PARK BASEBALL ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT
The Oz Park Baseball Association, at times
referred to as the “OPBA,” is a parent and family run, private baseball and
softball league. The OPBA mission is to
provide high-quality baseball and softball instruction and competition for boys
and girls in the Oz Park area.
The focus of the OPBA will be teamwork,
sportsmanship, physical fitness, and fun, while teaching its players skills
needed to continue to progress and enjoy the games of baseball and softball. In order to ensure the enjoyment of all
players and families associated with the OPBA, certain expectations are placed
on the coaches, volunteers, players, and families to support the efforts of the
OPBA to create a fun and family-focused environment for the enjoyment of the
OPBA Code of Conduct, at times referred to as the “Code,” shall remain in
effect during all OPBA events, including but not limited to team practices,
games, fundraising events, and parent meetings.
This will include any events that take place after completion of each
the Code is amended, an updated version of the Code shall be made available (electronically,
via the OPBA website, and/or via other means) to participants and/or their parents
or other representatives.
electronic copy of the Code will be provided to participants and/or their
parents or other representatives in connection with the registration process at
the beginning of each season. Any
player, parent, coach or volunteer who desires a paper copy of the Code will be
provided one upon request. A player
and/or their family’s continued involvement in any OPBA season serves as their
acknowledgment and acceptance of the Code in its entirety.
questions or concerns regarding the Code should be directed to either a
player’s coach or division commissioner where appropriate. Further clarification of the Code, if needed,
will be provided by the OPBA Dispute Resolution Committee and/or the OPBA Board
attendance at all practices and games is expected.
are expected to arrive at least 20 minutes before a scheduled game time and at
least 10 minutes before any scheduled practices. Punctual attendance at games and practices
will facilitate the most efficient use of the limited field time available to
the OPBA and provide all players with enough time to prepare for games and
OPBA recognizes that families may at times have conflicts that preclude a
player’s attendance at a game or practice.
Any anticipated absences must be communicated to the player’s head coach
prior to the scheduled event. Failure to
notify the team’s head coach of an anticipate absence will consequently be
considered an unexcused absence.
a player has 3 consecutive unexcused absences prior to the second scheduled
game at the outset of the season, the team’s head coach must contact their
division commissioner or the OPBA Director of Dispute Resolution. The head coach must inform the division
commissioner of all efforts made to contact the player’s family. The division commissioner or OPBA Director of
Dispute Resolution will then attempt to contact the family. If the division commissioner or a member of
the Dispute Resolution Committee is unable to make contact with the family, the
player’s roster spot will be forfeited and the player will be replaced by the
next player on the appropriate waiting list.
If contact with the family is made, it will be within the OPBA’s
discretion to remove and/or reassign that player’s roster spot. Any player whose roster spot is forfeited,
removed, or reassigned for lack of attendance will not be provided a
the second scheduled game of the season, a player shall only be allowed one unexcused
absence for a practice and one unexcused absence for a game. If a player has more than two unexcused
absences after the second game of the season, the head coach may decide to restrict
the player’s playing time in the next game.
Continued absence may also result in a forfeiture of a player’s roster
spot to be filled by the next player in the appropriate waiting list.
a player has more than 4 unexcused absences after the second scheduled game of
the season, the head coach must inform their division commissioner or the OPBA
Director of Dispute Resolution. The
OPBA may decide to decide to remove the players from the OPBA and may decide
not to allow the player or their siblings to re-enter the OPBA the following
will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the player to transport
the player to and from any OPBA game, practice, or event. Team coaches and the OPBA are not responsible
to ensure a player is transported to and from any OPBA game, practice, or
event. It is also expected that a
parent, guardian, or other responsible adult shall remain nearby at all times
when their child is attending an OPBA game, practice, or other event. Among other things, this policy will help
ensure that someone is available to approve the administration of basic first
aid if needed and to ensure that all players are accounted for immediately after
an OPBA game, practice, or event.
Neither the OPBA nor its coaches shall be obligated to wait with a
player at the conclusion of an OPBA game, practice, or event.
for any reason a parent, guardian, or responsible adult is not immediately
available during an OPBA game, practice or event, the OPBA and its coaches
shall be entitled to presume they have the authorization to provide basic first
aid if needed.
OPBA strives to provide quality instruction to all players. The OPBA recognizes and welcomes players of
varying ability. It is expected that all
OPBA players will be supportive, encouraging, and exhibit teamwork and overall
laughing at, yelling at, using abusive language toward, taunting, or attempting
to embarrass other players, whether on an opposing team or on a participant’s own
team, will not be tolerated. Any player
exhibiting such behavior will be warned by their coach and instructed about what
would be appropriate behavior. If the
behavior persists, the player will be subject to removal from the game or
practice. If any player is removed from
a game or practice due to behavioral issues exhibited on the field, the head
coach must inform the OPBA Director of Dispute Resolution of the incident. A continued behavioral pattern exhibited by a
player may result in further disciplinary action taken by the OPBA, up to and
including removal from the league.
are not permitted to argue or dispute calls made by any umpires during the game
under any circumstances.
players are expected to congratulate their opponents and teammates after each
game. Any act of unsportsmanlike
behavior at any time will not be tolerated.
actions by any player violating the Player Conduct section of the Code
will be reviewed by the OPBA Director of Dispute
Resolution. The OPBA reserves the right
to impose discipline as necessary to maintain its goals of teamwork,
sportsmanship, physical fitness, and fun.
