HUSA
Field Status
HAC
Open
HCP
Open
Update - 03/11/10

News

Rules & By Laws

  CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS & LEAGUE RULES

Revised February 2002

BY-LAWS & LEAGUE RULES
Revised February 2002

INDEX

CONSTITUTION

I

Definition

II

Purpose

III

Membership

IV

Administration

V

Constitution Changes

VI

Dissolution

VII

Indemnification of Officers and Directors

BYLAWS

I

President

II

First Vice President

III

Secretary

IV

Scheduler/Fields Manager

V

Commissioners

VI

Equipment Manager

VII

Registrar

VIII

Officials Commissioner

IX

Team Rep Coordinator

X

Board of Directors

XI

Team Representatives

XII

Board Absences

XIII

General Meeting - Delegates

XIV

By-Laws Changes

XV

Board Vacancy

XVI

Board No Confidence Vote

XVII

Parliamentary Procedure

XVIII

Discipline

XIX

Age Groups

XX

Committees

GENERAL RULES

I

Field and Equipment

II

Uniforms

III

Eligibility

IV

Assignment of Players to Teams

V

Playing Time

VI

Practices

VII

Teams

VIII

Division Alignment

IX

Postponement of Games

X

Friendly Games

XI

Coaches

XII

Referees

XIII

Protest and Appeals

XIV

Code of Ethics/Conduct

XV

General Games Rules

XVI

Refund

XVII

General Rules Changes

PLAYING RULES

I

Field of Play

II

Duration of Game

III

Start of Play

IV

Ball in or Out of Play

V

Substitutions

VI

Fouls and Misconduct

VII

Penalty Kick

VIII

Off-Side

IX

Free Kick

X

Throw-In

XI

Goal Kick

XII

Corner Kick

XIII

Drop Ball

XIV

Scoring

XV

T.O.C. Determiner's

XVI

Playing Rules Changes

XVII

Under 6 Special Provisions

XVIII

Under 8 Special Provisions

XIX

Under 10 Special Provisions

 


CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I. DEFINITION

The name of this organization shall be HURST UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION. INC. hereafter referred to as the Association or HUSA. It is a non-profit Association.

TOP

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The purpose of this Association is to promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship and fellowship by providing fun, recreation and competition by voluntary participation. This Association will do its best to develop athletic skills and fair play. The secondary importance is the winning of the game.

TOP

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

A. This membership represents youth soccer activities within the City of Hurst .

B. All properly registered youth shall pay such registration fees as are established by the Board of Directors (unless waived by the Board) and shall complete a registration form. Players must abide by the rules and decisions of this Association. If this Association does not provide competition in a given age group, the youth in that age group shall be released without fee to play soccer elsewhere.

C. This Association is affiliated with the North Texas Soccer Association with ultimate affiliation with the United States Soccer Federation.

D. The members of this Association shall be parents or legal guardians of those children participating in an Association program, Board members, referees and coaches.

E. All members of HUSA must adhere to the NTSSA Policy Statement for Qualification of Volunteer/Staff with Criminal Backgrounds.

 

TOP

ARTICLE IV. ADMINISTRATION

A. The Association will be governed and administered by a Board of Directors, hereafter known as the Board.

B. The Head Coaches, Team Representatives and/or Designated Team Appointees shall elect The Board of Directors. Each registered team shall be entitled to have two (2) delegates at the general meeting. If a team desires to send a Designated Team Appointee in place of the Head Coach and/or Team Representative, such request must be submitted in writing by the Head Coach to the Board Secretary prior to convening the general meeting. A Designated Team Appointee must have a child registered on the team they represent. No delegate shall cast more than one (1) vote. No delegate shall represent more than one (1) team.

C. No more than two immediate family member may serve on the Board at a time. No individual may hold more than one office on the Board at the same time. No more than three (3) individuals from the same team may serve on the Board at the same time.

D. The Board of Directors shall be elected at the annual General Meeting of the Association held in February except for the Officials Commissioner who shall be elected by the referees in February also. The newly elected officers will take office at the first Board Meeting in March. Any officer that desires to seek election to another office must first resign the office he is holding prior to the next election and their resignation will be effective March 1.

E. In the event any position on the Board of Directors becomes vacant except for the President's position, for any reason, before the end of the position's term, that position shall be filled as follows:

  • The President shall select a replacement to be confirmed by the Executive Committee, within forty-five (45) days after the position is declared vacant, to serve until the next scheduled election.

F. The Board of Directors shall consist of the following officers who shall serve a two-year term of office:

  • President - Odd years
  • First Vice President A&D - Even years
  • Secretary - Even years
  • Scheduler/Field Manager - Odd years
  • Registrar - Even years
  • Team Rep Coordinator - Even years
  • Equipment Manager - Even years
  • Commissioner U5 - Odd years
  • Commissioner U6 - Even years
  • Commissioner U7 - U8 Girls - Odd years
  • Commissioner U7 - U8 Boys - Even years
  • Commissioner U9 - Ul0 Girls - Odd years
  • Commissioner U9 - Ul0 Boys - Even years
  • Commissioner U11-U19 Girls - Odd years
  • Commissioner U11-U19 Boys - Even years
  • Official's Commissioner - Odd years

 

G. The Commissioner of Officials shall be elected by majority of the Association Referees.

H. Each Board Director present shall cast one (1) vote at each Board meeting except the President, who shall vote only in cases of a tie.

I. Regular meetings of the Board will generally be held on the first Thursday of every other month with Executive Committee meetings being held between regular board meetings at the same time. Two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for transacting business, providing one of those present is the President or First Vice President. The President may call an emergency meeting of the Board.

TOP

ARTICLE V. CONSTITUTION CHANGES

The Constitution may be amended at the General Meeting of the Association in February, provided that notice of the proposed amendments shall have been given at the December Board Meeting. Any proposed amendments must be submitted to the Association in writing. Any proposed amendments to this Constitution must be in writing to Team Representatives and Head Coaches with a post mark no later than fifteen (15) days before voting. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the total voting delegates must be. present for a quorum. Two-third (2/3) of those voting delegates in attendance at a general meeting must approve any proposed changes for such change to become part of the Constitution.

TOP

ARTICLE VI. DISSOLUTION

In the event of the dissolution of this Association, all of the assets, after payment in full of all its debts and obligations of whatsoever kind and nature, shall be donated to the Hurst Parks and Recreation Department.

TOP

ARTICLE VII. INDEMNIFICATION OF
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Each Officer and Director of the Association, in consideration of his service as such, shall be indemnified by the Association to the extent permitted by law against expenses and liabilities reasonably incurred by him in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding, civil or criminal, to which he may be a party by reason of being or having been Director or Officer of the Association. The foregoing rights of indemnification shall not be exclusive of any other rights to which the Director or Officer or person may be entitled by law or agreement or vote of the members or otherwise.

TOP

BY-LAWS

The Duties of the Board Members of the Association are as follows:

ARTICLE I. PRESIDENT

Act as presiding officer who shall have full authority and responsibility for the administration and conduct of the Association within the policies and procedures established. He shall appoint committees as deemed necessary to carry out pertinent functions as approved by the Board. He shall assign duties to all officers as required. As presiding officer, the President is empowered to take prudent and reasonable actions necessary for the day to day operation of the asociation and such authority is implicit in this office. He may solicit the services of an accountant to audit and/or compile the books and prepare all tax reports as may be required or deemed necessary. He is Ex-Officio of all committees and represents the Association at North Texas State Soccer Association (NTSSA) meetings.

TOP

ARTICLE II. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT A&D

Shall succeed to the powers of the President in his absence or vacancy of office. He shall be responsible for the drafting and subsequent changes to the Constitution, By-Laws, and General Rules and Playing Rules. He shall chair the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee. He shall also be the Associations delegate to NTSSA. He shall distribute NTSSA Rule XI regarding discipline to all coaches, team representatives, players and referees.

TOP

ARTICLE III. SECRETARY

The primary duties are to record and maintain the minutes of all meetings, attend to all correspondence and keep records of the Association. The Secretary shall keep a complete list of member teams and shall publish and distribute a current directory of Association officers to the NTSSA and Association Board members, coaches and team representatives each season. To maintain a complete list of voting delegates and register said delegates, or their designated team appointee, at general meetings and special general meetings. Also record all votes and serve as Parliamentarian and have on hand at all meetings ROBERTS RULES OF ORDERS, REVISED. The Secretary shall be responsible for and coordinate the insurance program. Will notify all Board members as to the time, date and place of each monthly board meeting. Will notify all voting delegates as to the time, date and place of the annual general meeting and any other special meetings that may arise. Will publish and distribute a newsletter to all players and coaches as approved by the Board.

TOP

ARTICLE IV. Scheduler / Field Manager

Shall be responsible for securing fields and be a liaison with those responsible for field maintenance control. After teams have formed, He/She is responsible for scheduling games. Will provide to the City of Hurst a copy of completed playing and field schedules in accordance with the City contract two weeks prior to the first game of each soccer season. He/She has authority to cancel games due to weather and other conditions and will notify the applicable Commissioners and the Commissioner of Officials.

TOP

ARTICLE V. COMMISSIONERS

He/she shall be responsible for procurement and monitoring of all coaches to maintain the highest possible standards of coaches' conduct. He/she shall be responsible for recommendations to the board on weather to continue or revoke coaching privileges within the Association. He/she shall be responsible for coordinating coaches' clinics and conducting at least two coaches meetings during the course of the soccer season. He/she will keep coaches informed on all activities and policies of this Association. He/she will notify coaches of canceled games and reschedule dates and coordinate with the Scheduler/Fields Manager for all rescheduling of games. Shall prepare and submit for Board approval prior to each soccer season an alignment of teams by division (e.g. Division A versus Division B) For each age group.

TOP

ARTICLE VI. EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Shall be responsible for control, collection and storage of all Association equipment and uniforms. In addition, shall provide for approval by the Board a proposed equipment budget prior to each soccer year and revisions as required prior to each soccer season. Shall replace or add equipment subject to Board approval.

TOP

ARTICLE VII. REGISTRAR

A. Will be responsible for registration scheduled by the Board.

B. Will be responsible for informing the public of the times and place of registration for each season, utilizing whatever advertising required as approved by the Board.

C. Will prepare and maintain rosters as required by NTSSA and forward them to the state office along with any dues set by NTSSA before October 15th for the fall season and before April 15th for the spring season.

D. Will prepare all team add and delete rosters and assure that NTSSA has received copies along with any fees due for the fall and spring seasons and present to the Board for approval.

E. Will coordinate the assignment of players to teams with the Team Assignment Committee.

F. Will prepare team and coach rosters required by the City of Hurst and forward them to the City along with any dues set by the City in accordance with the City contract.

