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WARWICK CONTINENTAL AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE BY-LAWS

Adopted April 2016

ARTICLE 1: GENERAL

  1. 1.1  These by-laws outline various operating policies and local rules of WCALL. The by-laws are a supplement to the official Little League Baseball® rules and regulations.

  2. 1.2  The by-laws are approved by and may be amended only by the Board of Directors (“Board”) by a majority vote of those present at any regularly scheduled Board meeting, or any Special Board meeting held in accordance with the league constitution.

  3. 1.3  The by-laws shall be approved annually by the Board.

  4. 1.4  Any issue that arises that is not specifically addressed by these by-laws or by the rules and

    regulations of Little League Baseball® shall be addressed by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 2: LEAGUE POLICIES

  1. 2.1  All Board and committee members, managers, coaches, and any other volunteers who will have direct interaction with the children of the league shall complete a volunteer form and consent to an annual background check.

  2. 2.2  The total number of managers and coaches in the dugout or on the field may not exceed four (4) in the Intermediate 50/70, Majors, or AAA Minors Divisions. All must be Board-approved.

  3. 2.3  If a “fill-in” coach is to be used, the division director or Board member on duty must be notified. The “fill-in” must have completed a volunteer form and consented to a background check.

  4. 2.4  All managers and coaches must remain inside the fenced enclosure of the dugout during play, except while acting as a base coach.

  5. 2.5  At least one adult manager or coach shall be present in the dugout at all times. An adult manager/coach must coach first or third base (both bases may be coached by adults).

  6. 2.6  Only the manager is allowed out of the dugout to appeal a play. If the manager is not present, one of the coaches shall be named as acting manager, and so inform the umpire prior to play.

  7. 2.7  No practice or other team or league activity with children present shall be held without the presence of at least two adults.

  8. 2.8  Scheduling of games, including make-up games, will be at the discretion of the division director.

  9. 2.9  Each team will be required to have parents cover the snack bar as determined by the Board.

2.10 No food is allowed in the dugouts, with the exception of sunflower seeds. Beverages are permitted.

2.11 Except for medical emergencies, parents are not allowed on the field or in the dugouts at any time.

2.12 Any award, trophy, plaque, sign, apparel, etc. which refers to Warwick Continental American

Little League must be approved by the Board.

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2.13 No tournament or other team shall enter a tournament, league, or other competition without Board approval.

2.14 Whenever “age” is referenced, it shall mean league age as determined by the official Little League Baseball® Age Chart.

ARTICLE 3: SAFETY

  1. 3.1  The league shall prepare an annual safety plan in compliance with Little League Baseball®’s ASAP program.

  2. 3.2  Only equipment approved by Little League Baseball® may be used during an official game.

  3. 3.3  Any offensive player not in the dugout must wear a protective helmet. All non-adult base coaches must wear a protective helmet. Any player taking batting practice or “soft toss” must wear a protective helmet.

  4. 3.4  Any male player who plays the position of catcher must wear an athletic cup.

  5. 3.5  While a team is at bat, no player is allowed out of the dugout except the batter and base coaches.

    Players shall not be allowed on the landings outside of the dugout at D’Abrosca and Founders Fields,

    nor near the gate openings at Boyd Field.

  6. 3.6  Pitchers are prohibited from throwing curve balls. The umpire will issue a warning upon the first

    infraction. A second infraction will result in the removal of the player from the pitcher’s position; however, the player may remain in the game at another position. In calling a curve ball, the umpire shall declare the pitch a “no pitch”.

  7. 3.7  An incident/injury tracking form shall be completed by the team manager for all player and other injuries occurring on league property and forwarded to the Safety Officer. If an injury requires professional medical attention, a medical release is required prior to returning to play.

ARTICLE 4: ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

  1. 4.1  The league respects that all children have the right to be safe from bullying. Bullying will not be accepted or tolerated. All forms of bullying will be addressed in order by: the team manager and coaches; the Safety Officer; the President; the WCALL Executive Committee; the WCALL Board.

  2. 4.2  Bullying can include:

    • -  Physical contact including pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, etc.

