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   STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

 

ARTICLE 1 – BUSINESS

 

SECTION 1. THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION SHALL BE PIONEER LEAGUE, HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS PIONEER LEAGUE OR IN CASES OF FOOTBALL BUSINESS – PFL

 

SECTION 2. THE PURPOSE OF THE PFL IS TO REGULATE AND PROMOTE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF YOUTH ATHLETICS AMONG ALL OF ITS MEMBERS AND AFFILIATES.

 

SECTION 3.  THE ADMINISTRATION OF LEAGUE BUSINESS WILL BE ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE 501©(3) PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE REGISTERED NON-PROFIT.

 

ARTICLE 2 – LEAGUE STRUCTURE

 

SECTION 1. CONFERENCES WILL BE ADDED AT THE DISCRETION AND DIRECTION OF OWNERSHIP AND LEAGUE EXECUTIVE BOARD. CONFERENCES WILL BE DIRECTED AND MANAGED BY APPOINTED PRESIDENTS AND CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE BOARDS THAT ARE FORMED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE OWNERS IN THOSE RESPECTIVE CONFERENCES.   IN CASES WHERE THERE ARE NO CONFERENCES THAT COVER AN AGE DIVISION OR A PARTICULAR SPORT – THE LEAGUE CAN SEPERATELY OPERATE THAT AGE DIVISION OR SPORT UNDER THE LEAGUE BANNER WITHOUT CONFERENCE AFFILIATION.

 

SECTION 2. ADMINISTRATION OF ALL BUSINESS IN THE PIONEER LEAGUE SHALL BE AT THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY OF ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL WHICH WILL CONSIST OF THE CONFERENCE BOARDS HAVING ONE VOTE WITH LEAGUE EXECUTIVE BOARD BREAKING ANY TIES ON VOTES. CONFERENCES THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE ARE REPRESENTED ON THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL.  REPRESENTATION FOR EACH ORGANIZATION CAN BE MADE BY EITHER (1) PRESIDENT OF THE CONFERENCE (2) CHOOSEN REPRESENTATIVE CHOOSEN BY CONFERENCE BOARD.

 

SECTION 3 – SPECIAL COMMITTEES

PART A. SPECIAL COMMITTEES MAY BE APPOINTED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL TO CONDUCT PFL BUSINESS ON SUBJECTS NOT EXPRESSLY COVERED BY THESE PROCEDURES.

PART B. A SPECIAL COMMITTEE HEAD AND/OR COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE APPOINTED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL AND THE SCOPE OF SAID COMMITTEE‘S INFLUENCE REGARDING PFL DECISION MAKING, AS IT PERTAINS TO THE COMMITTEE SUBJECT MATTER, WILL ALSO BE DETERMINED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL WITH TIEBREAKERS BEING UP TO LEAGUE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

 

SECTION 4 – EXECUTIVE BOARD –

ALL PIONEER LEAGUE OFFICERS WILL BE APPOINTED AND OPERATE UNDER THE DISCRETION OF OWNERSHIP.   CONFERENCES PROCESS OF EXECUTIVE SELECTION IS UP TO THEIR OWN DISCRETION.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER –

Conduct the business of the League in all sports, business and diplomatic matters. Assist conferences in handing down fines, quality control and other infractions associated with the Pioneer bylaws. Conduct a yearly review of conferences including identifying and executing conference contract terms on behalf of the league. Be involved in and mediates all decisions concerning the league. Top ambassador of the league to promote, create and execute items for the benefit of the league.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER –

Clarifies bylaw violations or conflicts between organizations. Including confirming acceptability of fields, availability of non-league travel games, enforcement of all rules Pioneer bylaws. Identifies possible issues in operations and identifies and executes solutions based on what’s best for the vision of the league. Speak on behalf of and represent the league on outside matters including vendors and outside agencies in order to open opportunities for programs to take advantage of including managing staff to collect all event information for maximum participation and execution of all league events.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER –

Records the collection of league money for each conference, and oversees and checks financial records of the league. Provide to the members the amount of available money and work with ownership on operating budget of the league including expenditures and any money or other assets given to the league. Identifies needs and scouts bids for league needs. (Does not handle funds directly)

LEAGUE SECRETARY –

Record meeting minutes and providing meeting minutes to all members the following day, sends out league notifications and correspondences provide new team applications and registration.  Collects and processes rosters sent into the league and assists teams in being compliant with league paperwork. Observes, assists and facilitates league general managers in best practices and bylaw compliance.

