Code of Conduct

Umpires

Always remember the game is for the players. Player safety and fair play come first.

Study and learn the rules of the game and understand the “spirit” of the laws.

Encourage and enforce HHYBL philosophies of “Everyone Plays”, “Positive Coaching” and   “Good Sportsmanship”.

Respect other umpires and their decisions and do not publicly criticize another official.

Wear the proper uniform and keep it in good condition.

Maintain good physical condition so you can keep up with the action.

Stay calm when confronted with emotional reactions from players, coaches and parents.

Honor accepted game assignments. In an emergency, find a replacement.

Support good sportsmanship with a kind word to players, coaches and parents of both teams when deserved.

Always be fair and impartial, avoiding conflicts of interest.

Decisions based on personal bias are dishonest and unacceptable.

Players

Play for fun.

Work hard to try and improve your skills.

Be a team player, get along with your teammates.

Learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and discipline.

Learn the rules and play by them.

Respect your coaches, your teammates, your parents, the opponents, and the umpires.

Parents

Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desire to play their chosen sport. Children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment. Make it fun.

Encourage your player to play by the rules. Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud the good plays of both teams.

Do not embarrass your child or yourself by yelling at players, coaches, or the umpires.

By showing a positive attitude toward the game and all of its participants, your child will benefit.

Emphasize skill development and practice sessions; show how they benefit your player.

Know the rules of the game and support the umpires on and off the field.  This will help in the development of the sport. Criticism only hurts the game.

Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat; reinforce the positive points of the game. Never yell at or physically abuse your child after a game. Recognize the importance of volunteer coaches. They’re important to the development of your child and the sport. Support them.

Respect dugouts as private areas for players, coaches and umpires.

Spectators

So that everyone can enjoy the game, let’s follow these few simple rules:

Display good sportsmanship.

Do not taunt or disturb other fans, enjoy the game together.

Cheer good plays of all participants; avoid booing opponents.

Profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.

Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play.

Support the umpires and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.

Be responsible for your own safety; be alert for balls flying into the stands.

Always respect players, coaches and the umpires. Act appropriately.

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