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Braves Baseball Code of Conduct & Zero Tolerance Policy:

Braves Baseball Zero Tolerance Policies for Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

 

Braves Players:
 
All Braves players will be issued a 1 game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct
(zero tolerance) whenever a player:
 
1: Openly disputes or argues any decision by an umpire.
 
2: Uses obscene or vulgar language at any time, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
 
3: Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an umpires decision.
 
Any time that a Braves player persists in any of these actions, they will be benched immediately for a minimum of 2 innings. A 1 game suspension will be assessed if the player continues such action.

Braves Coaches:


Braves Coaches will adhere to and enforce disciplinary action on all Braves players for unsportsmanlike conduct (zero tolerance) will be accepted - Coaches will also adhere to:

1: Braves Coaches will address the umpire(s) in a respectful manner and accept all judgement calls as final. 

Any time that a coach persists in any of these actions, he shall meet with Braves President of Operations for disciplinary action.

Umpires:
Umpires are required to conduct themselves in a businesslike, sportsmanlike, impartial and constructive manner at all times. The actions of an umpire must be above reproach. Actions such as “baiting” or inciting players or coaches are strictly prohibited. Umpires are ambassadors of the game and must always conduct themselves with this responsibility in mind.

Braves Parents/Spectators:

Baseball games will be stopped by game umpire's when parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game.

The game umpires will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectator’s viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:

  1. Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
  2. Taunting of players, coaches, umpires or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
  3. Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players dugout, baseball playing field, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.


West Suburban Baseball League of Illinois Conduct & Zero Tolerance Policy (WSBL)

In an effort to keep Full-Time Travel Baseball more desirable and rewarding experience for all players, WSBL has implemented a Code of Conduct to adhere to certain points of emphasis relating to sportsmanship. This campaign is designed to require all players, coaches, umpires, team administrators, and parents/spectators to maintain a sportsmanlike and educational atmosphere before, during and after all baseball games.

 

WSBL Conduct:

A. Any manager, coach, player, or family member ejected from a game for disciplinary reasons must be reported by both managers to the Age Group Director within 24 hours.

B. Ejections: For any manager, coach, player or family member ejected from a game, the following penalties will be assessed: 1st Ejection: Discipline will include a warning AND suspension from, at the minimum, the following game. 2nd Ejection: Decision will be made by the WSBL Executive Board.

C. Only the team manager may discuss a call with an umpire and only if the discussion is a question regarding a rule. Judgment calls are final.

D. The team manager will be responsible for the conduct of their coaches, players and fans. Umpires are authorized to throw violators out of a game and ask them to leave the park. Failure of anyone asked leave the premises following the umpire’s request will result in their team forfeiting the game.

E. All teams are required to clean-up their dugout and bleacher areas after each game.

F. Players and fans are not allowed to sing or chant during an inning. No distracting noises shall be directed towards the opposing pitcher during the pitcher’s wind-up. Vocal support for their team is allowed in the form of cheering and voicing encouragement. Each base coach is allowed to verbally coach his base runner – however, no distracting of opposing players is allowed.

G. No protests will be allowed with the exception of questions regarding roster violations and use of non-eligible players.

H. Dispute over Rules – If there is a rule dispute (NOT a judgment call by the umpire) that is not clearly defined by the IHSA rules as amended herein, then a formal dispute should be logged with the WSBL Age Group Director. A final decision will be made by the WSBL.

I. Lineup cards will be provided by each team to opposing team. It must include first and last name, and number for every player.

J. If a makeup game is played at a different field, the original home team will remain as the home team.

 

Braves Baseball Player’s Code of Conduct and Travel Player Commitment:
 
  • Refrain from unsportsmanlike gestures, talk, language, or profanity. Players will not taunt or tease players on the opposing team.  
  • All players will show respect towards the umpires and their decisions.  All decisions made by the umpires are to be accepted as final. No player should argue a call or judgment.  Only the Manager and Coach should be questioning calls and judgments.
  • No team member shall throw his bat, helmet, glove or any object in disgust on or off the playing field at any time.
  • Accept the coaches’ decision regarding playing positions and the amount of playing time. I understand that this is a Travel Team and there are no guarantees for equal playing time or position.
  • Understand that BRAVES BASEBALL Travel Baseball Program reserves the right to release any player from the team for poor sportsmanship by the player and/or the players family during games or for other reasons to include but are not limited to lack of cooperation, poor attitude, lack of commitment, effort or attendance.
  • All players will follow the guidelines set forth for the team and the program.
  • Understand that the coach may impose additional rules, guidelines and/or policies that each player is required to follow and failure to comply with the rules, guidelines and/or policies is a violation of your commitment.
  • You are committed to BRAVES BASEBALL ORGANIZATION for the duration of the team’s season. You are not allowed to be on another team’s roster unless you have obtained approval from Braves BASEBALL ORGANIZATION.

