The California Youth Soccer Association (Cal North) Board of Directors approved changes to Policy Interpretation Memoranda 12-1 at their September 2013 BOD meeting. Below is the revised PIM 12-1. Please distribute to your league administrators, referee’s and membership.
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PIM 12-1 (Modified 01-2012 / Rev 09-2013) PLAYER EQUIPMENT
All players, parents, coaches, and referees are required to act as a reasonable person concerning player safety, including protecting players from wearing any equipment or device that is dangerous to the player wearing the equipment or device or to any other player. The referee has ultimate authority for deciding if equipment or device is safe.
Attempt to Injure or Intimidate: Any player who uses any equipment with the intent to intimidate or injure an opponent shall be cautioned or sent off immediately.
Headwear: Soft protective headgear and headbands are allowed if deemed safe by referee. The headgear must not cover the neck.
Jewelry: Except as provided below, All jewelry must be removed, including necklaces, rings, earrings, friendship bracelets and any visible body piercing with an earring-like device; Medical identification ("medic alert") jewelry is not to be removed; medical identification jewelry must be taped securely and completely to the wrist or neck. Any item of clothing or jewelry that is clearly religious in nature and that is required by the wearer’s religion to be worn may be permitted by the referee if it is not dangerous and not likely to provide the player with an unfair advantage. Items that are permanently attached to the player’s body and are not removable may be permitted if: (1) in the opinion of the referee the item(s) are not dangerous to other players or can reasonably be made safe and (2) the player’s parent or guardian has signed a waiver on a form specified by Cal North CYSA.
Shin Guards: All players must wear shin guards in any CYSA sanctioned event. Referees will not allow players to participate if the shin guards to not meet these criteria:
- Shin guards shall be worn properly in order to provide adequate and reasonable protection to the shin.
- Shin guards shall be professionally manufactured, age/size appropriate and unaltered.
- A medical release for any player wearing an orthopedic support, signed by a licensed medical physician, shall be at the game site.
- Knee Braces: Unaltered braces with all metal hinges or parts adequately padded and covered are permitted (i.e. Donjoy)
- Ankle Braces: unaltered soft braces are permitted to be worn outside the sock. Unaltered braces with metal or hard plastic, including "air casts" must be worn inside the sock.
- Hard Splint: Unaltered leather, rubber, plastic or fiberglass splints that protect and are fitted to a portion of the arm or wrist MAY be allowed if the split does not present a danger to the player or any other player.
- Soft Casts: a soft cast MAY be permitted if the cast does not present a danger to the wearer or any other player.
- Hard Casts: Casts or splints made of a hard substance covering the entire circumference of the arm or wrist are NOT permitted (even if covered with padding).
Medical Device: Players shall be permitted to wear and/or use medical devices that are prescribed to address a medically recognized disability such as glasses with corrective lenses, insulin pumps, hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Prosthetic Device: A player with a prosthetic device or insulin pump infusion device will be permitted to participate in any CYSA sanctioned activity provided a doctor has provided written authorization that participation with such device does not pose a risk to the player wearing the device as well as any other player.