Murphy Canyon Little League: Managers & Coaches Information

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And will respect its laws
I will play fair
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But win or lose
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Murphy Canyon Little League Manager and Coaches Code of Conduct

 

In an effort to ensure the players in Murphy Canyon Little League have a great experience, the board of directors has made it a requirement for each Manager and Coach to read and sign the code of conduct.  The players experience is our number one priority!

 

 

Murphy Canyon Little League

Manager and Coach Code of Conduct     

As an appointed Murphy Canyon Little League Manager or Coach, we ask that you agree to follow the Murphy Canyon Little League Manager and Coach Code of Conduct to ensure a positive environment for all youth and adults participating in the Murphy Canyon Little League Program. 

 I will remember that I am coaching a youth sports team and that the game is for the fun of the children and not the egos of the adults. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines: 

1.    I will place an emphasis on fun to keep players excited to play Little League baseball for Murphy Canyon Little League.

2.    I will do my best to ensure that all players will have equal participation during practices and games.

3.    I will fulfill the expected role of a Little League coach and adopt a "children first" philosophy.

4.    I will maintain a positive, helpful and supportive attitude during practices and games, throughout the entire season.

5.    I will exhibit a gracious acceptance of both defeat and victory.

6.    I will accept and adhere to all Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League rules and policies related to the participation of adults and youth in the Murphy Canyon Little League program.

7.    I will allow and encourage the players to listen, learn and play hard within the rules set forth by Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League.

8.    I will exercise my authority/influence to control the negative behavior of the other managers and coaches as well as the parents and spectators if deemed necessary. I will report any excessive negative behavior to the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors. 

I will place the emotional well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines 

1.    I will act as a positive role model for players and encourage good sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy to others and by demonstrating positive support for all players, managers, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or event.

2.    I will praise players for competing fairly and trying hard. I will teach the players that doing ones’ best is more important than winning, so that they will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance during a game.

3.    I agree to make an effort to offer five comments of praise for every one comment of criticism as taught by the Positive Coaching Alliance.

4.    I will “Honor the Game” by promoting the "ROOTS" of positive play. As taught by the Positive Coaching Alliance the letters in “ROOTS” stand for R- Respecting the Rules, O- Respecting the Opponents, O- Respecting the Officials, T- Respecting Teammates, and S- Respecting Self.

5.    I will never ridicule or yell at players or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

6.    I will use appropriate language in appropriate tones when interacting with players, league officials, game officials, parents and spectators.

7.    I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures with any official, coach, player or parent. 

I will place the physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the players.

2.    I will not tolerate any player physically or verbally abusing other players, equipment or property. I will report all physical or verbal abuse to the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors.

3.    I will determine players’ field play time according to the equal participation rules established by Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League 

4.    I will obey the pitch count rules established by Little League for protecting pitchers.

5.    I will not encourage a player to participate in practice or games if they are suffering from an illness or injury. I understand that any illness or injury that required medical attention will need a doctor’s note to resume participation in practices and games.

6.    I will allow for reasonable absences from practice without withholding a player from field play time.  

I will treat each player as an individual remembering that there is a large range of emotional and physical development for players of the same age group. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will include all players in team activities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, body type, national origin, ancestry, disability, ability, or any other legally protected classification.

2.    I will remember that all youth may vary greatly in physical, social and emotional maturation and I will take these factors into consideration. I will make a true effort to recognize the differences of each child and treat each player as an individual while demonstrating concern for their individual needs and well being.

3.    I will remember that some physical tasks, drills and demands are not appropriate for all players and that the tasks may need to be modified for individuals.

4.    Regardless of skill level, I will encourage all players equally and emphasize that they are all a part of the team and encourage them to remain involved in all aspects of the game.  

I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and good sportsmanship. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will teach, demonstrate and enforce the basic moral code to treat others as we would like to be treated.

2.    I will provide an environment that promotes fair and equal competition.

3.    I will abide by, teach and support the rules of Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League.   

4.    I will teach players to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

5.    I will use my influential position of coach as an opportunity to promote, teach and enforce good sportsmanship and fair play from players and other coaches.

6.    I will treat players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability and require that players and team volunteers do the same. 

