PBL Codes of Conduct

Coaches Code of Conduct

The player/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as the athletic development of their players. They must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches must also recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of the Premier Baseball Association are channeled. Thus how a player regards playing baseball is often dependent on the behavior of the coach. A coach must not exploit this privileged relationship with players for personal, ideological, material or other advantage. Coaches are responsible for their own behavior as well as that of their players. This Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behavior that will allow them to assist their players in becoming well-rounded, self confident and productive citizens.

  • Coaches shall uphold the rules and regulations of the Premier Baseball Association.
  • Coaches shall actively uphold the rules of baseball, the spirit of the rules of baseball, and expect players to do the same.
  • Coaches shall fulfill all league, exhibition, invitational, play-off and championship competition and event obligations in accordance with the expectation of the Premier Baseball Association that all commitments are to be honored.
  • Coaches shall treat all players fairly and equitably, by refraining from discriminating against any player with respect to race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Coaches shall treat opponents and officials with due respect both in victory and defeat and encourage players to act accordingly.
  • Coaches shall consider the player’s future health and well being as foremost when making decisions regarding an injured player’s ability to continue playing or training; communication with registered medical practitioners and the parents in the diagnosis is recommended.
  • Coaches shall not use foul, profane, harassing or offensive language or gestures in the conduct of coaching duties.
  • Coaches shall not use physical force in any kind in the conduct of coaching duties.
  • Coaches shall not under any circumstances, endorse, recommend or suggest the use of performance enhancing drugs or supplements by any player.
  • Coaches shall abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcohol while in the presence of players and discourage their use by players. Can(s) of chewing tobacco are not to be on the playing field or kept in the back pocket of your baseball pants or in the equipment bags of players. Umpires will immediately eject a player or coach from the game should either of these tobacco violations occur.
  • Coaches shall not under any circumstances require or imply that a player must be involved in an external program as part of their obligation to participate on their team.
  • Coaches shall ensure and educate players as to their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment.
  • Coaches shall be aware of the academic pressures placed on players and conduct practices and games in a manner so as to allow for academic success.
  • Coaches shall ensure an environment for players that is free of harassment. Harassment takes many forms but can generally be defined as behaviors, including comments and/or conduct, that are insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to an individual or group of individuals or which creates an uncomfortable environment.
  • Coaches shall abide to a dress code at all times by wearing traditional baseball clothing and footwear while on the field during pre-game warm-up and games.

Players Code of Conduct

The actions of players are a reflection of themselves, their team, the Premier Baseball Association and their community. A player’s involvement in baseball provides opportunities and experiences that are important to the development of a well- rounded individual; however, players must remember that their participation in baseball and functions of the Premier Baseball Association is a privilege, not a right, Players shall:

  1. Treat everyone with respect
    • Treat team-mates, coaches, opponents, event organizers and spectators with respect
    • Respect and accept with dignity the decisions of officials and the Premier Baseball Association
    • Be generous in winning and graceful in losing
  2. Exercise self -control at all times
    • Remember that there is no place in baseball for drugs, performance enhancing drugs or supplements, alcohol or tobacco products
    • Refrain from unsportsmanlike gestures, talk, language, or profanity. Taunting or teasing players on the opposing is not acceptable.
    • Refrain from throwing equipment in disgust (bat, helmet, glove, or any object)
    • Refrain from the use of physical force outside of the rules of the game
    • Follow the guidelines set forth by your coach for your team and program
    • Follow the guidelines set forth by the Premier Baseball Association for plays and teams in the PBL.
  3. Play fair
    • Play within the rules and the spirit of the rules of the game at all times
    • Play within the rules and the spirit of the rules of the Premier Baseball Association at all times.

Parents Code of Conduct

As parents and spectators we must remember that our coaches and umpires are volunteers. They are doing the best that they can to teach the players the game, rules, and to act properly on and off the field. The Premier Baseball Association appreciates the job they are doing and expect parents to acknowledge their efforts as well. Everyone participating in the Premier Baseball Association whether as players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators, is entitled to do so in an environment of courtesy and safety. Parents and spectators are encouraged and welcomed to attend all games and special functions hosted by the Premier Baseball Association. Parents/spectators should:

  1. Treat everyone with respect
    • Cheer in a positive manner for all competitors
    • Respect the decisions of officials; they do not care who wins
    • Do not interfere with the play or competition
    • Be courteous and respectful to other spectators, all competitors, coaches, event organizers and officials
  2. Exercise self -control at all times
    • Respect the rules and regulations of the facility and the Premier Baseball Association
    • Refrain from disrespectful conduct of any sort, including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, taunting or other actions that demean any individual. A “zero tolerance” on these points will be taken
    • Refrain from the use of physical force of any kind including the use of threat of violence in any form
    • Refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs near the fields or spectator areas
    • Refrain from dugout visits during a game
  3. Warnings and Ejections
    • Any parent or spectator engaged in profane, rude or threatening speech, gestures or actions are subject to ejection from the park by the umpires or a member of the Board of Directors of the Premier Baseball Association.
    • Umpires have been given the authority by the Premier Baseball Association to determine whether a game continues; the game may be suspended or forfeited until or terminated unless, the violator ceases his or her conduct or leaves the park following their ejection.

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