DISCIPLINE POLICY

Appendix A

Players, coaches, parents, referees and all supporters shall abide by the policies, regulations, rules, and code of conduct set out by the RCBA. The following standardized set of guidelines deal with game related infractions through a series of disciplinary actions.  The Referee-in-Chief and/or the Executive Director are responsible for the management, implementation, and regulation of this process.  Infractions are reported through a variety of means, but are processed primarily through referee game incident reports. Incident reports must be submitted in writing, within 24 hours of the incident, the Executive Director.  Infractions have been organized into four categories:

Category 1 Infractions

Category 1 infractions include, but are not limited to:

-      Not informing players of practice or game;

-      Having a player intentionally go down sick or injured during a game;

-      Attempting, repeatedly, to have a player in for a third shift;

-      Unwillingness to follow the equal play rule; and,

-      Non-application of the rules within the game, such as in the inappropriate scoring (score sheet or running up the score) or application of rules, which may include equal play, man to man defense application, etc. some of which may result in a game ejection.

Category 2 Infractions

Category 2 infractions include, but are not limited to:

-      Ejection form a game resulting from such incidents as:

        * Inappropriate language or behavior in a game or following a game;

        * Abusive or aggressive behavior, such as the berating (abusing) of an official, coach, player, or supporter;  

        * Mockery of a game, game official, coach, or player;

-      The accumulation of 2 technical/unsporting fouls within the season by a player, assistant coach, or coach; accumulation of an additional 2 technical foul for a total of 4 will be considered a second offense, another 2 for a total of 6 will be considered a third offense.

        * Excluded from this are zone technical fouls

-      Non-compliance with a supervisor or referee directive; and,

-      Absence of a coach for three consecutive practices without just cause.

Category 3 Infractions

Category 3 infractions include, but are not limited to:

-      Non-compliance to leave the gymnasium following an ejection;

-      Physical contact, intentionally initiated by an individual.  This could be a touch, hold, or push of an official, assistant coach, coach, or player;

-      Failure to comply with the implemented suspension;

-      Game related misconduct by a player, assistant coach, coach, or referee;

-      Use of ineligible players;

-      Removing or pulling a team from a game being played; 

-      A deliberate attempt to injure; and,

-      Unwillingness to adhere to the application of the suspensions.

Category 4 Infractions

Category 4 infractions include, but are not limited to:

-      Racial comments, slurs, or innuendoes;

-      Spitting at a player, assistant coach, coach, or referee;

-      Physical attack/assault of a game supporter, player, assistant coach, coach, or referee by any of the mentioned persons; and,

-      Gross misconduct by a game supporter, player, assistant coach, coach, or referee by any of the mentioned persons.

The following table outlines the disciplinary action that will be taken for each category of infractions:

Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Fourth Offense

Category 1

Clarification, Discussion & Monitoring

One Game Suspension

Two Game Suspension

Discipline Committee Review

Category 2

One Game Suspension

Two Game Suspension

Discipline Committee Review

 

Category 3

Two Game Suspension

Discipline Committee Review

 

 

Category 4

Discipline Committee Review

 

 

 


Any infraction not covered by the above-classified infractions will be processed through the RCBA Discipline Committee.

Game suspensions will be served on the date(s) indicated in the letter sent by the discipline committee after the review of the incident. 

Clarification, Discussion & Monitoring

Minor incidents will be validated, monitored and a discussion will take place with the reported offender. 

One Game Suspension

The Director of Discipline, as empowered by the RCBA Board, will automatically invoke a one game suspension to the person who committed the infraction.  The suspension is for the next scheduled league game to be played.  One game suspension decisions are final and must be adhered to in accordance with the application of the suspension as outlined below. There are no opportunities for an appeal with a single game suspension.

Two Game Suspension

Where incidents of a severe nature occur, the Director of Discipline will automatically invoke a two game suspension, to the person who committed the infraction.  The suspension is for the next 2 scheduled league games to be played.  Opportunities for appeal may be made, in writing, to the Executive Director within 24 hours of notice of the two-game suspension. Appeals will be dealt with through the RCBA Discipline Committee and its procedures.

Suspension Process

Upon receipt of communication regarding an incident involving possibility of a suspension, the Director of Discipline will categorize the standard infraction(s), if any.  The involved person(s) will be contacted regarding the suspension and its application, and any process for appeal if outlined by the particular category.  Noted contacts of such suspension shall be the Executive Director, Referee-in-Chief, the President, the involved zone(s) director and coordinator, and the coach(s) of the team's personnel involved.  The suspension will be recorded by the Executive Director and monitored by the Director of Discipline. 

Discipline Committee Review

Incidents brought forward to the Discipline Committee will be reviewed as outlined in the RCBA Discipline Policy.

Application of Suspensions

An individual who has been suspended shall not participate in the game or games the suspension has levied nor may they participate with that RCBA team or any other RCBA team in any other capacity.  While serving the suspension, the individual may not be present in the facility in which the suspended game(s) is (are) being played.  Suspensions may only be recognized as being served in regularly scheduled league games or playoff games.  The suspended player or coach must be listed on the score sheet as suspended.