OWSL Rules & Regulations – Ratified December 2011
UPDATED 31st January 2012
RULE 1 – LEAGUE APPLICATIONS
1.1 Applications by club teams seeking to play in the OWSL for the next ensuing outdoor season shall be submitted on the OWSL Application Form approved annually by the OWSL Board of Directors (“the OWSL Board”).
1.2 For the Provincial and Regional Divisions, all applications, together with payment of all applicable fees and bonds, must be delivered to the address designated by the OWSL Board, on or before January 14th.
1.3 For the Multi-Jurisdictional District Divisions, all applications, together with payment of all applicable fees and bonds, must be delivered to the address designated by the OWSL Board, on or before March 7th.
Payment of League Fees and Bonds
1.4 If payment of all outstanding fees, bonds and fines is not made as above, the application may be rejected.
1.5 Bonds must be paid as follows:
a) Team performance bonds, by January 14th for Provincial and Regional teams, and March 7th for Multi-Jurisdictional District teams; and
b) Performance bonds required by the OWSL Board for Registered Person(s) shall be paid before said Registered Person(s) can return to participation in OWSL activities.
Withdrawal of Application
1.6 An administration fee of $400.00 will be applied to any team withdrawing its League Application prior to May 1st.
1.7 Any team withdrawing its League Application on or after May 1st will forfeit the entire League entry fee and team bond.
1.8 Allocation of teams by division shall be determined by the OWSL Board in accordance with OSA Policies on “Leagues”.
1.9 In its sole discretion, the OWSL Board may establish two Provincial, Regional and/or Multi-Jurisdictional District Divisions in a Region to accommodate the number of teams applying for, and being accepted into, membership for that season.
1.10 The structure and composition of the Provincial, Regional and the Multi-Jurisdictional Divisions shall be as Recommended by the OWSL Board, and subject to the approval of the League Management Committee, prior to the Spring Coaches Meeting
1.11 A Club team’s Application may be refused if the Club or Team has been found guilty of failing to abide by published rules or for conduct on or off the field that brings the League into disrepute.
RULE 2 - AFFILIATION
2.1 In accordance with O.S.A. Registration Policy No. 18.0, the following limitations will apply to Affiliation Agreements:
a) A fully executed copy of an Affiliation Agreement must be filed with the OWSL at least 48 hours in advance of any game in which it is to be relied on.
b) There will be no affiliation between Clubs with teams in any OWSL Outdoor League or Division.
c) Not more than five (5) players can play “up” under the Affiliation Agreement for any one League game.
d) Only five (5) players may play “up” for any League Cup game under the Affiliation Agreement.
e) Notice of termination of an Affiliation Agreement must be filed with the OWSL within forty-eight (48) hours of its termination.
f) If an Affiliation Agreement with an OWSL team is terminated, neither club can enter into another Affiliation Agreement with a team participating within the Ontario Women’s Soccer League, in that calendar year.
RULE 3 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
3.1 The O.W.S.L. Board of Directors shall support and maintain the Laws of the Game and the principles associated therewith, as same are established by FIFA, the Canadian Soccer Association, and the Ontario Soccer Association from time to time, except as provided herein. Changes may only come into effect after due notice has been given to all member teams and affected parties in accordance with the provisions hereof and herein.
3.2 The positions on the OWSL Board shall be as per Article 5 of the OWSL Constitution.
3.3 The duties of the Directors on the Board shall be as determined by the Board of Directors and ratified by the Membership from time to time, and as set out below.
3.4 The President shall be responsible for chairing all OWSL Meetings he/she attends, and shall be entitled to cast a Deciding vote in the event of a tie at any such meeting. The President shall be responsible to ensure that the OWSL is represented by a Board member at all necessary OSA and League Management meetings and on all relevant committees.
3.5 The Vice-President shall act in the absence of the President and shall have such other duties as are assigned by the Board from time-to-time.
3.6 The Provincial Divisions Director – shall be responsible for the operations of the Provincial Divisions in respect to setting re-scheduled games, liaising with Club/Team officials within the Divisions, bringing unresolved variances of these Rules and Regulations to the attention of the Board of Directors for determination, and other duties as are assigned by the Board from time-to-time.
