Rules – UNDER REVIEW
PCJSL Schedule Change Policy
Schedule changes will only be allowed for 72 hours after the schedule is given to Club Presidents at the beginning of each season. The only changes allowed within this time period will be due to a non-compliance issue with scheduling rules, i.e. scheduling a team for more than two games in a day, scheduling a team on a requested black-out date (when black-outs are allowed), etc. These changes can only be made by a club president or Director of Coaching (DOC). Coaches/managers cannot request changes directly.
Forgiveness for Schedule changes created by an emergency situation will be considered by the league scheduling committee on a case-by-case basis. Having a coach who is out of town, a player who cannot play, forgetting to enter a date when your team is entering a tournament, entering the wrong date, etc. are NOT emergencies and will be treated as violations of this policy. Violations of this policy are defined but not limited to:
- Canceling the game in advance;
- Failing to show for a game;
- Forfeiting for lack of cards;
- Forfeiting for insufficient number of players;
- Forfeiting because there is no Risk Management cleared coach with a Coach’s Card;
- Forfeiting for arriving late;
- Having the game terminated for any reason for which your team is at fault;
- RESCHEDULING GAMES IS PROHIBITED.
Eligible Players Revised 10/24/2013
For any youth to be eligible to compete in any PCJSL league game, they must be registered through Arizona Youth Soccer Association and have a valid, laminated player pass with a picture. The coach must be in possession of a signed emergency release form for that player.
*AYSA policy 5171 states “A registered player of any member association of AYSA may not participate in any practices, games, tournaments, tryouts/evaluations of another club without the home club’s permission, if outside the defined tryout window. Home club’s permission is a signed AYSA Player Loan Form….”
Game Card Revised 11/13/2012
The GotSoccer game card is the official document for all PCJSL games. Referees should not start a game unless it is completely filled out with players’ names, numbers, etc. Be sure to indicate the number of loan players. If you have any questions concerning how many loan players can be used, please check the Loan Player Policy Rule.
At the conclusion of the game, check the score before signing the card. Scores are posted from these cards. Make sure the correct score is attributed to the correct team. Also, if a red card has been given during the game, confirm the right player is indicated on the card. The game card is consulted on any question about a game – the score, red cards, etc. Coaches and referees need to work together to make sure it is correct.
The GotSoccer League program now lets teams print the Game Cards for their upcoming league games directly from their team pages.
a.) Teams can then login into their accounts at www.gotsport.com
b.) The teams have to click onto your league link displayed on the Main Menu page.
c.) Next, the teams have to click onto the Schedule tab.
d.) To print the game cards the team must click on the Game Number.
Loan Player Policy Revised 3/14/2013
1. A team’s player passes are also club passes allowing players unlimited motion within their club in the spirit of player development.
Explanation: Players may play for other teams within their club without any paperwork or limitations other than following existing rules of play, i.e., players may not play in a younger age group and can only participate in two games on any one day.
2. For the second half of PCJSL, while we will accept State League teams as an entity, individual State League players may only roster on loan to a U18 or older team.
3. To play a PCJSL League game, a team must have a minimum of 5 players (u11 and younger) or 7 players (u12 and older) who are registered to their team on the game roster.
Explanation: The two policies above must be used within the guidelines of Policy #3, i.e., you could not play a game with only 4 or fewer registered players (youngers) or 6 or fewer registered players (olders) with the remainder of the roster coming from loan/club players.
4. No player registered to a team participating in the Arizona State League, may play in a Pima County Junior Soccer League match.
Every person who works directly with youth, including but not limited to team managers, team moms, coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, parents who help on a regular basis, etc. must be cleared through the PCJSL Risk Management Program. At that time an Administrative Pass will be issued to them as proof them have been Risk Management cleared. The Risk Management form is available under forms at www.pcjsl.com. The form should be completely filled out using the proper name – not nicknames. The original, completed form can be given to a Club Registrar to submit or mailed directly to Pat Dunham, c/o 6675 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85710. Any club who is found to be allowing an adult to work with players without this clearance may be subject to a bad-standing hearing.
