We received this email from the NAIA via NISOA:
This email is to inform you that the NAIA approved new standards for behavior during all NAIA competition. To address an officials' role in these standards, we have developed an explanation document and an online ejection reporting system to facilitate the filing of those incidents.
Game official’s communication - This document explains to officials how important their role is to the NAIA and conduct in competition. We are asking every game official to assist the NAIA in its mission to change the culture of sports and ensure a better game through better sportsmanship.
Online ejection report form - The NAIA has set up one central location through NAIAHelp where a game official can fill out the ejection form online. The report will then be forwarded to the appropriate conference commissioner.
We need your help! Please communicate this information to all officials who are involved in NAIA competition. The NAIA has communicated with all NAIA conference commissioners and athletics directors regarding the new standards and the ejection reporting system.
There are few, if any, NAIA institutions in the metropolitan New York area but if you are assigned an NAIA match elsewhere, please conform to their requirements.
The 2008 NISOA Preseason Guide contains an error regarding the display of cards for an ejection when a player receives a second caution in the same match. From Ken Andres, Jr., NISOA National Rules Interpreter:
The NISOA 2008 Preseason Guide contains an article on Page 1 entitled "Second Card is Always Red," which sets forth an incorrect officiating mechanic with regard to NCAA Men's and Women's Soccer Rule 5.5.3. The Preseason Guide article incorrectly states that the referee should not display a yellow card when issuing a second caution to a player. This is not correct and wrongfully interprets a 2008-2009 clarification of R.5.5.3, which addresses the issue of a second caution for Accumulated Cautions and Game Suspensions purposes pursuant to Rule 12.18.1. A player cannot be "charged" with a second caution in the same game for card accumulation purposes within R.12.18.1, but this clarification does not change the NISOA officiating mechanic when a player commits a second cautionable offense. The proper officiating mechanic when a player commits a second cautionable offense is as follows: The referee shall display a yellow card, followed immediately by a red card. See R.5.5.3.
When a player, coach or other bench personnel is ejected for fighting, there are several additional administrative requirements for the referee. Fighting is defined in the NCAA Soccer Rules Book as, "deliberately strikes or attempts to strike another player, coach or bench personnel in a malicious manner or leaves the bench or coaching area to participate in an altercation." The referee must:
At the time of the ejection:
- Notify the player, head coaches and scorekeeper that the ejection was for fighting. It is very important that the players, head coach and scorekeeper are notified that the ejection was specifically for fighting before you sign the official NCAA score sheet and leave the site.
Immediately after the game:
All other ejection forms and notifications must be made as well. Applicable forms and notifications are available on our web site.
As a reminder, if you are the ECAC assigned referee and have to terminate the game or eject a player, make sure you fill out and submit the ECAC ejection/termination online form. In addition, you have to fill out and submit the Supplemental Ejection report. If the ejection is for fighting, you must notify the Region 2 coordinator, Neil Edkins via email. You can download these forms and view these links in the Library and Documents section of our web site.
The Executive Board received this note regarding ejection reports and a summary of ejections from the 2006 season from Dr. Brian Crossman:
As chair of the NSCAA Ethics Committee I am supposed to receive all supplemental ejection reports. Going into the 2007 season I am asking your assistance to encourage the officials in your regions to submit all of their red card reports to me (and in a timely and complete manner). I believe I received about 65 percent of the actual red cards last year (over 1400). My goal is to raise that percentage each year until we get to at least 95 % of all red cards reported.
I would prefer to receive all reports by email. I will accept 'snail' mail but not faxes. My contact information is on the form.
Please make sure you comply with all ejection administrative reporting requirements.