JFL Code of Conduct
While JFL is a competitive league, sportsmanship and safety are critical. Parents, coaches, spectators, and players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with being a member of our community. Accordingly, the JFL Standards and Sportsmanship Committee has established this code of conduct.
Registration and participation in JFL requires agreement and compliance with the terms of this Code of Conduct.
A player’s continued participation in JFL will be subject to compliance with the Code of Conduct by
- the JFL player
- his parent(s)
- all spectators attending JFL games to watch him play
Failure to abide my any of the terms below will result in the person or persons responsible being immediately subject to a warning, ejection from the game, and/or ejection from the premises by the referee, JFL Commissioner, and/or members of the Standards and Sportsmanship Committee.
1. Expectations for all parents, coaches, and spectators at games:
a. Parents, coaches, and spectators are only to make positive comments to any and all players. Abusive behavior, violence and derogatory comments to anyone are prohibited.
b. Parents, coaches, and spectators are prohibited from confronting or arguing with a referee before, during, and after a game.
c. Parents, coaches, and spectators are expected to guide players in respecting decisions of referees.
d. Coaches alone (not parents, spectators, or players) may calmly and respectably request clarification from a referee regarding a rule or decision. It is still subject to the decision of the referee whether such a discussion is warranted and when such a discussion is over.
e. Parents and spectators other than coachesare never allowed to step on the playing field at any time during the course of a game, or to get involved in any game situation, disputes, and rule discussions.
f. Coaches are allowed on the field as appropriate for the age group to provide positive direction to players on his team. Still, it is the subject to the decision of the referee whether a coach’s presence on the field is detrimental, and the coach must immediately move to the sideline if directed by the referee.
2. Expectations for all players at games:
a. Players are only to make positive comments to any and all players. Derogatory comments and foul language is prohibited.
b. Other than congratulatory handshakes following the same, physical contact aside from acceptable incidental contact during the game (as determined by the referee) is prohibited.
c. Competitive play is permitted and expected, but an attempt to injure another player will not be tolerated. This includes the following items from the official game rules:
No players on offense or defense shall attempt to bowl over or run down another player, use their elbows in a violent way to ward off other players, or lowering one’s shoulder into another player.
No player with the ball can take any action to prevent themselves from being ‘tackled’ other than running away from a defender. There is to be no attempt to ‘stiff arm’ a defender anywhere on the head or body, or make any other similar effort. If the referee determines that the runner moves his arm(s), with intention, in any fashion to push away a defender and/or prevent a defender from grabbing a flag, the referee will stop the play as if the defender had pulled the flag.
Tackling is never permitted.
d. Players are prohibited from arguing or discussing calls with a referee.
3. Enforcement and Penalties
a. Enforcement of the terms of this Code of Conduct and all game rules are subject solely to the decisions of the referee. The referee also has the authority to make decisions regarding any item not explicitly included in the Code of Conduct or rule book.
b. During any JFL game, there is no process for players, coaches, parents, or spectators to protest or appeal decisions of the referee.
c. Following any JFL game, any parent, spectator, coach or referee has the right to have the enforcement of any portion of this Code of Conduct reviewed by the Committee. If a review is desired, the complaint must be forwarded to the JFL Commissioner with 48 hours of the game in question. The complaint shall state specifically what the alleged violation was and what actions taken by the referee are in dispute. The complaint should also include any witnesses to the occurrence.
d. The Commissioner shall request a response from the offending party or referee and upon receipt shall forward the dispute to the Committee for review. The Committee shall issue their decision within 72 hours of receiving the dispute.
e. The Committee may decide to reverse or uphold the referee’s decisions or in the case of an egregious act, the committee may decide to enter further suspension of a player, spectator or parent. Flagrant attempts to injure another player or multiple violations of any portion of the Code of Conduct may be grounds for expulsion from JFL.