Policy on Matches Involving Non-District IX Teams

All matches/friendlies/scrimmages involving D9 teams are considered sanctioned as long as the opposing team is currently USSF affiliated and in good standing with its League at the time of the match/friendly/scrimmage. It is each team’s responsibility to make sure each opponent is currently USSF affiliated and in good standing with it’s league. 

Policy on Team Tryouts

Adopted February 6, 2010 (update 2015)

Section A

All District IX leagues/clubs shall hold team tryouts during the District IX tryout window of April 1-21. The earliest that teams may announce their rosters or contact players with invitations to join their teams is April 22nd. NOTE: Teams may hold tryouts AFTER that window, but no team may hold a tryout prior to that date.  

Section B

  • All players must participate in a minimum of one session, prior to being offered a roster position. Players recovering from a previous injury are excepted from this requirement.
  • No player may be offered a roster position prior to the closing of the tryout window.
  • Teams may have no more than 18 active offers extended at any one time.

Policy on Minimum Playing Time

Adopted May 31, 2014

All District IX teams, regardless of Division of play and with the exceptions noted below, shall ensure that each player, who is willing and able, be allowed to play approximately fifty (50%) percent of each game. For Under 15 and above age teams, participating in the CCSL Gold or above Divisions (or the equivalent as approved by the District Commissioner), may use a minimum playing time of approximately twenty-five percent (25%) of each game.

This policy is in effect for all competitions including, but not necessarily limited to: in-house games and leagues, District and Statewide playing leagues, tournaments, jamborees and cups. The policy remains in effect for District IX teams during tournament and cup preliminary games and finals.

Players who meet any of the following requirements, may be exempted from the policy at the discretion of the coach.

  1. Unexcused absences from practices or games.
  2. Unexcused tardiness or leaving early.
  3. Poor sportsmanship or conduct.
  4. Poor attitude on and off the field impacting the development of the team
  5. Violations of published team/club/league/district policies
  6. Injury

WZPL Guest Player Policy

Approved 8/1/15

Teams participating in the Walt Zinko Playing League (WZPL) will be allowed the use of guest players in league matches. To utilize a guest player, the team must adhere to the following criteria:

  • The Guest Player must be rostered to a team within the same league as the team on which the player will be guesting.
  • The credentials for the Guest Player must be from the same seasonal year as the team they are guesting on.
  • The soccer age of the Guest Player must be the same soccer age or younger than the age group of the team on which the player will be guesting.
  • Players with a soccer age of seven (7) years old or younger may not guest play.
  • A player may participate in a maximum – including guest play – of two (2) matches per day. At least one game length of rest is required between matches for the player.
  • Players on recreational teams may guest play on teams registered as competitive teams.
  • Players on competitive teams may NOT guest play on teams registered as recreational teams.
  • The coach of the borrowing team must have in his/her possession the Guest Player’s membership pass and their CalNorth Membership form (#1601) with the hold harmless and medical release section signed in original ink by the parent or guardian or by the Guest Player if the Guest Player has reached eighteen (18) years of age. The membership form is not required if the back of the membership pass has been completed and signed.
  • Unofficial drops (players that just stop showing up) do NOT constitute an official drop from the team. To officially remove a player from the number of players on a team, the player pass of the dropped player must be turned into the league registrar and a new roster issued showing the new count of players.
  • Teams may only use guest players if their officially approved roster contains fewer players than the standard field complement plus one.
    • Examples:
      • For Under 12, the baseline for use of guest players would be 12 players (eleven field players plus one substitute).
      • An Under 12 team has 14 players on their official roster, three are sick. This team is not eligible to utilize guest players since their official roster exceeds the baseline.
      • An Under 12 team has 10 players on their official roster. This team is eligible to utilize guest players since their official roster does not exceed the baseline.
      • An Under 12 Team has 13 on their official roster, but two (2) players no longer show up and have, in effect, dropped. The team would not be eligible to use guest players UNLESS they turn in the passes of those players to the league registrar and have been issued a new roster showing only the 11 active players.
  • Teams may only utilize enough Guest Players to bring their number of players up to the standard field complement, plus one.
    • Examples:
      • An Under 12 team with 10 players on the official roster may utilize two (2) guest players.
      • An Under 10 team with 8 players on the official roster may utilize one (1) guest player.
  • Leagues with teams intending to take advantage of this policy are required to notify the Playing League Commissioner in advance. The Playing League Commissioner will notify all teams within the age group.