GEORGIA ADULT CO-ED SOCCER LEAGUE

GACSL RULES

GACSL BYLAWS I.

GEORGIA ADULT COED SOCCER LEAGUE, INC.

A GEORGIA CORPORATION

Georgia Adult Coed Soccer League (GACSL) Constitution

Revision of 1998 Edition

Enacted January 2001

Revised May 2005

NOTICE

This is a restatement of the existing Bylaws of the Georgia Adult Coed Soccer League (GACSL). Provisions have also been added to facilitate the recent incorporation of this organization.

PURPOSE
The Georgia Adult Coed Soccer League (GACSL) has been created to organize and administer recreational soccer programs for men and women who are 18 years of age or older.

AFFILIATION

This organization may be an affiliate of the Georgia Amateur Soccer Association (GASA), the Georgia State Soccer Association (GSSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

GOVERNANCE

This organization shall be governed by its Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations, except where these documents are superseded by the enabling documents of any organization to which GACSL is affiliated. The Constitution, Bylaws and Rules shall be enforced by the Council and Executive Board, or by their duly authorized agents.

COUNCIL

  1. The Council shall consist of one delegate from each affiliated team in good standing, plus the members of the Executive Board. Each council member shall have one vote.
  2. The Council shall elect officers, approve changes in the Constitution and Bylaws, and approve the annual budget.
  3. The Council shall meet at least twice a year. In January (at the GACSL Annual Meeting) and in May of each year. These meetings shall also be mandatory for team representatives.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

  1. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, the First Vice President and D & P Chairman, the Second Vice President of 7 Aside League, the Third Vice President of 11 Aside League, the Secretary and Treasurer.
  2. The Executive Board shall be elected by the affiliated team delegates at the GACSL Annual Meeting and serve for a term of one (1) year.
  3. If a vacancy occurs among the members of the Executive Board, the President is authorized to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis by reassigning duties to other officers or by appointing an interim officer. If the President’s position becomes vacant, the First Vice President will assume the vacated position. Interim officers will be confirmed at the next Council meeting.
  4. The Executive Board has the authority to operate this League, including, but not limited to, the power to register teams and players, schedule games and tournaments, obtain referees, hear and resolve protests, hear and resolve disciplinary actions, suspend teams or players for due cause, and approve participation in outside tournaments.
  5. All Executive Board members must be registered GACSL managers, coaches, or players in good standing. The Executive Board must be made up of members from five (5) different teams.

OFFICERS

The President:

The President shall be the League’s GASA liaison, preside at all GACSL meetings, be the League’s Cobb County Soccer Council liaison, call a Council meeting when requested to do so by any two (2) council members, pass upon and approve of all expenses incurred by this organization, appoint needed committees, and sign all checks which must be countersigned.

The President shall also be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall preside at all meetings of this organization. The President shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

The First Vice President and Discipline and Protest (D&P) Chairman:

The First Vice President and Discipline and Protest (D&P) Chairman shall be chairman of the D&P Committee, appoint members to serve on the D&P Committee, and assume the President’s responsibilities in the event of his or her absence or a vacancy in the President’s position.

The First Vice President shall also act as an alternate to the President on all matters relating to the corporation, where the President is incapacitated and a majority of the Board of Directors will accept this substitution. The First Vice President shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

The Second Vice President of 7 Aside League:

The Second Vice President of 7 Aside League shall be Chairman of the Scheduling Committee, assist the First Vice President with D&P Committee duties, appoint and over see the operation of League Registrar and Referee Assignor, possess and pass on the registrations and fees to the Treasurer for processing at GSSA as appropriate, assign the field and field crew to be paid for “lining” the field per event, and be responsible for checking field conditions and contacting team captains and the referee assignor.

The Second Vice President shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

The Third Vice President of 11 Aside League:

The Third Vice President of 11 Aside League shall have the same duties as those enumerated above for the Second Vice President and shall perform these duties for the members of the 11 Aside league.

The Third Vice President shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

The Secretary:

The Secretary of this League shall record the minutes of all meetings and furnish them to each team captain and officer, furnish new teams with a current copy of our Constitution and Bylaws, and process all periodic mailings to teams or representatives throughout the year. These copies may be furnished electronically.

The Secretary shall be the record keeper of the Corporation and shall have custody of the Seal of the Corporation. The Secretary shall also be a member of the Board of Directors.

The Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall receive any moneys paid to the organization, keep records of all of the property of this organization, maintain an accurate checking account and checking account records, make current payments for League expenditures, maintain a detailed account of the income and expenditures resulting from activities of the organization (a detailed record of all transactions), deposit all funds upon receipt into the League bank account, present a financial report with bank statements at the Annual and Council meetings, certify registration of each team and player, submit all forms and fees to GASA or GSSA, and sign all checks.

