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Article IV - Penalties and Appeals

(sections 4.01 - 4.05)

  Section 4.01 Imposition of Penalties, Fines, and Other Actions: The Vice-President, Executive Committee, and Grievance Committee of PAGS, as well as any sub-committees formed by the Council, shall have the authority to penalize, without any hearing, all member Clubs and teams, and the individual officers, coaches, members, players, and spectators of these Clubs and teams in accordance with the following (hereinafter, the Vice-President, Executive Committee, Grievance committee, and any sub-committees duly authorized by the Council, when acting within the scope and authority of their power, as provided for in these By-laws, are referred to individually as an "Authorized Party" and collectively as "Authorized Parties"):
  1.  Vice-President: Shall have the authority to penalize all violations of the League’s Constitution, By-laws, and other rules and/or policies, which occur in connection with a game (including prior to, during, and after games).
  2. Executive Committee: Shall have the authority to penalize all violations of the League’s Constitution, By-laws, and other rules and/or policies, of any nature whatsoever, provided however, that prior to imposing penalties with respect to games, the Executive Committee shall first give the Vice-President or Grievance committee the opportunity to act as provided for herein.
  3. Grievance Committee: Shall have the authority to hear protests and impose penalties in connection with any appeals filed with said committee, which may be the same or different from the penalties assessed the Vice-President, Executive Committee, or any other sub-committee established by the Council.
  4. Other Sub-Committees: Shall have the authority expressly granted to it by the Council.
 
  Section 4.02 Types of Penalties, Fines, and Other Actions: The penalties, fines, or other actions which may be taken by Authorized Parties acting within the scope and power granted under these By-laws and/or any other rules and/or regulations of PAGS, shall be any and all action which the Authorized Parties feel are necessary including, but not limited to; censures, forfeiture of games, fines, restriction of playing fields, and/or suspension from games and other activities of PAGS (hereinafter all possible actions referred to in this Section are referred to collectively as "Penalties"). Referee game reports on cautions, ejections, and field misconduct, are recognized as a basis for the imposition of Penalties under these By-laws. Furthermore, the Authorized Parties shall have the authority to impose Penalties on all Clubs and teams and individual officers, coaches, members, players, and spectators of these Clubs and teams, as well as to hold the member Club responsible for enforcement of any and all Penalties so imposed. If Penalties imposed under these By-laws are unpaid or unenforced in any way, the member Club will not be permitted to have any of its teams participate in PAGS until such Penalties are paid and enforced in all respects.
 
  Section 4.03 Establishment of a Grievance Committee: A Grievance Committee is hereby provided for under the By-laws of PAGS. Such committee shall consist of five (5) members including four (4) representatives of member Clubs and the duly elected Vice-President of PAGS, who shall serve as Chairperson. The PAGS President shall appoint the four members of the committee as promptly as possible when the need for such Committee arises. The PAGS President may replace any member of the Grievance Committee for the purpose of such matter or matters as necessary.
 
  Section 4.04 Grievance Committee Responsibility and Procedures: The Grievance Committee shall be responsible for hearing all appeals of the decisions of any Authorized Party including, but not limited to, the imposition of Penalties, which appeals shall be prosecuted in accordance with the following procedures:
  1. All appeals must be made in writing, must state the basis for the appeal in detail, and must be accompanied by an Appeal Fee of $150 (check made payable to PAGS). The appeal must be submitted to the Chairperson of the Grievance Committee and all interested parties within five (5) days of being notified of the decision of an Authorized Party. The appeal Fee will be returned only if the appeal is upheld by the Grievance Committee.
  2. The Grievance Committee shall conduct a hearing within seven (7) days of the receipt of a properly filed protest or appeal. The Grievance committee shall have the power to summon any interested individual for the purpose of providing evidence. All individuals and Clubs involved in the circumstances surrounding the protest or appeal may attend the hearing and provide evidence, but no other person may attend such hearing, except in cases involving Referees. In such cases, a representative of the Referee’s Association may attend the hearing as an observer. The Grievance Committee shall have sole discretion in conducting the hearing and shall not be required to permit any individual or Club to attend and shall not be required to follow any rules of evidence and/or any other procedures. The failure of any individual, Club, or other organization, to appear shall not deter the Committee from rendering a decision based upon the information before it.
  3. Any Penalties imposed by an Authorized Party shall be suspended while an appeal is pending before the Grievance Committee, unless the hearing is delayed due to the conduct of the party who filed the appeal with the Grievance Committee.
  4. The decision of the Grievance Committee shall be valid if made by a majority of the members of the Committee, which are present at the hearing, in which a quorum exists. Three (3) members of the grievance committee shall constitute a quorum. Under no circumstances shall a member of the Committee directly affected by the matter appealed (either individually or his/her Club) vote as a member of the Committee, or be counted to determine whether the requisite quorum exists, or whether a majority vote was obtained.
  5. The decision of the Grievance Committee shall be made in writing and shall be sent to the President of PAGS, the individuals involved in the appeal, the applicable member Clubs, and if the matter involves a Referee, the cognizant Referee’s Association. The League Administrator shall maintain a copy of all Grievance Committee decisions.
  6. All decisions of the Grievance committee shall be read by the President or presiding officer at a regular meeting of the Council and published on the PAGS web site as promptly as possible after the decision is rendered by the Committee.
 
  Section 4.05 Appeals to the Executive Committee: Except where Penalties were initially imposed by the Executive Committee, any decision of the Grievance Committee may be appealed to the Executive Committee. A formal request must be communicated verbally to the PAGS President within 24 hours of notification of the decision to be appealed. A written request stating in detail the basis for the appeal, accompanied by an Appeal Fee of $150 (check made payable to PAGS), must be submitted to the League Administrator within 48 hours of the verbal request. This Appeal Fee will be returned only if the appeal is upheld by the Executive Committee. The procedures for determining who has the right to participate in appeals to the Executive Committee shall be the same as the procedures used for the Grievance Committee as set forth in Section 4.04 above. Furthermore, any Penalties imposed by an Authorized Party shall not be suspended while an appeal is pending before the Executive Committee.

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