Code of Conduct


The purpose of this Code of Conduct and Ethics is to ensure a safe and positive environment
within Dodgeball PEI programs, activities and events, by making all individuals aware that there
is an expectation of appropriate behavior, consistent with the values of Dodgeball PEI, at all

Dodgeball PEI is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated
with respect. Further, Dodgeball PEI supports equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory
practices. Members of Dodgeball PEI are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a
manner consistent with the values of Dodgeball PEI that include fairness, integrity, open
communication and mutual respect.
Conduct that violates this Code of Conduct and Ethics may be subject to sanctions pursuant
to this Policy. All violations will be discussed with the Dodgeball PEI Board of Directors.

1. Application of this Policy
a) This Policy applies to all Members of Dodgeball PEI, where Members are defined to
include coaches, event group leaders, referees, athletes, team managers and team staff,
program and tournament directors, spectators, administrators, volunteers, staff and
contractors of the Board. This Policy applies to the conduct of members at any Dodgeball
PEI events, programs and activities. This policy will also apply to but not limited to their
conduct through online avenues and social media platforms.
b) This policy was approved by Dodgeball PEI Board of Directors on September 3rd, 2019. It
will be reviewed on an annual basis and may be amended, deleted or replaced by a resolution
of the Board.

2. Expected Standard of Ethical Conduct for All
a) All Members of Dodgeball PEI are expected to:
· Demonstrate through words and actions the spirit of sportsmanship, sports leadership
and ethical conduct
· Players are expected to abide by the honour system. The honour system expects all players
to abide by the highest level of honesty and sporting conduct at all times during competitive
· Treat others with respect and refrain from negative or disparaging remarks or
· Not knowingly place themselves in a situation that could give rise to a conflict
between personal interests and the interests of Dodgeball PEI
· Be mindful of our facility’s policies involving alcohol/cannabis consumption when
attending a Dodgeball PEI competitive event
· Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as
comment or conduct directed towards an individual or group, which is offensive, abusive,
racist, sexist, degrading or malicious.
· Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is
defined as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct of a sexual nature, when submitting to or
rejecting this conduct influences decisions which affect the individual, such conduct has the
purpose or effect of diminishing performance, or such conduct creates an intimidating, hostile
or offensive environment
· Refrain from any involvement in criminal
· Ensure matters that are private and confidential do not become public knowledge without
the full consent of the Board
· Comply at all times with the bylaws, policies, rules and regulations of Dodgeball PEI, as
adopted and amended from time to time, including complying with any contracts or
agreements executed with or by Dodgeball PEI

3. Types of Infractions
a) Failure by a Member to achieve the expected standard set out above may result in
an infraction and the imposition of discipline. Infractions are divided into two types,
minor infractions and major infractions, which are dealt with using different procedures.
b) Minor infractions are single incidents of breaching the expected standards of conduct
that generally do not result in harm to others. Examples of minor infractions include, but
are not limited to:
· single instances of disrespectful comments or behaviour directed towards
· single instances of unsportsmanlike
· single instances of non-compliance with the policies and rules of Dodgeball PEI.
c) All disciplinary situations involving minor infractions will be dealt with by the Board
d) Major infractions are instances of misconduct that result, or have the potential to result,
in harm to other persons, to Dodgeball PEI or to the sport of athletics. Examples of major
infractions include, but are not limited to:
· repeated minor
· activities or behaviour that interfere with a competition or with any athlete’s preparation for
a competition
· pranks, jokes or other activities that endanger the safety of
· deliberate disregard for the policies and rules of Dodgeball PEI
· misappropriation of funds from Dodgeball PEI
· conduct that intentionally damages the image, credibility or reputation of Dodgeball PEI,
including entering into a conflict of interest
· behaviour that constitutes harassment, sexual harassment or sexual
· abusive use of alcohol, any use of alcohol by minors, use of illicit drugs and narcotics, or
use of banned performance enhancing drugs or methods.
e) Major infractions will be reviewed and decided using the disciplinary procedures set out
in this policy.
f) Major infractions that occur within competition may be dealt with immediately by the
Board (those who are present at the time). In such situations, disciplinary sanctions will be
for the duration of the competition only. Further sanctions may be applied but only after
review of the matter using the disciplinary procedures set out in this policy.

4. Reporting an Infraction
a) Any individual may report to a Board member of Dodgeball PEI with a complaint of an
infraction. Such complaint must be in writing and must be made within 36 hours of a minor
infraction and 5 days of the alleged infraction
b) Upon receiving a complaint, it will be sent to the Board’s email.
c) Dodgeball PEI may determine that an alleged infraction is of such seriousness as to warrant
suspension of the Member pending investigation, a hearing and a disciplinary decision.
d) Upon receiving a complaint of a major infraction, the Board will review the complaint and
· Dismiss the complaint if they consider it to be minor or trivial
· Determine that the complaint does not fall within the jurisdiction of this policy, and refer it
the appropriate body having jurisdiction
· Direct that the infraction be dealt with informally as a minor infraction

5. Disciplinary Sanctions
a) The following are examples of disciplinary sanctions that may be applied where it is
found that a major infraction or multiple minor infractions have occurred
· verbal or written
· require a verbal or writtenapology
· service or other voluntary contribution to Dodgeball PEI
· removal of certain privileges of membership
· suspension from certain events, which may include suspension from the current
competition or from future teams or competitions
· suspension from certain Dodgeball PEI activities such as competing, coaching or
officiating for a designated period of time
· removal of Dodgeball PEI funding and/or support
· suspension from all Dodgeball PEI activities for a designated period of time
· expulsion from membership
b) It is understood that the above are representative penalties only, that they may be modified
to fit the circumstances of the infraction, and that they are presented generally in order of

6. Appeals
Every member has the right to appeal any disciplinary sanction imposed on them as a result of
infractions. A formal written appeal letter must be submitted to the Dodgeball PEI Board of
Directors, clearly explaining the appeal reason.