G. Will maintain copies of all Team/Player releases and assure the appropriate signatures.

H. Will prepare and distribute to each head coach and no one else their NTSSA team rosters and assure the appropriate signatures.

TOP

ARTICLE VIII. OFFICIALS COMMISSIONER

Shall be responsible for the training, assessing, promotions, registration and scheduling of officials to support the Association Program. This is to include both Referees and assistant referee. The Officials Commissioner may appoint someone other than himself to schedule and train assistant referee with the approval of the Board.

TOP

ARTICLE IX. TEAM REP COORDINATOR

Shall be responsible for conducting at least two team representative meetings during the course of the soccer season. Will keep team representatives informed on all activities and policies of this Association. Will act as a liaison between the Board and team representatives. Will provide team representatives with game reports prior to the start of each soccer season.

TOP

ARTICLE X. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A. Shall transact all business of the Association and shall have the power to enforce the laws of the game, the Constitution, General Rules, Playing Rules and By-Laws of the Association. They shall have the power to settle all disputes and protests. The Board will set up rules governing the divisions, tournaments and other competition within the Associations jurisdiction. Decisions of the Board are final.

B. The Board of Directors shall serve without compensation for their services except for the Officials Commissioner Registrar and Scheduler who shall receive compensation as approved by the Board. No Board member, including a Board member's team and family, may receive directly or indirectly from the Association or parties who deal with the Association (e.g. vendors) any gifts with aggregate values in excess of $100 per soccer year excluding clinic fees, vendor products or services for evaluation and registration fee waivers approved by the Board. The Board shall approve compensation rates for referees and assistant referee before each soccer season.

C. Board members children who play recreational soccer in HUSA will have the registration fee waived beginning spring 1997. Active current members are eligible if they have attended at least 3 board meetings prior to the last date of open registration for the upcoming season. This is limited to one child per board member per soccer season.

TOP

ARTICLE XI. TEAM REPRESENTATIVES

Are team parents who volunteer to represent the team within the Association. The Team Representative will relay information from the Association to the team and act as a liaison for parents and coaches. Team Representatives are voting delegates at General Meetings.

TOP

ARTICLE XII. BOARD ABSENCES

Any member of the Board who shall be absent three (3) regularly scheduled meetings per term of office may have his office declared vacant at the discretion of the Board. The vacancy will be filled in accordance with Article IV. Paragraph E of the Constitution. If the incumbent is ill, a person recommended by the President and approved by the Executive Committee will fill the vacancy temporarily until the incumbent resigns or returns.

TOP

ARTICLE XIII. GENERAL MEETING - DELEGATES

The President shall call a General Meeting during February. Voting delegates at these meetings shall be Head Coaches, Team Representatives and/or Designated Team Appointees. Board members must be Head Coaches, Team Representatives or Designated Team Appointees in order to vote. Each registered team shall be entitled to have two (2) delegates at the General Meeting. If a team desires to send a Designated Team Appointee in place of the Head Coach and/or Team representative, such a request must be submitted in writing by the Head Coach to the Board Secretary prior to convening the General Meeting. A Designated Team Appointee must have a child registered on the team they represent. These delegates will have one (1) vote each. No delegate shall represent more than one (1) team.

TOP

ARTICLE XIV. BY-LAWS CHANGES

Thirty-five percent (35%) of the total-voting delegates must be present for a quorum. Two-thirds (2/3) of those voting delegates in attendance must approve any proposed changes for such change to become a part of these By-Laws. Any proposed changes to these By-Laws must be in writing to the delegates no later than fifteen (15) days before the voting at the February general meeting. Notice of the proposed changes must be given at the December Board meeting. Any changes mandated by NTSSA that would affect these By-Laws will automatically become effective without being voted on by the delegates. Any such changes shall be communicated to the members.

TOP

ARTICLE XV. BOARD VACANCY

Any Board vacancy NOT covered elsewhere by these By-Laws shall be filled in accordance with Article IV, Paragraph E of the Constitution.

TOP 

ARTICLE XVI. BOARD NO CONFIDENCE VOTE

Any member of the Board shall be required to resign following a vote of no confidence in their ability to remain in their office. Five (5) Board members may initiate in writing a request for a vote in a Special General Meeting to remove a Board member by presenting their case to the total delegates. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the total-voting delegates must be present for a quorum. Two-thirds (2/3) negative response against a member is sufficient to force a resignation. All delegates must receive notice for a Special General Meeting to remove a Board member fourteen (14) days in advance of a no confidence vote. Member in question has seven (7) days to appeal, if so desired, with a Special General Meeting of all delegates to hear the ousted member's point of view. A member removed for no confidence would be disqualified from serving on the Board for a period of three (3) years.

TOP

ARTICLE XVII. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

Parliamentary Procedures published in the Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern all General and Regular Board Meetings.

TOP

ARTICLE XVIII. DISCIPLINE

A. The Board shall be responsible for all discipline of all teams, Coaches, Team Representatives, Players, and Referees under the jurisdiction of this Association upon appeal from the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

B. APPEALS AND DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE: The members of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will be the First Vice President and three (3) Association members appointed by the First Vice President with approval of the Board. The Committee will investigate all appeals and serious infractions of the Association's Constitution, By-Laws or rules. The Committee's decision may be appealed to the Board by filing a written request with the President. The Board has the authority to confirm or veto the decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee. Decisions of the Board may be appealed to the North Texas State Soccer Association.

C. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: A member of the Board or the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee may be a member of any team, but in the event of any grievance involving said team, he may not act in its behalf nor be entitled to vote on the grievance.

D. CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS: the Commissioner of Officials shall submit written reports to the First Vice President within 48 hours in all cautions and ejections.

E. DISCIPLINE: All HUSA members and participants in HUSA activities must comply with NTSSA Rule XI which will be distributed to all coaches, team representatives, players and referees.

TOP

ARTICLE XIX. AGE GROUPS

A. Age groups for the current soccer year shall be comprised of players who are, before the first day of August of the immediately preceding soccer year:

  • Under 19 years of age
  • Under 17 years of age
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Under 15 years of age
  • Under 14 years of age
  • Under 13 years of age
  • Under 12 years of age
  • Under 11 years of age
  • Under 10 years of age
  • Under 9 years of age
  • Under 8 years of age
  • Under 6 years of age
  • Under 5 years of age

B. The current soccer year begins on September 1 and ends August 31 of the following calendar year. To be eligible to play a player must be at least 4 on July 31 to play in the following fall season and at least 4 on December 31 to play in the following spring season.

TOP

ARTICLE XX. COMMITTEES

There will be the following standing Committees. No two members of any committee below may be affiliated with the same team.

A. Executive committee which will consist of the President, first Vice President A&D, Secretary, Scheduler/Field Manager, Registrar and the Team Representative coordinator. Shall transact all business of the Association and shall have the power to enforce the laws of the game, the Constitution, General Rules, Playing Rules and By-Laws of the Association. They shall have the power to settle all disputes and protests.

B. Appeals and Disciplinary Committee as outlined under Discipline.

C. Constitution, By-Laws and Rules Revision Committee chaired by the First Vice President, consisting of four (4) other Association members as appointed by the First Vice President with the approval of the Board. Proposed changes must be submitted in writing at the December Board meeting for Board review and recommendation. This committee shall present proposed changes approved by the Board at the February general meeting and distribute such changes in writing to all coaches and team representatives at least fifteen (15) days before the February general meeting.

D. Team Assignment Committee chaired by the registrar chaired by the Registrar and consisting of one (1) additional Board member and four other Association members to be selected by the Registrar and approved by the Board.

TOP

GENERAL RULES


ARTICLE I. FIELD AND EQUIPMENT

A. HUSA will secure fields of play by coordinating with applicable cities or applicable governing bodies.

B. HUSA shall line the fields, if necessary.

C. HUSA shall furnish nets and corner flags.

D. HUSA shall be in charge of concession stands.

E. After the last game of the day the corner flags will be collected and stored by the home team in the equipment storage building. (Nets and corner post at Redbud should be stored as designated by Field Manager.)

TOP

ARTICLE II. UNIFORMS

A. HUSA will provide uniforms for registered players, other than players on Select teams, at the beginning of each Fall season If a registered player joins in the Spring season or changes teams, that player will be provided a uniform. A uniform consists of shirt, shorts and socks.

B. All recreational teams shall wear the Jersey, shorts and socks provided by HUSA under Article II-A to all games. Nothing but approved HUSA logos may be added to these items.

C. Tennis shoes or other athletic shoes with non-metal cleats shall be used if determined safe by the referee.

D. The goalkeeper shirt must be clearly distinguishable from his team and the opposing teams colors but not black.

E. If at any time there is a color conflict between two playing teams, the home team changes colors to the satisfaction of the referee.

F. A player shall not wear anything that in the opinion of the referee is dangerous to themselves or other players, e.g. watches, and rings.

G. It will be the responsibility of the Coach to distribute uniforms each season in accordance with Board procedures.

H. All players shall wear Shin guards.

I. Socks shall be worn which completely cover the shin guards.

J. Jersey shall be tucked in at the beginning of each half.

K. Each player shall have a number in the back of his jersey no less than four (4) inches high.

TOP

ARTICLE III. ELIGIBILITY

A. No player may be assigned to a team roster without first turning in to the Association Registrar a registration form and the appropriate registration fee as specified by the Board.

B. New players shall provide a birth certificate or equivalent to the Registrar for birth date verification. The Board may require reexamination of the proof of age in the event of a dispute. At the discretion of the Registrar and applicable Commissioner late sign-ups may be accepted. Player release forms for new players who are non-Hurst residents must be obtained from the home association in which the new player resides.

C. No player may play for a team other than the one with which he is assigned. Only USYSA registered players may practice with an Association team.

TOP

ARTICLE IV. ASSIGNMENT OF PLAYERS TO TEAMS

A. Teams will be formed prior to the beginning of each soccer season under the supervision of the Association Registrar with the aid of the Team Assignment Committee. No person may be involved in the assignment of players in the division in which he coaches or has a child playing. They may serve on the Team Assignment Committee to help form teams in other divisions.

B. The Board will decide on number of teams and number of players to include the ratio of boys to girls at the U-5 and U-6 levels per team in each age group.

C. Teams will be formed within geographical areas and current school zones whenever possible and players will be assigned to teams consisting of players of the same birth year if at all possible.

Note: The Hurst United Soccer Association defines its geographical area as being within the city limits of Hurst , Texas .

D. On a date, time and place set, the Registrar and the Team Assignment Committee will meet for the purpose of forming teams. All players will be assigned during this meeting except for late sign ups.

E. The criteria for the formation of teams will be as follows:

1. Returning players within the same age group as the previous season will remain with the same team, unless player/parent requests to be placed in the open draw. New players shall be placed in the proper player pool within their geographical area and will be subject to blind draw.

