Player and Parent Conduct

UpdatedTuesday December 31, 2019 byNBL.

Head coaches and assistant coaches must emphasize the following rules and responsibilities concerning their players and fans before, during and after every game.

Players:

  • Participation. All players who are registered for NBL are encouraged to participate fully in the program. The absence from practice, games or league functions will impact a player’s eligibility for game play, post-season play and/or tournament teams.
  • Uniforms. All players must be in complete uniform, with shirts tucked in, and wear all mandatory equipment. Umpires will enforce this rule. Any player not in compliance will be ineligible to play. There will be no altering of the team uniforms. The coach will be responsible for the cost of replacement. Players wearing altered uniforms will be asked to change into regulation dress or not play in the game.
  • Player Conduct.
    • Players are not allowed to throw bats, helmets, or act in an unsportsmanlike manner. Fighting, use of profanity, or a flagrant act of throwing or breaking equipment is subject to immediate ejection from the game and possible further disciplinary action. Lesser infractions, such as unintentionally throwing the bat while swinging, will be subject to a warning for the first infraction, followed by ejection for repeated infractions.
    • Any player caught destroying league property will be subject to immediate dismissal from the league, pending approval by the Board of Directors. The parents of such players shall be responsible for making restitution to the league, if necessary.
  • Player Discipline. 
    • Any disciplinary action taken by a manager with regard to player conduct or attendance must go through the player representative.
  • Player In-game Discipline.
    • The manager may bench any player displaying unsportsmanlike conduct. If the player has not played the required innings. (Also see Rule II.B.9 in the Coaching Guidelines and Regulations).
    • If a player is ejected from a game for verbal abuse of an umpire, they will receive a one-game suspension to be served during the team’s next game in that league. A second ejection of the same player will result in a suspension for the team’s next two games in that league. A third ejection of the same player will result in suspension of that player in that league for the remainder of the season, which includes all playoff games. Any deliberate physical contact or threats toward an umpire will be handled through the district commissioner.

Parent Responsibilities

As a parent of a child playing Niskayuna Baseball, I will do my best to adhere to the following:

I will provide positive support, care and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Ethics.

I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other youth sports event.

I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.

I will support the coaches and officials working with my child to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from foul language, drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.

I will instruct my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect.

I will remember that the game is for children and not adults.

I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, assisting with coaching or providing transportation.

I will cheer in a POSITIVE manner.