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Code of Conduct

USABL League/Tournament Code of Conduct and Sportsmanship

The sole purpose of USABL is to teach, develop and inspire our youth to practice ideals of character, citizenship and community; bringing our youth together through the means of a common interest in sportsmanship, fair play and fellowship; to impart to the game elements of safety, technique and fundamentals, always keeping the welfare of our players first, foremost and entirely free of the adult drive for glory.

In order to keep the program free of the adult drive for glory and other adult conduct which is detrimental to the ideals of youth sports, parents and guardians of baseball players as well as all adults connected with or who participate in the USABL, must adhere to the following standards of conduct:

  • Do not physically or verbally abuse anyone in the program.
  • No physical altercation will be tolerated. Fighting in public is a misdemeanor.
  • No smoking (on the field) during practice or at game time.
  • Show respect for all parents/guardian, opponents, officials and coaches at all times. Do not argue with or criticize the game officials, the opposing team, the opposing coaches or fans, by word of mouth or gesture.
  • Maintain at ALL times a high level of safety awareness.
  • Do not use abusive, profane, vulgar or other offensive language and gestures.
  • No consumption or use of alcoholic beverages is allowed during practice or at game time. Drinking in public is a misdemeanor.
  • Do not incite unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Do not seek to undermine the authority of the USABL or the umpires
  • Do set an example by your personal conduct at all times.
  • Do remember that winning at all costs is not a message we wish to impart to our youth. Instead, we want them to have fun, play safe competitive baseball and to encourage sportsmanship.
  • Clean up after your team and fans, remove all trash from the stands and dugout. No one should have to clean up after your team.
  • Always abide by a doctor’s decision in all matters of health, injuries and ability to play

USABL shall have the authority to penalize the offender according to the degree of infraction: from warning to a removal from the game and/or league/tournament (a warning is at USABL’s discretion). Any physical contact with an umpire will cause offender to be suspended from the remainder of league/tournament.

All coaches, parents and players agree to the 24 Hour Rule requirements. The 24 hour rule is a standard our program uses to prevent heated discussions and general decision making immediately following a game. USABL will not discuss a game or situation until at least 24 hours have passed. It is essentially a cooling off period that removes emotion from the conversation, which allows both parties to collect their thoughts prior to speaking about any issues.  This rule does two things.  First, it moves the discussion away from the presence of players.  Second, it allows all parties to have time to put things in perspective and "cool off", if necessary.