DIRECTOR OF OFFICIALS – 

Control of all officials, schedule officials for all games, provide a score reporting sheet for all games for officials to use, provide officials with the correct rules, hand out fines to officials, ensure they are professional and on time. Referees services will be bided out for the best price.

DIRECTOR OF THE PIONEER LEAGUE PLAYERS UNION –

Advise and handle all bylaws issues pertaining to players rights. Handle player transactions, suspensions and eligibility issues.

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS –

Promotes the league by way of media, social media, Pioneer website, news paper advertisement and community outreach, help to promote the teams in the league as well. Foster, Initiate, and maintain relationships between PFL programs and academic institutions. This includes the maintaining of a database of team connections with respective schools.

GENERAL MANAGER –

Advises, coordinates and maintains league General Managers. Duties of team general managers include; Certification of all teams for by submission of roster by the general managers and players will bring ids to all games. Also coordinates and confirms all league events and games for the organization.

 

SECTION 5 – BOARD OF TRUSTEES –

PART A- ALL PFL OFFICERS OPERATE UNDER THE PREMISE OF: NO VOTE.

PART B – PFL TRUSTEES SHALL CONSIST OF A PANEL OF TRUSTEES THAT HAVE THE GOAL OF ADVISING THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS ON POLICIES THAT COULD FURTHER THE VISION OF THE PFL.

PART C. – TRUSTEES DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS INCLUDE THE PROMOTION OF LEAGUE EVENTS, PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ORGANIZATIONS, AND ASSISTANCE IN THE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS OF THE LEAGUE.  TRUSTEES ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THE ENFORCEMENT O0F BYLAWS, THEY CAN CLARIFY AND HELP COMMUNICATE POSSIBLE RULES INFRACTIONS

 

SECTION 6 – LAWSUIT CLAUSE: ALL MEMBERS AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS THE PFL, IT‘S OFFICERS AND MEMBERS ON ALL ISSUES AND DETERMINATIONS AND ALSO AGREES THAT NO LEGAL ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST SAID TRUSTEES AND MEMBERS PURSUANT TO DECISIONS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE BY-LAWS.

 

ARTICLE 3 – CONFERENCE MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1. THE PFL SHALL CONSIST OF ALL CURRENT MEMBER TEAMS MEETING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND WHO ARE IN GOOD STANDING, WITH ALL DUES AND/OR FINES PAID AS PER BY-LAW REQUIREMENTS. WITH FINAL APPROVAL AND REMOVAL RIGHTS HELD BY THE OWNERSHIP OF THE PFL.

 

SECTION 2.  A TEAM SHALL BE CONSIDERED NOT IN GOOD STANDING, IF IT HAS FORFEITED A GAME OR IF IN THE JUDGMENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL, IT HAS ACTED IN WILLFUL VIOLATION OF PIONEER BY-LAWS. RESULT: DISCIPLINARY PROBATION AND FINES.

 

SECTION 3 – BY-LAW CHANGES AT ANNUAL MEETING – TWO THIRDS MAJORITY VOTE OF MEMBERS PRESENT. ALL BY-LAW PROPOSALS WILL BE VOTED UPON IN ORDER OF ARTICLE THEY CONCERN. PROPOSALS ARE VOTED UPON IN WHOLE, NOT IN PART. ANY PROPOSED CHANGES THAT COINCIDE WITH EACH OTHER WILL BE VOTED ON AGAINST EACH OTHER.

 

SECTION 4 – MEETING ATTENDANCE: MEETING ATTENDANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HOWEVER NOT REQUIRED. ALL REGULAR AND SPECIAL MEETINGS THAT HAVE BUSINESS PRESIDED OVER WILL PROCEED WITH THE VOTES OF THOSE PRESENT ONLY BEING COUNTED. THERE IS NO PROXY VOTE OR QUORUM REQUIREMENT AS FAILURE TO ATTEND MEETING IS A FORFEITURE OF INPUT TO THE PROCESS AND VISION OF THE PROGRAM. NO APPEAL OTHER THAN A SITUATION DEEMED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL AS AN ACT OF GOD OR UNUSUAL AND UNAVOIDABLE OCCURRENCE.

