Code of Conduct
Don’t Be a Dick
If you aren’t sure what that means, here are a few examples:
Don’t be a Bigot: The Vancouver Southsiders are vehemently against racism, homophobia and any other form of intolerance. If you want to yell an insult or slur pertaining to someone’s background, sexual orientation, religion, gender or skin color, don’t. This includes players, coaches, refs, staff, other fans, or any other person.
Don’t be a Thug: as much as we stand against the various forms of discrimination, we absolutely do not want any violent conduct associated with the game of football, particularly the Vancouver Southsiders and Whitecaps FC. We are not hooligans or Ultras, and we will not tolerate that behaviour in or around our group. Do not under any circumstances throw items onto or towards the pitch or ANY person. Do not engage in violent or aggressive behaviour. Period.
Don’t be an Idiot: use your head. If your idea of a good time will put yourself or anyone else at risk, don’t do it. We are all at the stadium to enjoy ourselves and support our team, don’t put your enjoyment above anyone else’.
Do remember why we are here: To support our team through thick and thin, and make our home a fortress. Respect our team, its players, staff, other fans, and everyone else we encounter, no matter how much we dislike their colours. Urge our boys to victory and lift them in defeat! If you can’t follow these simple rules, be forewarned that the Vancouver Southsiders will assist and comply with any and all investigations and penalties assigned by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC or their agents, facility security and law enforcement. We will not help people escape punishment or avoid the consequences of their behaviour.
Anyone engaging in behavior that breaches this code of conduct may receive a warning or have a travel ban imposed upon them by the Southsiders (see below for more details).
In addition, the Southsiders will comply with and assist the Vancouver Whitecaps FC its Agents, Security and Law Enforcement in any matters arising from a breach of this code and any penalties they may assign.
The Southsiders reserve the right to refuse the sale of a travel ticket.
Abuse of Vancouver Southsiders Volunteers will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Please remember we are volunteers, we may not get things right all the time, but do our best on your behalf.
Violence is not tolerated under any circumstances. You are expected to respect the rights of your fellow travelers by avoiding all forms of intimidation, including sexual/physical harassment, or anything intended to cause a nuisance to others. Any incidents of abusive behavior towards others may result in you being requested to leave the group. It is your personal responsibility to arrive at the correct meeting time/place specified by the Events Committee.
The group leaders/bus captains reserves the right to determine the fitness of any individual to enter the stadium using a ticket sold to them by the Southsiders. You are expected to respect the places you visit, please don’t leave litter or cause any damage. Please report any accidents, injuries, illness, or significant incidents to the group leaders/bus captains immediately. You are expected to comply with any reasonable directives given by the group leaders/bus captains. At the away venue obey all the rules of the specific venue. Failure to do so may result in removal from the venue and/or future travel sanctions from the Vancouver Southsiders. You are individually responsible for complying with the spirit, not just the letter, of laws, regulations and group standards.
In addition to the above:
The bus manager reserves the right to determine the fitness of any individual to travel on a vehicle hired by the Southsiders for the purpose of transporting members/supporters . The bus manager reserves the right to determine the fitness of any individual to disembark the bus and enter the stadium using a ticket sold to them by the Southsiders.
Violence is not tolerated under any circumstances. You will not be allowed on the bus carrying a weapon or an item that may be used as a weapon.
You are requested to arrive back at the buses with a reasonable time of the conclusion of the match for prompt departure. Understand that it is your responsibility, not ours, to arrive back at the bus with ample time to board. You are expected to respect the bus you travel on by not leaving litter or causing any damage to the bus. No swapping or trading bus spots. You must return on the same bus you arrived on unless prior arrangements have been made.
The Vancouver Southsiders warning and ban system
Yellow Cards (Warning)
If a yellow card is given in the first 11 games of the season (1st 1/3) then it applies for the rest of that season and is wiped clean for following season. If a yellow card is given between the 11 and 23 games (2nd 1/3) of the season it applies for the rest of that season and half of the follow season, plus ALL Cascadia games (first 17 games + all Cascadia). If a yellow card is given in between games 24 and 34 (final 1/3) of the season it applies for the rest of that season and the whole of the next season (34 games)
Red Card (Ban)
If a red card is given at any time it applies for the rest of that season and the full next season