Club Rules

International Soccer Club Mississauga Rules & Regulations

  • Rule 1: OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS
    • Members are required to abide by the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations, and Policies of the Club.
    • Any member or player, or his/her family or friends, who consistently infringes the By-Laws or Rules and Regulations, or Policies of the Club or brings the Club into disrepute may be reprimanded, suspended, or expelled from the Club until a hearing by the Board of Directors or by the District is conducted in accordance with the Club’s Discipline Rules.
    • Any Team Officials found to have a criminal record shall be immediately removed from his/her position by the Board.
    • A Member should not put himself or herself into a position or a perceived position of Conflict of Interest. If a Member is in a position or a perceived position of Conflict of Interest, then the Member must declare their Conflict of Interest and withdraw from the situation.
    • Failure to act in accordance with this Conflict of Interest Policy could be considered as sufficient grounds for removal of an individual from his/her position.
  • Rule 2: REGISTRATION
    • A player, or in the case of a minor, a parent, legal guardian, or individual over the age of 18 shall register on a registration form provided by the Club and pay the required fee at least 72 hours prior to participating in any Club program. To be eligible for registration, a player must be turning four years of age.
  • Rule 3: REFUNDS
    • All payments are fully refundable if the Club cannot host your age group.
    • All refunds are subject to $85 administration fee. No refunds will be granted after April 20th for the outdoor season or after October 1st for the indoor season.
    • Requests for refund must be made in writing to Info@internationalsoccerclub.ca. Please allow 4 weeks for a refund cheque to be processed.
    • In case of season-ending injury or illness, such refunds may come in the form of credit but subject to the approval of the Registrar.
    • No refunds shall be granted to Rep, All Star or Select players once they are assigned to a team roster.
  • Rule 4: TEAM FORMATION POLICY
    • We will do our best to accommodate the requests of team/coach pairings but it is not guaranteed. Player’s family may request to have their participant change teams due to a personality conflict or any other reason.
    • Players may also continue on their team from season to season and year to year as long as they sign up on time. (Some adjustments have to take place when team sizes change.). This will allow teams to build on the same nucleus of friends and that should enhance competitive balance.
    • New players that do not have preference in teams shall be added to teams primarily based on availability.
    • The Club has the Right to change the Coaching staff of the team during or at the end of the season.
    • Benchmakring the Public and Catholic School Boards, the Club teams progress from one Coach to another as they are moving from one season to another. Our coaches are each assigned, trained and certified to coach one specific age/season. As a result, as teams are moving from one season to another, they shall be assigned a new Coach who would be qualified and responsible to coach the team during the new season.
  • Rule 5: PLAYER’S EQUIPMENT
    • For outdoor games, outdoor soccer shoes are the only permitted footwear. For indoor games, indoor soccer shoes or running shoes with non-marking soles are the only permitted footwear.
    • All players must wear shin guards under their socks.
    • No player shall be permitted to play with a cast or with a metal brace.
    • No player shall be permitted to play with any type of jewerly and if they do so, they do so at their own risk.
    • Players are allowed to play with eyeglasses; however they do so at their own risk. The Club is not responsible for damages incurred to eyeglasses.
    • Club will provide a new three-piece uniform (shirt, shorts and socks) in every House League season.
  • Rule 6:  COACHES, MANAGERS AND VOLUNTEERS
    • All coaches will be appointed by the Club. Coaches are appointed to teams for one season and any reappointed, reassignment or un-appointed coach is at the sole and absolute discretion of the Club.
    • Coaches shall adhere to the Club’s policies and to the Coach Agreement.
    • All Coaches shall attend their End of Season Performance Review with the Board of Directors after each season prior to receipt of their pay cheques.
    • All Performance reviews shall be conducted prior to the set date in the coach contract agreement to receive their payment.
    • Managers are responsible for the peripheral and financial team duties other than coaching.
    • Volunteers are appointed by a delegate of the Board of Directors. Volunteers will be appointed for the duration of a specified activity / event and the appointment shall       cease thereafter.
    • From time to time, special events are held requiring additional volunteers. All members are encouraged to assist in such special events.
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall never be alone with a player
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall not be responsible for transportation to/from practices/games/tournaments
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall not be responsible for water or snacks
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall be a role model – no drugs/alcohol/smoking or abusive language at practices/games/tournaments
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall comply with the Dress Code as defined by the Club
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall ADHERE to OSA and Club policies
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall embrace Club values, principles, and policy as per Club Constitution
    • Coaches, Managers and Volunteers shall demonstrate the ability to set and maintain standards for players (i.e. respect, self-discipline, fair play)
    • In the case a male coach is assigned to an all girls team, where available, the club shall make its best efforts to have a team administrator, manager or a representative  to be present during all games and practices.
  • Rule 7: SCREENING MEASURES FOR COACHES
    • Application form or Resume
    • Police Check
    • References (Optional)
    • Experience letters and certificate (Mandatory for AllStar or Rep Coaches only)
    • Complete Respect in Soccer Program. (House League Coaches)
    • For All Star/Rep Coaches only; All Star/Rep Coaches shall complete all the OSA Coaching Certificates needed to satisfy the OSA coaching requirements by division.
