Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct – BC Baseball

13.01 BC Baseball Code of Conduct – Manager, Coach, & Player

BC Baseball is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect. Furthermore, BC Baseball supports equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices. Members are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of BC Baseball. Members may be subject to sanctions according to BC Baseball Discipline Policy for engaging in any of the following behavior:

  1. not complying with the rules, regulations or policies of BC Baseball, as adopted and amended from time to time;
  2. deliberately disregarding the Rules of Baseball as amended from time to time;
  3. verbally or physically abusing an opponent, officials, umpires, spectators, or sponsors;
  4. showing disrespect to officials, including the use of foul language and obscene or offensive gestures;
  5. abusing playing equipment or playing area;
  6. failing to comply with the conditions of entry of an event including any rules with regard to eligibility or advertising;
  7. using tobacco products on-field at any BC baseball sanctioned competition;
  8. any other unreasonable conduct which brings the game into disrepute, including but not limited to, abusive use of alcohol, non-medical use of drugs, use of alcohol by minors.

The BCBA Code of Conduct shall govern all disciplinary matters to the extent that it conflicts with or augments the Code of Conduct of any Association.

Note: This code of conduct applies to all sanctioned baseball activities including but not limited to practices, players/coaches watching games as a spectator, and off-field conduct during team sanctioned road trips.

13.02 Examples of Minor Infractions
  1. a single incident of disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist comments or behavior directed towards others, including but not limited to peers, opponents, athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, spectators and sponsors;
  2. unsportsmanlike conduct such as angry outbursts or arguing;
  3. non-compliance with the rules and regulations under which BC Baseball events are conducted
13.03 Examples of Major Infractions
  1. repeated incidents or disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist, or sexist, comments or behavior directed towards others, including but not limited to peers, opponents, athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, spectators and sponsors.
  2. playing under an assumed name, falsifying an affidavit or roster, or giving false information to tournament officials;
  3. knowingly participating while ineligible;
  4. knowingly competing with or against players who have been disqualified;
  5. repeated unsportsmanlike conduct such as angry outbursts or arguing;
  6. activities or behavior which interfere with a competition or with any athlete’s preparation for a competition;
  7. pranks, jokes or other activities which endanger the safety of others;
  8. deliberate disregard for the rules and regulations under which BC Baseball events are conducted, whether at the local or provincial level;
  9. abusive use of alcohol where abuse means a level of consumption which impairs the individual ability to speak, walk or drive; causes the individual to behave in a disruptive manner; or interferes with the individual’s ability to perform effectively and safely;
  10. any use of alcohol by minors
  11. any use of illicit drugs and narcotics
  12. use of banned performance enhancing drugs or methods
  13. any physical contact with an umpire or other game official
  14. coaches or associations recruiting players who reside in another association’s territory. Recruiting is defined as any communication with a family regarding another program and/or the opportunity to play in another program.

Note: When an association does not field a team at the AAA level their players may be contacted about opportunities to play in another association at that level only. Players who reside in open territory may be recruited.

Note: When an association cuts players from their 15U (Bantam) AAA team these players may be contacted by other 15U (Bantam) AAA teams about opportunities to play in other associations at that level only. It is the responsibility of each coach to verify (through email) that the player has been cut from the other association’s 15U (Bantam) AAA team prior to any recruiting occurring. This verification could be in email form. Coaches are to cut players in writing so players/parents can forward this email as confirmation to other coaches they wish to speak to.

13.04 Tobacco Products

The use of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco/e-cigarettes, illegal substances and alcoholic beverages in any form, is prohibited on the playing field, benches, dugouts, or any area within the boundaries of the park by players, managers, coaches, umpires or any official. PENALTY: Automatic ejection from the game.

13.05 Behavior Expectations

Players, managers or coaches engaging or persisting in conduct or actions unfavorable to the spirit, principles and objectives of good sportsmanship shall receive one warning from the umpire. If the offense or offenses continue, offender or offenders will be removed from the game.

13.06 Power to Suspend – Discipline

The BCBA disciplinary committee shall have the power to suspend any coach, manager, parent, or other team official violating the provisions of Rule 13. This committee will conduct an investigation as they deem appropriate and will communicate their decision to the individual being suspended and the association president.

Any decision made by the disciplinary committee may be appealed through the appeal process outlined in Rule 16. A suspension will be held in abeyance until the appeal is heard (except indefinite suspensions for physical contact with umpires or the playing of illegal players).

13.07 Provincial Championship – Discipline

Ejections of a coach, manager, player, parent, or other team official during a Provincial Championship do not carry an automatic one game suspension at any level of play and are instead reviewed by the BCBA director in charge of the Championship who will determine if a suspension is warranted. The BCBA director has the authority to use this process during a provincial championship to conduct an investigation into any incident to witnessed or dealt with by the umpires.

The following disciplinary process will be used:

  1. The BCBA will receive a written ejection report from the umpire.
  2. The BCBA director (may also include umpire in chief) will meet in private with the ejected individual and one other team official.
  3. The ejected individual will have an opportunity to read the umpire’s report and provide his perspective to the BCBA director.
  4. The BCBA director will then determine whether further discipline is warranted and will advise the Head Coach of the decision in private.

Note: The BCBA director has the power issue a suspension for the duration of the Provincial Championship. Should a director feel a further suspension is warranted he/she will refer the matter to the BCBA disciplinary committee at the conclusion of the tournament.

