Player Commitment

Description of Playing Levels
Skill Evaluations
Player Commitment
Parent Commitment
Parents' Obligations
Communicating With Your Child's Coach
Coach Evaluation Checklist
Dealing With Unsatisfactory Coaching
Helping Your Child's Coach
Preseason Practice and Season Play
Field Decorum – Official Regulations XIV
Uniforms and Equipment
Injury and Insurance Coverage
Complaint Procedure

Team managers may establish rules and policies, consistent with the league's goals as noted on the first page of this handbook and repeated here for emphasis, to ensure that the players:

1. Develop an appreciation for athletic competition through participation;
2. Practice sportsmanship and fair play; and
3. Learn baseball skills, rules, and strategy.

To achieve these goals, it is essential that players pay attention to their manager and coach, take an active part in practices and games, and strive to do what the manager and coaches ask of them. Attendance at practices is extremely important. Managers give most instruction at practices and determine the positions players will play during games.

By joining a team, the player makes a commitment to the team, for the full season, to do his or her best, work at being a good sport, play fairly and safely, and help others to enjoy the game.

The League hopes that disciplinary measures will not be necessary. Managers will, however, establish policy in case discipline needs to be imposed. The manager's disciplinary policy will, in general, meet the following guidelines:

1. The manager will explain team objectives, rules, and disciplinary policy to players and parents at the beginning of the season.
2. Discipline may not be applied arbitrarily or capriciously and must be applied evenly to all team members.
3. Discipline must be applied progressively. Managers must first counsel the player, explaining what is expected and why. If a player still does not cooperate, the manager should explain that continued problems could mean less game time. Assigning light disciplinary measures, such as running a lap for inattentiveness, is appropriate at the PCL and Major League level. Frequent and continuing problems can lead to suspension from a game, or, in extreme cases, suspension from the team. Managers must notify the Player Agent before suspending a player from a game. Player Agents must concur before a player is suspended from a team.
4. Tee-ball, Coach Pitch, and Pitching Machine League managers must inform parents that a player has violated team rules, and explain what is expected and why. Majors and PCL managers must notify parents only in case of major disciplinary problems that could result in suspension from a game, or from the team.
5. Behavior that results in serious injury to another player, or a serious infraction of rules of safety, may be grounds for immediate suspension from the team (with concurrence of the Player Agent).
6. No player may be removed from a team without the concurrence of the appropriate Player Agent, or, if the Player Agent is not available, the Executive Committee of the Board.
7. Players and parents have the right to appeal decisions on suspensions or removal from a team to the Executive Committee of the Board.