Code of Conduct

The CDA requires all participants to adhere to the following conduct policy.

As an organization recognized by both the State of Ohio and the United States Government, the CDA has created a conduct policy which includes disciplinary oversight by the CDA Board. This will ensure that the CDA remains a reputable organization and continues to exemplify the "spirit" that the sport of ultimate frisbee promotes.

  1. Code of Conduct
    The Code of Conduct applies to all CDA-sponsored events, such as leagues, tournaments, and other CDA-related social events. Any participant in any CDA event is a CDA member and is expected to behave in a manner consistent with the ideals and vision of the organization. A member's responsibility is to play on the field, his or her interactions with the administration and officers of CDA, and in his or her dealings with the greater ultimate community
    1. On-Field Conduct
      Players and teams are expected to treat one another with respect, to conduct themselves in a safe and orderly manner, and while playing to adhere to the rules of ultimate as well as to any tournament and site regulations

      On-field violations may therefore include but are not limited to: abusive heckling; spiking the disc on another player; dangerous play; spitting at another player; cheating; deliberate fouling; taunting; creating a hostile environment; and violence against another player. Repeated, excessive or deliberate inappropriate conduct constitutes a violation of this conduct policy. An individual instance of inappropriate conduct may also warrant sanctioning by the Board if the action is severe enough

      Additionally, the use and consumption of alcohol is a particular concern because of the field sites we use. Each CDA event coordinator must specify the eventâ??s policy on alcoholconsumption for that event. If alcohol is prohibited at that event, then no member is allowed to use, consume, or possess alcohol whatsoever. Due to the potential impact â?? losing the field site or citation by law enforcement â?? there is a zero tolerance policy. Furthermore, the use or consumption of alcohol by those under 21 years of age is always prohibited. The use of illegal drugs for any member is also always prohibited.
    2. Off-field conduct
      Players are expected to act consistently with the mission of CDA to promote the sport of ultimate and not act in detriment to the sport or the business of the CDA. Such violations may include: any acts of vandalism or other destructive behavior on fields or premises used by the CDA, or playing on closed fields or premises.
  2. The Judicial Process
    A complaint against a member or team can be filed by any member or group of members, of member of the administration of CDA. Any complaint should be submitted in writing within 10 days of the alleged infraction. The member authoring the complaint should be a witness to the conduct in question, but this is not a requirement. The member authoring the complaint should describe the nature of the conduct in sufficient detail. The complaint should be submitted to the board by paper or e-mail.

    Once received by the Board, the Board will notify the "interested parties," which include: the member whose conduct is in question ("the accused"), the memberâ??s team captain (if applicable), and the commissioner of the event in which the conduct took place. Multiple complaints regarding a single allegation of poor conduct may be treated as a single complaint.

    The Board will inform the interested parties of the complaint, and the accused will have 10 days to submit a written defense to the allegation.

    Within thirty days of receipt of the written defense (or if no defense is received, then within thirty days of its due date), the Board shall decide whether discipline is necessary. This decision is done by a simple majority of the Board members. The Board shall have sole authority, but is required to take recommendations from the interested parties. Unless otherwise stated, rulings take effect immediately.
  3. Sanctions
    The Board shall do their best to impose a sanction that reflects the severity of the conduct violation. The Board may consider a memberâ??s prior sanctions or violations in determining the appropriate sanctions. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to: public or private admonishing; demand of public or private apology (to either an individual, a team, all the members of an event, the CDA board or the CDA membership); requirement of service to the ultimate community; suspension from future CDA event or events; or prevention from being a captain or other leadership role. Suspensions or penalties occurring for a duration of time longer than one (1) year will be reviewed annually by the Board.


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