OSCA Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

All players and other individuals involved with or attending Ohio Scholastic Chess Association (OSCA) sanctioned events are expected to adhere to both the USCF Code of Conduct (Chapter 8 of the USCF Official Rules of Chess, 4th Edition) and OSCA Code of Conduct as outlined below. Violators will be subject to actions by the tournament officials or the OSCA including warnings, game forfeiture, expulsion from tournament and disqualification from future events. If the violation is deemed to also violate the USCF Code of Conduct, the violation may be reported to the USCF for possible further action.

Violations of this code of conduct should be reported to the TD, OSCA Board Member, or other tournament official. Such reports should be made quietly and privately.

All players, coaches, directors, organizers, parents and others attending or officiating at OSCA events are expected to conduct themselves in the spirit of fair play and good sportsmanship at all times. The following is a summary of expected conduct, this list is not intended to be exhaustive.

PLAYERS

Will not enter any tournament using false information. Including, but not limited to, name, USCF number, rating, age, grade, school affiliation

Will follow all directions from TD, Organizer or other tournament officials

Will not attempt to obtain a favorable game outcome by deception. Including, but not limited to, knowingly playing incorrect color, reporting incorrect game result, making illegal moves, changing position of pieces on board, manipulating the clock, claiming a invalid touch move violation, or claiming a nonexistant checkmate or stalemate

Will not solicit or accept any assitance during a tournament game. Including, but not limited to, asking others for advice, studying written material, or consulting a computer. Under certain circumstances, with TD approval, players may be able to consult their coach (without the coach reviewing the board position) as to whether a draw result will help or hinder the team's standing

Will not prearrange a game result, or ask another player to do so, in order to help another player or team or for any other reason

Will not intentionally lose a game for any reason. Playing for a draw is acceptable if not prearranged. Resigning a lost position is not considered a violation

Will not intentionally take actions to annoy an opponent. Including, but not limited to, repetitive draw offers, spending excessive time away from the board, talking or making other sounds

Will get the assistance of a TD or monitor rather than try to resolve disputes during games without assistance

Will conduct themselves in a sporting manner at all times, regardless of game result or unfavorable ruling

Will advise TD or designated official as early as possible if skipping a round or withdrawing from event

Will follow USCF guidelines if they choose to appeal any ruling beyond local authorities

Will report suspected violations of this code privately to tournament officials

COACHES/PARENTS/ADVISORS/SPECTATORS

Will remember that spectators are granted no rights by USCF rules. Their presence in the tournament room is at the discretion of tournament officials

Will not enter any student or knowingly allow any student to enter a tournament using false information. Including, but not limited to, name, USCF number, rating, age, grade, school affiliation

Will not provide any assistance to any player during a tournament game. Including, but not limited to, suggesting moves or other course of action to the player, pointing out illegal moves or expired clock. Under certain circumstances, with TD approval, coaches (if requested by the player and without reviewing the board position) may be allowed to advise player whether a draw result will help or hinder the team's standing

Will not demand or advise any player to violate this code of conduct

Will follow USCF guidelines if they choose to appeal any ruling beyond local authorities

Will obey all instructions from the TD or organizer regarding spectator behavior and privleges

Will report suspected violations of this code privately to tournament officials

TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS (TDs), ORGANIZERS AND VOLUNTEERS

Will not take any action or make any ruling which would unfairly advantage or disadvantages any player. Including but not limited to creating pairings, tallying results, and rulings made during games.

Will conduct tournament and make rulings in accordance with USCF rules (except where exceptions are announced in advance). Where rules are subject to interpretation, will attempt to produce the fairest result for all players and teams involved

Will take actions necesarry to enforce this Code of Conduct

 
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