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Player Code of Conduct

Gay Ball Society & Gaybourhood Sports and Events Ltd. (GBS) is a recreational sports organization. Participants shall at all times remain cordial and sportsman-like. Inappropriate actions include but are not limited to: offensive language, inappropriate attire, consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, intent to injure, use of excessive force, vandalism of GBS or affiliate property, defamation of an official in any way, falsifying registration information, and sexual acts. Failure to conduct yourself within the appropriate manner could lead to reprimand.

Players who do not abide by the rules and regulations herein will be disciplined within the confines of the sport up to and including being removed from play. No refunds will be administered due to disciplinary action from infractions.

By refusing to follow the rules, regulations, and code of conduct, players will forfeit their right to play in any Gay Ball Society leagues. Players may also be restricted from participating in any future GBS open houses or social events.

The Honour System

GBS believes in the honour system. All leagues, unless otherwise identified, operate on a self-referee model, relying on players' sense of sportsmanship to be successful.

  • If you realize you are out, go out;
  • If you see that a teammate should be out, let them know;
  • Not following either of these basics of sport is cheating.

A referee not calling a player out does not remove the obligation to leave the field of play if a player is out. Players will be held to the highest standards while in-game.

Anyone found repeatedly violating the honour system will be hankied and possibly removed from the league.  We don't like cheaters.

Alcohol & Drugs

Any player found to be excessively intoxicated or drinking alcohol while on property or in play during a GBS event will be subject to an immediate one-week suspension and will be recorded as the player receiving a red hanky.

While occupying a public park, GBS players may, under their own assumed risk, consume food or beverages of their choice provided they are not in the field of play, the immediate area of team activities, or wearing any identifying GBS labels.

Drug use of any kind is not permitted at games.

Safe Space

GBS's mission is to create a safe space for LGBT individuals to enjoy a social sporting experience. We have a zero tolerance policy against any form of discrimination, favourtism, or language that could make anyone feel uncomfortable or unable to participate. Any person or team found to be jeopardizing our safe space will be subject to disciplinary action.

Our tongue-in-cheek way of operating does not excuse anyone, including GBS organizers, from creating a safe and inviting space for all.

Clothing & Uniform

Theme nights, dress-up games, costume contests, and a player's ability to decorate and personalize the GBS uniform are important parts of all of our leagues.

Players should respect the space that GBS is occupying with respect to their choice in clothing and costumes. Players should also understand relevant laws and local bylaws when considering clothing and costume choices.

Respecting our Home

GBS calls many different spaces home �?�¢?? bars for socializing, schools and parks for playing. All players must respect the space that we are occupying.

We do not tolerate damage purposefully inflicted upon any space that we are occupying. We do recognize that normal wear-and-tear of the space is inevitable, and damage caused by normal game-play is expected.

GBS Hanky Code

Players who persistently refuse to abide by the above rules will be face discipline at the discretion of the GBS Directors and management. Discipline may begin with a verbal warning and escalate to a player being hankied.

All hankies will be tracked by GBS.

Yellow Hanky

If you are issued a yellow hanky, you are automatically declared out.

  • If you are a live player in a game, you will be forced to sit out for the remainder or the game in session, or the remainder of the current game and half of the subsequent game if less than half of a game remains. If participating in a sport which requires a certain number of players, your team will play "one person down" for a minimum of three minutes of play.
  • If you are not currently in play, the live player who has been in play the longest is automatically out.  The player receiving the yellow hanky will be forced to sit out for the remainder or the game in session, or the remainder of the current game and half of the subsequent game if less than half of a game remains. If participating in a sport which requires a certain number of players, your team will play "one person down" for a minimum of three minutes of play.
  • If your team is not currently in play, you will be forced to sit out half of the subsequent game your team is participating in.

Players who receive two yellow hankies within two weeks will automatically receive a red hanky.

Red Hanky

A player who receives a red hanky:

  • Will be forced to sit-out the remainder of the current week, and will be suspended for the following weeks play.
  • May be subject to further suspension and/or expulsion from the league at the discretion of GBS management.

A player who receives two red hankies in one season will be expelled from the league. Players who are expelled or suspended from league play are not eligible for refunds of any kind.

The Gay Ball Society is a social first, inclusive sporting experience. We take this super serious, and expect all league members to work together to support this culture.

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