OVERVIEW

AGE GROUPS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT PLAYER LEAGUE

U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U19

PURPOSE OF LEAGUE

Development Player League (DPL) under the USSSA umbrella will be composed of member clubs from the Girls Development Academy as well as admitted clubs from the voting members.

The DPL would be a league developed to address needs from its membership:  player pool depth, staffing, college recruiting and proving ground for the Girls Development Academy.    

By mirroring each recognized age group in the Girls Development Academy within the DPL it would allow each member club to place its top (36) players, per age group, in a consistent training environment to the Girls Development Academy as well as replicate the league schedules.  This would permit a more dedicated and consistent coaching staff long-term.  In addition, it would provide the players a visible path from the DPL to the Girls Development Academy.  Lastly, in order to address college recruiting needs it would aid in attracting more college coaches from all different sizes and levels, which would result in an increase in college scholarship opportunities for more student-athletes.

LEAGUE SCHEDULE

The DPL would aim at coordinating the league schedule in conjunction with the match schedule of the DA for DA Members. The benefit to club members would be ease of staffing and administration of teams.  

GOVERNING BODY OF THE FRONTIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

USSSA

COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. DPL coaches must, at all times, treat players with respect and dignity.  
  2. DPL coaches must treat referees and match officials, at all times, with respect and dignity.
  3. DPL coaches must treat the opposing coaches, at all times, with respect and dignity.
  4. DPL coaches must treat spectators, at all times, with respect and dignity.
  5. DPL coaches are expected to dress professional, in proper athletic apparel and shoes, at all DPL competitions.  
  6. DPL coaches must not discriminate against players based upon race, nationality, religion or sexual orientation.

COMPETITIVE STRUCTURE

The DPL will provide an exciting and competitive league platform.  The details provided below will illustrate the league, post season and college showcase events.  

LEAGUE OVERVIEW

The DPL would aim at coordinating the league schedule in conjunction with the league schedule of the DA for DA Members.  Thus, each team will be expected to compete in home and away matches against each of the participating clubs in the DPL.  While the aim of the DPL schedule is to play DPL matches side-by-side with the DA; however, it is permissible to host clubs over the same weekend but on different days. For instance, DA matches on Saturday and DPL on Sunday.  Situations such as this would be due to field availability limitations.  

Note:  No DPL matches for the U15-U19 age groups will be scheduled during the high school season, unless clubs agree to scheduled matches.  

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

West Conference

Albion SC San Diego

Beach

SC del Sol

LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy San Diego

LA Surf

Legends FC

OC Surf

Pateadores

Real So Cal

San Diego Surf

Utah Royals

South Conference

WEST DIVISION

Lonestar

FC Dallas

Solar

Dallas Texans

Houston Dash

Real Colorado

Colorado Rush

EAST DIVISION

Tophat

United Mt Pleasant

Weston

Palm Beach Gardens

POST SEASON OVERVIEW

The governing body of the DPL will be the United States Youth Soccer Association.  

DPL Champions Cup

Location:  Oceanside, CA

Host Conference:  DPL West

Date:  In conjunction with DA Summer Showcase

DPL Summer Showcase

Location:  Oceanside, CA

Host Conference:  DPL West

Date:  In conjunction with DA Summer Showcase

DPL NATIONAL EVENTS

A major initiative for the DPL will be providing extensive college visibility for the players.  Below is a list of college showcases recommended for DPL members.  

DPL Dallas Event:  Columbus Day Weekend (October)  

DPL California Event:  March 2020

LEAGUE FEES

Annual Fee                                                                        $4,000.00

2019-2020 Per Performance Bond (refundable)                                $3,000.00

Per Player Registration USAAA Fee                                                $10.00

Per Coach Registration USAAA Fee                                        $7.00                

DPL Event Cost (Per Team, Per Age Group)                                $1,100.00                                

*All fees will be invoiced to clubs and are due upon receipt.  

COMPETITION RULES

GENERAL

Unless otherwise provided in these Regulations, all DPL Competitions shall be played in accordance with the FIFA Laws of the Game in force at the time of competition as provided by the International Football Association Board.

2019-2020 DPL AGE GROUP ELIGIBILITY

U13 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2007

U14 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2006

U15 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2005

U16 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2004

U17 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2003

U18/U19 Age Group: Born on or after 1/1/2002

Note:  Players may play for their own age group and for “older” age groups.

ROSTER MINIMUM/MAXIMUM

Every DPL Team must have a minimum of fifteen (15) DPL Registered Players at every DPL age group.

