Bylaws and Ethics

Bylaws and Ethics: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Professional Conduct Guidelines Set the Standard for Behavior

SFMA’s Bylaws establish an agreement between the association and its members. They detail how SFMA is structured and manages its operations to serve members. Bylaws are legally enforceable.

Adherence to SFMA’s Code of Ethics by each member is also essential to the operation of the association. The Code describes individual responsibility, character and the level of professionalism expected of members as they work in the industry. The Code is also legally enforceable and membership sanctions can be implemented if violated. By submitting a membership application, a new member automatically agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics.
Professional Conduct Guidelines encourage the highest standards of conduct among the membership of SFMA. These guidelines are a companion to the SFMA Code of Ethics. While professional conduct guidelines may not be enforced with membership sanctions, noncompliance with these guidelines should be self-policed by fellow SFMA members, officials and affiliated chapters. In assessing one’s actions, all sports field managers should ask the question, “Would my actions meet with the approval of other sports field managers?”