The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Corporation and shall manage the financial affairs and financial record keeping of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Board of Directors.

MEMBERSHIP

  1. All G.A.C.S.L.I. members must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. All active affiliated teams, active players registered with an affiliated team, non-playing coaches, and members of the Executive Board who are in good standing shall be members of GACSL.
  3. A member is in good standing if he or she has paid all the required fees, is properly registered with the League, and is not on disciplinary probation.

MEETINGS

  1. The President shall call a GACSL Annual Meeting in January of each year. At the Annual Meeting, in addition to the other business of the League, the Council will vote on any proposed constitutional changes, elect new officers, discuss the Winter/Spring soccer schedule, register teams and/or players, and conduct other business.
  2. At the Annual Meeting, the President will announce the date, times and location of the GSSA Annual General Meeting. GACSL shall strongly encourage individual team representation at the GSSA Annual General Meeting.
  3. The President shall also call a meeting during May of each year, to organize the Summer and Fall soccer schedules, and to conduct other business.
  4. The President shall also call a Council Meeting whenever a request is made by any two council members.
  5. The President will hold at least one Executive Board Meeting each season, one of which will occur in October to review the constitution and nominate officers in preparation for the January GACSL Annual Meeting. The results of the Board Meeting will be submitted electronically to the Council (Team Captains) at least one month prior to the January meeting. The Council will be asked to respond with their input two weeks prior to the January meeting.
  6. The President shall call and conduct an Annual Meeting of the Corporation that shall correspond to the January GACSL Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting of the Corporation will be to elect the officers of the Corporation and to establish its legally required business activities. Any President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer elected by the League shall automatically hold these offices with the Corporation and be members of the Board of Directors. The Directors may meet as often as required and may conduct their business along with the business of the League. Directors’ meetings may also be called separately or an action by unanimous consent may be taken in lieu of a meeting. The Board of Directors of this Corporation shall have and may exercise all of the powers allowed by law to a not-for-profit corporation, as defined by Federal or Georgia law, and may not act in a manner which violates the not-for-profit requirements found in the Federal Tax Code or Tax Regulations of the United States of America.

Quorum requirements and notice of meeting requirements for the Board of Directors shall be the same as those imposed herein for League related matters. Notice requirements shall otherwise be as required by Georgia law and the appearance of a Director at any Board of Directors function shall constitute a waiver of the notice requirements.

RULE MAKING

  1. The Council shall adopt a set of Bylaws which will provide for:
    1. the rules to be used at organizational meetings;
    2. the criteria for financial, registration, and administrative record keeping;
    3. the criteria for playing schedules, modifications of game rules and for League tournaments;
    4. the rules regarding disciplines or protests; and
    5. the requirements controlling amendments to the Bylaws.

AMENDMENTS

  1. This Constitution can be amended at the mandatory meetings held in January and May, upon a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Council Members in attendance. Written notification of proposed amendments must be submitted to the Council at least thirty (30) days in advance of the Meeting at which they will be considered.
    The Constitution and Bylaws of the Corporation shall be this Constitution and Bylaws, or such other Constitution and Bylaws as the League may, from time to time, establish.
  2. All amendments to the Constitution shall take effect immediately after approval by the Council.

GEORGIA ADULT COED SOCCER LEAGUE (GACSL) BYLAWS

MEETINGS

  1. The President, or in his absence the First vice President, shall preside at all meetings of the League.
  2. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order.
  3. Each registered team shall send at least one (1) representative to each of the two (2) mandatory annual meetings. A failure to appear at these meetings will result in the assessment of a “captain’s fee” against the violating team.
  4. A quorum is required before any business may be conducted. The Secretary shall determine if a quorum is present and shall certify to the same in the minutes of the meeting. A quorum shall consist of one third (1/3rd) of the council members in good standing.

FINANCES

  1. The Treasurer shall prepare an Annual Financial Report for use by the Board of Directors and Membership of the League. This shall include income and expense figures from the former twelve (12) month period, the new Annual Budget figures and define League fees for the new year. The Annual Report and Budget shall be voted upon and approved by the Directors of the Corporation and such other membership committees as may otherwise be required, at the Annual Meeting in January.
  2. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall run from January 1 through December 31 of each year.
  3. The Treasurer shall also prepare a “year to date” report for review and approval by appropriate membership committees, the Executive Board, the Council and by the Board of Directors.
  4. The President shall approve in advance and countersign checks for all purchases which exceed $50.00, with the exception of checks paid for referees, referee booking, field lining expenses, registrar fees and county, state and corporation fees (i.e. regularly occurring expenses.)

