Code of Conduct

Posted by John Sutherland on Mar 12 2006 at 04:00PM PST

I. Charter
   The Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Baseball/Softball Association is a non-profit and all volunteer organization, which operates and supervises a Baseball/Softball program. Our chartered purpose is to “implant firmly in the children and the community, the ideals of teamwork, fair play, good sportsmanship, friendly competition, honesty, loyalty, courage, and the respect for authority.” 1. In accordance with this charter, the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Baseball/Softball Association has established for all of its members and officials, the following Code of Conduct.

II. Players
A.        Baseball/Softball is by nature a team sport. Team objectives can, therefore, often preempt individual accomplishments and players should accept and embrace the concept of teamwork. With this in mind, players should be respectful to their coaches, their teammates, the Umpire, and members of the opposing team. They should encourage and be supportive of their teammates whenever possible.
1.        Players are never permitted to dispute or criticize calls made by the Umpire.
2.        Players are not permitted to make disparaging remarks to members of the opposing team.
3.        Once the game is underway, players must remain on the bench unless they are required to be on the field.

B.        Participation in TNTBSA Programs implies a personal commitment to the team and its coaches. Players are responsible for attending all scheduled practices and games, arriving on a timely basis, and giving their attention and best efforts.
1.        It is always the responsibility of the player to notify the coach if he/she cannot attend or will be late.
2.        All players on both teams are responsible for policing the field area after every game.
3.        Players should be attentive and should refrain from talking when the coach is talking or giving instruction.
4.        Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and can lead to suspension from a game or league. This includes:
·        The use of foul language, whether or not directed at any particular individual.
·        Intentionally attempting to harm another player, coach, or Umpire
·        The careless handling of equipment without regard to the personal safety of others.

      III. Managers and Coaches
A.        The TNTBSA has established this code as a framework to select and evaluate its coaches.
B.        Coaches must be something more than coaches. Being generous with their time and having the knowledge of the game are essential, but are not the only badges of a good coach. They must also be sources of inspiration.
1.        Coaches must help their youngsters to understand that winning is secondary to giving their best effort.
2.        Coaches have a responsibility to work with each team member to enhance their skills to make them confident with their abilities.
3.        Each player should be made to feel like a contributor.
C.        Coaches must be leaders and recognize that they hold positions of trust and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative aspect of youngster development. It is also essential that they be open and understanding and has patience as well as the capacity and willingness to work with youngsters.
1.        Each team member should understand his/her role as a key part of the team, and be encouraged to express him or herself in an appropriate and constructive manner.
2.        Before this season begins, coaches are obligated to hold a team meeting for all the team members and their parents in order to review the game and practice schedule, team rules, the TNTBSA organizational structure, and to distribute copies of the local rules and TNTBSA code of conduct.
3.        Coaches are also encouraged to discuss their coaching style and methods, to explain to the players and parents what is expected of them with regard to team situation, and to encourage open and timely communication. Strong parental support can help create a very positive team experience.
D.        Coaches should command respect, always be cognizant of setting a good example and above all else, they must realize that they are helping to shape the physical, mental, and emotional development of young people.
1.        The use of foul or derogatory language will not be tolerated.
2.        Coaches are not permitted to argue about or criticize the Umpires calls, and should at all times be respectful of the Umpire and coaches of the opposing team. For the benefits of everyone involved, this will be strictly enforced.
3.        Berating or shouting at team members, the Umpire, or members of the opposing team is unacceptable for any reason and will not be tolerated by the TNTBSA.
4.        Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and can result in suspension from a game or permanent banishment from the league. NOTE: If a coach is removed from a game by the Umpire he/she is required to leave the premises immediately and without further incident. The responsibility for the team reverts to the other coach.
E.        Player safety is a primary responsibility of the coach. All necessary precautions should be taken to ensure that:
1.        The field is always free of removable obstacles.
2.        Players always wear protective gear.
3.        Protective gear is always in serviceable condition
4.        Pitchers are protected from physical problems by overuse.
F.        Once the game is underway, coaches will be held accountable for the conduct of the players and parents. In this regard, interference or abusive behavior by the parents can result in the forfeit of the game.
G.        When present, only the manager can address the Umpire. Coaches are not allowed to represent the team in this capacity unless the manager cannot be present.
H.         Under no circumstances, will the use of tobacco or alcoholic beverages be permitted during practice or games.

IV. Parents
A.        Displaying good sportsmanship and discretion during the game. A parent should never openly criticize a coach or interfere with a coach during the game. A parent who has an issue with a coach with respect to his/her treatment of their child should discuss their concerns directly to the coach at an appropriate time and, if such concerns persist, bring them to the attention of the Division Coach or TNTBSA Officers.
B.        A parent is never permitted to harass or openly criticize an Umpire, coach or player during the game. Abuses can result in the forfeit loss of the game.
C.        A parent may never become involved in discussions between coaches and/or Umpires. Abuses can result in the forfeit loss of the game.
D.        Unless their child has been injured, a parent is never allowed on the field or in the bench area during the game. This also precludes parents from bringing food or refreshments to a child during a game which has not been authorized by the coach beforehand.


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