IPG 4. Unsporting conduct

4.1. Unsporting Conduct — Minor 4.5. Unsporting Conduct — Aggressive Behavior
4.2. Unsporting Conduct — Major 4.6. Unsporting Conduct — Theft of Tournament Material
4.3. Unsporting Conduct — Improperly Determining a Winner 4.7. Unsporting Conduct — Stalling
4.4. Unsporting Conduct — Bribery and Wagering 4.8. Unsporting Conduct — Cheating

Unsporting conduct is disruptive behavior that may affect the safety, competitiveness, enjoyment, or integrity of a tournament in a significantly negative fashion.

Unsporting behavior is not the same as a lack of sporting behavior. There is a wide middle ground of “competitive” behavior that is certainly neither “nice” nor “sporting” but still doesn’t qualify as “unsporting.”

The Head Judge is the final arbiter on what constitutes unsporting conduct.

Judges should inform the player how his or her conduct is disruptive. The player is expected to correct the situation and behavior immediately. However, while making sure that the player understands the severity of his or her actions is important, judges should focus first on calming a situation, and deal with infractions and penalties afterwards.