I will provide a safe playing environment for players. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines: 

1.    I will attend a safety clinic offered by District 33 or Murphy Canyon Little League.

2.    I will review the Murphy Canyon Little League Safety Plan that is available online and in the concession stands.

3.    I will protect players from physical or emotional abuse, assault and sexual molestation by any individual.  

4.    I will wear my Murphy Canyon Little League Volunteer Badge whenever I am acting in the capacity of a Murphy Canyon Little League Volunteer.

5.    I will require any other team or field volunteer (12 years of age and older) to have and wear a valid Murphy Canyon Little League Volunteer Badge whenever acting in the capacity of a Murphy Canyon Little League Volunteer.

6.    I will work to maintain a high level of awareness of potentially unsafe conditions on and off the field.  

7.    I will take steps to correct unsafe conditions. If they cannot be corrected, I will cancel or stop the practice or game until conditions improve.

8.    I will use appropriate safety equipment necessary to protect all players.

9.    I will make certain that the players are provided with adequate adult supervision while under the coach's care. I understand that no one may have contact with the players without volunteer clearance and that they must be wearing a Murphy Canyon Little League Volunteer Badge. 

I will learn the rules of Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League and I will teach these rules to my players. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:

1.    I will attend clinics mandated by Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League so that I am knowledgeable in the rules for our league.

2.    I will become knowledgeable in Little League, District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League rules, regulations and policies. For rules, regulations or policies that I do not understand, I will ask a league official for clarification.

3.    I will support all applicable rules regulations and policies by enforcing them during practices and games.

4.    I will teach players the rules of Little League and require compliance of these rules. 

I will teach skills and use coaching techniques that are age appropriate for my team. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will attend the required coaching clinics offered by District 33 and Murphy Canyon Little League to learn ways to successfully coach players.

2.    I will teach players the basic or advanced (whichever is appropriate) baseball fundamentals and proper techniques without over emphasizing winning or losing the game.

3.    I will teach techniques that will reduce the risk of injury to both the coach's own players and their opponents.

4.    I will discourage illegal contact or intentional dangerous play. I will administer immediate discipline to players involved in such activity. I will report the actions of the player to parents and Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors when necessary. 

I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will have the first aid kit issued by the league available at all practices and games. I will make sure I understand what each item of the kit is used for and how to use it. If I run low on first aid supplies, I will contact the Murphy Canyon Little League Safety Officer to replenish the kit.

2.    I will make a point to recognize an injured player and administer proper first aid or get the proper help for the player contacting medical authorities if necessary.

3.    I will notify parents, cooperate with medical authorities and notify the Murphy Canyon Little League Safety Officer when an injury to a player occurs.  

4.    I will protect the players' well being by removing them from an activity when injured. I will not allow them to return to the activity if they are compromised by injury.

5.    If an injury requires medical attention, I will not allow the player to participate in the league until a medical clearance is authorized by a doctor and submitted to the Murphy Canyon Little League Safety Officer. 

I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I will work to establish practice plans that are interesting, varied, and productive and aimed at improving all players' skills and individual abilities.

2.    I will emphasize skill development during practices and encourage the players to use those skills during games. 

3.    I will devote equal and appropriate time to the individual improvement of each player.

4.    I will conduct practices of reasonable length (not to exceed 2 hours a day) and intensity appropriate for the age and conditioning of the players.

5.    I will deemphasize the aspect of competition and winning games in the lower age divisions. 

I will provide an environment for my players and volunteers that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. I will refrain from their use at all Murphy Canyon Little League events. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines:  

1.    I understand that the use of all tobacco products (cigarettes and chewing tobacco) is prohibited on the fields and inside all Murphy Canyon Little League facilities. I will only use tobacco products in the designated smoking areas. All designated smoking areas are located in the parking lot at least 50 feet from all players.

2.    In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles for children, I will do my best to refrain from the use of any type of tobacco products in the presence of players.

3.    During all Murphy Canyon Little League activities and in the presence of players, I will be alcohol and drug free.

4.    I will refrain from providing any type of alcohol, drug or tobacco products to any players or volunteers that are under the age of 21.

5.    I will encourage all parents and spectators to refrain from the public use of tobacco products or alcohol at Murphy Canyon Little League activities. If they must smoke, I will direct them to the designated smoking areas.  

I understand that I am a representative of Murphy Canyon Little League and I will do my best to uphold a good reputation of the league. I will do my best to support growth of the league. I will accomplish this by following these guidelines: 

1.    I will use my assigned email account on the MCLL Google Applications to communicate with board members and parents when discussing all league matters.

