Policy on Volunteers & Members with Criminal Records

This policy was adopted by the GTYSC Board of Directors in November 2002 and revised in March 2009. This forms part of the mandatory Ontario Soccer Association volunteer screening initiative. Police record checks are required for all team officials (coach, assistant coaches, manager).

Policy on Volunteers & Members with Criminal Records

PRC - Police Record Check (aka Police Vulnerable Sector Check PVSC) Application Guidelines & Procedure

All applicants for team official positions (all travel teams; all ages of house league) who have not submitted a police record check within the last 4 years may download the guidelines and forms by clicking on the links below.

Police Record Check (PVSC) Guidelines


PRC (PVSC) Online Application -NRPS - Direct link to site

GTYSC wishes to express our gratitude for the generous contribution to this process made by one of our local lawyers, Paul MacLeod.  Despite a busy legal practice, Paul has made time to provide the club with an integral part of our police record check process.  Many thanks.

Note:  the GTYSC policy on volunteers with criminal records is also available - Police Record Policy Screening


GTYSC No Smoking Policy

Please refrain from smoking at all of our fields and facilities.

GTYSC wishes to create a healthy environment for all our participants and given that the vast majority of our 1,700 players are youth, setting an example is important.    If you absolutely must smoke, do so in your vehicle.  Virtually all of our Grimsby soccer fields and facilities are owned by the District School Board of Niagara - their policy manual states "in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, smoking is prohibited on all school lands and premises".

Rules re: Wearing of Jewelry on the Playing Field

The Ontario Soccer Association has recently received questions in reference to players wearing Activity Trackers (i.e. Fitbit). 

As a result The OSA would like to confirm the following;

FIFA “Law 4”, supported by the CSA is clear and as a provincial organization, the OSA cannot make exceptions. Only medical alert bracelets are permitted. 

FIFA and/or Canada Soccer are the only ones that can make changes/amendments to Law 4.

Law 4 2015-2016 FIFA Laws of the Game

A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry).

All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewelry is not acceptable.

Zero Tolerance Policy for Referee Abuse
The development of youth referees is as important to soccer as the development of youth players. Verbal abuse directed towards game officials has become a significant issue over the past few years and the drop-out rate for young referees is alarming. Please take the time to download and read these GTYSC policies and notes. These two handouts were distributed to all house league parents. The first is our policy on referee abuse; the second is a note primarily for team officials regarding referee authority.