Code of Conduct and Policies


 

 

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PAYSA is committed to inclusion of all underrepresented groups as outlined in the Canada Soccer Guide to Accessibility and Inclusion.

PAYSA strives to provide programming for all children at all age levels.  We work with area schools that have the Dream Broker representatives in their schools that aid the children who show an interest in participating in soccer. They then forward these players to us to register. Either the school, Jumpstart or Kidsport fund their registration.  We provide them jersey, shorts, and socks so it is financially affordable to play.

Our First Nation programming is the largest in the province because of our demographic location. Our Technical Director travels to each reserve to help them organize their teams, busing times and ensure their time slots work to accommodate them travelling into PA. They are welcomed without discrimination to play together with our local teams. Again, by providing everyone with the same jersey, shorts and socks everyone feels like they belong to the club.

Religious groups and visible minority groups are encouraged to participate without experiences of racism. Players are helped financially by Jumpstart or Kidsport then we try to place them on teams with similar ethnic backgrounds if possible.

This indoor season we offered free registration to Ukrainian refugee children and had a Ukrainian speaking person at registration and at their first games to assist. By providing our apparel kit all players feel welcome and included.

 

Active implementation of the Canada Soccer Guide to Safety, PAYSA believes that every individual involved in soccer deserves the opportunity to participate safely. Children, in particular, have a right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.

PAYSA has established policies and procedure mirroring Canada Soccer Guide of Safety.

Canada Soccer Guide to Safety is available to our members below. It is communicated to all membership via email communication. This information is also made available and is communicated annually to new membership.

 

PAYSA General Statement

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PAYSA aims to ensure that everyone regardless of age, sex, gender identity, race, religion, culture, or financial situation can access safe, fun, and appropriate soccer programing in Prince Albert. Club uniforms and dress codes are gender neutral so anyone can wear all our Adidas apparel. This is achieved through policy, education, and practical application.

 

PAYSA follows the Code of Conduct as adopted from the Saskatchewan Soccer Association.  All members, board members, parents, players, and officials are expected to embrace and adhere to the Code of Conduct or face sanctions from PAYSA, SSA and CSA, as appropriate.

(SSA Code of Conduct and CSA Code of Conduct)

 

All Board Members are expected to complete training including Respect in the Workplace (please see Organizational attachments).  Coaches are asked to complete the Making Ethical Decisions and Respect in Sport programs.   All Board Members and Coaches submit Criminal Record Checks that include a vulnerable sector search as well to ensure player safety. 

PAYSA’s Positive Physical Environment for All

  1. Our facility provides a safe access to washrooms and change-room and has gender neutral bathroom and dressing to avoid individuals or teams having to make special requests and thereby risk exposing a trans athlete. All environments should be safe and inclusive

  2. We ensure uniforms and dress codes respect an individual’s gender identity and gender expression by ordering gender neutral apparel from Adidas.

  3. We try to avoid forms that capture unnecessary information, such as declaration of gender, and ensure that when such information is required that categories be inclusive.

PAYSA encourages its membership to be proactive in helping to guide trans athletes through the sport of soccer, and to take steps to ensure that Member Organizations are inclusive and welcoming to everyone.

Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants

Individuals who identify as trans are born with unique combinations of gender and sex as a part of their identity. Unfortunately, Trans athletes have found the sport community to be exclusionary and discriminatory to those who identify as trans, and that out dated binary rules are strictly enforced of men and/or women’s sports teams.

Our Club includes these individuals and then tries to create a positive environment for trans athletes we try to create an inclusive environment which adapts the sport to fit the need of the individual, and to not isolate an individual who doesn’t fit in.

We continue to emphasize the importance for all athletes to have a welcoming and encouraging environment in which they participate with us.

  • Trans athletes have an equal opportunity to participate in sport and strive for excellence.

  • Policies governing the participation of trans athletes include fair play, honesty, and respect, and preserve the integrity of sport.

