Scugog Inter League Discipline Policy

Fair Play codes for players, coaches, parents and spectators have been adopted by the Scugog Inter league softball committee.   It is expected that coaches, players, parents and spectators will abide by the codes of conduct adopted and by providing information and education to participants we will experience a reduction of incidents of abusive behaviours on the field and at the games.    It is also acknowledged that disciplinary sanctions play a significant role in reducing abuse. 
The Respect My Game Committee of Softball Ontario recommends the adoption of a set of sanctions by associations that will safeguard the ability of players, coaches, officials and spectators to participate learn and enjoy the games of softball. 
All complaints received by any one of the member associations or by the Divisional Convenor will be forwarded for investigation to the Interleague Disciplinary Committee.  Member associations are not to proceed with disciplinary action without involving the Interleague Disciplinary Committee.   After investigation, the Disciplinary Committee will determine the appropriate action based on the following sanctions and the Divisional Convenor will be notified of the decision.  The Divisional Convenor will execute the decision unless otherwise directed by the Disciplinary Committee.
The following sanctions have been established by the Scugog Interleague committee and it has been agreed that all three associations will enforce these sanctions as necessary.

TYPE OF MISCONDUCT

DEFINITION/EXAMPLES

MANDATORY MINIMUM PENALTIES

Verbal abuse directed at a game official

Abusive language directed at a game official (e.g. umpire, scorekeeper) or opposing coach or player or anyone in attendance.

•  1st seasonal offence
– Written warning that behavior conflicts with code of conduct and a reminder to comply
•  2nd seasonal offence
– 2 Game Suspension
•  3rd seasonal offence
– offending players will be suspended for remainder of season with no refund
– offending coaches, parents and spectators will not be permitted to attend games for the remainder of the season

Physical abuse directed at a game official or someone other than a game official

The act, attempt or threat of physical contact (e.g. pushing, pulling, charging,  etc.) directed at a player, coach, parent or spectator on or around the playing field by anyone in attendance.

•  1st offence
There will be no tolerance for physical or threats of physical violence
– offending players will be suspended for remainder of season with no refund
– offending coaches, parents and spectators will not be permitted to attend games for the remainder of the season
•  Subsequent offence
– lifetime suspension
 Offending player will not be permitted to register for softball with any member association of the  Scugog interleague
Offending coaches will not be permitted to coach any teams in the future and will not be permitted to attend interleague games Offending parents and spectators will not be permitted to attend  interleague games 

Violent physical assault directed at any individual

The deliberate act of assaulting any individual in attendance in a violent manner, (e.g. punching, swinging a bat, etc.)

•  1st offence
– lifetime suspension  from interleague participation and police will be notified

Other unsportsmanlike conduct

The deliberate act of contravening a published rule or the principles of fair play and good sportsmanship on or around the playing field (e.g. throwing equipment; spitting on hand prior to handshake, refusing to shake hands at the conclusion of a game; ignoring safety rules, instructing a player to “run him over if he is in your way”; or a pitcher deliberately “hitting” a batter; defaulting games without providing reasonable notice of inability to play; playing an unregistered player; not providing fair play time for less experienced or lesser skilled players; using derogatory language when referring to the opposing team or other players ). Applies to ALL persons including spectators and game officials.

1st seasonal offence
– Written warning that behavior conflicts with code of conduct and a reminder to comply with rules and values of the interleague 
•  2nd seasonal offence
– 2 game suspension
•  3rd seasonal offence
– offending players will be suspended for remainder of season with no refund
-offending coaches, parents and spectators will not be permitted to attend games for the remainder of the season
-offending officials will not be paid for the game where the offense occurred and will be suspended from any further officiating for the remainder of the season

Sexual Harassment / Abuse

Any act by anyone to take advantage of a person for his/her own sexual stimulation or gratification.

The Association/League executive shall immediately investigate the allegation and if necessary notify police.