3.7 The Regional Divisions Director – shall be responsible for the operations of all Regional Divisions in respect to setting re-scheduled games and bringing unresolved variances of these Rules and Regulations to the attention of the Board of Directors for determination, and shall have such other duties as are assigned by the Board from time-to-time.
3.8 The Multi-Jurisdictional District Divisions Director, shall be responsible for the operations of the Multi-Jurisdictional District Divisions in respect to setting re-scheduled games and bringing unresolved variances of these Rules and Regulations to the attention of the Board of Directors for determination, and shall have such other duties as are assigned by the Board from time-to-time.
3.9 The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining the financial records of the OWSL, liaising with the OWSL’s designated Chartered Accountant, and presenting a Financial Report at all Meetings and the Audited Financial Statements at the Annual General Meeting
3.10 The Secretary shall be responsible for preparing an Agenda at least seven (7) days in advance of each Meeting, and for recording the Minutes of all Meetings and presenting same in type-written form at least seven (7) days in advance of the next scheduled Meeting.
3.11 The Director – At Large will assume any duties assigned to him/her by the OWSL Board of Directors, from time-to-time.
3.12 The Board of Directors shall meet monthly throughout the year, but may dispense with meetings in December and either July or August unless there is urgent business that must be dealt with.
RULE 4 - MEETINGS
4.1 There shall be a minimum of two meetings of the Membership held each year:
a) The Annual General Meeting shall be held before December 15th each year; and
b) The Coaches Spring Meeting shall be held before May 15th each year.
4.2 Each Team MUST be independently represented at the Coaches Meeting. Failure to attend will result in a fine (see Appendix A).
4.3 Each Club must be represented at the Annual General Meeting or any Special General Meetings that are called in accordance with the OWSL Constitution.
4.4 At any Meeting referred to in this Rule, each Club is entitled to one vote for each Team it has playing in the OWSL.
RULE 5 - FINANCES
5.1 The O.W.S.L. Board of Directors shall establish an annual operating budget for the League, which shall not be permitted to project a deficit. The budget shall be approved by the Board of Directors prior to the AGM and presented to the members at the AGM for approval.
Fees, Fines and Bonds
5.2 The O.W.S.L. Board has the right to take disciplinary action and/or levy monetary fines against teams, clubs and persons registered with the Ontario Soccer Association for the purposes of participation in OWSL activities (“registered persons”) where it is deemed necessary to maintain control over the game of soccer and the activities of those involved with the OWSL.
5.3 Teams, Clubs and Registered Persons may be required to post bonds from time to time for further participation in the OWSL in certain deemed circumstances.
5.4 Teams, Clubs and Registered Persons will be advised by the OWSL Board when they are required to replenish their performance bond. Payment is due within twenty-one (21) days of issuance of notice by the OWSL.
5.5 Teams, Clubs and Registered Persons failing to pay within the prescribed time shall have their membership suspended until such time as payment is made.
5.6 Any games scheduled during a suspension for non-payment hereunder shall be forfeit, the points awarded to the opposing team, and the Team, Club and/or Registered Persons shall be subject to further fines.
5.7 Clubs/Teams with unpaid invoices shall not be allowed to vote at Meetings and will be denied entry into the League
5.8 Any Team receiving more than 8 cards during the course of the season will have an additional Club/Team bond levied against them (see Appendix “A”)
RULE 6 - PLAYER AND TEAM OFFICIAL REGISTRATION
6.1 All Players and Team Officials shall be registered on an approved OSA registration form, by the appropriate District Association, and shall be covered by Provincial medical or similar insurance.
6.2 Players and Team Officials shall be registered with the OSA at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to playing in an OWSL game.
6.3 A team may have no more than:
a) four (4) Team Officials; and
b) twenty-five (25) registered Players on its OWSL Roster,
at any time.
6.4 No more than eighteen (18) players from a team’s OWSL Roster may be named on a Game Sheet and dressed to play in any one game.
6.5 All teams must have a minimum of eleven (11) players registered to their OSA team roster, and posted on the OWSL website, by May 8th.
