The mission statement of St. Francis Sports Association is to implant firmly in children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well-adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens (and) all directors, officers, managers, coaches and members of the league shall bear in mind that the attainment of exceptional athletic skills or the winning of games is secondary. The molding of children into future citizens is of prime importance.

 

Too often, in recent times, this ethic has been ignored to the detriment of our players, coaches umpires and spectators. In an effort to return to the ideals outlined in our mission statement, the Directors of SFSA have adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" regarding abusive, rude or unsportsman like conduct by any player, coach or spectator.

Effective March 1, 1999, with respect to any regular spring season, fall season, play-off or allstar game, the SFSA Board of Directors hereby establishes a policy of zero tolerance which will be enforced in any situation where an umpire ejects a player or coach from a scheduled game, or ejects any spectator from the premises of any scheduled game,  "for cause".

For cause shall be deemed to include, but not be limited to the following infractions:
1) Throwing of a helmet or other equipment in anger or with intent to injure;
2) Profanity or verbal abuse directed at any umpire or other participant(s) or spectator(s), the determination of which shall be based on the umpire's best judgement; and
3) Unsolicited physical contact which would constitute assault under State law.

Any player, coach or spectator of SFSA ejected for cause shall be suspended from his or her team's next two games and will not be allowed on the field and may not participate in any way in the games played during the time of the suspension. In the event the ejected player or coach does not leave the field immediately following his or her ejection, that individual's team shall immediately forfeit the game. In the event any player, coach or spectator who is a SFSA member serving, or who has served during the current season, a suspension under the policy of zero tolerance and there is a second incident in which such player, coach or spectator is ejected by an umpire, then such player, coach or spectator shall be banned from participating in SFSA activities for the remainder of the season, including play-offs and all-star games.

If you have any questions, please contact your league coordinator, or write the Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the manager of each team to make sure that all players,coaches and spectators are aware of SFSA's zero tolerance policy.