No DPL Team shall have a roster size greater than twenty-two (22) per DPL age group.  

GAME LENGTH

DPL Competitions shall be played with the following game length:

U13: 2 x 35 minutes

U14: 2 x 40 minutes

U15: 2 x 40 minutes

U16: 2 x 40 minutes

U17: 2 x 45 minutes

U18/U19: 2 x 45 minutes

POINTS

In each DPL Competition during the DPL Regular Season and the DPL Playoffs, teams shall be awarded three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss.  A forfeit shall be considered a 3-0 loss for the forfeiting team and a 3-0 win for the non-forfeiting team.

STANDINGS

The standings in the DPL shall be determined at the end of the DPL Regular Season.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Once an DPL Registered Player is substituted in one half of any DPL Competition, such DPL Registered Player may not re-enter the game for the duration of the half.  Once an DPL Registered Player is substituted in one period of overtime of any DPL Competition, such DPL Registered Player may not re-enter the game. There shall be a maximum of 3 moments to make seven (7) substitutions in any half or in overtime of any DPL Competition.

 

HEAD INJURY

Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for an evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game.

YELLOW & RED CARDS (PLAYERS)

Any DPL Registered Player receiving a red card in an DPL Competition will be suspended for the remainder of that DPL Competition and also for the next day on which any DPL Competition is played by her DPL Member Club for that age group and/or any other age group.  For purposes of clarification, if an DPL Registered Player receives a red card in an DPL Competition, the DPL Registered Player will not be eligible to participate in any DPL Competition on the next day of DPL competition for any team or age

CARD ACCUMULATION

There shall be no yellow card accumulation policy for DPL Competitions

ROSTER ADD PROCESS, ROSTER DEADLINE, & PLAYER/STAFF PASSCARDS

There is one (1) type of passcard that will be accepted at DPL Competitions, an DPL Passcard.  

DPL Passcards are passcards validated by USSSA, and then printed and laminated by the DPL Team.  DPL Passcards are used by DPL Registered Players and staff who register for a DPL Team. DPL Passcards are required for participation in DPL Conference Competition and outside USSSA Competitions.

USSSA Soccer Passcards are passes validated by USSSA, and then printed and laminated by the DPL Member Club.  USSSA Passcards should be used for all players and staff registering with a DPL Member Club who may not compete in DPL Competition but who will compete in other competitions on a USSSA roster. Any DPL players playing with these players in a non-DPL competition shall be placed on the USSSA Roster for that team for that non-DPL competition. Whenever a player is added to an DPL Roster and therefore becomes an DPL Registered Player, the player  will  need  to  have  an  DPL  Pass card in order  to participate in DPL Competition.  A US Club Soccer Pass card will not be sufficient to allow a player to participate in DPL Competition. All female players at U12 and above within a DPL Member Club will register through the “TBA” site, and will receive one of the above two types of passcards.

Clarification

A player may receive both types of passcards over the  course of a season.  For example, a player within a DPL member club participating in a USSSA League would be issued a USSSA Pass card at the time of registration, and would receive an DPL Pass card if they are added to a DPL Roster.

Initial Roster Submission Date

August 26: Every DPL Team must have a minimum of fifteen (15) DPL Registered Players at every DPL age group.

Roster Freeze Date

Players may be added to the DPL Roster until May 1st of each year.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, after May 1st of the DPL Season, the DPL allows each club to add two (2) new players at each age group to their DPL roster for the remainder of the DPL Season provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. They are joining the DPL Member Club for the upcoming DPL season
  2. There is room on the existing roster to do so. These “new” players still count against the roster maximums

MATCH DAY ROSTER

Match Day Roster

A maximum of eighteen (18) DPL Registered Players from a DPL Team’s DPL Roster will be eligible for each match in DPL Competition (the “DPL Match Day Roster”).  If more than eighteen (18) DPL Registered Players appear on a DPL Roster, the “active” players for the DPL Competition must be identified on the DPL Match Report

Player Add Process

DPL Competition: DPL Registered Players may be added to an DPL Roster for DPL Competition at any time, provided that they appear on the official DPL Roster prior to the game, either electronically or written in.  No player may participate in DPL Competition without a DPL Pass.

FIXTURE TIES AND GAME LIMITS ON PLAYERS:

Game Limits

Any DPL Registered Player may only play on one (1) DPL Team per day, and may only play in one (1) DPL Competition per day.

Exception:  GK Loan Player Adaptation

The Amendment to the Club Pass  rule, to allow additional flexibility for a GK has been approved in the following form:

  1. A loaned GK can play in two games in a day
  2. A GK can be allowed to play more than 6 games in case of long term GK injury.
  1. Details should be sent to the technical committee for approval after the player has exhausted the 6 game maximum

PLAYER TRANSFERS

DPL Registered Players may only transfer to another DPL Member Club, if both DPL Member Club DOCs agree to transfer.

*Note:  If a player transfer cannot be agreed upon by DPL Members DOCs, then it will be permitted to submit a request to the DPL BOD for consideration.    

MATCH DAY PROTOCOLS & MINIMUM STANDARDS

As a member of the DPL, the expectations of providing a professional match day environment will be held to the same standards as the Girls Development Academy.  In order to ensure all member clubs maintain a consistent, professional environment for the players and spectators, the Match Day Protocols and Minimum Standards for the DPL league season are listed below.

MATCH REPORTS

Both home and away must provide match reports for each match in the DPL.  Match Reports must list all rostered players, coaching staff and volunteers.  Any players not participating in match, due to injury or suspension, must be scratched off.  Any “club passed” player(s) added to roster must be written in or added electronically.  

Note:  Any player serving a suspension must be scratched off and it must be noted on the Match Report.  

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL

The host club is required to provide the visiting club with all match day details at least (5) days prior to the competition.  Match day details would include, but are not limited to the following:  

  1. Facility address, directions, weather forecast, fixture schedule, field numbers, etc...

SCHEDULING

  1. No matches shall be scheduled prior to 9:00 AM unless visiting club agrees
  2. All matches must be scheduled to end at least 30 minutes prior to sunset, unless lights are provided and visiting club agrees to later start time.  
  3. All clubs are expected to schedule matches with professionalism and at goodwill, meaning not to place any club at a competitive advantage or disadvantage.  
  4. All matches played on the same day are expected to be played at the same facility, unless visiting club agrees to multiple facilities being utilized.  

MINIMUM STANDARDS

The following are the minimum standards expected for all DPL matches.  It is the responsibility of the DPL host club to meet the following standards all at DPL matches.  

Match Field

The match field provided for DPL matches must be of highest quality in the geographic area.  Turf or natural surface are both acceptable.  

Note:  If inclement weather is expected during an DPL match weekend, it is expected for member clubs to have a turf field back-up.  

Field Setup 

  1. Team sideline requires both the home and away team have (2) benches
  2. Team sideline requires both the home and away team have matching team tents
  3. Team sideline requires a minimum of (1) trashcan
  4. Team sideline requires a minimum of (1) table providing both water and Powerade
  5. All match fields are marked properly in accordance to the FIFA rules
  6. All match fields must have (4) matching corner flags
  7. (3) match balls must be provided at each DPL match.

Facility

Each DPL facility must have permanent or portable restrooms on site and available to players and spectators.  

Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer must be provided for all matches, beginning approximately (1) hour prior to the first match and continuing until the end of the final match.  

Referees

Each DPL member club is expected to seek the best referees in their geographic area.  A minimum of a “State” licensed referee is recommended.   It is the responsibility of each host club to collaborate with your local referee assignor for match assignments as well as all fiscal responsibility is that of the host club.  

BYLAWS

LINE OF JURISDICTION

Each member club of the DPL will have (1) representative on the DPL Board of Representatives (BOD).  The DPL BOD will be responsible for the oversight and direction of the league.  

Development Player League Board of Directors Structure

  1. President - elected by the DPL BOD.  
  2. Vice President - elected by the DPL BOD
  3. (1) Representative for each of the DPL Member Clubs

President  

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of DPL and shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Shall have overall responsibility of managing relationships with state offices as well as USSSA administrators.
  2. Shall have overall responsibility of communicating with state offices as well as USSSA administrators.  
  3. Shall preside at all meetings of the DPL
  1. At any meeting at which he/she presides, shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie or may waive the right to do so.
  1. Shall have overall responsibility for new area development.
  2. Shall submit an annual report in writing at the DPL Annual Meeting to all members in attendance, and the report shall become a part of the minutes
  3. Exercise such other duties and responsibilities which are necessary or appropriate for the proper management of the DPL.

Vice President

The Vice-President shall succeed to the duties and responsibilities of the President in his/her absence and additionally shall have the following duties and responsibilities

  1. Recording minutes of all monthly and annual meetings to be shared with the DPL BOD.  
  2. Shall have overall responsibility of communication to DPL members, regarding league updates and/or announcements.