6.6 Additional players added to the team roster at any time during the season must be registered with the OSA, and then entered onto the OWSL website, at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the next scheduled game, to be eligible to participate, as per OSA rules.
6.7 Failure to comply with the above shall carry a fine (see Appendix A) and could result in forfeiture of game(s) played. Continued failure to comply will result in discipline.
6.8 Changes to the team roster must be reported to the OWSL League administrator, in writing, within twenty-four (24) hours of the change. Failure to report changes will result in a fine (see Appendix A)
6.9 OSA Published rules regarding the signing and transfer of players shall apply.
RULE 7 – PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
Use of Players not registered with a team
7.1 A team is allowed to use up to five (5) players per game from within their own Club. There is no limit to the number of times a player can be called up from within their own Club to play during the season.
7.2 Whilst a team is allowed to use up to five (5) players per game that are not registered to any OSA Club, Not withstanding, Each player must have a Trial Player Permit issued by the appropriate District on the OSA-designated form. Each Trial Player can play a maximum of four (4) games per season (OSA Registration Policy 10.8 on Trial Players allow two (2) Trial Player Permits per player per season and each Trial Player Permit allows a player to play two (2) games per club within any one fifteen (15) day period. Per OSA Registration Policy 10.3).
7.3 A team can use up to three (3) Guest Players (players not registered with the team’s club) per game provided that each Guest Player is registered with another OSA club, but each Guest Player can only play a maximum of three (3) times during the season, in accordance with OSA Registration Policy 9. A Guest Player must have a Temporary Registration Permit issued by the appropriate District according to the OSA published rules on Temporary Registration Permits.
7.4 The total number of non-roster players, employing any combination of players under 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3 above, that a team may employ in any one game is five (5).
Players registered to more than one club
7.5 Players that are registered to more than one club, where both clubs have teams registered in the OWSL, and play a game for any OWSL team in league or cup competition, are club-tied for the remainder of that season.
RULE 8 - OWSL Rules and Regulations – Coaches Acknowledgement of Receipt
8.1 All coaches shall receive a copy of the O.W.S.L. By-Laws, and these Rules and Regulations, at the Coaches Meeting before the commencement of the season. All coaches shall sign an Acknowledgment of Receipt form, provided by the O.W.S.L., prior to the commencement of the season. The Acknowledgment Form shall state that the coach has read and understands the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations of the O.W.S.L. and that he/she agrees to abide by same.
8.2 The completed Acknowledgment/Wavier of Receipt form shall be returned to the O.W.S.L. Administrator no later than May 31st . Failure to comply with the deadline shall result in a fine (see Appendix A). Continued failure to comply will result in disciplinary action, and may result in forfeiture of games played.
RULE 9 - PLAYER MOVEMENT
9.1 If a club fields two or more teams at ANY level of the OWSL, the following will apply to that club when using call up players:
a) A higher level team(s) may call-up players from a team at a lower level of play provided that the lower level team is in the same club. Once the player has played for one team at the higher level, the player is not permitted to play for another team at that same higher level of play within the same division - the called-up player is team-tied for the remainder of the season to the first higher level team played for.
Example: any player called up by one of a club’s two Regional-level teams from a team at the Multi-Jurisdictional or u21 level entered in the OWSL cannot be used by the same Club’s other Regional team(s) in that division - the called-up player is team-tied for the remainder of the season to the first team.
b) The above also applies to the League Cup Competition, the player being Cup-tied to the team that first used her as a call-up during the season.
c) If a player is used by both teams, then the team calling up the player second will be deemed to have used an illegal player, and that team will be subject to fines and discipline as per Appendix “A”.
9.2 After July 31st , players who have played for one team and/or Club shall not be permitted to transfer or to be re-registered to play for any other team and/or Club in the OWSL during the current playing season.
RULE 10 - LEAGUE SCHEDULES
10.1 The Director for each league/division is responsible for preparing the schedule.
10.2 Any team NOT completing their full League schedule may lose their team position status, additional discipline may also apply after a full investigation by the OWSL Board.