 

SECTION 5– ORDER OF BUSINESS

PART A. THE TRANSACTION OF PFL BUSINESS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THOSE TEAMS IN ATTENDANCE AT ANY MEETING.

PART B. THE FORMAT OF DISCUSSION OR DEBATE WILL BE AS FOLLOWS. EACH MEMBER AROUND THE TABLE WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES ON EACH TOPIC TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS. AFTER EACH TEAM IS FINISHED A 1 MINUTE REBUTTAL FOR EACH TEAM WILL BE ALLOWED AND THEN THE ISSUE WILL BE PUT TO VOTE. UPON MAJORITY VOTE FOR UP TO AN ADDITIONAL 2 ROUNDS OF REBUTTAL WILL BE PERMITTED.

PART C. ALL MEETING MINUTES WILL BE MADE PUBLIC VIA THE PIONEER LEAGUE WEBSITE WWW.PIONEER-LEAGUE.COM

 

SECTION 6 – NEW TEAMS

PART A- NEW MEMBER TEAM APPLICATIONS

NEW TEAMS WILL BE ACCEPTED UPON COMPLETION OF PRELIMINARY REQUIREMENTS OF OWNERSHIP. NEW TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT APPLICATION AND PAY APPROPRIATE FEES BEFORE BECOMING A MEMBER. TEAMS CAN BE REFUSED ADMISSION IF THEY HAVE COMPETED IN THE PFL AND FAILED TO PERFORM THE REQUIREMENTS OF OWNERSHIP. NEW TEAMS CANNOT HAVE 30% OF THEIR ROSTER CONSISTING OF PFL PLAYERS FROM ANY ONE MEMBER TEAM FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

TEAMS WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THEIR ABILITY TO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF OWNERSHIP OUTLINED IN SECTION 10 AND THEIR ABILITY TO NOT AFFECT THE OPERATION OF AN EXISTING PFL TEAM.

 

SECTION 7 – REQUIREMENTS OF OWNERSHIP

PART A – Provide league a working phone number and email address at all times. Respond to any and all communication in a reasonable time. 2 Days

PART B – Have access to emergency medical attention via the bare minimum of a working phone on sideline

PART C – Maintain and submit a league MPR Sheet with legally registered players and score within 24 hours of the completion of the game.

THIS WILL BE LEFT UP TO CONFERENCES FOR CONFERENCE GAMES. BY VOTE OF 3-1 (INNER CITY AGAINST) ALL PLAYOFF GAMES AND INTERCONFERENCE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED WITH LEAGUE PRODUCED MPR SHEET.

Vacated 9/1/17

 

PART D – Play all scheduled games without forfeits or in case of forfeit pay fine of referee fee for both teams plus $50.

PART E – Assure that the team management is aware of all bylaws and league rules.

PART F – Promote all League sponsored events. Teams must promote league sponsored events on websites or via communications with players.

PART G – Players must show some form of state issued photo identification to be recorded and kept by league for verification. State Driver or Non-Driver ID, Passport, or other government agency. School ID’s are not acceptable.

 

STATE ID – PASSPORT , MILITARY ID, NYC ID ARE ACCEPTED FORMS FOR IDENTIFICATION FOR NEW YORK TEAMS

NEW JERSEY TEAMS ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH SCHOOL IDENTIFICATION IS ACCEPTABLE. SCHOOL LETTER STAMPED/SIGNED WITH CHILDS PHOTO AND DATE OF BIRTH.

 

PART H – Complete team uniform listed as follows: At least 1 set of game Uniforms number on front and back.  Uniformity – helmets, jerseys and pants must be uniform.  There are no numbering requirements for position.  15 and older age groups require sock uniformity.  Any player out of uniform for minor infractions such as socks or helmet decal violations will be fined an amount of $10.  Any major infraction like a player entering the field of play with the wrong color pants, jersey or helmet, or jersey with no number will be assessed a 5 yard delay of game tack on penalty for every play he is in the game.  Uniforms must have number on front and back on all levels.

PART I – Field – Must provide a list of possible fields for review at beginning of season.  Each field will be reviewed and provided with a Yes or No by the Chief Operating Officer. In the event of an issue with availability, another board member, or ownership can report and document their findings to the COO for approval. Notification and inspection of the fields must occur 2 weeks prior to usage of the field to ensure ability to make needed modifications or re-inspection. Field must be properly lined for football with, legal chains/down markers and a clearly defined area for spectators to watch that is at least 10 yards from the playing field. Teams must maintain their own sideline including but not limited to their participants and fans being in properly designated locations. Teams are also expected to communicate the “house rules” for away games to their organizations including the expectations of fan behavior, gate fees, and the prohibition of items such as but not limited to pets, alcohol, and tobacco.

