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San Jose National Little League

2022 Code of Conducts

San Jose National Little League Code of Conducts 

The purposes of Little League are: “To assist youth in developing qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being, with proper guidance and exemplary leadership.” 

San Jose National Little League has instituted these Code of Conducts to ensure that the behavior and conduct of all participants in SJNLL activities are consistent with and further these purposes. 

Players, managers, coaches, parents, league officials, umpires, scorekeepers, announcers, and spectators all share in the responsibility to always display proper behavior. Unsportsmanlike conduct or disrespect for the game, league officials, opposing coaches and teams, the umpires and game officials, the scorekeepers and the spectators will not be tolerated in SJNLL during any of its activities. 

The Board of Directors of SJNLL may take disciplinary action against any participant in the league, including players, coaches, parents, umpires, league officials, and spectators, whose conduct is detrimental to the operation and purpose of SJNLL. While this Code of Conduct enumerates certain conduct that would result in automatic disciplinary action, it is not exhaustive and other conduct not specifically identified in this Code of Conduct could also result in disciplinary action. 

Disciplinary action includes reprimands, game ejections, suspensions, expulsion from SJNLL and its activities, and permanent ban from SJNLL.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CODE OF CONDUCT

The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are the foundations of sportsmanship and are demonstrated by the core principles of respect, responsibility, fairness, and good citizenship. 

As a San Jose National Little League Board Member, I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for each child participating in SJNLL by adhering to the following code of conduct: 

● I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support at all times. 

● I will remember that children participate to have fun, and that the game is for youth, not adults. 

● I 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. 

● I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning. 

● I will respect the officials and their authority during games. 

● I will not confront coaches or managers at any time during games.

● I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games. 

● I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action levied by the SJNLL Board of Directors or Code of Conduct Committee that could include, but is not limited to the following: 

● Verbal Warning 

● Written Warning 

● Parental suspension for games 

● Parental season suspension 

● Parental removal from all league activities 

The San Jose National Little League Board of Directors retains the sole authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action is appropriate for any conduct infraction. 

The use of illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from SJNLL.

PARENT AND SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is the Code of Conduct all spectators, including parents, are obligated to follow in SJNLL, or at any SJNLL activity (such as tournaments or games played in other Little Leagues). Violation of any rule may result in disciplinary action. 

We, the San Jose National Little League Board of Directors, have implemented the following Parent Code of Conduct for the important message that it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting the youth of our community and their child in sports. 

The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are the foundations of sportsmanship and are demonstrated by the core principles of respect, responsibility, fairness, and good citizenship. 

As a San Jose National Little League Parent, I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for each child participating in SJNLL by adhering to the following code of conduct: 

● I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support at all times. 

● I will remember that children participate to have fun, and that the game is for youth, not adults. 

● I 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. 

● I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning. 

● I will respect the officials and their authority during games. 

● I will not confront coaches or managers at any time during games.

● I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games. 

Spectators shall not incite or participate in any form of unsportsmanlike conduct in SJNLL or at any SJNLL activity. 

Spectators shall not use abusive or profane language or gestures at any time at any game or other SJNLL activity. 

Spectators shall not criticize, belittle, antagonize, berate or otherwise incite any players, managers, coaches, adult volunteers, umpires, league officials or other spectators by word of mouth or by gesture.

Spectators shall accept all decisions of the umpires and game officials as being fair and judged to the best of their ability. 

Spectators shall not incite or participate in any form of unsportsmanlike conduct in SJNLL or at any SJNLL activity. 

Spectators shall not use abusive or profane language or gestures at any time at any game or other SJNLL activity. 

Spectators shall not criticize, belittle, antagonize, berate or otherwise incite any players, managers, coaches, adult volunteers, umpires, league officials or other spectators by word of mouth or by gesture. 

Spectators shall accept all decisions of the umpires and game officials as being fair and judged to the best of their ability. 

Any spectator exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct, disruptive, profane, rude and/or abusive behavior towards any player, manager, coach, umpire, game official, league official or other spectator shall be subject to removal from the spectator area and the immediate vicinity of the game by a league official. 

