ABOUT OUR CLUB
The Ballistic United Soccer Club was established in 1968 to support the youth of Pleasanton, California and its surrounding un-incorporated areas. Today, BUSC with its counter part, the Pleasanton Rage (girls club) are the affiliated branches of the Pleasanton Youth Soccer League.
P.Y.S.L. is recognized and complies with the authority of the California Youth Soccer Association-North (CYSA-N) and US Club-Norcal Premier League (Norcal). Both organizations are sanctioned leagues of USYSA. USYSA is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and its world-wide sanctioning body FIFA. Both CYSA-N and Norcal provide many levels of play for our Ballistic United. Ballistic United has also been approved to compete in the private US Soccer Academy league, which provides the highest level of training and competitions for the best players in the region.
Our Competitive division teams are selected through a placement process each year. The teams are ranked from to top to bottom as follows: Academy, Premier, Elite, Select, and Advanced. Most competitive teams travel to tournaments as US Club Soccer, USSF affiliated teams, and play for North California State Cup under the Norcal affiliation. BUSC plays a club wide possession-based style of play utilizing the 1-4-3-3 system or the 1-3-1-3 formation.
Our Recreational teams are formed by the player’s local school area. No placements are required. All recreational BUSC teams play in the BUSC House Recreational leagues. There is a place to play for everyone.
From only seven teams in 1968, BUSC has grown to over 154 teams and 1,600 registered players in 2015. As our community and club continues to grow, more volunteers are needed each year. Please become involved in your community and become a BUSC volunteer.
To develop young men to their full potential through the beautiful game of soccer
To provide the best youth sports organization attainable that serves all levels of youth soccer players while providing consistent BUSC core values to develop life skills to our members
- Aspiration- We will always strive to maximize our development as a club through our staff, coaches, players and member experience. Perseverance- We will embrace challenges as just obstacles to overcome by working together as members of a club
- Accountability- We will hold one another to a high level of performance, effort, and follow through
- Sportsmanship-We will conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner wherever the game is played. This includes honoring the rules of the game as well as respecting our opponents, officials, coaches, and fellow teammates. Additionally, we will show respect in the face of poor sportsmanship.
- Integrity-We will stand behind our handshake and our word, which are derived from character.
The club philosophy is that development of Ballistic players and how we play the game is a greater priority than winning. Our focus is to place more importance on skillful and creative play that will produce better soccer players. It is the philosophy of BUSC that no child will be denied the ability to play at any level based on financial hardship.
ARTICLE 1 – NAME
The name of this Club shall be Ballistic United Soccer Club, hereinafter referred to as BUSC.
ARTICLE 2 – BOUNDARIES AND TERRITORIES
The territory of BUSC shall be within the city limits of Pleasanton and nearby unincorporated areas to the extent that no regular league exists in nearby proximity.
ARTICLE 3 – PURPOSE
The primary purpose and objective of BUSC shall be to develop, promote and administer the game of soccer among youth (boys under nineteen (19) years of age, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or ability.”
ARTICLE 4 – COLORS
Colors will be gold and black.
ARTICLE 5 – AFFILIATION
BUSC is an affiliated branch of the Pleasanton Youth Soccer League (PYSL) and shall comply with the authority of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), and the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA). BUSC may also be affiliated with US Club Soccer and if so, shall comply with the authority of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), National Association of Competitive Soccer Clubs (NACSC) and Nor Cal Premier
ARTICLE 6 – AUTHORITIES
1. BUSC shall be governed by its Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures and PIMs except when these are superseded by PYSL, CYSA, USYSA, and/or USSF.
2. The governing authority of BUSC, whose powers shall be designated in the By-Laws, shall be vested with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of BUSC.
3. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer and a fifth member selected annually by the Executive Committee at the first regular meeting after the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of BUSC consists of elected members serving 2-year terms. The positions of President and Treasurer are elected in one year while the Vice President and Secretary are elected in the alternate years. The election of officers is held at the AGM, with the Board of Directors submitting a nomination for each position as announced on the club web page, or in a separate notification to each coach. Additional nominations are solicited from the general membership of BUSC, and must be submitted in writing, with written acknowledgment of the nominee 15 days prior to the BUSC Annual General Meeting. The election is then held at the BUSC Annual General Meeting, with each registered team having one (1) vote.
The Board of Directors may also consist of additional voting members appointed by the Executive Committee and approved by the voting members of the Board of Directors. At present, these are the appointed voting positions: Field Commissioner, Equipment Coordinator, Director of Competitive Play, Director of Recreational Play, and Director of Marketing/Communication
ARTICLE 7 – MEMBERSHIP
1. Membership in BUSC shall be by registered team.
2. All member teams, their players, coaches, parents, referees shall abide by the Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures and PIMs of BUSC as set forth by the Board of Directors, and with all applicable rules and regulations of the associations with which BUSC is affiliated.
ARTICLE 8 – ANNUAL MEETING
1. Toward the end of each playing season, the President of BUSC, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, shall call a general meeting of the membership, to be held at least 30 days prior to the Annual General Meeting of CYSA. Notification to teams shall be provided at least 30 days prior to said BUSC Annual General Meeting.