 

SECTION 8. A HOST TEAM MUST HAVE PERMITTED ACCESS TO A FIELD THAT CONFORMS TO THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM CRITERIA:

PART A THE PERIMETER OF THE FIELD MUST BE PROPERLY LINED WITH OUT OF BOUNDS CLEARLY MARKED

PART B. HOSTING OF NIGHT GAMES MUST HAVE A PROPERLY LIT FIELD THAT CONFORMS TO PSAL STANDARDS.

PART C.  IF THE FIELD IS DEEMED UNPLAYABLE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE HOME TEAM THE COMMISSIONERS RULING ON RELOCATION AND/OR RESCHEDULING WILL APPLY.

 

 

ARTICLE 4 – OPERATION OF THE TEAM JUDGMENTS AND FINES

 

SECTION 1 – The league plays by Federation rules, which includes all yearly rules changes etc. Youth or High School sized football. Referees will be re-viewed and rated based on performance to be considered for playoffs. Feedback by teams to the league on officials is encouraged but there are no reversals of calls or instant replay systems. Therefore, all played contests will remain as decided regardless of human error, which is part of the game.

 

SECTION 2 – ANY FINE OR TEAM THAT OWES MONEY TO THE LEAGUE MUST BE PAID AT LEAST THREE (3) DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR NEXT CONTEST OR THEY CAN AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNCIL BE ELIMINATED FROM ALL FUTURE LEAGUE PARTICIPATION.

 

SECTION 3. ALL FINES AND PAYMENTS WILL BE COLLECTED BY A LEAGUE OFFICIAL NO LATER THAN 1 WEEK (7 DAYS) FROM WHEN A JUDGMENT IS LEVIED AGAINST A TEAM. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAY-MENT. BANK CHECKS, PAYPAL, CASH, WESTERN UNION AND CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ARE ALL ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT. ANY TEAM FAILING TO PAY ANY FINES WILL BE PUT ON PROBATION FROM THAT MOMENT AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY ANY FURTHER GAMES.

 

SECTION 4. DEFINITION OF FORFEITED GAME: A FORFEITED GAME IS DEFINED AS A GAME PLAYED, NOT PLAYED OR NOT COMPLETED BECAUSE:

 

PART A. ONE OF THE TEAMS FAILED TO SHOW UP. THIS INCLUDES THE FAILURE TO FIELD THE LEGAL NUMBER OF PLAYERS TO PLAY.

 

PART B. THE HOME TEAM CHANGED THE GAME TIME, DAY OR LOCATION WITHOUT PROPER NOTIFICATION AS OUTLINED IN PFL BY-LAWS PER CONDUCT AND REGULATION OF TEAM UNIT.

 

PART C. THE GAME WAS CALLED BY PFL REFEREE OFFICIAL DUE TO TEAM MISCONDUCT.

 

PART D. ONE OF THE TEAMS USED AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER; THIS IS DEFINED AS A PLAYER WHO IS NOT ON ROSTER OR NOT MEETING THE TERMS OF AGE REQUIREMENTS.

PENALTIES FOR FORFEITING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO A FINE ON FIRST OCCURRENCE.  A SECOND FORFEIT CAN RESULT IN THE DEATH PENALTY (ENDING OF THE SEASON FOR THE OFFENDING TEAM) AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMISSIONER.  ACTS OF GOD OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

 

PART E – ANY VISITING TEAM WHO FORFEITS A GAME BY NOT SHOWING UP OR ANY HOST TEAM WHO FORFEITS A GAME BY NOT HOSTING WILL BE LEVIED AN AMOUNT UP TO $500.00 AS APPROVED EXPENSES BY THE COMMISSIONER TO FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE APPROVED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL TO THE OPPONENT.

 

SECTION 5 – LATENESS OF TEAM AND OFFICIALS

 

VOTE TO CONFIRM AFTER SPEAKING WITH OFFICIALS

 

TEAM NOT READY TO PLAY WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF SCHEDULED KICKOFF WILL FORFEIT THE COIN TOSS. THE CLOCK WILL BEGIN TO RUN AT 15 MINUTES. AT 30 MINIUTES THE GAME IS DECALRED A FORFEIT AND THE TEAMS IF AGREED UPON WILL SCRIMMAGE WITH THE REMIANING TIME ON THE CLOCK WHEN TEAMS ARE READY.