REGISTRATION

  1. All teams and players must register with the League, according to established GACSL guidelines; as well as pay all required fees established at the Annual Meeting.
  2. Teams will be notified of the registration deadlines, fees, and requirements one-month prior to the deadline. Any registrations submitted after the deadline will be subject to a late fee as determined by the Board of Directors.
  3. Age Requirements. Players must have reached the age of eighteen (18) prior to being allowed to play in the GACSL 11 Aside League and the age of thirty (30) prior to being allowed to play in the GACSL 7 Aside League. Players approaching these ages may be added and begin playing during the season or schedule, but only on or after their 18th or 30th birthday.
  4. Teams must register at least two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of each schedule and be composed of at least eleven (11) players for “11 aside teams” and at least eight (8) players for the “7 aside teams”. No more than twenty-four (24) players can be accepted for any “11 aside team” and no more than eighteen (18) players may be accepted for any “7 aside team”. Teams with less than the minimum number of players must immediately recruit from a waiting list maintained by the League. Teams failing to recruit will appear before the D & P Committee. Furthermore, no more than eighteen (18) players may appear on the game card at game time. With the “11 aside teams”, a membership of fifteen (15) paid players is required, as a minimum, for free captains fees. With the “7 aside teams”, a membership of ten (10) paid players is required, as a minimum, for free captains fees.
  5. League fee registration for players will be based upon a full playing schedule or pro-rated for half a playing schedule, plus tournament fees. Teams may be grouped into divisions to equalize the competitive level as determined by the respective Vice Presidents of 7 or 11 Aside in consultation with the Board of Directors and Team Captains.
  6. Guest Player Status. A guest player is any player with a current GACSL pass, which is registered with the state, but which is not registered on his or her current team roster. These players can only play within the tournament guidelines for their Division, (i.e. A Division One Open player cannot play down on a Division Two recreational team unless the change is specified in the Tournament entry form).
  7. Laminated Pass. All players must acquire and present a laminated USSF. Senior Division Player Pass containing a recent picture, or a GACSL Pass with picture identification prior to playing in a game.
  8. Registrar. The Second Vice President will act as a registrar if the Council or President has not appointed one and this Vice President will establish specific team/player registration procedures, which will be approved at the Annual Meeting.
  9. Referee Assignor’s Fees. Referee Assignor’s booking fees will be ten percent (10%) of the paid Referee and Linesman’s fees and will be paid at the end of the playing schedule.
  10. Playing Season. The playing season for 11 aside shall commence with a Winter schedule (beginning in early January) and include a Summer schedule (beginning in early June). The playing season for 7 aside shall commence with a Fall schedule and include Winter, Spring, and Summer schedules. Any other playing schedules will be organized by a committee established for this purpose. Playoffs, cup games, and tournaments will be scheduled and approved by the Executive Board.

