NSSL 2010-11 Rules and Regulations (Under Review)
RULE 1 - Team Registration
Team registration fees must be paid in accordance with the procedure as set out in the NSSL By-laws.
Upon payment of the registration fees, each Club must provide the names and addresses, including telephone numbers, of two contact persons for the purpose of receiving all communications from the NSSL Office for that team. Team Contacts must have one of voice mail/answering machine or e-mail or fax. It is the explicit responsibility of the Club to ensure that the NSSL Office is notified, in writing, of any changes in these contacts and to provide updated information.
Any team registering to play in the NSSL shall comply with the Canadian Police Information Computer[CPIC] clearance policy as established by the Canadian Soccer Association and/or Soccer Nova Scotia in order to complete the team's registration. This applies to any adult traveling with a team in any official capacity.
Teams withdrawing from play after the registration deadline in any season, automatically forfeit the original registration fee, and must post a performance bond equal to double the registration fee in effect, if the same team applies to register for the next succeeding season. The performance bond will be forfeit if the same team withdraws after the registration deadline.
At its discretion, the NSSL Board may require referee fees and/or turf fees to be paid as part of team registration fees.
RULE 2 - Premier and First Division Senior Requirements
Admission of New Teams, Application for Re-admission to Premier Divisions, Relegation and Promotion
Clubs wishing to have a new team participate in the men’s and/or women’s Premier Divisions or First Divisions must include the following with their application:
 A list of Officers of the Club and a letter from their District indicating that the Club is in good standing.
 A copy of the Soccer Nova Scotia (or Provincial Association) Team Registration Form
 The team's budget for their first outdoor season.
 A deposit equal to the registration fee for the division.
 A brief history of the team's recent competitive level and successes of play, and an indication of the names and playing experience of at least five of its core players.
 The team that finishes last in the standings of each year's outdoor men's and women's premier division play shall apply in writing by January 1st each year for re-admission to league play for the immediately following, or any subsequent outdoor season. The application for re-admission must include the club's plan to improve the competitiveness of its team. The application will be evaluated by the NSSL Board, using criteria that include, but are not limited to  the present and future competitiveness of the team  the team's demonstrated professionalism in commitment to the schedule, fielding and properly dressing appropriate numbers of players, organization and conduct of players and team support staff [coach, trainer, etc.]
7 [a] Premier Committee
- The League shall form a Premier Committee comprised of four members selected by the Executive from among the nominees made by each team registered to play Premier soccer.
- The Chairperson of this committee shall be the Vice-President of the League or as named by the president from time to time.
- The purpose of this committee shall be to discuss and make recommendations on issues pertaining to Premier teams only, and shall have input to the League's Board regarding the evaluation and performance of the Premier Coordinator-who shall serve ex-officio on the Committee.
- The Committee shall meet at least four times during the calendar year.
7 [b] All premier teams must, as part of team registration, designate a person to be available, if selected, to serve on this Committee. Failure to designate a representative will make the team registration incomplete. Failure of a team representative to participate in this Committee may result in that team's registration not being accepted the following year.
8 Promotion and Relegation (not in effect for 2012)
- [a] The highest placed eligible team in the final standings of the First Division and the lowest placed in the Premier Division shall play a two game total goal series. The winner shall advance to the SNS Provincials and (the loser shall neither advance nor) play in the Premier Division the following season.
- [b] No club shall have more than one team eligible to play in the Premier Division
- [c] For the inaugural (or restart after an absence ) season of a First Division, The NSSL Board shall, at its discretion, make final determinations, prior to the start of the season, on team placement in the First or Premier Divisions.
RULE 3 - Player Registration
Clubs shall register players in accordance with rules set forth by Soccer Nova Scotia from time to time. The deadlines for player registration and player transfer shall be as designated by Soccer Nova Scotia from time to time.
In order to participate in the Competitions leading directly to Nationals Canadian Soccer Association and Soccer Nova Scotia eligibility rules must be met.
No player shall be deemed registered for participation nor shall a player compete in any game of the NSSL unless they are registered with Soccer Nova Scotia and confirmation of their registration has been forwarded to the NSSL Office prior to play.
