Disciplinary Process for disrespect shown to others

Policy principle

Soccer Chelsea promotes sportsmanship and fair game values. We expect our players, coaches, managers, referees and parents to show respect at all times towards each other, and the players, coaches, and parents of opposing teams. Soccer Chelsea has adopted a zero tolerance approach to displays of lack of respect.

What are examples of lack of respect?

Immediately before, during or after a game or practice:

  • fighting, kicking, pushing or shoving, pulling of hair, or kicking or throwing a ball or other hard object at someone else
  • verbal abuse, including yelling or shouting
  • physical threats of any kind
  • making derogatory, hurtful or demeaning comments or comments of a discriminatory nature
  • persistently criticizing the referees
  • persistent criticism demonstrated towards others
  • generally poor sportsmanship that reflects badly on the team, or affects the morale of the team.

What is Soccer Chelsea's approach to lack of respect?

1.1 Where the person to be disciplined is a player:
the player's coach, assistant coach or manager will give a verbal warning to the player. In serious cases, the Executive of Soccer Chelsea may be informed of the incident, and, if the player is 18 or under, his or her parents will be notified.
1.2 Where the person to be disciplined is a parent of a player:
the player's coach, assistant coach or manager will give a verbal warning to the parent.
1.3 Where the person to be disciplined is a coach, assistant coach or manager:
a representative of Soccer Chelsea will give a verbal warning.

What is the next appropriate level of discipline after a second occurrence?

2.1 The offending person shall be issued a written warning (by e-mail message, hand written or typed letter) and copy of the written warning shall be provided to the Executive of Soccer Chelsea.

What is the next appropriate level of discipline?

3.1 An offending player shall be provided a written notice that he/she is suspended for their next game and any practice(s) scheduled before their next game.
3.2 An offending parent shall be provided a written notice that he/she is suspended from attending their child's next game.
3.3 An offending coach shall be provided a written notice that he/she is suspended from attending their next game.
A copy of the written notice is provided to the Executive of the Soccer Chelsea.

What is the next appropriate level of discipline?

4.1 The Executive of Soccer Chelsea shall provide a written notice that the offending person is suspended from taking part in any Soccer Chelsea activity for the balance of the season.
A copy of the written notice may be provided to league offices.

What immediate action can be taken if the offence is serious?

5.1 Where the Executive of Soccer Chelsea is informed of an occurrence which is considered to be a serious matter, it may immediately suspend a player, parent or coach for whatever period it deems appropriate.

 

Is there any recourse for a suspended person?

Depending on the nature of an occurrence or suspension, Soccer Chelsea may call a hearing to provide the offending person with an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story and to make representations to the Executive as to the appropriate sanction that should be handed out.

 

Soccer Chelsea may elect to invite written submissions from, or hear the testimony of, any witness to the actions of the offending person.

Where a suspended person wishes to participate again the follow season, the person must provide a written explanation to the Executive of Soccer Chelsea of the steps they plan to take to ensure that there is no repetition of the behaviour that led to the suspension in the first place.

Soccer Chelsea may insist on a probationary period. A repeat offence during probation will bring on a suspension for a further 24 months or more.

Fees

Soccer Chelsea is under no obligation to return full or partial fees in the event of suspension.

Sanctions and fines from the league

It must be noted that the above measures are in addition to any other sanctions that the governing League may apply. Any individual subjected to a fine through ARSO/FSQ is responsible for payment of those fines.  When a team is responsible, the team as a whole will assume responsibility.  A representative from the club will be available to speak with the team, should that be required.

Coming into force of this policy

This policy was approved by the Executive of Soccer Chelsea at a regularly scheduled executive meeting held June 9th, 2008.

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