2. 2. The order of business at the general meeting shall be as follows:
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Credentials Report
D. Introduction of Guests
E. Acceptance of Minutes of the previous BUSC Annual General Meeting
F. Unfinished Business
G. Board Member Reports
H. Staff Reports
I. Committee Reports
J. New Business
K. Proposals for Change of Constitution
L. Election of Officers
M. Good of the Game
3. Each registered team coach or his/her designate in writing and each voting member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one (1) vote. Voting shall be restricted to those teams, which have been registered during the current season. Only those members of record in good standing shall be entitled to voting privileges. The President of BUSC shall cast a vote only in the situation of a tie.
ARTICLE 9 – CHANGES
1. Amendments to the Constitution of BUSC shall be made at the BUSC Annual General Meeting of the membership, except in such cases as specified in the By-Laws of BUSC.
2. An amendment to the Constitution shall be deemed adopted by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members present at the BUSC Annual General Meeting.
3. Changes in the By-Laws, General Procedures and Policy Interpretation Memoranda (PIM) shall be adopted as needed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Last Updated: March 10, 2015
ARTICLE 1 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & STAFF
A. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The Ballistic United Soccer Club (BUSC) Board of Directors shall be comprised of a minimum of the following members: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
2. The Board of Directors shall manage the operation of BUSC and shall establish and implement BUSC policy, rules and procedures. The Board of Directors shall also promote and execute all duties necessary for the proper management of BUSC. Each Director shall have the authority to manage the office assigned and may add to his or her staff all assistants as deemed necessary. No approval for assistants by a majority of the Board of Directors is necessary.
3. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for and have the sole authority for being familiar with, interpreting, implementing and enforcing the Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures and Policy Interpretation Memoranda of BUSC and all applicable Rules and Regulations of the Associations with which BUSC is affiliated.
4. The Board of Directors shall have the right and authority to suspend, bar completely or otherwise discipline any team, player, coach, manager, team assistant, Club official or any other person associated with the operation and management of BUSC.
5. The Board of Directors shall appoint as many members to its Board as deemed necessary for the management of BUSC. Members shall perform duties in a timely manner and have responsibilities as described in the BUSC Job Description for their position.
6. President: The President shall chair and conduct all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall cast a vote only in the case of a tie. The President shall execute all documents on behalf of BUSC after approval of the Board of Directors. The President shall also appoint representatives to other than standing committees, boards and other functions, which affect BUSC. In the event one or more Board of Director positions become vacant, the President shall nominate a replacement for the vacant Board of Director position(s). The nominee will become a member of the Board upon majority vote. The President will also review all Board of Director job descriptions yearly.
7. Vice President : In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside at meetings of the Board of Directors. The Vice President shall retain a vote while presiding at meetings in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall also chair all special events. The Vice President shall oversee all operations of BUSC tournaments and jamborees. The Vice President shall select and order club and tournament trophies, pins and patches. The Vice President will also oversee the team picture process and shall chair the Scholarship Committee.
8. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect all revenue directed to BUSC, shall give all receipts for all revenue collected and shall deposit all revenue collected in a recognized bank in the name of BUSC. The Treasurer shall manage the accounting books, financial documents and checks in the name of BUSC. The receipt book, vouchers and accounting ledger shall be properly balanced and produced when requested by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall make monthly and annual financial reports to the Board of Directors, and will produce the final annual budget. The Treasurer shall be responsible for preparing any and all documents pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation and tax exemption status of BUSC, and will work with all necessary third parties for the proper and timely filing of tax returns. All accounts shall be paid by check. Any check over the amount of $5,000 shall bear any two (2) signatures of the following positions: Treasurer, Vice-President or President. At no time shall any related parties be the two (2) signatures on a check, regardless to whom the check is payable.
9. Secretary: The Secretary shall provide timely notice of and the agenda for all BUSC meetings, shall record the attendance and minutes of all meetings of both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and shall provide draft copies of the minutes for approval at the next scheduled meeting. The Secretary shall maintain all club correspondence, official documents and guidelines. The Secretary shall chair the Rules and Revisions Committee.
10. Director of Player Development: The Director of Player Development (“DPD”) shall be responsible for the identification and development of soccer players. The DPD shall also provide guidance and assistance to the Director of Coaching and will oversee the development and performance of BUSC coaching and player training programs. The DPD shall chair the Audit Committee.
11. Division 1 Director: The Division 1 Director shall oversee the Division 1 program/teams and shall act as the liaison and ombudsman for and between the Board and the Division 1 players, their parents, Director of Coaching and the Division 1 coaches. The Division 1 Director shall assist in the registration of Division 1 players, shall organize and participate in placements (formerly tryouts) and Division 1 team selection/formation. This Director shall also assist in the selection and hiring of coaches. The Division 1 Director shall be the club representative to the Division 1 league Games Committee and league related Tournaments.
12. Division 3 Director: The Division 3 Director shall oversee the Division 3 program/teams and shall act as the liaison and ombudsman for and between the Board and the Division 3 players, their parents, Director of Coaching and the Division 3 coaches. The Division 3 Director shall assist in the registration of Division 3 players, shall organize and participate in placements (formerly tryouts) and Division 3 team selection/formation. This Director shall also assist in the selection and hiring of coaches. The Division 3 Director shall be the club representative to the Division 3 league Games Committee and league related Tournaments.
