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Keeping It Classy: Understanding the SCVA Purple Card Policy for Fan Behavior at Tournaments







Dear NU Breed family,


As the club season begins, please be aware of the purple Card Policy at any SCVA tournament.


The SCVA Purple Card Policy is a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate fan behavior during tournament play. The policy addresses increasing incidents of verbal and physical confrontations in the stands. Officials will use The Purple Card to address spectator behavior during the game. Parents and spectators must adhere to the Spectator/Parent Code of Conduct policy. 


Misconduct consequences include ejection from one or more Region tournaments. Directors should communicate and remind parents of these policies. Thank you for your cooperation and support in maintaining a safe and respectful environment.


We are NU Breed, the rumor of something good.



SCVA PURPLE CARD INFORMATION


IN RESPONSE TO TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND SITE PERSONNEL COMPLAINTS OF INCREASINGLY BAD BEHAVIOR FROM PARENTS AND SPECTATORS, THE SCVA HAS APPROVED THE USE OF THE PURPLE CARD.  


This policy will be in use for the 2022 season and beyond. The official volleyball rules allow for an official to give point sanctions to players and coaches for bad behavior during a match (Yellow Card = Warning, Red Card = Penalty). The Purple Card has been added to the officials tools of the Yellow and Red cards but will be used to address spectator behavior during a match. 


Over the past few seasons, the SCVA Region Office has received reports that a number of incidents occurred, involving spectator/parent misconduct. This misbehavior consisted of verbal, often profane outbursts directed at court officials, officiating coaches, and junior players, specifically those assigned to line judge. Additionally, there were reports of physical confrontations in the stands during matches. These incidents continue to increase, and as a result of this type of behavior, many new and young officials have quit officiating, reducing the number of certified refs. Also, verbally attacking our junior line judges instills fear and intimidation in them, undermining their self-confidence.


Therefore, the Region is asking you, as directors, to communicate with your parents and remind them of our Spectator/Parent Code of Conduct policy, emphasizing the consequences of misconduct at any of our tournaments. This policy can be found online and is posted at all playing sites. As you know, misconduct by any registered USAV member is investigated and handled either through SafeSport or the Region’s Due Process policy. Sanctions may range from verbal warning to suspension. However, most spectators or parents are not USAV members and are subject to only one consequence for misbehavior: Ejection from one or more Region tournaments, depending on the severity of the violation.


Please be advised that in an effort to prevent this trend from increasing, the Region has adopted a zero-tolerance attitude toward any overt or profane outbursts, fighting, or other actions that pose a danger to others. Protection of our members, especially our young athletes, and maintaining a safe playing environment should be a priority for all of us. So, we will ask Site Directors and the Officials Division to be extra vigilant in monitoring misbehavior in the stands and sidelines. Be aware that Site Directors and Lead Officials at each tournament site are authorized by the Region to eject anyone violating conduct policies. Serious offenses will be reviewed to determine the length of the ejection/ban.


We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in this matter. It is our sincere hope that we will all work together to address this safety issue and this in turn will help us maintain the high level of integrity and respect that we enjoy in the Region.


Purple Card Sanction Policy



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