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Disciplinary Measures

National Sport Organizations may have to make decisions to sanction members for unacceptable behaviors, whether they be athletes, coaches, officials, team managers, volunteers, etc.

While they account for a very small percentage of cases heard by SDRCC, discipline-related disputes are avoidable. NSO members should know what behaviors are acceptable or not through the publication of codes of ethics, codes of conducts or other such rules. These rules must be communicated widely to those expected to follow them. Unfortunately when such codes and rules exist, it is often the case that they sit on a shelf or are hidden somewhere on an NSO website. It is important that the individuals to whom these rules apply are well aware of them, and they understand especially of the consequences of not respecting them.

When sanctions are imposed, they should be justifiable, coherent with the seriousness of the violation, and consistent with previous cases of similar nature. Ideally, the rules governing behavior in an NSO should provide guidelines for the determination of sanctions to ensure consistency.