Codes of Conduct

This Code of Conduct identifies the standard of behavior, which is expected of all Paris Soccer Club members and participants, which for the purposes of this policy shall include all players, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers, directors, officers, committee members, conveners, team managers, trainers, spectators and administrators involved in Paris Soccer Club activities and events.

The Paris Soccer Club is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect. Members and participants of the Paris Soccer Club shall conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of the Paris Soccer Club, which include fairness, integrity and mutual respect.

During the course of all Paris Soccer Club activities and events, members shall avoid behavior which brings the Paris Soccer Club or the sport of soccer into disrepute, including and not limited to abusive use of alcohol, the use of non-medical drugs and the use of alcohol by minors.

The Paris Soccer Club members and participants shall at all times adhere to the Twin Rivers Soccer League operational policies and procedures, to rules and regulations governing Paris Soccer Club events and activities, and to the rules and regulations governing any competitions in which the member participates on behalf of the Paris Soccer Club.

Members and participants of the Paris Soccer Club shall not engage in any activity or behavior which interferes with a completion or with any player or teams’ preparation for a completion, or which endangers the safety of others.

Members of the Paris Soccer Club shall refrain from comments or behavior, which is disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist. In particular, behavior which constitutes harassment or abuse, will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with under the Paris Soccer Club Harassment and Abuse Policy.

Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the disciplinary policy of the Twin Rivers Soccer League. Such action may result in a member losing the privileges which come with membership in the Paris Soccer Club, including the opportunity to participate in Paris Soccer Club activities and events, both present and future.

All Paris Soccer Club members and participants must consider it a privilege to be a part of The Paris Soccer Club and understand that their actions will reflect credit upon the organization and its affiliates. As such all Paris Soccer Club members and participants must conduct themselves in accordance to the Code of Conduct described below. Any breaches of the code of conduct must be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors and may result in loss of privilege as part of the Paris Soccer Club.

PARIS SOCCER CLUB HARASSMENT AND ABUSE POLICY

The Paris Soccer Club is a youth-orientated soccer program dedicated to providing an organized environment to the residents of the Paris area.

The Paris Soccer Club must endeavour to provide a sports environment free from all forms of harassment and abuse. Our members will be treated with respect and dignity. Each individual has the right to participate in a program that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discrimination.

By providing a harassment free environment, we will promote the growth of volunteerism and the development of our players. We are committed to the education of all our members so they can understand the harm, both physical and emotional, that can take place in an environment where harassment is allowed.

Each member of the Paris Soccer Club will be aware of their responsibilities in eliminating harassment and abuse from our association. There will be zero tolerance for all forms of harassment.

When it does occur, it will be dealt with swiftly and fairly, taking the utmost care to protect the privacy of everyone involved in the incident. Together, we can make this possible, our members deserve no less.

PLAYERS

The players are our most important members. From their earliest involvement to the time they leave us, their growth as soccer players and young adults depends on our commitment to provide them with a harassment free environment in which to develop these skills. Their wellbeing must be protected not only on the soccer pitch but whenever they are involved in Paris Soccer Club sanctioned activities. We are legally and morally bound to protect them from all forms of harassment. Sports are meant to be a time to develop not only soccer skills, but also life skills.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers by definition are the backbone of our association. We depend on their dedication and unique skills and talents to fill the different positions needed to provide a soccer program. Volunteers run the Paris Soccer Club. Their willingness to spend long hours away from their own families, providing opportunities for the sons and daughters of our members are at times under appreciated. All members of the Paris Soccer Club owe these people a vote of confidence, our respect and our thanks. For these reasons and many others, we must provide rules, guidelines and a risk free environment allowing them to continue providing leadership that makes the Paris Soccer Club successful.

PARENTS

Parents are also stakeholders in the Harassment and Abuse Policy. They must feel comfortable with our efforts to provide their sons and daughters with a safe and harassment free environment to play soccer. They must know we are doing everything possible to protect their children.

