Posted Mar 27, 2018

UMPIRE CODE OF CONDUCT

(Link at Bottom of Page - Print, Sign & Issue to Umpire-In-Chief before beginning of Season)

 

The essential elements of character-building and ethics in baseball are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six (6) core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.

The highest potential of the game of baseball is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character” and in an effort to achieve this potential, Birchmount Baseball League will enforce the Ontario Baseball Association’s Codes of Conduct for every level of membership in the association.

  • I will make sure that every athlete has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
  • I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the athletes. I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition.
  • I will not permit the intimidation of any athlete either by word or by action.
  • I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward myself, other officials, athletes or spectators.
  • I will be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team or individual athlete.
  • I will handle all conflicts firmly but with dignity. I accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants.
  • I will be open to discussion and contact with the athletes before and after the game.
  • I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view.
  • I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my officiating skills.

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Birchmount Baseball League mirrors Ontario Baseball Association’s (OBA) zero tolerance policy. Failure to abide by these Codes of Conduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action at the discretion of the Birchmount Baseball League Executive.

* Disciplinary Action for Code of Conduct infractions will, as a general rule, follow multi-tiered disciplinary approach, with the severity of the penalty increasing for each subsequent infraction. However, Birchmount Baseball League reserves the right to impose a more severe penalty than the next subsequent tier in the process should the infraction warrant such a penalty.

The penalties, in increasing order of severity are as follows:

1st Infraction – Written Warning

2nd Infraction – Single Game Suspension

3rd Infraction – Multi Game Suspension

4th Infraction – Season Long Suspension (Pending Fair Hearing as advised by OBA)

5th Infraction – Removal from Ontario Baseball Membership (Pending Technical Hearing from OBA)

All reports of Code of Conduct infractions must be submitted in writing to the Baseball Ontario office and will be subject to the same process that is in place for handling complaints.

Umpire Signature: ___________________________

Print Name:            ___________________________

Parent Signature:   ___________________________ (for umpires under 18 yrs of age)

Print Parent Name: ___________________________     Date ___________________________

 

2018_UMPIRE Code of Conduct_OBA.docx

 
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