Clubs shall register no less than fourteen (14) and no more than twenty-two (22) players on an outdoor team; and no less than ten (10) and no more than eighteen (18) players on an indoor team.
Only players registered on a team are eligible to compete in the senior championships, challenge and final round games in indoor play and playoff games between divisions in outdoor play. Temporary Registration Permits are not valid for these games.
The deadlines for registering new players are those established by the governing body for the outdoor and indoor playing seasons.
Where a team has been found to have played an ineligible player, the game will be a forfeit and Rule 9 will apply. The Coach who allowed the ineligible player to play may be subject to disciplinary action by the NSSL.
RULE 4 - Transfer/Movement of Players
A. Transfer deadlines shall be in compliance with those established by the governing body
B. It shall be an offence for any team or club to attempt to induce a registered player to transfer from the team or club with which he/she is registered. Any team or club charged and found guilty of this offence shall:
- Where an attempt to induce a player to transfer has been made, pay the sum of two hundred and fifty ($250.00) dollars plus the costs of the disciplinary hearing to the NSSL;
- Where a player has been induced to transfer, forfeit all games in which the player in question participated (Rule 9 will apply).
C. Any team participating in the NSSL Outdoors may play a player who is not registered with the team only under the following conditions:
- i. The non-roster player uses a TEMPORARY REGISTRATION PERMIT.
- ii. Within the same club, any player from a lower age, tier or division team may play up to a higher team with no limit on the number of games playing up. No Temporary Registration Permit is required, but players must be identified on the game sheet with an asterisk (*).
D. Any team participating in the NSSL Indoors may play a player who is not registered with the team only under the following conditions:
- i. Transfer rules will be in accordance with Soccer Nova Scotia Regulations.
- ii. A player may play for a team to which s/he is not registered by utilizing a Temporary Registration Permit. A Temporary Registration Permit must be used for all player movement between teams of different clubs.
- iii. A player may play for teams to which (s) he is not registered, a maximum of three (3) times during the indoor season.
- iv. Within the same club, a player registered on a lower, age, tier or division team may be called up to play on a higher age, tier or division team, an unlimited number of times, as long as the maximum number of dressed players rule is followed. No paperwork necessary.
- v. The player is registered to play indoor for the current season
E. A player may not register or play for more than one team in the same League, Cup, or Age-Gender Division of the NSSL. The penalty for defaulting on this Regulation shall be a 3:0 loss for the team playing the ineligible player.
RULE 5 - Team Uniforms and Team Captain
A. Each team participating in the NSSL shall have two sets of shirts and socks in two distinct colours. Teams will declare their home colours by April 15th and will wear these colours at all home games.
B. Prior to the commencement of the game, if both teams are wearing the same or similar colors, the “away” team must change. Pinnies are not acceptable in outdoor games.
- If the “away” team does not have alternate color socks; the game will be played and the Referee will note this fact on the game sheet and the team may be assessed costs.
- If the “away” team does not have alternate color shirts, the game will be abandoned and the away team will be assessed all costs associated with the abandoned and rescheduled games. If they choose to forfeit the game, Rule 9 will apply.
C. All players of a team, with the exception of the goalkeeper, shall wear the same distinct combination of jersey, shorts and sock colors. Failure to do so shall result in assessments ($25.00 per infraction) to the team or club. Each player’s jersey shall have a unique number on the back , including the Keeper
D. Teams must have only one captain take the coin toss, and that person must be wearing full uniform and captain's armband [no T-shirt, track suit or sweat top].
If the captain leaves the field of play through substitution, injury or ejection, the captain's armband must be given to another on-field player, who shall act as team captain.
E. Teams that fail to meet these requirements shall be levied a $25 assessment.
RULE 6 - Outdoor Games - Game Sheets
For Printing GameSheet, See tab on left side of web page
The game sheet is the only official record of a NSSL game. Teams are required to complete game sheets properly, maintain their copy on file, ensure that the game sheet has been properly completed by the coach/manager and referee and transmitted to the League office.