Any spectator who fails to comply with this request in a timely manner, without further argument or delay, may subject the team to which they are affiliated to forfeiture of the game and must be reported to the Board of Directors. 

The Board of Directors of SJNLL shall be empowered to suspend any spectator from attending any SJNLL games or other SJNLL approved events for engaging in conduct detrimental to the operation and purpose of SJNLL. Two or more violations by any spectator in any one season will result in immediate dismissal from SJNLL for the remainder of the season and subject that individual to a permanent ban from SJNLL at the discretion of the Board of Directors of SJNLL. 

The San Jose National Little League Board of Directors retains the sole authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action is appropriate for any conduct infraction. 

The use of illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from SJNLL.

MANAGER, COACH & ADULT VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is the Code of Conduct all managers, coaches and other adult volunteers are obligated to follow in SJNLL, or at any SJNLL activity (such as tournament, games played in other Little Leagues, Hit-a-Thon, special events, etc.). Violation of any rule may result in ejection, reprimand, suspension and/or expulsion. 

Youth sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social, and emotional development of children. As managers and coaches in San Jose National Little League you should be models of good sportsmanship and behavior for your child and all children in the community including participants and spectators alike. 

The San Jose National Little League Board of Directors ask that you pledge to be responsible for your words and actions while coaching, officiating, and participating in San Jose National Little League events, and that you conform your behavior to the following Code Of Conduct: 

● Place the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of personal desire to win. 

● Treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group. 

● Do your best to provide a safe playing environment for all players.

● Do your best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all players. 

● Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players. 

● Teach the rules of the game to all players, officials, and parents. 

● Remember that you are a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults. 

● Do not abuse other coaches, umpires, parents, or players. 

● Promote fun, fairness, and sportsmanship over winning. 

● Do not engage in the use of profanity or other offensive language.

● Encourage all team members to treat all players, teammates, coaches, officials, and parents with respect. 

● Emphasize and foster a team atmosphere and not individual achievements.

● Be responsible for league policies. 

● Return all equipment and player evaluations per league policies. 

The following behavior will result in immediate ejection from the game or SJNLL-approved activity, a mandatory two game suspension from the next regularly scheduled games, and such other action as SJNLL deems appropriate: trash-talking to opponents / taunting / unsportsmanlike conduct / using profane, obscene or vulgar language abusive, harmful or unwarranted disruptions to the game / throwing bats, helmets, gloves, or other equipment in anger / verbal disrespect directed towards an umpire, game official, league official, player, manager, coach or spectator.

Managers and coaches shall never threaten to or physically harm or abuse any player, umpire, game official, league official or spectator at any time for any reason. This type of behavior will result in immediate dismissal from SJNLL for the remainder of the season and subject that individual to a permanent ban from SJNLL. 

It shall be mandatory for all managers and coaches at the completion of their game to participate in a post-game cheer and handshake ceremony with the opposing team on the field of play. All managers and coaches must thank the umpiring crew and any other game officials present. Any manager or coach not participating shall be suspended for the following two regularly scheduled games and be subject to further suspension at the discretion of the Board of Directors of SJNLL. 

Any manager or coach who deliberately circumvents any of SJNLL rules or regulations, especially the mandatory playing rules, is subject to suspension or expulsion from SJNLL. The Board of Directors of SJNLL has the right and discretion to suspend any manager, coach, or player for any part of or for the entire season for any conduct violation, which results in an ejection or is deemed by the Board of Directors to be detrimental to the operation and purpose of SJNLL. 

Managers and coaches who are ejected from a game twice in any season are subject to a mandatory suspension for the remainder of the season. This individual will automatically lose their eligibility to participate in any post-season tournaments. In addition, the manager and/or coach shall be subject to a permanent expulsion from SJNLL at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 

A manager or coach ejected from a game will not be allowed to remain in the dugout or the spectator area and must immediately vacate the proximity of the baseball field. Failure to do so in a timely manner without further argument or delay may result in forfeiture of the game. 