10.3 Any team withdrawing from League play after June 15th maybe fined $1000 in addition to the forteiture of their bond and League entry fee.
10.4 All games shall be played as scheduled by the OWSL unless:
a) At the discretion of the game official, postponement is necessary due to inclement weather or unplayable field conditions.
b) At the discretion of the League’s Board of Directors, a game may be subject to postponement.
c) A game is postponed at the discretion of the Municipality responsible for the field.
d) Any team having Five (5) or more players selected for the Ontario Provincial or National team duty when the team has a game or games scheduled, may have those games so affected postponed, provided that ten (10) days notice has been given by that team to the OWSL Board of Directors.
10.5 The home team coach shall ensure that ALL parties are notified as early as possible by telephone and/or e-mail (in the following order); the League Administrator, League Director, Opposing Team Official. Failure to do so may result in a fine and disciplinary action.
10.6 The rescheduling of a League game will only be permitted as a result of a weather related cancellation or if directed by the O.W.S.L.
In cases where games require re-scheduling due to inclement weather, referee cancellation due to player safety and/or field quality concerns, or field closure determined by Municipalities:
a) Every attempt by teams will be made to play postponed games within twenty-eight (28) days of the originally scheduled date, and at least one (1) calendar week prior to the end of the regular season.
b) The home team shall provide re-schedule date(s) and field(s) within one (1) week of the original scheduled date; otherwise the league will reschedule the game unilaterally, as fields are available. Any expenses incurred will be charged to the home team. Failure to comply with this Rule will result in a fine, (see Appendix A).
RULE 11 - GENERAL RULES
11.1 OWSL adopts a zero tolerance position regarding smoking. No player, team official, or spectator is permitted to smoke within the confines of the playing field.
Game Admission or Donation
11.2 No Club, team or member may charge an admission fee to any member or spectator at an OWSL League or OWSL League Cup soccer game.
11.3 However a Club or team may request a donation from spectators or fans for viewing an OWSL League or Cup game, provided that all spectators and fans have the right to decline a monetary donation. If the donation is declined, the Spectators and fans should decline politely and courteously.
We ask that the club Organizers requesting donations accept any decision by the spectator or fan in a courteous manner.
11.4 For any spectator or fan that is abusive, rude and/or acting in a threatening manner, the home club or game organizers have the right to call the Police to have this person removed from the grounds.
Game Sheets and Officials’ Game Fees
11.5 Three (3) copies of a team’s Game Sheet, in the form prescribed by the OWSL (containing a complete list of names and OSA Registration Numbers of the players and team officials participating in the game, and the shirts numbers of those players), shall be provided to the Game Officials prior to the start of the game. All players named on that team’s Game Sheet shall be deemed to have played in that game.
11.6 The officials' fees payable by the home team shall be paid before the start of the game. The home team must pay the full fee for game officials in the amount prescribed by the OWSL.
11.7 Team officials shall receive a copy of their own Game Sheet and that of the opposing team, both duly completed by the Game Officials, immediately following the completion of the game.
Team Official and Player Identification
11.8 Team officials must bring the OSA Team Official and Player Registration Books, and applicable Temporary Registration and Trial Player Permits, to all games.
11.9 All players and team officials seated on the team bench must be registered to the Team’s OSA Roster, or be an eligible guest/trial/temporary player.
11.10 The inspection of player’s books and applicable player permits by the opposing team IS MANDATORY AND MUST BE CHECKED prior to the start of the game, but must not delay the scheduled kickoff.
11.11 Failure to produce the player books and applicable player permits, when requested by the opposing team, will result in the forfeiture of the game.
11.12 Only players for whom books, trial permits, or temporary registration permits, as applicable, are made available for inspection, may have their names entered on the game sheet and are eligible to play. NO BOOK, NO PLAY!!!
11.13 Once a game has been started, team officials forfeit the right to investigate player books, excluding late player arrivals. Player books and permits for late arriving players can be checked prior to entering the field of play. Team Officials must refer to Rule 12 should they wish to initiate a protest.
11.14 Protests submitted by the opposing team regarding player eligibility WILL NOT be entertained unless the game sheet reflects that the team books were inspected prior to the game.
