Your Rights of Appeal

Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association


6.1 Appeals of decisions made by leagues, clubs or associate members shall be submitted in writing and delivered to this Association by hand, registered mail or Courier Service.

6.2 Appeals must reach this Association as follows:

(a) By hand delivery, within five (5) days of the receipt of the decision being appealed, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

(b) By Canada Post or Courier Service, the letter of appeal must bear the date stamp of the service being used. The date stamp shall be no later than five (5) days of the receipt of the decision being appealed, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays excepted.

6.3 The request to appeal shall include:

(a) A copy of the decision being appealed, or the appellants understanding of the decision (if the decision has not been received, in writing, by the appellant.)

(b) The appeal will not be heard until such time as the appellant has paid any fines, bonds or other financial obligations.

(c) The correct fee as listed in section 6.4.

(d) The appellant’s rationale for appealing the decision, including the identification of:

New facts that were not available when the decision by the Responding Party was made; and/or

Errors alleged to have been made in the procedures followed to arrive at the decision by the Respondent Party; and/or

Alleged incorrect interpretation made by the Respondent Party of the relevant Published Rule(s); and/or

Alleged excessive fine, fee, bond or suspension.

(e) The signature of the authorized representative of the Appellant Party.

6.4 The appeal fee for an individual is thirty-five ($35.00) dollars, for a club, team or other organization the fee is seventy-five ($75.00) dollars.

6.5 Any appeal, which is not submitted in compliance with the foregoing regulations, will be ruled out of order and will not be heard.

6.6 On receipt of a valid appeal the Association will send a copy of the appeal to the party whose decision is being appealed. The appeal will be heard within three (3) weeks of its receipt by the Association, each party to the appeal shall be given ten (10) days’ notice of the date, time and location of the hearing. In the interest of a speedy decision the parties may waive such notice.

6.7 In the event that an appeal is upheld, the appeal fee will be refunded. If the appeal is denied, the appeal fee will be forfeited. If either party to the appeal is not satisfied with the decision rendered, they may seek leave to appeal to the Ontario Soccer.

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