SAN DIEGO — Athletes who plan to run, jump or swim for their high schools this spring will find for the first time that they must sign a Code of Ethics before they are eligible to do so.
Tuesday at the County Office of Education, the Board of Managers voted unanimously to accept an "Ethics In Sports," policy that standardizes penalties for violence on the playing field. It includes a policy statement, a code of ethics for players, coaches and officials, and lists several violations and their subsequent penalties.
Approval of the plan by the Board of Managers marks the end of a year-long study throughout the San Diego Section by coaches, athletic directors, administrators, leagues and several committees. Inquiries into such a policy began with Commissioner Kendall Webb's concerns over instances of violence during the 1988-89 soccer season, and a bench clearing brawl during the 3-A baseball championship between Mt. Carmel and Helix on June 1.
"There was increased concern with the conduct on the field, with negative behavior, abusive language, violence, fights and rough play," Webb said at the time. "It came to the point that we said we should be doing something."