JSSA CODE OF CONDUCT
Revised December 12,2019
SECTION l: GENERAL STANDARDS
1.1 All Association members are expected at all times to:
A. Demonstrate good sportsmanship and fair play.
B. be respectful toward all Association members.
C. abide by all JSSA and USA Softball Association rules and guidelines.
D. respect and abide by the decisions of the umpires and Association Directors.
SECTION II: CODE OF CONDUCT
2.1 The objective of this code is to promote and insure an enjoyable and favorable environment for all Association members. Additionally, this code’s purpose is to encourage a high standard of conduct by all members in their relationships and communications with other members of the Association.
2.2 The following activities on the property of Jupiter Community Park, Tequesta Park and Maplewood Park are unacceptable, will not be tolerated and could lead to ejections, suspensions and/or expulsions:
A. Any language or gestures toward another member, umpire or spectator intended to harass, humiliate, threaten or cause embarrassment.
B. Any statements that are bigoted, hateful, racially offensive or intended to intimidate.
C. Any language or gestures directed toward another player, umpire or spectator that is vulgar, obscene or profane.
D. Any on field confrontation of a physical nature by a member toward another Association member including but not limited to verbal threats, shoving, hitting, throwing at or using any object that could cause harm including intentional collisions.
E. Excessive arguing or harassment with an umpire or another player.
F. The use of an illegal bat or other equipment.
G. Any member participation while under the influence of alcohol or illegal controlled substances.
H. Conduct or behavior whether a single incident or cumulative actions that are considered detrimental or injurious including any act of malice.
2.3 PLAYER RESPONSES TO ON FIELD CALLS AND INCIDENTS
A. Any issues arising during the game must be addressed with the umpires, never directly with any opposing player/team. Any physical or verbal confrontation between players is subject to a code of conduct violation. If an issue arises with a play or a call, timeout should be requested and the issue brought to the umpire's attention. Any ensuing discussion will be between the umpires and the managers. The umpires' decision is final, subject only to the JSSA appeal procedures.
B. Judgment calls are within the umpires' sole domain. Other than asking the umpire making the call if he would consent to check with his umpire partner, judgment calls are not debatable. Arguing after a call is final may result in warning, ejection and subsequent disciplinary action based on the umpires' reporting of the incident and the appropriate committee’s decision after review.
C. Good sportsmanship should always prevail. Nothing in these rules prevents a player whose team received a favorable call from volunteering that the call was in error.
A. It is understood that anyone designated as a game umpire has graciously volunteered to accept this responsibility.
B. It is also understood by all that the umpire has full control of all aspects of the game.
C. All players hereby agree that umpire’s decisions are final.
SECTION III: GUIDELINES AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
3.1 These guidelines will apply to ALL Association members. Violation of any of the above codes of conduct could result in an enforcement action ranging from a verbal warning to league expulsion. On field violations will be determined by the umpire and/or any association director on site.
3.2. All disciplinary action will be initiated and determined by the appropriate division committee overseeing the event. If an incident occurs in a mixed division game, both division committees will cooperate to determine a correct course of action. Notice of all disciplinary action taken against any member must be provided to the Executive Board and should include both the details of the violation and the corresponding action taken..
3.3. Any player ejected or suspended 2 times in a year (January - December) is subject to a review by the appropriate Division Committee for a possible suspension or expulsion as may be determined by the Executive Directors.
3.4 Any threats or actions of physical contact will be reviewed by the Executive Directors for immediate expulsion.
3.5. All cases of suspensions and expulsions will result in the forfeit of the member’s Association fees.
3.6. Ejections are at the full discretion of the umpire.
3.7. Ejections and suspensions will be recorded in Board meeting minutes. A yearly review will be conducted by the appropriate Division Committee to determine if the offenses should be carried over to the next year.
SECTION IV: SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION APPEALS AND REINSTATEMENTS
4.1 Players may appeal a suspension or expulsion. All appeals must be submitted in writing to any executive board member and should include a detailed description of the circumstances that initiated the suspension or expulsion and reason(s) it should be overturned. The player(s) involved and witnesses may be interviewed..Once the appeal is reviewed, the three Executive Directors will render a decision through majority consent to determine if the enforcement action will be upheld, modified or overturned. The decision of the Executive Board is final.
4.2 After the terms of the suspension have been fulfilled, the player may resume regular play.