Parent Code of Conduct – BC Baseball

13.08 Parent Code of Conduct

Parents and spectators attending BCBA sanctioned events are expected to role model appropriate behavior for the youth players competing on the field. When conflict situations occur, parents and spectators are expected to resolve the conflict appropriately. Players, coaches, and umpires have the right to participate in the game without being subjected to abuse or distractions from outside the playing field.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to: showing disrespect to umpires, opposing players, coaches, parents, and league administrators including: taunting, insulting language, angry outbursts, gestures, and physical aggression. The consumption of alcohol is not permitted at BCBA sanctioned games.

Coaches are expected to make their best efforts to ensure these expectations are met by their parents and supporters.

Any parent or spectator that fails to meet these expectations may be asked to leave the area surrounding the field by the umpires. The umpire may speak directly to the individual being asked to leave or may chose to have the appropriate coach communicate this decision to the parent. If a parent or spectator refuses to leave the area surrounding the field the umpire may suspend the game without making any judgment as to the final score, which will be determined by the BCBA.

Any BCBA director may request that a parent or spectator leave the area surrounding the field of play as per the requirements of Rule 14.

The BCBA may review any reports submitted in writing regarding unacceptable parent behavior and issue discipline as they feel warranted.

13.09 Travesty of the Game

This rule will apply to all BCBA sanctioned games, with particular emphasis in tournament situations. Travesty of the game is defined as an attempt to intentionally lengthen or shorten a game or manipulate the score of a game by any means that has players “not playing to win”. This would include batters or runners obviously attempting to make outs, pitchers obviously trying to miss the strike zone when pitching and fielders obviously trying to make errors. The penalties for making a travesty of the game will be: firstly a warning; second the ejection of the manager; and finally the ejection of players involved. This rule may be enforced by the umpires or a tournament director.

13.10 Artificial noise makers

That artificial noise makers, including but not limited to air horns, cow bells, thunder sticks, and bottles filled with rocks, are not permitted to be used by players, coaches, and spectators.

13.11 Non-Confrontational or Verbal Abuse between Coaches, Players and Umpires (All Divisions)

Coaches may call time and calmly approach an umpire to

  1. Request an interpretation of a rule and/or respectfully communicate to the umpire the rule that the coach believes applies to the situation.
  2. Request an explanation of a judgement call for the purpose of understanding what the umpire actually judged to have happened on a play in order to determine if the umpire applied the correct rule.
  3. Request that an umpire seek help from his partner on a play where an umpire typically may get help (such as a dropped ball, rule interpretation, pulled foot, etc.). The umpire is not required to get help and his decision to get help cannot be argued.
  4. Make a substitution
  5. Raise a safety concern

Coaches, Players and spectators may NOT:

  1. Argue any judgement call by an umpire
  2. Make any comments regarding balls and strikes
  3. Request an interpretation of a rule, an explanation of a judgement call, or request any umpire get help by yelling to the umpire form the coach’s box or dugout or on the way to speak to the umpire
  4. Argue any call by making comments to a third party
  5. Make any gesture that shows public disagreement with an umpire’s decision

Please see Appendix C for acceptable examples

13.12 Automatic Suspension

If a member of the coaching staff and/or player is ejected from a game (exception Provincial Championships), they may not participate in their next scheduled game.

If a member of the coaching staff and/or player is ejected from the first game of a “Double Header”, they may not participate in the second game.

Suspensions:

  1. Any player, coach, or spectator who is ejected from a game is automatically suspended for one additional game
  2. In the event of a second ejection during the season the individual will automatically be suspended for three additional games.
  3. In the event of a third ejection during the season the individual will automatically be suspended indefinitely pending the review of the discipline committee
13.13 Discipline Process and Procedures
  1. BCBA Discipline Chair will receive an ejection report and/or allegations of misconduct from the Umpire and/or Complainant.
  2. BCBA Discipline Chair will forward the ejection report and/or the allegations of misconduct to the appropriate Local Association President, if a further disciplinary action is required, outside Rule 13.12 – Automatic Suspension, then (c) to (e) shall apply.
  3. Local Association President will forward the ejection report and/or allegations of misconduct to the person indicated in ejection report and /or allegations of misconduct
  4. Person indicated in the ejection report and/or allegations of misconduct will respond directly to the BCBA Discipline Chair with his statement of defence. Additionally, he/she may provide written statements (which must be sent to the BCBA Discipline Chair directly via email) by witnesses. All written submissions MUST be submitted within the forty-eight (48) hours of notification to Local Association President.
  5. BCBA Discipline Chair will review all written statements submitted, follow up questions may be required (by all parties involved) and render a written decision within seventy two (72)hours of receiving all required written statements.Note:
    1. All discipline files will be handled by means of Written Submissions, unless (ii) or (iiii) is applied
    2. The BCBA Discipline Chair, when necessary determines that an Oral Hearing is required. If required, a neutral location will be determined by the BCBA Discipline Chair. All Oral Hearings will be heard by a minimum of three (3) BCBA Board of Directors and/or representatives appointed by the Discipline Chair. If granted BCBA will be responsible for all expenses related to the Oral Hearing
    3. The Local Association President may request in writing to BCBA Discipline Chair for an Oral Hearing, a decision will be rendered within forty eight (48) hours. All Oral Hearings will be heard by a minimum of three (3) BCBA Board of Directors and/or representatives appointed by the Discipline Chair. If granted, the Local Association will be responsible for all expenses related to the Oral Hearing (ie Mileage, Airfare, Bridge Tolls, Ferry, Meals, Meeting location)
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