Code of Conduct

General Provisions

Conduct within the spirit of this Code of Conduct is expected of players, assistant coaches, coaches, managers, umpires and parents/spectators.

The dignity and spirit of all people - players, parents, assistant coaches, coaches, convenors, managers, umpires and Club officials - is to be respected at all times.

All those participating in the activities of the Club are to be treated fairly and equitably.

Behaviour that frightens, embarrasses, demoralizes or negatively affects the self-esteem of anyone participating in the Club’s activities will not be tolerated.

A supportive, positive experience for the purposes of building confidence, developing or improving skills and having fun is expected.

All members will promote positive behaviours that encourage participants and reduce the likelihood of disrespect and violence in our activities.

Abusive or disrespectful language or actions by anyone will not be tolerated including emails, voice messages, text messages and social network postings

Public property and the property of others and the Club will be respected.
Failure to abide by any of the provisions herein may result in offenders being ejected from a game or being asked to leave the park and/or being called before a Discipline Committee.

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A boy plays little league baseball and is taught proper technique by his coach.

Code for Coaches

I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.

I will teach my athletes to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents and encourage them to be good sports.

I will remind my athletes that winning a game or a trophy isn’t the only measure of success.

I will ensure that ALL athletes get equal instruction, support and playing time.

I will not ridicule or yell at my athletes for making mistakes or for performing poorly.  I will encourage my athletes, offer constructive criticism, and maintain a positive attitude.  I will remember that athletes play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.

I will make sure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the athlete’s ages and abilities.

I will remember that children need a coach they can respect.

I will remember to set a good example as actions speak louder than words.  I will maintain a positive attitude and I will be generous with praise and set a good example.

I will not use bad language, nor will I harass or heckle athletes, coaches, umpires, other spectators, or Club officials by way of emails, voice messages, text messages (including “tweeting”) and social network postings.

I will obtain proper training and continue to upgrade my coaching skills.

I will respect and comply with the umpires’ decisions and decisions of the Discipline Committee.

Code for Players

I will participate because I want to, not because my parents or coaches want me to.

I will play fairly and by the rules and in the spirit of the game and I will respect my opponents.

I will control my temper and NEVER argue with an umpire – “mouthing off” and fighting can spoil the activity for everybody.  When a call is disputed, I will let the coach handle it.

I will not use bad language, nor will I harass athletes, coaches, umpires, other spectators, or Club officials by way of emails, voice messages, text messages (including “tweeting”) and social network postings.

I will work at achieving my personal best and not to get discouraged if it is not THE best.

I will do my best to be a true team player by being supportive of my team mates and by not criticizing or placing blame on others. 

I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are also important.

I will acknowledge all good plays/performances – those of my team and my opponents.

I will remember that coaches and umpires are there to help me.  I will accept their decisions and show them respect.

I will respect and comply with the decisions of the Discipline Committee

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Little Boy sits in "Canada" child-sized lawn chair and watches Dad play baseball

Code For Parents And Spectators

I will remember that young athletes play sport for their enjoyment.  They are not playing to entertain me.

I will not have unrealistic expectations.  I will remember that young athletes are not miniature professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.

I will respect and, where applicable, comply with the umpires’ decisions and decisions of the Discipline Committee and I will encourage participants to do the same.

I will never ridicule an athlete for making a mistake during a competition.  I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.

I will condemn the use of violence in any form and will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and Club officials.

I will show respect for my team’s opponents and the umpires, because without them there would be no game.

I will not use bad language, nor will I harass or heckle athletes, coaches, umpires, other spectators, or Club officials by way of emails, voice messages, text messages (including “tweeting”) and social network postings.

I will applaud the value and effort of volunteer coaches, assistant coaches, managers and Club officials.

Code for Umpires

I will officiate by the rules.

I will ensure that I am knowledgeable of the rules.

I will control my temper.  Personal criticism of any person by word or gesture is unacceptable.

I will show respect for the participants and their skills.

I will refrain from profanity. Verbal abuse towards players, managers, coaches, officials or spectators will not be tolerated including emails, voice messages, text messages (as well as “tweeting”) and social network postings.

I will not allow use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs (unless prescribed by a licensed physician) on the field or in the dug out or in the vicinity thereof.

I will be friendly to all participants and encourage players to ask me to clarify any call, whether it is a judgement call or a decision on the Rules.

I will generally warn players of unacceptable behaviour before taking further action for a second offence, although I reserve the right to cite or eject a player for a first offence.

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About Thornhill Baseball Club

Thornhill Baseball Club is a not-for-profit community service volunteer organization. Founded in 1985, the Club has served and continues to serve, the residents of Thornhill (both within the City of Vaughan & the City of Markham) as the hub for community baseball. Over the past 35 years, the club has provided programing to well over 25,000 individuals.

Contact Info

Thornhill Baseball Club
298 John Street, P.O. Box 87660
Thornhill, Ontario
L3T 7R3