Anti-Bullying Policy


1. SCOPE AND APPLICATION

Grace India Pvt. Ltd. is the body responsible for the operation of Indian Junior Players League "IJPL" and this Anti-Bullying Policy for Players & Team Officials (the "Anti-Bullying Code") is adopted and implemented as a part of IJPL.
IJPL by issuing this Anti- Bullying Code is trying to provide for an effective means to ensure that all participants (Players as well as Team Officials) conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and restrain from conducting themselves in a manner that may be construed as bullying. All matters pertaining to improper conduct of this nature shall be dealt by the Management Committee/Disciplinary Committee fairly and expeditiously.

2. CONDUCT OF PLAYERS

2.1. All Players are automatically bound by and required to comply with all of the provisions of the Anti-Bullying Code.

2.2. All players agree:

a) that it is their personal responsibility to familiarise themselves with all of the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Code, including what conduct constitutes an offence under the Anti-Bullying Code.

b) to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of Management Committee/Disciplinary Committee to hear and determine charges brought pursuant to the Anti-Bullying Code.

c) not to bring any proceedings in any court or other forum that are inconsistent with the foregoing submission of the jurisdiction of the Management Committee/Disciplinary Committee.

d) that all incidents of bullying should be duly reported to the Management Committee/Disciplinary Committee.

3. OFFENCES

3.1. All players & officials understand that any form of bullying mentioned herein constitutes an offence and shall be punishable under this Code.

3.2. Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying constitutes but is not limited to:

• Emotional bullying: includes being unfriendly, sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, threatening gestures etc.
• Physical bullying:pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
• Sexual bullying: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
• Discrimination bullying: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, homophobic comments, jokes about disabled people, sexist comments
• Verbal bullying: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

4. SANCTIONS

4.1 Where the Management Committee/ Disciplinary Committee determines that an offence under the Anti-Bullying Code has been committed, he/she will be required to impose an appropriate sanction on the Player or Team Official.

4.2 The Management Committee/ Disciplinary Committee shall consider the term for which the Player/Team Official shall be suspended based on the nature of offence. The Committee shall also have the right to terminate the existing right of the Player/Team Official to participate in IJPL, depending on the seriousness of the offence committed.

4.3 The decision of the Disciplinary Committee/Management Committee shall be final and binding on all the stakeholders.

5. AMENDMENT & INTERPRETATION

5.1 The Anti-Bullying Code may be amended from time to time by the IJPL with such amendments coming into effect on the date specified by IJPL.

5.2. The headings used for the various Articles of the Anti-Bullying Code are for the purpose of guidance only and shall not be deemed to be part of the substance of the Anti-Bullying Code or to inform or affect in any way the language of the provisions to which they refer.

5.3. If any Article or provision of the Anti-Bullying Code is held invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the Anti-Bullying Code shall remain otherwise in full force apart from such Article or provision which shall be deemed deleted insofar as it is invalid, unenforceable or illegal.