Northern Alberta Curling Association

CODE OF CONDUCT


 

It is the policy of the Northern Alberta Curling Association (NACA) to expect that every competitor and coach shall conduct himself or herself in a manner that respects the NACA, other competitors, member Curling Clubs, Sponsors, Officials, the Host Committee and Curling Fans.

 

Contents

1            Definitions

2            Obligations of Competitors and Coaches

3            Authority

4            Appeal Process – Disciplinary Measures

 

NACA Disciplinary Procedure Policy

·            Physical Abuse

·            Verbal Abuse or Unacceptable Language

·            Unacceptable Actions with Equipment/Other

 

 

1         DEFINITIONS [Back to Top]

1.1         NACA - Including its Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Championship Liaison Representatives, Staff, Umpires, and any appointed representatives.

1.2         Competitor - Any person (athlete or coach) who is participating in, or who has participated as a member of any team in any competition or event sponsored, promoted, endorsed or supported by the NACA.

1.3         Decision - Any decision or rule interpretation made, or disciplinary measure taken, by the NACA.

1.4         Competition - Any zone, bid bonspiel, last chance bonspiel or northern event promoted, endorsed or supported by the NACA.  A competition shall include the timeframe covered by the entire time from departure to the competition through to and including arrival at home from the endorsed event.

 

2         OBLIGATIONS OF COMPETITORS AND COACHES [Back to Top]

Each Competitor shall comply with all reasonable directions and instructions given to them by NACA and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Competitor is obligated to:

2.1         Avoid any action or conduct that would reasonably be expected to reflect adversely upon the NACA and its athletes, teams, coaches, officials, employees, officers, directors, members or sponsors and to conduct themselves in a manner which will bring credit to the NACA;

2.2         Rely upon and utilize the Appeal procedure established hereunder to resolve any issues, rulings, complaints or conflicts that may arise during any competition and to exhaust all such Appeal procedures before making public any disputed issues, ruling, complaints or conflicts;

2.3         Avoid any action or conduct that would reasonably be expected to significantly disrupt or interfere with a competition or the preparation of any Competitor for a competition;

2.4         Avoid alcoholic consumption to a level which would cause a Competitor to behave in a disruptive manner during any competition; (Note: Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited during a Junior or Juvenile event sanctioned by the NACA.  Prohibition shall include the entire timeframe from departure to the competition through to and including arrival at home from endorsed event);

2.5         Avoid the use of prohibited drugs, other than those prescribed by a Medical Doctor;

2.6         During stays in hotels/motels, etc., be subject to all provisions of this policy. If members of the team incur any damage to the hotel/motel, the player(s) involved shall be solely responsible for restitution to the hotel/motel. The NACA may also administer disciplinary action in accordance with section 4 of this policy;

2.7         Abide by the rules of the competition.

 

3         AUTHORITY [Back to Top]

3.1         NACA will name a Playdown Chairperson and a Head Official for all Northern events.

3.2         The Head Official has the general supervision of and shall rule on all infractions of the rules of curling arising on-ice at the Competition. His/her decision on the rules of curling shall be final and cannot be appealed. (See NACA Disciplinary Procedure Policy).

3.3         The Playdown Chairperson (or his/her designate) is authorized to make decisions on matters not covered by the rules of curling and may directly intervene at any time, and together with the Head Official, give such directions concerning conduct of the game as he/she considers proper. The Playdown Chairman and/or Head Official may remove a competitor from the game or competition area for what he/she considers to be abusive or unacceptable behaviour.  (See NACA Disciplinary Procedure Policy).

3.4         The Playdown Chairperson and/or Head Official is/are also authorized to suspend a competitor for a portion or the remainder of the competition if he/she deems this action necessary.   This ruling can be based in relation to behaviour on or off the ice.  (See NACA Disciplinary Procedure Policy).

