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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 25

Meeting Date: November 13, 2001

Subject/Title: Consideration of Code of Conduct for use in City programs/facilities.

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Approved by: John E. Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION 
Direct staff as to how to proceed for development of a Code of Conduct for use in City programs/use of facilities.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
Staff was requested by Mayor McPoland to bring back information to City Council for consideration regarding a Code of Conduct that could be required for users of City of Brentwood facilities.

The Parks and Recreation Department currently uses a Code of Conduct that is in effect for all City run recreation programs (see attachment). This Code of Conduct describes the minimum and maximum penalties that can occur should any person connected with the program, conduct themselves in the manner as outlined in the document. This Code of Conduct, implemented in 2001, has helped to deal with persons through consequences of their actions when they choose to act up.

As a City of Brentwood run program, we hire officials, select coaches, recruit sponsors, develop playing rules, and meet with participants through sign ups. As a result, we have more of an ability to deal with and control our programs at City facilities than outside groups who may only use our facilities.

The Parks and Recreation Department is also a certified chapter of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association. As a result, all of our City run youth sport programs follow NYSCA guidelines, including mandatory training of all youth sport coaches. This includes the signing of the NYSCA Coaches’ Code of Ethics. Staff has included a copy of the Youth Sports Journal, which is the publication of the National Alliance For Youth Sports, of which NYSCA is a part.

Staff has also attached information on “Character Counts”, a non-partisan, nonsectarian coalition of schools, communities and nonprofit organizations that are working to advance character education by teaching the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Included is information on current member organizations, background on the organization, frequently asked questions, and highlights on their “Pursuing Victory With Honor” sportsmanship campaign.

It is staff’s understanding that one of the concerns that is driving this issue is the desire to make sure that organizations that use City facilities agree to follow a code of conduct. This issue has informally been discussed with administrators and Board members of the Liberty High School District and Brentwood Union School District, who have expressed their support in requiring users of their facilities to also follow a code of conduct. It is not the intent of either the City or School Districts to mediate disputes regarding behavior. However, it has been suggested that requiring users to follow an agreed upon code of conduct will allow the City and/or School District the ability to deny use of their facilities if they fail to comply

Staff looks forward to working with City Council toward development of a Code of Conduct and the roles of the City/School Districts in the process.

FISCAL IMPACT
None at this time.

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