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Archdiocese of Cincinnati Charter on Catholic Youth Athletics - Code of Conduct


Spirit of Catholic Youth Athletics

  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship, patience, manners, and an attitude indicative of the spirit and mission of the Catholic Church.


Adherence to Laws, Rules and Policies

  • Catholic canon law and Archiocesan laws and policies including, but not limited to, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances
  • The mission, goals, principles, and policies of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Charter on Catholic Youth Athletics, and those of the Organizational Documents of the participating athletics organizations and leagues.


Specific Violations

  • Eligibility:  Violation of the eligibility policies of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Charter on Catholic Youth Athletics, including using an ineligible player.
  • Recruiting:  No recruiting for athletic purposes or to enhance a team's competitive advantage is permitted.
  • Leaving the field of Play:  No team may leave the field, floor, game, or tournament because of dissatisfaction with the officials or their decisions.
  • Losing control:  Coaches are expected to control their own conduct and the conduct of their players and report to the league and Commission instances where opponents, officials, parents, or fans have failed to control their own conduct.
  • Running up the score:  It is not permitted to humiliate an opposing team by playing in such a way so as to intentionally run up the score after the outcome of the game is no longer in question.
  • Inappropriate communication and behavior:   The use of inappropriate, insulting, disrespectful, and demeaning language or behavior before, during, or after meetings, practices, or games by players, coaches, officials, parents, fans, site personnel, volunteers, or others involved in any parish athletics program is prohibited.  Also prohibited are physical intimidation and the use of profane, vulgar, abusive or sexually-oriented language, in oral, written, or electronic forms of communication (such as texting or email), by players, coaches, officials, parents, site personnel, volunteers, or fans.
  • Escalating Behaviors:  Behaviors that incite others to act in ways that are in direct conflict with the spirit of Catholic Youth Athletics are prohibited.
  • Vandalism and Theft:  There will be no vandalism, theft, or destruction of property at any athletics venue.
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Illegal Controlled Substances:  No alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal controlled substances is permitted at practices, league competitions, or tournaments where children are present (such as "tailgating" where alcohol is present).  Athletics organizations are expected to establish and communicate zero tolerance policies regarding alcohol, tobacco, and illegal controlled substances at competitions, tournaments and gatherings where children are present.


General Violations

  • Activities that are contrary to the mission, goals, principles, values, provisions, or spirit of Catholic Youth Athletics as described in the Charter are prohibited.


Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Youth Athletics Charter
Promulgated on March 1, 2014

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