2.    I will make an effort to keep the parents of my players informed of practices, games, upcoming events as well as changes in the schedule.

3.    I understand I am responsible for all equipment that is assigned to me by Murphy Canyon Little League and I will return it no later than 14 days after the last scheduled game of the season. I understand that I am responsible for contacting the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors to return the equipment and that I am financially responsible for the replacement of the equipment that is not returned.

4.    I will assist in appointing a Team Parent/Representative that will help coordinate the volunteers for the team and concession stand.

5.    I will address any player concerns privately with the players’ parents, Murphy Canyon Little League Player Agent, or the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors. I will not discuss or address the concern in an open forum involving other players and/or parents and spectators.

6.    If I have an issue or concern that pertains to Murphy Canyon Little League, I will direct my concern to the appropriate board member or email MCLLBoard@MurphyCanyonLittleLeague.com to have my concern directed to the appropriate board member.

7.    I will apply all of the Murphy Canyon Little League Codes of Conduct at Murphy Canyon Little League facilities, at other city/league facilities and at any tournament where I am representing Murphy Canyon Little League.  

By signing below I acknowledge that I have read and understood the expectations of the Managers. Coaches and Assistant Coaches of Murphy Canyon Little League. I also:

 ·         Agree to follow the expectations set forth in the Murphy Canyon Little League Manager and Coach Code of Conduct to the best of my abilities

.·         Understand that any violation of the Murphy Canyon Little League Manager and Coach Code of Conduct will result in the disciplinary action that will be documented and handled by the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors. A written reprimand or warning will be issued and depending upon the nature of the violation, one (1) or more of the following penalties will be given:

1.     One (1) game suspension or more as deemed appropriate by the Murphy Canyon Little League Board of Directors.

2.     Complete suspension for the rest of the season.

3.     Permanent removal from managing or coaching with Murphy Canyon Little League and an automatic forfeit of the Volunteer Program Fee Deposit. 

Print Name ______________________________________  Signature _______________________________Date ______________ 

Board Members Signature __________________________ Board Position ___________________    Date_____________________   

 



2014 Spring Season Manager or Coach Application!

Please fill out the Google Docs Application if you wish to be a Manager or Coach for the 2014 Spring Season.  

 

 

 All applications MUST be submitted by January 5th, 2014 to be approved and selected at the January 6th Board Meeting.  No exceptions, sorry!  A Board Member will contact you after the selection process.  Please feel free to contact us at mcllboard@murphycanyonlittleleague.com with any questions.

 Also, MARK YOUR CALENDAR on February 9th for the Big Al Clinic.  You will need to attend the Training Session and Safety Training Session. 

 

 



Sunday, March 16
Composite Bat Policy

District 33 Composite Bat Policy

As each of you are aware Little League Baseball in September and December of 2010 issued a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League (Majors) Division and all other baseball divisions of Little League.  Complete information on this moratorium can be viewed at

http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2010/Sep-Dec/CompositeBatMoratium.htm

More information can be found at http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/licensedcompositebats.htm 

In District 33, the safety of our players and all other participants is paramount.  With this said each the umpires must perform a complete inspection of equipment which could potentially be used during the course of the game.  This check should include all helmets and bats.  Catcher's equipment should also be inspected.  Below is the policy we have established for enforcement of the composite bat moratorium for all games played within District 33. 

"The policy for the composite bat moratorium for all games, practice, regular season and post season, played in District 33 will be to have the manager or player provide the umpire inspecting the equipment written verification from the Little League website (for any bat that appears to the umpire to be a composite bat) that the bat in question has received a waiver and been approved for use in a baseball division of Little League Baseball.  The inability of the manager or player to provide written verification of the waiver being granted, by Little League Baseball, for the bat in question will force its removal from the game." 

One note: The moratorium on composite bats only applies to composite-barreled bats. Bats that have only a metal/alloy in the barrel (and no other material, unless it is in the end cap of the bat) are not subject to the moratorium, regardless of the composition of the handle.

Of course, playing Rule 1.0 provides all of the details for approved length and diameter for each division of Little League Baseball for bats. Each umpire, manager and coach and Board Member should take time to review and understand all of the information contained on the Little League website pertaining to composite bats. 

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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