Township of Freehold, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Freehold 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. O-04-27. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 295-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CODE OF CONDUCT
A written specification of the behavior of players, parents, guardians, coaches and officials prepared by the Township of Freehold which will at a minimum incorporate the terms of this chapter and must be consented to in writing by the coaches, players, parents and legal guardians of the minor participants of each youth sports organization utilizing any facilities or properties owned, controlled, leased or operated by the Township.
CODE OF CONDUCT COMMITTEE
Comprised of designated members from each youth sports activity and the Commissioners of the Freehold Township Board of Parks and Recreation Commission, as outlined in this chapter.
EXTERNAL SPORTS ORGANIZATION
Any sports organization pursuant to a Township-sponsored or a nonprofit or similar charter which is affiliated with or receives monetary or other support or services from the Township of Freehold or regularly utilizes any facilities owned, operated, or maintained by the Township, which sports organization participates in sporting competitions involving minors.
INTERNAL SPORTS ORGANIZATION
Any sports organization pursuant to a Township-sponsored or a nonprofit or similar charter which is affiliated with or receives monetary or other support or services from the Township of Freehold or regularly utilizes any facilities owned, operated, or maintained by the Township, which sports organization participates in sporting competitions involving minors, whose sports events are sponsored solely by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
The Freehold Township Board of Parks and Recreation Commission.
TOWNSHIP SPORTS EVENT
Any competition, practice or instructional event involving one or more Township internal and external sports organizations.

§ 295-2 Adherence to Code of Conduct required.

The participants, parents or legal guardians of minor participants, coaches and officials of every sports organization shall be required to follow the Code of Conduct, set forth as follows:
I hereby pledge to be responsible for my words and actions while attending, coaching or participating in a Township sports event and shall conform my behavior to the following Code of Conduct:
1.
I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
2.
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
3.
I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
4.
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
5.
I will not use drugs or alcohol while at a youth sports event and will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
6.
I will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to use drugs or alcohol at a youth sports event and will not permit my child, or encourage any other person, to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
7.
I will not engage in the use of profanity.
8.
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in the use of profanity.
9.
I will treat any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
10.
I will encourage my child to treat any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability.
11.
I will not engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
12.
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to engage in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
13.
I will not initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
14.
I will not encourage my child, or any other person, to initiate a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
15.
I will abide by any decision rendered by the Code of Conduct Committee or the Township Parks and Recreation Commission.
16.
I will be responsible for the behavior of all those attending a Township youth sports event on my child's behalf.
     Signature

§ 295-3 Availability of code.

The Code of Conduct will be made available to all coaches and players, parents and legal guardians of each child participating in a sports organization.

§ 295-4 Prohibited acts; penalties.

A. 
A coach, parent, player, participant, official or other Township sports event attendee who violates one or more of the provisions contained in the Code of Conduct may be banned from attending, coaching or participating in at least one Township sports event if the person:
(1) 
Has been issued a prior written warning for violating one or more of the provisions contained in the Code of Conduct;
(2) 
Throws or causes to be deposited any object on the field of play, court or rink during any youth sports event; or
(3) 
Violates the Code of Conduct by engaging in verbal or physical threats or abuse aimed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.
B. 
Any parent, guest, spectator, coach or official at any Township sports event who participates in a fight, scuffle, or any type of physical confrontation, abuse or threats of abuse towards any player, coach, official, parent, or spectator will be banned from attendance at all Township sports events within the Township of Freehold for a period to be determined by the Code of Conduct Committee.
C. 
Any violation of a discipline or ban issued by the Code of Conduct Committee or Parks and Recreation Commission may result in additional penalties being added to the discipline or ban.

§ 295-5 Authority of sports events officials.

Any parent, official, coach or spectator at any Township sports event shall be subject to the authority of all field officials, including umpires, referees, elected league officials, Parks and Recreation Commission personnel or coaches of the Township sports event. This authority shall include the authorization to direct any person or persons involved in any incident in violation of this chapter or the Code of Conduct to immediately remove themselves or be removed from the premises.

§ 295-6 Violation procedures for internal sports organizations.

