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:
The B.C.B.A. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The B.C.B.A. 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).
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 B.C.B.A. director in charge of the Championship who will determine if a suspension is warranted. The B.C.B.A. 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:
Note: The B.C.B.A. 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 B.C.B.A. disciplinary committee at the conclusion of the tournament.
Parents and spectators attending B.C.B.A. 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 B.C.B.A. 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 B.C.B.A.
Any B.C.B.A. director may request that a parent or spectator leave the area surrounding the field of play as per the requirements of Rule 14.
The B.C.B.A. may review any reports submitted in writing regarding unacceptable parent behavior and issue discipline as they feel warranted.
This rule will apply to all B.C.B.A. 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, the ejection of the manager and Rule 13.12 (a) shall apply. This rule may be enforced by the umpires or a tournament director. Secondly, if a travesty continues; default of the game and if continued during a tournament, disqualification of the team from the remainder of the tournament. Written reports by umpires will be forwarded to the B.C.B.A. Discipline Chair as soon as practically possible. Additional sanctions may be levied by the B.C.B.A. Discipline Chair at any time, and may extend to the players involved.
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.
Contravention will result in the person being ejected from the game.
Before, during or after a game coaches or players may not approach an umpire for any
reason except that they may:
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.