    • The ISC covers the costs of all the OSA Coaching Courses and Training Certificates taken by its All Star Coaches that are needed to satisfy the OSA Coaching requirements by division. Unless formally agreed otherwise by the Club Board of Directors, subsequent to completion of the necessary courses, the All Star Coach shall either coach three consecutive years with the Club or refund the full costs of his OSA training courses back to the Club if she/he decides to relocate to another club prior to the end of the three years.
    •  All House League Coaches (HLC) must complete the following criteria prior to signing a HLC Contract with the Club: a) a clean police check record;b) conduct the online coaching course Respect in Soccer (RIS) prior to attending the Club Coach Training and Orientation course (CCTO) and; c) complete the Club Coach Training and Orientation (CCTO) course. Completing the above does not guarantee an immediate coaching position with the Club however, it qualifies the candidate who has completed the courses to secure a coaching position with the ISC or any of the 26 sanctioned Youth Clubs across the Peel Region either at the hiring cycle that is immediately succeeding the training or at any of the upcoming hiring cycles. The ISC has 2 hiring cycles every year; October for the Indoor season and in May for the Outdoor season.
    • As part of the ISC’s initiative in motivating candidates who have completed their course through the ISC to coach with the ISC is to offer a $100 cash incentive plus reimburse the candidate for the cost of the OSA online course; RIS when she/he signs and complete the length of the coaching contract with the ISC. Payment will be added to the last paycheck of the Candidate.
  • Rule 8: REFEREES
    • All Referees must be registered with the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA).
    • Be dressed in accordance to OSA regulations at all games.
    • Referees shall adhere to the Club’s policies and Referee Agreement.
    • U9 & Older games for outdoor season, all Referees shall collect signed game sheets from coaches before the game starts and ensure that parents are sitting at the opposite side of the field to the substitution line. No parent behind the Goal line either.
  • Rule 9: WEATHER POLICY
    • This policy is to be followed for all Club activities, including but not limited to practice sessions, scrimmages and games. This policy is to be enforced by club officials, coaches and referees without exception.
    • If lightning is observed and the interval between the lightning and the accompanying thunder is less than 45 seconds, all soccer activity must be stopped immediately, fields must be cleared and all participants should be advised to find a safe place (such as a car or building) to wait.
    • Soccer activity shall not resume for a minimum of 10 minutes following the last lightning thunder interval less than 45 seconds.
  • Rule 10: OUTDOOR HOUSE LEAGUES
    • The Club shall follow the Laws of the Game as established and recognized by the OSA
    • Our House League program is Coed
    • U8 and Younger. Scrimmages are for fun only and there is no score keeping. Coaches are present on the field to assist players verbally with directions and keep the ball in play in the designated playing area. Parents are also invited to participate in supporting and assisting the coach in providing a relaxed fun environment for the players to enjoy.
    • U9 and Older; All spectators shall remain on the opposite side of the    field from the substitution line. No coaches, parents, spectators or players are to stand behind the goal line.
    • U9 and Older; In the absence of a Referee the Coaches of either/both teams shall agree and appoint a Referee for the game.
    • U9 and Older; All Coaches shall submit a fully completed and signed game sheet to the referee before the game begin.
  • Rule 11: INDOOR HOUSE LEAGUES
    • Indoor house leagues of the Club will follow the OSA Playing Rules for Indoor Soccer.
    • Our House League program is Coed
    • The Club reserves the right to exercise discipline over users of any indoor fields or gymnasium for which the Club holds a permit during the hours for which the permit is effective.
    • Use of or access to an Indoor Lighted Major Pitch (LMP) or any other indoor field or gymnasium mandated to the Club may be denied to parents or to any outside organization at any time for any reason.
    • The Club reserves the right to stipulate the conditions of use to any organization or team using any indoor field or gymnasium mandated to the Club
    • The Club reserves the right to close any indoor field or gymnasium including any indoor LMP at any time even if written consent has been given for its use. Failure to give adequate notice shall not be reason to alter the application of this rule.
    • U8 and Younger. Scrimmages are for fun only and there is no score keeping. Coaches are present on the field to assist players verbally with directions and keep the ball in play in the designated playing area. Parents, if allowed to enter the indoor facilities, are also invited to participate in supporting and assisting the coach in providing a relaxed fun environment for the players to enjoy.
    • U9 and Older; In the absence of a Referee the Coaches of either/both teams shall agree and appoint a Referee for the game.
    • U9 and Older; All Coaches shall submit a fully completed and signed game sheet to the referee before the game begin.
  • Rule 12: DISCIPLINE
    • The International Soccer Club follows the Discipline Policies and Procedures Rules set out by the Ontario Soccer Association. These Policies and Procedures can be found on the OSA website in the OSA Policy Section 9.0 Discipline.
    • Under the ISC Discipline Process all registered members, players and team officials can be charged. The International Soccer Club will investigate all discipline complaints filed in writing. Anonymous complaints will not be considered.
    • Misconduct can be reported by anyone and complaints should be mailed to the Director of Discipline within 90 days of the alleged incident. The International Soccer Club is required to commence action within 30 days.
    • For those discipline cases which fall under the Discipline By Review policy of the Ontario Soccer Association, the accused has the right to request that his/her case be dealt with under the Discipline By Hearing System. This request for a hearing must be received within three (3) days of receiving the dismissal and must be accompanied by the “Request for Hearing Fee” of $125.00.