 

REDUCED CREW OFFICIALS WILL BE PAID PER REF AND NOT RECEIVE ANY ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FROM TEAMS. THE OFFICIAL THAT DOES NOT SHOW UP WILL NOT BE PAID AND THE RATE WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY. OFFICIALS THAT ARE LATE WILL BE ASSESSED A ____ % OR $ PENALTY FOR NOT BEING READY AT SCHEDULED KICKOFF.

SECTION 6 – REAPPLICATION AN EXISTING TEAM NOT IN GOOD STANDING WILL BE REQUIRED TO REAPPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE PFL AS A NEW APPLICANT NOT CURRENTLY IN OPERATION. FORFEITS SHALL RESULT IN REAPPLICATION FOR ADMISSION UNLESS THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL DECLARES THE FORFEIT NO FAULT.

SECTION 6– PIONEER FOOTBALL LEAGUE FEES –  PFL FEES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY OWNERSHIP FOR BASIC LEAGUE OPERATING COSTS AND POST SEASON CONSIDERATIONS AND/OR ASSOCIATION AFFILIATIONS AND IS DUE AT THE MUTUALLY DETERMINED DATE AS DEFINED AND ENFORCED BY THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

 

SECTION 7 –  EACH TEAM MAY BE ASSESSED UP TO $100.00 ANNUALLY AS PENALTY FOR LATE PAYMENT. THIS IS TO COMPEL TEAMS TO OPERATE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE BUDGET AND TO ALLOW TEAMS THAT JOIN LATE TO COMPENSATE THE LEAGUE IN ORDER TO REVISE THE SCHEDULE.

 

SECTION 8 – SCHEDULE – THE PREPARATION OF THE SCHEDULE SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A PERSON(S) DESIGNATED BY THE BOARD. ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AS SCHEDULED.

 

PART A – SCHEDULES WILL ONLY INCLUDE TEAMS THAT ARE FINANCIAL WITH THE LEAGUE AND UPON THE REGISTRATION OF 15 LEGAL PLAYERS ON A DESIGNATED AGE GROUP WITH THE CORRESPONDING REGISTRATION FEE PAID.

 

PART B – ANY ACT OF GOD OCCURRENCE THAT MAKES A GAME UNPLAYABLE WILL BE RULED NO CONTEST AND WILL ONLY BE MADE UP IF IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE REGULAR SCHEDULE OF THE REST OF THE LEAGUE.

 

ARTICLE 5 – CONDUCT AND REGULATIONS OF TEAMS AND PLAYERS

 

SECTION 1. EACH PFL TEAM SHALL FURNISH THE LEAGUE WITH A FULL AND COMPLETE ROSTER LISTING THE FULL NAMES, AND EMAIL ADDRESSES OF ALL OFFICERS OF THE TEAM. (1) ROSTER SENT TO THE LEAGUE AND SHOULD BE PROVIDED UPON THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE PFL ANNUAL MEETING. THE OFFICIAL PFL WEBSITE WILL HAVE A REDACTED VERSION OF THESE DOCUMENTS ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC. THE INTEGRITY OF ANY TEAM ROSTER CAN BE CHECKED AT RANDOM OR BY LEAGUE OFFICIAL. WHEN A COACH OR OWNER REQUESTS IT A PLAYER MAY BE ASKED TO BE IDENTIFIED IN COMPARISON TO LEAGUE PHOTO. IF NO LEAGUE REPRESENTATION IS PRESENT AT THE CONTEST, THE GAME WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE PLAYED UNDER PROTEST. IF THERE IS A REPRESENTATIVE PRESENT THE VALIDITY OF ANY ILLEGAL PLAYERS CAN BE QUESTIONED AND THE GAME MAY THEN BE PLAYED UNDER PROTEST. IT IS THE DUTY OF THE LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE ONLY TO REPORT TO THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE ANY INFRACTION OF THE BY-LAWS. FINAL RULINGS WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMITTEE TO INCULDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO PROBATION, SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION.