Each team shall complete an NSSL game sheet for each game. Only players whose names appear on the game sheet may take part in the game. Coaches may not add names to the game sheet after the game has been initalled and given to the referee fifteen minutes prior to game time. If a player's name is missed at the start of the game, the Referee will add the name and note that the player was not on the game sheet at kick off. The added player(s) will be considered eligible if they are registered team players and the team's roster does not exceed eighteen (18).
Game sheets must be given to the referee, or one of the assistant referees, 15 minutes prior to kick-off time. Teams that fail to meet this requirement shall be levied a $25 assessment via their Club.
At the end of the game, the NSSL encourages the Referee to meet with team officials to review the game sheet for accuracy of recorded goal scorers, players, and cards. Discrepancies must be noted on the game sheet. Once submitted, the game sheet becomes the official record of the game.
Fifteen (15) minutes before kick-off time, the home team shall provide the Referee with two suitable size 5 game balls.
Payment of referees (outdoor): (See REFEREE FEES left menu bar)
NSSL teams must have correct change and notes for each game official, or, if paying by cheque, a cheque for each official. The cash or cheques must be placed in a separate envelope for each game official.
The home team is responsible for the payment of officials fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the game.
Teams that breach Rule 6 shall pay the sum of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars to the NSSL for each infraction.
Indoor Referee Payment (2010-2011)
Following the practice successfully used during the summer season by all clubs at all the NSSL age groups, the NSSL will not be collecting Referee fees from HRM clubs for disbursement by the league for Indoor games this year. Clubs are being asked to have their teams pay half of the required fee at each game. This does alleviate problems associated with HRM teams being listed on the schedule as the home team, with the game however, being played in Stellarton or Bridgewater etc.
Substitutions, Length of Games, and Other
Substitutions in youth league and playdown games shall be made pursuant to the following conditions:
- i. Unlimited substitutions (with no substitution cards required) provided that not more than three (3) substitutions are made at any one time;
- ii. Substitutions may be made at any stoppage in play at the discretion of the Referee.
Substitutions in premier division games shall be made pursuant to the following conditions:
- i. Five (5) substitutions during the game (substitution cards required) and unlimited substitutions at half-time;
- ii. Substitutions may be made at any stoppage in play at the discretion of the referee.
Each game shall consist of two (2) halves of forty (40) minutes in the U-14 division and forty-five (45) minutes in all other divisions.
Each team may dress a maximum of eighteen (18) players per game. Only the seven (7) substitutes, and a maximum of four (4) registered team officials may sit on the team bench during the game. A team will be considered in default if they have less than seven players fifteen (15) minutes after the scheduled kick off time.
All players on the bench shall wear a jersey or tracksuit top over their uniform [stripping and sunbathing is not acceptable].
All equipment [first aid kit, clothing, water bottles, sport bags etc] must be stored behind the bench.
The field of play shall be clearly marked and comply with The Laws of the Game. Regulation goal nets and corner flags shall be provided by the home team and be in-place thirty (30) minutes before kick-off time. The Referee shall be the judge as to the fitness of the field of play. Protests regarding the fitness of the field of play will not be heard.
If the scheduled field is not available for play and the NSSL has made alternate arrangements, the game must be played.
Communication of Results
For Printing Game Results, See tab on left side of web page
Please note: Soccer Nova Scotia uses the standings ten (10) days prior to Provincials to determine who will compete in the Provincial Championships. Coaches should ensure game sheets are submitted to the NSSL Office immediately following games during the last week of the season .
Where a game has been delayed for any reason and it is the opinion of either the coaches or the Referee that a portion of the game will be played in near or total darkness (in the absence of suitable lighting):
The coaches may agree, prior to the start of the game, to reduce the time for each half; or
The Referee, where the coaches cannot agree as to the length of the game, may declare the length of the halves, provided he/she does not reduce the halves by more than ten (10) minutes, or
The Referee may declare the game abandoned.
Where weather conditions result in unsafe playing conditions, the game will be suspended for a period for a maximum of twenty (20) minutes. If play cannot resume during that time, the game will be abandoned.
Where the Referee, after the start of an NSSL game, chooses to abandon the game due to weather (lightening etc) or deteriorating field conditions, that game shall be replayed in its entirety. However, after approximately 75 % of any game has been played ( 70 minutes of a 90 minute game; 60 minutes of an 80 minute game or 35 minutes of an indoor game) such a game will be considered to be a complete game and no replay will be considered.
