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To All Club Secretaries, T&DJFL 2013/2014

Re: Discipline

Dear Secretary,

Disciplinary offences in the main are usually of the minor type, caused by some clubs failing to conduct every day business effectively. Match cards, Results, League correspondence are still a problem for some teams/clubs.

Our main concern though is still the number of County discipline reports issued throughout the season. This is once again very disappointing from a league point of view.

The FA Standard Code of Rules is there to help everyone and it is important that everyone associated with member clubs takes the time to read and digest it.

Fines will be issued to any club(s) failing to comply.

The divisional secretaries are there to help and guide you, but in return, they need your help, to ensure the smooth running of the League.

Discipline has improved dramatically over the last few seasons. We are grateful that clubs dealt with many issues internally. We welcome this approach and hope this trend continues next season.

The introduction of the 'Respect' initiative has seen a dramatic change in attitudes, which is excellent news for all, which is excellent news for all. Simon Franks our referee secretary is working hard to both acquire new referees for the league and re-sign last season's officials. Your help is required to ensure we don't lose any during the new season.

Spectator problems have reduced with the introduction of a demarcated area along the touchline and the introduction of respect barriers. However please remember the behaviour of spectators at matches is the responsibility of the home club.

The Respect programme includes four practical steps to improve behaviour – on the pitch and on the sidelines

There is a Code of Conduct for each of the five main types of football participant:

  • Young Players
  • Adult Players
  • Spectators and Parents/Carers
  • Coaches, Team Managers and Club Officials
  • Referees

All clubs should ensure that the FA Respect programme is introduced to everyone involved in grassroots football within their club.

The management team is there to help so please consult with us if you have any problems appertaining to discipline within your club.

Please be aware, that the League will fully enforce the rules as set out in the FA Standard Code of Rules.

Have a successful and sporting season.

John Burnett
Chair
Timperley & District Football League

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