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               MOORESTOWN LACROSSE CLUB   GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

1.           A grievance may be lodged by any person for any violation of the Moorestown Lacrosse Club’s Code of Conduct (US Lacrosse Code of Conduct - attached) or for any violation of local, state or federal law.

2.           No grievance will be accepted from any person who: (i) fails to observe the Club’s mandatory 24 hour cooling off period prior to speaking to a coach, Club or league official about a grievance,  (ii) is acting in violation of the Moorestown Lacrosse Club’s Code of Conduct (US Lacrosse Code of Conduct), (iii) has engaged in any threatening, abusive or harassing conduct, including verbal abuse, (iv) has failed to seek to bring the matter to the attention of the team coach, or  appropriate Program VP (VP Boys or VP Girls) after the expiration of the mandatory cooling off period, (v) fails to file the written grievance within two weeks of the incident in question. If for any reason the aggrieved party prefers not to address the issue with the appropriate VP, the grievance may be filed with the Club President.

3.           No grievance will be accepted that seeks to challenge coaching decisions. For this purpose a coaching decision includes, but is not limited to playing time, position assignments, starting assignments and lacrosse strategy.  Playing time in games is directly influenced by the player’s demonstrated commitment as outlined the Moorestown Lacrosse Club’s Commitment Letter (attached).

4.           A valid grievance must be in writing, explain the nature of the grievance, the circumstances and indicate the specific provision of the Code of Conduct that was violated using the Moorestown Lacrosse Club’s Grievance Form (attached).

5.           Details of the grievance are not to be discussed with anyone other than the party(ies) directly involved with resolving the grievance.

6.           A valid grievance must be signed by a parent, coach or player and submitted to the appropriate Program VP (VP – Boys Program; VP Girls Program) or Club President.

7.           If, the matter is not resolved, then the matter will be reviewed by the Club Official appointed to monitor Code of Conduct compliance (Club President).  The Club President will attempt to resolve the grievance with the parties amicably and in the best interests of the Club.

8.           If the matter is not resolved, the Vice President and the Club President may, in their sole discretion, refer the matter to the Executive Council. If the matter is referred to the Executive Council the Vice President and the Club President shall present their recommendation for resolving the matter to the Executive Council.

9.           The Executive Council may accept the recommendation of the Vice President and the Club President or may decide that it is in the best interests of the Club to resolve the matter in any manner approved by a majority of the members of the Executive Council.

10.       Decisions of the Executive Council are final and will be communicated in writing to the grieving party(ies).

11.       Failure to conform to the Code of Conduct while attending, coaching, officiating,  participating in or watching a Club event (game, practice etc.) will be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to the following an any order or combination.

a.      Verbal warning issued by an official, head coach, Club official, or head of league organization

b.      Written warning

c.       Game suspension or immediate ejection from event with written documentation of incident kept on file by organization involved.

d.      Suspension from multiple events

e.      Game forfeit determined by official, coach or Club official

f.        Season suspension or multiple season suspension issued by a Club official or league organization

g.      Expulsion from the Club

h.      Warning or suspension issued by any other league organization governed by the Code of Conduct of the Moorestown Lacrosse Club.