There will be absolutely zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct. Anyone who engages in unsportsmanlike conduct, as defined below, will severely disqualify his team and his chances for resuming play this or any season. A player who throws a punch or who makes physical contact with a referee. This action could also result in an immediate forfeit of the game will be suspended for the entire season. 8 regular season games (which can overlap seasons) and you are ineligible for the playoffs in the season in which the punch was thrown.
Mandatory 3 games for verbally abusing/threatening refs.
Any player that gets suspended from play must fill out legal paperwork and agree to the terms listed. Once a player has done so, the paperwork must be signed and returned to the league before that player will be considered for re-entry. It is up to the league directors to decide if that player can return to play. If that player is allowed to return, that player is on lifetime probation.
If the player gets suspended a second time, the league can ban that player for life.
Along with the legal paperwork, the suspended player must pay a $100.00 fine.
Coaches are alerted to the fact that they should not bring a potential problem player onto their team. These players tend to show themselves more than once during the course of a season and will adversely affect your team's chances for success. Avert the problem, don't sign him. This is meant to be a friendly league. We will let no one player or one team jeopardize our good-natured, recreation pursuits of the league, our use of fields and insurance privileges.
Unsportsmanlike conduct is any conduct that is not contingent to the game. Any participant of a fight will unquestionably be expelled from the game. It will be up to the referee as to whether or not that player is to return the following week, or any game thereafter (upon consultation with league management). If a precipitator can be determined, he will be ejected. If not, both players will be automatically ejected. Any player ejected from a game is to leave the field property entirely or the team will suffer a forfeit. A referee and league officials can hold a team accountable (in the form of forfeit) for any unsuitable actions taken by the player after he is ejected.
The second player from the same team engaged in a second fight will automatically be ejected for that game plus the following game. It will be up to the discretion of the official whether or not a team should be held accountable for the actions of the second ejected player by levying a team forfeit of the current game.
A major responsibility of the refs is to watch out for cheap shots. This will lead to an automatic ejection. Anyone developing a reputation for committing cheap shots or any chronic conduct violation will be monitored closely by the league and will probably not finish the season.
The referee can request a mandatory forfeit for a subsequent week of any team engaging as a whole or majority in unsportsmanlike actions. This can only be upheld, however, after consultation with league management. The same rules apply for any verbal assault on a referee.
The only players allowed to question the call of an official is be the coach or the designated captain. All else are subject to ejection for all or part of a game at the ref's discretion. The preface of any confrontation with a referee must be to ask for an explanation of a rule or a call -- not to chastise the official.
This is not a "rough touch" league. However, if you feel you were unjustly rough-touched, you may not confront the accused offender to express your displeasure. All calls by the officials are final. If the official does not call a penalty for a rough touch, there was none in the eyes of the league.
Harassing verbal confrontation will also not be tolerated. It will be up to the official whether or not language is fight provoking and if action need be taken. Any player abusive in this manner may be asked by the official to sit out the remainder of the half. If this persists, he may then be asked to leave the game by the official. Trash talking is discouraged as it could be considered fight-provoking behavior.
The latest version of the ACFL rules is dated September 2015
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