Terms of Office

President:  (2) years, election held on even years

Vice-President:  (2) years, election held on odd years  

VOTING POWERS

Each member of the DPL shall have (1) vote.  Each member representative is eligible to vote as long as they are in good standing with the league.  If any member club is not in good standing then they will be permitted to attend league monthly and annual meetings; however, they will not be eligible to vote.

METHOD OF VOTING

Each member of the DPL shall have (1) vote.  The member representative shall cast the member club’s vote.  The method whereby votes are cast shall be at the discretion of each member club. Unless the DPL BOD is notified in writing by the member club’s representative of which a vote shall be accepted.  Such written notification must be made at least ten (10) days prior to the monthly or annual meeting at which the votes are to be cast.  No DPL BOD Member may cast votes for another club member.  

AMENDMENTS

Any proposal or motions to amend the By-Laws or Rules of Competition must be defined in writing to the DPL BOD.  Amendments must include an effective date and require a majority vote to pass.  

MAJORITY VOTE

A majority of votes represented shall decide all questions unless specifically stated and agreed upon by the DPL BOD.

DISCIPLINARY, PROTESTS & GRIEVANCES                                

The purpose of the Discipline, Protest, and Grievance Procedures is to promote and ensure uniformity and consistency in the application of the rules and procedures of DPL, USSF, and FIFA.  The purpose of these rules to attempt to manage and regulate unacceptable, unsportsmanlike, and unfair behavior on the part of players, coaches, managers, administrators and spectators, in order to promote the sport of youth soccer.

All questions relating to the qualification of competitors, interpretation of the rule, disputes, protests, or grievances shall be referred to the D&P Committee. The decisions of the D&P Committee shall be binding on all parties unless appealed and overturned by a higher authority.

D&P Line of Jurisdiction

The line of jurisdiction on protest or appeals, except in the instance of assault or abuse of a referee or as modified in playoff competition, shall be as follows:

  1. DPL D&P Committee
  2. DPL BOD

The line of jurisdiction on protest of appeals in the instance of assault of a referee, shall be as follows:

  1. DPL D&P Committee
  2. USSF Appeals Committee

The line of jurisdiction on protest of appeals in the instance of abuse of a referee, shall be as follows:          

  1. DPL D&P Committee
  2. United States Youth Soccer Association
  3. USSF Appeals Committee                 

Request for reinstatement following an Automatic Suspension of a Player of Coach

  1. DPL D&P Committee
  2. United States Youth Soccer Association
  3. USSF Appeals Committee

General Information                                                                                 

  1. Decision shall stand until overturned.
  1. All decisions at all levels of the appeal/protest process shall stand and be in full force and effect until changed by a higher authority and communicated to all of the affected parties in writing.
  1. Exhaust lower levels first.
  1. All lower levels of protest/appeal must be exhausted before a higher level will hear the appeal.
  1. Appeal to higher level.
  1. At all levels of the appeal/protest process if a decision is not reached within 30 days of receipt of the written appeal/protest, the party filing the appeal/ protest may submit the appeal/protest to the next higher level with no additional fee.
  1. Cannot invoke aid of courts.
  1. No player, coach, official, referee, fan, supporter or their representative may invoke the aid of the courts of any State or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate soccer organizations as set forth under the lines of authority herein.
  1. Penalty for failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
  1. Any person(s) or group(s) action through the court system without exhausting the administrative remedies listed herein or in the DPL and USSF rules is subject to the following:
  1. Automatic suspension. The person(s) or group(s) is/are automatically suspended from all soccer activities and forfeit any appeal/protest rights. The party may petition the DPL D&P Committee for reinstatement upon conclusion of the D&P hearing or action.
  2. Liability for all costs. The person(s) or group(s) is/are liable to USSSA and/or DPL for all expenses incurred by USSSA and/or DPL, its Member Clubs, and/or officers, directors, or administrators in defending the action, including, but not limited to:
  1. Court costs
  2. Attorney’s fee Cost of litigation, including depositions, expert witness fees, etc…
  3. Reasonable compensation for time spent by USSSA & DPL Member Club administrators and employees in responding to and defending against allegations in the action, including responses to discovery and court appearances
  4. Travel expenses and;

Note:  Expenses for holding special USSSA & DPL Member Club meetings necessitated by the court action.