A. 
Any violations of the Code of Conduct will fall under the jurisdiction of Township sports event officials.
B. 
Any person receiving a penalty from Township sports event officials who wishes to contest the same shall appeal to the Parks and Recreation Commission within 14 calendar days from the date of the penalty by forwarding a written statement of the penalty and the basis of such person's contest of the penalty via personal delivery, fax or certified mail to the Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Commission, c/o Township of Freehold, One Municipal Plaza, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.
C. 
Should no penalty be issued by Township sports event officials, any individual involved in the incident in question may report the incident to the Parks and Recreation Commission within 14 calendar days from the date of the incident to the Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Commission, c/o Township of Freehold, One Municipal Plaza, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.
D. 
Upon receipt of such appeal, or upon receipt of a complaint from a parent, official, coach, Parks and Recreation Commission personnel, spectator, or participant, three members of the Parks and Recreation Commission shall convene within 14 calendar days and provide an opportunity for said person and any interested person or persons to appear and be heard with respect to the occurrence of any violation and action taken by the Township sports event officials.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
E. 
The three members of the Parks and Recreation Commission will review statements, firsthand accounts and any other pertinent information or documentation relevant to the violation and, upon a majority vote of the members of the Parks and Recreation Commission present at such hearing, may sustain, overturn, or modify the penalty by increasing or decreasing the penalty, if any, or issue a penalty where none was previously issued, consistent with this chapter or the Code of Conduct.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
F. 
Any person who has been issued a penalty other than a ban from attending, coaching or participating in a Township sports event will be reinstated with full rights and authority until such time that a determination and disposition of his/her appeal has been made by the members of the Parks and Recreation Commission who hear the appeal.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
G. 
All notices of banning shall remain in effect until overturned or modified by the three members of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
H. 
In the event any notice of violation is not appealed within 14 calendar days of such notice, said notice of violation and action taken by the official or the Parks and Recreation Commission, including banning from Township sports events, or other action taken shall become final.
I. 
Any person who, in violation of a finding of the Parks and Recreation Commission, knowingly enters onto facilities or properties owned, controlled, leased or operated by the Township, after being given notice of a ban pursuant to this chapter, shall be subject to prosecution as a defiant trespasser pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3 or such other provisions of the law deemed appropriate.

§ 295-7 Violation procedures for external sports organizations.

A. 
Any parent, official, coach, Parks and Recreation Commission personnel, spectator, or participant may file a complaint with the governing board of the external sports organization alleging a violation of the Code of Conduct within 14 days from the date of the incident giving rise to the complaint.
B. 
Upon determination by a majority vote of the governing board of the external sports organization that a parent, guest, spectator, coach or official at any sports event sponsored by such sports organization has violated a provision of this chapter or the Code of Conduct, the external sports organization will forward to such violator and to any other individuals involved in the action leading to the violation a notice, via regular and certified mail, identifying the date, location and nature of the violation and the period of the banning or other action to be taken in response to such violation. Said determination must be reached by the external sports organization within 14 calendar days from the date of the incident. Should no notice be filed by the external sports organization within the applicable time frame, any individual involved in the incident in question may report the incident directly to the Code of Conduct Committee within 30 calendar days from the date of the incident to the Chairperson of the Code of Conduct Committee at the address specified and, if none, to the Code of Conduct Committee, c/o Township of Freehold, One Municipal Plaza, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.
C. 
Any person receiving a notice from the governing body of the external sports organization who wishes to contest the same shall appeal to the Code of Conduct Committee within 14 calendar days of the mailing of said notice by forwarding a copy of said notice of violation, specifically setting forth the basis of such person's contest of the notice of violation, via personal delivery, fax or certified mail, to the Chairperson of the Code of Conduct Committee at the address specified and, if none, then to the Code of Conduct Committee, c/o Township of Freehold, One Municipal Plaza, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.
D. 
Upon receipt of such appeal, or upon receipt of a complaint from a parent, official, coach, Parks and Recreation Commission personnel, spectator, or participant, the Code of Conduct Committee shall convene within 14 calendar days and provide an opportunity for said person and any interested person or persons to appear and be heard with respect to the occurrence of any violation and action taken by the governing board of the sports organization.
E. 
The Code of Conduct Committee will review statements, firsthand accounts and any other pertinent information or documentation relevant to the violation and, upon a majority vote of the Code of Conduct Committee present at such hearing, may sustain, overturn, or modify the notice of violation, if any, or issue a notice of violation where none was previously issued, consistent with this chapter of the Code of Conduct.
F. 
Any person who has been issued a penalty other than a ban from attending, coaching or participating in a Township sports event will be reinstated with full rights and authority until such time that a determination and disposition of his/her appeal has been made by the Code of Conduct Committee.
G. 
All notices of banning shall remain in effect until overturned or modified by the Code of Conduct Committee.
H. 
In the event any notice of violation is not appealed within 14 calendar days of such notice, said notice of violation and action taken by the official or the Code of Conduct Committee, including banning from Township sports events, or other action taken shall become final.
I. 
Any person who, in violation of a finding of the Code of Conduct Committee, knowingly enters onto facilities or properties owned, controlled, leased or operated by the Township, after being given notice of a ban pursuant to this chapter, shall be subject to prosecution as a defiant trespasser pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:18-3 or such other provisions of the law deemed appropriate.

