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SINGAPORE TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION (THE “STTA”)
DISCIPLINARY REGULATIONS (THE “REGULATIONS”)

Updated on 01/02/16

The STTA recognises that the regulation of its internal disciplinary matters is necessary for the due administration and harmonious working of the STTA. Accordingly, the STTA has promulgated these Regulations under Articles 8 and 9 of the STTA’s Constitution to deal with matters pertaining to the discipline of its members.

1.                    Application and Interpretation

1.1  These Regulations shall apply to all members, players, and coaches of the STTA who agree to fully comply and be bound by its terms

1.2  Unless the context otherwise requires, terms and expressions used in these Regulations shall have the same meanings as those in the STTA’s constitution

1.3  In these Regulations:

1.3.1 “DSC” means the Disciplinary Sub-Committee that may be appointed by the STTA’s Management Committee from time to time to investigate and decide upon disciplinary matters.

1.3.2 “MC” means the STTA’s Management Committee at the relevant time

1.3.3 “Respondent” means a person who is subject to a disciplinary investigation under these Regulations

1.3.4  These Regulations shall come into operation on the 1st day of February 2016. All prior rules pertaining to disciplinary matters in force immediately prior to the coming into operation of these Regulations shall be repealed

2.                    First Disciplinary Meeting

2.1  The MC may resolve at any time to investigate the conduct of any person (the Respondent) who appears to be in breach of any rules of the STTA or the STTA’s Code of Conduct or appears to have acted contrary to the interests of the STTA. If the MC so resolves, the MC shall appoint a Disciplinary Sub-Committee (the “DSC”) to investigate the case against the Respondent.

2.2  The DSC shall comprise up to three (3) persons appointed from the STTA’s current MC

2.3  The DSC shall convene a first Disciplinary Meeting to decide whether there are prima facie grounds for the case against the Respondent.

3.                    Second Disciplinary Meeting

3.1  If, after the first Disciplinary Meeting, the DSC decides that there are prima facie grounds for the case against the Respondent, it shall convene a second Disciplinary Meeting

3.2  The Respondent shall be allowed to attend the second Disciplinary Meeting and answer the allegations that have been made against him or her

3.3  After the second Disciplinary Meeting, the DSC may, but is not obliged to, impose a penalty against the Respondent

3.4  If the Respondent fails or refuses to appear at the Second Disciplinary Meeting, the DSC may proceed to decide the matter and impose a penalty in the Respondent’s absence

4.                    Penalties

4.1  The penalties which may be imposed by the DSC on the Respondent may comprise the following or any combination thereof:

4.2  a verbal reprimand;

4.3  a written warning;

4.4  withholding or deducting any grants or discretionary amounts payable by the STTA to the Respondent;

4.5  for paid Athletes receiving a monthly remuneration from the STTA, a fine of up to a maximum S$1,000 or 25% of the Athlete’s monthly salary (whichever is lower);

4.6  suspension from participating in or attending all of the STTA’s, or specified STTA activity or category of activities, for a length of time to be determined by the DSC; or

4.7  expulsion from the STTA;

for the avoidance of doubt, the penalties prescribed in this regulation are not exhaustive and shall not preclude the imposition of any other specific penalties that may be prescribed and agreed to in any agreement between the STTA and the Respondent.

5.                    Disputes

5.1  All and any disputes about any matter arising out of or in connection with any disciplinary proceedings conducted pursuant to these Regulations , including any question regarding the jurisdiction or validity of disciplinary proceedings or reasonableness of penalties imposed shall be first referred to mediation in Singapore in accordance with the mediation procedure of the Singapore Mediation Centre for the time being in force. A party who receives a notice for mediation from the other party shall consent and participate in the mediation process or shall be deemed to be in breach of contract

5.2  In the event that the dispute remains unresolved after the participation of the parties in the mediation in Clause 5.1, the dispute shall be referred to and finally determined by arbitration at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”) in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC Rules“) for the time being in force, which rules are deemed to be incorporated by reference in this clause

The seat of the arbitration shall be Singapore. The Tribunal shall consist of one arbitrator.

The language of the arbitration shall be English

5.3  These Regulations and all disciplinary proceedings conducted pursuant to these Regulations (including but not limited to all decisions and penalties imposed thereunder) are governed by the laws of Singapore.

6.                    Amendment and Variation

6.1  The MC may from time to time in their sole and absolute discretion vary and amend these regulations as they see fit

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SINGAPORE TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION (THE “STTA”) CODE OF CONDUCT

Updated on 01/02/16

Athletes’ Code of Conduct

1. All STTA Athletes shall:

1.1 make a positive commitment and endeavour to achieve the aims and objectives as detailed in the STTA’s programmes.

