Code of Conduct

code of conduct

RULE VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

The following is a list of rule violations and the consequences that will be incurred by the volunteer(s), coach(es), player(s), and/or team(s) involved, based on the severity of the situation. If a spectator is found to have committed any of the following rules violations (except rule #17), then the head coach, as the responsible party of that team, shall incur the consequences.

1. Acts of misconduct by a team or its followers.

Minimum: 1 game suspension

Maximum: Suspended from further competition

2. Failure of coaches to be responsible for the actions of their team, team followers and spectators, whether before, during or after the game.

Minimum: 1 game suspension

Maximum: Suspended from further competition

3. Volunteer(s), Coach(es), Player(s) under the influence of or using illegal drugs and/or alcohol on or near the vicinity of playing fields or gyms during recreational activities.

Minimum: 1 game suspension

Maximum: Suspended from further competition

4. A volunteer(s), coach(es), player(s), spectator(s) or team found to be abusive towards officials or GYC staff.

Minimum: 2 game suspension

Maximum: Suspended from further competition

5. Volunteer, Coach or player is ejected from a game.

Minimum: Automatic 1 game suspension

Maximum: Suspended from further competition

6. Volunteer, Coach or player is ejected twice during the same sport season.

Minimum: 1 game suspension

Maximum: 3 game suspension

7. Volunteer, Coach or player(s) ejected during the last game of the season.

Minimum: 1 game suspension in next sport season

Maximum: 3 game suspension in next sport season

8. Volunteer(s), Coach(es), player(s) or spectator(s) who starts or participates in a fight.

Minimum: 2 game suspension

Maximum: Suspension for 1 year

9. A team who engages in a fight.

Minimum: 2 game suspension

Maximum: Suspension for 1 year

10. Volunteer(s), Coach(es), player(s) or spectator(s) who bumps or makes contact (other than fighting) with an official or GYC staff member before, during, or after a game.

Minimum: 2 game suspension

Maximum: Suspension for 1 year

11. Vounteer(s), Coach(es), player(s) or spectator(s) who strikes, punches, or physically assaults an official or GYC staff member before, during, or after a game.

Minimum: 5 game suspension

Maximum: Banned from further competition in all GYC programs

12. Volunteer(s), Coach(es), player(s) or spectator(s) and/or teams who cause a game to be forfeited due to their

conduct or attitude towards an official or GYC staff member whether during or after a game.

Minimum: Forfeiture of game

Maximum: 3 game suspension

13. Coaches who remove their team from the playing field or gym prior to the completion of a game.

Minimum: Forfeiture of game

Maximum: 3 game suspension

14. Teams making a travesty of a game (i.e. humiliating or ridiculing opponents, officials or GYC staff)

Minimum: Forfeiture of game

Maximum: 3 game suspension

15. A gross display of poor sportsmanship by coaches players, and/or spectators.

Minimum: Forfeiture of game

Maximum: 3 game suspension

16. Suspended volunteer(s), coach(es) or player(s) who participates in any GYC activity, in any capacity (player, coach, advisor, etc.)

Minimum: Forfeiture of game and further disciplinary action.

Maximum: 3 game suspension

17. Volunteer(s), Coach(es) or Player(s) who fails to properly report an arrest and/or citation (except traffic violation) within 72 hours.

Minimum: Reprimand

Maximum: Exclusion

 

PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION

SECTION 1 – DISCIPLINARY HEARING PROCESS

Any individual or team who has violated one or more of the rules as outlined above is indefinitely suspended until they have contacted the Athletic Director and scheduled a disciplinary hearing. (Exception: rule violation #5 has an automatic penalty of a 1 game suspension.)

The following is a brief synopsis of the decision-making process concerning rule violations.

A. Rules violation occurs.

B. Indefinite suspension invoked.

C. A disciplinary hearing is scheduled and conducted.

D. Staff invokes coach, player, or team suspension, if any.

E. Suspended individual requests an appeals hearing with Athletic Director/GYC Board.

SECTION 2 – SCHEDULING OF A DISCIPLINARY HEARING

A. An individual or team who has committed a rules violation and has scheduled a disciplinary hearing with the Athletic Director/GYC Board, may continue to participate with the approval of the GYC board of directors until a disciplinary hearing is held.

B. A mutually agreed upon time and date of the hearing will be set. The individual will receive verification by phone and/or mail of the time, date, and place of the hearing.

C. Once the hearing date has been set and all parties involved notified, the hearing will not be rescheduled, unless authorized by the GYC Board of Directors.

D. If an individual fails to appear for the hearing, the GYC Board of Directors will set forth the disciplinary action to be taken against the individual. The disciplinary action will become effective immediately and cannot be appealed.

SECTION 3 – THE HEARING

Hearings will be conducted in closed session. The hearing shall include the GYC Board of Directors, the individual or team involved, and the officials association if necessary.

A. The GYC Board of Directors will explain the purpose and the process of the hearing to those involved, and will take informal notes of all proceedings.

B. Witnesses for and against may be called in on an individual basis to give testimony relevant to the hearing.

1. The GYC Board, at their discretion, may limit the number of witnesses to give testimony.

C. The GYC Board may dismiss any witness whose testimony is irrelevant to the immediate issue or who attacks the integrity of an official or GYC staff member.

D. After all testimony is presented, the GYC Board will provide a written decision to said party. A verbal decision may be given at the hearing; however, it will be affirmed in writing.

SECTION 4 – REQUESTING A DISCIPLINARY APPEALS HEARING

A disciplinary appeal is the means by which a coach, player or team may appeal their punishment as invoked by the GYC Board of Directors.

A. Any player, coach or team (a team’s coach shall be their singular spokesperson) desiring to have a disciplinary appeals may do so by submitting a written request to the GYC Board of

Directors. The request must be made in writing and submitted within 7 working days after their disciplinary hearing.

B. An individual or team who is suspended and properly appeals their punishment as invoked by the GYC Board of Directors may continue to participate in the GYC programs until an appeals hearing is held.

C. Proper authority will set the time and place of the appeals hearing. The person who requested the appeals hearing will be notified by phone and/or mail of the time, date, and place of the hearing.

D. Once the hearing date has been set and all parties involved notified, the hearing will not be rescheduled, unless authorized by the GYC Board of Directors.

E. If an individual fails to appear for the hearing, the GYC Board of Directors will set forth the disciplinary action to be taken against the individual. The disciplinary action will become effective immediately and cannot be re-appealed.

SECTION 5 – THE APPEALS HEARING PROCESS

An appeals hearing will be conducted in closed session. The hearing shall include the GYC Board of Directors, and the individual who requested the appeals hearing.

A. The GYC Board of Directors will explain the purpose and the process of the hearing to those involved, and will take informal notes of all proceedings.

B. Witnesses for and against may be called in on an individual basis to give testimony relevant to the hearing.

1. The GYC Board, at their discretion, may limit the number of witnesses to give testimony.

C. The GYC Board may dismiss any witness whose testimony is irrelevant to the immediate issue or who attacks the integrity of an official or GYC staff member.

D. After all testimony is presented, the GYC Board will provide a written decision to said party. A verbal decision may be given at the hearing; however, it will be affirmed in writing.