  • Policies governing the participation of trans athletes embrace diversity and offer a positive sporting experience, free of discrimination.

  • Participation in sport should always celebrate differences and focus on the benefits and the joy of sport.

  • Policies governing the participation of trans athletes recognize the necessity to protect the privacy rights of the athletes and strive to prevent physical, emotional, and mental harm.

  • Policies governing the participation of trans athletes foster access and equitable participation for all participants.

  • By creating Trans Inclusive Policies and Practices soccer administrators create more inclusive sport environments for all our athletes, including trans athletes.

This starts by framing policies and practices from an inclusion first perspective. Eligibility criteria which encourage everyone to participate in sport without feeling unwelcome. By implementing best practices, we demonstrate that we support everyone in having a positive sport experience.

 PAYSA Practices

  1. Athletes participating in soccer in the Long-Term Player Development stages of Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train and Train to Compete (until FIFA regulations become relevant), together with Active for Life, will be able to participate in the gender with which they identify, and not be subjected to disclosure of personal information beyond those required of cisgender athletes.

  2. Athletes are recognized and acknowledged by their preferred name and gender markers.

  3. Gender identity and gender expression will be added to the Code of Conduct as items which may not be discriminated against.

  4. Hormone therapy will not be required for an individual to participate in soccer.

  5. Individuals will not be required to disclose their trans identity or history to participate in soccer.

PAYSA’s Practices for Positive Verbal and Emotional Environment

  1. We always try to be inclusive by stating in our vision, mission and values statements prohibiting grounds for discrimination. We govern our athletes and coaches, including athlete agreements, and other orientation materials.

  2. We respect an individual’s right to determine their preferred name and gender markers. All individuals have the right to be addressed by their chosen name and to choose pronouns that align with their gender identity and/or gender expression.

  3. The information we gather from all participants is necessary and appropriate. We avoid seeking information, unless it is truly relevant, that might unwittingly oblige individuals to divulge personal information. Ensure that the questions asked of participants are truly necessary, especially if the questions could reveal someone’s trans identity.

  4. Maintain information and records in a way that respects an individual’s right to privacy and confidentiality.

  5. We ensure all written materials and websites use inclusive language and images.

  6. We respect the participants’ individual needs and are discrete in assisting athletes at various stages of transition.

  7. We provide learning opportunities that build the capacity of staff, volunteers, participants, and spectators to understand and support diverse gender identities and gender expressions.

 

Accessible Links

Canada Soccer Guide to Safety

Canada Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics

Saskatchewan Soccer Code of Conduct and Ethics  

PAYSA Code of Conduct and Ethics

PAYSA Code of Conduct to Protect Children 

PAYSA Policy on Anti-Bullying

PAYSA Accessibility, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

PAYSA Rule of Two Policy

Lightning Policy

Cast Policy

Refund Policy

 

SSA Policies & Procedures:

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Referee Code of Ethics

Game officials having certain privileges through and by Saskatchewan Soccer, with respect to the game, shall realize their responsibilities and duties to the Association and the game. The Saskatchewan Soccer Code includes and enlarges upon the Canadian Soccer Association's Code of Ethics for Game Officials.

A Saskatchewan Soccer Referee shall: 

  1. Conduct him/herself with dignity both on and off the field of play and shall, by example, seek to inspire the principles of fair play and earn the respect of those the referee serves.

  2. Not cause the Canadian Soccer Association, Saskatchewan Soccer Association or any regional referees association to become involved in any controversial matters and shall abide by the rules and regulations of the provincial soccer association and the referee's own regional association.

  3. Adhere to all standards and directives established by the international (F.I.F.A), national (C.S.A.) and provincial (S.S.A.) soccer association, and the referee's regional association.

  4. Always be neat in appearance and maintain a high level of physical and mental fitness.

  5. Study the Laws of the Game and be aware of all changes and shall enforce all said Laws and Changes.

  6. Perform his/her designated duties, including attending organized clinics and lectures, etc and shall assist their colleagues in upgrading and improving their standards of officiating, instructing and assessing.