13. Division 4 Director: The Division 4 Director shall oversee the Division 4 program/teams and shall act as the liaison and ombudsman for and between the Board and the Division 4 players, their parents, Director of Coaching and the Division 4 coaches. The Division 4 Director shall assist in the registration of Division 4 players and Division 4 team formation. The Division 4 Director shall be the club representative to the Division 4 league related Tournaments. This Director shall also chair the Protest, Appeals and Disciplinary Committee.
14. Director of Information and Technology: The Director of IT shall create and maintain a web page for BUSC. This director shall also ensure that there is the timely posting of information provided by the Board of Directors or other items as appropriate. This Director will review and make recommendations relating to technology, communications and/or the web page.
15. Director of Marketing: This Director shall create, manage and maintain the marketing of BUSC. The Director of Marketing shall prepare and distribute club communiqué, press releases and coordinate game result publicity with local newspapers. The DoM shall also work with the Vice President to ensure the proper marketing of special events.
16. Fields Director: The Field Director shall secure and coordinate soccer fields for use by BUSC. This Director shall coordinate with the Match Secretary on all field requirements, be responsible for the layout and lining of fields and shall manage field set up and take down. The Field Director shall also coordinate with the Director of Equipment as it pertains to the purchase or repair of goals, nets, corner flags and other game related equipment. The Field Director shall prepare and submit proper field permit request forms to the City of Pleasanton for field use, shall act as the club representative to the City Sport Council and shall work with City representatives regarding field conditions and closures.
17. Equipment Director: The Equipment Director shall order, inventory, maintain and make recommendations regarding soccer related equipment, uniforms and wearables. The Equipment Director shall coordinate with the Director of Coaching regarding vendor and uniform selection, and shall coordinate with the club tournament directors regarding the design, selection, purchase and ordering of pins, tee shirts, wearables or other items for sale at tournaments.
18. Match Secretary:The Match Secretary shall schedule all Division 1, 3 and 4 games involving BUSC players. The Match Secretary shall coordinate with the Field Director for game field requirements and shall coordinate with the Director of Coaching regarding practice field assignments.
19. Director of Officiating: The Director shall serve as the BUSC liaison to the Pleasanton Soccer Referees Association. This Director shall ensure assignment of referees to all league and practice games.
B. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors shall be elected at the BUSC Annual General Meeting. The term of office shall be as determined by the BUSC Constitution.
2. The officers of the Executive Committee shall be comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one member at large.
3. The elected officers and the member at large shall constitute the Executive Committee of BUSC. The Executive Committee, under the direction of the President, shall set forth BUSC policy and implement the policy in the best interest of BUSC. The President shall be the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of BUSC. The President shall report to the Board of Directors at regular monthly meetings.
4. The Executive Committee will produce the yearly budget and present the budget to the voting members of the Board of Directors for approval. Approval of the voting members of the Board of Directors is necessary. If the budget is not acceptable to the voting members of the Board of Directors, the budget shall be returned to the Executive Committee with Board of Directors’ recommendations for adjustments. The adjusted budget shall again be presented to the voting members of the Board of Directors for approval.
5. If an Executive Committee member violates the Constitution or governing by-laws of BUSC, PYSL, CYSA, or other soccer related governing bodies, the remainder of the Executive Committee shall be empowered to remove said Executive Committee member by ballot vote after a proper hearing. A new member will be nominated and elected to office within 45 days of the vacancy. The election will be called for by any remaining members of the elected officials. A member of the Executive Committee or appointed Board of Directors may be removed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors.
6. When an Executive Committee member’s term is completed, the Board of Directors shall determine if the Executive Committee member is to be given a vote of confidence and re-nominated for a new term. A vote of confidence by the Board of Directors shall be done without the person to be nominated or re-nominated present. Discussion should be open and frank. When the Board of Directors decides to nominate or re-nominate an Executive Committee member, the members of the Board of Directors are encouraged to vote for that candidate during elections at the Annual General Meeting.
7. The Executive Committee shall meet whenever the President deems it necessary or if the President is instructed to do so by two (2) or more members of the Executive Committee. Minutes of the discussion of this meeting shall be distributed to the Board of Directors.
C. STAFF POSITIONS
1. Division 1 Technical Director: The Division 1 Technical Director develops, implements and manages the club training program for Division 1 soccer players per the terms and conditions of the contract. The Technical Director organizes and runs placements, assists in the formation of teams, selects and recommends for Board of Director approval all Division 1 coaches. The Technical Director establishes a player curriculum to develop a consistent playing philosophy for use through all levels and ages.
2. Division 3 Technical Director: The Division 3 Technical Director develops, implements and manages the club training program for Division 3 soccer players per the terms and conditions of the contract. The Technical Director, organizes and runs placements, assists in the formation of teams, selects and recommends for Board of Director approval all Division 3 trainers.
3. Division 4 Technical Director: The Division 4 Technical Director develops, implements and manages the club training program for Division 4 soccer players per the terms and conditions of the contract. The Technical Director, organizes and runs training sessions and camps for Division 4 players.
4. Registrar: The Registrar is responsible for all BUSC player registration including approval of scholarships for registration. The Registrar coordinates registration and effects player adds, drops and transfers. The Registrar issues player passes and other appropriate documentation to players and coaches. The Registrar manages the Age Group Coordinators and handles Club insurance papers, medical forms for players.