2. Prior to the beginning of the draw, all returning and prior identified players will be listed under each team. Teams will be assigned a drawing sequence on the basis of the number of players listed. Teams with fewer players will be assigned players first on a rotational basis; when all teams have the same number of players, then all teams will be assigned players on a rotational basis until all players have been assigned.

3. Players whose parents or guardian have requested to be removed from a team, the player will be subject to a draw within the geographical area.

4. At least six (6) players shall constitute a team and may move to the next higher age group together.

5. Each Head Coach has the right to have their own child or children on their team. These players need to be identified prior to the draw.

6. A player may play up one Age Group but may not play in younger Age Groups than the player's age dictates. Requests to participate in older Age Groups must be clearly detailed by the parents.

7. A player may request off a team but not on a specific team.

TOP

ARTICLE V. PLAYING TIME

All players on recreational teams will play at least one-half (1/2) of each game. Playing time may be reduced for medical reasons, in which case the coach must notify the Referee and the opposing coach prior to the beginning of the game.

TOP

ARTICLE VI. PRACTICES

A. Practices during the soccer year are subject to the following weekly (Sunday AM. through Saturday P.M. limitations. Games as used below exclude tournament games.

1. Three practices with no game.

2. Two practices with one game.

3. One practice with two games.

4. No practices with three or more games.

B. Scrimmage or friendly games shall constitute a practice.

C. No practice shall exceed two hours in length

TOP

ARTICLE VII. TEAMS

In general, teams will be complete as specified below but may vary at the discretion of the HUSA board not to exceed maximum roster size designated by North Texas Soccer.

A. Complete Maximum

  • U-5 & U-6 - 7 players 10 players
  • U-7 & U-8 - 9 players 12 players
  • U-9 & U-10 - 10 players 14 players
  • U-11 & UP - 14 players 18 Players

B. In the event that a team fields the minimum number of players. The other team does not have to play short.

TOP

ARTICLE VIII. DIVISION ALIGNMENT

Division A. shall consist of the older and/or more experienced teams. Division B shall consist of the younger and/or less experienced teams. If there are an insufficient number of teams, only one division may be established. Placement in a division will be determined by previous season's standing / record when possible.

TOP

ARTICLE IX. POSTPONEMENT OF GAMES

A. Teams must report to the playing fields ready to play unless the applicable Commissioner or his designee has previously notified coaches, that a game has been canceled.

B. If a team does not field the minimum number of players within 10 minutes following the scheduled kick off time, a forfeit shall be awarded to the opposing team. If neither team can field the minimum number of players, the game shall show as a loss for both teams.

C. The referee has the final authority to postpone a game due to field and/or weather conditions.

D. If a game is suspended because of foul weather before 10 minutes into the second half, that game shall be replayed. If suspended after 10 minutes of the second half, the score at that time will stand as a final score.

E. Coaches shall be notified 72 hours in advance of make-up games. Shorter notice is acceptable if agreed to by the two coaches involved.

F. Games will be rescheduled if either coach so requests at least one week before game time due to a team conflict with a school function involving more than 25% of their team. The scheduler must approve other conflicts or rescheduling request.

G. Games, excluding tournaments, shall not be scheduled to start on Sunday before one-thirty P.M. or after five-thirty P.M.

TOP

ARTICLE X. FRIENDLY GAMES

A. Friendly or scrimmage games shall be defined as games which:

  1. Are not associated with any other game, either played or to be played, and thus do not lead to a championship.
  2. Do not lead to a trophy or award.
  3. Do not require a fee to be paid.
  4. Are organized in a spontaneous fashion.

 

B. A representative from each team shall meet with the referee immediately following the game to fill in a designated form with game results. Under-9 and higher age group Coaches or Team Representatives shall be responsible for mailing in game scores to the Designated Statistician for HUSA.

 C. If the Association receives three (3) complaints against a coach about three (3) separate incidents, that coach shall be reviewed by the first vice president with recommendations to the board on any disciplinary action needed on behalf of the Association.

D. HUSA coaches are required to attain a minimum of a "G" or NSCAA stae License prior to the beginning of that coaches 2nd season to coach. Coaches "G, F, E & D" and any NSCAA license/clinic fees will be paid by HUSA.

E. The Commissioner of Officials shall assign Referees to games.

F. Referees must clearly indicate to the players involved all infractions of the game, which have been committed. When this is done players and coaches will accept the referee's decision.

G. Official linesmen/assistant referees should be provided for Under-9 age groups and above.

H. If the Association receives three (3) written complaints against a referee about three separate incidents, he shall be reviewed by the Disciplinary Committee. Complaints must be sent within 48 hours (Sunday not included) of the incident. Complaints can be registered on game reports provided that the coach signs them.

TOP

ARTICLE XIII. PROTEST AND APPEALS

A. All protests must be filed in writing with the appropriate Commissioner of said Age Group within 48 hours (Sunday not included) by the Head Coach. The appropriate fee must accompany all protests.

B. The Commissioner will review the protest with the protester to determine situation and validity. A GAME CAN BE PROTESTED ONLY ON:

1. A referee(s) misapplying a law of the game that directly affects the outcome of the game. JUDGMENT CALLS by the referee are not justified protests and replaying such games will be out of the question.

2. A coach knowingly playing an unregistered, ineligible or suspended player. A player is ineligible if he has not paid his fees or not turned in a completed registration form and been placed on that team's official roster.

3. Suspended Coach being present and coaching team.

C. If judged valid of hearing, the Commissioner will accept the written protest and fee and forward to the First Vice President within 48 hour of accepting.