    Game Related Discipline

    • Discipline is rendered by the Club in accordance with the Ontario Soccer Association Policies on Discipline.
    • The Club shall manage game-related misconduct by players and team officials under the Discipline by Review (DBR) process to the extent permitted by OSA Discipline Policies (OSA Policies, Section 9.0, Policy 7.0).
    • It is the responsibility of the Discipline Review Chairperson to understand where the DBR system may be applied.
    • Any game-related discipline which cannot be handled by DBR, and all Other Discipline, shall be handled under the Discipline by Hearing (DBH) process (OSA Policies, Section 9.0, Policy 8.0).

    Other Discipline

    • Failing to uphold the By-laws, Rules and Regulations or Constitution of ISC
    • Abusing a member, player or player representative verbally or physically
    • Representing ISC while the member’s ability to do so is impaired by any substance.
    • Representing ISC while the member is in a conflict of interest.
    • Giving information about a member or player to a person other that the member or player or his/her authorized representative except with the consent of the member or player or his/her representative or as required or allowed by law falsifying or fabricating a record
    • Signing or issuing a document containing a statement that the member knows or ought to know contains a false or misleading statement.
    • Signing or issuing a certificate, report or similar document without taking reasonable measures to ascertain the accuracy of its contents.
    • Engaging in conduct or performing an act that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonorable, or unprofessional.
    • Breaching an undertaking provided to the By-laws, Rules and Regulations or Constitution of ISC
    • Failing to reply within 30 days to any written communication from the Board of Directors of with respect to a complaint
    • Failing to supervise an auxiliary appropriately (ex. assistant or student coaches)
    • Failing to comply with an order of a the Board of Directors or the Complaints Committee or Discipline Committee of ISC.
    • Failing to maintain a standard of practice of ISC
    • Breaching an agreement with a member, player or other provider
    • Failing to report incidents of unsafe practice or unethical conduct

    Members engaging in the following misconducts may be suspended and disciplined by the Club:

    The Board of Directors shall review the particulars to determine the appropriate action which could include any of the following:

    • An explanation or clarification of Club Rules or Policy
    • A written reprimand or letter of warning against future behavior
    • Suspension from all Club Activities till a notice of a Discipline Hearing takes place
    • A notice of a Discipline Hearing

    Discipline Hearings

    • Each discipline case will be heard by a three member panel appointed by the Board.
    • The accused will be given 15 days-notice of such a hearing (unless all parties agree to an earlier date).
    • The accused will be required to attend the hearing and will be advised in advance of their right to request a postponement, to bring witnesses and to bring an adviser to the hearing.
    • Any accused under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult adviser at any discipline hearing.
    • Any player or team official reported for Game Official Assault will be immediately suspended from all soccer activities.

    Protests

    • All protests and matters of dispute must be submitted to the Club in writing within forty eight (48) hours of the game played.
    • All protests and matters of dispute in the jurisdiction of the club shall be dealt with by a disciplinary committee appointed by the Club.

