EU PAD Policy

Soccer games have the potential to create disagreements between players, parents, coaches and referees. The Evergreen United Soccer Club PAD Policy has been created to enable fair play, that keeps players safe, while providing due process to players, parents, coaches and referees when a complaint is filed against them. The Protests, Appeals and Discipline (PAD) Policy is managed by the Evergreen United PAD Committee, chaired by Madan Bellam. Please contact Mr. Bellam at madan@evergreenunited.org, if you have any questions about this policy. All PAD reports or complaints should be filed by sending an email to soccer@evergreenunited.org.

All PAD Reports will be investigated right away by the PAD Committee, relevant parties will be interviewed, and a ruling provided in writing to all relevant parties, including the person reporting the incident. The EU PAD Committee will work with NorCal PAD Committee when the incident involves another Club player or official.

Reports for a Player

There are a number of situations when a report may be submitted for a player by a player, parent, coach or referee. Please provide the name of the player, the date and time the incident occurred, the names of all involved parties, and a detailed description of the incident.

All Player Reports should be reported to the PAD committee by sending an email to soccer@evergreenunited.org.

Reports for a Coach

A report for a coach can be submitted for any misconduct or for etiquette or club policy violation. It can be submitted by a player, parent, referee or coach. The EU PAD Committee, working with the NorCal PAD Committee, can suspend coaches for misconduct. Here are some specific situations when a complaint can be filed. Note that you can file a complaint for reasons other than the ones specified here.
  • The coach is not providing sufficient playing time for the player in a game
    • Please do not approach the coach during or after a game to discuss playing time. Talk to the coach the next day and setup a time at which you can discuss the playing time. File a PAD Report if you are not able to resolve the issue with the coach.
  • The coach is mistreating a player
    • Remove the player immediately from the situation so that the mistreatment is stopped right away. Setup a meeting with the coach to discuss the problem. File a PAD Report if you are not able to resolve the issue with the coach. 
  • The player is being bullied at practice by other players and the coach is not doing anything about it
    • Remove the player immediately from the situation so that the mistreatment is stopped right away. Setup a meeting with the coach to discuss the problem. File a PAD Report if you are not able to resolve the situation with the coach.
All Coach Reports should be reported to the PAD committee by sending an email to soccer@evergreenunited.org.

Reports for a Referee

A report for a referee can be submitted for any misconduct or for etiquette or club policy violation. It can be submitted by a player, parent, referee or coach. The EU PAD Committee, working with the NorCal PAD Committee, can force games to be re-played, and referees to be suspended for misconduct.

Here are some rules regarding referees:
  • For Parents
    • Under no circumstances should a parent talk to a referee before, during or after a game. All communication with the referee should be done through your coach. Shouting at a referee during a game or addressing them for any reason during a game is not acceptable behavior. There are so many reports to NorCal every week about Parents and Coaches abusing referees that the benefit of doubt will always be given to the referees. So, please, under no circumstances should parents talk to referees.
    • If a referee is making incorrect calls
      • Please talk with your coach. The coach will discuss the calls with the referee at half-time or after the game. The coach will file a PAD Report if they are not able to resolve the situation. The parent can also file a PAD Report about the incident.
    • If a referee is making calls that are unsafe for the player
      • Please talk with the coach and have the player withdrawn from the game immediately. The coach should stop the game immediately to discuss the situation with the referees and withdraw the player. After the player is withdrawn, the coach has the option to continue the game and discuss the situation with the referees at half-time or at the end of the game. The coach will not put the player back in the game without the express permission of the parent.
      • The Coach has the option to inform the referees that they cannot continue to play the game in an environment that is unsafe for the players. The Coach can withdraw the team from the game and file a PAD Report about the incident. A parent can also file a PAD report about the incident. The PAD Committee will decide if the game was forfeited or if the game has to be replayed using different referees. The PAD Committee will work with the NorCal PAD Committee to get a resolution to the incident.
  • For Players
    • Under no circumstances should a player argue with a referee before, during or after a game. A player should never show disrespect towards the referee even if they feel it is warranted. The player should address the issue with their coach and have the coach follow up with the referee.
  • For Coaches
    • Under no circumstances should a coach argue with a referee before, during or after a game. A coach should never show disrespect towards the referee even if they feel it is warranted. The coach can ask a referee for an explanation for a specific call the referee has made, but it should be done in a civil and respectful fashion.
    • If a referee is making incorrect calls or is making calls that are unsafe for the players, please see the policy described above under the Parents section.
All Referee Reports should be reported to the PAD committee by sending an email to soccer@evergreenunited.org.

Reports for a Parent

A report for a parent can be submitted for any misconduct or for etiquette or club policy violation. It can be submitted by a player, parent, referee or coach. The EU PAD Committee, working with the NorCal PAD Committee, can suspend parents from attending games. Here are some specific situations when a complaint can be filed. Note that you can file a complaint for reasons other than the ones specified here.
  • The parent is addressing their own team players during a game and is making negative or discouraging statements.
  • The parent is addressing the players, parents or coaches of the opposing team before, during or after a game.
  • The parent is engaging in a negative conversation with the coach during or after a game regarding issues like playing time.
    • Please do not approach the coach during or after a game to discuss issues like playing time. Talk to the coach the next day and setup a time at which you can discuss such issues. File a PAD Report if you are not able to resolve the issue with the coach.
  • The parent is addressing a referee before, during or after a game
All Parent Reports should be reported to the PAD committee by sending an email to soccer@evergreenunited.org.