In order to advance the principles of sportsmanship, fair play and promote mutual
respect among players, coaches, umpires and spectators, Armstrong Athletics has established this Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct shall govern the actions of players, coaches and spectators. It is intended to provide behavioral guidance and establish clear expectations and penalties for all involved. The Code was not conceived to address every possible circumstance; however, it shall serve as the organizations standard for behavioral evaluations.
It is the obligation of Armstrong Athletics members, spectators, and volunteers to comply with the terms and provisions of the Code of Conduct. Any person violating the Code shall be subject to administrative action, by the Board of Directors, up to and including termination of his/her privileges to participate in, or attend any or all Armstrong Athletics sponsored activities.
ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT:
Coaches shall remain unconditionally supportive of Armstrong Athletics commitment to the ideals of good sportsmanship, team play, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority. Likewise, coaches shall remain sensitive to the physical and emotional well-being of the players on his/her team. Remember that you are dealing with children first and foremost. They are ball players secondarily.
In order to adhere to these doctrines, the coaches agree to the following:
• Coaches will be positive role models.
• Coaches will display and instill in their players the principles of good sportsmanship and team play.
• Coaches will conduct themselves in a manner that best serves the interests of the entire team and players.
• Coaches will ensure that winning and/or losing teams do so in a manner that exhibits respect and good sportsmanship.
• Coaches will treat all players, parents, spectators, opposing coaches, umpires, and league officials with respect.
• Coaches will provide instruction in a manner that is constructive and supportive.
• Coaches will not ridicule or demean players, other coaches or umpires. Cursing or name-calling directed towards any individual either on the field of play or in the spectator area will be cause for immediate dismissal from any Armstrong Athletics facilities and subject to disciplinary action. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
• Coaches will not tolerate behavior that endangers the health or well-being of a child.
• If a child needs counseled on his/her play, it should be done privately, not in front of other teammates.
• Coaches will comply with the decisions of league officials and observe all rules, policies, and procedures as established by Armstrong Athletics.
• Coaches will be alcohol, drug and tobacco free at all times, on or near the field.
• Coaches acknowledge the need to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the game and maintain a minimum degree of proficiency in first aid. All coaches agree to attend any skill/training sessions that may be mandated by the Board of Armstrong Athletics.
ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT:
– Display good sportsmanship and team play at all times.
– Follow the direction of the coaching staff.
– Respect all coaches, players, league officials, umpires and spectators.
– Make every attempt to be on time and ready to play for all games and practices.
Players Shall NOT…
– Use abusive of profane language.
– Taunt or humiliate any other player.
– Purposefully injure, or attempt to harm, any other player or coach.
– Question an umpire’s call.
– Be disrespectful to their coaches.
– Abuse, mistreat or mishandle any Armstrong Athletics equipment or property
(e.g. throwing batting helmets, bats, balls, etc.)
ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS PARENT/SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT:
The parents/spectators shall support the players, coaches, umpires and league officials. Spectators shall not “coach” or “officiate” from the stands or fence areas. Spectators agree to the following by: “Acting as positive role models.”
- Alcohol, drug and tobacco free at all times on or near the field.
- Display and instill in players, the principals of good sportsmanship and team play.
- Conducting themselves in a manner that best serves the interest of the players.
- Working to provide players with a positive experience.
- Making certain their children show respect for all other players, coaches, officials and spectators.
- Refraining from ridiculing, taunting, humiliating or demeaning players, coaches, umpires and league officials.
- Informing the coach of any injury/ailment that may affect the safety of a child.
- Respectfully treat all players, coaches and umpires.
- Complying with decisions made by league officials and observe all rules, policies and procedures established by the Armstrong Athletics Board of Directors. Provisions are in place, at the board level, for spectators to air any grievances.
- Not questioning an umpires call.
ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS POLICY ON PHYSICAL/VERBAL ABUSE:
Physical abuse of any official, coach, umpire, player or spectator will result in immediate expulsion from any Armstrong Athletics field or function by any umpire or Armstrong Athletics Board Member. The offender may not return until the board approves his/her return. Continued verbal abuse by anyone will not be tolerated. Repeated verbal abuse, use of profanity or name-calling will be dealt with in the same manner as the physical abuse policy documented above.
