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Bluegrass State Games Physical/Verbal Altercation Policy

This is condensed from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Govt. (LFUCG) Division of Parks and Recreation Physical/Verbal Altercation Policy. For further information or a full copy, call the Bluegrass State Games at 859-286-5152 or Parks and Recreation at 859-288-2900.

The Bluegrass State Games strives to promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and acceptable social behavior at all sporting activities and events. Therefore, any unsportsmanlike conduct, including but not limited to, fighting, verbal abuse, or racial and gender epithets involving fans, coaches, and players will not be tolerated.


Fighting is defined as a hostile encounter with another party(s), resulting in a physical struggle or contact.

Verbal Abuse

Verbal Abuse is defined as the intentional act of insulting another individual through oral measures with the aim of offending.

Harassing Fans/Spectators

Harassment is defined as, but not limited to, abusive language, tormenting of participants, and the baiting of individuals.

Use of Racial and/or Gender Epithets

Use of racial and/or gender epithets is defined as racial and/or gender epithets used in the reference to an individual’s race, color, gender, or sexual orientation.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Should any unsportsmanlike conduct occur, not specifically address in previous sections, the Bluegrass State Games, in its discretion, may institute penalties for such behavior consistent with this policy.

Procedures Following Incident

If a person engages in unsportsmanlike behavior within the Bluegrass State Games sporting activities and related events, BGSG officials and/or Sport Commissioners will have the individuals involved in the dispute escorted from the park or facility at which the event is occurring.

A notification letter stating the violation of the altercation policy will be sent to the individual involved in the unsportsmanlike behavior.

If the Bluegrass State Games deems a physical or verbal altercation as a flagrant and deliberate act of violence, the BGSG reserves the right to enforce a more severe punishment within this established disciplinary code.

Severe Weather Policy

The on-site medical personnel or supervisor will delay activity at the first sight or sound of lightning or thunder at the activity site. The site must be cleared immediately of all persons. If it is anticipated that the storm will pass, the activity may be resumed no sooner than fifteen (15) minutes after the last sight of lightning or the last sound of thunder. If the severe weather is of great length or intensity, the on-site supervisor has the authority to cancel the event. However, before any event is canceled, approval must be obtained from the Bluegrass State Games Headquarters. On-site supervisors are encouraged to learn the weather forecast prior to event time. Safety of the participants and spectators is the most important factor in any decision.


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