Code of Conduct

1. Coaches

Coaches concepts of ethics and their attitude directly affects the behaviour of players under their supervision. Coaches are expected to pay particular care to the moral aspect of their conduct. Whilst winning constitutes a fundamental concern for coaches, this code is not intended to conflict with this interest. However, the code calls for coaches to dissociate themselves from a "win at all costs" attitude. The health, safety and welfare of club members are the main priority.

1.1 Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

1.2 Coaches must place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.

1.3 Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

1.4 Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

1.5 Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

1.6 Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

1.7 Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.

1.8 Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate, parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.

1.9 Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

1.10 Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

1.11 Coaches must not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

2. Code of Conduct for Players

Players are the most important people in baseball. Playing your hardest with and for the team is a key aspect of the game. However, winning at all costs is not and it is important to respect all others involvd in the game.

2.1 Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.

2.2 Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

2.3 Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

2.4 Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

2.5 Not use inappropriate language.

2.6 Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.

2.7 Resist any influence that might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

2.8 Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.

2.9 Accept success and failure, victory and defeat with an equal measure of dignity.

2.10 Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

2.11 Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

2.12 Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

2.13 Show due respect towards Match Officials.

2.14 Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.

2.15 Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.

2.16 Show due respect to the interests of supporters.

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