Kitchener-Waterloo House League Baseball

KWHLB Codes of Conduct

It is the goal of the KWHLB to provide a fair, safe, secure and enjoyable environment for our players, parents, umpires and coaches. The league will be free of any illegal, offensive, demeaning or abusive behaviour, verbal or otherwise. A summary of inappropriate behaviours and the consequences associated with that behaviour is outlined in Table 1.  

Inappropriate behaviour ruins the game for everyone. As adults, we have a responsibility to protect our young people from any abusive, damaging behaviour and provide them with a safe environment in which to develop their skills and build their self-confidence.  We encourage the following:

  • Please set a good example. Encourage the fans of your team to be supportive and positive.
  • Be a part of a baseball community that helps protect our young people from any abusive behaviour.
  • Have realistic expectations for players, umpires and coaches.
  • Exemplify the league's commitment that teamwork, making friends, and gaining self-confidence are the important skills we are trying to teach.

Table 1:  Summary of the KWHLB Code of Conduct and Enforcement

Inappropriate Behaviours

    Shouting any demeaning, rude or abusive comments at a player, coach or umpire.

    Intimidating or threatening a player, coach or umpire.

    Directing sarcastic remarks towards a player, coach or umpire.

    Harassing an umpire over their calls behind the plate or on the bases.

    Using foul language that disrupts the environment of the game for participants and fans.

    Making loud comments or reacting in a manner that undermines the decisions and authority of a coach or umpire.

    Gathering in cliques to criticize a coach or umpire in order to undermine their authority.

    Engaging in verbal or physical conflicts with others.

Smoking, Vaping and Cannabis Use

Smoking, vaping (e-cigarette use) and cannabis use are prohibited on or near all playing fields.  More information on Smoking Enforcement can be found at the Region of Waterloo webpage. 

Alcohol Products

No alcohol products are to be consumed immediately before any game. No alcohol products are permitted at or near the park at any time. Violations will mean immediate ejection from the game and the park as well as further discipline by Minor Baseball.

Enforcement Steps

The coach(es) on each team should advise the spectators associated with their team when their behaviour is unacceptable and request that they regain their composure.

The offending party will be told by a KWHLB executive member, a convenor or a coach of the team(s) involved that their behaviour is not acceptable and they will be asked to stop the behaviour. If the party does not stop the behaviour they will be asked to leave the facility. If the party refuses to leave the Official will call the police.

Consequences

Any player or coach ejected (asked to leave the facility) by an umpire during a regular season, tournament or playoff game is automatically suspended for one additional game. This is to be the very next game played by the team (regular season, tournament or playoff game).

In accordance with the Behaviour Management Policy for the City of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener under Article III, Sections ii, iii, iv, v and vi, anyone who commits inappropriate and prohibited behaviour or activity “may be ejected from the facility immediately and prohibited from returning to a program or event for a period of time.”

Bullying and Harassment

Bullying is a form of abuse at the hands of peers that can come in different forms at different ages. Bullying is defined as repeated aggression in which there is an imbalance of power between the person who bullies and the person who is being victimized and is understood as a disrespectful relationship problem.

Bullying is offensive, cruel, intimidating, insulting and humiliating behaviour. Combined with the misuse of power it can be physical or verbal, direct or indirect. Adults, children or youth who bully are typically cruel, demeaning and hostile towards the target of their bullying. The issue of bullying between youth under the age of 12 years old is not addressed by law. However, bullying behaviour is similar to harassment in that it is defined as the hurtful interpersonal mistreatment of another person.

Harassment is defined as conduct, gestures or comments which are insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, degrading or otherwise offensive to an individual or group of individuals. This creates a hostile or intimidating environment for sports activities and negatively affects performance in those sports activities. Any of the different forms of harassment must be based upon prohibited disciplinary Human Rights legislation. Some types of harassment include, but are not limited to racism, disability harassment, sexual harassment and criminal harassment.

Bullying behaviour is not permitted within our program.  Any concerns should be reported to the coach, division convenor, or league.

Fair Play Codes of Conduct

The following outlines expected codes of conduct for players, coaches, umpires, parents and spectators. Any concerns should be reported to your child's coach, division convenor, or the league.

Players:

  • I will play baseball because I want to and not because others or coaches want me to.
  • I will play by the rules of baseball and in the spirit of the game.
  • I will control my temper, not fight, use abusive language or behave in a disrespectful way that will spoil the activity for everyone.
  • I will respect my opponents.
  • I will do my best to be a true team player.
  • I will remember that winning isn’t everything, that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are the most important things.
  • I will acknowledge all the good plays and performances of my team and my opponents.
  • I will respect that coaches and officials are there to help me.
  • I will accept the decisions of coaches and umpires and show them respect.
  • I will report infractions to the codes of conduct to my parent, coach, division convenor, or league.

Coaches:

  • I will teach my players to play fairly and respect the rules, officials and opponents.
  • I will ensure that all players get equal instruction, support and playing time.
  • I will not ridicule, use abusive language, or yell at players or umpires for making mistakes or not performing to my expectations.
  • I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • I will make sure that the equipment and facilities are safe for players.
  • I will remember that participants need a good role model and a coach that they can respect.
  • I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
  • I will work in cooperation with officials for the benefit of the game
  • I will remember that winning isn’t everything.
  • I will remember that having fun, player development, fostering friendships and team spirit, and passing on the enjoyment and respect for the game are most important.
  • I will report infractions to the codes of conduct to my division convenor, or league.

Parents/Guardians:

  • I will remember that my child plays baseball for their enjoyment, not mine.
  • I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of the game.
  • I will make my child feel and others on my child’s team feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other players for making mistakes or losing the game.
  • I will remember that children learn best by example.
  • I will applaud good performances by both my child’s team and the opponents team.
  • I will never disrespectfully or aggressively question the official’s judgement
  • I will privately and respectfully express my question or concerns to the coach(es).
  • I will support all efforts to remove all forms of verbal and physical abuse from baseball games.
  • I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches, convenors, umpires and the KW House League Committee members who dedicate their time to allow my child to play organized ball.
  • I will report infractions to the codes of conduct to my child's coach, the division convenor, or the league.

All Spectators:

  • I will have realistic expectations for both our players, coaches and umpires.
  • I will model a commitment to teamwork, making friends, and gaining self-confidence as the most important skills in the game.
  • I will not shout any demeaning, rude or abusive comments at a player, coach or umpire.
  • I will not intimidate or threaten a player, coach or umpire.
  • I will not direct sarcastic remarks towards a player, coach or umpire.
  • I will not harass an umpire over their calls.
  • I will not use foul language that disrupts the environment of the game for participants and fans.
  • I will not make loud comments or reacting in a manner that undermines the decisions and authority of a coach or umpire.
  • I will not use social media to abuse or slander.
  • I will not engage in verbal or physical conflicts with other parents or fans.
  • I will not use alcohol, drugs or tobacco (including e-cigarettes) on or near the playing field.

Disciplinary Action

Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, may result in disciplinary action levied by the KWHLB Code of Conduct Committee, Kitchener Minor Baseball Association and the Waterloo Minor Baseball Association.   Consequences for infractions to the KWHLB Code of Conduct could include but is not limited to the following:  

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Request to not attend for a number of games
  • Request to not attend for remainder season including postseason
  • Associated player suspension from games
  • Associated player suspension for remainder season including postseason
  • Associated player expulsion from the league
  • Involvement of police or other officials as required

Note:  Ejection of a coach from a game will immediately result in immediate removal from the following game.