Policies & Procedures
Players Code of Conduct
As a player of Edmonton Amateur Baseball Association all players must adhere to the following standards:
- Always remember that baseball is a game and is meant to be fun.
- Players will do their best at school and not let baseball interfere with their grades.
- Compete to the best of their abilities; every pitch, during every game.
- Hustle to every position when taking or leaving the field of play from the point of leaving or entering the dugout.
- Commit at every practice and game to improve and demonstrate that their Effort, Attention and Attitude are respectful of the commitment made by the coaches, team mates and others who volunteer their time to help them play as a member of EABA.
- Treat their coaches, teammates, family members, umpires and opponents with respect at all times.
- Not letting their personal success or failures affect their ability to compete for the team during practice and in all games.
- No use of foul or inappropriate language while representing EABA, including being involved in team functions or other baseball related opportunities.
- Do not debate Umpires decisions. They will not argue umpires calls. If they are ejected for any reason, they will accept further consequences as may be determined by the Coaching Staff and recommended to the EABA Board.
- Encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, umpires and fans at every game and practice.
- Bring a strong desire to win, but also the ability to handle defeat. They will be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
- Help maintain order and cleanliness of the team dugout, by picking up any loose equipment and refraining from horse play. They will ensure that they leave the dugout neater than they found it and respect all facilities.
Parents Code of Conduct
Parents are welcome to cheer the team and observe the game. We expect that all parents will help prepare for the game to occur by doing things like scorekeeping, pitch counting, field set-up and making sure their kids get to the park on time, with the proper equipment. At EABA, parents cannot coach from the sidelines and should not be instructing their kids or other players, or talking to coaches or to umpires during the game. This is an observation of the rules of game, but more importantly, it demonstrates respect for the volunteer coaches and the umpires Our association has a zero-tolerance for poor parent conduct.
Parent Code of Conduct
EABA has implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read, understand and sign this form prior to their children participating in our league. You are also required to take the Respect in Sport e-course. Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple-game suspension or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.
The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
- Good Citizenship
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character." I therefore agree:
- I will not force my child to participate in sports.
- I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
- I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
- I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
- I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, team coordinators, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting events.
- I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, team coordinator, player, or parents such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane
language or gestures.
- I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
- I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, colour, sex or ability.
- I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
- I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also deemphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
- I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes and of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
- I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
- I will demand a sports environment for my child that 1s free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
- I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
Coaches Code of Conduct
As a Coach, appointed by the Edmonton Amateur Baseball Association (EABA) Board of Directors, you have an important role in the development of the young children in our community. We strive to teach each child the positive values of trust, good sportsmanship, good citizenship, responsibility, respect, fair play and teamwork-Value they can use throughout their lives.
Baseball embodies the discipline of teamwork. Challenging players towards perfection of physical skills bringing into play the excitement of tactics and strategy.
The very nature of baseball teaches that while every player eventually strikes out, or is on a losing team, there is always another
Umpire Code of Conduct
EABA will provide certification training through Alberta Baseball NUCP program for all persons interested in becoming an umpire. After attending a clinic each person will receive a certification number and card that is registered with Alberta Baseball.
As an umpire your sole purpose is to ensure the safe, respectful and fair play of baseball. You are to be an arbiter of the game and aspire to learn, understand and apply the rules of the game in an impartial fashion. You are to dress and act in a professional manner at all times on and off of the field of play.
Once the umpire has received the proper certification they are required to provide availability of dates that they are able to receive game allocations for from the Umpire Coordinator. Upon receiving game allocations all umpires are required to reply with acceptance or decline of that allocation date. Once an umpire has accepted the allocation assignment they are required to show up at the diamond and be ready to fulfill their required duties a minimum of 15 minutes before the start of the game. If an umpire needs to cancel an allocation they are required to inform the Coordinator 48 hours before the game date and time to ensure a replacement can be allocated.
Umpires will be evaluated for level of knowledge and years of performance. This will dictate where you are allocated.
The minimum age to receive certification in the NUCP program is 12 years old.
Conflict Resolution Policy
In the event of an incident we requests that you allow at least a 24 hour cool-off period, before proceeding with the following:
- Notifiy the parent liaison of your concern.
- Parent Liaison will discuss matter anonymously with the parties involved.
- In the event the concern is not resolved, the parent liaison will set up a meeting with the involved parties.
- In the concern persists, please contact the director of your division to file a formal complaint.
