East Lane Little League Baseball & Softball: Parents and Spectators

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
East Lane Little League has adopted a policy to include Zero Tolerance of the harassment of managers, coaches, team parents and players. Harassment of or heckling of an umpire is defined as any physical or verbal objection to a judgment call including but not limited to a call of ball/strike, fair/foul, or out/safe. With managers, coaches, and players, the league includes:

1. ANY form of harassment or heckling. What may seem like “nothing” to one individual may be just what sends another away from the game, never to return. PLEASE be sensitive.

2. Major infractions of the rules (Little League or Local) including, but not limited to actual play on the field.

3. Behavior deemed not in the best interest of East Lane Little League, its players and/or volunteers on the ball field or during a game.

Little League plans to maintain its reputation as a FUN program for kids and adults and has given the local league authority to establish disciplinary action where the reputation of Little League may be damaged. This may include gatherings away from the field when in uniform or representing Little League.

All umpires, managers, and coaches are volunteers, donating what may be hundreds of hours during a given season to help kids play ball.  When a challenge arises with another adult, first try to settle it quietly and in an orderly manner AWAY from the players and other individuals. If, in your opinion, this cannot be accomplished, inform a Board Member of your challenge. All volunteers in the program, and folks at the games, are “only” fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sons, daughters. All who are volunteering may well be learning as they perform the task assigned to them. Remember to be tolerant and patient with each other.

Every player is learning, whether playing or watching a practice or game. They should be instructed, by word and by action, how to handle disagreements or confrontations in a Good Sportsmanship-like manner. As adults, it is extremely important we role model how differences in opinion or potential confrontations SHOULD be handled.

Each Manager and Coach will sign an application and contract specifically stating the league’s expectations for behavior on the field and around the kids. Local League Rules state these very same expectations, and are discussed pre-season in a meeting.

The league has established a form for recording adult or player/child disciplinary action taken during the season. “Adults” may be parents, grandparents, bystanders, managers, coaches, etc. The “youth” could be registered ballplayers or children “just watching” from off the field. We expect positive, respectful behavior from our ball players, whether on the field, in the dugout, outside the fence-line watching a practice or game.

The severity of the disciplinary action will be determined by the League Executive Board. NOTE: Disciplinary action by the Board CANNOT be taken without WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION.

Please keep in mind the league will NOT tolerate heckling or harassment in ANY form. Our program REQUIRES volunteerism and it is our goal for everyone to look forward to returning as a player or volunteer. Depending on the severity of a violation, there may be a warning, or an individual may be asked to leave the premises, returning only when they can maintain control. A second warning may include a call to the local Police Department for assistance in escorting the individual(s) from the premises. Exception: If an UMPIRE throws an adult out of a game, they are to IMMEDIATELY leave the premises and not return for that game.

Though we project and hope no violations will occur, we EXPECT any incident to be reported immediately to the League President or Vice President. Within 48 hours of being notified, we will request letters from witnesses so it can be handled in a timely manner. Shared concerns and information is appreciated, but if the incident were severe enough to be a violation, it should be dealt with immediately by the individual(s) involved.



A Reminder to Parents

1. Baseball and softball is a hard game. Remember to tell your child how tough it was for you.

2. Listen to your children, don’t lecture to them. Let them tell you what they enjoy about sports.

3. Praise your kids, their teammates, and opponents just for participating, regardless of their athletic skills.

4. Coaches: Remember, every child wants to play during games as much as possible. As a coach, it’s your job to make sure that happens.

5. Yelling and screaming discourages a child’s desire to do well in sports. No one wants to be criticized, especially when playing a difficult game.

6. Try not to take yourself too seriously when it comes to your involvement in youth sports, reminding yourself that there is life beyond youth sports.

7. Emphasize teamwork with your kids, teaching them to think "we" instead of "me".

8. Teach your kids by giving them a good example of good sportsmanship: winning without gloating and losing without complaining.

9. Maintain a "Fun is No. 1" attitude. Remind yourself and your kids to laugh and keep a sense of humor. Win or Lose, Baseball and Softball games are suppose to be fun!