BRAVES BASEBALL ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR PLAYERS & PARENTS:

 

I. ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY Braves Baseball Organization continues to vigorously strive for the highest standards of sportsmanship in youth baseball. Every participant, whether player, coach, trainer, administrator, parent, sibling, relative or spectator, has a responsibility to comply with and respect Zero Tolerance and to behave in a respectable manner. Listed below is Braves Baseball Organization Zero Tolerance Policy. Zero Tolerance essentially means that everyone involved with Braves Baseball organization shall act in a respectful and sportsmanship like manner so that youth baseball will be a strongly desirable and rewarding experience and that disrespectful and/or unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Loss of self-control is NEVER acceptable.

I: Zero Tolerance Classifications (Including but not limited to the following examples)

A. Class 1: Inappropriate verbal or non-verbal abuse not covered in Class 2 or Class 3 during Braves Baseball Organization related functions and activities.

B. Class 2: Confrontation or reaction to specific events or triggers during Braves Baseball Organization related functions and activities.

  1. Open disputing or arguing with the decision of an umpire, coach, trainer, spectator or player whether on or off the field.
  2. Obscene or vulgar language or the use of a physical act that is vulgar or obscene, racial or swearing.
  3. Encouraging abusive or unsportsmanlike behavior in any player, coach, trainer, umpire, administrator or spectator.
  4. Visual or verbal sign(s) of dissatisfaction with any umpire, coach or trainers decision.
  5. Taunting or ridiculing of umpires, coaches, trainers, players, administrators or spectators.
  6. Throwing of any object directed in the spectator’s viewing area, at a person in the playing area (including bench area) on the field or as to create the potential of a safety hazard or issue.
  7. Not stopping Zero Tolerance conduct once advised to do so.
  8. Not voluntarily leaving a field, complex or training facility once advised to do so by any umpire, coach, trainer or security personnel.

C. Class 3 - Complete loss of self control during Braves Baseball Organization related functions and activities.

  1. On or Off field physical violence or fighting, or abusive physical contact while the person is upset or angry.
  2. Threats of any nature.
  3. Returning to field, complex or training facility after being ejected.
  4. Any actions that require the use of third parties to control the conduct or situation, such as field personnel, league personnel, or security personnel.

B. Violation Classifications:

  1. Class 1 Violation: 1 Game suspension.
  2. Class 2 Violation: 5 Game suspension with possible expulsion from organization.
  3. Class 3 Violation: Immediate expulsion from Braves Organization.

II. INDIVIDUAL BRAVES PLAYER & FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

A. General

  1. All players and Families must comply with Braves Baseball Zero Tolerance Policies,  rules & regulations.  
  2. In addition, the following are some specific areas of responsibilities.

B. Braves Players

  1. Strict and complete self-control both on and off baseball field, training facility, at all Braves Baseball functions.
  2. Mutual respect of umpires, coaches, trainers and opposition.

D. Braves Parents

  1. Mutual respect of umpires, coaches, trainers, players, opposition, other parents and spectators.
  2. Absolute self-control.
  3. Work with coaches, trainers and organization personnel to assure a positive experience for all.

 

Braves Baseball Coaches Code of Conduct and Commitment:

 

  • Will maintain disciplinary control of their players at all times that they are under their jurisdiction.
  • Will address the Umpire(s) in a respectful manner and accept all judgment calls as final.
  • Will abide by all (WSBL) West Suburban Baseball League rules and regulations, Coaches will also abide by all rules and regulations of the Braves Baseball Organization that they participate in and enforce all provisions set forth by the Braves Travel Baseball Organization, West Suburban Baseball League and the respective leagues and organizations that they participate with.
  • Will set a definite example of sportsmanlike conduct for the players to follow regarding umpires, opponents and spectators.
  • Will conduct themselves toward opposing players as they would toward their own players.
  • Will maintain control of the spectators without denying the spectators their right to sportsmanlike conduct such as cheering, shouted comments, etc., as long as these actions do not become derogatory, abusive or defamatory in nature.
  • Will make certain that their players observe all the rules of good sportsmanship at all times avoiding bickering with umpires, unsportsmanlike “riding” of opponents, and any unnecessary rough play that is likely to cause injury.

