CODE OF CONDUCT OF STONEWALL SPORTS GAINESVILLE
Stonewall Sports Gainesville is committed to the ideals of diversity and inclusion. We believe that every person has the right to feel safe and comfortable being themselves while engaged in organized athletics. As such, we are committed to providing an experience that affirms the dignity and value of all individuals without regard to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental abilities, size, appearance, or any other basis for exclusion.
That commitment is enshrined in the following policies which comprise Stonewall Sports Gainesville's Code of Conduct. Violation of any of these policies will subject the violating member to potential disciplinary action. Disciplinary action can include verbal warnings, written warnings, suspensions, and, if the violation is repetitive or particularly egregious, expulsion from the league. If expelled, a member will not be refunded any registration fees. The application of specific disciplinary action will be determined by the Board of Stonewall Sports Gainesville based on the facts of each specific situation.
Stonewall Sports Gainesville is committed in all areas to providing a sports and social environment that is free from harassment. Harassment is any behavior, motivated by discriminatory animus, that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons towards whom it is targeted. Such behavior is expressly forbidden by this policy. All members of the Stonewall Sports Gainesville community are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in terms of their association with Stonewall Sports Gainesville as a result of bringing forward complaints of harassment.
Sexual harassment is behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward. Examples of harassing behavior may include unwanted physical contact, foul language of an offensive sexual nature, sexual propositions, sexual jokes or remarks, obscene gestures, and displays of pornographic or sexually explicit pictures, drawings, or caricatures. Sexual harassment of other members of the Stonewall Sports Gainesville community is expressly forbidden. Additionally, the harassment of non-members attending Stonewall Sports Gaiinesville events including volunteers and spectators is also prohibited.
If any member of the Stonewall Sports Gainesville community feels that he or she has been harassed on the basis of his or her age, sex, race, national origin, ethnic background, or any other personal characteristic, they should immediately report the matter to a member of the Board of Directors of the organization. Once the matter has been reported it will be promptly investigated and any necessary corrective action will be taken where appropriate. All complaints of harassment will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances.
Stonewall Sports Gainesville considers bullying unacceptable and will not tolerate it under any circumstances. This policy shall apply to all members of the Stonewall Sports Gainesville community. Additionally, the bullying of non-members attending Stonewall Sports Gainesville events including volunteers and spectators is also prohibited. Any community members found in violation of this policy will be disciplined, up to and including expulsion from the league.
Stonewall Sports Gainesville defines bullying as persistent, malicious, unwelcome, severe and pervasive mistreatment that harms, intimidates, offends, degrades or humiliates a member, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, at league-sponsored events. The Organization promotes a safe athletic and social culture where all members are able to join in an environment free of bullying behavior.
Stonewall Sports Gainesville encourages all of its members to report any instance of bullying behavior to a member of the Board of Directors of the organization. Any reports of this type will be treated seriously, investigated promptly and impartially, and necessary corrective or disciplinary action will be taken. The Organization will protect any member who reports bullying conduct from retaliation or reprisal.
Stonewall Sports Gainesville considers the following types of behavior to constitute bullying. Please note, this list is not meant to be exhaustive and is only offered by way of example:
As a volunteer organization, Stonewall Sports Gainesville relies on members of the community to volunteer as referees and umpires during games. As such, the board considers bullying of its volunteers to be particularly egregious. Any attempt to intimidate umpires or referees will result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the league.
Similar to comments made in person, Stonewall Sports Gainesville will not tolerate disrespectful comments and behavior online.
Excessive Drunkenness & Drug Use
As a member of our collective community, no one should be excessively drunk or participate in any illegal drug activities while at league functions, wearing our league shirts, or operating in any capacity where you are seen as a member of the league. Our league strives to provide a safe, inclusive space for all members.
Complaints & Disciplinary Action
Disciplinary Action is defined as warnings or suspensions given to any member who breaks the Code of Conduct. Disciplinary Action can be initiated in several ways.
Complaints will be handled in the following manner: