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Code of Conduct

The purposes of Seminole Soccer League are “to assist youth in developing qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being, with proper guidance and exemplary leadership.” The Seminole Soccer Club has instituted this Code of Conduct to ensure that the behavior and conduct of all participants in SSC activities are consistent with and further these purposes.

Players, managers, coaches, parents, club referees, board members and spectators all share in the responsibility to display proper behavior at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespect for the game, team mates, league officials, coaches, opponent players, game officials and the spectators will not be tolerated during any of its activities (games & practices).

The President of the SSC or the Board of Directors may take disciplinary action against any participant in the league, including players, coaches, parents, referees, league officials, and spectators, whose conduct is detrimental to the operation and purpose of the SSC. While this Code of Conduct enumerates certain conduct that would result in automatic disciplinary action, it is not exhaustive and other conduct not specifically identified in this Code could also result in disciplinary action.

Disciplinary action includes reprimands, game ejections, suspensions, or expulsion from the league


Player Code of Conduct
The following is the Code of Conduct players are obligated to follow in SSC, or at any SSC activities (such as tournaments or games played in other complex). Violation of any rule may result in ejection, reprimand, suspension and/or expulsion from the SSC.

The use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the league.

The following behavior will result in immediate ejection from the game or SSC activity, a mandatory one-game & one-practice suspension from the player’s next regularly scheduled game/practice, and such other action as the SSC deems appropriate:

• arguing with referees or other game officials;
• engaging in offensive behavior;
• trash-talking to opponents;
• unsportsmanlike conduct;
• abusive, harmful or unwarranted disruptions to the game;
• throwing balls, clothing items, gloves, or other equipment in anger;
• using profane, obscene or vulgar language;
• verbal disrespect directed towards a referee, game official, club official, another player, manager, coach or spectator.

There shall be no fighting whatsoever at any SSC activity, including practices. Any player who either suggests or threatens to fight and/or participates in a fight before or during a game, or touches or threatens to touch anyone else in a violent or offensive manner, shall be immediately ejected from the game and suspended from the next game. If the incident occurs after the completion of a game or at any other SSC activity, that player(s) shall be suspended from the next two games.

It shall be mandatory for all players at the completion of their game to participate in a post-game cheer and handshake ceremony on the field of play. In addition, all players should thank the reefing crew and any other game officials present.

Any player not participating (with the exception of injury) shall be suspended from the following game and will be subject to further suspension at the discretion of the President of the SSC or the SSC Board of Directors.

A player sent off from a game may be allowed to remain in the team designated area or asked to leave the proximity of the playing field at the discretion of the referee or according to the rules of the game.

The suspensions will begin immediately upon notification to the offending party by the President of the SSC and take effect before the next scheduled game of the offending player.


Manager and Coach Code of Conduct
The following is the Code of Conduct all managers, coaches and other adult volunteers are obligated to follow in the SSC, or at any SSC activity (such as tournaments or games played in other complexes). Violation of any rule may result in ejection, reprimand, suspension and/or expulsion.

The use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited.  Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the league.

The following behavior will result in immediate ejection from the game or SSC-approved activity, a mandatory two game suspension from the next regularly scheduled games, and such other action as the SSC deems appropriate:

• arguing with referees or other game officials;
• engaging in offensive behavior;
• trash-talking to opponents;
• unsportsmanlike conduct;
• abusive, harmful or unwarranted disruptions to the game;
• throwing balls, clothing item, gloves, or other equipment in anger;
• using profane, obscene or vulgar language;
• verbal disrespect directed towards a referee, game official, club official, player, manager, coach or spectator.

Managers and coaches shall never threaten to or physically harm or abuse any player, referee, game official, league official or spectator at any time for any reason.  This type of behavior will result in immediate dismissal from the SSC for the remainder of the season and subject that individual to a permanent ban from the SSC.

It shall be mandatory for all managers and coaches at the completion of their game to participate in a post-game cheer and handshake ceremony with the opposing team on the field of play. In addition, all managers and coaches must thank the reefing crew and any other game officials present. Any manager or coach not participating shall be suspended for the following two regularly scheduled games and be subject to further suspension at the discretion of the President or Board of Directors of the SSC.

Any manager or coach who deliberately circumvents any of the SSC rules or regulations, especially the mandatory playing rules, is subject to suspension or expulsion from the SSC.

The President or Board of Directors of the SSC has the right and discretion to suspend any manager, coach, or player for any part of or for the entire season for any conduct violation which results in an ejection or is deemed by the Board of Directors to be detrimental to the operation and purpose of the Seminole Soccer Club.

Managers and coaches who are ejected from a game twice in any season are subject to a mandatory suspension for the remainder of the season. This individual will automatically lose their eligibility to participate in any post-season tournaments. In addition, the manager and/or coach shall be subject to a permanent expulsion from the SSC at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

A manager or coach ejected from a game will not be allowed to remain in the team designated area or the spectator area and must immediately vacate the proximity of the soccer field. Failure to do so in a timely manner without further argument or delay may result in forfeiture of the game.

The President of the SSC shall promptly report the suspension of any player or coach to the Board of Directors, although there is no right to appeal of any discipline instituted under this provision. The suspensions will begin immediately upon notification to the offending party by the President of the SSC and take effect before the next scheduled game of the offending player.


Spectator Code of Conduct
The following is the Code of Conduct all spectators are obligated to follow in the SSC, or at any SSC activity (such as tournaments or games played in other complex). Violation of any rule may result in disciplinary action.

Spectators shall not incite or participate in any form of unsportsmanlike conduct in the SSC or at any SSC activity.

Spectators shall not use abusive or profane language or gestures at any time at any game or other SSC activity.

Spectators shall not criticize, belittle, antagonize, berate or otherwise incite any players, managers, coaches, adult volunteers, referees, club officials or other spectators by word of mouth or by gesture.

Spectators shall accept all decisions of the referees and game officials as being fair and judged to the best of their ability.

Any spectator exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct, disruptive, profane, rude and/or abusive behavior towards any player, manager, coach, referee, game official, club official or other spectator shall be subject to removal from the spectator area and the immediate vicinity of the game by a referee or club official. Any spectator who fails to comply with this request in a timely manner, without further argument or delay, may subject the team to which they are affiliated to forfeiture of the game and must be reported to the Board of Directors.

The President or Board of Directors of the SSC shall be empowered to suspend any spectator from attending any SSC games or other SSC approved events for engaging in conduct detrimental to the operation and purpose of the SSC.