Code of Conduct

Kesgrave Panthers Cycle Speedway Club’s (KPCSC) Constitution contains a clear definition of our wish to promote Sportsmanship, and of the need to encourage our riders at all times. It also contains severe penalties in the event that anyone brings our Club into disrepute.

Fair Play is paramount, and we expect Kesgrave Panthers Cycle Speedway Club members to abide by the “Spirit” of the sport at all times.

The Referees or Trainers decision is final, and we should respect their decision – accepting that such decisions are often made under difficult circumstances.

Swearing is a red card offence for the rider, and is not acceptable from supporters, whether directed at our riders, their opposition, or officials in charge.

Adults are expected to set a good example for the children, by offering advice, encouragement and support at all times. Your Committee will not tolerate abuse, embarrassment or humiliation in any form under any circumstances – and may expel offenders without further warning.

Your Managers and Trainers, decisions are final regarding the running of their team, including team selection, subject only to review by your Committee should you have cause for complaint. In such a case, you should advise the Club Secretary of any complaint and it will be dealt with in accordance with our Club Complaints Procedure.

STANDARD CODE OF CONDUCT – MEMBERS

The definition of a Club Member is:

A registered rider of the Club

A member of the Management Committee.

1 It is expected of Club Members to promote the highest standard of sportsmanship, see that “Fair Play” be paramount at all times and ensure that the “spirit” of the sport is not abused.

2 Riding members of the Club should seek to shake hands with their opponents and also the referee at the end of each meeting.

3 All Club Members must observe the highest standard of behaviour when representing the Club or attending an event/activity organised by this or any other club.

4 A Club Member who allows the expected level of behaviour to fall may be subject to disciplinary action. Examples of the most common types of unacceptable behaviour are:

  • Abusive behaviour or language.
  • Threatening behaviour.
  • Violent conduct.
  • Provocative, rude or obscene language.
  • Behaviour likely to cause an injury to persons or damage to property.
  • Drinking of Alcohol on club premises.
  • Smoking on club premises.

5 Any Club Member found to be in breach of any of the above may have their membership suspended or, in certain cases, may be expelled from the Club.

Members of the Club should treat victory with humility and defeat with dignity.

6 At all times during the course of a match, the decisions made by the referee appointed to officiate, qualified or unqualified, will remain final. Riders failing to accept his/her decisions may be considered to be in breach of the above and in addition to any disciplinary action imposed by the official at the time, may be liable to have their membership suspended or cancelled.

7 It is expected that all Club Members will conduct themselves in a manner that is both honourable and in keeping with the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship. They will not indulge themselves in tactics, either by word or action that are likely to bring the Club or the League, in which it rides, into disrepute.

8 All Club Members will abide by the rules of the Cycle Speedway Association and its subsidiary leagues.

STANDARD CODE OF CONDUCT – PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND SPECTATORS

1 it is the aim of this Club to promote the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play and to ensure the “spirit” of the sport is not abused.

2 Any adult taking part in any activity organised by this club, or attending such an activity with the club as a guest of another, shall conduct themselves in an EXEMPLARY MANNER.

3 Adult behaviour must be of the highest standard to set the correct example to the riders.

4 Riders should expect advice, encouragement and support and not be embarrassed or humiliated by the adults watching them.

5 Adults should NOT shout, swear, argue, become violent or use sarcasm. Wherever possible riders who require help should be assisted and encouragement to overcome difficulties given.

6 Adults SHOULD

(a) Always look for aspects to praise rather than rebuke.

(b) Praise good behaviour to show adults value it.

(c) Praise effort and performance rather than simply achievement, most often in the case of a victory.

(d) Emphasise the importance of involvement and not necessarily winning.

(e) Display patience.

(f) Ensure riders have a clear understanding of the standard of behaviour expected.

(g) Help riders understand the rules, talk to them, not at them.

7 Matters of team selection, including the use of reserves, remains the SOLE responsibility of the TEAM MANAGER and his/her decision will remain final.

Any parent/guardian or person associated with a riding member who attempts to unduly influence the team manager with regard to team selection shall be in contravention of the above and may be dealt with as per item 9 below.

8 At all times, during the course of a meeting, the decisions made by the referee, qualified or unqualified, appointed to officiate will remain final.

9 Any parent/guardian or spectator (associated to a riding member) whose behaviour is considered to fall below the required standard may result in the membership of that rider being suspended or cancelled.

10 Any complaint regarding the opposition, referee, spectators, or any other aspect of the match must be dealt with by the TEAM MANAGER. If the matter is considered serious enough the CLUB SECRETARY will inform the appropriate authority. It is not acceptable for individuals to take the law into their own hands.

11 All parents/guardians and spectators shall abide by the rules of the Cycle Speedway Association and its subsidiary leagues.