The Armstrong Athletics Executive Board has issued the following policy, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, in order to maintain and promote a healthy, competitive environment for the Players, Managers, Coaches, Umpires and Fans:
ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS POLICY FOR ADDRESSING UMPIRES:
ONLY MANAGERS ARE PERMITTED TO WALK ONTO THE FIELD OF PLAY TO REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH AN UMPIRE. THE MANAGER MAY CHOOSE TO APPOINT ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF HIS/HER COACHING STAFF TO PERFORM THESE DUTIES, BUT THIS MUST BE AGREED UPON AND MUST INFORM THE UMPIRE PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME. THIS CONFERENCE MUST OCCUR EITHER AFTER AN INNING HAS ENDED OR TIME-OUT MUST BE CALLED AFTER A PLAY HAS ENDED BEFORE ANY DISCUSSION IS PERMITTED. THIS DISCUSSION MUST BE IN PRIVATE AND SHOULD NOT BE HEARD BY ANYONE EXCEPT THE MANAGER OR APPOINTED TEAM STAFF MEMBER AND THE UMPIRE.
MANAGERS AND COACHES MUST NOT DEMEAN, INSULT OR INTIMIDATE ANY OPPOSING MANAGER, COACH, UMPIRE, PLAYER OR PARENT. ONE VERBAL WARNING WILL BE ISSUED PER GAME. IF A FURTHER INFRACTION OCCURS, RESULTING IN THE OFFENDING PARTY BEING DISMISSED FROM THE GAME BY THE UMPIRE, THE ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS EXECUTIVE BOARD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUSPEND THE OFFENDING PARTY FOR A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF GAMES OR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.
UMPIRES WILL BE INFORMED OF THIS POLICY AND WILL HAVE THE IMMEDIATE AUTHORITY TO DISMISS ANY COACH OR MANAGER FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE GAME. THE UMPIRE MAY RECOMMEND TO THE ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS EXECUTIVE BOARD A SUSPENSION FOR THE OFFENDING PARTY FOR A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF GAMES OR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF CODE OF CONDUCT:
We, the undersigned, have read the Armstrong Athletics code of conduct and agree to abide by its provisions. We furthermore agree to any decision made by the Armstrong Athletics Board of Directors in regard to enforcing this code of conduct, which may or may not include one or any combination of the following administrative action(s):
- Verbal and/or written warning
- Removal from one’s volunteer position
- Letter of reprimand
- Suspension from Armstrong Athletics facilities
- Removal from Armstrong Athletics facilities
- Criminal charges
MONTEBELL FIELD AND PAWKOVICH BALL PARK PARKING POLICY:
There is ample parking in the lots designated at each field. Those permitted to park directly adjacent to the fields will be defined as:
- Handicapped drivers who drive themselves. (If you are dropping off handicapped persons please return your vehicle to an approved parking area. After the game you may drive up the hill (Montebell Field) or adjacent to any field to pick them up.)
- Anyone who parks at the top of the hill (Montebell Field) or directly adjacent to any field will be parking at their own risk. Armstrong Athletics is not liable for any damage to unauthorized vehicles due to foul balls or any and all damage that may occur while within the Armstrong Athletics facilities.
- All vehicles that are parked at the top of the hill (Montebell Field) or any designated handicapped parking area MUST display a handicapped tag in the window or on the license plate. Any vehicle not displaying a handicapped tag will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
- All other vehicles that are parked at the top of the hill (Montebell Field) are parking at THEIR OWN RISK. An announcement will be made before each game to move any unauthorized vehicles to the lower lot or the Belmont Complex parking lot.
Please do not drive up the hill (Montebell Field) to drop your children off for practice or games. Please drop them off below the concession stand and have them walk up the road. Constant traffic going up and down the driveway is a dangerous situation for the number of small children who attend the games.
THERE IS A STRICT NO SMOKING POLICY IN EFFECT AT ALL ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS FACILITIES. ANY VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE GROUNDS.