    • -  Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing, emotional torment, ridicule,

      humiliation, etc.

    • -  Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.

    • -  Sexual comments and/or suggestions.

    • -  Unwanted physical contact.

  3. 4.3  Children from ethnic minorities, disabled children, young gays or lesbians, or those with learning difficulties are more vulnerable to abuse and may be targeted. Appropriate staff and volunteers should have access to training on anti-bullying.

  4. 4.4  Where a child is found to be exhibiting sexually harmful behavior to another child, it is important to involve appropriate league officials as soon as possible.

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  1. 4.5  Where a child’s bullying behavior is of a particularly violent or aggressive nature and the league is unable to address the behavior through management strategies or disciplinary measures within a reasonable time, additional child protection procedures will be considered.

  2. 4.6  Parents are encourages to report any incidents of bullying to the team manager or coaches, Safety Officer, or any league official.

  3. 4.7  Any incident will be recorded by the Safety Officer and appropriate action will be taken to insure the safety of all participants of the league.

ARTICLE 5: APPROVAL PROCESS FOR MANAGERS & COACHES

5.1 The selection and approval process for managers and coaches shall be in accordance with Little League Baseball® rules:

  1. 5.1.1  The President shall appoint all managers and coaches;

  2. 5.1.2  Those appointed must be approved by a majority vote of those present at any regularly

    scheduled Board meeting, or any Special Board meeting held in accordance with the league

    constitution;

  3. 5.1.3  If any manager or coach is not approved by the Board, the President must appoint another

    manager or coach subject to Board approval as indicated in 5.3.

ARTICLE 6: DISCIPLINE

  1. 6.1  The Executive Committee has been delegated by the Board to impose and enforce disciplinary measures.

  2. 6.2  Any player, manager, coach, spectator, or any other person ejected from a game by an umpire shall automatically be suspended from the team’s next scheduled game. Anyone ejected from a game a second time shall, in addition to an automatic one-game suspension, be subject to further disciplinary action by the Executive Committee.

  3. 6.3  Any Board member who observes a manager, coach, player, or any other person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the players or the league shall refer that person to the Executive Committee for disciplinary action, including suspension.

  4. 6.4  If a player is withheld or removed from a game by the team manager for disciplinary reasons, the incident must be reported as soon as possible to the appropriate division Director or to the league President.

  5. 6.5  Abuse of or damage to league facilities or equipment will result in disciplinary action.

  6. 6.6  There will be zero-tolerance of incidents involving arguing with, abusing, berating, or intimidating

    any Junior umpire in any manner. Suspensions will be imposed regardless if the incident resulted in

    an ejection.

  7. 6.7  Misconduct by a team’s coaches, players, or parents is ultimately the responsibility of the team

    manager. Managers are expected to support league officials in maintaining appropriate conduct.

  8. 6.8  Parents and/or guardians will be required to sign a Parents’ Code of Conduct.

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ARTICLE 7: LEAGUE DIVISIONS/ROSTERS

7.1 Intermediate 50/70 Division:

  1. 7.1.1  The league President shall act as the division director.

  2. 7.1.2  The division is primarily intended for 13 year-old players. A 12 or 11 year-old may only be

    assigned to the permanent roster with Board approval.

  3. 7.1.3  The division has historically had one team only. If there are sufficient players to form more than

    one team, the Board shall amend these by-laws to accommodate the team selection process.

  4. 7.1.4  A pool of “fill-in” players of 12 year-olds (11 year-olds must be Board-approved) may be formed

    by the team manager and player agent. The players will be rotated when the 50/70 team anticipates having less than a full roster for any game.

7.2 MajorsDivision

  1. 7.2.1  The league President shall act as the division director.

  2. 7.2.2  All 9, 10, 11, and 12 year-old players are eligible for the Majors, except as noted below.

  3. 7.2.3  Any player who does not attend a tryout is not eligible for the Majors draft.

  4. 7.2.4  For the 2016 season, returning Majors division players must attend a tryout.

