Code of Conduct
Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball League Code of Ethics
(parts adopted from American Baseball Coaches Association)
First and foremost, Oviedo Babe Ruth (OBR) strives for sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity to the highest degree. Coaching ethics are of utmost importance. Proper sportsmanship and ethical conduct in coaching will continue to be one of OBR’s highest priority.
PREAMBLE: The next and following generations will be the stewards of our great game of baseball. More importantly, they will be the caretakers of our families, communities, and nation. The present and future well-being of our society will depend on men and women of high moral character who will demonstrate and live out the virtues of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility. Recognizing that these and all other ethical values do not develop automatically in our players, OBR will make a deliberate and conscious effort to assist them in developing the values and ideals necessary for moral decision making and conduct. This stated goal is best achieved through the thousands of OBR coaches and members. The single most important variable in promoting ethical conduct on the baseball and softball field is the coach.
PURPOSE: The Code of Ethics has been written to protect and promote the best interests of the game of baseball and softball and the coaching profession. It seeks to define what are right and ethical practices and what practices are wrong and detrimental. The principles and articles herein reflect the foundation of democratic society, in particular; honesty, integrity, respect, discipline, personal responsibility, fairness and loyalty. Additionally, these virtues reflect the highest calling of baseball and softball coaches and players.
The ultimate success of the principles and articles of this Code depends on those for whom it has been established… The Baseball and Softball coaches.
PRINCIPLE I: Responsibility to Players; Officials; Parents; Fans
ARTICLE A: Players
- Always place the academic, emotional, physical and moral well-being of your players above desires and pressures to win.
- The rules of baseball are clear. Any attempt to circumvent these rules to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct has no place in coaching baseball.
- The coach shall set the example for winning without boasting and losing without bitterness and thus earn the respect of his players.
- The coach shall discourage and disallow the use of illegal or performance enhancing drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
- The coach shall not permit any player to make unsportsmanlike or uncomplimentary remarks to opponents, umpires, or spectators. Taunting, boasting, and fighting demean individuals and the sport of baseball.
- The coach shall discourage and disallow profanity, obscenities, and vulgar language from players, coaches, and all others associated with the team. Civil and respectful language is a mark of manhood and maturity.
- The coach shall not make demands on his players that will interfere with the players' opportunities for achieving academic success.
- The coach shall recognize, address, and educate against harmful personal practices that may involve the players, e.g., drug, alcohol and tobacco addiction; unwise friends and places; misuse of power; and physical and mental abuse.
- The coach shall take immediate disciplinary action when a player's on or off the field behavior is considered egregious. The integrity and reputation of the team, league, and the sport of baseball must be protected.
ARTICLE B: Officials
- The coach shall respect and support the umpires, scorers, public address announcers and others charged with conducting the game. On and off the record criticism of officials to players of the public is unethical.
- The coach shall not permit anyone on his team to address uncomplimentary remarks to any official during a game, or to indulge in conduct which might incite players or spectators against the officials.
ARTICLE C: Parents
- The coach shall treat the parents and family of his players with respect; be clear about your expectations, goals and policies and maintain open communication.
ARTICLE D: Fans
- The coach shall strive to educate the home fans to be respectful and courteous to the opponents while still maintaining enthusiasm and support for their team.
- The coach shall be responsible, for the conduct of his team's fans and refrain from arousing the crowd by his conduct.
PRINCIPLE II: Responsibility to the League
ARTICLE A: League Integrity
- The coach shall conduct himself in a manner to uphold and maintain the integrity and dignity of his league.
- The coach shall discuss problems with his divisional commissioner and/or other board member in a professional manner, and then accept and support decisions that have been reached.
PRINCIPLE III: Responsibility to the Rules and Integrity of Baseball
ARTICLE A: Rules
- The coach shall maintain a thorough knowledge of the rules of the game and assure that his players know and understand the rules.
- The coach shall require his players to know and abide by the letter and the spirit of all baseball rules and those relating to eligibility, practices and other provisions regulating their competition.
ARTICLE B: Integrity of the Game
- The coach shall communicate to his players a respect and reverence for the grand history of baseball and instruct them never to knowingly bring shame or dishonor to the game.
PRINCIPLE IV: Professional Responsibility
ARTICLE A: Recruiting
- The coach shall not participate in negative recruiting against another coach, league, or its players. Derogatory statements toward other coaches, players, are considered unethical.
ARTICLE B: Relationships
- The coach shall maintain appropriate professional relationships with student/athletes, managers, and trainers and respect proper coach/player boundaries.
- The coach shall act toward other coaches in a manner characterized by courtesy, good faith, and respect.
- The coach shall uphold his or her responsibility to coaching by bringing inconsistent or unethical behavior of others to the attention of appropriate regulatory committees in a manner consistent with this code, but only if informal resolution or correcting the situation is not appropriate or possible.
PRINCIPLE V: Personal Responsibility
ARTICLE A: Trustworthiness
- The coach shall model high ideals of sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor while teaching and advocating good character.
- The coach shall strive to be himself worthy of trust while teaching his players the importance of integrity, honesty, reliability, and loyalty.
ARTICLE B: Respect
- The coach shall treat all people with respect at all times and require the same of the players.
- The coach shall not engage in, or permit, profanity, vulgarities, obscene gestures, trash talking, taunting, boastful celebration, or other actions that demean individuals, or the sport of baseball, or reflect badly on the team and league.
- The coach shall use positive coaching methods to increase players' self-esteem and enjoyment, and to foster a love and appreciation for baseball. He shall refrain from physical or psychological intimidation, verbal abuse, and any conduct that is demeaning to players.
ARTICLE C: Conduct
- The coach shall refrain from the use of tobacco and alcohol in front of his players and on any league fields.
- The coach shall be mindful that he is a role model with high visibility great influence, and consistently conduct himself in private and coaching situations in a manner that exemplifies what he expects from his players.
- The coach shall accurately represent his academic and coaching qualifications, experience, and past affiliations.
ARTICLE D: Fairness and Caring
- The coach shall be fair in selecting a team, competitive situations, disciplinary issues, and all other matters, and be open-minded and willing to listen and learn.
- The coach shall consistently demonstrate concern for his players as individuals and encourage them to look out for one another.
- The coach shall put safety and health considerations above the desire to win, and never permit players to intentionally injure an opponent or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to themselves or others.
The Oviedo Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball Code of Ethics was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on June 18, 2015, in Oviedo, FL.
OBR’S STATEMENT ON SPORTSMANSHIP, VALUES, AND IDEALS
Whereas: We believe that coaches are among the strongest influences on a young person's moral and ethical development; and
Whereas: We believe that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect, and personal responsibility; and
Whereas: We believe that honorable athletic competition in baseball provides rigid and voluntary rules of right and wrong that can lead to strong character development among our players; and
Whereas: We believe that a baseball and softball coach's moral and ethical conduct, on and off the field (i.e., recruiting, academic, fairness to all team personnel) will deeply influence his players;
THEREFORE: We strongly encourage all members of OVIEDO BABE RUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUE to place the highest priority on teaching and modeling the moral and ethical values of HONESTY, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, DISCIPLINE, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, AND LOYALTY.
***Any violation of the above Code of Conduct may result in temporary or permanent banishment from any OBR programs and/or events without warning.