  7. Adhere to the Canadian Soccer Association's Anti-Doping Policy.

  8. Honor any appointments made for and accepted by them unless unable to do so by virtue of illness or personal emergency.

  9. Not publicly criticize other referees, the national or provincial soccer association, or any referee's association.

  10. Not make any statement to the media (newspaper, television, radio, etc.) related to a game in which the referee has officiated, or to the performance of the players or other officials.

  11. Not accept any appointment to officiate in any competitive game involving a team in the same age group and gender division in the same league to which the referee is directly affiliated as a player, registered coach or manager.

  12. Not accept an appointment to officiate in any provincial championship game involving a team or club to whom the referee is directly affiliated as a player, a registered coach or manager, and elected executive or board member.

  13. Not accept any appointment to officiate in any competitive game in which an immediate member of his/her family by marriage or common law is a registered player or coach. An immediate member of the family is a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, a brother or sister.

  14. Be subject to disciplinary action for not complying with this Code of Ethics.

 

Code of Conduct to Protect Children

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As well, for more information around reporting inappropriate conduct and child sexual abuse you can visit: click here

 

Accessibility, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

 

 

 Rule of Two

The Rule of Two serves to protect minor athletes in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring that more than one adult is present. Vulnerable situations can include closed doors meetings, travel, and training environments. PAYSA are encourages to create and implement policies and procedures that limit the instances where these situations are possible.

Ultimately, the Rule of Two states that there will always be two screened and Respect in Sport and NCCP trained or certified coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation. This means that, with the exception of medical emergencies, any one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of a second coaches/team personnel. 

In the event where screened and NCCP trained or certified coaches are not available, a screened volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited. In all instances, one coach/volunteer must reflect the genders of the athletes participating or be of an appropriate identity in relation to the athlete(s).

The "staircase approach" is similar to the Rule of Two. While the Gold Standard is the preferred environment, it is not expected that it will be reached at all times. The alternatives presented, although increasing risk, are acceptable and would be considered to be in alignment with the Rule of Two. The one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete without another individual present, as depicted at the lowest stair in the approach, is to be avoided in all circumstances.

 

For more information about the Responsible Coaching Movement or The Rule of Two, you can check out the CAC’s website: HERE

 

 Respect in Sport

 

Respect in Sport Certification (RiS)

 

All sports in the province are now required to ensure that their Coaches and Team Personnel are certified in RiS. The SSA is committed to creating a sport environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Coaches and Team Personnel have a responsibility to create a sporting environment that is free of harassment, abuse, bullying and neglect.

The Respect in Sport curriculum consists of seven modules and takes approximately three hours to complete. When the program has been completed a Certificate of Completion can be printed. RiS must be re-certified every 5 years. 

 

 

Active implementation of the Canada Soccer Guide to Safety, PAYSA believes that every individual involved in soccer deserves the opportunity to participate safely. Children, in particular, have a right to participate in sport in a safe and enjoyable environment.

PAYSA has established policies and procedure mirroring Canada Soccer Guide of Safety.

Canada Soccer Guide to Safety is available to our members via our website. It is communicated to all membership via email communication. This information is also made available and is communicated annually to new membership.

 

Here is a link to the CANADA SOCCER GUIDE TO SAFETY

 

 Submit a Complaint

 

For more information on Saskatchewan Soccer Association Policies and Procedures and how to submit a complaint, please see the below links: Click Here

 

As a member of the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and the Canada Soccer Associations, our Board Members, coaches, team personnel, players, spectators and parents/caregivers are bound to the Codes of Conduct. Any occurrences where it is felt that the codes are not being delivered appropriately, should be reported to Click Here.

 

To report inappropriate conduct, please Click Here.

If you have any questions regarding our club policies, please Click Here.

 

 

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