As per directive of the NJSIAA beginning with the 2013-14 seasons, the following text is to be read to each head coach with their captains, prior to the beginning of any NJSIAA sanctioned game, on any level:
THERE WILL BE NO TOLERANCE FOR NEGATIVE STATEMENTS OR ACTIONS BETWEEN OPPOSING PLAYERS AND COACHES. THIS INCLUDES TAUNTING, BAITING, BERATING OPPONENTS, “TRASH-TALKING” OR ACTIONS WHICH RIDICULE OR CAUSE EMBARRASSMENT TO THEM.
ANY VERBAL, WRITTEN OR PHYSICAL CONDUCT RELATED TO RACE, GENDER, ETHNICITY, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RELIGION SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED, COULD SUBJECT THE VIOLATOR TO EJECTION AND MAY RESULT IN PENALTIES BEING ASSESSED AGAINST YOUR TEAM.
IF SUCH COMMENTS ARE HEARD A PENALTY WILL BE ASSESSED IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED NOT TO ISSUE WARNINGS. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REMIND YOUR TEAM OF THIS POLICY.