Code of Conduct
Please read the following carefully: they are codes of conduct for children and coaches and for parents and spectators.
Cheltenham Baseball Club is fully committed to a safe, supportive, friendly and fun family environment.
CODE OF CONDUCT – PLAYERS & COACHES
- Learn the rules and always play to them.
- Never argue with an umpire, opposition player or official. If you have a problem, discuss it amicably.
- Verbal abuse, swearing and un-sportsmanlike conduct are reportable actions and will not be tolerated in baseball.
- Strive to be the best of your ability at all times, both at practice and during games. This could also include looking after yourself away from the field. The use of alcohol and drugs could no doubt affect your performance while playing.
- Respect the time and efforts put in by your players, coaches and officials. They deserve your support and full commitment.
- Baseball is a team game. Encourage your team mates and players even when they make mistakes. Remember every player makes errors and has off days. Never ridicule opponents or team mates.
- Accept that at times you may be required to take a turn on the bench. When on the bench, encourage your team and be prepared to play at all times.
- Respect your opponents and appreciate their good play. Without the opposition you would not be able to play the game in the first place.
- Play to enjoy the game and improve your skills.
- Respect the equipment provided for you, either by the club or your parents. Baseball equipment is very expensive and should be used responsibly. Abuse of equipment, such as throwing bats and helmets, is a reportable act and will not be tolerated.
- Always think about safety, to avoid injury to yourself and others.
- Set an example. If you want to be treated in a certain manner, then act that way to others. Be encouraging and fair and show respect to everyone, as they too have feelings.
CODE OF CONDUCT – PARENTS & SPECTATORS
- Children play baseball for fun. Accept any mistakes as part of their learning process. Remember they are playing for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Applaud good play from both teams and encourage your child to accept that their best and honest effort is just as important as victory.
- Encourage the players and coaches to always play within the rules and spirit of the game.
- To help assist your understanding, learn the rules.
- Never ridicule, abuse or yell at any player for making a mistake which may change the result of the game.
- Offensive language and behaviour from parents and spectators is not acceptable under any circumstances and the club concerned should take immediate stern action.
- Recognise the value and importance of the volunteers assisting. They give their time and effort to provide a safe and fun environment for your child. If you are able, your assistance is always appreciated.
- Baseball is a team game. Accept that each player will spend time on the bench and have a particular role within the team.
- Not all players are champions, so if they don’t want to play, then don’t force them.
- If you disagree with an official or coach, raise the issue after the game and attempt to resolve the matter amicably.
- THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN THE UGLY PARENT.