RRAC Sportsmanship Policy
Read the Champions of Character pledge before every game/match/contest for all sports.
Include the Champions of Character pledge in the game program when possible.
The RRAC shall abide by the NAIA Handbook, Article VI, section B, item 7. It shall be the responsibility of each institution to ensure that all individuals employed by, or directly associated with the athletic program of that institution conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner when representing their institution, especially at intercollegiate athletic contests.
Disciplinary action shall be assessed to individuals exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. The institution with which the offending individual is associated may also be subject to disciplinary action if it is found that the institution's policies, action, or failure to act substantially contributed to the individual's misconduct. All unsportsmanlike conduct will be directed to the President of the University.
Violation: Any individual; who physically or verbally abuses an official, coach, player or spectator. The penalty for such a violation shall be ejection or removal from the athletic event. Additional violations may be suspension or being banned from attending contests, as the conference commissioner deems appropriate with the approval of the Council of Presidents.
Public Reprimand: The individual's name and/or school name may appear on the RRAC website under Public Reprimand or Ejections (?)
Acts of Unsportsmanlike Conduct before, during and following the athletic contest and Individual Penalties Acts of unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not be limited to:
- Any person who commits a violation or who intentionally incites participants or spectators to violent or abusive action shall be subject to suspension or banning from the facility. Additional suspensions may be assessed by the conference commissioner with the approval of the Council of Presidents
- Any person, who uses obscene gestures or profane or unduly provocative language or action toward officials, opponents, or spectators, shall be subject to ejection for the first offense, and subject to possible suspension for an additionalcontests as deemed appropriate by the conference commissioner with the approval of the Council of Presidents.
- Any person who engages in the recruitment of enrolled or non enrolled student-athletes shall follow the policies as outlined in Article II, Section D of the NAIA Handbook. Violation of any part of the recruitment policy shall cause an immediate investigation by the National Conduct and Ethics Committee for appropriate action.
- The use of any music or language that is deemed inappropriate for student-athletes and spectators at athletic events will be directed to the president of that university.
- It is a violation for any coach to play an ineligible player This should be reported immediately to the conference eligibility chair for processing as outlined in the NAIA Handbook.
- A violation by an institution or by institution personnel who are not participants in a contest shall be subject to a public reprimand and other action as deemed appropriate by the commissioner and approved by the Presidents.
It is the responsibility of the offending institution to provide written notification to its commissioner of any incidents of misconduct during a contest, including ejections, suspension or banning from a contest, within five days of the incident. Any coach or student-athlete ejected on one or more occasions while representing an NAIA member institution in competition shall be subject automatically to the following penalties:
- Suspension for the next athletic event after the coach or student-athlete is ejected for the first time (in one sport) in a single season. A coach or student-athlete ejected for fighting as reported by the game official, shall be automatically suspended for one additional contest.
- Suspension for the next two athletic events if a coach or student-athlete accumulates two ejections (in one sport) in a single season. This includes post-seeason play and may carry over to the following year depending on when the ejection occurs. A coach or student-athlete ejected for fighting, as reported by the game official, shall be automatically suspended for one additional contest.
- Ineligibility for the remainder of all regular-season and post-season participation if a coach or student-athlete accumulates three ejections (in one sport) in a single season. Should the third ejection occur in either of the last two contests of the year, the coach or returning student-athlete will bbe suspended for the fitst two contests of the following year.
Inappropriate acts by Administrators, Coaches or Players before, during and following athletic contests shall be handled by the Commissioner using the following guidelines, until the matter is resolved.
1. An informal phone call from the Commissioner shall be made to the coach and administrator requesting correction or attention to the matter.
2. A formal letter from the Commissioner to the coach, administrator and/or athlete, detailing examples and requesting correction or attention to the matter. This letter will be copied to the offending party’s supervisor and the President of the offending party’s institution.
3. Inappropriate acts by Administrators, Coaches or Players before, during and following athletic contests that are deemed to be conclusive following a review by the Commissioner, with the approval of the Council of Presidents, will result in an automatic one game suspension for next athletic contest for the offending individual.
4. A second inappropriate act by Administrators, Coaches or Players before, during and following athletic contests subsequent to the first offense that are deemed to be conclusive following a review by the Commissioner, with the approval of the Council of Presidents, will result in an automatic two game suspension for the next two athletic contests for the offending individual.
5. Ineligibility for the remainder of all regular season and post season participation will result for the offending individual if that Administrator, Coach or Player accumulates a third inappropriate act before, during and following athletic contests in a single season that are deemed to be conclusive following a review by the Commissioner, with the approval of the Council of Presidents.
There is no appeal for an ejection. Suspensions may be appealed. This appeal may be sent to the Commissioner’s Office for review. The appeal will follow the bylaws and the constitution process.