USA Racquetball is the National Governing Body for the sport of racquetball; we operate in the public spotlight and are expected to conduct our affairs on a basis consistent with the great trust that has been placed in us. This requires that our membership behaviors conform to the highest ethical principles.

The mission of USA Racquetball is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of racquetball. USA Racquetball grants the privilege of membership to individuals and groups committed to the same mission. The privilege of membership may, therefore, be withdrawn or denied by USA Racquetball at any time when determined that a member’s conduct is inconsistent with the mission of the organization or the best interest of the sport and those who participate.

All Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Members, National Board Members, Officers and Staff pledge to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

  • Abide by all USA Racquetball rules, selection procedures and safety guidelines.
  • As an ambassador, exhibit the highest standards of fairness, discipline, ethical behavior and genuine sportsmanship by mutually respecting and bringing honor to USA Racquetball, the United States, and the Olympic Movement. 
  • Respect teammates, athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, volunteers, USADA representatives, sponsors and National Office staff of USA Racquetball without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, civil status, veteran status, marital status, language, social condition, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender.
  • Will not use offensive language/gestures or non-consensual physical contact as a response to the decisions made by the referee or official as an expression of frustration and/or self-admonishment.
  • Will not engage in any form of discriminatory, verbal, physical or sexual harassment/abuse, fraud, stealing, deception or dishonesty related to USA Racquetball events or activities.
  • Will abide by the SafeSport Code and all requirements and will report any witnessed impropriety.
  • Will not disrespect, intimidate or embarrass other members, teammates, athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, sponsors, volunteers, Board of Directors, Committee members, Athlete Advisory Council Representatives, USADA and/or USA Racquetball and National Office staff in person, electronically, and/or through social networking venues (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, blogs or websites, etc.).
  • Will not participate in any non-consensual sexual contact or advance or any other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior or action directed towards any member by a coach, official, athletic trainer or other person who is in a position of authority.
  • Respect and not cause damage to private or public property of others while at an event sanctioned by USA Racquetball or at a designated USA Racquetball facility.
  • It is the duty of members of USAR to comply with all anti-doping rules of the IRF and of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), including the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (USADA Protocol) and all other policies and rules adopted by the IRF and USADA.  Members agree to submit to drug testing by the IRF and/or USADA or their designees at any time and understand that the use of methods or substances prohibited by the applicable anti-doping rules make them subject to penalties including, but not limited to, disqualification and suspension. If it is determined that a member may have committed a doping violation, the member agrees to submit to the results management authority and processes of USADA, including arbitration under the USADA Protocol, or to the results management authority of the IRF and/or USAR, if applicable or referred by USADA
  • Will not knowingly misrepresent competitive achievements, professional qualifications, education, experience, eligibility, criminal record or affiliations of oneself or another member.
  • Will not use illegal drugs in the presence of teammates, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and staff of USA Racquetball and/or at any USA Racquetball event or activity.
  • Will not commit a doping violation as defined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) or the International Racquetball Federation (IRF).

Disciplinary action for violation of any provision in this Code of Conduct may include any or all of the following: (i) a reprimand; (ii) suspension from competition participation (iii) withholding of athlete support payments; (iv) imposition of fines (including with respect to reimbursement of expenses incurred by USAR); (v) removal from team; (vi) termination of memberships with USA Racquetball (vii) any combination of the foregoing.

If a USA Racquetball member receives a disciplinary penalty or otherwise has a grievance related to this Code of Conduct, the member has the right to file a written request with the Board of Directors and CEO of USA Racquetball within thirty (30) days of the action giving rise to the members claimed grievance, to seek a review of the action in question pursuant to USA Racquetball Bylaws and Grievance Procedures. The Athlete has a right to a hearing per Articles XIII-XVIII of the USAR Bylaws.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall conflict with or curtail members’ rights with respect to disputes involving members’ right to participate in protected events as set forth in the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act (section 220510 of the United States Code.)

In the event any member of USA Racquetball has a complaint/grievance that falls under the control of USA Racquetball, NO individual may contact any sponsor (i.e. employees, partners, suppliers, concerned individuals, et al.) for any reason related to the complaint/grievance until such time that all hearings (including appeals) related to the complaint/grievance have been fully completed.

Disciplinary Actions

 

The following disciplinary actions will be imposed in a manner commensurate with the offense and in accordance with the below qualifications of the severity of their disruption or threat.

  1. Verbal warning issued by a league, organization, school official, or USA Racquetball.
  2. Written warning issued by a league, organization, school official, or USA Racquetball.
  3. Suspension or immediate ejection from an event and/or suspension for a period of time ranging from days to weeks, issued by a league, organization or school official who is authorized to issue such suspension or ejection by a school board, youth sports organization, or USA Racquetball.
  4. Suspension from multiple events and/or suspension for a period of time ranging from weeks to months, issued by a league, organization or school official who is authorized to issue such suspension by a school board, youth sports organization, or USA Racquetball.
  5. Season suspension, multiple season suspension, or lifetime suspension, issued by a school board, youth sports organization or USA Racquetball.

 

Types of Infractions

 

Minor Infraction

 

A Minor Infraction will result in penalties and warnings within the rights of an official during a match and or equal to the disciplinary action 1 or 2 as written above. A Minor Infraction is defined as a single occurrence or disturbance from which no threat has been brought upon any coach, parent, player, participant, official, USA Racquetball staff member or any other attendee though is a violation of the “Member Code of Conduct." Examples of Minor Infractions include but are not limited to:

  • A single instance of disrespectful language or actions directed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official, USA Racquetball staff member or any other attendee.
  • A single occurrence of non-compliance with the Policies and Guidelines set forth by USA Racquetball.

 

Major Infraction

 

A Major Infraction will result in disciplinary actions involving suspension from a single event, multiple events, a season or multiple seasons. A Major Infraction is defined as repeated Minor Infractions or a single occurrence or disturbance of an event in which a threat has been brought upon any coach, parent, player, participant, official, USA Racquetball staff member or any other attendee. These threats or actions if deemed sufficiently damaging to the event or sport gives USA Racquetball or the event organizers the right to immediate action in accordance with any and all disciplinary actions as outlined in the “Member Code of Conduct." Examples of Major Infractions include but are not limited to:

  • Multiple reported instances of disrespectful language or actions directed at any coach, parent, player, participant, official, USA Racquetball staff member or any other attendee.
  • A threat or act of violence or assault, sexual or otherwise, against any coach, parent, player, participant, official, USA Racquetball staff member or any other attendee.

 

If a Member observes a violation of a USA Racquetball Policy, Guideline, Code of Conduct or Rule during a USA Racquetball accredited event, he or she is encouraged to report it to an Event Director (if applicable) or USA Racquetball staff member if available. Event Directors will then take appropriate action at that time, and in addition may in their discretion complete and file an Incident Report with USA Racquetball.

Should an Incident Report be filed with USA Racquetball, the CEO and staff may impose the appropriate disciplinary action and in such a case communicate with all parties involved in the incident. In certain circumstances, the applicable portions of the USA Racquetball Bylaws, Articles XIII-XVIII, will be utilized.

While it is important to identify violators of the Code of Conduct, it is equally important to identify players who exhibit exceptional sportsmanship and the ideals of the Code of Conduct.  If you witness a player exhibiting exceptional sportsmanship at a tournament, let USA Racquetball know about it. If you have seen a player who has acted in an admirable way during accredited matches, please share the moment with USA Racquetball.