FNLL Code of Conduct and Grievance Policies
2016 Code of Conduct
The Frederick National Little League Board of Directors has mandated the following Code of Conduct. All coaches, managers, and player family representative will read this Code of Conduct and sign in the space provided below, acknowledging that he or she understands and agrees to comply with the Code of Conduct.
Frederick National Little League Code of Conduct: No board member, manager, coach, player or spectator shall, at any time:
(a) Lay a hand upon, push, shove, strike, or threaten to strike an official.
(b) Be guilty of heaping personal verbal or physical abuse upon any official for any real or imaginary belief of a wrong decision or judgment.
(c) Be guilty of an objectionable demonstration of dissent at an official’s decision by throwing of gloves, helmets, hats, bats, balls, or any other forceful unsportsmanlike action.
(d) Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of a game against the body of an opposing player.
(e) Be guilty of a physical attack upon any board member, official manager, coach, player or spectator.
(f) Be guilty of the use of profane, obscene or vulgar language in any manner at any time.
(g) Appear on the field of play, stands, or anywhere on the Little League complex while in an intoxicated state. Intoxicated will be defined as an odor or behavior issue.
(h) Be guilty of gambling upon any play or outcome of any game with anyone at any time.
(i) Smoke, and/or tobacco or alcoholic beverage in the proximity of the field, dugouts or benches. A violation of this by a player, manager, coach, umpire or official is subject to Board of Directors' action under the provisions of Regulation XIV. It is considered a violation if any participant leaves the field for the explicit purpose of using tobacco in any form or consuming an alcoholic beverage. Anyone doing this is to be removed for the rest of the game. Spectators are not allowed to use tobacco or alcoholic beverages anywhere on FNLL property or within 200 ft. of playing fields and are to be asked to stop smoking or leave the premises immediately. Exception to this rule will be if you are on private property adjacent to playing fields
(j) Be guilty of publicly discussing with spectators in a derogatory or abusive manner any play, decision or a personal opinion on any players during the game.
(k) Speak disrespectfully to any manager, coach, official or representative of the league.
(l) Be guilty of tampering or manipulating any league rosters, schedules, draft positions or selections, official score books, rankings, financial records or procedures.
(m) Challenge an umpire’s authority. The umpires shall have the authority and discretion during a game to penalize the offender according to the infraction up to and including expulsion from the game.
The Board of Directors will review all infractions of the Code of Conduct. Depending on the seriousness or frequency, the board may assess additional disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the league.
Discipline Policies and Grievance Procedures
The following policies and procedures shall be applicable to all divisions of play within FNLL.
(a) Manager, Coach, Parent and/or Spectator – Conduct and Discipline
If a manager, coach, parent and/or spectator attending any Frederick National Little League Game are ejected from a game, the incident will result in an additional minimum one (1) game suspension for the ejected manager, coach, parent and/or spectator. NO EXCEPTIONS. A second ejection during the same season will result in a minimum three (3) game suspension (does not include previous suspensions). A third ejection will result in an automatic suspension from managing, coaching and/or attending any FNLL sanctioned practice and/or game for the remainder of the season.
All ejection incidents will be accompanied by an Umpire’s Report and a FNLL incident report. Regardless of circumstances, the manager, coach, parent and/or spectator ejected from a game(s) will be required to meet with the Player Agent, appropriate Vice President and FNLL President to discuss incident before the manager, coach, player, parent and/or spectator will be permitted to attend and/or participate in another FNLL sanctioned event.
All reported violations of the FNLL Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the appropriate division Vice President, the FNLL President and appropriate Player Agent if applicable. Any reported violation could result in subsequent suspension from managing, coaching and/or attending any FNLL sanctioned event.
(b) Player - Conduct & Discipline
If a player is ejected from a Frederick National Little League Game, the ejection will result in an additional minimum one (1) game suspension for the Player. A second ejection will result in an additional minimum one (1) game suspension and could be increased at the discretion of the FNLL President. A third ejection will result in suspension from playing and/or attending any FNLL practice and/or game for the remainder of the season. This includes all FNLL post-season tournament and All-Star activities. Any and all ejections will be accompanied by an Umpire’s Report and a FNLL incident report. The Player(s) ejected and their Legal Guardian/Parent will be required to meet with the appropriate Player Agent, Division Vice President, and the FNLL President to discuss incident before the player(s) will be permitted to attend and/or participate in another FNLL practice and/or game.
Any reported violation of the FNLL Code of Conduct will be investigated by the appropriate Player Agent, Division Vice President, and the FNLL President and reported to the FNLL board for discussion. Any reported violation could result in subsequent suspensions from all FNLL sanctioned events.
PLEASE NOTE: Every Manager should provide a copy of the “FNLL Policies and Grievance Procedures” to coaches, players and parent on or before the first practice of the season. It is also expected that incidents/issues associated with a parent, legal guardian, adult and/or player, be immediately reported to appropriate Player Agent, appropriate Division Vice President, Board Member on Duty, and/or FNLL President by the manager.
(c) Grievance Procedure
The following shall constitute the sole procedure by which Managers, Coaches, Players and their Legal Guardians/Parents and/or Adult shall make grievances.
i. The first step in the process should always be to try to solve the issue directly, in a calm manner, with the person(s) involved. In the event the parent or player involved in the situation is unable to solve the issue directly with the person(s) involved, a FNLL incident report shall be completed by complainant and submitted directly to the appropriate Player Agent, appropriate Division Vice President, Board Member on Duty, and/or FNLL President. If the person(s) involved with the subject complaint refuses to complete the FNLL Incident Report, the appropriate Player Agent, appropriate Division Vice President, Board Member on Duty, and/or FNLL President can submit the FNLL Incident Report on their behalf (as long as they are willing to address or to follow-up their concerns with FNLL).
ii. All Incident reports will be reviewed by the appropriate Division Vice President and/or the FNLL President. The appropriate Player Agent will be brought into the discussion, if said incident directly involves a Player.
iii. Once the incident is reviewed and if incident is deemed a potential violation of the FNLL Code of Conduct, all parties involved will be invited to address FNLL regarding their version of the incident/issue.
iv. Once the collection of information is complete (to the satisfaction of the FNLL President), the FNLL President has the sole discretion to share information and request advisement from the FNLL Board and District 2 Administrator before making any final disciplinary decisions. The decision by the FNLL President shall be final and reserves the right to report said person(s) behavior to the local police if deemed necessary.
v. Grievances may only be made in accordance with this procedure. All FNLL board members shall refer players or parents who wish to file a grievance to the procedures set forth in these rules.