D. The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will meet to hear the protest within five (5) days of its receipt. All involved parties shall be notified of the protest and hearing and shall be requested to be present.

E. Fee will be as follows:

1. Regular seasons or playoff games $100.00

2. Championship or Tournament games     $150.00

F. The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, at its discretion, may when requested in writing to do so, waive the time limit for filing protests, but in no case will an extension of more that ten (10) days.

G. Grievances and appeals will be handled in a manner similar to protests.

H. Decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee may be appealed to the Board of this Association. Such appeal should be in writing to the President within five days of notification by the Committee. The Board has the authority to confirm or veto the decisions of the Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.

I. Decisions of the Board may be appealed to the North Texas State Soccer Association and through USSF under their respective appeal and protest policies and procedures.

TOP

ARTICLE XIV. CODE OF ETHICS/CONDUCT

A. All spectators and coaches shall, during warm-ups, games and post-game soccer field activities, conduct themselves in accordance with the NTSSA Code of Conduct as well as Hurst United Soccer Associations 0 tolerance policy.

B. Complaints alleging violation of paragraph "A" must be delivered in writing (or post-marked) to the first Vice-President within 48 hours of the alleged violation, excluding Sundays.

C. The First Vice President will review the allegation, and the First Vice President will decide whether an A&D Committee hearing is warranted or the Executive Committee should address the allegation.

D. A&D Committee hearings if warranted must be held within ten (10) days of the First Vice President's notification of the allegation.

E. Decisions of the A&D Committee or the Executive Committee may be appealed to the Board of Directors of this Association. Such appeal must be in writing to the President within five (5) business days of notification by the Committee. The Board has the authority to confirm or veto the decisions of the A&D Committee or Executive Committee.

F. Decisions of the Board may be appealed to the NTSSA and through the USSF under their respective appeal and protest policies and procedures.

G. Board members, excluding the appropriate Commissioner and the First Vice President acting as the A&D Committee chairman, shall avoid all discussion of all alleged violations of paragraph "A" until the time limit of appeal of any A&D Committee decision had expired or the appeal has been heard.

TOP

ARTICLE XV. GENERAL GAMES RULES

All games shall be played in accordance with the Rules of United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) except where amended by the By-Laws or Rules of Hurst United Soccer Association, Inc.

TOP

ARTICLE XVI. REFUND

No refund on registration fees will be made after the first game has been played at the beginning of each soccer season or if the uniform has been altered.

TOP

ARTICLE XVII. GENERAL RULES CHANGES

The General Rules may be amended by a simple majority vote of those voting delegates present at the February General Meeting, providing written notice has been given at the December Board meeting and to the Head Coaches and Team Representatives of the proposed changes, fifteen (15) days before the voting. Any changes mandated by NTSSA that would affect these General Rules will automatically become effective without being voted on by the delegates. Any changes to the rules shall become effective immediately.

TOP

PLAYING RULES

 

ARTICLE I. FIELD OF PLAY

Unless specified below, the rules of FIFA, USSF, USYSA and NTSSA shall govern Association play and field of play. Due to certain conditions such as weather, availability of lighting, scheduling or any other reason the below recommended field sizes may be different than those actually used.

A. General Field Size Recommendation:

Age Group

Maximum
Field Size

Goal Size

U-6

30 x 50 yards

5 ft. x 10 ft.

U-8

40 x 60 yards

6 ft. x 12 ft.

U-10

50 x 80 yards

7 ft. x 7 yds.

U-12

60 x 100 yards

8 ft. x 8 yds.

U-14 & Up

60 x 100 yards

8 ft. x 8 yds.

B. Fields shall be generally marked as indicated below:

1. Under 6 markings:

a. Halfway line.

b. Center circle with 5-yard radius.

c. Corner arcs, 2-foot radius.

d. Goal area 3 yards from goal line and 3 yards either side of goal posts

2. Under 8 markings:

a. Halfway line.

b. Center circle with 6-yard radius.

c. Corner arcs, 2-foot radius.

d. Goal area 6 yards from goal line and 6 yards wither side of goal posts

3. Under 10 markings:

a. Halfway line.

b. Center circle with 8-yard radius.

c. Corner arcs, 1-yard radius.

d. Goal area 6 yards from goal line and 6 yards either side of goal posts.

e. Penalty area 14 yards from goal line and 14 yards either side of goal posts.

f. Penalty mark 10 yards from goal line and penalty arcs with 8-yard radius.

4. Under 12 markings:

a. Halfway line

b. Center circle with 10-yard radius

c. Corner arcs, 1 yard radius

d. Goal area 6 yards from goal line and 6 yards either side of goal posts.

e. Penalty area 16 yards from goal line and 14 yards wither side of goal posts

f. Penalty mark 12 yards from goal line and penalty arc with 10-yard radius

5. Under 14 and above:

FIFA regulation markings

TOP

ARTICLE II. DURATION OF GAME

 

Age

Time
Period

Half Time

Ball
Size

U-5 &
U-6

4 - 10 Minutes

5 Minutes (2 Minutes
between quarters)

3

U-8

4 - 10 Minutes

5 Minutes (2 Minutes
between quarters)

3

U-10

2 - 25 Minutes

5 Minutes

4

U-12

2 - 30 Minutes

10 Minutes

4

U-14

2 - 35 Minutes

10 Minutes

5

U-16

2 - 40 Minutes

10 Minutes

5

U-19

2 - 45 Minutes

10 Minutes

5

TOP

ARTICLE III. START OF PLAY

A. At the beginning of the game, choice of ends shall be decided by the toss of the coin. The team winning the toss shall have the option of which end of the field to defend, loser of the coin toss will kick off first.