    Appeals

    • Any appeal of a Club decision shall be made to the Peel Halton Soccer Association in accordance with the organizations Rules and Regulations.
  • Rule 13: SUSPENSION

    The Board of Directors shall review the particulars to determine the appropriate action which could include any of the following:

    • The Club may suspend or expel any Member who fails to comply with the Constitution, By-Laws, Rules & Regulations, and Policies and Procedures of the International Soccer Club or if their conduct is considered prejudicial to the Club or brings the Club into disrepute.
    • Any Member who may be suspended or expelled will receive a written notice by email or by registered mail to present themselves to the Club’s Disciplinary Committee or to the PHSA Disciplinary Committee to respond to any such allegations.
    • The Club may suspend the member until notice of meeting is received which shall state the time and place of the hearing, the reasons for the hearing such that the Member can respond to the allegations, and advise the Member of their right to representation and their rights of appeal.
    • In the event that the Member is suspended or continue to be suspended or expelled by the Disciplinary Committee, then the Member shall be entitled to request that the matter be resolved pursuant to the OSA’s Dispute Resolution Process at any time.
  • Rule 14: HARASSMENT

    The International Soccer Club has a strong Code of Conduct for all its members. Please bring your concerns to the attention of our Director of Discipline. Should your concern   go beyond the scope of the Code of Conduct, please read the OSA Policy Section 13.0 Harassment and contact the District Harassment Coordinator or call the District Association at (905)-890-1568.

  • Rule 15: VOLUNTEER SCREENING POLICY

    The International Soccer Club (the “ISC”) accepts its responsibility to children, young adults, parents, players, volunteers and staff involved in its programs and the ISC is committed to ensuring adherence to the Volunteer Screening Policy (VSP) to support the foundation of a sound, safe and a healthy soccer experience in our community. The ISC recognizes that the Volunteer Screening Policy is a proactive measure to protect the youth and to impose screening measures so as to detect those not suitable to act    as volunteers. Please note that a designated Club Representative may contact parents by phone for informal interviews on the performance of the team staff. The ISC is also committed to providing an environment free of harassment on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability. The ISC shall maintain a zero tolerance policy for any cases of harassment. If you seek access to the VSP and/or believe you have an experience that contravenes the Club, please email our Volunteer Screening Officer at info@internationalsoccerclub.ca.

  • Rule 16: PARENTS’ CODE OF CONDUCT

    The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles; Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Good citizenship.

    The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”

    I therefore as a parent/Guardian agree:

    • Please notify the team Coach / Manager of any allergies or health issues re the player.
    • I will not smoke or bring Alcoholic beverages around the soccer fields.
    • I understand that Group Snacks are not the responsibility of the Club nor the coach and it can be easily arranged among parents as a group effort.
    • I will not force my child to participate in sports.
    • I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
    • I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
    • I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
    • I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
    • I (and my guests) are fully responsible for our own safety as spectators during our presence watching the games and /or during our presence at any ISC owned or rented premises and release the Club, the OSA and the PHSA from any liability.
    • I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
    • I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
    • I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
    • I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
    • I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
    • I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
    • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
    • I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also deemphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
    • I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
    • I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
    • I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
    • I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
    • I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to any of the following:
      • Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of league organization.
      • Written warning.
      • Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by organizations involved.
      • Game forfeit through the official or coach (internal league).
      • Parental season suspension.
  • Photography and Videotaping

    Videotaping the players, the coaches and/or the parents during, before or after practices and/or games without a written consent from the club is strictly prohibited.

    Taking pictures and/or videotaping the players, the coaches and/or the parents during, before or after practices and/or games for the purpose of selling them to the parents and/or to the public without a written consent from the Club and a written consent from all the parents is strictly prohibited./p>

    Parents have the right to take a picture or two of their children playing on the field.  However, club management would ask you to cease and desist if it becomes a concern to one or more of the other parents who have children playing on the same field./p>

    If the member continues to take pictures of the children while disregarding the concerns of the other parents and/or any of the above policies, the member will be warned that her/his membership at the International Soccer Club will be terminated./p>

    If the member disregards the above warnings and fails to comply with any of the above policies, the following actions may be taken against the member:

    • Club management may call the authorities to escort the member from the field.
    • His/her membership with the International Soccer Club will be suspended and the individual and their family members will be prohibited from accessing any of the club fields, games, practices or programs made by the Club to serve our community during this season and every season thereafter.
    • The individual and their family members are to stay at least 200 yards away from all ISC members, coaches, volunteers, management, games, fields, parking lots or any other facility that is occupied by the club members at all times during this season and every season thereafter.
    • Failing to comply with the above will leave management no choice but to contact Peel Regional Police and take all the necessary legal actions to ensure the safety, the security and the privacy of the club members and their children are not violated.