CODE OF CONDUCT
Parents, players and coaches are required to follow the NMBA Code of Conduct. Players or parents who violate these rules may be disciplined at the game and/or required to appear before the NMBA board of directors. Violations may result in a variety of consequences, including player suspension and parental bans. By registering your child as a player in the NMBA you are deemed to have agreed to this Code and the stated obligations.
Should repeated instances of unacceptable behavior occur:
Should issues persist with a certain player, coach or family, NMBA uses a three strikes and you are out approach. We will not sacrifice the satisfaction of a group of kids due to a single child, coach or family having repeated unacceptable behavior. Should poor behavior be repeated, the NMBA disciplinary committee, appointed by the NMBA board, will discipline the individual responsible for poor behavior.
Code of Conduct for Parents
Participation: I will not force my child to participate. I will remember that the reason for participating is to have fun and the game is for the kids, NOT the adults.
Rules: I will learn the rules of the game and the NMBA policies. I will ensure that my child also understands these rules, especially safety rules, and we all abide by them.
Commitment: I understand that my child's coaches are volunteers who spend significant time and energy in planning practices and games. I also understand that baseball is a team sport and that my child owes his/her teammates the courtesy of consistent attendance and effort at practices and games. I will communicate with the coaches as soon as practicable any time my child will be unable to participate in, or will be late to, a practice or game. In addition, I understand that if my child is frequently absent from, or tardy to games and/or practices, the coaches have discretion to take action in support of the team ethic, such as by reducing my child's playing time in games or not rewarding such behaviour with assignments to highly sought-after field positions.
Medical and Emotional Well Being: I will inform the coach and/or the League of any disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
Support: I will always be supportive of my child, his/her teammates and coaches. After each game, I will have a positive attitude and show an appreciation for my child's, and the team's effort.
Conduct: I will respect the umpires and their authority during games and will never question, discuss or confront coaches at the game, and will take time to speak with coaches later at an agreed upon time and place. I will never ridicule or yell at my child, another player or other participant for making a mistake.
Sportsmanship/Respect: I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and umpires at every game and practice. I will not use any profanity or other offensive language. I will require that my child treat other players, coaches, umpires, league officials and fans with respect.
Environment: I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all sports events.
No Coaching: I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices unless I am one of the team coaches or asked to assist by the team coaches.
Learning: I will encourage the learning and development of the kids as athletes and members of our community. To that end, I will emphasize commitment, effort, development, sportsmanship and respect.
Please support your child's team and the League by volunteering your services when needed.
We have read, understand and agree to abide by Nanaimo Minor Baseball Code of Conduct.
Code of Conduct for Players
Rules: I understand that I need to learn and abide by the NMBA rules, which includes this Code of Conduct and any other rules my coach imposes on the team, and especially safety rules.
Sportsmanship: I will show good sportsmanship in my practices and games, and will encourage my teammates, coaches and parents to do the same.
Respect: I will show respect toward all coaches, players, umpires, league officials and fans. This means that I will not argue with the umpires or taunt or try to humiliate any other players. It also means that I will do my best to listen and learn from my coaches and accept their advice with respect.
Commitment: I understand that it is important for me to show my commitment to my teammates and my coaches. I will do my best to be on time and attend all practices and games, and if I am not able to attend or if I am going to be late, I will let my coaches know as soon as possible so that they can properly plan for my absence.
Behavior: I will not use profanity or another offensive language. I will not hit, push, shove or otherwise try to physically harm any of my teammates, my opponents, or any other people involved in or watching my practices or games. I will not mistreat or mishandle any equipment (e.g. no throwing bats, gloves or helmets).
Responsibility: I understand that I am responsible for what I say and what I do on and off the field.
NMBA Players Guide
"Act right. Do what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, the way you are supposed to do it, and do it that way every time."
In order for us to create a successful culture, everyone on the team must make a commitment to acting right and following the programs expectations. There has to be accountability to that commitment and the team must take ownership of holding teammates to that commitment.
Keys to building NMBA Success
- Being involved as a part of the Nanaimo community
The main goals of NMBA are as follows:
- To teach our youth how to play the game of baseball the right way.
- To be a positive impact on all boys and girls.
- Do all of this with class and respect.
We may not win every game, but we will be the classiest coaches, the hardest working players, and the most respectful parents in every game we play. You as players are going to play with a respect for your teammates, coaches, opposition and the Umpires, no matter what. Your attention and full effort level will be required throughout the season. Your attitude, your concentration, and your effort level are the things that you can control. If you give these things to your coaches every time you show up, you will have a great experience.
You as players will be required to show up ready to play every time you come to the field. Shirts tucked in, hats on straight, and pants not drooping down to your knees. There is not an excuse for lack of hustle on the baseball field. From the first step outside the dugout, you will be expected to hustle. You will have a fast jog to your position, to the plate, and back to the bench when you make an out. You will run out every hit harder then any team we will play and always back up a play to help your teammates. Players on the bench will not be messing around. There is as much to learn on the bench as there is on the field if you want to learn.
- Act Right- Remember that we represent everyone involved with the NMBA Baseball program. Do not embarrass yourself, your team or your family. If a situation does happen, be sure to inform the Head Coach and never lie.
- Succeed in the Classroom - If you do not succeed in the classroom, you will not succeed on the field.
- Be on Time - Every baseball team has 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute. Your coaches time is not necessarily more valuable than yours, but yours is certainly no more valuable then theirs or your teammates. Being on time really means being 5 minutes early and waiting to begin.
- Work to Improve Every Day- Every time you step on the field, you could be better or worse then the last time. It is impossible to stay the same. Come out to practice everyday with a personal plan to get better. If you don't know what you need to work on, ask your coach. Each and every player, regardless of skill level, can get better at something everyday.
- Be early
- Family, School, Baseball are your priorities. In that order.
- No cell phones or electronic devices during practice or games
- Always in baseball pants and cleats, unless previously informed by coaches
- Give your best effort every day.
- Improve at something everyday- have a personal plan
- Be coachable
- Eyes up and listening when a coach is talking.
- Give as much advance notice as you can if you need to miss a practice or game
- Your baseball team comes first during the season. All other teams take a back seat.
- Treat all teammates, umpires, coaches, fans, opposing players and anyone else you come in contact with respectfully. We will be a first class operation. There will be no foul language. There will be no negative comments made to anyone. Negativity will not help anyone.
- Accept your role on the team. Players, not parents, are free to come and speak with the coaches at anytime in regards to playing time, positional play or batting order. You will be given an honest assessment of where you stand. It is your responsibility to come and talk to the coaches.
- Keep it clean
- No horseplay or hazing type activities are allowed
- Theft will not be tolerated
- Team members only in the dugout
Let the record stand right now that we will not have good umpiring at times this year. You as players, need to understand this before the season even begins. This is a fact, and the sooner we all understand that, the better off we all will be. Umpires are human. They are fallible, like the rest of us. Let the coaches deal with the umpires. Trust that they will let them know when the Umpires need to hear something.