B. After the referee signals for the beginning of the game, a player on the kicking side shall kick the ball, which is stationary at the center of the field. Every player on the opposing team shall stay outside the center circle (10 yard circle) until the ball has moved forward. The kicker must not touch the ball again until someone else has played it. The game starts with the kickoff, not the referee's whistle.

C. After a goal has been scored, the game shall be restarted in the manner as above by a player from the team losing the goal.

D. When restarting after half time, ends shall be changed and a player of the opposite team shall take the kickoff to that of the player who started the game.

E. In all divisions the coach must coach from one side of the playing field within ten (10) yards either side of the halfway line. The home team has their choice of which side they want and all players, parents and spectators of both teams must keep to the respective sides. Coaches and parents are requested to assist the referee and linesmen in keeping the touchline clear by five (5) feet.

TOP

ARTICLE IV. BALL IN OR OUT OF PLAY

A. The ball is out of play when:

1. It has wholly crossed the goal line or touchline, whether on the ground on in the air.

2. When the game has been stopped by the referee.

B. The ball is in play at all other times including:

1. If it rebounds from a goalpost, cross bar or corner flag into the field of play.

2. If it rebounds off a referee when he is in the field of play.

3. In the event of a supposed infringement of the rules until a referee's decision is given.

TOP

ARTICLE V. SUBSTITUTIONS

A. After having the referee's permission, there will be unlimited substitutions in the following situations:

1. At a throw-in in your favor.

2. At a goal kick.

3. At half time.

4. Injury.

5. After a goal.

6. 2, 3, and 5 - Both teams may substitute.

B. The referee must be notified of a goalkeeper change.

TOP

ARTICLE VI. FOULS AND MISCONDUCTS

A. A player who intentionally commits any of the following nine offenses shall be penalized by the awarding of a free kick to be taken by the opposing side, at the place where the offense occurred:

1. Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent.

2. Trips an opponent.

3. Jumps at an opponent.

4. Charges an opponent from behind unless the latter is obstructing.

5. Charges an opponent in a violent and dangerous manner.

6. Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent.

7. Pushes an opponent.

8. Holds an opponent.

9. Handles the ball, i.e. carries, strikes or propels the ball with his hands or arms. This does not apply to the goalkeeper within his own penalty area. At the taking of a free kick, all opposing players should be ten yards away from the ball.

B. Should a player of the defending team intentionally commit one of the above (1-9) offenses within the penalty area, a penalty kick shall be awarded to the other team. A penalty kick can be awarded irrespective of the position of the ball, if in play at the time an offense within the penalty area is committed.

C. In all divisions, when playing as a goalkeeper and within his own penalty area, from the moment that the ball comes under his control, the goalkeeper must not take more than four (4) steps with releasing the ball into play. Having released the ball, if the goalkeeper touches the ball again before it has been touched or played by another player, he shall be penalized by the awarding of an indirect free kick to be taken by the opposing team from the place where the infringement occurred unless the offense is committed in the goal area in which case the free kick shall be taken from a point anywhere within that half of the goal area in which the offense occurred.

D. A player or coach shall be sent off the field of play:

1. If he is guilty of violent conduct or a serious foul play.

2. Uses foul or abusive language.

3. Persists in misconduct after having received a caution.

F. The referee may call a foul whenever a coach or player enters the playing field without the referee's authorization.

TOP

ARTICLE VII PENALTY KICK

A. A penalty kick shall be taken from the penalty mark and, when it is being taken, all players with the exception of the player kicking the ball and the opposing goalkeeper shall be within the field of play but not outside the penalty area and at least ten (10) yards from the penalty mark.

B. The opposing goalkeeper must stand (without moving his feet) on his own goal line between the goalposts until the ball is kicked.

C. The player taking the kick must kick the ball forward He shall not touch the ball a second time until it has been touched by another player.

D. The ball shall be in play directly when it is kicked, i.e. moved forward and a goal may be scored directly from such a kick.

E. If a ball touches the goalkeeper before passing between the posts when a penalty kick is taken at or after the expiration of half or full time, it does not nullify a goal.

TOP

ARTICLE VIII. Off-Side

A. The off-side law shall apply to all games in Under 10 and above Age Groups. A player is off-side if he is nearer to the opponent's goal-line than the ball at the moment the ball is played unless:

1. He is in his own half of the field.

2. There are two of his opponents nearer to their goal-line than he is, one of which may be the goalkeeper. Even is on-side.

3. The ball touched an opponent or was last played by him.

4. He received the ball direct from a goal kick, corner kick or throw-in or when the referee dropped it.

B. A player in an off-side position shall not be penalized unless in the opinion of the referee he is interfering with the play or with an opponent or is seeking to gain an advantage.

TOP

ARTICLE IX. FREE KICK

A. There are two types of free kicks.

1. A direct kick - from which a goal can be scored directly.

2. An indirect kick - from which a goal cannot be scored until another player touches the ball. The referee should indicate an indirect free kick by raising one arm above his head until the ball has been touched by the second person.

TOP

ARTICLE X. THROW-IN

When the ball completely crosses the touch line, it shall be thrown in from the point it crossed the line by a player of the team opposite to that of the player who last touched it. The ball must come behind and over the head with both the player's feet on the touch-line or on the ground behind the touch-line. In an improper throw-in, the ball is awarded to the other team except Under 8 and Under 6 age groups as provided in Articles XVII. and XVIII.

