Code Of Conduct & Expectations

Updated Sunday February 11, 2018 by Somerset Baseball League.

~ SBL CODE OF CONDUCT ~

Below is a guideline on player and parent conduct. Please review these guidelines and we ask that you adhere to this code of conduct. Thank you for your support and understanding in all of these matters.

(In part, these guidelines are based on or referenced the Ripken Baseball Course on Youth Baseball.)

Guidelines on Player Conduct

  • Players will play within the rules at all times.

  • Players will give their best effort on the field.

  • Players will give their teammates 100% support.

  • Players will not harass, nor verbally attack, others.

  • Players will not intentionally attempt to injure others.

  • Players will not use inappropriate or obscene language.

  • Players will never openly question a coach or umpire(s).

  • Players will not mingle with parents or supporters during games or practices.

  • Players will never respond to any negative comments from parents or supporters.

  • Players will arrive on time for all team related functions. Team Member – as a member of the team, you have a responsibility to the other team players to be at practices and games. If you are unable to attend any practices or games, please call, text, or email your coach at your earliest convenience (24 hrs notice preferred).

  • Players will wear the appropriate uniform, practice attire, and protective equipment whenever they are on the field.

  • Players should congratulate opponents on good plays, help opponents up if they are down or injured, and shake hands at the end of a game.

  • Players should approach the coach with any questions about playing time, positioning, or strategy before/after games or practices. These issues will not be discussed with teammates, especially during a game.

Guidelines on Parent Conduct

  • Parents should support all team members equally.

  • Parents will leave the coaching to the team’s coaches.

  • Parents will not use inappropriate or obscene language.

  • Parents will not verbally abuse umpires, coaches, players, or supporters.

  • Parents will not direct negative comments toward anyone on the field or in the crowd.

  • Parents should congratulate all players and coaches for nice plays and a good game.

  • Parents should try to maintain an even keel; don’t get too excited when the team is doing well, or too down when the team is not doing so well.

  • Parents will remain in the designated area for spectators and not go into the bench or dugout area unless instructed or requested by the coach.

  • Parents will not run on the field when an injury occurs unless a coach or medical professional requests their assistance.

  • Parents will not openly question coaching decisions about playing time or strategies. Respect Coaches' Decisions – there is a time and place to talk to the manager or coaches; the best time is before or after a game/practice, in private. Coaches make best efforts to give your children their full attention during games and practices.

    • During games and practices, this is the time for parents to sit back and support your child by watching them play baseball while enjoying their experiences.

  • If you can provide a service to the league and the children involved with the league, then please fill out a volunteer application.

Consequences for Player/Parent/Coach Unsportsmanlike Behavior

  • Ejected Player – Any player who throws a bat, helmet, glove, or any other object, will be ejected from the game. ALL COACHES ARE TO MAKE THEIR PLAYERS AWARE OF THIS RULE. A player ejected from a game more than once during a season will be suspended from further competition, as decided by the division director and/or the SBL president.

  • Suspended Player/Coach – Any player/coach displaying unsportsmanlike behavior will be ejected from the game. ALL COACHES ARE TO MAKE THEIR PLAYERS AWARE OF THIS RULE. The player or coach ejected from the game will also be suspended for their team's next played game, and will not be allowed anywhere near the field.

  • Parent Code Of Conduct – Any parent displaying unsportsmanlike behavior during the game will be removed from the field area. If the unsportsmanlike behavior continues, their child will be removed from the game and asked to leave the complex. If the situation continues or escalates further, local law enforcement may be called in.

  • The SBL Division Directors and its Board Of Directors thanks you in advance for your cooperation and adherence with all of the above guidelines. Thank you, now let’s have FUN & PLAY BALL! :-)

Note: The above codes of conduct supersede any corresponding Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth League, Inc. Baseball Rules & Official Playing Rules. Please reference the Cal Ripken and/or Babe Ruth League, Inc. Baseball Rules and Regulations & Official Playing Rules for any code of conduct not covered or modified in these guidelines.

 

~ SBL EXPECTATIONS ~

  • Goals for the baseball season:

    • Coaches should teach the children all the fundamentals of baseball through interactive instruction. The instruction will be geared to the skills needed to play the game at a high level. The instruction will also be based on the 'games approach' (i.e., introduce tactical game situations during practice).

    • Develop the skills of all players through traditional baseball drills including throwing, fielding, hitting, and base running. In order to accomplish this goal, the children must attend team practices and league skills clinics.

    • Teach the children to work well with others, be respectful to their coaches/umpires/opponents, be good teammates, build friendships, develop mental toughness, and most importantly.....have fun and enjoy playing the game of baseball!

  • Team Member – as a member of the team, players have a responsibility to the other team players to be at practices and games. If a player is unable to attend a practice or game, they should call, text, or email their coach at their earliest convenience (24 hrs notice preferred).

  • Open Door Policy – there should be an open line of communication between the coaches, parents, and players. If there are any concerns, suggestions, or questions parents should contact the team's manager. We will try to address all issues/items.

  • Respect Coaches' Decisions – there is a time and place to speak to the manager; the best time is before or after a game/practice. Coaches should make best efforts to give the children their full attention during games and practices.

    • During games and practices is the time for parents to sit back and support their child by watching them play baseball while enjoying their experiences. If parents can provide a service to the league and the children involved, then please fill out a volunteer application.

  • Practices:

    • All practices will be 1½ to 2 hours long. Extra time after practice can be offered by coaches, but players are not required to stay and participate.

    • All practices must be safe with children staying on task and being engaged in the activity. Pay attention to surroundings on and off the field.

    • Practice plans should be efficient, keeping all players engaged; small group work, stations, game situations, etc.

  • Games:

    • All players must come prepared with all their equipment and in proper uniform. Also, players should bring water or a sports drink with them.

    • All players must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to game time for pregame warm-ups. Players must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to practice time.

    • Coaches will attempt to get fair playing time for all players. This may be accomplished either within a given game, or could be spread out over a couple games.

  • Playing Time:

    • All teams must use a continuous batting order. A player 'should' not sit on the bench more than twice per game.

    • During playoffs, each player must play at least two full innings in the field, and all teams will continue to adhere to the continuous batting order rule.

    • Lineups are official when given to the opponent. Any absent player in the lineup, or who leaves the game (except for injury) will be considered an out. A player that leaves the game due to injury will not be considered an out. A player can be added to the bottom of the lineup when arriving late only during regular season play, but NOT during playoffs. Late arrivals to playoff games are not allowed to play in that game.

  • Mercy Rule Sportsmanship:

    • It is expected that once a team is up by ten or more runs they will stop stealing bases and avoid running up the score on their opponent.

    • It is also expected that runners will not advance to home plate on a wild pitch and/or passed ball.

    • Advancing base to base on wild pitches and/or passed balls is acceptable, but not encouraged, until reaching third base.

  • Sportsmanship:

    • We expect all coaches, players, and parents to be respectful of the umpires. They're all human and no one is perfect. They're doing the best job they can and may not get every call correct.

    • Win or lose, we expect all coaches, players, and parents to be respectful of the opposing team. Show sportsmanship through shaking hands after the game and praising all players for a good game.

    • Please remember that all coaches are volunteers and are doing the best they can for the children of our league. The players are all children and we are trying to help develop them into young men.

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