Discipline Hearing Info

Discipline Hearing Info


Discipline hearings are now held via Zoom. If you are required to attend a Discipline Hearing, your name will appear on the Discipline List under the DISCIPLINE Tab, and your "Games Suspended" will show as "tbd".

Discipline Hearings are held in-season on Wednesdays beginning at 7:30pm.

To attend a Discipline Hearing, all Players are asked to click the following link between 7:30-8:00pm. You will be automatically placed in a Waiting Room and your hearing will take place in the order of your log in.  Please read the Zoom Chat while in the Waiting Room as the Discipline Chair will communicate to the players through the chat.

Discipline Hearings will end when there are no players in the Zoom Waiting Room and last person's case has been heard. Please note that on a busy day, you may be in the Waiting Room for 2 hours or more.  If you leave the Waiting Room, you will lose your place in the order. Again, Discipline Hearings end when the last player who is in the Waiting Room has had their case heard, so please be patient.

Join Weekly VMSL Zoom Discipline Hearings - Wednesdays at 7:30pm


Meeting ID: 839 1668 7168

Passcode:  285840

When a red card is reported by a referee, the ejected player will show up on the League Discipline List under the Discipline menu, with a temporary default of a "tbd" game suspension, “tbd” fine and fine status of "to be determined".

All new red card suspensions will be reviewed by the Discipline Committee. Some suspensions, for example DOGSO (Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity) reds, may be set to one game. If the “tbd” status is showing, the suspended player needs to attend a Discipline Hearings via Zoom. After the Discipline Hearings, the length of suspension and monetary fine will be updated. Furthermore, the fine status will be updated to "owing" until it is “paid”.

Players who receive a second caution in a game and are ejected, will generally receive a one game suspension, but this is not always the case. A longer suspension may be applied, especially if the player does not calmly leave the field of play once ejected. If you have been ejected from a game for receiving two yellow card cautions and your suspension is updated to 1 game, you do not need to attend a Discipline Hearing.

If you were ejected from a game for receiving two cautions in a game and your suspension status remains as "tbd", then you are expected to attend a Discipline Hearing. Please read the "NOTE" above.

Players will be automatically suspended for one game and fined $25 when they accumulate 4 yellows and then again after accumulating 6 yellows over the course of the league season. (Note: Cup Discipline is tracked independently). When a player accumulates a 7th league yellow (and also for every subsequent yellow) they will be suspended indefinitely until they appear at a Discipline Hearing.

There is a column showing games served. You can hover your mouse over this number and a box will pop up showing the dates of the games served.

Payments for discipline fines must me made by the time the suspension has been served. Fines will be increased by $25 for every additional game that passes while the fine remains unpaid.

Payments for discipline fines can be made by a logged in Player and/or logged in Team Staff member on your Team Page, by clicking through to the Fine Summary report. (See the link in the bottom part of the "Team" section (top left) on your Team Page). Here you can pay by credit card by putting a check beside the fines you wish to pay and clicking the Pay Now link and completing the payment form. Fines paid this way need no administrator intervention and will show as paid immediately on the website. 

As a less desirable approach, players or team staff can send an e-transfer to payments@vmslsoccer.com. Be sure in the text notes of your e-transfer to indicate that it is a fine payment and who it is for. Fines paid this way require administrator intervention and will not show as paid on the website until manually processed.

VMSL Rules and Regulations: https://vmslsoccer.com/Rules

. Decisions made by the Player and Club Discipline Committees shall be based on the guidelines regarding discipline as declared in the Constitutions of BC Soccer and Canada Soccer respectively. A suspended player or team staff whose suspension remains posted as "to be determined" must attend a Discipline Hearing. A suspended member who does not appear before the Discipline Committee during the next three available Discipline Hearings after being suspended will be subject to the maximum suspension under BC Soccer Guidelines (and the associated fine). Clubs are responsible for outstanding fine payments and ensuring that members attend Discipline Hearings.

Players are welcome to email discipline@vmslsoccer.com to:

·  notify the league that they can not attend an upcoming hearing.

·  inquire about appealing their suspension.