Policies

Updated Monday January 5, 2015 by CRC Admin.

Overview:

The Calverton Recreation Council (CRC) is committed to maintaining its safe, positive, and productive environment, and requires that all participants including athletes, families, and coaches adhere to its organizational policies. By registering with a CRC activity, you are confirming that you have read, understood, and will follow all CRC policies. If you have questions about any CRC policies described, please contact the CRC President at calvertonrecreationcouncil@gmail.com

These policies include the following:

League Rules

League rules and laws of play are described on the individual sport pages. Participants should make themselves aware of all league rules before registering or participating in any CRC activity.

CRC Soccer follows FIFA rules, as published by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), with Calverton Recreation Council Soccer League modifications. Full rules can be seen on the CRC Soccer page.

CRC Basketball follows rules as published by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) with Calverton Recreation Council League modification. CRC has modified these rules as appropriate for each age group and has established separate sets of rules for its K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, and 6th-8th grade teams. Full rules can be seen on the CRC Basketball page.  

CRC Poms and Batons is a member club of the United States Twirling Association (USTA) and  follows rules as set forth by that organization as well as the Maryland Baton Council. Details can be seen on the CRC Baton and Poms page (link to page) and described in the USTA Rule Book at United States Twirling Association website.  

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Code of Conduct

As we attempt to promote the most positive experience for the youth of our community, we are committed to a set of standards that are described in our coach and parent/spectator Codes of Conduct.  All CRC partipants should read the following and attached standards and commit to abiding by them. Parents/guardians of players are responsible for themselves as well as all guests and family members who attend the game. In addition, the team’s coach will be held accountable for the behavior of their team’s spectators and will be disciplined accordingly if spectators do not uphold these standards.

Participants in CRC programs will understand that CRC and its activities are for the benefit of children. All participants including parents and spectators are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with creating a positive experience for children and their families.  Any and all violations of the Code of Conduct will result in sanctions and may lead to the immediate expulsion of the offender from an event or other CRC activity, or other consequences at the discretion of CRC officials. Final decisions may be adjudicated by the CRC Board of Directors. Decisions by CRC officials are final. Player misconduct will be handled by referees as described in the League Rules/Laws of Play or by coaches.

Additional details can be found in the attached documents.

ALL COACHES AND SPECTATORS WILL:

1. Comply with the policies and procedures of CRC.

2. Respect all participants, coaches, staff, officials and volunteers at every practice or youth sports event and encourage all children to do the same.

3. Refrain from abusive or inappropriate language or gestures, or physical contact toward officials, volunteers, coaches, staff and participants.

4. Accept the decisions of the officials as being fair and performed to the best of their ability.

Spectators shall never go onto the court or playing field, or approach the official scorekeeper,

while the game is in progress or immediately after the event. Allow the coach to take all questions, rule interpretations or concerns to the appropriate umpire or league official.

5. Refrain from giving the children instructions during the game - allow the coaches to manage the team and game.

6. Help ensure the safety of the playing area by reporting any unsafe hazards, removing trash, leaving food and beverages outside the gym or playing area when requested, refraining from the use of tobacco within 50 yards of playing field or program site and refraining from use of alcohol or other drugs at or immediately prior to all youth sports events.

7. Abide by a doctor’s decision in all matters of health, injuries and ability to play.

8. Remember that the game is for youth – not adults.

CRC Coaches Code of Conduct and Commitment.pdf
CRC Code of Conduct.pdf
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Zero Tolerance Referee Abuse Policy

CRC has a Zero Tolerance policy for referee abuse. Verbal or other abuse of any kind is a violation of CRC’s Code of Conduct as well as the values and philosophy of the league. Dissent is not allowed. Coaches and spectators will understand that whether the CRC referee is an adult or high school aged, they will be provided the appropriate respect as due their position as referee of the game, and only positive and encouraging comments are allowed to be directed at them.

All CRC members shall report any incident of abuse of referees to the Commissioner and the Referee Coordinator. Active misconduct or violation of Code of Conduct during an event will be handled immediately by league officials (Sport Commissioner, Referee/Referee Coordinator, CRC Officer), which may include immediate removal of the offender from the venue at the discretion of the official. Any and all reported violations should be submitted to the Sport Commissioner or Referee Coordinator within 24 hours of the incident if possible.

