Mississauga North Baseball Association Code of Conduct.

Introduction

NOTE: IN THIS POLICY “MEMBERS” REFERS TO all categories of members in Mississauga North Baseball Association (referred to as MNBA), as well as to all individuals engaged in activities with or employed by MNBA, including, but not limited to, players, parents, coaches, officials, umpires, volunteers, directors, officers, team managers, conveners. It includes all MNBA divisions: Baseball, Softball, Rep and House League, Umpires.

The Mississauga North Baseball Association is a proud organization offering community and representative programs for Baseball and Softball in the north Mississauga area for many decades. Our mandate is to foster, promote and teach amateur baseball/softball to all eligible individuals without regard to race, creed, colour, sex, religion or national origin. To develop community spirit and encourage sportsmanship and good fellowship among all eligible individuals and participate to the betterment of their physical, mental and social well being, establishment of a friendly and mutually rewarding relationship among the members of the Association to better facilitate competition.

MNBA is guided by the values of integrity, trust, fair play, respect for others and sportsmanship. MNBA members are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner consistent with the values of MNBA, fulfill certain responsibilities and obligations, including but not limited to, complying with the Code of Conduct, policies, rules and regulations of MNBA.

The Mississauga North Baseball Association Code of Conduct identifies the standard of behaviour which is expected of members of MNBA. Members who fail to meet this standard will be subject to the disciplinary sanctions, as per Mississauga North Baseball Association By law.

MNBA adheres to the principles and ethical standards outlined in the Baseball Canada Code of Conduct and Coaching Association of Canada Code of Ethics.

 

General Principles

MNBA participants are defined to include: all MBA members, coach developers, umpire instructors, sponsor representatives and club supporters, members of the general public attending as spectators.

Participants are encouraged and expected to:

  • show positive acts of sportsmanship, encourage and maintain the highest standards of courtesy, fairness, and discouraging all instances of foul or ille-gal play, or acts of violence, both during and after competitions and training.
  • demonstrate the greatest levels of respect, protecting the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, age, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, or religion;
    • participants are to refrain from any behaviour that constitutes harassment, where harassment is defined as improper conduct by an individual during a MNBA sponsored event and that the individual knew or ought reasonably to have known would cause offence or harm. It comprises objectionable act(s), comment(s), or display(s) that demean, belittle or cause personal humiliation or embarrassment, and any act of intimidation or threat.
    • Participants are to refrain from behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment, where sexual harassment is defined to include such activities as, unwelcome sexual comments and advances, requests for sexual favours, or conduct of a sexual nature.
    • Participants shall not have sexual relations, or sexual intimacy of any description, with any other participant he/she has access to in the sport environment.
  • use social media responsibly, and understand that cyber bullying, which in cludes negative or demeaning comments, status posts, personal messages or emails, is deemed as a serious form of harassment.
  • lead by positive example,and condemn the use of recreational and performance enhancing drugs and doping practices; their use endangers the health of players and is contrary to the concept of fair competition.
  • demonstrate integrity in all matters involving the sport by behaving with honesty and transparency.
  • resolve any potential conflict of interest situation by contacting the Executive Board

The Mississauga North Baseball Association Code of Conduct shall govern all disciplinary matters to the extent that it conflicts with or augments the code of conduct of any Provincial/Territorial Baseball Association.


CODE OF CONDUCT - PLAYER

  • Always respect the umpire‘s decision.
  • Never become involved in acts of foul play.
  • Honour both the spirit and the letter of the competition rules and live up to the highest ideals of ethics and sportsmanship.
  • Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting or other actions that are de-meaning to other players, officials or supporters.
  • Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.
  • Safeguard your health; don‘t use any illegal or unhealthy substances.
  • Recognize that many officials, coaches and umpires are volunteers who give up their time to provide their services. Treat them with the utmost respect.

CODE OF CONDUCT - COACH

  • Actively discourage foul play and/or unsportsmanlike behaviour by players.
  • Seek to maximize the participation and enjoyment of all players regardless of ability.
  • Show concern and caution toward all sick and injured players.
  • Maintain appropriate, professional relationships with players at all times.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the sport and keep abreast of current coaching methods.
  • Always consider the health, safety and welfare of players.
  • As coach, conduct yourself at all times in a manner, and in all situations, that shows leadership, respect for the sport and those that are involved with the sport – the players, officials, the fans, the parents, the umpires and the media.

CODE OF CONDUCT - UMPIRE/OFFICIAL

  • Be impartial. Also, be consistent, objective and courteous.
  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else; be alert to minimise dangerous competition, fair or foul.
  • Accept responsibility for all actions taken.
  • Avoid any form of inappropriate verbal contact with coaches, team officials, par-ents and spectators during competition.
  • Condemn all and every instance of unsportsmanlike, foul or unfair competition.