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Standards of Conduct

The Jesse Burkett Little League Board of Directors has adopted standards of conduct for all participants in the Jesse Burkett Little League. Those standards are spelled out below for players, parents, managers, coaches, volunteers, Umpires and the Little League Board of Directors. It is in the interest of all participants to understand and comply with these standards. Any question about these standards should be raised with members of the Board.

PlayersRights:

To participate in playing baseball or softball regardless of skill level and at a level that is commensurate with the player's developmental level. To have qualified adult leadership who clearly communicate what is expected of players. To have adult leadership who are positive role models, who place the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of any personal desire to win, and who demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship. To receive proper preparation for playing the game and to learn the skills of playing baseball or softball. To receive an opportunity to strive for success. To learn that winning is not the only measure of success. To learn to be a member of a team. To be treated with dignity by all involved and to participate in a safe and healthy environment.

Responsibilities:

To attend practices and games on time. To try their very best at all times win or lose. To obey adult authorities (manager, coaches and umpires) and to be respectful at all times. To learn to be a team player, choosing the team's goals over personal goals and to be a good sport and to abide by the rules.

ParentsRights:

To participate in assisting in a meaningful way with the team. To have an open path of communication to managers, coaches, and Board members and to know what is expected of their child. To have a responsive and effective process for expressing concerns about the Jesse Burkett Little League program, about team leadership, or about umpiring and to understand the rules of the game, of each division, and of the league. To expect support from the Board consistent with the policies and procedures of the league and with local rules.

Responsibilities:

To participate in some concrete way in the management/support of the team. To communicate effectively with managers and coaches about their children's experiences with baseball. To support the managers and coaches by ensuring regular and prompt attendance of players at games and practices. To support the managers, coaches, and other adult volunteers by ensuring that their children are obedient and cooperative at all times. To treat all volunteers (managers, coaches, umpires, Board members) and players with dignity. To model good sportsmanship and urge their child to try their best.

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Managers/CoachesRights:

To expect players to behave in a manner, which will not interfere with the enjoyment of the game of baseball or softball by others. To expect players to cooperate, to follow their instruction, and to abide by the rules set forth by the manager. To expect parental support for the team and for their leadership. To expect parents to support them in enforcing the rules of the team. To expect responsive and timely support from the Board consistent with the policies and procedures of the league and with local rules. To expect players to put forth their best effort when playing and practicing. To be treated with dignity by players, parents, and other volunteers. To choose what skills to teach and develop, and what drills to run in practice to bring about that development, and to decide how those skills are best utilized during games.

Responsibilities:

To communicate effectively with players, parents, and other volunteers. To clearly communicate the rules of the team and their philosophy about the way the game should be played by players on the team. To treat all players equally and fairly and to know, understand, and ensure the rights of players. To have a clear standard for player conduct and a clear system of discipline enforced equitably and without anger. To treat players, parents, and other volunteers with dignity and to pursue positive rather than negative approaches to dealing with all. To refrain from unsportsmanlike or immature behavior. To understand that they are role models for the players and to act accordingly. To understand that they are a coach of youth and that the game is for children and not adults. To understand that winning is not the ultimate goal of baseball/softball and to act accordingly. To report to the Board any issues/problems which are not within their authority or ability to resolve.

UmpiresRights:

To expect the support of players, managers, parents, and other volunteers and to expect compliance with rulings. To expect all volunteers to put forth their best effort during games. To expect managers and coaches to abide by its policies, standards, and local rules. To be treated with dignity by players, parents, and other volunteers. To expect responsive and timely support from the Board consistent with the policies and procedures of the league and with local rules.

Responsibilities:

To fairly call the game based on their best judgement of the Rules (both local and nation) as established by the league and enforced equitably and without anger. To communicate effectively with players, coaches, and other volunteers the rules of the game. To respond professionally when asked for clarification of rules or their judgement calls. To treat all players equally and fairly and to know, understand, and ensure the rights of players. To treat players, parents, and other volunteers with dignity and to pursue positive rather than negative approaches to dealing with all. To refrain from unsportsmanlike or immature behavior. To understand that they are role models for the players and to act accordingly. To understand that they are umpiring a youth game and that the game is for children and not adults. To report to the Board any issues/problems which are not within their authority or ability to resolve

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Little League BoardRights:

To expect the support of players, managers, parents, and other volunteers and to expect compliance with its policies. To expect all volunteers to put forth their best effort during games, practices, drafts, and other activities. To expect managers and coaches to abide by its policies, standards, and local rules. To be treated with dignity by players, parents, and other volunteers.

Responsibilities:

To effectively communicate and enforce a set of clearly defined policies, standards, and local rules. To be visible, accessible, supportive, impartial, and objective administrators of the game. To provide as safe and orderly game environment as possible. To assist in resolving problems involving players, parents, managers, coaches, umpires, or other volunteers. To hold players, managers, coaches, volunteers, and parents accountable for their conduct in games and practices. To strive for the best training of managers, coaches, and umpires possible.

Conflict Resolution Process

The Jesse Burkett Little League Board hopes that everyone connected with the Little League Program has a fun and positive year. Little League can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in a child and parents life. There is nothing that quite matches the excitement of a Little League game!

Occasionally, conflicts do arise among participants in Little League. The Board cares very much that conflicts be resolved quickly, objectively, and equitably with the very first consideration being given to the welfare of the children. Therefore, the Board has provided the following Conflict Resolution Process. It is designed for, and should be followed by, all adult participants in the league if a conflict arises.

  1. Anyone who disapproves of the actions or attitudes of another should bring it to their attention quickly in a courteous and positive manner. When approached promptly and with sensitivity to another's feelings and frame of reference, many problems quickly become non-issues and a higher level of cooperation and understanding is achieved. The adult volunteer should always be approached discreetly and privately, and the dialogue kept on a person to person level.

  2. Disagreements that cannot be resolved in the above manner should be brought to the attention of the respective Divisional VP and Player Agent who are agents of the Board and are therefore bound to listen to all sides objectively and impartially, to respect each person’s privacy in the matter, and to take action that s/he feels most appropriate.

  3. Conflicts that cannot be resolved by the Divisional VPs and Player Agents (or conflicts with the Divisional VP’s and Player Agents) should be brought to the attention of the Little League Board of Directors. A matter of only the greatest concern should be brought to the Board and only after the means above have been exercised in good faith. The Board will, at its discretion, appoint a committee of Board Members who can remain objective to arbitrate the matter. If a Board member is involved in the conflict, she/he shall not be included as an arbiter in the Conflict Resolution Process. When a matter is brought to the Board, all decisions of the Board or its appointed committee will be binding and the matter will be considered resolved.

  4. Any action connected with Little League deemed illegal, immoral, or unethical should be reported to the Board of Directors at once. The Board will be called to order on an emergency basis to deal with the problem.

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