It is important to remember that the actions of each individual involved with the league reflect upon the league as a whole. In an effort to provide a healthy, safe and supportive environment for our players, coaches, umpires, families and the community at large and to promote good sportsmanship overall, Granby Little League is adopting a Zero-Tolerance Policy regarding inappropriate behavior.
Our umpires do their best to ensure our children’s safety and uphold the spirit of Little League Baseball and Softball. Many of our umpires are local youth and we ask you to treat them with respect and in the same manner that you would expect someone else to treat your own son or daughter. In the event that a parent, player or spectator cannot control his or her comments or behavior, it will be at the umpire’s discretion to suspend the game and request that a coach ask the player, parent or spectator to leave. In the event that a coach exhibits inappropriate behavior it will be at the umpire’s discretion to eject the coach from the game. Any coach who is ejected from a game will be suspended for the following game as well.
For players, inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
1. Throwing of the helmet, bat or other equipment with the intent to injure
2. Verbal abuse directed at any umpire, coach, player, or spectator or the use of profanity
3. Openly disputing or arguing an umpire’s call
4. Unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after a game
5. Any physical contact not consistent with the play of the game
For coaches, inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
1. Verbal abuse directed at any umpire, coach, player, or spectator or the use of profanity
2. Disrespectfully disputing or arguing an umpire’s call
3. Unsportsmanlike conduct before, during, or after a game
For spectators and parents, umpires will stop the game when the behavior of a parent or spectator is such that it is detrimental or has the potential to interfere with the game. Coaches or umpires will identify violators and request that they leave the viewing area. Once violators are removed, game play will resume.
Inappropriate behavior of parents and spectators includes but is not limited to the following:
1. Use of obscene or vulgar language to anyone watching or participating in the game
2. Taunting any spectator or participant in the game by ridiculing, baiting, or threatening
3. Unsportsmanlike behavior before, during or immediately following a game