 

PLAY BASED ON THEIR AGE ON JULY 31ST OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE SEASON BEGINS. PLAYERS THAT HAVE THEIR BIRTHDATE DURING THE SEASON WILL REMAIN WITH THE TEAM THAT THEY STARTED WITH IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. PLAYERS THAT ARE OLDER MAY NOT PLAY IN YOUNGER DIVISIONS FOR ANY REASON. PLAYERS MAY AT ANY TIME AT THE DISCRETION OF THEIR ORGANIZATION PLAY UP TO THE OLDER AGE GROUP.

ALL PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.  THIS IS NOT LIMITED TO BUT INCLUDES ARMED SERVICES ID, PASSPORT, STATE DRIVERS OR IDENTIFICATION CARDS. FOR NEW JERSEY THE PROPER ID PROCESS IS AS FOLLOWS.

 

NEW JERSEY IDENTIFICATION THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.

PARENT ID AND ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE UPON LEAGUE OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION. AFTER 3 WEEK GRACE PERIOD SCHOOL LETTER WITH PHOTO AND DATE OF BIRTH SIGNED /STAMPED BY SCHOOL. MILITARY ID, PASSPORT, OTHER GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID LIKE POLICE FNGERPRINT CARD ALSO ACCPETED AT CHECK IN.

 

IDS SHOULD BE CHECKED BEFORE KICKOFF OR FOR LATE ARRIVING PLAYERS AT HALFTIME. PLAYERS ARRIVING LATE MUST WAIT UNTIL THE THIRD QUARTER TO ENTER THE GAME. PLAYERS ARRIVING AFTER HALFTIME CANNOT PLAY.

OWNERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ADOPT ID POLICY

 

SECTION 3. PLAYER RIGHTS  PLAYERS NEW TO THE PFL CAN SIGN WITH ANY TEAM. IN ORDER TO CHANGE TEAMS A PLAYER MUST BE RELEASED IN WRITING TO PLAY FOR ANOTHER ORGANIZATION. ANY ISSUES WITH LEAGUE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SUSPENSIONS FROM PLAY WILL CARRY WITH THAT PLAYER REGARD-LESS OF TEAM AFFILIATION.

PART A -IF A PLAYER WOULD LIKE TO SWITCH TEAMS BEFORE THE ROSTER LOCK DATE IMMEDIATELY AFTER OCTOBER 1ST ONLY WHEN THE PLAYER HAS COMPLETED THEIR EQUIPMENT OBLIGATIONS TO THEIR TEAM WRITTEN RELEASE FROM HIS ORIGINAL TEAM. FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS WILL NOT BE RE MEDIATED THROUGH THE LEAGUE.

PART B -TEAM ROSTERS WILL BE SET VIA APPROPRIATE REGISTRATION METHOD AS DIRECT BY THE BOARD. AFTER THE KICKOFF OF THE SEASON AND BEFORE OCTOBER 1ST. ANY PLAYER MAY BE RELEASED TO ANOTHER PFL TEAM, BUT WILL NEED A WRITTEN RELEASE.

 

SECTION 4. NEW PLAYERS MAY BE ADDED TO A TEAM‘S ROSTER AFTER THE ROSTER LOCK DATE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A SAFE ACTIVE ROSTER OF 20 PLAYERS. TEAMS THAT ACTIVATE PLAYERS ON EMERGENCY BASIS TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION OF THE TEAM WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ADD PLAYERS PAST THE 20 PLAYER MARK.

 

SECTION 5. THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OR COMMISSIONER SHALL

DEAL WITH UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT ON THE PART OF ANY TEAM, TEAM OFFICIAL OR ANY INDIVIDUAL PLAYER. THE OFFENDING PERSON OR PERSONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO SUSPENSION. THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE HAS DISCRETION ON THE SEVERITY OF SUSPENSIONS LEVIED AGAINST PLAYERS. TEAMS SHALL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT OF ITS PLAYERS AND ITS STAFF, WHETHER INDIVIDUALLY OR COLLECTIVELY. THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MAY, IF THEY DEEM IT BENEFICIAL TO THE PFL, SUSPEND OR FINE ANY TEAM PERSONNEL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS BUT NOT LIMITED TO.

