Youth Code of Conduct

  1. Youth Code of Conduct
    This Youth Code of Conduct applies to all CDA-sponsored Youth 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, teams and coaches 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. Any such inappropriate conduct constitutes a violation of this conduct policy. 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. Reporting Conduct Violations
    1. Violations by players
      1. Any player observing conduct counter to CDA policy may report the violation to their adult supervisor/coach or the event director (typically league commissioner Dave Arters).
      2. Any non-supervisor adult or opposing team’s supervisor/coach observing conduct counter to CDA policy may report the violation to the offending team’s supervisor/coach or the event director
    2. Violations by non-players (supervisors and coaches) should be reported to the event director/league commissioner.
      1. Failure of a supervisor/coach to act on violations by players on their teams using the protocol below constitutes a conduct violation, to be reported to the event director
    3. Complaints against a player, team or adult can be submitted by any player or adult in writing/email within 7 days of the alleged infraction to david.arters@lubrizol.com
  3. Coaches’ Responsibilities
    It is the responsibility of the team’s adult supervisor/coach to address conduct violations. In the event the team’s supervisor/coach is unavailable, the opposing supervisor/coach or event director should address the violation. The protocol below is intended to be first and foremost a learning opportunity for players to understand and correct their behavior; however, repeat offenses do involve punitive action:
    1. Dangerous play or physically abusive behavior should be addressed in an immediate stoppage of play.
      1. For a first violation during an event
        1. Address the individual(s) directly, explaining the violation and expected behavior.
        2. Request and receive acknowledgement of the violation and/or apology to the opposing player/team.
        3. Play resumes with a check disc and reset with the violation being regarded as a foul by the player.
      2. For a second violation during an event
        1. The player shall be substituted for the remainder of the point.
        2. Play resumes with a check disc and reset with the violation being regarded as a foul by the player.
        3. The player may return in subsequent points following acknowledgement of the violation and/or apology to the opposing player/team.
      3. For a third violation during the event
        1. The player will be removed from the contest and ineligible to participate the rest of the event.
        2. Player conduct will be reviewed by the league commissioner to determine participation in future events.
    2. Other conduct violations
      1. For a first violation in the same game, address the individual at the next stoppage of play (typically between points)
        1. Explain the violation and expected behavior.
        2. Request and receive acknowledgement of the violation.
      2. For a second violation of any kind (repeated or new) in the same game, address the individual at the next stoppage of play (typically between points)
        1. The player shall be required to substitute for the next point.
        2. Explain the violation and expected behavior.
        3. The player may return in subsequent points following acknowledgement of the violation and/or apology to the opposing player/team.
      3. Subsequent violations
        1. For a third violation within the same game, the player will be removed from the contest and ineligible to participate the rest of the game.
        2. For a total of four violations within the same event, the player will be removed from the contest and ineligible to participate the rest of the event.
        3. Player conduct will be reviewed by the league commissioner to determine participation in future events.


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