- The director will then bring the complaint forward to the executive who will discuss and implement further action if deemed necessary.
EABA is committed to providing an environment in which all members are treated with respect.
EABA has a responsibility to protect our members from any abusive behaviour and provide them with a safe environment to develop their skills and build their self-confidence. Please help set a good example.
In the event of an infraction, notify the coach or team manager, who will forward the complaint to the division director.
Please see the following list for possible minor and major infractions:
Example of a Minor Infraction
- Disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist comments or behaviour directed towards others
- Unsportsmanlike conduct
- Noncompliance with the rules and regulations
Example of Major Infractions
- Repeated minor infractions
- Falsifying information
- Knowingly participating while ineligible
- Knowingly competing with or against players who have been disqualified
- Activities or behaviour which interfere with a competition or with any athlete's preparation for a competition
- Pranks, jokes or other activities that endanger the safety of others.
- Deliberate disregard for the rules and regulations under which EABA, Baseball Alberta or Baseball Canada events are conducted.
- Use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and illicit drugs at baseball related events
- Use of banned performance enhancing drugs or methods
- Any physical contact with a member of the game.
Minor infractions may result in a suspension, while major infractions may result in an expulsion.
Registration, Programs and Evaluation Guidelines
All new players must register in person and provide Birth certificate and Alberta Heath Care card.
Returning players have the option of registering online or in person.
Early registration fees will be in effect for all returning player, a $25 late registration fee will be added to all players that register after the early registration deadline.
$150 postdated volunteer cheque will be required at the time of registration and will be shredded or returned (upon request) once volunteer commitment in fulfilled. Failing to volunteer will result in the cashing of volunteer cheque.
$100 postdated uniform cheque will be required at the time of registration and will be shredded or returned (upon request) once clean uniforms are returned back to EABA.
All cheques that go NSF will be subject to a $25 NSF charge or fee; therefore owed monies will be subject to remittance in guaranteed funds.
Respect in Sports:
Respect in Sports is a program that empowers parent and ensure their child’s safety, encourages positive and effective communication and creates a standard of respectful behaviour from all parents. Respect in Sport Certification is required by every registered family.
Any player that withdraws from EABA prior to April 15th will be deducted a $50 administration fee from refunded player registration fee’s.
Any player withdraws after April 16th EABA will be refunded half of the player registration fees.
Any player withdraws from EABA after May 1st no refund will be issued.
(Some exception may apply)
Winter Camps/ Conditioning camp
Rally Cap and Rookie developmental camp
“A” House Program (April- June), “AA” Rep Programs (April- August)
Rookie Sr. and Jr Spring Season.
Rally Cap Programs
“A” Developmental Camps
Fall Ball (September- October)
EABA evaluates all players in 11U to 18U - From “A” and “AA” levels.
All players should attend 2 or more of the scheduled tryouts in the spring.
All players will be evaluated fairly and without bias.
In the case player is injured or unable to participate in tryouts, player should still attend the required amount of tryouts and assisting in any way possible.
Any returning EABA players that are injured during evaluations will have a space held for them until they are physically able to show their abilities.
Transfer player- refer to transfer rules
Transfer & Import Policy
The purpose of this policy is to protect the integrity of the EABA “A” and “AA” Programs and our mission to provide confidence, skill development and competitive program to grow our players within EABA.
All EABA Players must register with EABA prior to trying out with other associations and adhere to transfer rules.
No transfer request from “AA” to “AAA” will be entertain if player is not registered with EABA or has not paid a $50 Registration fee prior to request for a transfer approval from EABA President. If in the case that an EABA player does not make a “AAA” team with another Association then EABA will deduct the Registration fee from remaining “AA” Rep fees owed to EABA. $50 Registration fee is non-refundable.
Any “A” or "AA" player transfer request will not be entertained at any point unless EABA player level cannot be fielded or is at capacity.
All transfer requests need to come from the association the player wants to move to.
Incoming- entertained only with pre-approval from the outgoing association President or “AA” Director.
Outgoing- NO exceptions will be entertained prior to the completion of the “AA” REP Tryouts to ensure that EABA can field teams at the divisions set out at registration.
EABA will form the most competitive team using evaluation numbers to create the teams.
No restrictions for the number of non-lateral imports or from which zone the player resides.
Some exception to this rule may be applied on a case by case basis where directors and President will be involved in final decision.
An administration fee will be applied to all outgoing transfers with Baseball Alberta.