  5. 7.2.5  Parents of a 9 year-old player may declare their child ineligible for the Majors draft by informing

    the Player Agent before the date of the Majors draft. That child may not be called up to the

    majors during that season as a replacement player or for any other reason.

  6. 7.2.6  Parents of a 10, 11, or 12 year-old player may only declare their child ineligible for the Majors if

    there is a legitimate medical or physical limitation that would place the child at risk by playing Majors. The parent must present in writing to the Player Agent the rationale for this request, and it must be approved by the Board.

  7. 7.2.7  All 12 year-old players must play in the Majors division, unless exempted by 7.2.6 above.

  8. 7.2.8  Attendance at the draft is limited to the managers and coaches noted in 7.2.9(B) below, the

    division director, the Player Agent, the league Vice President(s), and the league President. Under no circumstances should the order of players drafted be published or divulged in any way.

  9. 7.2.9  For the 2016 season, there will be a total re-draft of all players as follows:

    1. (A)  The draft order will be drawn at random.

    2. (B)  Each team will enter the draft with one manager and one coach. Their children will be assigned to their team and placed on the draft grid in the round determined to be appropriate for his/her talent level, as agreed upon by the managers and coaches at the draft. If a consensus cannot be reached, the Player Agent and President will resolve the dispute.

    3. (C)  The draft will be “serpentine” (e.g. players are selected in the first round in order by teams 1 through 6; second round in order by teams 6 through 1; and so on).

    4. (D)  All returning Majors players will be selected first. The draft will then continue from whatever point in the grid the last returning Majors player was chosen.

  10. 7.2.10  For the 2017 season:

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  1. (A)  2016 Majors players will remain on their 2016 team.

  2. (B)  The draft order will be in reverse order of the 2016 regular season finish (i.e. last

    place team will draft first).

  3. (C)  The draft will NOT be “serpentine” (i.e. the last place team will draft first in each

    round).

  4. (D)  The population of 12 year-olds eligible to be drafted must be evenly distributed

    among the teams.

  1. 7.2.11  Major league rosters will consist of 12 players, unless the Board approves otherwise. Rosters of

    less than 12 players must be approved by the District Administrator.

  2. 7.2.12  At no point in a draft may a team be allowed to “pass” – a player must be selected.

  3. 7.2.13  Player Call Up Replacements:

    1. (A)  If a player leaves a team permanently due to injury, voluntarily quits, or leaves the team due to disciplinary or any other reason, and there are more than two weeks left in the regular season, the player must be replaced by a AAA player.

    2. (B)  If a manager is aware that a player is injured or has quit, or if a player is absent for four consecutive games regardless if the manager is aware of the reason, he must inform the Player Agent immediately. Failure to notify the Player Agent may result in disciplinary action.

    3. (C)  Themanagermustselecta10or11year-oldfromtheAAAMinorsDivision(unless they have already been declared ineligible) as a replacement. If no 10 or 11 year-old wishes to move up, he must select a 9 year-old. If no one wishes to move up, the team will play with one roster position open.

    4. (D)  If there are two weeks or less remaining in the season, no player replacements will be allowed.

    5. (E)  Playerreplacementsbecomeregularrosterplayers,andwillreturntothesame Majors team the following season.

7.3 AAA Minors Division

  1. 7.3.1  The Minor League Director and/or the AAA Director shall act as division director(s).

  2. 7.3.2  All players 8 through 12 years old must attend a tryout. Exception: if a parent of an 8 year old

    player wants his/her child to be placed in AA, the child does not need to attend.

  3. 7.3.3  If a 7 year-old wishes to be considered for AAA, he/she must attend tryouts. A 7 year-old must

    be approved by the Board to play AAA.

  4. 7.3.4  The Player Agent may grant a tryout waiver for a legitimate reason, and the player will still be

    allowed to play in AAA, but will not be eligible for Majors.

  5. 7.3.5  Players who are 12 years-old may not pitch in AAA.

  6. 7.3.6  Attendance at the draft is limited to the managers and coaches noted in 7.3.7(B) below, the

    division director, the Player Agent, the league Vice President(s), and the league President. Under no circumstances should the order of players drafted be published or divulged in any way.

