Games Shall NOT be cancelled within the 7 days prior to the scheduled match-except for weather or NJYS state cup; except, both teams must first agree on the day, date & time for the match
Games shall not be cancelled within SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED GAME unless weather/field issues arise the day of the game; or one of the teams has advanced to the next round in state cup competition. Otherwise, any team cancelling within seven days prior to the scheduled match may find themselves sanctioned. If a team cancels within 7 days of the scheduled date, the league may impose a forfeit fine of $250., which will be taken from the bond posted. The team will be required to replenish the bond before they can play future games. In addition, the cancelling team will be responsible for the FULL referee fees incurred, assignor fees and any field rental fees the home team may have been required to pay to secure the field.
There are only THREE valid reasons for cancelling a league match - weather, field unplayable due to weather; or NJYS (USYSA) state cup (ONLY). USYSA requires all state cup matches take precedence over league matches (NJYS, EPYSA, DYSA, ENYYSA etc). US Club does not have this same requirement, therefore US Club state cup matches are NOT a valid reason for cancelling league games!
Cancelled games must have a reschedule date posted within two weeks of the original date. Do not agree to wait to reschedule. Get the game played. Waiting until the end of the season may mean the game never gets played.
Forfeits are team “no shows”. The team that does not appear for a scheduled match will be charged $250.00 for the forfeit. In addition, the team who doesn’t show will also be charged the FULL referee fees, assignor fees and any field rental fees that the home team may have incurred.
Should a team be charged with a forfeit or no show, the team must replenish the bond to the $250 limit. TEAMS CANNOT AGREE TO FORFEIT GAMES. Only the League may determine a forfeit based upon all information provided. Teams that are unable to reschedule matches may be charged with a forfeit, and be placed under league probation and possible expulsion. The league is taking it seriously-if you sign up to play, you have an obligation to play. We are flexible in scheduling, but whether to play the games is NOT optional once the schedule is set!
If two teams arrange a game within the seven day set/cancel period, and then for some reason cancel (other than weather or NJYS state cup), the cancelling team WILL be responsible for the FULL referee fees. These fees MUST be paid to the assignor within 10 days. Otherwise, the league will take action against the offending team.
If a game is cancelled due to weather, the home team MUST notify the opposing team no less than 3 hours prior to the match-or at the earliest possible time (if game is at 8 AM, we do not expect a call to the opposing team at 5 AM, but certainly by 6 AM) being 6-7 AM. In addition, the HOME TEAM or club field/referee assignor MUST contact the REFEREE ASSIGNOR to let the assignor know for contacting the referees. Referees are NOT PAID in this case.
If, upon arriving at a field for a game, the referee determines the field is unsafe/unplayable, the teams WILL pay the referee(s) their fee. The referees do not remain at the field. However, it is the responsibility of the home team to notify the next team on the field that the field has been deemed unplayable. The referees are only paid for the game in which they arrived and cancelled the game.