RIVER CITY NABA
PARTICIPANT CONDUCT CODE & POLICIES
The NABA has been established as a recreational yet competitive baseball league. River City NABA will not tolerate teams or individuals being involved in fighting, verbal or physical abuse, bringing and consuming alcoholic beverages and/or drugs to NABA fields and public schools, individuals not being in mandated uniforms and fields not being maintained properly. Many families and fans of all ages attend our games and it is everyone's responsibility to represent the NABA in a positive manner. Therefore, the following policies have been adopted by River City NABA and are to be adhered to at all times.
ALL Managers, Coaches, Players or Fans must practice Sportsmanship before, during and after any and ALL NABA events.
Sportsmanship expresses an aspiration or ethos that the activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. Being a "good sport" involves being a "good winner" as well as being a "good loser".
Sportsmanship typically is regarded as a component of morality in sport, composed of three related and perhaps overlapping concepts: fair play, sportsmanship and character.
Fair play refers to all participants having an equitable chance to pursue victory and acting toward others in an honest, straightforward, and a firm and dignified manner even when others do not play fairly. It includes respect for others including team members, opponents, and officials.
Sportsmanship can be conceptualized as an enduring and relatively stable characteristic or disposition such that individuals differ in the way they are generally expected to behave in sport situations.
Character refers to dispositions, values and habits that determine the way that person normally responds to challenges, failures and successes and is typically seen in polite behaviors toward others such as helping an opponent up or shaking hands after a game.
In general, sportsmanship refers to virtues such as fairness, self-control, courage and persistence and has been associated with interpersonal concepts of treating others and being treated fairly, maintaining self-control in dealing with others, and respect for both authority and opponents.
II. FIGHTING AND BRAWLING ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
A. ANY Manager, Coach or player involved in any fight at a NABA game or event, prior to, during or after the game or event, will be subject to ejection and a minimum 3 game suspension and 20 game probation. A second offense will result in a minimum 10 game suspension and 40 game probation. A third offense will result in a minimum 30 game suspension and a 100 game probation and/or permanent expulsion from the NABA. A third offense will also result in that player’s team forfeiting a minimum of 1 regularly scheduled game up to the remainder of the season.
B. ANY verbally abusive attack on a game official, Manager, Coach or Player by another Manager, Coach or Player will result in an ejection and minimum 1 game suspension. A second offense will result in a 4 game suspension and a 20 game probation. A third offense will result in a minimum 10 game suspension and a 40 game probation up to possible expulsion from the NABA.
C. If both teams leave their dugouts and/or fight, both teams will be ejected and receive a loss for that game, as well as the cancellation and forfeiture of the next weeks regularly scheduled games. A second offense will result in the forfeiture of 5 games up to the remainder of the season.
D. Managers are responsible for controlling their teams and their players’ behavior. Managers of teams who have more than 3 occurrences related to fighting, abuse of officials or alcohol/drugs may be subject to suspension and removal from the manager role.
It is EVERYONES responsibility to avoid any and all physical altercations.
III. BEHAVIOR TOWARD UMPIRES POLICY
Umpires shall not to be physically or verbally abused. If you have a complaint about an umpire’s call, explain it to him. If you are reasonable, they will be reasonable. If problems develop between you and an umpire, notify the League President and provide them with the umpire’s name and number and a written umpire evaluation and/or Incident Report.
A. It is a violation of CALIFORNIA STATE LAW (California Penal Code 243.8 A, B) and NABA rules to physically attack an umpire or their personal property prior to, during or after a game or event. Any Manager, Coach or Player in violation of this rule will immediately be suspended a minimum 10 games, placed on probation and face additional penalties up to expulsion from the NABA as well as potential criminal prosecution.
B. Discussions with umpires are to be done on the field. If any player or manager follows an umpire off the baseball field (as defined by fence lines) to confront, verbally abuse or threaten an umpire, they will be suspended for a minimum 4 games, placed on probation and face additional penalties up to expulsion from the NABA.
C. If any team’s spectator(s) or fan(s) follows an umpire off of the field to confront, verbally abuse or threaten an umpire, that team’s manager could face up to a 3 games suspension. It is the manager’s responsibility to control his team and spectators at all times.
D. Any player ejected for verbal abuse of an umpire WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR A PERIOD OF 1 GAME, as well as placed on probation and/or suspended indefinitely from the NABA.