  7. 7.3.7  The AAA draft will be conducted as follows:
    (A) The draft order will be drawn at random.

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  1. (B)  Each team will enter the draft with one manager and up to two coaches. Their children will be assigned to their team and placed on the draft grid in the round determined to be appropriate for his/her talent level, as agreed upon by the managers and coaches at the draft. If a consensus cannot be reached, the division director, Player Agent and President will resolve the dispute.

  2. (C)  The draft will be “serpentine” (e.g. players are selected in the first round in order by teams 1 through 6; second round in order by teams 6 through 1; and so on).

  3. (D)  Once a player is drafted who has a sibling also in the AAA draft, the sibling will be assigned to the same team and placed on the grid similar to the process noted in (B) above.

  1. 7.3.8  The number of players to be drafted on each team will be determined by the Board prior to the draft. The rosters may increase due to late registrations. The rosters may decrease due to players dropping out.

  2. 7.3.9  Players who register late will be assigned first to keep the number of players per team balanced, and then to the next team in the draft grid, subject to the approval of the Player Agent.

7.4 AA Minors Division

  1. 7.4.1  The Minor League Director and/or the AA Director shall act as division director(s).

  2. 7.4.2  This division is primarily for 6 and 7 year-olds. As noted in 7.3.2 above, 8 year-olds may play AA at the request of their parents. The division director may allow qualified 5 year-olds to play AA,

    subject to Board approval.

  3. 7.4.3  The players will be assigned to teams by the division director. Requests for players to be placed

    on the same team will be honored whenever possible.

  4. 7.4.4  The division director, with Board approval, will determine the number of players per team.

7.5 T-Ball Division

  1. 7.5.1  The Minor League Director and/or the T-Ball Director shall act as division director(s).

  2. 7.5.2  This division is primarily for 4 and 5 year-olds; 6 year-olds may play T-Ball at the request of their

    parents and with the approval of the division director.

  3. 7.5.3  The players will be assigned to teams by the division director. Requests for players to be placed

    on the same team will be honored whenever possible.

  4. 7.5.4  The division director, with Board approval, will determine the number of players per team.

ARTICLE 8: GAME DAY RESPONSIBILITIES

8.1 The visiting team is responsible to prepare the field for play: including inspecting the field for any safety deficiencies, lining the field, and raking the pitcher’s mound, the infield, and the home plate area.

8.2 The home team shall be responsible for raking the pitcher’s mound, the infield, and the home plate area after the game is concluded.

8.3 The home team shall enlist an adult or responsible child to operate the scoreboard for 50/70, Majors, and AAA Minors games.

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  1. 8.4  Each team before leaving the dugout shall dispose of all bottles, wrappers, and other trash in the trash cans, and all trash cans are to be emptied into the dumpster.

  2. 8.5  The above duties should not be exclusive to the managers and coaches – parents should be informed and directed to assist in these duties.

ARTICLE 9: PRACTICE FIELDS

  1. 9.1  League fields shall not be used for practices at any time during the regular season. This does not apply to AA league-run clinics or T-Ball game-day activities.

  2. 9.2  Batting cages and areas outside of the fields may be used, as long as they do not conflict with games.

  3. 9.3  “Soft toss” is not permitted against any fence bordering the fields; soft toss is only permitted in or around the batting cages, or into safety nets.

  4. 9.4  League fields may be used prior to the regular season, conditions permitting, for a limited number of scrimmages only, and only with the permission of the Field Director or league President.

  5. 9.5  WCALL has field permits for various fields in Warwick. Each team will be allowed to select two slots: 50/70 and Majors select first, followed by AAA, AA, and T-Ball. Ample additional field permits will be available.

  6. 9.6  Limited practice time on league fields will be allowed for 50/70 and Majors tournament teams only, conditions permitting, and only with the permission of the Field Director or league President. City field permits will be available.

ARTICLE 10: TOURNAMENT TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

10.1 Managers and Coaches

  1. 10.1.1  Eligibility to manage or coach tournament teams is subject to Little League Baseball® rules.