  1. GENERAL BEHAVIOR
  2. COMPLIANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LEAGUE ROSTER RULES
  3. COMPLIANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LEAGUE EQUIPMENT RULES
  4. COMPLIANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH EARLIER ENFORCED SUSPENSIONS
  5. GENERAL PROFESSIONALISM AND QUALITY CONTROL OF ALL PARTICIPANTS

 

SECTION 7. EACH TEAM SHALL BE EQUIPPED WITH AT LEAST 1 SET OF JERSEYS REGISTERED WITH THE LEAGUE TO ENSURE USE OF CONTRASTING UNIFORMS IN EACH GAME. HELMETS AND GAME PANTS ARE TO MATCH IN COLOR. TINTED VISORS, DEFINED AS A VISOR WHICH CARRIES ANY LEVEL OF TINTURE, ARE NOT PERMITTED.  CLEAR VISORS ARE PERMITTED . THE REFEREES ARE TO ASSESS A PLAYER NOT IN THE PROPER UNIFORM A 5 YARD DELAY OF GAME PENALTY EVERY TIME THE PLAYER ENTERS THE PLAYING FIELD. EVERY PLAY THAT A PLAYER OUT OF UNIFORM PARTICIPATES IN THE GAME IS A 5 YARD TACK ON PENALTY AT THE END OF THE PLAY.

SECTION 8. NO PLAYER SHALL BE PAID OR COMPENSATE IN ANY WAY FOR PARTICIPATING IN ANY PFL GAME. ANY MEMBER TEAM FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THIS RULE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION.

SECTION 9. ALL PFL GAMES SHALL BE SCHEDULED FOR THE FOLLOWING DAYS/TIMES UNLESS PREVIOUSLY AGREED UPON BY BOTH TEAMS.

FRIDAY 7PM – KICKOFF ONLY WHEN VISITING TEAM APPROVES AND GAME IS BETWEEN TEAMS IN NEIGHBORING AREAS

SATURDAY 10AM-7PM KICKOFF

SUNDAY 10AM – 5PM KICKOFF

NIGHT GAMES – LIGHTS ARE ENSURED (HOME TEAM AUTOMATICALLY FORFEITS IF FIELD LIGHTS DEEM FIELD UNPLAYABLE DURING THE COMMENCEMENT OF A GAME.  ONLY EXCEPTION IS AN ACT OF GOD OR EMERGENCY SITUATION DEEMED SO BY THE COMMISSIONER.

GAMES PLAYED ON FIELDS WITHOUT LIGHTS CANNOT KICKOFF ANY LATER THAN 3PM AFTER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME AND 4:30 BEFORE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.

THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS MUST MUTUALLY AGREE UPON ALL OTHER PLAYING DATES/TIMES. ANY CHANGE IN LOCATION, DATE AND TIME MUST BE FINALIZED NO LESS THAN WEDNESDAY 5PM. EMAIL CONFIRMATION MUST BE GIVEN TO THE TEAMS AND LEAGUE, TO INCLUDE THE OFFICIALS.

  • IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOME TEAM TO CONTACT THE HEAD OF OFFICIALS TO COORDINATE AND CONFIRM REFEREES NO LATER THAN MONDAY BEFORE THE GAME IN THE EVENT OF A CHANGE OF THE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TIME AND DAY. ALL GAMES SHOULD BE SCHEDULED WITH THE LEAGUE PRIOR TO LABOR DAY.
  • IT IS THE HOME TEAMS RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT THE AWAY TEAM, VIA EMAIL OR TEXT, CONCERNING THE GAME TIME, OR ANY OTHER ISSUES NO LATER THAN 7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE GAME.
  • AN ACT OF GOD THAT PROHIBITS A KICKOFF TO OCCUR (WEATHER, GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS OR LOCAL EMERGENCY AMONG OTHERS) WILL BE RESCHEDULED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE.
  • FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES CAN RESULT IN BEING PLACED ON PROBATION OR BEING SUSPENDED FROM THE LEAGUE.

 

ARTICLE 6 – GAME PROCEDURES AND RULES

 

SECTION 1 –  PFL ―ON FIELD RULES SHALL BE THE FEDERATION RULES EXCEPT AS MODIFIED BY THE PFL FOR SENIOR LEVEL AND LOWER LEVELS.  COLLEGIATE LEVEL WILL USE COLLEGE RULES WITH EXCEPTION OF CLOCK (12 minute quarters) ALL MODIFICATIONS TO THE FEDERATION RULES WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL TEAMS AND TO THE HEAD OF OFFICIALS UPON SCHEDULE RELEASE. TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE COPIES OF THESE RULE CHANGES AT THE GAMES FOR THE REFEREES TO REVIEW BEFORE THE GAME.

