FlagPlus Football has a Disciplinary Committee that is responsible for handling reports from officials and determining any resulting disciplinary sanctions thereafter. The committee is voluntary and is made up of a mix of FPF Officials, staff members and players. The objective of the committee is to handle each report fairly and objectively, and with the best interest of maintaining the safe and sportsmanlike culture of the league.
The Current FPF Disciplinary Committee members are:
Steven Hodhod (Official) - CHAIRMAN
Justin Blanchard (Staff/Player)
Rehan Sarwar (Staff/Player)
The Chairman is named by league President, Rob Campana; the other members are selected by the Chairman, himself.
All decisions made by the FPF Disciplinary Committee are final and cannot be appealed.
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Steps once an Incident Report is received by the Disciplinary Committee:
1) The Chairman will email the captain(s) of the player(s) in question to notify them that a report has been received.
2) If the altercation is between two separate players/teams, both captains will have 24 hours to submit ONE detailed account and description of the situation from their perspective.
**If the altercation involves only one player/team and an official or league administrator, the captains will not be asked for an account and description..
3) The Disciplinary Committee Chairman presents the report(s) from the officials and/or league employee(s), as well as the captains’ descriptions (if applicable) to the remaining members of the committee. Taking the first-hand information into account, and factoring-in both past precedents and current guidelines, they come to a final resolution regarding whether or not a suspension will be issued, and if so, the duration.
4) Decisions are usually rendered 72 hours before the team’s next game (whenever possible).
FlagPlus Football issues its suspensions in playable weeks, and not games. Due to the fact that our league allows players to play on multiple teams at once, a player cannot shorten the duration of his/hertheir suspension by spreading out his/her total across multiple teams. As a result, weeks are used instead of games. The number of teams the player is on ultimately affects the overall total of missed games from the suspension.
Our philosophy is that a suspended player should not be penalized in one division, yet simultaneously be allowed to play freely in another, simultaneously. This is also why the OC/UR count for each player is his/her combined total across all divisions.
As a result, if a player is suspended for X number of weeks, he/ or she must sit out that same X number of games for each team he/she plays for over the course of the current season. A player cannot benefit from a week where a specific team is not scheduled to play. Additionally, a player cannot be punished for a week in which his/her team plays twice (only likely to occur in the playoffs or due to a re-scheduled game). Also, a player cannot play/sub for an additional FPF team until his/her suspension is fully completed (across all teams, if applicable).
Should a suspension span over a week where his/her team does not play, either due to a league-wide bye week, a postponement, or an earned playoff bye -week, the suspension for that specific team, will continue on once the team’s schedule resumes. If a forfeit occurs (lack of players, cap violation) during the time of the suspension, the game will count towards the total. The only exception is if the suspended player himself/herself illegally participates in a game, in which case, the player’s team will forfeit, and the game will not count towards the total.. (Tthe player is also likely to receive an additional suspension for attempting to play while suspended.).
Should the duration of the suspension exceed the remaining weeks in the current season and/or playoffs (if applicable), the suspension will carry over into the next season in which the player is registered on a pre-season roster. If the player was playing on multiple teams in the season he/she was suspended, and due a discrepancy with how far the different teams progressed into the playoffs, the player may have fully served the suspension on one team but not the other (or other two). In this case, because the full number of weeks was served on at least one of his/her teams, FPF will not require the player to miss any additional time in the subsequent season and the suspension will be considered fully served. If, however, the full term of the suspension (in playable weeks) was not fully served on any of the player’s teams from the previous season, he/she will be required to sit out the MINIMUM number of weeks remaining:
Player AB is suspended for three playable weeks after his/her last regular season game. Player AB plays on three teams.
Team 1 advances to the second round of the playoffs; AB is suspended for the first two rounds and still has one playable week remaining on his suspension.
Team 2 loses in the first round of the playoffs. AB is suspended for that game,; and still has two playable weeks remaining on his suspension.
Team 3 does not qualify for the playoffs. AB does not miss any games, and still has three playable weeks remaining on his suspension.
In this situation, FPF will use the lesser of the carried over remaining weeks and suspend AB for that number of weeks to start the next season, regardless of how many teams he/she is registered to play with. In this example, AB would be suspended for the first week of his/her next season.
Suspensions cannot be postponed or served at a later date, at the player’s request; instead, the player must serve the suspension immediately after it is handed out. In an exceptional situation where a player commits a major offense and is then scheduled to play with another team before the end of the same week, FPF holds the right to oblige that player to sit out that game and begin his/her suspension immediately, before a final number of weeks are decided upon. Any missed game(s) in the same week as the violation, will then be deducted from the tail end of his/her suspension. This is not to be decided by the player, but by the FPF Disciplinary Committee only. [Tthis is not applicable for OC/UR accumulation suspensions; FPF has the right to intervene in the case of an impending, lengthy suspension due to a major violation of our code of conduct]
Listed below is a list of the suspensions handed out during this current season: