NFHSOFFICIALS CODE OF CONDUCT
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOLSProfessionalConduct Policies
Officials shall master both the rules of the game & the mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, & shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm, & controlled manner
What does being “impartial” mean?Give examples of bias that we donot wantto display.What is a “firm & controlled manner”?Give examples of excitable situations that require emotional control by officials.
Officials shall work with each other & their state associations in a constructive & cooperative manner
Work in small groups of 3-4 and come up with examples to share with entire group
Officials shall uphold the honor & dignity of the profession in all interaction with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues, & the public
How can we demonstrate courtesy, poise, honor & politeness?When we walk into the gym?When we are working the match?When we finish the match?
Officials shall prepare themselves both physically & mentally, shall dress neatly & appropriately, & shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession
Clean, pressed uniform – shirt is white, not off-color nor stainedThis is more of a mental game, than a physical game. You cannot come to they gym with a personal agenda, or thinking about issues in your life, as it clouds your focus. Respect the art of officiating.
Officials shall be punctual & professional in the fulfillment ofallcontractual obligations
Traffic in southern CaliforniaGetting out of work or leaving home at a specific time you setArrive early to get rid of your excess baggage & thoughts, so you can focusSet a goal to arrive early and review 1 rule of casebook questions prior to each match (you will be amazed at what you find)
Officials shall remain mindful that their conduct influencestherespect that student-athletes, coaches & the publicholdfor the profession
Everyone sees & hears what you do, and everyone has a cell phone/camera in the standsDon’t give them a reason to not trust your abilityDemonstrate good stature and posture to “sell your ability”
Officials, while enforcing the rules of play, remain aware of the inherent risk of injury that competition poses to student-athletes. Where appropriate, they shall inform event management of conditions that appear unreasonably hazardous
As you walk into the gym, make this the time you look for the hazards.No coach/AD wants to fix something at game time…Inform them at 25 minutes prior to the match, & they are more likely to cooperate.We don’t want to break up the flow of warmups while something gets fixed.
Officials shall take reasonable steps to educate themselves in the recognition of emergency conditions that might arise during the course of competition
Be observant when odd situations ariseLook at players who get up slowly or begin to look at their body (blood?)Look at the floor for sweat or bloodDon’t be complacent when there is stoppage of play – scan the playing surface and check the net antennasBe prepared to identify that loud obnoxious fan or group to the on-site administrator (officials don’t handle any spectator issues)
OFFICIALS SHALL MAINTAIN ANETHICALAPPROACH WHILEPARTICIPATINGINFORUMS, CHAT ROOMS&ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Be aware that what you post on Facebook or other social media sites could be shared through a “friend” with another “friend” who doesn’t like your officiating (they can Google your name – what will they find?)In pre-post games, be careful of speaking in a room/area with air ducts as the sound travels
SCVOACODE OF CONDUCT FOR OFFICIALS
Southern California VOLLEYBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION IN COOPERATION WITH THECIF SOUTHERN SECTION & CIF LOS ANGELES CITY SECTION
Master both the rules of the game & the mechanics necessary to enforce the rules,…and shall exercise authorityin an impartial, firm &controlled manner.
Tips to master the rulesDiscuss controlled manner” – body language, how to talk without showing emotion
Work with each other,the State Associationand the CIF Sectionsin a constructive& cooperative manner.
Why do we get “bugged” by some officials? What takes us out of focus in a match?
Uphold the honor & dignityof the professionin all interaction with student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, school administrators, colleagues & the public.
What type of “interaction” should we avoid?
Prepare themselves both physically & mentally…shall dress neatly & appropriately& shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession.
Group ideas: What type of professionalism do you think the coach/A.D. is looking for in officials?
Be punctual & professionalin the fulfilment ofall contractual obligations.
Remain mindful that their conductinfluencesthe respect thatstudent-athletes, coaches, and the public holdfor the profession.
Group discussion on how we gain respect
While enforcing the rules of play, remain aware of the inherent risk of injury that competition poses to student-athletes.Where appropriate, they shall inform event management of conditions or situations that appear unreasonably hazardous.
What is our role if a student-athlete is injured?
Take reasonable steps to educate themselves in the recognition of emergency conditionsthat might arise during thecourse of competition
What is our role when an emergency situation arises?
Support the principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor & uphold theSix Pillars of Character:
Split into groups & give examples of how officials can support the 6 Pillars
BY SIGNINGTHE CODE OF ETHICS FORM,YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE NFHS/SCVOA,CIF SS, & LA CITY SECTIONSCODE OF ETHICS.
Distribute the form for signature….Collect