Summary of NFHS misconduct rules:
Yellow Cards (Cautions) Cautions shall be given to players, coaches, or bench personnel for:
a. Entering or leaving the field of play (except through the normal course of play) without the permission of an official;
b. Persistent infringement of any of the rules of the game;
c. Objecting by word of mouth or action to any decision given by an official (dissent);
d. Any incidental use of vulgar or profane language;
e. Any use of video or audio communication with players or other persons to assist in coaching during the game or any intervals. Examples: Amplifying devices, wireless communication devices such as cell phones, headphones, personal digital assistant, etc.; NOTE: A coach may engage in verbal communications with his or her own team during play.
f. Unsporting conduct, including, but not limited to:Coaching outside the team area;
- Unnecessary delay (kicking, throwing the ball away on a free kick, etc.);
- Holding a shirt, short, etc.;
- Deliberate verbal tactics;
- Deliberate handball to stop an attack;
- Deliberate tactical foul;
- Faking an injury;
- Simulating a foul.
- player who displays reckless play;
- illegally equipped player, per 4.3;
- any delayed, excessive or prolonged act(s) by which a player(s) attempts to focus attention upon himself/herself and/or prohibits a timely restart of the game.
g. Use of any tobacco products at the game site during the period of the jurisdiction of the officials.
A cautioned player shall leave the field and may be replaced. Should the team with the cautioned player elect to play shorthanded; the cautioned player may not re-enter nor be replaced until the next legal substitution opportunity.
Hard Red Card (Straight Red Card): players, coaches or bench personnel shall be disqualified (red card) and the number of players on the field shall be reduced for:
a. violent conduct
b. taunting – use of word or act to incite or degrade an opposing player, coach, referee or other individual
c. subsequent caution for coach or bench personnel
d. serious foul play
Serious Foul Play also includes the following:
- denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately
handling the ball (this does not apply to the goalkeeper within his or her own penalty
- denies an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the
player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick
e. spitting at an opponent, teammate, or game official
f. Spitting at a teammate or game official;
g. insulting, offensive or abusive language or gesture
h. leaving the team area to enter the field where a fight or altercation is taking place unless
summoned by an official
i. Second Caution