Code of Conduct

Updated Friday July 12, 2019 by SGSA.

Parent Code of Conduct

Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association (SVGSA) welcomes you and your daughter to the league. The league strives to provide a program in which each girl learns not only the fundamentals of the game of softball but also develops an understanding of good sportsmanship and the importance of socially appropriate and healthy behaviors. In that regard, the league has implemented a Parent Code of Conduct. The code applies to each parent regardless of whether he or she participates as a coach, manager, umpire, assistant with a team, or spectator at games and other league events.

The following conduct is not allowed at games and any league-sponsored events.

1. Using or uttering foul, vulgar, or abusive language aimed at players, coaches, umpires or spectators.

2. Threatening physical harm or physically assaulting any person.

3. Smoking on the field, in dugouts, or within 20 feet of the field or dugouts.

4. Consuming alcohol or using illegal drugs or substances.

5. Disrespecting, abusing, damaging or defacing property on which fields are located or allowing such conduct by children or guests.

6. Allowing daughter to attend game/practices under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Parents are fully responsible for the conduct of the daughters.

If a person engages in any of the above conduct, the umpire or league representative is authorized by the league to warn the person in violation and, if the conduct continues, to eject that person from the area where the league event is taking place. If the person does not leave voluntarily, the umpire or league rep may summon law enforcement to assist in the matter and may declare that the game or event is suspended so that players may leave and not be
subjected further to misconduct.

If a matter involving misconduct is brought to the attention of the league's president, the president may request written statements by persons witnessing or involved in the incident and investigate and resolve the matter in any manner he or she deems appropriate, including temporarily suspending the wrongdoer immediately from league activities while the incident is being investigated and resolved.

If the president believes appropriate, he or she may bring the matter to the attention of the league's Board of Directors for action. The Board may call a special meeting to discuss the matter. All persons involved in the incident will be invited to attend and participate in that part of the meeting publicly addressing the incident. The Board may decide to take any action it deems appropriate, which may include (a) taking no action, (b) expelling the wrongdoer from the league, (c) suspending the wrongdoer from the league for any period of time, or (d) warning the wrongdoer and establishing a probationary period.

The league sincerely hopes that none of the above occurs and we thank you in advance for portraying good sportsmanship and behavior in front of our impressionable youth. The league and its participants are united to achieving one goal: making the experience of playing youth softball fun and educational for our daughters.

Player Code of Conduct:

Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association (SVGSA) welcomes you to the league. The league strives to provide a program in which each girl learns not only the fundamentals of the game of softball but also develops an understanding of good sportsmanship and the importance of socially appropriate and healthy behaviors. In that regard, the league has implemented a Player Code of Conduct. The code applies to each player regardless of whether she participates
as a player, coach, manager, umpire, assistant with a team, or spectator at games and other league events.

The following conduct is not allowed at games and any league sponsored events.

1. Using or uttering foul, vulgar, or abusive language aimed at players, roaches, umpires or spectators.

2. Threatening physical harm or physically assaulting any person.

3. Smoking on the field, in dugouts, or anywhere on the playing field.

4. Consuming alcohol or using illegal drugs or substances.

S. Disrespecting, abusing, damaging or defacing property on which fields are located.

6. Disrespecting rules and limits that are set by coaches.

7. Leaving the bench or field at anytime without notifying your coaches.

8. Wearing inappropriate clothing (ex. midriff showing shirts, flip flops, etc.) during practices and/or games.

9. Playing out of uniform.

Players are fully responsible for their conduct.

If a player engages in any of the above conduct, the umpire or league representative is authorized by the league to warn the person in violation and, if the conduct continues, to eject that player from the area where the league event is taking place. If the player does not leave voluntarily, the umpire or league rep may summon law enforcement to assist in the matter and may declare that the game or event is suspended so that players may leave and not be subjected further to misconduct.

If a matter involving misconduct is brought to the attention of the league's president, the president may request written statements by persons witnessing or involved in the incident and investigate and resolve the matter in any manner he or she deems appropriate, including temporarily suspending the wrongdloer immediately from league activities while the incident is being investigated and resolved. If the president believes appropriate, he or she may bring
the matter to the attentlon of the league's Board of Directors for actlon. The Board may call a special meeting to discuss the matter. All persons involved in the incident will be invited to attend and participate in that part of the meeting publicly addressing the incident. The Board may decide to take any action it deems appropriate, which may include (a) taking no action, (b) expelling the wrongdoer from the league, (c) suspending the wrongdoer from the league for any period of time, or (d) warning the wrongdoer and establishing a probationary period. SportsDashboards.

The league sincerely hopes that none of the above occurs, and we thank you in advance for portraying good sportsmanship and behavior. The league and its participants are united to achieving one goal: making the experience of playing youth softball fun and educational for our players.