Sportable requires participants to conduct themselves in a safe and respectful manner to help maintain a comfortable, safe, and fun environment. The Code of Conduct is intended to help provide a positive experience for everyone and applies to all program and event participants including athletes, staff, coaches, caregivers/family members, and volunteers.
- As a representative of Sportable, all participants will exhibit good sportsmanship and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit of fair play and responsible conduct at all times and all places.
- Athletes, coaches, and volunteers are expected to attend all practices, team meetings, and competitions they have committed to or communicate in advance with coaches/program managers when conflict occurs.
- All participants will respect all adaptive and sporting equipment. No one is permitted to make changes to any equipment that is not their own without the permission of a Sportable staff member or the owner.
- As a representative of Sportable, all participants will show respect for the physical environment of program/event facilities by assisting to maintain a clean and safe environment, including competition and training venues and lodging.
Abuse & Harassment
- All participants will respect members of their team/fellow participants, other teams, staff, coaches, volunteers, spectators, and officials and engage in no form of discriminatory behavior or any form of verbal, physical, or sexual harassment or abuse.
- Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.
- Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy), national origin, older age (beginning at age 40), disability, or genetic information (including family medical history) or other factors protected by law.
- Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, unwanted touching, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, stalking or obscene phone calls, texts, emails, or gestures which lead to interference with participation.
- All participants will inform program staff in real time of any injury or aggravating condition that occurs during a Sportable activity.
- Safety is a collective responsibility. If you see something, say something. All participants will report any problems or concerns with another participant (this includes coaches, staff, fellow athletes, volunteers, or others). Problems or concerns can include any situation that endangers the health, safety, or well-being of yourself or fellow participants and any violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Reports can be made in several ways including:
- Anonymous online form (https://sportable.org/incident-report/)
- Verbally or in writing to program staff
- Verbally or in writing to COO
- Verbally or in writing to CEO
Cause for Dismissal
- Any participant can be removed from membership or any Sportable activity at any time for any violation of the Code of Conduct.
- Any participant can be removed from any Sportable activity at any time if their background check returns a criminal offense involving minors and/or a violent crime deemed inappropriate for participation. This decision will be determined by Sportable leadership and shared with the participant.