  2. 10.1.2  Any manager or coach wanting to manager a tournament team must inform the President in

    writing, or via email or text, prior to the May (Majors) or June (Minors) Board meetings.

  3. 10.1.3  Tournament team managers will be allowed to recommend coaches.

  4. 10.1.4  Managers and coaches will be selected from the above as outlined in Article 5.

  5. 10.1.5  The process for managers and coaches for the 50/70 tournament team(s) is determined by the

    participating leagues, and is outlined in Appendix A.

10.2 Intermediate 50/70 Division
10.2.1 The process for player selection for the 50/70 tournament team(s) is determined by the

participating leagues, and is outlined in Appendix A.

10.3 Majors Division (Three Teams)
10.3.1 There shall be one 12 year-old team; one 11 year-old team; and one 9/10 year-old team,

comprised solely of Majors division players. Players will not be permitted to “play-up” to an older team.

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  1. 10.3.2  All Majors players will vote – players must be present on the night(s) designated for their team. All eligible players will be on the ballot.

  2. 10.3.3  Players may vote for up to 7 players in each age group. Players may only vote for a maximum of 2 players from their own team. Any ballots with more than 7 total players selected or with more than 2 players selected from their own team in an age group will be disqualified for that age group. Illegible ballots will be disqualified at the discretion of the Player Agent.

  3. 10.3.4  The team manager must select 5 out of the 6 players with the most votes. If two players are tied for 6th, or three are tied for 5th, etc., those players will be considered but the manager will only select 5.

  4. 10.3.5  All Majors managers will then vote by ballot for the remaining players. Managers may only vote for 2 players from their own team. The 5 players with the most votes will automatically be selected. If two players are tied for 5th, the managers will vote for one of the two players only to break the tie. If 3 are tied for 4th or 5th, the managers will vote for 2 players, etc.

  5. 10.3.6  The remaining two or three roster spots (team manager shall decide to carry 12 or 13) will be recommended by the manager, and must be approved by a majority of the manager, Player Agent, two league Vice Presidents, and league President.

  6. 10.3.7  If any of the above results in an unbreakable tie, the 5 persons noted in 10.3.5 shall vote to break the tie.

10.4 Majors “B”Team

  1. 10.4.1  The Majors “B” team will participate in the Red Andrews Tournament, or a similar tournament

    approved by the Board.

  2. 10.4.2  All 12 year-old Majors players who are not selected for the 12 year-old tournament team will be

    offered a roster spot. Two teams will be created if there is sufficient interest.

  3. 10.4.3  Non-tournament team 11 year-olds will be asked to fill out the roster(s) if needed.

10.5 AAA Minors Division

  1. 10.5.1  There shall be a minimum of one 10/11 year-old team; one 9/10 year-old team; and one 7/8

    year-old team, comprised solely of Minors division players. Due to the age requirements of certain tournaments, the Board may approve variations to these age groups, so long as all age groups are represented.

  2. 10.5.2  The Board shall determine the appropriate tournament(s) that will be entered.

  3. 10.5.3  Each regular season team manager may recommend up to 3 players in each age group from

    his/her team for consideration. The tournament team manager, the Player Agent, and the division director shall select the teams from these candidates.

11 ARTICLE 11: PLAYOFFS

11.1 The playoff format for Intermediate 50/70 is determined by the participating leagues and is outlined in Appendix A.

11.2 All Majors and AAA Minors teams will make their respective playoffs, and will be seeded based on regular season standings.

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11.3 The Board shall determine the playoff format based on the scheduling time available, as the playoffs need to be concluded prior to tournaments.

11.4 The playoff winners shall be deemed league champions, and will represent WCALL in the annual City Series, if one is held.

12 LEAGUEAWARDS

Note: to be determined -- Continental has Carpionato, D’Abrosca, and Gauthier, and American has Spinard. American has one AAA award.

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APPENDIX A
INTERMEDIATE 50/70 DIVISION HOUSE RULES

The Intermediate 50/70 House Rules shall be determined by the participating leagues each year and approved by the Board.

