South Oldham Little League Code of Conduct
Through baseball, the South Oldham Little League (“SOLL”) seeks to enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of every child that takes part. It is the league’s express goal that every player will be a better citizen, and have a greater chance for success in future endeavors, as a result of their Little League experiences. As such, the South Oldham Little League expects the highest degree of sportsmanship from its members.
In keeping with this philosophy, the following Code of Conduct has been adopted to better promote fairness, teamwork, good citizenship, sportsmanship, responsibility, and respect among the members of the South Oldham Little League.
Players will learn these values by the examples they see from those around them, and to this end, the following rules will be strictly enforced:
Anyone removed from the SOLL fields must leave all fields and the access roads to the fields. Such persons may remain in the SOLL parking lot.
Any infraction of the above rules will result in a report being delivered to the South Oldham Little League Board for consideration of further action, as appropriate.
First Offense: Upon the reporting of a first offense by an individual, the Board of Directors, at a minimum, will provide a written warning to the offender, detailing the consequences of future infractions. Depending upon the severity of the infraction, nothing precludes the Board of Directors from banning a repeat offender from all South Oldham Little League activities, including, but not limited to, practices and games, for a period of time deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.
Second Offense: The Board of Directors may institute a wide range of penalties for repeat offenders, beginning with the second offense, as deemed appropriate by the Board. Such penalties include, but are not limited to:
· Suspension from all coaching activities for a prescribed period of time.
· A ban from participating in all SOLL activities for a set period of time or number of games.
· Severe violations can result in suspension from all SOLL activities for the remainder of the current season or tournament.
Third Offense: The Board of Directors may choose to apply any of the penalties prescribed for a second offense. In the most extreme of circumstances, the SOLL Board of Directors may hold a meeting to determine whether or not the individual should be permanently banned from all future SOLL activities. The individual in question must receive a certified letter of such a hearing at least one week prior to the meeting, and must be given the opportunity to speak at the meeting.
Physical Abuse - Physical abuse of an official, coach, player, or spectator will result in immediate expulsion from the SOLL fields at the direction of an umpire or a SOLL board member. Anyone expelled for this reason may not return to the SOLL fields or participate in any SOLL activity until the SOLL Board of Directors approves.
Any parent, coach, fan, player, or umpire who has been suspended or banned from league activities may petition, in writing, to the Board of Directors for a review of the penalty. The petition should be delivered to the league president, and the Board of Directors will meet as soon as reasonably possible to consider the petition. The aggrieved parties will have the opportunity at the meeting to present their appeal.
The South Oldham Little League strongly encourages the following:
I have read, understand, and agree to the above stated Code of Conduct of the South Oldham Little League. I agree to be bound by its provisions.
(signature of parent, coach, or official)