15. Code of Conduct (players, parents, coaches)
All players must sign the Code of Conduct document as well as a player’s parent or guardian. The signatures indicate each person has read and agrees to the Code of Conduct and knows that the consequences of violating one of the stated rules may include ejection from the event/game. The NCJLA Board of Directors or designee will be notified of any ejection.
Signed codes of conduct forms are to be kept by each club, and are to be made available to NCJLA upon request.
The official’s jurisdiction extends from 30 minutes before the game until the officials leave the playing venue. Officials should be on the field and be in charge of the game 30 minutes prior to game time. If a situation occurs after the game ends and before the officials leave the playing venue and offending conduct would warrant a red card/ejection during game, the official(s) can issue a post-game ejection to the offending player, parent, or coach to be served in the team’s next game.
Players who are ejected for non fighting related reasons are barred from playing in the next game.
The first time a player is ejected from a game due to fighting, he/she is barred from playing in the next two games. The second time the same player is ejected from a game for fighting, he will be expelled for the remainder of the season. This rule does not apply in the case of a player fouling out of a game.
A parent ejected from a game will be barred from attending games for the rest of the season.
A coach who is ejected from a game must leave the field immediately and is barred from coaching the next game. If a coach is ejected from a game a second time, he/she is barred from coaching any team in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.
Offensive Language Rule Adoption
The NCJLA has added the following rule and guidelines regarding offensive language, effective March 17, 2011:
An official shall eject from the game any player, substitute, non-playing member of a team, coach, assistant coach or anyone officially connected with a competing team or fan using a racial slur or derogatory term related to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
A coach or assistant coach ejected by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from coaching any NCJLA team for the remainder of the season.
Any player that is ejected twice in a season by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from playing in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.
In the event that a racial slur or derogatory term is not heard by the official, the offended player(s) should inform their coach at the earliest possible time. At the next official time out, the coach should inform the head referee or umpire, who should in turn inform the opposing coach of the allegation. The offended player(s) and any others who heard the comments are encouraged to file a Sportsmanship Incident report with the NCJLA as soon as possible after the game, which gives the NCJLA a basis to conduct an investigation and take action as deemed appropriate.
Coaches are encouraged to discuss this rule with their players.
Coaches Who Change Clubs
Coaches who have changed clubs may not coach players they have coached on a previous team for a period of one year. The penalty for knowingly violating this NCJLA policy will be:
- The coach shall be removed from the team and barred from coaching within NCJLA.
- Players shall be immediately removed from the roster.
- The team may continue playing with a different coach to finish the season, but shall be banned from tournament and jamboree play.
- Exception: If the previous club is no longer willing to field a team at the level under consideration, then players and coaches may play for the 2nd team.
Complaints/Appeals via Commissioners
The offending party has ability to appeal in writing to the NCJLA board of directors. An NCJLA board of directors appeals subcommittee will hear appeals. Appeals are limited to rulings of suspensions beyond a single game.
An official’s authority extends 30 minutes before and up to 30 minutes after the game. They may eject players, parents, or coaches off the field or from the surrounding venue within that window of time.
When Games Run Long
The NCJLA encourages all participants to be patient when games run long. Every effort is made to keep to game day schedules, but unforeseen issues may arise. Model good sportsmanship and be respectful of teams, spectators, and officials as they finish their games.