Depending on the nature of the offense, the incident will be reported to the CRC Board of Directors for action which can include sanctions and or expulsion from CRC sponsored events.  Decisions by the Commissioner or Board of Directors are final.

Please refer to the attached for full details of the policy.

CRC zero tolerance referee abuse policy.pdf
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Liability Release

By registering in a Calverton Recreation Council (CRC) program, you acknowledge that you are participating with full knowledge and understanding, and assume all risk for any injury incurred during participation in the tryouts, practices, and games and that you release from liability all Administrators, Coaches, and Officials involved or connected, directly or indirectly, with said activities.

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Concussion Policy

The Calverton Recreation Council is committed to protecting the health and safety of all of its athletes, and follows the newest guidelines from the medical and public health community, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for management of concussion. CRC’s policy and procedures emphasize the education of coaches, parents, and players on the signs and symptoms of concussion and implement specific return-to-play procedures that include clearance by a medical provider. Early identification and proper management of a concussion is critical to protecting the health and well-being of youth athletes.

All CRC coaches, including assistants, are required to take an online training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on recognizing and responding to concussion. Coaches will be provided with training materials, including a Concussion Action Plan that describes signs and symptoms of a concussion and the steps to take if a concussion is suspected. Coaches will follow the Action Plan steps, and written documentation of clearance by a medical provider is required before a player can be returned to play.

Headers will not be taught or allowed in any CRC Soccer U12 (K-5) team.

For the full details of the policy, along with resources on youth concussion, please see the attached.

CRC Concussion policy.pdf
HeadsUpConcussion_CRC Parents Fact sheet.pdf
HeadsUpConcussion_CRC Coaches information.pdf
HeadsUpConcussion_CRC Coaches Action Plan.pdf
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Photography/Image Release

By participating in a CRC activity, you give CRC, its legal representatives and assigns, those for whom it is acting, and those acting with its permission or its employees, the right and permission to copyright and/or use and reuse, and/or publish and republish, and/or produce and reproduce, and/or broadcast and rebroadcast photographic picture or portraits of Participant, videotapes of Participant, and/or audio tapes of Participant's voice, made through these or any other media without restriction for any legal purpose whatsoever, including any printed matter in conjunction therewith.

For full details, please see the attached.

CRC Photo and video release agreement.pdf
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Player Chaperone Policy

To protect the safey of its participants from actual or percieved abuse, CRC requires that a minimum of three adults provide supervision of participants at all times. These three adults may include the coach and assistant coach, and must include at least one other adult that is a guardian of one of the participants. At no time should a participant enter the vehicle of a CRC volunteer without the express permission of the child’s parent or guardian.

Guardians are encouraged to attend all of their child’s practice and games, and must be available in case of emergency. Guardians or care givers are expected to provide adequate medical information (allergies, physical/medical conditions) for the coach’s awareness so that s/he can handle medical emergencies. Care givers must be available to pick up their child from practice or games promptly, and must always leave cell phone information with their child’s coach for immediate contact.

Exceptions to this policy are made only in the case of emergency.

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Refund Policy

Registration and other fees collected are non-refundable.  In the event that an event is cancelled CRC at it's sole discretion may offer to transfer your registration or other fees to another event, or issue a refund for registration fees.  Fees are non-refundable or transferable if participant is unable to attend or finish an event.  Participants exhibiting conduct not in compliance with CRC guidelines additionally will be remove from events with no refund or credit due. Exceptions will be made only in the most extenuating circumstances, and will be submitted to the Sport Commissioner for approval by the CRC President.

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Carpool/Team Placement Request Policy

CRC will attempt to honor mutually submitted carpool requests, coach requests, and player preferences made during the registration process for all sports. However, there are no guarantees for team placement. CRC strives to make the skill levels of all teams as equal as possible and in certain circumstances we will have to deny requests to maintain this balance. All decisions will be the responsibility of the Calverton Recreation Council and are final. Requests filled after the registration process will not be processed.

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