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VICTORIA YOUTH SOCCER CLUBS’ JOINT STATEMENT ON RESPECT IN SPORTS

The Lower Island Soccer youth club Presidents/Boards are jointly committed to a community soccer environment free from harassment, discrimination, violent conduct or retaliation of any kind.  We firmly believe in treating everyone with dignity, respect, and professionalism. 
 
In response to a few recent incidents we felt compelled to let our membership; volunteers, players and parents know that we will all collectively stand behind each other to ensure that this is minimized and eventually eliminated from our sport and community.  When incidents do happen, we will collectively work together, collaborate, to try to get to the bottom of the situation and resolve the problems – even if this means ultimately disciplining players, coaches and parents (e.g. suspension from training, games, park).
 
Our clubs take allegations of misconduct very seriously. As a combined group, we have taken steps to make sure people have multiple ways to report concerns about soccer field behavior and are comfortable coming forward with those concerns. Through this partnership, the club Presidents and Boards will help lead the discussion on appropriate playing field behavior
 
We will ensure our respective clubs are always working hard to improve by engaging with our community, building an inclusive culture, advancing new knowledge, and leading the way in seeking creative solutions to ever-changing challenges. 
 
These responsibilities are also delegated to every member of our Board and staff.  We have made it clear to our organizations that any level of bullying, harassment, violent conduct or offensive behavior will not be tolerated.
 
Behavior described above is strictly prohibited under the BC Soccer Policies (Link to BCSoccer Policy on Conduct) and LISA  Harassment Policy (Link to LISA Policy on Harassment) and also contravenes the codes of participants conducts at each of the clubs. 
 
With respect in sport, 
 
Bays United FC
Cowichan Soccer 
Gorge Soccer
Juan de Fuca Soccer
Lakehill FC
Peninsula FC
Prospect Lake Soccer Club
Saanich Fusion Football Cub
Salt Spring United
Sooke Soccer Club

The Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) has received numerous complaints and game reports over the past few seasons regarding spectator and coach conduct during games.  There has been an unprecedented number of coaches called to discipline for their sideline behaviour. Most disturbing to the Association is the amount of complaints from officials regarding spectators (fans) swearing and being abusive towards them.

It is the intention of the LISA to stamp out this behaviour, effective immediately; all LISA officials are instructed to take the following action:

  • Officials will ask the coach to remove any fan(s) whom the official feels is undermining his or her authority. The official will not restart the game until the offending party has removed themselves or has been removed.
  • If the offending party still refuses to leave the official will abandon the game. The coach of the team with the offending party will be called to discipline.\
  • First offence: The team will be placed on a $500 bond, receive a $200 fine and a possible game forfeiture.
  • A team who has a game called for the second time due to fan behaviour will lose their $500 bond, placed on a $1,000 bond and a possible game forfeiture.
  • A team who has a game called for the third time due to fan behaviour will lose their bond and have their eligibility to participate further in the league reviewed by a committee of the LISA Board.

Whereas this is a passionate game, team officials and spectators must control their conduct, especially towards officials. Soccer is not attracting nor retaining officials. Without them games cannot take place. Discipline for coach behaviour is clearly written in the LISA Rules and Regulations, the Discipline Committee will rigorously enforce these rules.

Fans who scream at officials are hurting young people who work as referees for minor sports across Canada, and are being blamed for a shortage of soccer referees. LISA does not schedule the referees but we will work with the head referee schedulers of each club to share the information we receive to assist in assigning the most appropriate ref for each game and mentor any referees that might need assistance.  Remember, there would be no game if we didn’t have referees so let’s keep them in the game! 

R. Tim Satterford
President, Lower Island Soccer Association

Source: https://www.lowerislandsoccer.com/2008/12/08/zero-tolerance/

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