Sideline Seating Revised 8/14/2013
In all games under the jurisdiction of AYSA, both players and coaches will be on one side of the field and all the parents on the other side. The coaches will decide which side will be the “team” side and will notify the referee prior to the game. Spectators should be seated between the coaching box (an area approximately 10 yards to each side of the center line) and the goal box and at least two yards from the side touch line. No one may sit behind a goal.
Suspension Fulfillment Revised 10/24/2013
When a coach, assistant coach, administrator, spectator or player is given a suspension for a red card or ejection from the field, a Suspension Fulfillment Form (available at www.pcjsl.com under forms) must be completed and signed by the referees officiating at the game(s) where they are “sitting out.” Coaches, assistant coaches and administrators may not participate in any manner, including cell phones. Any person serving a red card should not sit in the immediate vicinity of the team and/or its spectators although they may be at the park. A team administrator is responsible for having the Suspension Fulfillment Form signed by the referees. A player shall serve his/her game suspension(s) with the team to which they are officially rostered with AYSA. If the player is multiple rostered, the suspension shall be served on his/her primary team. Red card sanctions received in PCJSL games must be served in PCJSL games except when the misconduct is referred to AYSA then AYSA will determine the sanction.
Uniforms Revised 3/14/2013
No Hard Casts.
Players in PCJL are prohibited from wearing uniforms with their name imprinted on them. Sponsor names can appear on a uniform unless the sponsor/product could be deemed detrimental to youth, i.e., a liquor or beer, a tobacco company, gambling, etc.
Uniforms should be identifiable as a “team” uniform. Referees will have final authority for accepting players in uniforms that are slightly different from the standard uniform of that team. All uniforms shall have a number and numbers will not be repeated on the field by players playing on the same team.
In cases of conflict as determined by the referee, the home team is responsible for providing a jersey of an alternate color. It is not the intent of the League to create a forfeit because of jersey conflicts. Pennies, bibs, etc. may be used. It is strongly suggested that teams who do not have alternate jerseys have t-shirts in a color contrasting their uniform, pennies or bids available. However, in cases where the home team does not have an alternate jersey but the opposing team does, it is expected that in the spirit of sportsmanship the opposing team will wear their alternate jersey.
Protect Your Players and Yourself !!
PROTECT YOUR INSURANCE STATUS. MAKE SURE THAT ANY SCRIMMAGES WITH UNAFFILIATED TEAMS ARE PRE-AUTHORIZED.
As you prepare for the season, remember that if you are going to scrimmage or play an unaffiliated (not a member of PCJSL, AYSA or US Youth Soccer) team, you must get permission from AYSA/PCJSL first or your insurance coverage may be compromised. Please make sure that when you scrimmage, you are playing an affiliated team so insurance coverage is not in question. If you have any question about the affiliation status of a team, please contact Pat Dunham at 440-5259.
Mercy Rule Revised 3/13/2012
For U11 teams and above, after the completion of the first half of play, if there becomes a goal differential of 8 goals, the game/match will be halted. The leading team at that time will be declared the winner of the completed game/match. If not 8 at half, intent would be to stop game when it reaches 8. If both coaches agree then game can continue.
The following criteria shall be used, in sequence, as tiebreakers when two or more teams are tied in points in divisional standings:
1. Head-to-head competition between the tied teams. Note: This criteria will not be used if more than two teams are tied and no single team has defeated all others with which it is tied.
2. Goals differential (goals scored minus goals allowed). A limit of four will be counted per match.
3. Least goals allowed. A limit of four will be counted per match.
4. Most goals scored. A limit of four will be counted per match.
5. Most wins.
6. Most shutouts.
7. In the event a tie remains between teams which may be promoted/relegated at the end of the 1st season (U11-U18 only) or the end of the seasonal year, the tied teams will play a shootout (FIFA kicks from the mark).
PCJSL LEAGUE STRUCTURE
The league will be divided by gender and age group into a series of divisions.
U9 & U10 Age Groups
Each age group, by gender, will have 4 teams per division, with as many divisions as is necessary to accommodate all teams. The final division in an age group will be made up of as many teams as is appropriate:
|U9||4 Teams||4 Teams||4 Teams|
|U10||4 Teams||4 Teams||4 Teams|
U11 – U18 Age Groups
Each age group, by gender, will have 7 teams per division, with as many divisions as is necessary to accommodate all teams. The final division in an age group will be made up of as many teams as is appropriate:
|Age Group||Division I||Division II||Division III||…etc|
|U12||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U13||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U14||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U15||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U16||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U17||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
|U18||7 Teams||7 Teams||7 Teams|
Number of Matches
Teams participating in the U9 & U10 age groups will play two seasons (Season I and Season II), a fall season and a winter season.
Division Adjustments for Competitive Balance
Each season, U9 & U10 age groups will be scheduled for and play three (3) games. Results of the first three games will be evaluated for competitive level. Divisions may be rebalanced to improve competitive level of games, and the final three (3) games of the season will be scheduled and played.
Teams participating in the U11-U14 age groups will play two seasons (Season I and Season II), a fall season and a winter season. Each team in the U11-U14 age groups will play every other team in its division, each season, for a total of six (6) matches per season.
Teams participating in the U15-U19 age groups will play two seasons (Season I and Season II), a fall season and a spring season. Each team in the U15-U18 age groups will play every other team in its division, each season, for a total of six (6) matches per season.
Note: For U15-U18 age groups only Season I results will be evaluated by State League Operating Committee, for possible invitation of teams to AYSA State League.
PROMOTION & RELEGATION PROCESS
For all U11-U18 age groups; at the end of each season (Season I and Season II), final team placement in each age group division will be evaluated for promotion and relegation.
There will be no promotion and/or relegation for U9 & U10 age groups.
For all divisions in an age group, the top two (2) teams in the lower division (i.e Division II) will be Promoted to the next highest division (i.e Division I).
For all divisions in an age group, the bottom two (2) teams in the higher division (i.e Division I) will be Relegated to the next lower division (i.e. Division II).
Promotion to AYSA State League
For U12-U17 age groups; teams which finished in either of the first two positions (places) in Division I at the end of the eligible seasonal year may be considered for promotion to AYSA State League Division II, if open position(s) exist.
Relegation from AYSA State League
For U12-U17 age groups; teams which finished in either of the last two positions (places) in AYSA State League Division II at the end of the seasonal year may be relegated back to their local league(s). If PCJSL teams are relegated from AYSA State League to PCJSL League play, those teams will be placed in division I of their appropriate PCJSL age group. Each existing team in division I of the age group will be moved down one (1) position to accommodate placement of the relegated team.
Note: PCJSL League Promotion and Relegation will be performed prior to division position adjustments which may be necessary to accommodate AYSA State League relegated teams.
A new team (one which did not participate in the PCJSL the previous season) will be placed in the lowest division of the appropriate age group.
Switching Age Groups
A team which switches age groups from one seasonal year to the next (i.e. between Season I and Season II) will be considered a new team and placed in the lowest division of the newly requested age group.
Adjusted Division Placement Request
A team may request to be placed in a different (higher or lower) division than their earned position if they can show cause for the adjusted placement. All adjusted placement requests should be sent to, and are reviewed by, the PCJSL League Operations Committee. The Committee will decided whether to grant or deny placement adjustment requests.
AYSA STATE LEAGUE (AZSL) CONSIDERATION
Promotion from Local Leagues
PCJSL is one of many local leagues whose teams can be evaluated and considered for invitation to AYSA State League. Other leagues include, but are not limited to, Port of Subs Open League (POSOL), Futbolito Bimbo and Far West Region League (FWRL). At the conclusion of the seasonal year, the AYSA State League Operations Committee will review the top finishers from other sanctioned leagues for possible promotion into Division II of the AZSL. All eligible age groups will be considered. The League Operations Committee will focus on the top two finishers by age group/gender in each league. Criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not be limited to (in order):
Head-to-head results against other teams being considered for the same promotion
Head-to-head results against teams currently in AZSL.
Information provided by the league
Information provided by the coach
Information provided by competing coaches