 

SECTION 2. EACH GAME SHALL BE WORKED BY A CREW OF OFFICIALS, QUALIFIED AND CERTIFIED BY A RECOGNIZED ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED FOOTBALL OFFICIALS. EACH TEAM SHALL PAY THE CREW OF OFFICIALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DETERMINATION OF THE LEAGUE. EMAIL CONFIRMATION OF ANY OTHER ARRANGEMENT IS REQUIRED. FAILURE TO PAY THE OFFICIALS IN A TIMELY FASHION WILL RESULT IN A $10.00 FINE.  OFFICIALS CANNOT HAVE ANY AFFILIATION PAST OR PRESENT WITH A TEAM  THAT THEY ARE WORKING A GAME FOR.  TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IDENTIFYING THE RELATIONSHIP OR AFFILIATION BEFORE THE GAME OR WILL BE FINED BY THE LEAGUE.

 

SECTION 3. THE HOME TEAM SHALL FURNISH CHAIN CREWS COMPRISED OF INDIVIDUALS WITH A MINIMUM AGE OF 12, OR OTHERWISE DEEMED CAPABLE BY THE GAME DAY OFFICIALS, CHAINS AND SIDELINE MARKERS. THE CREW MUST BE READY AT GAME TIME OR HOME TEAM MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY THE LEAGUE. THE VISITING TEAM HAS THE RIGHT TO PLACE ONE (1) MEMBER OF ITS ORGANIZATION ON THE CHAIN CREW IF IT DESIRES. HOWEVER, THEY MUST NOTIFY THE HOME TEAM AND THE REFEREES OF SUCH DECISION AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) MINUTES BEFORE THE SCHEDULE GAME TIME.

 

SECTION 4. TEAMS WILL FURNISH A LEAGUE FOOTBALL FOR THE GAME

OFFICIALS TO APPROVE PRIOR TO GAME TIME. ONLY YOUTH OR COLLEGE SIZED FOOTBALLS MAY BE USED AND MUST BE APPROVED BY THE GAME OFFICIALS.

 

SECTION 5. ALL TEAMS MUST ACCEPT PLAYOFF RANKING AND PARTICIPATION. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL FOR REVIEW AND DETERMINATION TO INCLUDE PROBATION AND EXPULSION FROM THE LEAGUE.

 

SECTION 6. FOR EVERY POST SEASON PFL GAME, THE VISITING TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES JUST AS IN THE REGULAR SEASON.

 

SECTION 7. THE TEAM WITH THE BETTER RECORD HAS THE FIRST OPTION OF HOSTING. UPON MUTUAL CONSENT OF BOTH TEAMS, THE TEAM WITH THE LOWER RECORD COULD HOST THE GAME. ANY ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE PFL COMMISSIONER OR PRESIDENT AND WILL BE ENFORCED BY THE PFL. PFL WILL SECURE A NEUTRAL SITE(S) AS AN EMERGENCY THIRD SITE IN THE EVENT OF ANY FIELD ISSUES THAT WOULD PREVENT A GAME FROM BEING PLAYED. TEAMS MUST PLAY THE GAME AT A SITE REGARDLESS OF DISTANCE AND/OR INCONVENIENCE IN THE CASE WHERE BOTH THE HOST TEAM AND THE VISITING TEAM ARE UNABLE TO SECURE THEIR FIELD IN A TIMELY MANNER. THE SITE(S) WILL BE ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PLAYOFFS.

 

SECTION 8. PFL TIE BREAKERS:

  1. OVERALL LEAGUE RECORD
  2. HEAD TO HEAD GAMES
  3. BEST CONFERENCE RECORD
  4. POINTS ALLOWED
  5. COIN TOSS.

 

RATIFICATION – PROCEDURES RATIFIED BY MEMBER CONFERENCES

AT BYLAWS MEETING BY

LEGACY CONFERENCE – JOSEPH HARRINGTON (PRESIDENT)

METRO ELITE CONFERENCE – JAMEL WRIGHT (PRESIDENT)

INNER CITY CONFERENCE – THOMAS WILDER (VICE PRESIDENT) VACATED 9/1/17 INNER CITY CONFERENCE RESIGNATION FROM LEAGUE

 

 

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