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6: Code of Conduct

6.1 Purpose

This section highlights certain rules and regulations concerning member conduct and discipline. The below disciplinary steps are not the exclusive means for dealing with offenders; nor does this document include all League or Little League Baseball, Inc. rules and regulations for which offenders may be disciplined. The rules and regulations concerning member conduct are found in several sources, including the Little League Rule Book; Missouri City Little League Handbook; and the Missouri City Little League Constitution and Bylaws.

6.2 Specific Conduct Cases

This section is a guide for the disciplining of Missouri City Little League members for violations of certain rules and regulations. The objective is to maintain objectivity in disciplining members. However, since the below offenses may be of varying degree, first or second offenses of a serious nature may be dealt with according to the League’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Note: A member includes players, parents, managers, or any other volunteers and league officials.

6.2.1 Physical Abuse

Physical abuse by any league member toward any other member or spectator will never be tolerated. The offenders penalty will be immediate removal from the area under Missouri City Little League jurisdiction including both playing fields and practice fields. A subsequent hearing for discipline will be held pursuant to the League’s Constitution and Bylaws.

6.2.2 Ejection Policy

If a manager, coach, player or parent is ejected from a game, an investigation and hearing will be conducted by the Rules Committee and the following penalties could be imposed:

• First offense: Manager and coach, player or parent ejected is suspended for the next game.

• Second offense: Manager and coach, player or parent ejected is suspended from all league activities for one week, including practices.

• Third Offense: Subsequent hearing for discipline under Article 3, Section 4 (see Section V).

NOTE: If parent is causing disturbance, the umpire is to give manager a warning before ejecting the parent.

6.2.3 Use of Profanity

Members shall not be guilty of any profanity directed to or overheard by other members or spectators. Such misconduct, when confirmed by the Board of Directors, will result in the following penalties for the offender:

• First Offense: Written warning by the League;

• Second Offense: One-week suspension from all League activities;

• Third Offense: Subsequent hearing for discipline under Article 3, Section 4 (see Section V).

6.2.4 Umpire Abuse

Umpire abuse as defined by (1) repeated or uncontrolled questioning of an umpire’s ruling, or (2) repeated heckling of an umpire during play. The umpire shall remove the offender from the game and report the incident to the Rules Committee for action. Such misconduct could result in the following penalties for the offender:

• First offense: Manager and the coach, player, or parent ejected are suspended for the next game.

• Second offense: Manager and the coach, player or parent ejected are suspended from all league activities for one week, including practices.

• Third Offense: Subsequent hearing for discipline under Article 3, Section 4 (see Section V).

NOTE: If parent is causing disturbance, the umpire is to give manager a warning before ejecting the parent.

6.2.5 Equipment Abuse

Umpires are instructed to warn the bench on the first offense and then on the second offense immediately remove any member of the team warned who throws a bat, helmet, glove, baseball, or other potentially dangerous item in an apparent act of frustration or protest. In addition, the following penalties apply when a member is brought to the attention of the Board of Directors:

• First Offense: Written warning by the League;

• Second Offense: One-week suspension from all League activities;

• Third Offense: Subsequent hearing for discipline under Article 3, Section 4 (see Section V).

6.2.6 Sunday Practices

Managers will not make Sunday practice attendance mandatory. Players will not be penalized solely upon failure to participate in Sunday practices. The offender’s penalty will be as follows:

• First Offense: Written warning by the League;

• Second Offense: One-week suspension from all League activities;

• Third Offense: Subsequent hearing for discipline under Article 3, Section 4 (see Section V).

6.2.7 Managerial Responsibilities

See the section on Managerial Responsibilities for specific cases and related penalties.

6.3 Other Conduct Issues

Any other complaints of misconduct by members which are brought to the attention of the Board of Directors will be interpreted for action based on the regulations noted in Section V, below.

6.4 Amendments

This document may be amended by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

6.5 Applicable League Regulations

The following is an excerpt from the current League Constitution and Bylaws, which are approved by Little League Baseball, Inc. prior to granting our League Charter:

Article 3, Section 4. Suspension or Termination

A. Membership may be terminated by resignation or by action of the Board of Directors.

B. The Board of Directors, by a two-thirds vote of the Directors present at any duly constituted meeting, shall have the authority to discipline, suspend or terminate the membership of any member of any class when the conduct of the member is found by the Board of Directors to have been detrimental to the best interests of the League and/or Little League Baseball.

C. The member involved shall be notified of the meeting, informed of the general nature of the charges, and be given an opportunity to appear at the meeting to answer the charges.

D. In the case of a player member, The Board of Directors shall notify the players team manager. As an advisor, the manager shall appear with the player before a duly appointed committee of the Board of Directors. This committee shall have full power to discipline, suspend or revoke the player’s participation in the League.

Missouri City Little League has further agreed to immediately notify the parents of a player member of any conduct issue before the Board of Directors and any Board hearing for review of that issue.

In addition, Little League Baseball, Inc. regulation XIV, (a) states:

“The actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires and League officials shall be above reproach.”

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