§ 295-8 Code of Conduct Committee.

A. 
There is hereby created and established a Code of Conduct Committee. The Code of Conduct Committee will have jurisdiction over matters brought to it involving external sports organizations. The Code of Conduct Committee shall be comprised of a designated member from designated external sports organizations (three), three members of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Superintendent of the Freehold Township Parks and Recreation Department or his/her designee. Should an external sports organization increase to 500 members, the Township reserves the right to designate a seat on the Code of Conduct Committee for that organization. Should an additional external sports organization be granted a seat on the Code of Conduct Committee, the three seats granted to the external sports organizations shall be rotated on a seasonal basis as determined by the Township.
B. 
For complaints pertaining to internal sports organizations/Township recreation programs, the Code of Conduct Committee will consist of three members of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Superintendent of the Freehold Township Parks and Recreation Department or his/her designee shall act as Chairperson of the meeting and will not exercise a vote.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
C. 
Each external sports organization shall annually designate a member who shall serve on the Code of Conduct Committee. Should a conflict of interest arise with respect to any member of the sports organization who sits on the Code of Conduct Committee, that member of the sports organization shall be replaced with another member of the sports organization, which member shall be designated by the sports organization.
D. 
Meetings.
(1) 
In order to conduct business and hearings or recommend changes to the Code of Conduct, a quorum of Committee members must be present pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order and will have all authority as set forth in this chapter. For external sports organizations, the Chairperson of the Committee shall be the Superintendent of the Freehold Township Department of Parks and Recreation or his/her designee, who shall only vote during hearings in the event of a tie vote amongst the remaining members who participate in a hearing.
[Amended 5-20-2008 by Ord. No. O-08-8]
(2) 
The Code of Conduct Committee may establish rules and procedures as it deems appropriate for the conduct of its business and, in default thereof, shall operate pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order to the extent they are not in conflict with this chapter.

§ 295-9 Anger management counseling; permission to resume participation

A. 
Any parent, league official, coach or spectator who is banned from a Township sports event for a violation of this chapter or the Code of Conduct shall be required to complete anger management or an equivalent counseling program at his own expense, consisting of not less than 12 hours of instruction, and shall provide proof of satisfactory completion to the Parks and Recreation Commission or the Code of Conduct Committee, as applicable.
B. 
A coach, parent, player, spectator or league official or other Township sports event attendee may be permitted to attend, coach, officiate or participate in a youth sports event from which the person has been banned pursuant to § 295-4 if the person:
(1) 
Provides a written request for permission to resume participation or attendance to the Parks and Recreation Commission or the Code of Conduct Committee, after the one-year ban has expired; and
(2) 
Provides a written apology to the youth sports organization which issued the ban and to the person or persons who were the subject of the behavior which constituted the violation of the code, as directed by the youth sports organization.
C. 
An anger management counseling program must, at a minimum, offer services to individuals, singly or in groups, for the purposes of promoting anger control principles and shall be administered by an individual:
(1) 
Licensed as a professional counselor pursuant to the provisions of the Professional Counselor Licensing Act, N.J.S.A. 45:8B-33 et seq., or
(2) 
Licensed as a practicing psychologist pursuant to the provisions of the Practicing Psychology Licensing Act, N.J.S.A. 45:14B-1 et seq.