Racing - Code Of Conduct

Code Of Conduct

 

 

1. Introduction

 

Commitment

 

ABC – Awesome Breed Creations and its Racing Authority are committed to promoting the positive image of racing by their professional and proper conduct, while expecting the same from the members of the community that are participating in our racing program.

With this aim in mind, ABC has formulated this Code of Conduct (“the Code”) for Licensed ABC Race Horse Owners & Jockeys.

 

1.2. Purpose

 

The Code seeks to promote and strengthen the good reputation of ABC racing in Second Life and establish appropriate standards of behavior for all Racing Horse Owners & Jockeys. The primary focus of the Code is to educate Race Horse Owners & Licensed Jockeys on the importance of maintaining appropriate standards and to provide further education, counseling and other assistance to Race Horse Owners & Jockeys whose conduct does not conform to the appropriate standards.

 

1.3. Aims and objectives of the Code

 

  a. Licensed Race Horse Owners & Jockeys should be professional in all matters connected to the racing industry in Second Life.

  b. To observe and abide by the Rules of Racing.

  c. To promote the ABC Racing Program and avoid conduct that could bring it into disrepute.

  d. To respect and co-operate with ABC Racing Authority Officials.

  e. Observe the principle of ‘fair play’ when riding.

  f. Endeavour to act in the best interests of the ABC Racing Program, Race Horse Owners, and Jockeys.

  g. Ride every race on its own merits, keeping in mind the principles of initiative, judgment, and the principle of finishing with as high a placing as possible.

  h. Endeavour to observe the riding instructions given by ABC – RA Officials.

  i. Use their best endeavor to attend presentations wearing colors of the winning horse(s).

  j. To encourage and if asked mentor other Licensed Jockeys.

  k. To treat any sanctioned ABC Track as a workplace.

  l. To maintain, protect and promote the brand and reputation of the ABC Racing Program.

 

1.4. Definitions

 

Licensed ABC – Race Horse Owner & Jockey means a person licensed by the ABC Racing Authority to register or ride in sanctioned ABC Racing Events.

ABC Racing Authority is the department that has the control and general supervision of racing within the ABC Community.

 

2. Race Horse Owner & Jockey Responsibilities

 

2.1. Behavior

 

Licensed ABC Race Horse Owners & Jockeys aspire to the highest standards of sportsmanship and professional conduct.

 

  a. ABC Race Horse Owners & Jockeys must conduct themselves in a manner so as not to bring racing or Jockeys images into disrepute. This clause applies to a Licensed ABC Race Horse Owner or Jockey’s behavior which Occurs during the course of any race, training session, ABC function, including any interactions occurring on any ABC related sims.

  b. Involves public comment or comments made within any ABC owned chat groups.

  c. Directly impacts upon the reputation of the ABC Racing Program, Race Horse Owners, or jockeys in general.

 

2.2. Property

 

Licensed Race Horse Owners & Jockeys must show due regard for the property and facilities of racing events, and staff of those properties, facilities.

 

2.3. The Rules of Racing

 

It is noted that other obligations are imposed upon Licensed Race Horse Owners & Jockeys under the Rules of Racing.

 

2.4. Discipline

 

  a. When a Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey’s conduct breaches a provision of this Code the disciplinary action to be taken shall be determined by the ABC – RA Commissioner.

  b. In determining the disciplinary action to be taken under the Code, the ABC – RA Commissioner shall take into account the following matters:

  c. the seriousness of the breach;

  d. Whether the offense has been repeated by the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey;

  e. Public conduct by a Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey that brings the ABC Racing into disrepute;

  f. The Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey’s role in the events that led to the breach and any mitigating circumstances (if any)

  g. Whether the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey has received any other form of sanction for the conduct.

 

2.5. Dispute Resolution Procedure

 

  a. Before seeking formal review as provided in sub-clause (b) below, the ABC – RA Commissioner must undertake to fully investigate, consider and, if so requested by the relevant Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey, review its decision to impose a disciplinary measure on a Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey for breach of this Code.

  b. If such informal review fails to satisfactorily resolve the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey’s dispute, the relevant Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey may formally appeal by filing a ticket within the ABC Support Ticket System (within 72 hours from the date of the ABC – RA Commissioner’s decision to impose a disciplinary measure) to a Dispute Resolution Panel.

  c. The Dispute Resolution Panel shall consist of the ABC – RA Commissioner, an Owner of ABC – Awesome Breed Creations, and a Race Horse Owner or an ABC Licensed Jockey.

  d. The Dispute Resolution Panel must conduct a fresh investigation of the alleged breach by the relevant Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey and form its own view about the appropriate disciplinary measure, if any, to be taken. Its decision must be made within 72 hours from the date when the relevant Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey first instituted his appeal and must be communicated in writing to the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey.

  e. The decision of the Dispute Resolution Panel shall be final and binding on the relevant Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey.

  f. The time limits set out in this clause may be extended by agreement between the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey and ABC – RA Commissioner.

  g. All findings will remain confidential, and will not be discussed in any public or group chats.

 

2.6. Confidentiality of Code Matters

 

The ABC Racing Authority and the Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey(s) must use their best endeavors to ensure that any matters arising out of or relating to alleged conduct of a Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey in breach of this Code (including but not limited to details of any sanction imposed) shall remain confidential and are not disclosed to any third party unless expressly agreed to by both the ABC Racing Authority and Licensed Race Horse Owner or Jockey concerned.

**Note: These guidelines are subject to change, but all changes will be communicated through the ABC website and a group notice. Please refer to this website for the most current version. We reserve the right to copy any communication involving ABC business transactions, either in email or in-world.
Page Updated: 7/31/14