Sections XVIII - XX Protests, Appeals, Official Hearings

XVIII. PROTESTS

A. General - A protest is a dispute over a point of fact dealing with the MISAPPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF THE GAME or VSL rules by a match official. Protests on the grounds of judgmental actions on the part of a match official (including red and yellow cards) shall not be considered. The Referee Evaluation Form is appropriate instrument for reporting disputed judgmental actions by a match official. The evaluation form shall be submitted to the VSL Administrator, who will forward the comments to the appropriate referee association.

B. Submission

1. A protest shall be submitted, in writing or by email, to the Chairman of the R & D committee, within two (2) days of the conclusion of the match, as verified by the postmark. Any protest not submitted within two (2) days of the match will be returned unheard.

2. A $50.00 Protest Fee, made payable to VSL, shall accompany the protest. If the protest is upheld, the protest fee shall be returned. If the protest is denied, the protest fee shall be retained by VSL.

C. Review by the R & D Committee

1. The Rules & Discipline Committee shall investigate, evaluate and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors within ten (10) days of receipt of the protest.

a. Upon receipt of a timely written protest, the Rules and Discipline Chair shall request written statements and/or additional documentation from involved persons.

b. R & D shall review written statements, documentation and other evidence, USSF/FIFA Laws of the Game and VSL Rules and Procedures and By-laws.

c. Upon completion of review, a written statement of findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the VSL President for Board consideration at the next Board of Director’s meeting.

D. The Board of Directors shall approve, disapprove or modify the recommendations of the committee.

E. The VSL Secretary shall notify the protester, in writing, of action taken.

Note: the VSL Rules and Discipline Committee is comprised of five (5) members including a Chairman and four (4) committee members. Rules and Discipline can be contacted by email at RandD@VSL.org.

APPEALS

A. Any aggrieved party may appeal any decision or the imposition of any penalty or fine to the Board of Directors.

1. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the VSL Administrator within 48 hours of the decision or imposition of penalty or fine.

VSL Administrator
574 McFarland Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

2. A $50.00 appeal fee shall accompany the appeal. If the appeal is upheld, the appeal fee will be returned. If the appeal is denied, the fee shall be retained by VSL.

B. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Board of Directors shall convene a board of inquiry composed of its members.

C. Appeals denied by the Board may be appealed to the General Membership.

1. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the VSL Administrator at least 48 hours prior to the next The appeal must be submitted in writing to the VSL Administrator at least 48 hours prior to the next scheduled meeting of VSL.
VSL Administrator
574 McFarland Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

2. A $50.00 appeal fee shall accompany the appeal. If the appeal is upheld, the appeal fee will be returned. If the appeal is denied, the fee shall be retained by VSL.

3. Evidence pertaining to the appeal shall be distributed to the Club Representatives for consideration and final resolution at the next General Membership Meeting.

OFFICIAL HEARINGS

A. Periodically, it may be necessary for the Board of Directors to conduct hearings on breaches of the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, Rules and Procedures, and /or Laws of the Game.

B. Hearings shall be announced at least seven (7) days in advance. An effort shall be made to schedule such activities at the convenience of the majority of the participants, whether members of the Board//Committee or persons to appear before the Board/Committee.

C. When established in accordance with paragraph B. above, persons to appear before the Board shall be so notified. Their personal appearance, or the appearance of an individual(s) acting in their behalf, shall be mandatory.

1. Once notified, persons requested to appear shall have 48 hours to submit in writing matters in extenuation or mitigation that may preclude their appearance. The convening authority shall have sole authority to rule on such matters.

2. Failure to appear, unless duly excused, shall be grounds for sanctions as may be determined by the Board of Directors.

D. The VSL Administrator shall provide VYSA with information concerning sanctions and suspensions it has levied. VYSA may consider these facts when processing Applications to Travel, Host Tournaments and Games, and Host Foreign Teams, as well as in choosing representatives for the state ODP teams, and or state representatives for regional or national cup play.