The Players, Parents or Guardians (collectively referred to as “Participants”), must agree to this Code of Conduct (Code) as condition of membership in the Niagara Minor Football Association (NRMFA). At the start each season, each of the Participants must sign this Code and submit it to the Player’s Head Coach prior to the beginning of the season.
The Niagara Regional Minor Football Association enforces a “Zero Tolerance” policy with respect to the use of drugs and alcohol by all NRMFA players, coaches, parents, and bench staff Any player, coach, parent or bench staff member found to be consuming or under the influence of drugs or alcohol during practices or games will be subjected to an automatic l game suspension or In the case of a parent/ guardian, immediate suspension of rights to attend all team activities until further notice. Multiple violations of this policy will be severely dealt with by the NRMFA Board of Directors and will lead to multi-game suspensions, and ultimately removal of NRMFA membership privileges.
The best way to avoid situations that can lead to a violation of the NRMFA Code of Conduct is to use the “24 Hour Rule”. The NRMFA endorses this rule and mandates its application to all its sanctioned events.
Simply put, if an incident occurs at a game or practice that is likely to create a conflict, everyone involved must step back and reflect on the situation for a period of at least 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed the Participant having an issue must first raise the concern with the team Parent Representative. The Parent Representative will discuss the issue with the Team Coach who will render a decision on the matter.
Where the Participant remains dissatisfied with the Coach’s resolution of the matter, the issue must be reduced to writing with full particulars and submitted to the Centre Convener for further deliberation in accordance with NRMFA policy and procedure.
The NRMFA Board of directors will maintain a permanent record of all breaches of the NRMFA Code of Conduct and will take into account historical information when ruling on disciplinary action.