RULE 7 - Indoor Games
Each Team shall print the appropriate e-game sheet from the NSSL Website and shall present it to the away team for completion/update at least five (5) minutes prior to game time. Only players whose names appear on the game sheet may take part in the game. If a player's name is missed at the start of the game, the Referee will add the name and note that the player was not on the game sheet when submitted to the Referee. The added player(s) will be considered eligible if they are registered team players and the team's roster does not exceed eighteen (18).
Five (5) minutes before kick-off time, the home team shall provide the Referee with two suitable size 5 game balls
Game sheets must be given to the Referee no later than half time.
Each team may dress a maximum of eighteen (18) players per game.
NSSL indoor games will be played with seven (7) players, one of whom shall be the keeper.
Only the registered substitutes and a maximum of four (4) registered team officials may sit on the team bench during the game.
A team will be considered in default if they have less than five (5) players ten (10) minutes after the scheduled kick off time.
If it is the opinion of the Referee that the game cannot be played because the facility is not considered safe (e.g. power failure, leaky roof, etc.) or the facility is closed by the Facility Operator due to worsening road and/or weather conditions, the game will be abandoned and rescheduled.
Games are played under the Soccer Nova Scotia Rules and Regulations for Indoor Soccer.
Player kit bags are not permitted on the turf.
Teams will have access to a dressing room twenty (20) minutes prior to kick off, during their game and for 20 minutes after the end of the game. Keys can be picked up from the Attendant on duty.
Teams are responsible for the return of the key and leaving the dressing room clean and tidy. Teams not meeting their dressing room responsibilities will lose their dressing room privileges and be assessed costs associated with replacing the key and cleaning the dressing room. They will be required to post a performance bond of five hundred ($500) dollars with the appropriate indoor facility to have dressing room privileges reinstated.
At the end of the game, Referees are encouraged to meet with team officials to review the game sheet for accuracy of recorded goal scorers, players, and cards. Discrepancies must be noted on the game sheet. Once signed, the game sheet becomes the official record of the game.
The Referee will deliver the the NSSL game sheets to a representative official (Coach/Manager/Stats person) of both teams. Home teams are responsible for the submission of game results.
Notice : Indoor Referee Payment (2010-2011)
Following the practice successfully used during the 2010 summer season by all clubs at all the NSSL age groups, the NSSL will not be collecting Referee fees from clubs for disbursement by the league for Indoor games. Each team will pay half of the required fee at each game. This does alleviate problems associated with HRM teams being listed on the schedule as the home team, with the game however, being played in Stellarton or Bridgewater or Kentville etc.
RULE 8 - League Standings
For all divisions, a team's standing within a division shall be determined by a point system based on three (3) points for a win, one (1) point for a draw and zero (0) points for a loss.
A maximum difference of five (5) goals in each game shall be considered when two or more senior teams are tied in the standings.
Where two or more teams are tied in the standings of a division at the conclusion of the season, the higher standing will be awarded to:
- i. The team with the best winning record of the games between the teams; failing which
- ii. The team with the best goal difference (goal difference shall be calculated by subtracting goals conceded from goals scored) in games involving tied teams; failing which
- iii. The team with the least goals against involving the tied teams; failing which
- iv. The team with the best goal difference (goal difference shall be calculated by subtracting goals conceded from goals scored) overall; failing which
- v. The team with the least goals against overall.
ALL NSSL Indoor Playoffs will feature the top 3 teams in a Division. Third Place teams play Second Place teams in the semi-final and the winner advances to the Championship Games vs The First Place Teams
Where teams are tied at the end of regulation play in an indoor playoff game, the referee will immediately go to a Shootout following the current Soccer NS Rules.
Where teams are tied at the end of an NSSL Outdoor match in which a winner must be declared, the match will go into extra time (two halves of (10) minutes for Under-14 games; fifteen (15) minutes for all other games). The first team to score a goal in extra time will immediately be declared the winner (golden goal). If there is no goal scored in extra time, the match will be decided by kicks from the penalty spot in accordance with FIFA regulations.
