Code of Conduct

The following Code of Conduct applies to members of Christian Communicators of the South East (CCofSE), and those attending CCofSE events. All those associated with CCofSE are expected to help ensure that the Code is honored. Parents will be the first line of enforcement of this Code of Conduct as it relates to their children.

The Standard

Because biblical principles are the standard for our conduct, we will seek, to the best of our ability, to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • We will treat others with respect before, during, and after rounds, regardless of the outcome.
  • We will use Christ-honoring language that edifies others.
  • We will not engage in cheating, plagiarism, or deception.
  • We will dress in a way that is modest and does not call attention to ourselves.
  • We will gratefully consider the investment of time that volunteer judges make at tournaments, and graciously accept their decisions.
  • We will treat facilities used during CCofSE events with respect and care. We will report any damage to facilities, regardless of the magnitude of the damage, to CCofSE leadership.
  • We agree to sumit to the authority of the CCofSE leadership during CCofSE events and with respect to CCofSE related issues.
  • We will handle any offense that might occur according to the principles set forth in Matthew 18:15-17 (start privately, then, if necessary, involve one or two witnesses, and finally, if it becomes necessary, the tournament director or CCofSE leadership).

Resolving Conflict

Should an issue come up at a CCofSE event that needs to be resolved, we will follow the biblical guidelines found in Matthew 18.

  1. Keep the matter confidential by going to the individual first.  Most differences can be resolved this way.
  2. Keep the circle small.If the issue is not resolved, prayerfully take it to a coach who may or may not choose to take it to the tournament director.
  3. Be humble and forgiving. Choose not to take offense whenever possible.
  4. At a tournament, the tournament director will be the final authority to determine any action that needs to be taken.

Dress Code

In order to show respect for the activity, opponents, and judges, a dress code will be in effect for all CCofSe tournaments. The League’s objective in establishing a tournament dress code for participants is to keep the focus of attention on the speech, and off the individual speaker. The emphasis is on modesty, professionalism, and the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law

For ladies: this means a jacket paired with modestly-cut and modestly-fitted pants, skirt, or dress with the hem line falling below the knee and conservative dress shoes.  Shirts are not to be form-fitted, and midriffs must be covered. For Individual Events, jackets are optional. Professional grooming for ladies includes business-appropriate hairstyle, jewelry, and makeup.

For men: this means professional business dress, specifically a suit or blazer and dress slacks, shirt, tie, and dark dress shoes. (Suit jacket is optional for Jr and JV boys in Individual Events.) Professional grooming for men includes being clean shaven or having neatly groomed facial hair.


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