5. Volunteer Coordinator: The Volunteer Coordinator’s primary task is to identify operations or programs that will need assistance in running or operating and then filling those tasks with volunteers from the membership. The VC shall identify the Club’s annual volunteer needs, prepare detailed descriptions of all volunteer responsibilities for the respective needs and communicate information regarding volunteer needs so that the Age Group Coordinators (AGCs) can effectively inform the parents of the opportunities to serve the Club and recover their volunteer deposit. The VC will coordinate and deploy volunteers and delegate the tasks to be performed by the volunteers. The VC will manage the processing of volunteer reimbursement forms to coordinate reimbursement with the Club’s Financial Officer.
6. Age Group Coordinator: An Age Group Coordinator (AGC) works under the direction of the Divisional Directors and the BUSC Registrar. The AGCs, find house team coaches, assign players to teams; notify coaches of any changes that occur during the season, such as change of practice field/time; pass out league information, forms and awards for the teams within their age group. The Age Group Coordinator is the first point of contact regarding player problems or questions regarding the league. These persons provide specific individuals for coaches and parents to contact concerning any questions and/or problems.
ARTICLE 2 – STANDING COMMITTEES
The following standing committees and others as needed shall be appointed by the President yearly, if necessary: The Committee Chairpersons shall prepare a report of the duties, responsibilities, goals and accomplishments at the AGM.
1. Rules and Revisions Committee: This Committee shall review and recommend changes to the BUSC Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures, PIMs, and Reference Manuals. Shall be made up of the Secretary (Chair), and the other members of the Executive Committee.
2. Protest, Appeals and Disciplinary Committee: This Committee shall review all matters regarding subject actions pertaining to BUSC. This Committee shall be made up of the Division 4 Director (Chair), Director of Officiating and Vice President.
3. Audit Committee: This Committee shall review, twice annually, all financial records pertaining to BUSC General Fund and Field Fund for correctness of records and appropriateness of expenditures. At least one meeting will be held for the express purpose of auditing the Annual Cash Flow Report. The Committee shall report findings to the Board of Directors. This Committee shall be made up of the Director of Player Development (Chair), Secretary and Match Secretary.
4. Scholarship Committee: In conjunction with the DoC, this Committee shall review for approval all requests for training scholarships. This Committee shall be made up of the Vice President (Chair) and the Division Directors.
ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP
Any applicant for membership in BUSC shall submit yearly, with the appropriate fee(s):
1. Properly completed registration form prepared in accordance with the current CYSA registration instructions and procedures.
2. Upon initial registration proof of place and date of birth.
ARTICLE 4 – MEETINGS
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be held monthly. Minutes shall be kept and distributed. When urgent matters arise which require immediate action, the appropriate Board member shall canvass all Board members by telephone or e-mail. After presentation and discussion of the matter(s), the appropriate Board member shall poll and record each member’s vote. A majority of the Board shall constitute authority for the appropriate Board Member to proceed as directed. Such matters shall be an item of business at the next regularly scheduled board meeting. Anyone wishing to speak before the Board must notify the Board of Directors in writing, by the first of the month in which they wish to appear. Request should be sent to the official mailing address of BUSC. The agenda for regular meetings may be as follows:
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Acceptance of Minutes
4. Introduction of Guests
5. Staff Reports
6. Unfinished Business
7. New Business
8. Member’s Reports
9. Good of Game
ARTICLE 5 – QUORUM
At all meetings of the Board of Directors, fifty percent (50%) of the Board of Directors’ membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. It is strongly recommended that all Board members attend a minimum of nine (9) Board meetings annually or reconsider his/her position on the Board.
ARTICLE 6 – COMMUNICATION
The Club Web Page, Club newsletter, special mailings or e-mail shall be the official communication vehicles for the membership of BUSC.
ARTICLE 7 – SEASONAL YEAR
To be determined by the respective Associations.
ARTICLE 8 – PROTEST AND APPEALS
1. Only violations of the Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures or misapplication of the “Laws of the Game” shall be proper subjects to be considered for action.
2. Protest or Appeals are to be in writing and delivered to the Chairman of the Protest, Appeals and Disciplinary Committee within two (2) calendar days of the action being protested or appealed. The fee of $25.00 or must accompany the Protest or Appeal and will be returned if the committee votes to uphold the Protest or Appeal. Any decision rendered by this Committee may be appealed to the full Board of Directors and then, if need be, to the CYSA District III Protest and Appeals Committee as per CYSA Constitution, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations or to the appropriate Association.
3. Upon rendering a decision, BUSC shall forward a copy of its evidence, findings, and decision to the CYSA District III Office for future reference. All pertinent data must be forwarded within fourteen (14) days of BUSC decision.
4. In the matter of Protest and Appeals, no person associated with the operation of BUSC shall invoke the aid of the courts of any state or of the United States without first exhausting all available remedies within the appropriate soccer organization, including a final appeal to the Annual General Meeting of the USYSA.
ARTICLE 9 – FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
BUSC shall not assume, nor be liable for, the debts and/or the financial responsibilities, either implied or incurred, of any Player, Coach, Manager, Team Assistant, Club Official or Referee from any Member Team, Club or Organization without prior approval of the BUSC Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 10 – LIABILITY PROTECTION
The Executive Committee shall insure all officers of the BUSC Board of Directors and officials of member teams are covered against personal liability claims. Coverage shall be obtained from the California Youth Soccer Association or privately obtained liability insurance for performing acts and duties directly related to the work of BUSC.