SNS requires the NSSL to submit the top four finishers to SNS immediately following the conclusion of the NSSL season for each division. This will then be used by SNS to determine the participants in each SNS Provincial Championship. SNS also allows for non-NSSL teams to challenge for positions in the Provincials.
NSSL teams advancing to Provincials from a split division with an unequal number of teams in each division will be ranked by a ratio of team points divided by the maximum number of points that could be obtained in that division except as outlined below.
If two teams from different divisions have a point difference equal to 3x the difference in number of games the higher standing will be awarded to:
- i. The team with the best winning record of the games between the teams; failing which
- ii. The team with the best goal difference (goal difference shall be calculated by subtracting goals conceded from goals scored divided by the number of games in the division); failing which
- iii. The team with the least goals against divided by the number of games in the division; failing which
- iv. The ratio of the team’s points divided by the maximum number of points that could be obtained in the division.
RULE 9 - Defaults and Forfeits
A defaulted game is one in which one or both teams do not have the minimum number of players necessary to play the game.
A forfeited game is one that is played and subsequently forfeited for a rule violation.
Where a team defaults or forfeits an NSSL game, the Board of the NSSL may:
- 1) Assess costs up to a maximum of two hundred (200%) percent of the team’s NSSL fees; assessments must be paid by the deadline stated on the notice of assessment; which will not be less than seven (7) business days after the date of the notice; the Board may use these assessments to reimburse teams for travel costs to forfeited or defaulted games. If not paid by the deadline, the team will be considered to be not in good standing, and/or
- 2) Order the game to be rescheduled; and/or
- 3) Their opponent shall be awarded a win with a score of 3-0 or the score of the game, whichever is better; and/or
- 4) Declare the game a forfeited or defaulted game and award no points.
On the second default or forfeit within the same season, the Board will meet and at the discretion of the Board, the team may be expelled from the League.
A third default or forfeit within the same season is automatic expulsion from the League.
Teams who play while not in good standing will be deemed to have forfeited the game and the above rules will apply.
The Board may in its discretion grant a team relief against forfeiture and permit the results of a forfeited game as reflected on the game sheet to stand if the Board is satisfied that:
- a) the rule violation was unintentional;
- b) there was no bad faith on the part of the club, team, coach, and any player involved;
- c) the rule violation did not create any advantages or disadvantages to the teams or players involved in the game; and
- d) the rule violation has not undermined the integrity of the league or exposed the league to liability.
RULE 10 - Appeals and Protests
The NSSL’s Discipline Committee shall deal with all protests and appeals, except decisions of the Board of the NSSL. Each hearing held by the League shall be conducted in accordance with Soccer Nova Scotia Rules and Regulations. All protests shall be submitted in writing to the NSSL Office no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the end of the game being protested, Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays excepted.
Appeals shall be submitted in writing to the NSSL Office no later than seven (7) days after the date of the original decision.
All protests and appeals must be accompanied by a fee of one hundred ($100.00) dollars. In the event that the appeal or protest is upheld, the fee shall be refunded. If the appeal or protest is denied, the fee will be forfeited.
On receipt of an appeal or protest, the NSSL Office shall, within forty-eight (48) hours, send a copy of the appeal or protest to all related parties who shall have the right to attend a hearing. Any party may waive that right in writing, in which case the appeal or protest will be dealt with in their absence.
Any team directly involved in a protest or appeal who is not satisfied with the decision rendered may appeal to the Soccer Nova Scotia Discipline and Appeals Committee provided the said appeal involves only an interpretation of the By-Laws or Rules of Soccer Nova Scotia or of a League or District in Membership.
RULE 11 - Discipline
All Discipline issues will be governed by Soccer NS Policies and Procedures
For normal discipline issues outlined under the SNS Discipline Policy, the NSSL Administrator (using the report submitted by the Game Official to SNS) will dispense penalties following guidelines/rules as outlined by SNS. This will include penalties awarded for Violent Conduct, Serious Foul Play etc. Players, teams or Clubs may appeal these decisions and a Discipline Hearing will be set up following SNS guidelines (below).
Each discipline hearing held by the League shall be conducted in accordance with Soccer Nova Scotia Policies and Procedures.
