Risk Management – November, 2013/February 2014
During a match, an incident took place that led to a referee sending off a coach. NCYSA discovered that this coach was not registered with the team and had not gone through Risk Management.
Findings of the Panel:
- According to NCYSA rules on Risk Management, a violation by the club in question occurred.
- The coach was unregistered and had not been risk managed with the team. The coach had coached the team from the beginning of the season through October 5th when NCYSA became aware of the issue.
- The club has accepted responsibility of the violation and has begun implementing various steps to help ensure that a Risk Management violation does not occur again
- In a separate hearing, the coach acknowledged the accuracy and veracity of the events as described in the referee’s supplemental match report. This included referee abuse, failure to leave sight and sound after being sent off, unacceptable conduct and bringing disfavor upon NCYSA.
- The club is issued a $5,000 fine for the Risk Management violation. $2,500 of this fine is payable immediately. However, the remaining $2,500 is suspended, provided that it adequately completes the tasks outlined below, AND has no other Risk Management violations with NCYSA through June 30th, 2015. If any one of the following requirements are not met, they will be considered in violation and have to pay the remaining half of the fine:
- Continue implementing the guidelines and procedures that the club has begun to apply: coach and player checklists, head psychologist working with parents and coaches on how they express their passion for the game, and the fine system that has been established for coaches who are sent off during a match.
- Present at the Annual General Meeting January 25-26, 2014 in Raleigh regarding Risk Management at each of your respective meetings/sessions (i.e. Risk Management Coordinator at Risk Management Session, Executive Director/President at President’s Meeting, etc.). The talking points of this presentation must be submitted to NCYSA by the second Friday of January (January 10, 2014) for approval.
- Lastly, a club wide meeting must be held to inform the club of the infraction and the sanctions. The meeting must be attended by at least one team official from each competitive level team and two (2) parents from each competitive level team who are not team officials. Competitive level is defined here as Academy, Challenge and Classic. NCYSA must be informed of the date, time and location of this meeting so that an NCYSA official can be appointed to monitor it with a provided sign-in sheet.
- Coach's sanctions include:
- A monetary fine of $200 (check should be made payable to NCYSA)
- A suspension through the end of the current NCYSA seasonal year (through July 31, 2014)
- Probation of 1 year following the end of the suspension.
- Becoming a certified referee through the NC Soccer Referees Association
- The panel also felt it appropriate to place the threat of bad standing over the coach’s head. If the sanctions outlined are not honored, or if the coach is sanctioned for bad behavior towards referees before his probation is completed, the coach will automatically be placed in bad standing with NCYSA. NCYSA will then contact USSF and request that this bad standing sanction be honored nationwide.
Risk Management Violation - 2009
President of Club knowingly allowed a person to participate in Club activities when he/she had not passed Risk Management. This would be a direct violation of NCYSA Rule 6 under Risk Management for knowingly allowing a convicted felon to participate in NCYSA activities.
- President of Club is suspended from all activities, events, and participation under the jurisdiction of NCYSA for Five (5) years.
- The rest of the Club Board is placed on a two year probation.
- Club is fined $300. (Cashier’s check or money order made payable to: North Carolina Youth Soccer)
Appeal to NCYSA
President of Club appealed the above decision. The appeal was based on two aspects:
1. That NCYSA was wrong in its decision to find President of Club guilty
2.That the sanction imposed by NCYSA was excessive to the point of being arbitrary and capricious
Findings of the Panel:
The first appeal was to NCYSA. NCYSA denied the appeal, saying that the evidence was supported and the correct process and procedure was taken surrounding the hearing. The panel also felt that the rules were applied correctly, and that the sanctions imposed were within the scope of permissible sanctions for violations of this nature.
Appeal to USSF
President of Club then appealed to USSF.
Findings of the Panel:
On the first matter, the USSF appeals panel agreed that NCYSA was justified in finding that President of Club had violated the risk management policy. On the second matter, the USSF appeals panel thought a significant punishment was appropriate, but suggested a suspension of a lesser duration. The USSF appeals panel remanded the case back to NCYSA for a hearing on the punishment only.
- Unanimous in its decision to impose a 3 year suspension on President of Club for this violation.