ARTICLE 11 – DISSOLUTION
Should BUSC be dissolved, all assets remaining after payment of all debts shall be distributed as directed by the Executive Committee to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of the development of youth soccer.
ARTICLE 12 – RULES OF ORDER
Robert’s Rules of Order shall be deemed as adopted at all meetings of BUSC, unless otherwise agreed to by the participants, insofar as such rules are not inconsistent with or in conflict with the Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures, and PIMs of BUSC or of any organization with which BUSC is affiliated.
BALLISTIC UNITED SOCCER CLUB
GENERAL PROCEDURES (GPs)
Section 1 – AUTHORITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1.1 The rules contained herein shall govern Members of Ballistic United Soccer Club (“BUSC”) in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and By-Laws of BUSC, PYSL, CYSA, the USYSA, and the USSF. All competition shall be governed by the rules stated herein unless the rules of a specific competition determine otherwise.
1.2 Each coach of record shall be responsible for the conduct of the Players, Assistant Coaches, Managers, Team Assistants and Parents. Each coach is responsible for the conduct of those persons associated with the team’s operations, and it is the responsibility of each coach to insure that their actions do not bring disrespect upon BUSC.
Section 2 – INSURANCE
2.1 Insurance coverage for players will be in effect as of the date of registration for the current season.
2.2 All injuries, to be claimed against the Medical Insurance Program, shall be completely reported on the proper Insurance Claim Form. This form shall be obtainable through CYSA Coach’s Kit or the Registrar.
Section 3 – REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
3.1 All teams are required to submit the appropriate Team Registration Form. The submittal of the Team Registration Form, with proper approvals, binds the player to that team for the seasonal year unless a player is granted a transfer.
3.2 Any teams, which have the same club name (e.g., BUSC), must be identified by a numerical prefix or a different name. The same team name shall not be used for more than one team in the same age division. Team names are assigned or approved by the Registrar.
3.3 Each Team Official (e.g., Coach, Assistant Coach/Manager) shall be registered with BUSC and the appropriate league(s).
Section 4 – LIMIT DEFINITION
4.1 The term “youth” as applied to the Constitution, By-Laws, General Procedures of BUSC, the USYSA and the USSF shall mean an amateur player who has not attained his nineteenth (19th) birthday, before the first (1st) day of August of the seasonal year in which he applies for registration or as determined by CYSA.
4.2 Division 1 and 3 teams shall be selected by a placement process in the Spring of each seasonal year. Division III team may not pick any player until the Division 1 teams are completed.
Section 5 – PROOF OF AGE
5.1 Proof of age shall consist of a Birth Certificate, Birth Registration issued by an appropriate Government Agency, Board of Health Records, Passport, Alien Registration Card issued by the United States Government, a Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age, or a Certification of an American Citizen born abroad issued by the appropriate Government Agency. Hospital, Baptism, or Religious Certificates will not be accepted.
Section 6 – RULES OF PLAY
6.1 Except as provided by USYSA and its affiliates, the FIFA “Laws of the Game” shall apply to any and all competition sponsored by BUSC. Players under 10 years of age may play soccer under the auspices of BUSC in accordance with the rules of BUSC’s developmental player program.
Section 7 – BUSC REFERENCE MANUALS
7.1 The BUSC Reference Manuals are: Team Manual and Age Group Coordinators Manual. These manuals may be updated yearly by the Board of Directors and staff.
Section 8 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE PROHIBITION
8.1 The use and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverages or controlled substances immediately before, during or immediately after the playing of any youth soccer game or practice session is expressly prohibited. The prohibition extends to any parking area adjacent to the playing fields.
8.2 Any Player, Team Official, League Official or any other member of BUSC who violates this prohibition, shall be subject to disciplinary action and/or suspension by the Board of Directors of BUSC.
Section 9 – PLAYER REGISTRATION, DROPS AND TRANSFERS
Player registration, drops and transfers will be in accordance with the respective Associations.
Section 10 – DISCIPLINARY RULINGS AND SUGGESTED PENALTIES
BUSC will comply with all the respective Associations’ disciplinary rulings and suggested penalties.
POLICY INTERPRETATION MEMORANDA (PIMS)
BALLISTIC UNITED SOCCER CLUB
POLICY INTERPRETATION MEMORANDA (PIMs)
68-1 DECISION MAKING POLICY
68-2-05 PLAYING TIME
68-5-05 PICKING UP PLAYERS-HIGHER LEVEL-SAME AGE GROUP
68-6-00 BUSC TOURNAMENTS
69-1-05 BUSC FIELDS
70-1-05 BUSC PARADE
89-2-05 SELECTION OF DIVISION 1 AND 3 COACHES
90-2 FIELD RIGHTS POLICY
97-1-05 REGISTRATION REFUND POLICY
97-3-06 PLAYER TRANSFERS
97-5-05 PAYMENTS TO BOARD MEMBERS
97-7 GUESTS AT BOARD MEETINGS
00-1-05 BUSC WEB PAGE
00-2 LEAGUE DRESS CODE
01-1-05 FIFTH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
01-2-04 PLAYING OUTSIDE OF AGE GROUP
02-1-05 “Y” LEAGUE AND NORCAL
05-1 FIELD FUND
05-2 GENERAL FUND
06-1 COMPETITVE TEAM FORMATION
06-2 COMPETITIVE FEE PAYMENTS
08-01: DIVISION 4 U5-U9 DEVELOPMENT FOCUS
08-02: DIVISION 4 MERCY RULE
08-03: DIVISION 4 TEAM ASSIGNMENTS
08-04 DIVISION 4 PRACTICE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS
08-05: PARENT SIDELINE BEHAVIOR
PIM 68-1: DECISON-MAKING POLICY
The following will be used as a basis to make decisions for BUSC.
1. Is it good for the player
2. Is it good for the club
3. Is it good for the sport
PIM 68-2-05: PLAYING TIME:
Except for Division 1 and 3, every player must play at least an average of 50% of every game. This applies to practice, scrimmages, league play and tournaments. The only exception is in the case of a discipline action, which needs to be communicated to the Director of Division 4.
PIM 68-3-05: EXPENDITURES
A BUSC board member does not need board approval for an expenditure, as long as it has been budgeted for in the BUSC annual budget. If it is a non-budgeted item, the expenditure must be $300 or less. All expenses in excess of $300 shall require a purchase order, a copy of which must be submitted to the Treasurer for the purpose of tracking expenditures. A Request for Payment form must be submitted to the Treasurer for reimbursement when no receipt or invoice is available.
PIM 68-5-05: PICKING UP PLAYERS – HIGHER LEVEL – SAME AGE GROUP
If a team’s roster falls below 18 players and the coach wants to add a player(s), from a lower Division by picking up a player that is already on another team roster, the following must be done.
1. Contact the appropriate Divisional Director – explain your intent
2. Notify the player’s coach.
3. Contact the player’s parents and player.
4. Complete paperwork for transfer, player pass, etc.
A BUSC coach should never keep a player back, when the player has an opportunity to play at a higher level in the same age group. However, a coach may only pull up one player off of a given team during that team’s league season. After the team has completed its season, any number of players may be picked up.
PIM 68-6-00: BUSC TOURNAMENTS
All designated BUSC teams are expected to participate in our own BUSC tournaments.
PIM 69-1-05: BUSC FIELDS
BUSC will not set up fields for use during the week (Monday – Friday) except for a special event.
PIM 70-1-05: BUSC PARADE
All teams under 12 and younger except Division 1 or 3 shall participate in the annual parade. There are no exceptions.
PIM 89-2-05: SELECTION OF DIVISION 1 AND 3 COACHES
The BUSC Director of Coaching finds candidates through resumes that are on file, by making personal contacts, written notice or on the web page.
The Director of Coaching makes his/her recommendation to the Board of Directors. The BUSC Board of Directors will vote on the candidates.
PIM 90-2 FIELD RIGHTS POLICY – IF A CONFLICT OCCURS
Field rights will be determined in the following order:
1. Scheduled league game – hosting a team out of town.
2. Scheduled league game
3. Classifications – highest Division takes precedence
4. The oldest age group
5. One team plays right after the other team, coin flip decides which team plays first. Winner plays first.
6. Coin flip – one team plays – the other team reschedules the game with the our club Match Secretary
7. Scheduled practice game
PIM 97-1-05 SUBJECT: REGISTRATION REFUND POLICY
Refunds will be granted for registered players for any reason until Opening Day.
A $20 service fee will be withheld for refunds requested by May 31st. A $50 service fee will be withheld for refunds requested between June 1st and Opening Day.
All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing.
After opening day, no refunds will be granted for any reason.
PIM 97-2: SPONSORS
The Ballistic United Soccer Club policy on sponsors for teams and on displaying sponsor’s names shall follow these guidelines:
1. No team will display the name or logo of any business involved in the sale of alcohol or tobacco or any product deemed inappropriate by the Board of Directors.
2. Teams will be allowed to display a sponsor’s name or logo on jersey or shorts after getting board approval. Names or logos on other items (warm ups, practice shirts, etc.) require no approval, but are subject to item no. 1 above.
PIM 97-3-06: PLAYER TRANSFERS
The Ballistic United Soccer Club policy on player transfers is:
1. Any player wishing to transfer to the BUSC club will be welcomed to play in the club as long as all paperwork is approved by the former club. Additionally, all BUSC paperwork and applicable fees must be submitted at the same time.
2. Any player wishing to transfer out of BUSC to another club will be granted his request as long as all annual fees are paid in full by the player who is leaving the club. Once all payments have been received by BUSC, the required paperwork will be signed so the transfer can be initiated.
PIM 97-5-05: PAYMENTS TO BOARD MEMBERS
No payment by cash or check will be made to any member of the Board of Directors, their immediate family or household member, except under the following circumstance.
1. It is repayment for a specific expense incurred and is supported by submittal of an invoice, receipt -or-
2. It is payment for a specific service that was pre-approved by a majority vote of the members of the board, the affected member abstaining.
3. Checks to board members or their family members must have the signatures of the other two Executive Committee members.
PIM 97-7: GUESTS AT BOARD MEETINGS
Guests are welcomed at all board meetings, and may attend any board meeting but may not participate in discussions except on the subject they have requested to speak on in advance.
Anyone wishing to speak at a board meeting must notify the Board of Directors in advance. If the guest wishes the subject to be acted on by the board at that meeting, they must notify the board in writing by the first of the month in which they wish to appear.