Players subject to suspension for a period of four games or less for misconduct in accordance with Soccer NS Discipline Guidelines shall be responsible for such automatic suspensions. Managers and Coaches are responsible for ensuring that players on their teams serve such suspensions.
RULE 12 - Discipline to Protect the League
Where a team or player violates any of the Laws of the Game, rules and policies of the Canadian Soccer Association, Soccer Nova Scotia or the NSSL; or
Where a team or team staff member or player behaves in any manner that indicates or demonstrates a pattern of conduct which is prejudicial to the best interest of the NSSL;
Then the President of the NSSL may:
- I. issue a warning to any manager, player or coach about such conduct;
- II. suspend one or more of the manager, coach or players of a team, or any combination thereof or not less than one and not more than five (5) games;
- III. order the forfeiture of a game (Rule 9 will apply);
- IV. suspend a team from further NSSL play until such time as they show cause to the NSSL’s Board of Directors as to why that team should be allowed to continue to play in the NSSL in the particular division affected or any other division.
In the event that a team is suspended, the affected team will have a minimum of seven (7) days from the date of written notification of its suspension to prepare their submission to the NSSL’s Board of Directors.
The team affected may waive this preparation time in writing if it so chooses.
The NSSL’s Board of Directors will meet no later than ten (10) days after the President has suspended a team to hear that team's reasons as to why they should be allowed to participate in the league. The onus will be on the team to demonstrate why the suspension should be lifted.
RULE 13 - Game Officials
All outdoor games shall have one Referee and two Assistants assigned; indoor games shall have one Referee assigned. Games shall be played if two assigned officials are present. Club linesmen are, at the referee's discretion, encouraged.
A paid fourth official shall be assigned to all premier division games designated by the league as "show-case games".
All game officials for premier games in the HRM shall be assigned by one or more persons as designated by the league.
The NSSL will ensure suitable arrangements have been made for the assignment of officials in other regions of the province.
The home team is responsible for the payment of officials at outdoor and indoor games. For Indoor games, it is determined that both participating teams will pay half of the required referee fee.
The reason for all ejections must be noted on the game sheet.
Referees shall file a misconduct report on all players or team officials ejected from NSSL games for offences against officials, violent conduct and serious foul play within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
The referee in all NSSL youth games, and all three officials in premier division games, must, by June 1st each year, have  passed the fitness test Soccer Nova Scotia requires for the referee's level of classification, and  satisfactorily attended any refresher clinic or special NSSL clinic required by the S.N.S. Referee Development Committee.
The game officials are responsible for returning the two game balls to the home team at the end of an outdoor game; providing, that any ball kicked away from the field of play has been retrieved by the home team. The game officials are not responsible for retrieving game balls.
RULE 14 - Scheduling
All League outdoor and indoor games will be played as scheduled at any facility deemed appropriate by the NSSL.
All NSSL Games will be scheduled on Turf Fields where possible. This rule will extend to other areas as Turf Fields come on-line e.g. Valley, Cape Breton, Antigonish)
Reschedule Request Process March 2014
Clubs will be requested in late February to provide to the League by March 15 the dates they would prefer the League NOT schedule games. These dates are generally in response to activities outside of soccer such as high school obligations. Taking into consideration the Sanctioning Agreement with SNS and the information provided by the clubs the League will prepare draft schedules which will be sent to the clubs on or about April 9. Clubs will have one week to review the draft schedules noting any errors or omissions. Taking into consideration the club feedback on errors or omissions final schedules will be released on or about April 19.
Rescheduling Youth Games
Youth teams will have between the release of the final schedule and May 15 to request changes to their teams schedule providing they notify the League in writing they have an agreement with the opposing team to reschedule which includes the new (1) date and (2) location. The team initiating the request will assume all costs associated with the rescheduled game.
After May 15 the League will not accept youth team request(s) to reschedule games except those caused by weather related factors or very exceptional circumstances.
Rescheduling Senior Games
Senior teams will have between the release of the final schedule and May 31 to request changes to their teams schedule providing they notify the League in writing they have an agreement of the opposing team to reschedule which includes the new (1) date and (2) location. The team initiating the request will assume all costs associated with the rescheduled game.
