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"Zero Tolerance" Policy on Youth Referee Abuse

Purpose of the Policy:

Youth development is the central focus of the AYSO program. This includes

development of youth whether they are soccer players or soccer referees.

All the AYSO guidelines and policies on providing a "Safe, Fair and

Fun" environment for players also apply to youth referees. Only "Positive,
Instructive, and Encouraging" comments are allowed to be directed at youth players or youth
referees. The purpose of this policy is to make clear that verbal abuse of youth referees is as
unacceptable as verbal abuse of youth players and to adopt basic standard sanctions for improper
This policy is not intended to imply that youth referees are always "right" and the adult
spectator or coach is always "wrong". Just as youth players will make mistakes during play,
youth referees will make mistakes in officiating, particularly in the younger divisions where
they are learning how to referee. In addition, sometimes youth referees are "in over their
head" because of a particularly challenging game, an assignment beyond their experience or
comfort level, etc.
Policy on Youth Referee Abuse Policy on Youth Referee Abuse Policy on Youth Referee Abuse
1. It is never acceptable to abuse youth referees verbally or otherwise, in any situation. Region
1225 will not tolerate any verbal or other abuse or criticism of a youth referee by any
coach or spectator. Abuse includes any verbal or other conduct, which is defined or characterized
as abusive conduct under the AYSO National Guidelines.
2. Should such abuse occur, the incident will be reported immediately by the Regional Referee
Administrator who will implement the "Region 1225 Disciplinary Sanctions for Youth Referee Abuse."
3. Any Board Member or AYSO certified adult referee shall, if necessary, intervene if any
coach, spectator, or other adult is abusing a youth referee, verbally or otherwise and may take
immediate appropriate action to include directing the offender to leave the site, and/or to
suspend or terminate the game. Handling general dissent is part of the referee's job. If the
offensive conduct constitutes dissent rather than abuse and the youth referee appears to be
managing the dissent appropriately, no intervention is necessary. However, serious, repetitious
dissent to provoke an argument shall be regarded as a type of abuse and is deemed unallowable
and will be dealt with according to the Disciplinary Sanctions for Youth Referee Abuse.
4. A Coach may only communicate in a positive way with a youth referee. The coach is responsible
for ensuring all spectators follow the AYSO Guidelines relating to communication
with a youth referee. A coach/ spectator may not express disagreement or dissatisfaction with the youth referee's officiating.
5. AYSO adult volunteers (any coaches, Board Member, other referees, Division Commissioner, etc.)
shall report any incident of youth referee abuse to the Regional Referee Administrator within 24 hours of the incident.
6. There are appropriate avenues for coaches or spectators to share concerns about the quality
of officiating. The region 1225 Referee Staff welcomes constructive comments about youth
referees. However, any criticism or critique of a youth referee's performance may only be
communicated to the youth by the Regional Commissioner, a designated Referee
Mentor, or the Regional Referee Administrator. A Coach or Spectator should not, before, during or after a game,
discuss with the youth referee the coach's critique of the referee's performance, other than to thank and compliment the referee.

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