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The Greater Northwest Football Association; known as the GNFA, in conjunction with regional and national partners has implemented operational bylaws and codes of conduct for it's members to ensure fair play and sportsmanship within the minor league football structure.  All members, prospective members, or hopeful members are expected to fully understand and abide by these codes to the fullest and ensure that their staff and players are in full compliance as well.  Failure to uphold the codes can and will result in disciplinary action as determined by the advisory committee of the GNFA.

Uniform Code of Conduct

GNFA Code of Conduct Rules For Coaches

The primary goal of coaches is the development of players to be better citizens as well as players. The players will be taught sportsmanship and fair play, these teachings should always govern their behavior while at practice and at games. Coaches shall be responsible for the conduct of all players, members of the coaching staff and spectators. This includes the time periods before, during, and after league games and other team events. 

  Coaches will emphasize that good athletes are good citizens, and both are physically and mentally alert.  

  Coaches will strive to make every football activity serve as training ground for life, and as a basis for good mental and physical health.  

   Coaches will emphasize that winning a game is the result of teamwork. 

   Coaches will treat each player, opposing coach, and fans with respect and dignity.  

  Coaches will not criticize players in front of spectators. 

   Coaches will accept the decisions of officials, not criticize the officials, the opposing team, the coaches, fans or parents, through language or gesture. 

   Coaches will learn the strengths and weakness of his players so that he might place them into situations where they have a maximum opportunity to achieve success. 

   Coaches will protect the health and safety of his/her players by insisting that all of the activities under his/her control, be conducted for their psychological and physiological welfare. 

  Coaches will abide by doctor’s decision in all matters of players health and injuries, and physical ability to play. 

   Coaches will set an example in personal conduct at all times.  

 Coaches shall not use abusive or profane language before anyone connected with the game. 

  Coaches shall not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. In general there shall be no use of drugs, or alcohol products at any game, practice field, or in public as a representative by the head coach, assistant coaches, team players, official or administrator. The head coach and owner are responsible for enforcing this rule.   Coaches shall enforce, no alcohol, no tobacco, no drugs and no firearms on school or public property and be aware of all rules and regulations posted at each venue.

  Coaches will not smoke or use any form of tobacco while on the field of play during games, scrimmages, practices, or GNFA event.   

    GNFA Code of Conduct Rules For Players

GNFA Minor League Football Coaches and owners play a vital role in encouraging physical, social, and emotional well being of each player.  Therefore, it is essential for GNFA Football players to embrace the values of good sportsmanship, discipline and character.

  Players will be good sports (win or lose), be honest, fair, and always show good sportsmanship to all coaches, owners, players, officials, and fans. 

   Players will learn and practice the value of commitment to the team for the entire season, whether on or off of the field.  

  Players will put personal goals aside for the betterment of the team.  

    Players will abide by doctor’s decision in all matters of players health and injuries, and physical ability to play. 

   Players will show courtesy and respect to coaches, owners, teammates, fans, officials, & opponents.  

  Players will realize that athletic contests, including practice sessions are educational experiences and opportunities. 

   Players will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct. 

  Players will not engage in rude behavior.

   Players will treat everyone, including coaches, owners, parents, players, and officials, with respect regardless of race, creed, color, nationality, or sex. 

  Players shall not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.  In general, there shall be no use of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol products at any game, practice field, or in public as a representative by team players. 

  Players will not smoke or use any form of tobacco while on the field of play during games, scrimmages, practices, or league events and abide by the posted rules and regulations of all fields, and venues in which they are in attendance.  This includes restrictions on gatorade, powerade, energy drinks or other prohibited items while on "Field Turf" or other artificial grass surfaces where cleanup, health and infection issues are a concern.

 

Failure of any coach or player to adhere to the Code of Conduct and understand and play within the rules of the game are subject to suspension, expulsion or banishment from the game of football in respects to  any GNFA sanctioned activity and shall be put on corrective action.

 

 

 

   

 

 
 
 
  2011 GNFA GREATER NORTHWEST FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.