, spectators, other supporters and referees effective immediately for all C.M.S.A. games on all fields where games and practices are held.
Any abusive and obscene language, violent play/conduct, fighting and other behavior (including, but not limited to sarcasm, taunting, etc.) deemed detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. The ultimate responsibility for the actions of all coaches, players and spectators resides with the affiliated program members of the Central Maryland Soccer Association. It is the responsibility of the coaches and registered staff to provide referee support and spectator control at all organized C.M.S.A. activities.
This policy applies before, during and after all events at all soccer venues and fields; and all immediate surrounding areas.
Please note the following:
Parents and spectators shall not dispute calls during or after the game.
Parents and spectators shall not make remarks to the referee(s) or advise the referee(s) to watch certain players or attend to rough play.
Parents and spectators shall never yell at the referee(s) ( including criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation or feedback of any kind) before, during or after the game.
Additionally, parents and spectators shall not make derogatory comments to players, spectators or coaches of either team.
Any club member visiting a C.M.S.A. playing field will be subject to a hearing by the C.M.S.A. Board of Directors for behavior which is in direct conflict with the ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
It is the responsibility of all coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves, their staff, players and supporters at all matches. Failure to do so undermines the referee’s authority and the integrity of the game resulting in a hostile environment for players, the referee(s), coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and parents/spectators.
As role models for all of the participants and spectators, coaches participating in any C.M.S.A., S.A.Y. and US Club Soccer sanctioned event are expected to be supportive of, and to acknowledge the effort, good play and sportsmanship on the part of all players from either team in a game. By example, coaches, assistant coaches and trainers are expected to show that although they are competing in a game, they have respect for their opponent, referees and spectators at all times.
C.M.S.A. will not tolerate negative behavior exhibited either by demonstrative actions and gestures, or by ill-intentioned remarks, including those addressed toward the referees or members of an opposing team. Coaches exhibiting hostile, negative, sarcastic or otherwise ill-intended behavior toward referees, opposing players or coaches will be subject to disciplinary action by the C.M.S.A. Board of Directors.
Coaches are responsible to inform their parents and spectators the particulars of this “Zero Tolerance” policy
The soccer referee does more than administering the Laws of the Game. He or she is responsible for the entire event which includes activities before, during and after the game. The referee is the final decision maker in matters relating to the play and his decisions are biding.
Prior to the match, the referee must sure that the players are ready to play and all their jewelry is removed. The soccer referee must then approve the number of players for each team before proceeding to start the game.
He has to arrive in time to check on players and meet with the coaches. The minimum time recommended is 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. Finally, he gets to toss a coin to determine which team starts the play.
Responsibilities during the Game