Discipline can include dismissal from the league without refund.
is imperative that all coaches provide examples of good sportsmanship to all
players in the OPBA at all times.
may not yell at or act disrespectfully toward umpires. If a coach has a question or dispute about a
call, any discussions with the umpire must take place between innings, in a
calm and conversational tone, outside the presence of their team or the
players’ families. Failure of any coach
to adhere to this section of the Code may result in ejection from the game at
the discretion of the umpire.
coach ejected from a game for any reason must submit a formal explanation in
writing to the OPBA Director of Dispute Resolution explaining the circumstances
surrounding the ejection. The OPBA may
at its own discretion inquire of others witnessing the incident to provide
their recollection of the event, including parents, opposing coaches, or the
OPBA may decide to suspend or remove a coach from their team after review of an
ejection or other violation.
coach involved in any physical altercation with anyone during an OPBA event
will subject to automatic review by the OPBA and may result in permanent
banishment from the OPBA for both the coach and possibly his children. Any fights or threats may result in
prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
are expected to encourage and facilitate appropriate behavior of their players
OPBA reserves the right to impose discipline as it sees fit after review of any
complaint or incident regarding the actions of a coach. Decisions regarding coach discipline are
is equally imperative that all parents (whether present as a coach, volunteer,
or spectator) exemplify good sportsmanship to all players in the OPBA, and not
just their own children or players.
may not argue with umpires during the game under any circumstances. Any parent arguing or commenting on an umpire’s
calls creates an impression with the players that such actions are acceptable,
when they are not. Parents must also
remember that most umpires are either volunteers or earning very small stipends
for their involvement. Any parent
violating this section of the Code is subject to ejection from the game and the
parent ejected from a game for any reason may be subject to a review by the
OPBA. The OPBA may at its own discretion
inquire of others witnessing the incident to provide their recollection of the
event, including parents, coaches, or the umpire involved.
OPBA may decide to prohibit a parent from attending future OPBA events after
review of an ejection or other violation.
should refrain from yelling instructions to players from the sidelines. The coaches who have volunteered their time
to work with the players at practices and at games should be the ones
instructing the players during the games.
Parents yelling instructions from the sidelines create confusion for the
player, not only about how to play but also about who is in control of the
should encourage their players and their teams for their efforts on the field,
regardless of the results. Great plays
should not be unduly praised, and errors or mistakes should not be unduly
should remember that the mission of the OPBA is to teach the players sportsmanship,
teamwork, and the fundamentals of baseball and softball -- not to make the
players ready for the major leagues.
should familiarize themselves with the applicable rules, including the OPBA
rules of play for their player’s age division, and help the coaches re-enforce
those rules. Parents who are not
familiar with the rules of play can create confusion for the players.
should also pay close attention to the Player Conduct section of the Code, and
review those provisions with their players to ensure that they understand what
is expected of them.
parent involved in any physical altercation with anyone during an OPBA event
will subject to automatic review by the OPBA and may result in permanent
banishment from the league for both the parent and possibly his children. Any fights or threats may result in
prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
parent using rude, profane, obscene or violent language or behavior toward
anyone during an OPBA event is subject to ejection from the game and the
parent observing another parent exhibiting behavior contrary to the Parent
Conduct section of the Code is expected to notify the OPBA of the
OPBA reserves the right to impose discipline as it sees fit after review of the
incident. Decisions regarding parent
discipline are final.
OPBA is an all-volunteer organization, and its success is only possible through
the support and participation of all OPBA families.
will be expected that all parents will be willing to assist their children’s teams
to help ensure the success of the season and the OPBA.
or guardians are expected to ensure that their players will adhere to the attendance
schedule as set forth in the Code.
or guardians are also expected to ensure that their players adhere to the
Player Conduct section of the Code and to re-enforce the goals of the
are also expected to volunteer time to ensure the fields are properly prepared
for their players’ games and for any games following their players’ games. As such, parents may be assigned a specific
day to ready the field as instructed by the OPBA Director of Field Maintenance
and the Fields Committee.
all parents are expected to ensure that the fields are cleaned up after
completion of a game. This will also
entail garbage collection. To assist in
limiting the amount of waste, and therefore garbage collection needed, all
parents are instructed to provide a metal or plastic, non-disposable water
bottles for their players, to avoid accumulation of plastic disposable water
bottles at the parks.
are strongly encouraged to participate in any OPBA fundraising events. These events are designed to ensure the
financial viability of the OPBA and assist in keeping the league
parents are expected to provide volunteer hours to their children’s respective
teams. This may include assisting the
team, division, league or OPBA with the numerous tasks required to run the
OPBA. Each parent MUST VOLUNTEER A MINIMUM OF
TWO HOURS for each of their children enrolled in the OPBA. Assistance in placing a volunteer can be
arranged through the OPBA.