TOP

ARTICLE XI. GOAL KICK

A goal kick is awarded the defending team when the ball passes over the goal-line, outside the goal post, if last touched by an attacking player. The kick shall be taken from anywhere within the goal area. The ball must exit the penalty area before it can be played and all attacking players must stay outside the penalty area while the kick is being taken. A goal can be scored directly from a goal kick.

TOP

ARTICLE XII. CORNER KICK

A corner kick is awarded the attacking team when the ball passes over the goal-line, outside the goal post, if last touched by a defending player. The ball is placed within the corner arc. The corner flags must remain in place. A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.

TOP

ARTICLE XIII. DROP BALL

A referee shall restart the game by dropping the ball at the place where it was when play was stopped for any cause not previously mentioned.

TOP

ARTICLE XIV. SCORING

A. A goal is scored when the ball has completely crossed the lines between the goal posts.

B. Division standings shall be kept for the Under 10 and higher Age groups only and shall be based solely on the number of points each team accumulates during the soccer season excluding championship games. Points to determine division standing shall be computed as follows except when the organizing body for out-of-town leagues involving HUSA team stipulates otherwise.

  • WIN - 6points
  • TIE - 3 points
  • LOSS - 0 points
  • WIN BY FORFEIT - 9 points

ARTICLE XV. T.O.C. Determiners

At the end of each fall season HUSA will send representatives to the tournament of champion's tournament hosted by North Texas Soccer.

Age Groups are:

U-10 Boys

U-10 Girls

U-12 Boys

U-12 Girls

U-14 Boys

U-14 Girls

U-16 Boys

U-16 Girls

U-19 Boys

U-19 Girls

HUSA allows all divisions as well as the younger age groups to challenge for the opportunity to represent HUSA in T.O.C.

Criteria: 

  1. The challenging team must have equal to or better points than the divisional A team at the end of seasonal league play.
  2. Each age group will determine a champion before a younger team challenges an older team.
  3. Point differential is not a factor when the younger age group champion is challenging up.

 

ARTICLE XVI. Playing Rules Changes

A. It shall be the duty of the Rules Committee to periodically review these Playing Rules and submit any recommended changes to the Board for approval.

B. Changes to these Playing Rules may be approved by a simple majority vote of those voting members present at any regular or emergency meeting of the Board.

C. Any changes to these Playing Rules shall become effective the following playing season, unless specifically indicated by the Board to become effective immediately. The Association shall provide all coaches with a copy of the current Playing Rules prior to each season or whenever the Rules are revised.

ARTICLE XVII. Under 6 Special Provisions

A. Scores will not be recorded and team standings will not be maintained.

B. Practices will be limited to one session per week with one game, twice per week with no game and none per week with two games. Practice sessions shall not exceed one hour in length.

C. If no qualified referee is available, each coach will referee one half of the game. Home team shall referee the first half.

D. No goalkeeper shall be used.

E. All players present must be given the opportunity to play at least one-half of each game. Substitutions can be made by either team during any “dead-ball” situation (ie. throw-ins, goal kicks) or prior to the start of each quarter. 

F. All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending player by his/her team's coach on the field.

G. There shall be no player cautions or ejections.

H. All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick.

I. Opponents must be at least 5 yards away from ball for all free kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks and kickoffs.

J. No penalty kicks will be taken. Instead, an indirect free kick from outside the goal box shall be awarded.

K. Goal kicks may be taken from any point inside the goal box.

L. Offsides shall not be called. However, the posting of a player in the opponent's goal area will not be permitted.

M. A second throw-in will be allowed if a player commits an infraction on the initial attempt. The player's coach on the field shall explain the proper method before allowing the player to re-throw.

N. Slide tackling and other forms of dangerous play will not be permitted.

O. Coaches must attend a “G” license clinic in accordance with
NTSSA rule 4.12.

P. One coach from each team will be allowed on the field to position players for the start or resumption of play prior to any kickoff, or during a stoppage prior to a free kick (i.e., corner kick, goal kick, or indirect kick due to a foul). The game clock will NOT be stopped while the coaches are on the field. Coaches (and parents) must stay off the field during play.
 

ARTICLE XVIII. Under 8 Special Provisions

A. Scores will not be recorded and team standings will not be maintained.

B. Practices will be limited to two sessions per week with one game, once per week with two games and none per week with three games. Practice sessions shall not exceed one hour in length.

C. All rule infractions shall be briefly explained to the offending player by the referee.

D. All fouls shall result in an indirect free kick.

E. Opponents must be at least 6 yards away from ball for all free kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks and kickoffs.

F. No penalty kicks will be taken. Instead, an indirect free kick from outside the penalty area shall be awarded.
G. Offsides shall not be called unless it is determined by the referee to be a planned strategy by either team. Coaches may be cautioned for continued abuse of this rule.

H. second throw-in will be allowed if a player commits an infraction on the initial attempt. The referee shall explain the proper method before allowing the player to rethrow.

I. Slide tackling and other forms of dangerous play will not be permitted.

J. If no qualified referee is available, each coach will referee one half of the game. Home team shall referee the first half.

K. Coaches must attend a “G” or Equivalent license clinic in accordance with NTSSA rule 4.12.

ARTICLE XIX. Under 10 Special Provisions

A. Opponents must be at least 8 yards away from ball for all free kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks and kickoff.