E. A manager ejected 3 times in a season will not be allowed to continue as a manager in the NABA.
IV. DRUGS/ ALCOHOL USE OR POSSESSION - ZERO TOLERANCE
A. Alcohol or illegal drugs are NOT allowed on ANY school grounds at ANY time, or any other facility that does not permit the consumption of alcohol! This is a California State law.
B. Neither alcohol nor illegal drugs will be allowed at ANY NABA event nor field, prior to or during any NABA sponsored game or event. This will apply to all Teams, Managers, Coaches, Players and Spectators.
C. The NABA does NOT permit the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs while you are representing the NABA. You are considered to be representing the NABA any time in which you are acting as a Manager, Coach or Player at any NABA event or game.
D. NABA teams will be held responsible for their fan’s actions prior to and during all their games. Any spectators or anyone else possessing illegal drugs or alcohol will be informed of NABA Policy. Failure to comply with requests to remove the banned substances may result in forfeiture of games and/or law enforcement being notified, resulting in possible arrest.
E. ANY violation of the NABA alcohol/drugs policy will count as an individual AND Team violation.
1) The first violation will result in an automatic ejection of those involved, as well as an additional three game suspension and 20 game probation for all those involved, plus a one game suspension for the team Manager.
2) The second violation will result in an automatic ejection of those involved, as well as an additional ten game suspension and 40 game probation for all those involved, plus a three game suspension and 1-year probation for the team Manager.
3) The third violation will result in an automatic indefinite suspension from the NABA.
F. Any violation of the NABA alcohol/drugs policies that causes the loss of a field used for NABA games will result in immediate, indefinite and entire suspension of any team violating those policies. That team will also be fined the cost of said fields for NABA use. Any such fine must be paid prior to reinstatement consideration.
The umpires officiating NABA games, the NABA National Office, River City NABA Officials and Commissioners shall be the only people to render a decision regarding a team possessing alcohol/drugs. All Managers, Coaches and Players have the responsibility to notify any league official that may be present at their game or the umpiring crew of anyone possessing alcohol or drugs.
V. TEAM UNIFORM POLICY:
A. ALL teams must meet the minimum uniform requirement as designated at season start. (Usually 3-6 weeks from opening day)
B. ANY player or team not meeting the NABA requirements for minimum uniform (matching jersey, matching hats, baseball pants, baseball socks and baseball cleats) will be subject to a $20.00 per player, per violation fine. If the fine is not paid prior to the next game the player will be suspended until the fine is paid. All players must have their own jersey with a number unique to that player.
C. It is the opposing manager’s responsibility to bring uniform violations to the attention of the umpire and notify the umpire which player or players are ineligible to play. If the umpires refuse to enforce this rule, play the scheduled games and contact your league commissioner with the umpire’s name and any other necessary information.
D. Teams will NOT be permitted to exchange uniforms between players during a game in order to meet the minimum uniform requirement.
E. ANY and ALL decisions made by the umpires regarding uniforms must be recorded in both teams’ scorebooks.
F. There is a 2-week grace period for new players added to the team during the season.
VI. FIELD PREP AND MAINTENANCE POLICY:
A. ALL fields require maintenance upon completion of a game or practice, either before and/or during the season, unless other arrangements have been made.
B. The visiting teams shall drag the infield and base paths when a drag is available, before, between and after games.
C. The home teams shall rake and fill holes on the pitchers' mound and at home plate before, between and after games.
D. Each team’s dugout and spectator area is to be swept out and cleaned of trash.
E. ANY team who fails to perform these duties after a practice or game will be fined. The fine will be a minimum of $30.00 and not more than $200.00. The team will also be subject to a 1-year league suspension.
VII. ENFORCEMENT, PROBATION, AND SUSPENSION POLICIES:
A. The NABA National Office, River City NABA and River City NABA Commissioners, one or all, will meet, discuss and decide on any and all violations and penalties to the above policies.
B. ANY decision rendered by the NABA National Office, River City NABA and River City NABA Commissioners, one or all, will be final.
C. Any and all suspensions will go into effect immediately at the next scheduled game(s). Multiple game suspensions will be served in consecutive games.
D. ANY person or team who violates any NABA rule, and is suspended for any length of time, will not be refunded ANY league dues, fees or forfeiture bond money.
In the contract you signed to participate in the NABA, you promised to abide by all NABA rules and policies and behave as an adult. You are responsible for your actions and behavior and the consequences.