The 2019 Conference USSSA Season is well underway and the parity this year appears to be better than ever before! I hope this email finds you well and you will pass this information on to your players.
In recent weeks, there has been multiple incidents with players taking a bat with them onto the field during incidents. As each of the incidents have been analyzed on a case by case basis, taking a bat onto the field will result in an immediate ejection from that game and possible removal from future games and/or tournaments.
2019 Code of Conduct Policy
Section 8 – Code of Conduct
Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Inappropriate Language
Any player caught using an “F Bomb” will be subject to immediate removal from the game. Any “F Bomb” from the dugout will require the removal of the Team Coach if the guilty party cannot be identified by the umpires. Inappropriate gestures or taunting may be cause for immediate removal from the game. For any other use of profanity, the game will be stopped, and offending Team Coach will be warned. Any further foul language from offender will be cause for removal from the game under the “unsportsmanlike conduct” rule.
Foul Language/Inappropriate Gestures
In keeping with our “Family” atmosphere, foul language and vulgar, lewd or obscene gestures will be dealt with immediately. A warning will be given in most cases, but for egregious incidents, an ejection will occur. Further action by the Conference USSSA Committee or USSSA National Office may also be included.
Threatening players, coaches, sponsors, umpires, fans or making any disparaging remarks toward anyone connected with USSSA will be reason for immediate ejection and also may include further action by the Conference USSSA Committee or USSSA National Office.
Damaging equipment, water coolers, bat buckets, or outward displays of uncontrolled anger will be grounds for immediate ejection. Offending player/Team will be responsible to pay for any damaged item.
Fighting of any kind is not allowed in Conference USSSA. All penalties will be assessed by TD and UIC, Conference USSSA Committee and a representative from USSSA National Headquarters. For severe fighting further sanctions may be handed down from USSSA HDQTRS.
Pre & Post Game Conduct
It is the position of USSSA that umpires and USSSA Officials are protected by these rules pre, during and post scheduled games. After-game remarks will not be tolerated if in derogatory tones. Attacking or demeaning Umpires/USSSA Officials in any manner or any location will be dealt with the same as on-field disturbances. Social Media will offer no protection to offenders. There is never a time when a “Free Shot” will be allowed without consequences.
Ejections and Disqualifications
In the event a player, coach or manager is ejected from a game, he or she must leave sight and sound of playing field immediately. The Tournament Director, UIC and Umpire(s) directly involved in the situation will determine how long the player, coach or manager must sit out. Their decision is final and non-appealable.
Note: All ejections will notify the Tournament Director and UIC. Consultation of further penalty beyond game ejection will be discussed with Conference USSSA Director or their appointee. Conference USSSA will continue to strive to provide a “professional experience” for our sponsors and players. We are committed to making sure that proper disciplinary action will become a standard.
Thank you and good luck the rest of the season!