These rules apply to all divisions.
A. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of players, coaches, parents and anyone associated with the League or with a player is strictly prohibited. This applies to all verbal and non-verbal behavior and all written and spoken communication.
- 1. Anyone found engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind can be suspended from the League for any number of games or for the entire season or the remainder of the season as determined by the Board of Directors of the League. This applies to players, parents and anyone associated with the League or with a player.
- 2. Suspension of a player means that he/she cannot participate in West Side Little League games, practices, pre and post game activities and all other League sponsored events and functions for the term of the suspension.
- 3. Suspension of a parent or anyone associated with the League or with a player means that person is barred from the baseball field and its immediate environs for all games, practices, pre and post game activities and any other West Side Little League events or functions for the term of the suspension. When a parent is suspended, the child (player) can continue to participate but an adult other than the suspended parent must accompany the child to all West Side Little League games, practices, pre and post game activities and all other League sponsored events and functions.
- 4. A temporary suspension of a player or parent or anyone associated with a player can be made by majority vote of the Board of Directors of the League and that vote can take place by e-mail.
- 5. A suspension of a player or parent or other person associated with a player for the entire season or for the remainder of the season, if that involves more than three official games, requires a meeting of the Board of Directors of the West Side Little League within two weeks of the precipitating incident. The player, parent or other associated person will be placed on temporary suspension until that meeting takes place. The parent or associated adult, or in the case of a player the parent of the player, will be notified of such meeting, informed of the general nature of the charges and given an opportunity to appear at the meeting to answer any charges. The Board of Directors shall have full power to revoke a player's, parent's or associated person's right to future participation by two-thirds vote of those present at such meeting (quorum of Board Members is required).
B. Once the teams are on the field, the umpire is in charge until the game is over. The umpire is responsible for keeping the game moving and beginning and ending on time. We expect umpires to use their best judgment and to be reasonable in this, but we also expect the cooperation of coaches, parents, and players.
C. Restrain yourself, your players, and your spectators. Umpires have authority from the league to enforce rules and to eject any coach, player,or spectator from that game for objecting to a decision or for unsportsmanlike language or behavior. No umpire wants to cause a "scene" by exercising this ultimate authority. Don't put an umpire's back to the wall.
Coaches are appointed by the League and are responsible for their team's conduct, observance of rules, and respect for the umpire's authority.
D. Judgment calls by an umpire are not grounds for a protest. Only the interpretation of the rules may be protested. The manager must inform the umpire before the next play begins that the game is being played under protest and the umpire shall so inform the opposing coach. The protesting coach must submit a written protest to the League within 24 hours. The protest must describe the circumstances and the interpretation of the rules that the manager feels to be correct.
E. Coaches may leave their bench area only to take up take up assigned positions or to confer with a player. They must first receive the umpire's permission to consult with a player. Only the head coach may confer with umpires.
The Board of the West Side Little League