After May 31 the League will not accept senior team request(s) to reschedule games except those caused by weather related factors or very exceptional circumstances.
Number of League Games:
Draws for outdoor and indoor leagues will be determined by the NSSL's Board of Directors and will be set to give teams, unless there are exceptional circumstances, a minimum of fourteen (14) league games, and a maximum as determined by the NSSL Executive, and approved by the Board.
Youth teams which have more than four players on a Nova Scotia, Atlantic or CSA all-star team or attending a provincial team selection camp as agreed between the NSSL and Soccer Nova Scotia, may request rescheduling of games to be played when their players have Atlantic or CSA all-star game commitments by following the NSSL Reschedule Process (above) under exceptional circumstances.
It is responsibility of coaches to request rescheduling within forty-eight (48) hours of the announcement of the team so their opponents receive timely notice of the postponement of games. Requests received after forty-eight (48) hours of the announcement will not be rescheduled.
When games are postponed due to weather, it is the responsibility of the league administrator to reschedule the games. Teams will be given at least seventy-two (72) hours notice of the rescheduled game unless it is the last two (2) weeks of the season, in which case, teams will receive twenty-four (24) hours notice.
All indoor games will be played as scheduled by the NSSL.
Draws will be determined by the NSSL's Board of Directors and will be set to give teams a minimum of fourteen (14) games, and a maximum as established by the League Executive, and approved by the Board .
Games postponed or cancelled due to facility closure will be rescheduled. The NSSL will try to give teams, seven (7) days notice, but this will not always be possible.
When the number of postponed or abandoned games is greater than the number of days available for rescheduling, schedules & draws may have to be changed.
Unless otherwise provided in these rules, the NSSL's Board of Directors will determine the status of abandoned matches.
Youth Travel Policy
Where distances to/from a location are greater than 4 hours, home and away would be adjusted and a weekend trip scheduled. Games between Cape Breton and Valley, HRM or the South Shore would be scheduled for a weekend trip with the CB team travelling once. Normally, teams would not be scheduled for more than one overnight trip.
Day travel between Cape Breton and Pictou, Antigonish or Colchester Counties would be adjusted to balance the travel among these teams.
In round robin play, except as provided in 1st bullet, teams will play home and away.
In split round robin crossover games involving travel beyond the HRM, home and away will be adjusted to try and give all teams the same number of travel days, provided all teams in the division have the same travel pattern. The 3rd game of a triple RR will be played in HRM). In Indoor play, all games involving HRM teams with Valley South Shore or Highland teams, will be played at the non-HRM facility due to lack of required playing time at SNS in Halifax.
In split round robin crossover games between teams in the HRM, home games will be divided as evenly as possible.
Where distances to/from a location are greater than 4 hours the NSSL Board shall use its discretion to arrange playing of the make-up game at a midpoint location. All star games played outside of the metro area shall be played at a midpoint location.
Rule 15 - Board Administration
A. Minutes of Meetings
- Minutes shall be kept of all meetings of the NSSL and its Committees, and they shall be submitted for ratification to the next relevant meeting.
- Copies of minutes of each Committee meeting shall be submitted promptly to that committee's members and to the NSSL’s Board of Directors.
- Copies of minutes of the NSSL’s Board of Directors meetings shall be submitted to the Soccer Nova Scotia Executive.
- All persons appointed to represent the NSSL shall be entitled to claim expenses incurred in their duties at rates established from time to time by the NSSL. Claims for reimbursement shall be submitted promptly and expenses must be supported by receipt.
- Members of the NSSL’s Board of Directors and NSSL staff shall be entitled to a refund of all expenses incurred during the performance of their duties.
- NSSL Committee Chairs and Committee members shall be entitled to a refund of all expenses incurred as members of a Committee when those expenses have been incurred directly as a result of Committee work.
C. NSSL Communications
- All correspondence and communications made with respect to NSSL matters will be made through the office of the appropriate officer of the NSSL.
- It is expressly recognized that communication between Soccer Nova Scotia and the members of the NSSL concerning NSSL matters will be made through the NSSL's Executive Committee.