1.2 abide by the announced rules, sports policies and procedures of STTA

1.3 exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. The athlete should not argue with coaches, umpires, referees, competitors and officials from Singapore or other countries

1.4 attend all organized events requested by STTA which include but are not limited to promotional campaigns, functions and seminars

1.5 conduct themselves at all times, in a manner that does not bring the sport, STTA key partners or themselves into disrepute

1.6  refrain from engaging in activities or events unbecoming of a STTA Athlete including but not limited to the following:

1.6.1  making derisory or derogatory comments about another athlete’s performance;

1.6.2  smoking and/or consuming alcohol when in training camps, major championships and international events; and

1.6.3  be involved in any form of altercation with any other athlete, spectator or other person, and shall not engage in abusive, abrasive or disorderly conduct

1.7 not engage in any activities or conduct contrary to the laws of Singapore or in any place where the training or competition is held and further, refrain from any activity or conduct that would cause Sport Singapore (“Sport SG”) and/or STTA negative publicity, embarrassment or disrepute.

1.8  endeavour to support and promote the sport, STTA and Sport SG and other key sponsors/support agencies wherever possible

1.9  submit himself/herself to all medical examination as may be necessary and give consent that his/her medical-confidential information may be used as the Sport SG or STTA deems fit.

1.10  comply with the Internal Olympic Committee (IOC) medical code and in particular, not be involved in the consumption of, the use of any banned substance or engage in any prohibited methods of doping or chemical or drug abuse.

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1.            Coaches’ Code of Conduct

Updated on 01/02/16

All STTA Coaches shall:

1.1  abide by the announced rules, sports policies and procedures of STTA

1.2  conduct themselves at all times, in a manner that does not bring the sport, STTA key partners or themselves into disrepute

1.3  make a positive commitment and endeavour to achieve the aims and objectives as detailed in the STTA High Performance programmes

1.4  be positive role models for all STTA Athletes

1.5  treat relationships with all other persons (including Athletes, other Coaches, members of STTA staff, or members of the public) with respect and honesty

1.6  endeavour at all times to be mindful of safety in the course of training, competition or any other STTA activity.

1.7  refrain from engaging in activities or events unbecoming of a STTA Coach, including but not limited to the following:

1.7. 1 making derisory or derogatory comments about an Athlete’s performance;

1.7.2  smoking and/or consuming alcohol when in training camps, major championships and international events; and

1.7.3  be involved in any form of altercation with any other athlete, spectator or other person, and shall not engage in abusive, abrasive or disorderly conduct

1.7.4  not engage in any activities or conduct contrary to the laws of Singapore or in any place where the training or competition is held and further, refrain from any activity or conduct that would put Sport Singapore (SG) and/or STTA in negative publicity, embarrassment or disrepute.

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR MATCH OFFICIALS

Updated on 20/3/2019

1. INTRODUCTION

Match Officials are representatives of the sport and their respective Associations. At international competition level, they are the guests of the host Association and must respect its traditions and social customs. The following guidelines, which are not exhaustive, are intended as an aide-memoire on the aspects of conduct to which special attention should be given.

2.  MATCH OFFICIALS SHOULD
  1. Fully comprehend relevant rules, duties and procedures for the competition which they will officiate.
  2. Be physically fit to perform the duties as an official. Normal or corrected vision and normal hearing are essential.
  3. Be in appropriate uniform and maintain presentable appearance and personal hygiene.
  4. Turn up early for assignments.
  5. Maintain impartiality. Avoid any forms of relationship with players or coaches, which may cast doubt on their impartiality.
  6. Refer all issues not related to their duties to the referee or other appropriate tournament officials.
  7. Avoid unaccompanied or unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance may exist), especially with people under the age of 18 years old.
  8. Ensure that their decisions and actions contribute to a safe and harassment free environment.
  9. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner at all time, respecting the authority and interests of the referee, the organisers, other tournament officials, players and the public.
3.  MATCH OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT
  1. Discuss tournament incidents or other issues in relation to their duties with players, spectators or media. Any such matters should be referred to the referee and the tournament committee.
  2. Accept any gifts or benefits from players, coaches and teams. Gifts/benefits provided by a host organisation to all officials can be accepted. However, STTA employees should also adhere to the prevailing STTA policies on receiving gifts/benefits from external party.
  3. Consume alcoholic beverages, take drugs or medications which will inhibit performance before any match they are about to officiate.
  4. Criticise other officials or otherwise bring the sport into disrepute, through any communication medium, including social media.
  5. Tolerate harmful or abusive behaviours, but report to the referees or organizer(s) where the issue is not resolved to the satisfaction of the parties involved.
4.  CONCLUSION
  1. Officials are required to maintain a high standard of professionalism and conduct at all times. Officials not observing the stated guidelines may be subject to formal disciplinary process.

 

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