PIM 00-1-05: BUSC WEB PAGE
BUSC will develop and maintain an official club web page. The page will be used for the dissemination of club information regarding the club’s goals, membership, rules, scheduled events, activities and local community information
The page shall be under the administration of the BUSC Executive Committee with general supervision by the Director of Information and Technology. Final approval of posted items is vested in the executive committee. The club may employ a “Webmaster” to maintain the site.
The web page is to be kept current with up to date and useful information for the good of the club and the good of the game. Commercial or club related advertising will be allowed on the site. Links to appropriate soccer related organizations will be allowed. Minimum monthly updates are to include board meeting minutes and board decisions regarding the club.
BUSC Board Members, Age Group Coordinators and teams are encouraged to submit correctly formatted information to the Director of Information and Technology for forwarding to the Webmaster to be posted on the site.
PIM 00-2: LEAGUE DRESS CODE
All BUSC registered soccer players will wear only the official club uniform for all league and tournament play. A uniform is considered a jersey, shorts and socks. No substitutions are allowed for any reason.
FOR DIVISION 1 AND 3 TEAMS:
Club issued training shirts will be worn for warm up during all league and tournament play.
Club approved warm-ups are recommended to be worn for all league and tournament play.
The Ballistic home color is gold and the away color is white.
Failure to comply with the above dress code requirements shall deny the player the right to play until the violation is remedied.
PIM 01-1 SUBJECT: FIFTH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
A fifth member of the Executive Committee shall be selected annually by the four elected members of the Executive Committee. This member will serve for one year, and may be re-selected after their term, but may not serve for more than two consecutive years.
The fifth member will be selected at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors following the Annual General Meeting. They will be selected from the membership of the Board of Directors.
The fifth member will perform the regular duties of their appointed position as well as acting as a full member of the Executive Committee.
PIM 01-2-04 SUBJECT: PLAYING OUTSIDE OF AGE GROUP
Competitive players may play in an age group that is higher than that for which they would normally be eligible. Competitive players selected to do so should rank in the top half of the higher age group’s team’s players and are expected to start most games. This applies to Division 1 and Division 3 players only.
Recreational players may not play in an age group that is higher than that for which they would normally be eligible, unless there is compelling reason to do so. If a recreational player is allowed to play in an age group that is higher than that for which they would normally be eligible, in no event shall a recreational player play in an age group higher than the next age group up. All requests for recreational players to play in a higher age group must be forwarded to the club’s board of directors for consideration and final decision.
No player may play in an age group that is lower than that for which they would normally be eligible.
PIM 02-1-05: “Y” LEAGUE AND NORCAL
BUSC endorses and encourages participation in the “Y” League and NorCal Premier League. Registration fees derived from the participation in these leagues, and any other leagues separate and apart from CYSA shall be segregated and the segregated funds shall be used only in connection with those leagues and programs. BUSC shall deposit registration funds from these non-CYSA leagues in the General Fund checking account under separate budget categories. BUSC will generate expense checks from these categories as requested by invoice or on the BUSC Request for Payment form. In no case will checks written exceed the funds available in these budget categories.
PIM 05-1 FIELD FUND
These policy guidelines will be followed in administration and use of the BUSC Field Fund.
1. The BUSC Field Fund shall be maintained separately from the General Fund. Money raised through the sale of coupon books will be a source of revenue for the fund.
2. Money raised by the sale of coupon books or other Field fundraising activities shall be deposited in the General Fund and then expeditiously transferred from the General Fund checking account into a separate investment account each year.
3. The choice of investment vehicle will be guided by the BUSC “Statement of Investment Policy, Objectives and Guidelines” with the aim of minimizing risk while maximizing return.
4. Money from the Field Fund will only be used to procure, upgrade, enhance or provide field and field related attributes, including but not limited to turf, lighting, benches, goals and nets. Money from the Field Fund may also be used, upon Board approval to procure, upgrade, enhance or maintain capital equipment or improvements.
5. Upon Board approval, money may be loaned from the Field Fund to the General Fund for operating expenses. Loans must be repaid as expeditiously as possible.
PIM 05-2 GENERAL FUND
Operating income and expenses will be handled through use of a General Fund checking account. The General Fund checking account shall be maintained with separate budget categories in accordance with the Annual Budget. Monthly and annual reports of receipts and expenditures shall be presented to the Board of Directors.
PIM 06-1 COMPETITITVE TEAM FORMATION
It is the philosophy and policy of the BUSC Board of Directors to field the best team possible at all competitive levels while developing players who reside in Pleasanton. This philosophy will be considered in all cases when evaluating whether to approve more that three out of town players being rostered to any one BUSC Division 1 or 3 team.
PIM 06-2 COMPETITIVE FEE PAYMENTS
Competitive fees for Division 1 and 3 are due in three equal installments, on June 1st, August 1st and October 1st. Players who register for competitive teams after their original formation will pay fees as follows:
Players registering up to July 31st will pay the full amount. For players registering between August 1st and September 30th the amount will be two-thirds of the original fee. Players registering for competitive teams any time after October 1st will pay one-third the original fee.
PIM 08-01: DIVISION 4 U5-U9 DEVELOPMENT FOCUS
The goals of Division 4 U5-U9 age groups are to develop basic soccer skills, techniques, and enjoyment of the game. In order to achieve these development goals, BUSC utilizes small-sided games to maximize player contact with the ball and mitigates the distraction to these goals by prohibiting the use of game scoring.
