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(a) The chief referee or umpire shall have full control over the personal conduct of participants and/or spectators at any and all events sponsored or supervised by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Such control shall include the discretionary right to eject participants from the sporting event itself and, thereafter, the additional right, after a single verbal warning, for just cause, to have both the participant or spectator removed from the premises upon which a particular sporting event is taking place. Additionally, any participant or spectator whose conduct is such that he or she is caused to be removed from the premises for just cause for a second occasion within any continuous twelve-month period, shall be subject to remedial action taken by the Parks and Recreation Board, whereby such participant or spectator shall be barred and disallowed from appearing on any premises where a sporting event, sponsored or supervised by the Department of Parks and Recreation, is held, for a continuous period not to exceed one year. After such second ejectment, the Parks and Recreation Board shall convene a hearing and shall give at least ten days prior written notice to the purported offender, allowing him or her to appear at said hearing to show circumstances of mitigation, avoidance or explanation as to why remedial action should not be taken by the Board, and the Board shall consider the same. If a majority of the members of the Board hearing said matter finds that just cause exists for the second removal from the premises, the Board may then issue a finding, disallowing said offender from participation in or from being a spectator at any sporting event sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation, for a period not to exceed one year. Members of the Vermilion Police Division shall be empowered to assist the referee or umpire of the Parks and Recreation Board in enforcing the provisions of this section.
(b) Removal for just cause shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, words, gestures or conduct of the following nature:
(1) Engaging in fighting, in threatening harm to persons or property or in violent or turbulent behavior;
(2) Making unreasonable noise or an offensively coarse utterance, gesture or display, or communicating unwarranted and grossly abusive language to any person;
(3) Insulting, taunting or challenging another, under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to provoke a violent response;
(4) Hindering or preventing the orderly course of the sporting event so as to interfere with the rights of others or the normal peaceful progress of such event by any act which serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender or by acts or words that are intended to grossly humiliate or demean another person;
(5) Creating a condition which is physically offensive to persons or which presents a risk of physical harm to persons or property by any act which serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender;
(6) Engaging in any acts or using any words which are likely to be offensive or to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to persons of ordinary sensibilities;
(7) Appearing upon the premises of a sporting event while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; and
(8) Engaging in conduct or creating a condition whereby the offender presents a risk of physical harm or verbal abuse to himself or another.
(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in Section 698.02. Such penalty shall be in addition to the ejectment remedies provided for herein.
(Ord. 91-84. Passed 12-16-91.)