 

Braves Baseball Parents' Code of Conduct and Parent/Guardian Commitment:

 

  • Obey all rules and regulations of the Braves Baseball Organization and the various Travel Leagues and organizations.
  • Refrain from giving players instructions during the game - allow the coaches to manage the team and game.
  • Refrain from dugout visits.
  • Get your player to practice and games on time.
  • Remember players are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Teach your player always to play by the rules.
  • Teach your player that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
  • Help your player work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your player will then be a winner, even in defeat.
  • Do not ridicule or yell at your player for making a mistake or for losing a game.
  • Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
  • Do not publicly question an umpire’s judgment and never their honesty. Accept the umpires decision as final and respect the fact that they too make mistakes.
  • Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. Give them their due respect. Without them, there would be no baseball program.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
  • If you have a problem/conflict with the Manager or Coaches, do not approach them during or after a game.  Call the coach to discuss the matter or set a meeting with the Manager or coach to discuss the matter.
  • Accept the coaches’ decision regarding playing positions and the amount of playing time. I understand that this is a Travel Team and there are no guarantees for equal playing time or position.
  • Understand that Braves Baseball Organization reserves the right to release any player from the team for poor sportsmanship by the player and/or the players family during games or for other reasons to include but are not limited to lack of cooperation, poor attitude, lack of commitment, effort or attendance.
  • Understand that any removal of your player and/or a family member from a game will result in a two (2) game minimum suspension for the player and your family.  Player must attend and sit on the bench for the two suspended games in shorts/pants, jersey and hat.
  • If a player is dismissed from practice the manager has the discretion to suspend the player for a minimum of 2 games.
  • Understand and acknowledge that the base player registration payment is non-refundable. If a child is dismissed or voluntarily leaves a Travel team the parents are not entitled to a refund and all monies are forfeited.
  • Understand that the coach may impose additional rules, guidelines and/or policies that each player is required to follow and failure to comply with the rules, guidelines and/or policies is a violation of your Braves commitment.

 

Braves Baseball Organization
Youth Baseball Standards for Coaches, Players & Spectators

 

As we attempt to promote the most positive experience for the players of Braves Baseball, we are committed to the following standards.  All coaches and spectators should read the following standards and sign below to indicate their willingness to abide by them.  As parents/guardians of a player, you are responsible for yourself, as well as, all guests and family members who attend the game.  In addition, the team’s coach will be held accountable for the behavior of their team’s spectators and will be disciplined accordingly if spectators do not uphold these standards.

 

ALL COACHES AND SPECTATORS WILL:

  1. Comply with the policies and procedures of the Braves Baseball Organization and West Suburban Baseball League as communicated in the rules and regulations set forth by each organization.
  2. Respect all participants, coaches, umpires, opposing teams and volunteers at every practice and game and encourage all players to do the same.
  3. Refrain from abusive or inappropriate language or gestures, or physical contact toward umpires, volunteers, coaches, opposing teams and participants.
  4. Accept the decisions of the umpires as being fair and performed to the best of their ability.  Spectators shall never go onto the playing field, or approach the umpire, while the game is in progress or immediately after the game. Allow the team coaches to handle all questions, rule interpretations or concerns to the appropriate umpire or league official.
  5. Refrain from giving players instructions during the game - allow the coaches to manage the team and game. This includes visits to the dugout area.
  6. Remember that the game is for youth – not adults.

 

Penalty for Non-Compliance:

If a coach or spectator is ejected for these or any reason, they may not attend the next two (2) games played.  If a player and/or family member is ejected then the player and their family may not attend the next two games played. When such action is taken, the individual must meet with the Braves Baseball President prior to returning to any Braves event. If a coach or spectator is ejected a second time or acts out physically towards another individual, they will not be allowed to attend any Braves Baseball sports activity for at least one (1) year from the date of the incident.  When such action is taken, the individual must meet with Braves Baeball President prior to returning to any event.