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SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY
  SSI SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY
SUFFOLK SOCCER INTERLEAGUE

SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY

This policy has been written by Suffolk Soccer Interleague to help maintain a healthy balance between fair play and safety. This policy is a league goal to establish a better relationship between coaches, players and officials. It is the intent of Suffolk Soccer Interleague to help players, coaches, parents and fans to be made aware of the true meaning of SPORTSMANSHIP.

SPORTSMANSHIP is defined as the practice of participating in sports with a conduct and attitude that is considered befitting of that participant, especially fair play and courtesy. It encompasses both ethical behavior and acts of integrity.

ETHICS is defined as the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a group. It is a system of principals governing behavior.

INTEGRITY is defined as a firm adherence to a code of values that incorporate principles of honesty.

FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP

1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the game.
Know the rules. If you do not know the rules, refrain from expressing opinions on coaches or officials. The SPIRIT of good sportsmanship depends on conformance to a rule’s intent as well as the letter of the law
2. Exercise representative behavior at all times.
Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or not.
3. Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
Applause for an opponent’s good performance displays generosity and courtesy that should be regularly practiced. This reflects a true awareness of the game by recognizing and acknowledging quality.
4. Exhibit respect for the official(s)
Officials are impartial arbitrators. They have been trained in the laws of the game and are performing to the best of their ability. Mistakes by all participants are part of the game. The rule of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is to accept and abide by the officials decisions.
5. Openly display respect for opponent at all times
Opponents should be treated cordially and be accorded tolerance .Treat them as you want to be treated. Be a positive Representative for your club and team at all times
6. Display pride in your actions at all times
Never allow your ego to interfere with good judgment and your responsibility as a club and team representative.

CONDUCT GUIDELINES AND BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

COACHES:
· Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete
· Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership. Adhere to strong ethical and integrity standards
· Learn the rules of the game and teach them in letter and spirit
· Set a good example for players and spectators. Refrain from:
§ Arguments in front of your team and parents
§ Gestures indicating an official or opposing coach does not know what they are doing or talking about
§ Throwing objects in disgust
· Shake hands with opposing coaches and officials before and after each match · Respect the integrity of the official. By giving respect, you get respect.
· Do not use profanity or other objectionable language
· Be responsible for your players and your sideline
· Make sportsmanship your first priority

CONDUCT GUIDELINES AND BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

PLAYERS:
· Learn the rules of the game.
· Treat opposing players as you would want to be treated
· Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them in a courteous manner following victory or defeat
· Respect the judgment of the official(s), treating them with respect even if you disagree with their judgment will only make a positive impression of you and your team.
· Play for the fun of it.
· Control your temper. Not only against the opposing team and officials, but with yourself and your teammates.
· Do not use foul or inappropriate language at any time.

CONDUCT GUIDELINES AND BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

PARENTS AND SPECTATORS:
· Always encourage your child to play by the rules.
· Applaud good plays by either team
· Watch and enjoy the GAME! Let the players play, the coach’s coach and the officials officiate.
· Never ridicule or shout at your child or others for making a mistake or losing the game.
· Refrain form questioning the official’s judgment or honesty.
Recognize they are symbols of fair play integrity and sportsmanship
· Use no foul or inappropriate language

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS

· Taunting and trash talking
· “IN YOUR FACE” celebrations
· Fighting or violence of any kind
· Use of profanity or other disrespectful language
· Questioning, disagreeing or harassing officials
· Throwing objects onto the playing field
· Booing an officials decision
· Refusing to shake hands or give recognition for good performances
· Blaming loss of game on officials, coaches or participants

ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS

· Congratulating teammates and opponents for effort and excellent performances
· Shaking hands before and after the game
· Thanking officials for their effort and work
· Thanking coaches for their time and help
· Treat competition as a ”GAME” instead of a “WAR”
· Applaud at end of game for performances of all participants
· Show concern for an injured player, regardless of team
· Helping a teammate or opponent who has fallen or been injured

FAILURE TO COMPLY

SUFFOLK SOCCER INTERLEAGUE by this document will be enforcing a “ZERO TOLERANCE / NO DISSENT & SPORTSMANSHIP RULE.
The following is intended to outline the penalties for failing to comply with the premise of this policy
“Dissent” includes, but is not limited to:
· Questioning an officials call.
· · Voicing displeasure with a call in a manner that can be heard by the official, players and fans.
“Sportsmanship” includes:
· Any and all actions, behavior and language deemed to be appropriate by
· Suffolk Soccer Interleague and in accordance with the Rules of Fair Play and the Spirit of the Game.
The coach of each team is responsible for his players and parents / fans behavior on his / her respective sideline.
Therefore any card given to a player or parent / fan will also be directed at the coach.
If a red card is issued, then the coach and the offending person will be required to leave the field. If the team does not have an approved assistant coach on the sideline, then the game will be called
A red card does not have to be issued for Suffolk Soccer Interleague to enact penalties against a coach, players or parent / fan if the official deems a report necessary.

THE PENALTIES FOR DISSENT OR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT:
1st YELLOW CARD = 1 GAME SUSPENSION
2nd YELLOW CARD = 2 GAME SUSPENSION
RED CARD = 2 GAME SUSPENSION

The sportsmanship committee will review all incidents of dissent or unsportsmanlike conduct by holding a fact-finding meeting at a neutral location.
There will be a MANDATORY attendance requirement by the coach and a member of his / her board of directors at this meeting. All attempts to accommodate the schedules of all involved will be instituted.
If the card was issued to a player or a parent / fan, then they will also be required to attend the meeting with the coach and a member of their board of directors.
It will be the responsibility of the Sportsmanship Committee based on the facts presented to determine to allow the offending party to continue to coach, play or attend that team’s future games.
If a card is issued at the end of a season, then that penalty will be enforced at the next season’s scheduled games.
Failure to attend this meeting will result in automatic expulsion from Suffolk Soccer Interleague.

Suffolk Soccer Interleague
Zero Tolerance Policy

The Suffolk Soccer Interleague (SSI) was founded in 1987 for the purpose of providing a safe environment for those players who were interested in playing soccer for their club but no longer had viable age divisions in which to play. In keeping with the spirit in which this program was founded, SSI requires that all participants, including players, coaches, parents, spectators and referees, behave toward others with courtesy and respect. As such, SSI has a zero tolerance policy in regards to the following:

· Verbal or physical abuse of an opponent by a coach, player or spectator,
· Verbal or physical abuse of a player by the player’s own coach,
· Verbal or physical abuse of a referee by a coach, player or spectator,
· Comments of any kind that can be construed as abusive, threatening, racist or unsportsmanlike,
· Physical violence (fighting, spitting, attempting to strike).

Any player, coach, parent, spectator or referee violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action as determined by SSI, including:
· Probation,
· Suspension,
· Permanent expulsion of an individual, team or club from the program.

Decisions of SSI are final and no protests will be entertained.

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