Focus at these age groups during games should be strictly on developing these skills and utilizing games as an instructional and learning opportunity for players. Coaches shall focus on exposing their players to as many positions on the field as possible and emphasize ball control and dribbling skills over game tactics.
Coaches of U5-U7 players should focus primarily on ball control, dribbling techniques, fakes, 1-versus-1 skills, and individual player movement on the field.
Coaches of U8-U9 should continue to focus on individual ball handling and
1 –versus-1 skills, but also begin developing player and team field technical skills. Coaches should begin training players to become more proficient with passing, defensive and offensive alignment and movement, shooting and throw-in skills.
PIM 08-02: DIVISION 4 MERCY RULE
The Mercy Rule will be used in all Division 4 games and in all age groups. The maximum score difference between Goals For/Goals Against is 6 goals. Any final game score that exceeds the maximum SHALL NOT be included in either official game results or in publicity submissions.
Coaches that actively encourage or allow their team to run up the score and violate the Mercy Rule may be sanctioned as a violation of the terms of the Coaching Code of Conduct
PIM 08-03: DIVISION 4 TEAM ASSIGNMENTS
Player assignments to teams are based upon (1) neighborhood affiliation, (2) school attending, (3) prior year coach’s evaluation (if available), and (4) the needs to equitably balance teams within the age group. Player evaluations are critical decision factor in U9 and above age groups enabling BUSC Age Group Coordinator’s (AGC’s) to create competitive teams and ensure equitable distribution of players and teams with similar skill levels.
As a policy, BUSC does not assign by coach or player preference in order to ensure fair distribution of players and skills across teams. During team formation, the AGC may consider requests from registration forms but only at the time of team formation and only when team balance is ensured and honoring the request does not create unfair inequities in player skill distribution.
No player may request assignment to a specific coach or team. No coach may request a specific player, except for his/her son. No player may be transferred to another team without AGC or Registrar approval.
No player, even if properly registered, may play for a team for which they have not been assigned, either in a league or tournament game, unless he has so been assigned and registered with CYSA. To do so will cause forfeiture of the game and can result in possible sanctions by the Club and/or CYSA. Duly registered players may participate in other team’s practice games, but only upon the express approval of his assigned coach.
PIM 08-04 DIVISION 4 PRACTICE FIELD ASSIGNMENTS
Each team will be assigned practice fields and times within Pleasanton according to City of Pleasanton field availabilities. Normally, teams are scheduled for two practices per week. Coaches may not utilize other City of Pleasanton fields unless the BUSC Field Commissioner has granted approval. The use of private, individual facilities or property is prohibited. The use of local community parks not included in the City of Pleasanton assigned practice fields is permitted.
Practices may not begin prior to 1 August.
PIM 08-05: PARENT SIDELINE BEHAVIOR
All spectators and coaches must treat referees, players, each other, and opposing teams with respect at all times, at all venues, and at all levels of competition. The Club has imposed a zero tolerance policy concerning any and all negative comments and/or attitude while on the sidelines as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
In the event of unacceptable parent or coaching behavior, the following actions will apply:
- There will be a verbal warning of the following consequences, and expectations will be established.
- If there is a second situation, the spectator or coach will be given a probationary period. A Club representative will be asked to attend the game to observe the sideline behavior. The spectator will be required to attend a Positive Coaching Alliance session at their own expense.
- If a third situation arises, the spectator or coach will be suspended from a game or games depending on the situation. Also, the spectator or coach will be required to meet with the Board to address the situation.
- After the probationary period, if there are continuing concerns, the final step will be to remove that individual’s child from the Club.
Revision August 2008
Revision July 2005
|By Gary Patton, presented at “BUSC Night”, Pleasanton Museum 2003.
THE BIRTH OF BUSC- IT WAS MY LOVE CHILD BUT THESE FELLOWS WHERE THE TRUE FATHERS!
The field was literally divided in to thirds, with each player in the line being required to remain in their section. No overlapping and making it very difficult to make “give and go passes” Not many goals were scored, because it was more fun to see how many shins you could “bloody”. Almost everyone had new “field boots- similar to the ones motorcyclists wear).
A few weeks after my introduction to the game, which was very roughly called “Soccer”, I saw, at the local
movie house one Saturday the high lights of the English FA Cup.
world unknown to most Americans of that time and more certainly all the “oakies” of the central valley.
In 1960 as Kennedy came to power and that whole era began to unfold – along with “Flower Power” blossoming, as a young playground director in west Oakland, I found that Guadalajara SC, one of only two east bay teams to play in the San Francisco Soccer League was training at my playground (De – Fermery Park, at 16th and Adeline).
Noting to Caffodio my efforts with Feibusch and Neguesco in Oakland, he offered $300 and the name and phone number of some guy that had appeared in the Oakland Tribune a few days before (Don Greer of Hayward United, the other team in the SF Soccer League).
On July 1 1965, I was appointed the first Director of Recreation for the City of Pleasanton by City Manager James Fales, Jr.
Oftedal tells the story that I was the only coach he could beat. (He was not too far wrong).
At that time, much of the news was focused on the our effort to reach the Moon and many headlines featured ICBMS (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) noting progress or failures as they occurred.
One result of this game was the inspiration to recruit players 10 years of age and younger, this act resulted in a growth explosion.Going into the game, it was assumed that Dublin was heavily favored and Livermore would do good just to come out with a respectable score.
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