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GKCOA Code of ethics

  1. Officials shall bear a great responsibility for engendering public confidence in sports.

  2. Officials shall be free of obligation to any interest other than the impartial and fair judging of sports competitions.

  3. Officials shall hold and maintain the basic tenets of officiating, which include history, integrity, neutrality, respect, sensitivity, professionalism, discretion and tactfulness.

  4. Officials shall master both rules of the game and mechanics necessary to enforce the rules, and shall exercise authority in an impartial, firm and controlled manner.

  5. Officials shall uphold the honor and dignity of the profession in all interactions with student-athletes, coaches, school administrators, colleagues and the public.

  6. Officials shall display and execute superior communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal.

  7. Officials shall recognize that anything that may lead to a conflict of interest, either real or apparent, must be avoided. Gifts, favors, special treatment, privileges, employment or a personal relationship with a school or team that can compromise the perceived impartiality of officiating must be avoided.

  8. Officials shall prepare themselves both physically and mentally; shall dress neatly and appropriately to, during and from a contest; and shall comport themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the profession.

  9. Officials shall not be party to actions designed to unfairly limit or restrain access to officiating, officiating assignments or to association membership. That includes selection for positions of leadership based upon economic factors, race, creed, color, age, sex, physical handicap, country or national origin.

  10. Officials shall be punctual and professional in the fulfillment of all contractual obligations.

  11. Officials shall work with each other and their governing bodies in a constructive and cooperative manner.

  12. Officials shall resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one's position as an official to benefit oneself.

  13. Officials shall never participate in any form of illegal gambling on sports contests, may never gamble on any sporting event in which they have either a direct or indirect involvement, and may never gamble on events involving high school athletics.

  14. Officials shall not make false or misleading statements regarding their qualifications, rating, credentials, experience, training or competence.

  15. Officials shall accept responsibility for all actions taken.

  16. Officials responsibilities in regards to Social Media:
    The GKCOA appreciates and understands the importance of using social media to foster learning and innovation through responsible open exchange and dialogue. The GKCOA believes that its members using social media should observe and exhibit the same standards of conduct that are expected and required in any other form of communication, whether on or off the playing field. In o)other words, the GKCOA expects its members at all times to observe and respect the privacy, confidentiality, reputation and personal dignity of other officials, the GKCOA, the players, the schools and other customers and/or clients of the GKCOA.
    The GKCOA reserves the right to monitor social networking activities that affect or address these matters, including an official's performance, the performance of others, or other GKCOA interests. GKCOA members are personally responsible for the content they publish on any social media outlet. An official's comments could be considered a reflection of GKCOA to anyone reading his/her posting. Officials must not say or suggest that the views and opinions they express are supported or endorsed by GKCOA.

Any GKCOA member who violates GKCOA Code of Ethics, GKCOA By-Laws, MSHSAA Code of Ethics, MSHSAA By-Laws, Federal or State laws or regulations using a social network site; may face  disciplinary action.

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