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Code of Conduct

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I. Equal Access: No participant or volunteer shall, on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin or disability, be denied equal access to programs, activities, services or benefits, or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage or opportunity.

II. Behavior: Participants, volunteer coaches and board members for youth sport leagues are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. The following guidelines have been developed to make park district programs safe and enjoyable for everyone. Additional rules may be developed for particular programs and athletic leagues as deemed necessary by staff. Staff, participants, volunteer coaches and board members for youth sport leagues shall:

  • show respect to all participants, staff and volunteers
  • refrain from using foul language
  • refrain from causing bodily harm to other participants, staff, coaches, or any board member for youth sport leagues.
  • show respect for equipment, supplies and facilities
  • represent the Wheaton Park District in a manner that is consistent with the goals, objectives and ethics of the park district.

III. Discipline: A positive approach will be used. The Wheaton Park District reserves the right to dismiss a participant, volunteer coach or any board member of youth sport leagues if it is in the best interest of the park district. Each situation will be evaluated on its own merit.

IV. Procedure: If a participant exhibits inappropriate actions the following guidelines should be followed:

  1. Face to face leaders (trainer, coach or program instructors or facility supervisors) should determine the severity of the action and should immediately take the appropriate steps to correct it.
  2. If the action requires contacting a parent/guardian or the individual then a conduct report needs to be filled out immediately by the appropriate staff. The conduct report will be given to the supervisor in charge of the program or facility.
  3. Upon receiving a conduct report and investigating the incident the supervisor will contact the parent/guardian or the individual involved by phone or in writing.
  4. If the action requires dismissal from the program or facility, then the supervisor in charge will contact his/her immediate supervisor who will then make the final decision after further investigating the incident. In the absence of the manager/supervisor, staff may go directly to the Director of Recreation.
  5. If an action involved a person with a disability, staff will contact W.D.S.R.A. for advice; however, final decisions will remain with the Wheaton Park District.
  6. The Director of Recreation will be informed of all incidences and their outcome as soon as possible.
  7. Appeals by the participant and/or their parent, guardian, volunteer coach or any board member of youth sport leagues may be made to the Director of Recreation.

Board of Commissioners
Wheaton Park District

Adopted: October 2, 1991, Revised: September 2007
Revised: January 10, 2011, Revised: August 2003
Revised: June 2010

Discipline for Youth Athletics

If the participant exhibits inappropriate actions, Coaches/ Trainers or staff should determine the severity of the action and immediately take steps to correct it. These may include but are not limited to:

Level 1: Verbal Warning shall be issued for any inappropriate behavior. Appropriate behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • show respect to all participants, staff and volunteers
  • refrain from using foul language
  • refrain from causing bodily harm to other participants, staff, coaches, or any board member for youth sport leagues.
  • show respect for equipment, supplies and facilities
  • represent the Wheaton Park District in a manner that is consistent with the goals, objectives and ethics of the park district.

Level 2: If the issue continues or is more sever, a supervised time-out (10-15 minutes) from the program. The type of time-out may vary according to the situation (observational: from sidelines of activity; exclusion: away from the group but within view of activity; seclusion: time-out area with coach/staff member present away from view of activity). If physical restraint is used to protect against injury, the time-out should be documented on a conduct report.

Level 3: If the participant provokes a physical confrontation with anyone at the program/ event, he or she will immediately be dismissed from the day’s activities. Parent/ Guardian will be notified and asked to pick up their child. If the safety of other participants or staff is in danger, the participant may be expelled from the program/camp or league permanently. Contact immediate full-time supervisor.

Level 4: If he or she continues actions stemming from Level 1 and Level 2, the participant may be ask to leave and parents will be asked to come pick up their child for the remainder of the training session, practice or game.

Level 5: If he or she continues actions stemming from Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 the participant may be suspended from participating for a length of time determined by the Wheaton Park District.

Level 6: If inappropriate behavior persists, removal from program may be necessary. Options may include but are not limited to:

  1. Transfer to another program where inappropriate behavior may be less prone to occur.
  2. Removal from program.

Any conduct reports made should be given to the full-time Athletic Manager, Director or program supervisor. Documentation is recommended.

Parent should be contacted by the coach, trainer, Athletic Manager or Athletic Director in charge of the program when inappropriate actions happen.

Communication between staff (coaches/trainers, program leaders, supervisory and special recreation) and parent should be ongoing regarding any further incidences of inappropriate behavior.

If not already being utilized, a behavior modification program should be developed and implemented (those involved in development may include, but not be limited to, Park District staff, special recreation staff, parent/guardian, school personnel, other support professionals). The behavior modification program should be monitored and reviewed as needed.

Other related professionals (teacher, social workers, psychologist, etc.) may be consulted for suggestions.

Appeals by the participant and/or participant’s parent/guardian may be directed to the Director of Recreation.

When to Contact the Police:

  • If a participant makes a direct threat of hurting themselves, call the parent/guardian immediately. If a parent/guardian is not available, call the police.
  • If a participant becomes overly aggressive and violent, call the police.

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Athletic Department
Wheaton Park District
1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-668-3371

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