RULES OF PLAY

  1. The GACSL shall adhere to FIFA, USSF, GSSA and GASA Rules of Play in all instances, except with regard to the following specific GACSL Rules.
  2. Free Substitutions. Free substitutions are allowed only in the case of “a team’s own throw in,” “a goal kick,” “a goal scored,” “half time,” and “an injury,” subject to the referee’s discretion.
  3. Special Modifications (Rules of the Game for 11 Aside Teams)
    1. Teams should wear like color shirts and numbers;
    2. Team members may not engage in slide tackles. For the slide tackle rule to be enforced, both the slide and the tackle must occur. Sliding without a tackle is not illegal. When enforced, a slide tackle results in an indirect free kick.
    3. Team members must observe the “Minimum Contact Rule” during all games;
    4. Attacking players must refrain from making contact with the goal keeper within the penalty areas (a foul will resulting a direct kick);
    5. Within the penalty area, a goal keeper must play the ball and not the player (a foul will result in a direct penalty kick);
    6. No more than five (5) men may play on the field at a time, with exception of the goal keeper, who may be either male or female;
    7. Women’s goals are worth two (2) points;
    8. Immediate substitution is required on a yellow card;
    9. There is a three (3) goal maximum per player;
    10. There must be eight (8) players to start and seven (7) to continue;
    11. Games that do not start when scheduled will be reduced in time such that the next game shall start as scheduled.
  4. Special Modifications (Rules of the Game for 7 Aside Teams).
    1. All teams should wear like colored shirts and numbers;
    2. Slide tackles will not be allowed and will result in an immediate yellow card and an indirect kick. For the slide tackle rule to be enforced, both the slide and the tackle must occur. Sliding without a tackle is not illegal.
    3. Games shall be played with minimum contact;
    4. Team members must refrain from making contact with the goalkeeper in the penalty area (a foul will result in an indirect kick);
    5. Within the penalty area, the goalkeeper must play the ball and not the man (a foul will result in an indirect kick); Goalkeeper “punts” will not be allowed. A penalty kick will not be allowed (instead an indirect kick outside the penalty box will be awarded);
    6. No more than three (3) men can play on the field at a time, with exception of the goalkeeper, which may be male or female;
    7. There must be five (5) players to start and five (5) to continue;
    8. No offsides;
    9. Women’s goals score two (2) points;
    10. Immediate substitution is allowed on a yellow card;
    11. There is a three (3) goal maximum per player;
    12. Games will consist of two forty (40) minute halves;
    13. Games that do not start when scheduled will be reduced in time such that the next game shall start as scheduled.
  5. Each home team must provide a game ball and two (2) flags, which will be given to the team by the League yearly. The “Away Team” will provide the other two (2) flags.
  6. The Home Team must change jerseys if a conflict arises.
  7. Lining. The fields will be lined by a person paid by the league.
  8. Game Forfeits.
    1. If a team is not able to play, it must notify the opposing team and booking agent at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled game. A failure to provide this notice will result in a “forfeit”;
    2. A fifteen (15) minute grace period will be allowed before a game is deemed forfeited due to an insufficient number of players; and
    3. A team that forfeits must pay the referee fees to the Treasurer for that game, prior to the final game of the schedule, or forfeit their next scheduled game. A second forfeit within the same schedule will result in an immediate suspension and a designation of “bad standing” for all players until the required fees are paid.
  9. Referee Reporting. All referees will complete the game card and return it, and any GSSA Referee Reports (documenting any yellow cards, red cards, and any confiscated player passes) to the League postmarked no later than forty-eight (48) hours after the game is played.
  10. Cancellations. If one (1) certified referee for a 7 Aside Team, or two (2) certified referees for an 11 Aside Team, fail to show up for a scheduled game, the game will be cancelled.

DISCIPLINE AND PROTEST REVIEWS

  1. The First Vice President shall establish Rules and Regulations that govern the Disciplinary and Protest Reviews undertaken by the League. These procedures, and their amendments, must be approved by the Council at the Annual Meeting.
  2. The First Vice President shall preside over the Discipline and Protest (D&P) Committee, which shall consist of the First Vice President, and at least two (2) other League officers, or League members who are not directly involved in the dispute at hand.
  3. Game Protests require a Fifty-Dollar ($50.00) hearing fee. This fee will be returned if the protest is upheld.
  4. The following player penalties will be automatically applied.
    1. Each “red card” assessment will automatically result in two (2) penalty points and a D&P Review);
    2. The first “red card” assessment will carry one (1) match suspension and a D&P Review;
    3. The second “red card” assessment will carry a schedule suspension and a D&P Review;
    4. Each “yellow card” assessment will carry one (1) penalty point and immediate substitution;
    5. A second ‘yellow card” assessment, within the same game, will result in one (1) match suspension and a D&P. Review;
    6. Two (2) penalty points will result in a D&P Review;
    7. Three penalty points will result in a one (1) match suspension and a D &P Review;
    8. Four penalty points will result in a schedule suspension and D&P Review; and
    9. If a playing schedule suspension would include three (3) matches or less, then part or all of the next playing schedule may also be forfeited.
  5. Players or Team Captains may request a hearing before the D&P Committee to appeal any of the above stated penalties.
  6. Any player who plays in a game while suspended will cause the team to forfeit that game. The player will also receive an extra game suspension and the Team Captain, for that game, will receive one (1) game suspension.
  7. Any Team that plays with an ineligible player will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player participated. Both the player and the Team Captain will receive a game suspension and will have to appear before the D & P Committee for additional review, as well as the possible imposition of additional penalties.
  8. If a player, a Team, or a Team Captain is not satisfied with the outcome of a D & P ruling, the player, Team, or Team Captain may file an appeal to GASA within thirty (30) days of the date of the contested ruling. The appeal must be accompanied by a One Hundred Dollar ($100.00) filing fee.
  9. Team Captains will call the First Vice President immediately after a game and report any cards or incidents.
  10. Teams or players with serious or continuing disciplinary problems, or who are in debt to the League, will be considered for suspension by the D & P Committee, according to the GASA and GSSA Rules.
  11. All teams will be reviewed during each schedule for eligibility according to the following criteria: The Council reserves the right to ensure the League remains “recreational” in character and has the right to enforce this rule as it deems fit.

AMENDMENTS

All amendments to the Bylaws shall be by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Council, conducted at the January or May Meetings, and, once passed, all amendments shall take effect immediately.