IPG 4.2 Unsporting Conduct — Major

Definition

A player takes action towards one or more individuals that could reasonably be expected to create a feeling of being harassed, threatened, bullied, or stalked.


This may include insults based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.

Threats of physical violence should be treated as Unsporting Conduct – Aggressive Behavior.

It is possible for an offender to commit this infraction without intending malice or harm to the subject of the harassment.

Examples

  • A. A player uses a racial slur against their opponent.
  • B. A player takes inappropriate photos of another player without express permission.
  • C. A player asks a spectator for a date, is denied, and continues to press the issue.
  • D. A player purposefully obstructs another player with the intent of inducing physical contact.
  • E. A spectator uses social media to bully another player.

Philosophy

A safe environment is a basic expectation of any tournament attendee. Harassment undermines the safety and integrity of a tournament.

Players who purposefully create harmful or unwelcoming situations in a tournament are expected to immediately correct the behavior and demonstrate remorse or be removed.

Because of the confrontational nature of this infraction, judges need to end any match in progress and separate the players.

Care should be taken not to escalate the situation if at all possible. The offender will be removed from the area to receive the penalty, and education about why the behavior is unacceptable regardless of excuse.

They may need a few moments to cool down afterwards.

Apologizing is encouraged, but the desire of the other individuals to not interact with their harasser must be respected.

If they determine that the infraction does not meet the criteria for Unsporting Conduct – Major, it is still recommended that the players be talked to to avoid future misunderstandings.

Additional Remedy

The player must correct the behavior immediately.

Upgrade

If the offense was committed with malicious intent, the player displays no remorse, or the offense is repeated at a later time, the penalty is Disqualification and removal from the venue.