Zero Tolerance

Because of the physical and verbal abuse taking place at youth sporting events across the country, MYSA, ECYSA and other soccer organizations have adopted a Zero Tolerance Policy. Haverhill Youth Soccer has decided to take a proactive approach and adopt the same.

This policy is for Haverhill Youth Soccer.

It is the responsibility of ALL, coaches, parents, relatives, siblings and players to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves in all matches. Abusive and obscene language, violent play, violent conduct, fighting and other behavior detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of ALL present to support the referee. Spectator and player control includes the times prior to, during and after games at the fields and the surrounding areas.

ALL persons present at any Haverhill Youth Soccer player event shall support the referee and his/her decisions. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee and all other participants and spectators.

It shall be the responsibility of the Haverhill Youth Soccer coaches to live up to and enforce this policy.


  • Any minor infraction: A verbal request (warning) will be given by a coach or referee, and it expected that the reason for the warning will stop immediately.

  • Subsequent infractions: The offending person or player will be asked to leave the playing fields area immediately until their next scheduled event.

  • Serious or consistent infractions: The offending person or player will be asked to leave the playing area immediately and remain off of any Haverhill Youth Soccer playing areas until the Board of Directors has discussed the situation. Haverhill Youth Soccer will reserve the right to take such action, as it deems necessary up to and including permanent dismissal from the Haverhill Youth Soccer leagues and playing areas. Should anyone not comply with these rulings Haverhill Youth Soccer will seek assistance from the local Police department immediately.

It is our intent that this policy should be carried out with a quality amount of understanding and intelligence. It is not our intent to unfairly judge or impede anyone’s enjoyment of the game. These are our children playing a game in an organized environment and a good example needs to be set for them by all of us.