ABYS Zero Tolerance Policy


This policy is endorsed by the Board of Directors of Acton Boxborough Youth Soccer and mirrors the policy endorsed by Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS).


Adherence to this policy is expected of all Coaces, Parents and Players.

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee's authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, BAYS and ABYS has adopted and modified the following rules:

No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the ABYS and/or BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committees.

If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please go to the Referee Feedback Form or contact the ABYS President or Executive Director. Contact information may also be found on the Board of Directors page.