CHILD ABUSE DEFINED

Child abuse is any form of physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care, which causes physical injury or emotional damage to a child. A common characteristic of all forms of abuse against children and youth is an abuse of power or authority and/or breach of trust.

EMOTIONAL ABUSE DEFINED

Emotional abuse is a chronic attack on a child’s self esteem; it is psychologically destructive behavior by a person in a position of power, authority or trust. It can take the form of name calling, threatening, ridiculing, berating, intimidating, isolating, hazing or ignoring the child’s needs.

PHYSICAL ABUSE DEFINED

Physical abuse is when a person in a position of power or trust purposefully injures or threatens to injure a child or youth. This may take the form of slapping, hitting, shaking, kicking, pulling the hair or ears, throwing, shoving, grabbing, hazing or excessive exercise as a form of punishment.

SEXUAL ABUSE DEFINED

Sexual abuse is when a young person is used by an older child, adolescent or adult for his or her own sexual stimulation or gratification. There are two categories:

1. CONTACT

· Touched or fondled in sexual areas

· Forced to touch another’s sexual areas

· Kissed or held in a sexual manner

· Vaginal or anal intercourse

· Forced to perform oral sex

· Vaginal or anal penetration with a finger or abject

· Sexual hazing

2. NON-CONTACT

· Obscene phone calls

· Flashing

· Shown pornography

· Forced to watch sex acts

· Intrusive questions or comments

· Indecent exposure

· Forced to pose for sexual videos or photographs

NEGLECT

This may occur in soccer when injuries are not adequately treated or players are made to play with injuries, equipment is inadequate or unsafe, no one intervenes when team members are persistently harassing another player, or road trips are not properly supervised.

HARASSMENT

Behaviour including comments, conduct or gestures which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading, or otherwise offensive to an individual or group of individuals or behavior which creates an uncomfortable environment, or which might reasonably be expected to cause embarrassment, insecurity, discomfort, offence or humiliation to another person or group, including but not limited to:

· Written or verbal abuse or threats

· Physical assault

· Unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendoes, or taunting about a person’s body, sexual orientation, attire, age, marital status, ethnic or racial origin, religion, etc.

· Displaying of sexually explicit, racist or other offensive or derogatory material, sexual, racial, ethnic or religious graffiti

· Practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endangering a person’s safety or negatively affecting performance

· Hazing or initiation rites

· Leering or other suggestive or obscene gestures

· Intimidation

· Condescension, paternalism, or patronizing behavior which undermines self respect or adversely affects performance

· Comments, conduct gestures or contact of a sexual nature that is likely to cause offence or humiliation or that might be perceived as placing a condition of a sexual nature on selection or advancement

· False accusation or harassment motivated by malice or mischief and meant to cause harm, are considered to be harassment

· Acts of retaliation towards an individual making a harassment complaint

DISCIPLINE IN SPORT

Discipline is an indispensible part of soccer and should not be confused with discrimination or harassment. However, it is of vital importance that those in authority:

· Set and communicate performance and training standards to all participants

· Ensure that training involving touching or other physical contact occurs in an appropriate setting and only after informed consent has been sought and received

· Be consistent and non-harassing in taking an corrective or punitive action

· Use non-harassing terminology: address individuals by name and avoid the use of derogatory, slang or offensive terms.

DUTY TO REPORT

It is the policy of the Paris Soccer Club that any Paris Soccer Club personnel (volunteer, participant, team official, referee) or Paris Soccer Club partner (parent or guardian) who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a participant is or may be suffering, or may have suffered from emotional, physical abuse and neglect and/or sexual abuse shall immediately report the suspicion and the information on which it is based to the local child protection agency and/or the local Police Service. In Ontario, a person is considered a child up to the age of 16 years.

Those involved with the Paris Soccer Club in providing soccer opportunities for participants understand and agree that abuse or neglect, as defined above, may be the subject of a criminal investigation and/or disciplinary procedures. Failure to report an offence and thereby, to provide safety for participants may render the adult who keeps silent legally liable for conviction under provincial legislation.

