Players who have been disqualified from an event are subject to review, to determine if further penalties will be assigned. Disqualified players are responsible for filling out a Disqualification Form at the event, which provides them with the opportunity to tell their side of the story. Disqualification reports will also be collected from the Head Judge, and any opponents, spectators, or other tournament officials who were involved or witness to the incident. Authors of Disqualification reports may be contacted by KDE for further detail or clarification about the incident.
Disqualification reports will be reviewed by the KDE Penalty Committee, and players will be contacted with the committee’s findings. In some instances, no further action will be considered necessary. In others, the player may receive the additional penalty of being suspended from KDE’s Organized Play program.
Suspended players will be notified of their suspension and the date on which they may apply for reinstatement into the Organized Play program. A suspended player may not participate in or attend any Sanctioned KDE Organized Play event, until such a time as they have been reinstated as a player in good standing.
Suspended players will not be automatically reinstated into Organized Play. On or after the date they are eligible for reinstatement, they must contact the KDE Penalty Committee to request reinstatement. Suspended players who have requested reinstatement will then be notified by the KDE Penalty Committee whether or not they have been reinstated.
Even after the eligibility date has passed, players are still considered to be suspended until they have both applied for reinstatement and received a notification from KDE that they are once again a player in good standing
The infraction does not need to have occurred inside the venue as long as it impacts or connects toa Sanctioned event. KDE reserves the right to suspend players from KDE’s Organized Play program for misbehavior not connected to a specific event.
Players do not need to have been disqualified in order to warrant additional penalties from the KDE Penalty Committee.
If a player is charged with a criminal offense, whether or not that offense took place at a tournament, that player can be automatically entered into the suspended player list and may no longer participate in KDE Organized Play.
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