Protests, Hearings, Grievances & Appeals Fees

  1. The protest fee to the DPL D&P Committee shall be $300.00,
  2. The grievance fee to the DPL D&P Committee shall be $300.00.
  3. When any hearing is requested of DPL for any other matter not specified herein a non-refundable fee of $300.00 shall be paid to the DPL.
  4. The appeal/protest fee to the DPL shall be $500.00.
  5. All fees must be submitted in the form of cash, certified check, cashier's check or money order made payable to the DPL.
  6. If an appeal, protest, and/or grievance is completely successful, then all except $100.00 of the fee submitted will be returned only after the time for additional appeals has passed.

Notification Requirement

Proper notification will occur in writing and will be considered received when sent to the DPL D&P Committee Members as well as the President and Vice-President of the DPL.

Procedures for Protests, Grievances & Appeals

  1. Protests
  1. There are only two (2) acceptable causes for protesting a game after it has been played. They are:  
  1. A team plays an unregistered, ineligible, or suspended player, or;
  2. There has been an obvious error made in the application of the Laws of the Game that directly affects the outcome of the game. Matters of referee judgment cannot be protested at any time.
  1. To be valid and eligible for consideration, each protest filed with the DPL D&P Committee must include the following:
  1. The protest fee;
  2. Two (2) written copies (original plus one copy) of the grounds on which the protest is lodged clearly stating the following:
  1. Name, address, phone number, and team affiliation of the plaintiff
  2. The date and time of the game, field location, and age level of teams involved
  3. The approximate time of the incident in relation to the start of the game
  4. The rule or rules which have been violated and a description the violation
  5. The score of the game prior to the incident, after the incident, and the final score
  6. The name of the opposing team, coach, and club Two copies of any information to be presented by witnesses, and
  7. The name of the referee.
  1. The intention to file a protest regarding the misapplication of the Laws of the Game must be made known to the game referee and the opposing coach before leaving the field. This does not require that the protest actually be filed, but allows the referee the opportunity to write up usable game report information.
  2. All protests must be postmarked or received by the Deputy Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours of the completion of the game being protested. Postage meter dates are not acceptable postmarks.
  3. Any protest relating to late starts, the field, goalposts, bars, or other appurtenances shall be entertained for consideration only if an objection has been lodged with the referee in writing prior to the start of the game on the official Game Report form. This protest must also be verbally communicated to the opposing coach.
  1. Grievances
  1. To be valid and eligible for consideration, each grievance filed with the DPL D&P Committee must include the following:
  1. The grievance fee;
  2. Two (2) written copies (original plus one copy) of the grounds on which the grievance is lodged clearly stating the following:
  1. Name, address, phone number, and team affiliation of the plaintiff,
  2. The rule or rules that have been violated and a description of the violation,
  3. The violating player, team, coach, or individual(s),
  4. The age level of play involved,
  5. Two (copies) of statements from any witnesses, and
  6. Any other pertinent facts.         
  1. Appeals
  1. All suspensions, decisions on protests or grievances upheld or overruled, or rulings by the DPL D&P Committee are subject to appeal to the next higher authority.
  1. No preliminary decision of the DPL D&P Committee shall be appealable. Instead, the party disputing the preliminary decision shall first request a hearing before the DPL D&P Committee. Only a final decision of the DPL D&P Committee after a hearing shall be appealable.  
  1. All appeals must be submitted according to the time deadlines and procedures of each level of appeal. Any required appeal fee must be submitted with the appeal.

