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CODE OF CONDUCT - MEPC

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Statement of Inclusivity

MEPC strives to be an inclusive community of recreation, friendship, and belonging:  a community that honors the pickleball tradition of “open play,” where anyone of any background, gender, culture, ethnicity, skill level, first language, age, abilities, sexual identity, religion, and economic status feels they belong.  We strive to foster positive and healthy play and relationships.

Code of Conduct (Conduct can be both verbal and nonverbal)

MEPC expects members to display good sportspersonship, including understanding and using sports etiquette, showing respect, kindness, honesty, fairness, and generosity to teammates and opponents, and showing graciousness in both victory and defeat. To that end, please acknowledge and accept the following code of conduct:

  1. I will engage in behavior that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of others.

  2. I will engage in conduct that is free from criticism, anger, retaliation, personal attacks, or harassment.  Harassment is unwanted comments or conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating an individual's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment.

  3. I will refrain from using profanity or derogatory language or actions toward, to, or about any person or persons. 

  4. I will refrain from any acts or words that demean on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground.

  5. I understand that if I need assistance to resolve conflicts peacefully and respectfully, I will follow the MEPC procedures for resolving complaints.

  6. I will not use MEPC records or materials for personal gain. 

Pickleball Etiquette

If you are interested in learning about pickleball etiquette, we recommend the following article adapted/abbreviated from Paddletek’s website https://www.paddletek.com/blogs/news/pickleball-etiquette

Violations

Violations of the Code of Conduct should be reported to the MEPC Board Code of Conduct Committee as soon as possible.  The Committee will investigate the alleged violation, and the MEPC Board may dismiss the complaint or impose sanctions on the offender. 

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