[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of South Harrison 8-7-2002 by Ord. No. 0-02-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CODE OF CONDUCT
- The specifications contained herein for the behavior of parents, guardians, coaches, players and officials for any youth sports event.
- YOUTH SPORTS EVENT
- Any competition, practice or instructional event involving one or more youth sports teams.
- YOUTH SPORTS TEAM
- As used herein, shall refer to any sports organization organized pursuant to a nonprofit or similar charter which is affiliated with or received monetary or other support from South Harrison Township or regularly utilizes any facilities owned, operated, or maintained by South Harrison Township, which sports organization participates in sporting competitions involving minors, except for sports event supervised by the South Harrison Township School District.
The parents and guardians of each child, and the child, participating in a sports team shall be required by the sports team to execute an agreement acknowledging receipt of this chapter and agreeing to be bound thereby.
Any parent, guest, spectator, coach, player or official at any youth sports event who initiates a fight, scuffle, or any type of physical abuse or threats of abuse towards any player, coach, official, parent, or spectator may be banned from attendance at all youth sports events within the Township of South Harrison for a period up to but not to exceed 12 months from the date of the incident.
Any parent, guest, spectator, coach, player or official at any youth sporting event who enters the field of play, court, or rink during any youth sporting event for the purpose of physically or verbally abusing or confronting coaches, players or officials may be banned from attendance at one or all youth sports events within the Township of South Harrison for a period up to but not to exceed 12 months from the date of the incident.
Any parent, guest, spectator, coach, player or official at any youth sports event who verbally abuses officials, players or spectators including the use of obscene or profane language or gestures, racial, ethnic or sexual slurs may be banned from all youth sports events for a period of up to but not to exceed 12 months from the date of the incident and may be subject to such disciplines as provided for by this chapter.
Any parent, guest, spectator, player or official at any youth sports event who throws or causes to be deposited any object on the field of play, court, or rink during any youth sports event may be banned from attendance at all youth sports events for a period of up to but not to exceed 12 months from the date of this chapter.
Any parent, guest, spectator, coach, player or official at any youth sporting event shall be subject to the authority of all field officials including umpires and referees and elected league officials of the youth sports team or teams sponsoring the youth sports event, or in the absence of such persons at a youth sports team's practice or instructional event, to the authority of the senior youth sports team coach on the premises. "Senior" shall mean longest service as a coach for the South Harrison Athletic Association. Such authority shall include the authorization to direct any person or persons involved in any incident in violation of this chapter to immediately remove themselves from the premises.
A South Harrison Township Code of Conduct Committee is hereby established. The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Committee shall be the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Other members of the Code of Conduct Committee shall be one other member of the Parks and Recreation Commission appointed by the Chairman thereof, and the other three members of the Code of Conduct Committee shall be members of the Athletic Association, one of whom shall be President of the Athletic Association and the other two shall be appointed by the President of the Athletic Association.
Upon a determination by the chief official at a youth sports event that a parent, guest, spectator, coach, player or official at any youth sports event sponsored by such youth sports team has violated a provision of this chapter, such official shall forward to such violator a notice via regular and certified mail indicating the date and location and nature of the violation and the period of banning or other action to be taken in response to such violation.
Any person receiving such a notice who wishes to contest same shall appeal to the South Harrison Township Code of Conduct Committee within 10 calendar days of the mailing of said notice by forwarding a copy of said notice with a written request for appeal specifically setting forth the basis of such person's contest of the notice of violation via personal delivery or certified mail to the Chairperson of the Code of Conduct Committee at 664 Harrisonville Road, Harrisonville, New Jersey, or P.O. Box 113, Harrisonville, New Jersey 08039.
Upon receipt of such an appeal, the Code of Conduct Committee shall convene within 10 days and provide an opportunity for said person and any interested person to appear and be heard with respect to the occurrence of any violation and the action taken by the youth sports team.
The Code of Conduct Committee shall be authorized to hear testimony under oath, review affidavits and such other and further information or documentation relevant to the violation and upon a majority vote of the members of the Committee present at such hearing, may sustain, overturn, or modify the youth sports team's notice of violation and the period of banning or other action taken in response to such violation consistent with this chapter.
All notices of violation and banning shall remain in effect until overturned or modified by the Committee.
In the event any notice of violation is not appealed within 10 days of such notice, said notice of violation and the action taken by the youth sports team official including banning from youth sports events shall become final.
The Code of Conduct Committee shall be charged with enforcing the provision of the Youth Sports Team Code of Conduct established pursuant to this chapter.
The Code of Conduct Committee shall meet in February of each year to elect a Secretary and such other officers as the Code of Conduct Committee shall deem appropriate, and may meet as often as is necessary to conduct its business and for the purposes of enforcing the provisions of this chapter. The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Committee shall submit a list of all its members and officers to the Township Clerk in writing by March 1 of each year.
The Code of Conduct Committee may establish rules and procedures as it deems appropriate for the conduct of its business and in default thereof shall operate pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order to the extent they are not in conflict with this chapter.