11.15 Failure to identify guest/trial/ temporary players on the game sheet will result in the player being deemed ineligible and the team will be subject to forfeiture of the game and a fine (as per Appendix A)
11.16 Players shall wear uniforms supplied by their clubs. Each uniform shall be identical in colour and each jersey will show a different number on the back. The uniform colours will be stated on the team’s Game Sheet.
11.17 The goalkeeper shall wear a contrasting jersey with its own independent number, and which jersey shall be different from the opposing team’s jersey and the jerseys of the game officials.
11.18 When uniform colours are similar, the home team shall change to a colour that is distinct from the opposing team.
Home Team Responsibilities
11.19 The first team named on the League’s schedule shall be the home team.
11.20 The home team must supply the officials two game balls, size 5 as specified by FIFA rules, Goal nets and corner flags must also be provided. Failure to comply with the above will result in a fine. (See Appendix A.)
11.21 All teams playing in the OWSL must provide a field with lights for evening games.
11.22 Weeknight games shall not kick off prior to 8.30 pm.
11.23 All games requiring travel of two hundred (200) kms or more, one way, between home fields will be scheduled for weekend play.
11.24 The length of a game shall be ninety (90) minutes with two equal halves of forty-five (45) minutes.
When a Game is Not Completed
11.25 If a game is abandoned by the game official, through no fault of either team, or if the game starts late or there is a delay during the game for any reason, and the full ninety (90) minutes cannot be played, the game will be deemed to have been played only if the 80th minute mark is reached, and the score at the time of abandonment shall stand as the game result. Where less than eighty (80) minutes have been played, the game shall be re-scheduled and replayed in its entirety (as per Appendix A)
11.26 If either team is accused of being responsible for the abandonment, (as per Appendix A) will apply.
11.27 Each team is allowed unlimited substitutions, however, substitutions shall only be made at the following times:
1. at a goal kick
2. at the time a goal is scored
3. at the start of the second half of the game
4. when a player is injured, but only at the discretion of the referee
5. On the team`s own throw-in only. Teams cannot piggy back with a change on the opposing team`s throw
Game Starting Time
11.28 A grace period of fifteen (15) minutes shall be allowed in the event that a team has fewer than seven (7) players present at the scheduled kick-off time.
11.29 A forfeit shall be deemed to have occurred “once a game has started” when a team is unable to complete a scheduled game, whether by choice, or because it cannot field at least seven (7) eligible players.
11.30 A no-show shall be deemed to have occurred when a team does not show at the field for a scheduled game within the grace period referred to in Rule 11.28 above.
11.31 In the event of a forfeit or no-show, the game shall be recorded as a 3-0 loss for the offending team, and the points shall be awarded to the non-offending team. The offending team shall be assessed a fine (see Appendix A), and shall be subject to the deduction of an additional 3 points from the Standings.
11.32 In the event that both teams have fewer than seven (7) players present at the expiry of the grace period referred to in g) above, no points will be awarded. Both teams will be assessed a fine (see Appendix A), and shall be subject to the deduction of an additional 3 points from the Standings.
11.33 A team that is a no-show and/or forfeits three (3) or more games in a season may be suspended from further play in the discretion of the OWSL Board, and shall be assessed a non-performance fine.
Cancellation because of weather or other conditions
11.34 In accordance with OSA Rules, games will not be started during electrical storms.
11.35 Under any other conditions, the game shall begin and/or continue to be played unless an electrical storm develops, or unless, in the opinion of the referee, the safety of the players and or the quality of the field is in jeopardy. (e.g. - field under water, loose turf, broken goal posts, etc.)
Reporting Game Outcome
11.36 Both coaches shall be responsible for reporting the outcome of a scheduled game within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled game by entering all game information on to the OWSL website. Failure to report the outcome of a scheduled game as above will result in a fine, (see Appendix A).
11.37 There shall be three (3) game officials appointed to all OWSL League and Cup games
11.38 When games take place with less than three (3) officials, Club linesmen may be used, and the appropriate OWSL Director for the division must be notified within 24 hours by the home team.
