Effective immediately, the following referee policies will be followed by all soccer referees at all outdoor soccer matches officiated at BESA soccer fields or any other location under the authority of BESA.
All persons responsible for a team and spectators (coach, assistants, and team managers) shall support the referee team. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and potentially create a hostile environment for the players, the referees, and all other participants and spectators. Consequently, the following policy is effective immediately:
NO ONE IS TO ADDRESS THE REFEREE DURING THE MATCH!!!!!
Exceptions During the Match for Coaches/Managers of Team:
Penalties for Coaches/Managers of Team:
(Dissent=Caution; Offensive, insulting, abusive = Dismissal)
Note: It is important to remember that the seriousness of the infraction is solely the opinion of the referee responsible for the match. There is no questioning of a Caution or Dismissal at the field, to the officiating crew, a field marshal, or any BESA Board Member. The only avenue for appeal is a properly constituted Appeals and Disciplinary hearing conducted according to the BESA or NMCSL Playing rules or By-Laws.
Exceptions during a Match for Spectators:
Note: Any caution, ejection or dismissal requires a signed NTSSA Outdoor Misconduct Report detailing the incident must be filed within 48 hours. Include just the facts, and what was said, verbatim, especially if the language is profane, foul, or threatening, and names of the offenders (includes coaches, managers, and/or spectators). In cases where a match is abandoned by the referee, the status of the match can ONLY be determined by the proper League or Association authority.
If a BESA Board Member witnesses inappropriate or violent behavior by either a coach, assistant coach, team manager or spectator they are encouraged to fully support the referee and the referee’s actions. Board Members should observe and only intervene at the request of the referee. If there has been a verbal warning or caution issued, the Board Member may reinforce to the offender the consequences of further misconduct, i.e., dismissal and/or abandonment of the game. If there is a dismissal or abandonment of the game, BESA Board Members in attendance at the game may submit a report to the A&D Chairman and Director of Officials for use in any A&D hearing that may result from the incident.
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