Through education, the Paris Soccer Club is weaving a tighter safety web around our most precious resource….THE PLAYERS!

Confidentiality:

It can be extremely difficult to come forward with a complaint of harassment and that it can be devastating to be wrongly convicted of harassment. We have to recognize the interests of both the Complainant and the Respondent in keeping the matter confidential, except where such disclosure is required by law, upon the conclusion of the matter or is in the best interest of the public.

Harassment Complaint Procedure

Any individual may report any complaint of harassment to the PSC. Such a complaint must be in writing and signed, and must be filed within sixty (60) days of the alleged incident. Anonymous complaints may be accepted at the PSC sole discretion.

The PSC may act as the complainant and initiate the complaint process under the terms of this Policy. In such cases, the PSC will identify an individual to represent the PSC.

Prior to filing a complaint, a person who experiences harassment is encouraged to make it known to the harasser that the behavior is unwelcome, offensive and contrary to this policy. If confronting the harasser is not possible, or if after confronting the harasser the harassment continues, the Complainant can request a meeting with the PSC.

Once a complaint is received there are three outcomes:

a) It may be determined that the conduct does not constitute harassment as defined in this policy, in which case the matter will be closed or referred to another governing organization; or

b) The Complainant may decide to pursue an informal resolution of the complaint, in which case PSC will assist the complainant and respondent to negotiate an acceptable resolution of the complaint.

c) It may be determined that the harassment complaint put forth warrants a hearing to further investigate the issue.

The PSC may determine that the alleged conduct is of such seriousness as to warrant suspension of the individual pending the hearing and decision, or the completion of a criminal process.

Harassment complaints occurring within competitions may be dealt with immediately, if necessary, by a PSC representative is in a position of authority, provided the individual being disciplined is told the nature of the infraction, and has an opportunity to provide information concerning the incident. In such situations, sanctions will be for the duration of the competition only. Further sanctions may be applied but only after review of the matter in accordance with the procedures set out in this policy

Harassment Hearing

If the harassment complaint warrants a hearing the PSC will establish a panel consisting of 1-3 Adjudicators to hear the complaint.

The hearing may involve an oral hearing in person, an oral hearing by telephone, a hearing based on written submissions or a combination of these methods. The hearing will be governed by the PSC and the Panel deem appropriate in the circumstances, provided that:

a) The hearing will be held within the appropriate timeline.

b) The Parties will be given appropriate notice of the day, time and place of the hearing.

c) Copies of any written documents which the parties wish to have the Panel consider will be provided to all Parties in advance of the hearing.

d) Both Parties may be accompanied by a representative or adviser, including legal counsel at their own expense.

e) The Panel may request that any other individual participate and give evidence at the hearing.

f) The decision will be by a majority vote of Panel members

Decision

After hearing the matter, the Panel will determine whether harassment has occurred and if so what appropriate sanction will be imposed. The Panel’s written decision, with reasons, will be distributed to all parties and the PSC within fourteen (14) days of the conclusion of the hearing. The decision will be considered a matter of public record unless decided otherwise by the Panel.

Where the Respondent acknowledges the facts of the incident, he or she may waive the hearing, in which case the Panel will determine the appropriate sanction. The Panel may hold a hearing for the purpose of determining an appropriate sanction.

If the Respondent chooses not to participate in the hearing, the hearing will proceed in any event.

In fulfilling its duties, the Panel may obtain independent advice.

Sanctions

The Panel may apply the following disciplinary sanctions singly or in combination, for major infractions:

a) Verbal or written warning;

b) Verbal or written apology;

c) Service or other voluntary contribution;

d) Removal of certain privileges;

e) Suspension from certain teams, events and/or activities;

f) Suspension from all activities for a designated period of time;

g) Expulsion;

h) Other sanctions as may be considered appropriate for the offense.

Unless the Panel decides otherwise, any disciplinary sanctions will commence immediately. Failure to comply with a sanction as determined by the Panel will result in automatic suspension until such time as compliance occurs.

A written record will be maintained by the PSC.