Bishop Little League Code of Conduct

Bishop Little League Code of Conduct

The Board of Directors of Bishop Little League have mandated the following Code of Conduct. All who are involved with Bishop Little League will be held to these standards, whether manager, coach, player, spectator, etc. By participating in Bishop Little League, you acknowledge that he/she understands and agrees to comply with Bishop Little Leagues Code of Conduct.

No Board Member, Manager, Coach, Player, or Spectator shall at any time:

· Lay a hand upon, push, shove, strike, or threaten to strike an official or player.
· Be guilty of heaping personal, verbal, or physical abuse upon any official for any real or imaginary belief of a wrong decision or judgment.
· Be guilty of an objectionable demonstration of dissent at an official’s decision by throwing of gloves, helmets, hats, bats, balls, or any other forceful unsportsmanlike action.
· Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of a game against the body of an opposing player.
· Be guilty of a physical attack upon any Board Member, Official Manager, Coach, Player, Umpire, or Spectator.
· Be guilty of the use of profane, obscene, or vulgar language in any manner at any time.
· Appear on the field of play, stands, or anywhere on the BLL fields while in an intoxicated state. Intoxicated will be defined as an odor or behavior issue.
· Be guilty of gambling upon any play or outcome of any game with anyone at any time.
· Smoke while in the stands or on the playing/practice field or in any dugout. Smoking will only be permitted 20 feet from any spectator stands or dugouts.
· Be guilty of publicly discussing with spectators in a derogatory or abusive manner any play, decision, or a personal opinion on any players during the game.
· As a manager, coach, or player be guilty of mingling with or fraternizing with spectators during the course of the game.
· Speak disrespectfully to any manager, coach, official, or representative of the league.
· Be guilty of tampering or manipulating any league rosters, schedules, draft positions or selections, official score books, rankings, financial records, or procedures.
· Challenge an umpire’s authority. The umpire shall have the authority and discretion during a game to penalize the offender according to the infraction up to and including expulsion from the game.

The Board of Directors will review all infractions of the Code of Conduct. Depending on the seriousness or frequency, the Board may assess additional disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the league.

Little League International Sports Code of Conduct

We, the Bishop Little League, have implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league.

Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games. Preamble The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
• Trustworthiness
• Respect
• Responsibility
• Fairness
• Caring
• Good Citizenship
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”

I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
 5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and wellbeing of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
14. I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.


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