APPENDIX B
MAJORS DIVISION HOUSE RULES

Batting Orders & Minimum Playing Time

1. A continuous batting order will be used with free defensive substitutions. No player shall sit out two consecutive defensive innings.

“Mercy” Rule

1. There is no mercy rule in effect. If after 4 full completed innings (3 1⁄2 if the home team is leading), the two Managers may agree to stop the game if the score differential is too great.

Slashing Prohibited

1. “Slashing” (faking a bunt and then taking a full swing) is prohibited. A player called for slashing is called out, and the play is dead.

Time Limits

1. No inning shall start after two (2) hours. An inning “starts” when the last out is made in the previous inning. Intentionally delaying or otherwise manipulating a game to take advantage of the time limit may result in suspension.

Curve Balls Prohibited

1. Curve balls are not allowed. The umpire will issue a warning upon the first infraction. A second infraction will result in the removal of the player from the pitcher’s position; however, the player may remain in the game at another position. In calling a curve ball, the umpire shall declare the pitch a “no pitch”.

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APPENDIX C
AAA MINORS DIVISION HOUSE RULES

  1. A continuous batting order will be used with free defensive substitutions. No player shall sit out two consecutive defensive innings.

  2. One base on an overthrow/error. An errant throw from the catcher back to the pitcher is considered an error. A runner may only advance one base per error from the base he/she originally occupied.

  3. There are no “straight steals” allowed. Ball must leave dirt area around home plate to be considered a passed ball to advance a base - one base advance only. If catcher overthrows to the base being attempted, the runner may not take another base.

  4. Only one run may score from third base per inning on a non-batted ball. This could be a passed ball, an errant throw back to the pitcher, an errant throw to any base, etc.

  5. Maximum 5 runs per team per inning except for the last inning (no cap). The inning must have been declared the final inning by the umpire before the inning begins. However, per Little League rule 5.07, an inning ends when everyone in the batting order has batted once. This LL rule overrides the 5 runs rule and also overrides the unlimited runs rule in the last inning.

  6. If a team only has 8 players for all or part of the game, that team will be given an outfielder from the opposing team. The player will be the last batter who made an out in the previous inning. That player will play the outfield position closest to his/her team’s dugout in case a switch has to be made because of his/her turn at bat. This will count as an official game.

  7. Regular season games may end in a tie

  8. Batter Throwing Bat: one warning per team; second instance batter is out and play is dead.

  9. In-Game Protocol:

    • -  Questioning a call/ruling: Request time once play is concluded and confer calmly with the umpire involved in the play - only the manager or acting manager may confer with the umpire.

    • -  There will be zero-tolerance of incidents involving arguing with, abusing, berating, or intimidating any Junior umpire in any manner. Suspensions will be imposed, even if the incident did not result in an ejection.

  10. Adult behavior at AAA games last season was unacceptable. Please keep in perspective that the intent is to teach and prepare your players for the next level – it’s not all about wins and losses. Remain professional in your approach and attitude, and keep in mind that it’s your responsibility to lead by example.

  11. No inning shall start after one hour and 45 minutes after the start of the game. The “drop dead” time limit will be two hours after the start of the game. If an inning is not completed, the score will revert to the end of the previous inning. Intentionally delaying or otherwise manipulating a game to take advantage of the time limit may result in suspension.

  12. Gamesendedduetotimelimitsordarknessareconsideredofficiallycompletedforstandingspurposes, regardless of the number of innings completed.

  13. “Slashing” (faking a bunt and then taking a full swing) is prohibited. A player called for slashing is called out, and the play is dead.

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  15. Curve balls are not allowed. The umpire will issue a warning upon the first infraction. A second

    infraction will result in the removal of the player from the pitcher’s position; however, the player may remain in the game at another position. In calling a curve ball, the umpire shall declare the pitch a “no pitch”. 

Parent Code of Conduct:

We, the Warwick Continental American 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, and

• 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 specta- tors 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; refus- ing to shake hands; or using profane language

7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being 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.

  1. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

  2. 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.

  3. I will promote the emotional and physical well- being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    Parent/Guardian Signature

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