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Code of Conduct

NFA7v7 Code of Conduct

EXPLANATION OF CODE OF CONDUCT

The National 7v7 Football Association takes great pride in the quality of its members, sanctioned events, coaches, facilities and broad community involvement at each event. In order to continue making the experience enjoyable and rewarding for everyone, the Association requires all members to adhere to a set of guidelines known as the Code of Conduct. Its purpose is to establish standards by which players, coaches, and event organizers are expected to conduct themselves. The Code of Conduct is to be followed throughout one’s membership.

CODE OF CONDUCT

General Conduct and Responsibility for Players, Coaches, and Event Organizers:

  • Refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct including abusive language, cheating, disrespect, or abuse of equipment and property.
  • Treatment of players, officials, volunteers, and spectators will be conducted with respect and courtesy, free of objectionable material and profanity.
  • Avoid the use of abusive behavior whether verbal, physical or sexual.
  • Respect the property of others.
  • When speaking as a representative of the sport, act responsibly and communicate professionally.
  • Appear in appropriate and respectful dress code when at event functions.
  • Be responsible for your own safety and the safety of others, for the entire time period spent in the event community.
  • Never make a false statement in relation to eligibility and membership to compete.
  • Complete event requests and registration for events prior to registration cut-off dates.
  • Complete onsite registration during the posted registration hours.
  • Know, understand and follow the National 7v7 Football Association Official Rules


Any of the following conduct by a National 7v7 Football Association member at a sanctioned event, non-sanctioned event, or toward another member anywhere, constitutes a violation of the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct:

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct, including fighting, abusive language, profanity, cheating, disrespect to volunteers, officials or fellow competitors, or abuse of equipment and property.
  • Use or association with weapons, drugs, alcohol, or smoking or chewing tobacco products.
  • Theft or vandalism at the host hotel or at the event.
  • Conduct not becoming of a National 7v7 Football Association member, such as acting in anger or creating other distractions.
  • Physical abuse, threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, slander or libel towards other players, parents, coaches, sponsors, host facilities, staff or members, event staff or volunteers in any medium.

 

Specific Conduct for Players

  • Proper attire is required at all times at the host facility/event, including during member designated functions. Questionable attire will be reviewed by the National 7v7 Football Association staff. Should a host facility/event have a stricter dress code, its policy will take precedence.
  • Refrain from wearing denim shorts, short-shorts, cut-off shorts, jeans, jewelry, and hats/visors during games.
  • Obey instructions from officials at all times.
  • Compete in the spirit of fair play.

 

Specific Conduct for Coaches

  • Do not enter the field of play during the competition.
  • Show respect and adhere to instructions given by officials, event organizers, and National 7v7 Football Association representatives.
  • Do not engage in public criticism of officials or incite players or spectators against the officials.

 

Specific Conduct for Event Organizers

  • Work in cooperation with all National 7v7 Football Association staff, coaches, and players to run a safe and clean event that adheres to National 7v7 Football Association guidelines.
  • Promote a drug-free athletic environment to protect the health of student-athletes and preserve fair competition.
  • Supervise the event to ensure that players, coaches, and spectators conduct themselves in a reasonable and polite manner.  This includes supervision to prevent and prohibit unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Enforce the rules of the Association.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATION PENALTIES FOR PLAYERS
If a violation of the Code of Conduct occurs during an event or game, an official, event organizer, or National 7v7 Football Association representative may immediately assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity and frequency of the violation(s):

  • One-game penalty at the event.
  • Disqualification from the event.

 

After the completion of an incident where a Code of Conduct violation occurred, the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties based on severity and frequency of the violation(s):

  • Disqualification from the next event(s) for which a member has been registered.
  • The National 7v7 Football Association reserves the right to suspend or revoke a person’s membership for a major breach of the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct.
  • Violation of the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct may affect a player’s eligibility for invitational and post-season honors.

National 7v7 Football Association members violating the Code of Conduct at non-sanctioned events are also subject to the penalties above based on severity. Multiple Code of Conduct violations will result in a written letter to the player and his or her parent/guardian.

SUSPENSION INFORMATION
In the event of a potential suspension, both the player and parent/guardian will be required to submit a written account of the Code of Conduct violation to the National 7v7 Football Association staff within 30 days of the suspension. The National 7v7 Football Association staff will determine the length of the suspension after reviewing all submitted materials, including an event staff account of the violation. Any player whose membership is under suspension will not be eligible for postseason honors. The Code of Conduct will be outlined by the National 7v7 Football Association staff at each event’s Registration or Members Meeting.

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATION PENALTIES FOR COACHES

If a violation of the Code of Conduct occurs during an event or game, an official, event organizer, or National 7v7 Football Association representative may immediately assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity and frequency of the violation(s):

  • One-game penalty at the event.
  • Disqualification of coach and/or team from the event.

 

After the completion of an event where a Code of Conduct violation occurred, the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct Committee may assess any or all of the following penalties based on severity and frequency of the violation(s):

  • Disqualification from the next event(s) for which a member has been registered.
  • The National 7v7 Football Association reserves the right to suspend or revoke a person’s membership for a major breach of the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATION PENALTIES FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS

After the completion of an event where a Code of Conduct violation occurred, the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct Committee may assess the following penalty based on severity and frequency of the violation(s):

  • The National 7v7 Football Association reserves the right to suspend or revoke a person’s membership or eligibility for future event sanctions for a major breach of the National 7v7 Football Association Code of Conduct.

 

REPORTING AND APPEALS PROCESS

Event Organizers must report all coach and player violations of the Code of Conduct to the Association within 48 hours of the last day of the event. Players, coaches, and event organizers may appeal a disqualification from further events or suspension or revocation of membership by sending a written appeal to the National 7v7 Football Association.