 

4         APPEAL PROCESS - DISCIPLINARY MEASURES [Back to Top]

4.1         NACA shall investigate at its discretion any infractions to the Code of Conduct Policy by a Competitor(s) that reach the physical abuse or second offense stage as outlined in the NACA Disciplinary Procedure Policy. The procedure shall be as follows:

1)             The President of NACA shall appoint a Review Committee to review the incident. The Review Committee will consist of members of the current NACA Board of Directors;

2)             The appointed Review Committee will review the reports of the Playdown Chairperson and Head Official and will also consider witness statements provided by other stakeholders at the competition in question.  The competitor(s) in question will be advised of the Review Committee and will be given 7 days to provide written information for review by that committee.

3)             The appointed Review Committee will review all of the information relevant to the issue and will make a written ruling within 21 days of the Review Committee meeting.

4)             The Competitor(s) may appeal the decision of the Review Committee to the NACA Board of Directors by filing a Notice of Appeal within 7 days of receiving the ruling. The Notice of Appeal shall concisely state the reasons and grounds for the appeal and shall be delivered in writing to the NACA Executive Director at #110 9440 - 49 Street, Edmonton, AB T6B 2M9.  A cheque in the amount of $50.00 payable to the NACA must accompany the Notice of Appeal.

5)             Once an appeal is received, the NACA President will form an Appeals Committee that will consist of 3 members.  This committee will be chosen from current NACA Board of Directors.  The Appeals Committee will conduct a Hearing De Novo and the decision of that committee shall be final and binding on both the NACA and the Competitor(s).  It is understood that the Appeals Committee will not have any member who was on the Review Committee.  In the event that a ruling is made in favour of the complainant(s), the $50 fee will be refunded.

4.2         The NACA shall have the right to administer disciplinary measures as determined by the NACA Review Committee and NACA Appeals Committee.  Such disciplinary measures may include but are not limited to:

1)             Formal reprimand (written) - copies will be supplied to the offender(s), member club they represent, host committee, coach and head official;

2)             Disqualification for a one-year period from the competition where the offenses occurred;

3)             Disqualification for a one-year period from all NACA competitions;

4)             Permanent suspension from NACA competition for repeat offenders;

5)             Removal of NACA champion status.

 

NACA DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE POLICY [Back to Top]

 

This document is meant to provide direction and detail that will allow all competitors and coaches of NACA competitions to be treated in the same manner. This will also ensure that a set policy on progressive discipline is in place.

 

Physical Abuse [Back to Top]

Physical abuse or violence of any type is not acceptable by a competitor or coach towards any other stakeholder (participant, coach, volunteer, media, staff, spectator or official) at a NACA competition. Any behaviour of this type will result in automatic suspension from the completion and an advisory that information and recommendations will be forwarded to the NACA.

 

Verbal Abuse or Unacceptable Language [Back to Top]

Participants and coaches are not allowed to verbally abuse other stakeholders or use unacceptable language during a NACA competition. The following order should be followed in instances where this type of behaviour is exhibited:

 

1.       First offense - Warning (in the event the unacceptable language includes discriminatory, racial, religious or lifestyle comments the Playdown Chairman and/or Head Official will have the option to act as noted below under second offense).

 

2.      Second offense - Suspension from current game and next game and offender(s) will be informed that incidents will be reported to the NACA President and Review Committee for potential further reprimand.

 

3.      Third offense - Suspension from the remainder of the competition and offender(s) will be informed that incidents will be reported to the NACA President and Review Committee for potential further reprimand.

 

Unacceptable Actions with Equipment/Other [Back to Top]

Participants and coaches are not allowed to act inappropriately during the competition. These actions include (but are not limited to) broom banging, violent kicking of rocks, throwing of clothing, causing undue delays during competitions, or interfering with officials in any manner. The following order should be followed in instances where this type of behavior is exhibited:

 

1.       First offense - Warning (in the event damage is sustained to the playing surface, rocks, scoreboards or other equipment the Playdown Chairman and/or Head Official will have the option to act as noted below under second offense).

 

2.      Second offense - Suspension from current game and next game and offender(s) will be informed that incidents will be reported to the NACA President and Review Committee for potential further reprimand.

 

3.      Third offense - Suspension from the remainder of the competition and offender(s) will be informed that incidents will be reported to the NACA President and Review Committee for potential further reprimand.