Procedure for Hearing                                                        

  1. General
  1. No Conflict of Interest. Members of any committee hearing a protest, appeal, disciplinary hearing, or grievance shall be composed of persons having no conflict of interest in the matters being heard, and having no association with the principal parties in the matters. No person may adjudicate a matter at more than one level.
  2. Record of Hearing. The chairperson of the committee shall appoint one committee member to make a record (minutes) of the proceedings.
  3. Types of Hearings: Open Hearings.
  1. Open hearings shall be held with the principal parties, witnesses for both sides, and all necessary evidence, actually appearing before the members of the Hearing Committee. Testimony from witnesses need not be taken in the presence of other witnesses, but the principal parties shall be present for all proceedings except the deliberations of the Hearing Committee.
  2. Closed Hearings. Closed hearings require that all testimony and evidence (including the rules) be submitted in writing. The committee members on an individual basis may consider testimony and evidence, with a decision by mail or conference call.
  3. Preliminary Decision. Both an open hearing and a closed hearing may be preceded by a Preliminary Decision. A preliminary decision is not a separate hearing, but is a preliminary step for a hearing. A preliminary decision may be rendered upon a review of any information received and any preliminary investigation the chairman deems necessary. If a preliminary decision is reached, the Party defending the action shall have the right to request a disciplinary hearing. After the Chairman receives receipt of a written request for a hearing, the preliminary decision is rescinded and the Chairman shall promptly schedule a hearing. If the Chairman receives no request for a hearing within ten (10) days after the party's receipt of the preliminary decision, then the preliminary decision is final and cannot be appealed.
  1. Notification of Hearing
  1. Proper notification of a hearing will be given whenever an open hearing is scheduled. All parties must receive notification no later than three (3) days prior to the hearing. Individuals may waive their rights to the three (3) day notice, if done so in writing prior to the start of any hearing.
  2. Proper notification will occur in writing and will be considered received if sent in compliance with the Notification Requirements as set forth above in Section V.
  3. Hearing notification letters will contain the following information:
  1. Date of letter
  2. Mode of delivery
  3. Reason for the hearing and the case number
  4. Role of the individual being requested to appear at the hearing (witness, accused, etc.)
  5. Date, time, location of the hearing
  6. A brief description of the procedures of the hearing.
  1. Agenda for Open Hearing. All parties, including witnesses, will be brought into the hearing room. The following items will be described by the chairperson:
  1. Names of the parties involved (team, association, etc).
  2. Specific event involved (game, tournament, etc).
  3. Date of occurrence.
  4. Rule number and description of rule(s) allegedly violated.
  5. Procedures for Open Hearing:
  1. The parties shall be allowed to remain in the hearing room. All witnesses are to wait outside of the hearing room.
  2. All written evidence should have been presented in advance for distribution and inclusion in the evidence packet.
  3. All written evidence presented at the hearing will be passed to the chairperson. The committee will decide on its acceptance as proper evidence.
  4. All questions/statements from involved parties will be addressed to the Chairperson who will ask the appropriate individual for an answer/rebuttal if he/ she deems it pertinent.
  5. Movant/Appellant will present case.
  6. Witnesses for Movant/Appellant will be called individually.
  7. Committee members may question parties and witnesses as deemed necessary.
  8. Respondent/Appellee will present case.
  9. Witnesses for Respondent/Appellee will be called individually.
  10. Committee members may question parties and witnesses as deemed necessary.
  11. Witnesses may be recalled after initial testimony for further testimony and/or clarification as necessary.
  12. Movant/Appellant may make a closing statement.
  13. Respondent/Appellee may make a closing statement.
  14. Open hearing adjourned. The parties are excused and the committee shall deliberate.
  15. The Chairperson may place restrictions on the time allowed for presentations, statements, and other items at his/her discretion.
  1. Evidence and Testimony
  1. All evidence, such as identification cards, team rosters, referee game reports, letters, proof of age documents, and other sources of written or printed information shall be the original or official only. No copies shall be accepted unless the committee is convinced that the original document has been lost or destroyed.
  2. All testimony shall be limited to the principal parties, eye-witnesses, and the recognized authorities on the subject (such as registrar on registration matters).
  3. If a witness cannot appear at an open hearing, written testimony may be accepted. Notarization may be required at the option of the hearing authority.
  4. Character witnesses and other third-party (non-eye-witness) shall not be allowed.
  5. The Chairperson may limit the number of witnesses if the testimony is repetitive and in the interest of time.
  1. Documentation. All written or printed evidence shall be maintained for a reasonable length of time from the final conclusion of the matter. A directory of documents should be created and maintained with the minutes and decision.
  2. Decision
  1. The decision of the committee shall respond only to the specific complaint or appeal.
  2. Any other issue and/or rule violation, which may become known or apparent during the hearing, shall be referred to the appropriate authority, except for physical violence, assault of a referee, or abuse of a referee which shall go immediately to the DPL D&P Committee. This referral may be accompanied by a recommendation for appropriate action
  1. Notification of Decision.
  1. The parties will be notified of the decision in a reasonable amount of time after the hearing. Every effort will be made to make the notification within seventy-two (72) hours after the hearing. The notice may be orally or in writing. If notified orally, the parties shall also be notified in writing within ten (10) days of the hearing according to USSSA’s Notification Requirements.
  2. Written notification shall contain:
  1. Date of the hearing
  2. Decision including any disciplinary action and the effective dates;
  3. The right methods and requirements of appeal.