SPORTSMANSHIP: Coaches, players, parents and spectators must adhere to a high level of sportsmanship. The league will not tolerate negative interactions between or among coaches, spectators & players; harassment of umpires; verbal or physical altercations involving coaches, players, or spectators; hazing or organized chanting or “cheering” directed at opposing teams or players. Instances of unsportsmanlike behavior reported to the Board of Directors will be investigated by the President and may result in discipline, including suspensions.
TREATMENT OF UMPIRES: Coaches, players, parents and spectators must accept and respect umpire decisions. They must refrain from questioning “judgment” calls and parents and other spectators must avoid actions which tend to undermine umpire authority. WMLL will not tolerate any abusive language, equipment throwing or other violent or unsportsmanlike behavior by coaches, players or fans.
Coaches and coaching staff should provide the players and fans with an exemplary model of sportsmanship & are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times. Coaches are expected to discourage any unsportsmanlike conduct they observe and attempt to mitigate any such behavior by their team, their fellow coaches or any spectators. Coaches are to follow all WMLL rules – in general & specific to their individual league.
INTERACTIONS WITH UMPIRES
MISCONDUCT: Any coach that is reported to WMLL for issues of misconduct or unsportsmanlike behavior will be investigated by a Committee of the WMLL Board and that investigation may result in discipline, including suspension from games, practices, and other volunteer positions. Examples of misconduct are as follows, but not limited to, openly disputing or arguing any decision by an umpire; using obscene or vulgar language; visually displaying any sign of dissatisfaction with an umpire’s decision including staying on the field or standing in the dugout with the intent of inciting the officials, players or spectators; & berating players, umpires, coaches, families, and/or spectators in a manner unbecoming WMLL.
Any member of the WMLL Organization or Community is subject to further consequence should they be found to flagrantly disregard the Organization’s rules, expectations, and this Code of Conduct.
WMLL believes in “safety first” & is an active participant in Little League, Inc.’s “A Safety Awareness Program”. Players, coaches, spectators & umpires are expected to be careful, to use good judgment & to adhere to the following safety rules.