Use of Ineligible Players
11.39 A team found to have used one or more ineligible players shall forfeit the game(s) to its opponent(s), provided a protest is made in accordance with Rule 12 below, or at the discretion of the Board of Directors. In the event that both teams are guilty of using ineligible players, no points shall be awarded. A club whose team is found guilty of using an ineligible player(s) shall be fined (see Appendix A) and the team may face suspension from the O.W.S.L.
11.40 The Team’s designated Head Coach is responsible for all his/her players and team staff at all times and shall conduct himself/herself in a gentlemanly/ladylike manner in accordance with the laws of the game.
11.41 The Head Coach, his/her staff and players shall confine themselves to the players’ bench which shall be deemed to be an area ten (10) meters long, commencing five (5) meters and finishing fifteen (15) meters from the centre line.
11.42 It is the Team Head Coach’s responsibility to ensure that the team staff and players are on the opposite side of the field from the spectators of either team.
11.43 Any game abandoned by a game official shall be referred to the OWSL for discipline.
11.44 A team found to have caused a game abandonment shall forfeit the points and will be subject to a fine (see Appendix A).
11.45 A player, coach, team or league official found to have impeded, harassed or otherwise intimidated a game official, an opposing coach, team or League official, player, spectator or fan shall be subject to disciplinary action, including a fine (see Appendix A).
11.46 Standings in each division shall be determined from game results based on the following:
a. Win = 3 points
b. Tie = 1 point
c. Loss = 0 points
11.47 In the event of a tie for teams subject to possible promotion or relegation at the end of the regular season, the tie shall be decided on the following basis:
i) Head to head
ii) Least goals against
iii) Goal differential
iv) Most goals for
v) Playoff game
Promotion/Relegation - Provincial
11.48 Up two (2) teams per Provincial Division (U21 and Open Women’s) will be relegated from the respective Provincial Division each year. The two teams shall be those occupying the two bottom positions in each Division in the final OWSL Board-approved standings.
11.49 Only one (1) team per club will be accepted at each Provincial level of play (Senior or Under 21).
Promotion/Relegation - Regional
11.50 The first place teams in each Regional Division (U21 and Open Women’s) will be eligible for promotion to the respective Provincial Divisions as per the OSA pyramid of play.
11.51 Up to two (2) teams per Regional Division (U21 and Open Women’s) will be relegated from the respective Regional Divisions each year. The two teams shall be those occupying the two bottom positions in each Division in the final OWSL Board-approved standings.
11.52 There is no limit to the number of teams a club may place in the Regional level of play (Senior or Under 21).
Promotion/Relegation - Multi-Jurisdictional
11.53 Up to two teams will be promoted from the South Region Multijurisdictional League (u21 and Open Women’s). The two teams shall be the League Champions and Runners-up.
11.54 In the U21 Central Region Multijurisdictional League, two teams will be promoted. The two teams will be the League Champions and Runners-up.
11.55 One team will be promoted from the Central Region Multijurisdictional Open Women’s League, and one team from the TSA or York Region (Open Women’s). Each team will be their respective League Champions as per the OSA pyramid of play. In the event that the League champion from the TSA or York Region Leagues declines promotion to the OWSL then the second place team in the Central Region MJ District league (Open Women’s) will be eligible for promotion.
11.56 There is no limit to the number of teams a club may place in the Regional or M.J. District levels of play at either age group.
Promotion/Relegation – General
11.57 In the event of a division with six (6) teams or more, then up to two (2) teams are eligible for promotion.
11.58 In the event that there are only five (5) teams or less in a division then only one (1) team is eligible for promotion.
11.59 In the event that a team declines promotion, at the discretion of the Board, the Board may either promote an alternate team, or retain a relegated team, provided they qualify as per O.S.A. rules.
11.60 Where necessary if Regional divisions have been split, a play-off game may required to determine which team qualifies for promotion, the Play-off game will be between the two first place teams of each regional division, i.e. South/South vs South/West or Central/Central vs Central/East
11.61 In any matter not covered under the League Constitution and these Rules and Regulations, the O.S.A. Constitution and Player Policies and Procedures provisions shall govern.
