Consistent with our motto “Miens Sana, Copore Sano, Sana Animam Meam” (Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul), the Columbus League requires that all participants — parents, coaches, league officials, athletes and meet attendees — practice good sportsmanship and follow the League’s codes of conduct.  The good sportsmanship and codes of conduct expectations in the League’s bylaws are reprinted below:

Article IX.        SPORTSMANSHIP AND CODES OF CONDUCT

Section 9.01   SPORTSMANSHIP

  1. A spirit of good sportsmanship by all participants must prevail before, during and after all athletic events.
  2. To the best of their ability, League members and participants shall enforce participation rules for the appropriate sport or event.

Section 9.02   COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. The term “Coach” shall include but not be limited to Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, or any other person in a team leadership role.
  2. Coaches must always put the safety, health, welfare and well-being of participants ahead of competition.
  3. Coaches shall instruct participants to compete within the rules and regulations of the sport at all times.
  4. Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior to participants.
  5. Coaches shall not tolerate inappropriate behavior from participants.
  6. Officials must have the support of all participants. Coaches must refrain from criticizing officials in the presence of participants.
  7. Head Coaches are responsible for all behavior of Assistant Coaches and participants for their team and organization.
  8. Failure to adhere to the Coaches Code of Conduct, to uphold the principles of the League, or to otherwise behave in an inappropriate manner may result in disqualification, the revocation of permission to participate in athletic events and/or the revocation of membership in the League.

Section 9.03   PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. The term “Parent” shall refer to parents, guardians or adults responsible for youth participants or athletes.
  2. Parents are expected to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.
  3. Parents must always put the safety, health, welfare and well-being of participants ahead of competition.
  4. Parents shall instruct participants to compete within the rules and regulations of the sport at all times.
  5. Parents shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior to participants.
  6. Parents shall not tolerate inappropriate behavior from participants.
  7. Officials must have the support of all participants. Parents must refrain from criticizing officials in the presence of participants.
  8. Failure to adhere to the Parents Code of Conduct, to uphold the principles of the League, or to otherwise behave in an inappropriate manner may result in disqualification, the revocation of permission to participate in athletic events and/or the revocation of membership in the League.

Section 9.04   ATHLETES AND PARTICIPANTS CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Neither athletes nor other participants shall act in an un-sportsmanlike manner while on or near any place of competition before, during or after athletic events.
  2. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes but is not limited to:
    1. Use of disconcerting acts or words.
    2. Disrespectfully addressing officials, coaches or other participants.
    3. Showing disgust with officials’ decisions.
    4. Using profane or insulting language or gestures.
    5. Baiting or taunting other athletes.
    6. Making any contact with any other athlete that is deemed unnecessary.
    7. Spitting on any other participant.

Article X.        DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINES

  1. Any person witnessing misconduct by any participant shall report the incident directly to an official or Board Member.
  2. If any adult associate with the League is found guilty of misconduct in any way, such as fighting, intoxication, using abusive language or violation of the codes of conduct, the Board of Directors shall take immediate action.
  3. The Board of Directors reserves the right to determine, on a case-by-case basis, the punishment for any violation of codes of conduct or unsportsmanlike behavior.
  4. If at all possible, the Board of Directors shall notify the participant of the punishment in writing.
  5. If an individual wishes to appeal punishment, he/she may do so by submitting their appeal in writing no later than ten (10) days after notification.
  6. Punishment may include but is not limited to, disqualification, suspension, revocation of permission to participate, revocation of membership and/or appropriate legal action.