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subjected to disciplinary action levied by the San Jose National Little League Board of Directors or Code of Conduct Committee that could include, but is not limited to the following: 

● Verbal warning 

● Written warning 

● Manager/coaches suspension for games 

● Manager/coaches season suspension 

● Manager/coach removal from all league activities

The San Jose National Little League Board of Directors retains the sole authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action is appropriate for any conduct infraction. 

Any disciplinary action will begin immediately upon notification to the offending party by the Board of SJNLL and take effect before the next scheduled game of the offending party. 

The use of illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the league.

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is the Code of Conduct players are obligated to follow in SJNLL, or at any SJNLL activities (such as tournaments or games played in other Little Leagues). Violation of any rule may result in ejection, reprimand, suspension and/or expulsion from SJNLL. 

Player's responsibilities are simple; be respectful of others, be responsible, play fair, and always do your best, and always exhibit good sportsmanship. 

As a San Jose National Little League participant I hereby pledge that I will: 

● Encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials, and parents. 

● Be a team player and support my teammates. 

● Be on time and attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coaches if I cannot. 

● Work hard to improve my skills. 

● Do my best to listen and learn from my coaches. 

● Encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity.

● Congratulate the other team after each game as a demonstration of sportsmanship. 

● Refrain from using violence, unfriendly language, or insults to others.

● Be generous when I win and gracious when I lose. 

● Obey the rules of the game and always work for the good of the team.

● Accept the decisions of the officials with grace and never challenge or question calls. Refrain from challenging or questioning on-field calls by officials and/or managers and coaches. 

● Conduct myself with honor and dignity. 

● Applaud the efforts of my teammates and opponents. 

The following behavior will result in immediate ejection from the game or SJNLL activity, a mandatory one-game suspension from the player’s next regularly scheduled game, and such other action as SJNLL deems appropriate: 

● arguing with umpires or other game officials; 

● engaging in offensive behavior; 

● trash-talking to opponents; 

● unsportsmanlike conduct; 

● abusive, harmful or unwarranted disruptions to the game; 

● throwing bats, helmets, gloves, or other equipment in anger; 

● using profane, obscene or vulgar language; or 

● verbal disrespect directed towards an umpire, game official, league official, another player, manager, coach or spectator. 

There shall be no fighting whatsoever at any SJNLL activity. Any player who either suggests or threatens to fight, or initiates and/or participates in a fight before or during a game, or touches or threatens to touch anyone else in a violent or offensive manner, shall be immediately ejected from the game and suspended from the next three games. 

If the incident occurs after the completion of a game or at any other SJNLL activity, that player(s) shall be suspended from the next four games. 

It shall be mandatory for all players at the completion of their game to participate in a post-game cheer and handshake ceremony on the field of play. In addition, all players must thank the umpiring crew and any other game officials present. Any player not participating (except for injury) shall be suspended from the following game and will be subject to further suspension at the discretion of the SJNLL’s Board of Directors. 

Players who are ejected from a game twice in any season shall be subject to a mandatory suspension for the remainder of the season. The player will automatically lose their eligibility to participate in any post-season tournaments. In addition, the player shall be subject to a permanent ban from SJNLL at the discretion of SJNLL. 

A player ejected from a game may be allowed to remain in the dugout or asked to leave the proximity of the playing field at the discretion of the umpire. 

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action levied by the SJNLL Board of Directors or Code of Conduct Committee that could include but is not limited to the following: 

● Verbal warning 

● Written warning 

● Player suspension for games 

● Player suspension for season including postseason (All Stars & TOC)

● Player being expelled from the league 

The San Jose National Little League Board of Directors retains the sole authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action is appropriate for any conduct infraction. 

Any disciplinary action will begin immediately upon notification to the offending party by the Board of SJNLL and take effect before the next scheduled game of the offending player. 

The use of illegal drugs anywhere on or in the vicinity of the playing fields is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from SJNLL.