The ESSC promotes sportsmanship above all else. The goal is for players to have fun, regardless of whether they win or lose. Those who choose to play with the ESSC are required to bring good sporting behavior to the games and to promote and abide by the ESSC sportsmanship policy and values of “fun-first, winning-second.”


General Guidelines

  • Players must have control over their emotions and actions at all times.
  • Player should treat opponents, ESSC office and field staff and facility staff with fairness, courtesy and respect.
  • Verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Players should not retaliate or react in a negative way to any situation or player regardless of the circumstance. Retaliation will be subject to the same consequences as instigation.
  • When required, feedback should be provided in a constructive way.
  • Teams should be open to receiving feedback from the Coordinator and/or opponent.
  • All facilities must be treated with respect - this includes, but is not limited to: wearing appropriate footwear, not consuming alcohol on facility property, not littering, not using unauthorized equipment, not urinating in undesignated areas, not entering a facility before the permit time begins and leaving the facility by the end of the permit time.

The ESSC will not tolerate players who do not follow these sportsmanship guidelines. Violation of these guidelines could result in suspension or ejection from the league.

Zero Tolerance Policy

ESSC Staff (including Games/Event/Beach Volleyball Coordinators) reserve the right to remove players immediately from a facility and/or league, tournament, or event if they are involved with any of the following acts toward a Games Coordinator, Event Coordinator, facility staff, player, or spectator:

  • Using racial, ethnic, homophobic, fatphobic, gendered, transphobic, sexist, sexual, disability or other slurs
  • Swearing directly at another person
  • Intentionally pushing, shoving, or making physical contact with another person
  • Instigating and/or retaliating in an altercation
  • Displaying disrespectful or threatening behavior
  • Yelling at, or otherwise being disrespectful towards a Coordinator.

If a player is ejected due to unsportsmanlike play, they must vacate the facility immediately, inclusive of the parking lot.