SECTION FIVE YELLOW CARD POLICY
Coaches are obligated to keep track of
all cards a player receives during the season. This includes recording the name
and number of the player, as well as the date and the opponent relative to each
game in which a card was received. All yellow cards should be recorded on-line
when completing on-line game reports. It is suggested that all coaches record
all cards -- including those received by their opponents -- on game summary
sheets submitted to league chairmen.
a player/coach receives four yellow cards
during the regular season, he is ineligible to participate in the next
scheduled game (league or non-league).† Following
this if a player/coach receives two more yellow cards during the regular
season, he is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled game (league or
non-league). For each additional yellow card received, he is obligated to sit
out an additional game. Players/coaches receiving yellow cards in their last
regular season game that result in a game suspension (4-2-1) are ineligible in their first
A player/coach receiving two yellow
cards in a single game will not have two yellow cards counted towards
his yellow card cumulative total. This occasion is considered a red card, and
the player must sit the next scheduled game for the red card.
A player/coach who receives a second
disqualification penalty in the same sport in the same season shall not
participate in the next two regularly scheduled contests and Any player/coach
who receives a third disqualification penalty in the same sport in the same
season will not be allowed to participate for the rest of the season.† If the third ejection takes place in the last
contest of the season, the Section Athletic Council will assess the penalty
carrying over into the next season of participation.(NYS Eligibility Standards)
When a player/coach receives a yellow card
in a game, and then a red card in the same game, that yellow card will count
towards his cumulative total. If this happens to be a yellow card that results
in a game suspension, that player must then sit two consecutive games -- one
for the red card and one for the yellow card. This could impact two postseason
games, should the situation occur in a final regular season game.
Any player/coach who did not receive a
yellow card resulting in a suspension in his last regular season game will have
his yellow card total reset to zero for the postseason. A player who is
ineligible for his first postseason game due to a yellow card suspension will also
have his yellow card total reset to zero after
he has served his one game suspension.
For Section V Tournament play, any
player/coach who receives three
yellow cards is ineligible to participate in his next postseason game,
should his team advance. (This would include any Section Five Tournament games
including the State Qualifier matches i.e. AAA vs. AA).
For the teams that qualify for the
Western Regionalís vs. Section VI, the total of yellow cards per player is
increased to four
for the postseason. (i.e. a player competing in the Western Regionalís or Final
Four must sit the match following his fourth yellow card in the postseason -- including
those received in Sectional play) For each additional yellow card received, a
player is obligated to sit out an additional game. A player who receives his
second yellow card in his last Section Five game is still eligible for
the Western Regionalís.†
The coach of those players ineligible
to participate in any games due to card infractions must inform his league
chairman -- or the appropriate designated representative -- of his players'
The athletic director of a school with
one or more suspended players must report the names of those players to the
league chairman, the AD of the school's next opponent -- and to Gary Pollock of
Section Five. (go to sectionvsoccer.org for contact information)
If an ineligible player/coach
participates in a game despite his card violation, the school/team shall
forfeit that game and the player/coach will also be ineligible to play in the
next scheduled game.
When your season ends, all underclass
players' yellow card totals are reset to zero. The yellow card policy does not
affect any seniors participating in Senior Select Games.
NYS soccer postseason yellow card policy and our postseason yellow card policy
are the same at the state level. Players who receive four yellow cards serve a
one game suspension in their teamís next game.