RULE 12 – PROTESTS
12.1 The O.W.S.L. Discipline Chair shall appoint a Discipline Panel to deal with all protests arising out of its League or Cup competitions.
12.2 The Protest Fee of $ 500 shall be a certified cheque or money order payable to the OWSL.
12.3 The Protest, in writing, together with the Protest Fee, shall be sent to the O.W.S.L Secretary, 7601Martin Grove Road, Vaughan, Ontario, L4L 9E4 and a copy of the Protest must be sent to the opposing team within forty-eight (48) hours of the date of the incident to which it relates (Saturday, Sundays and statutory holidays excluded).
12.4 All protest copies are required to be sent either by registered mail, or courier.
12.5 The date of the postmark or courier receipt will be taken as the limiting date in all cases.
12.6 Any Protest relating to the ground, goal posts, bars, or other appurtenances of the game shall not be entertained by the O.W.S.L. unless notice, together with particulars, has been given to the opposing team immediately upon its first coming to the knowledge or attention of a Team, and an objection lodged with the referee before the commencement of the match. The referee shall require the responsible team to remedy the cause of the objection, if that is possible, without delaying the progress of the match.
12.7 When an objection has been lodged with the referee (and noted on the game sheet and initialed
by the team official), a protest must be made to the O.W.S.L., and no objection to the protest can be withdrawn except by leave of the O.W.S.L. Board of Directors at a regular Board meeting.
12.8 Failure to submit the Mandatory Protest in accordance with the rules stated herein will be subject to a disciplinary hearing and a fine (see Appendix A)
12.9 The decisions of the O.W.S.L. Discipline Committee are binding but may be the subject of an appeal to the OSA.
RULE 13 - DISCIPLINE
13.1 The Vice-President of the O.W.S.L. shall be the Discipline Chairman.
13.2 A Discipline Panel, shall consist of three (3) members who shall be selected by the Discipline Chairman.
13.3 If the accused waive their right to a three (3) member panel, discipline may convene and carry on business with two (2) members.
13.4 The Discipline Committee shall upon receipt of any report of misconduct with respect to the recognized rules of soccer on or off the field by a player, coach, or manager, brought to its attention by the referee or an OWSL representative in writing within seven (7) working days of the incident to the OWSL, to conduct an investigation.
13.5 The referee shall forward the offender's name to the Discipline Chairman with the Game Report and Game Sheet within seven (7) working days of the game ending.
13.6 The decisions of the Discipline Panel shall be final and binding, subject only to appeal to the O.S.A. in accordance with the O.S.A. Published Rules.
Discipline by Review/Discipline by Hearing
13.7 For certain offences, as noted annually in the OWSL Coaches Manual, discipline for stated offences will be by review (DBR) rather than by hearing (DBH).
13.8 The Accused(s) may request a hearing as noted in the discipline instructions in the Coach’s Manual.
13.9 Any player/official ejected from a game may appear at a scheduled discipline hearing as stipulated by the Discipline Chair.
Discipline Fees/Administrative Fees
13.10 An administrative fee, (see Appendix “A”) established by the Board at the beginning of each season, and as outlined in the Coaches Guide under Discipline, will be charged. In addition, a player/official may be assessed a 'hearing cost' charge.
13.11 Any player receiving three (3) yellow cards during a season shall be assessed
an administration fee for a "red card" as stipulated by Appendix A.
13.12 Any player receiving three (3) yellow cards during a season shall be subject to scheduled discipline as stipulated by the Discipline Chairman. A player/official may be assessed a 'hearing cost' charge.
13.13 Failure to appear at a hearing shall result in immediate suspension of the player/official and a fine to the club (see Appendix “A”). The suspension shall remain in effect until the player/official appears before the Discipline Committee.
13.14 All suspensions awarded shall be posted against games and the player / coach will be notified in writing by the League following the hearing.
13.15 The O.W.S.L shall notify member districts and clubs of all suspensions and cautions.
13.16 A player/official may be represented at a hearing by a club or team official.
13.17 The player / Coach OSA Registrant Book shall be presented to the Discipline Committee prior to the commencement of the hearing.