Please take your time to review the Code of Conduct below. It is very important that we work together to make baseball games a fun and safe place for everyone!
Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball Player, Coach, Fan Conduct
1. Rules of Conduct
All managers, coaches and spectators must be understanding and keep the game going without incident. Players and spectators are not allowed to challenge an umpire call. DISPLAYS OF TEMPER, BAD LANGUAGE, and OR OTHER ACTIONS OF THIS NATURE BY ADULTS OR PLAYERS WILL BE CONSIDERED UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR and will be subject to punishment determined by the Madison Ridgeland Youth Board of Directors.
2. Ejection by Umpire
The umpire, umpire-in-chief, or assistant umpire-in-chief may eject any spectator, manager or player who violates the rules of conduct set forth in these rules. The umpire, umpire-in-chief, or assistant umpire-in-chief may first warn an individual for unsportsmanlike behavior, except charging the mound or physical violence, before ejecting an individual. EJECTION OF AN INDIVIDUAL MEANS LEAVING THE PARK COMPLEX. Individuals ejected may be called to appear before the Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball Board of Directors, and will be considered on probation until the board completes an investigation of the incident. When Emergency service personnel have been called to assist in restoring order, or where a player is seriously injured and must leave the game, the offending individual(s) will be suspended until the Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball Board of Directors completes its review and individual(s) is(are) not permitted within the complex. The Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball Board President will notify individuals about suspensions.
3. Alcohol, Tobacco use and Illegal Drugs Prohibited
Consumption of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs is prohibited in the dugouts, on the baseball fields during games and in the spectator stands. Use of tobacco products is prohibited on all fields of play during games. The penalty for either one or both of these may be ejection from the game currently being played. More than one offense may necessitate ejection of the person(s) involved from the baseball sports activities for the remainder of the season.
No jewelry shall be visible on any player. If player refuses to remove the jewelry as directed by the umpire the player shall be ejected. Medical emblems are exempted from this rule.
One player only may be in the on-deck area where an opposing pitcher is warming up. The on-deck batter shall remain in the on-deck circle until warm-ups are concluded. On fields where the on-deck circle is not marked, the on-deck area shall extend no closer to home plate than the end of the team bench nearer to the home plate. Also during the game, no player is allowed to hold a bat in the dugout at all. Further, during a game no player is allowed to have a bat in his possession unless he is the player at home plate, the player on-deck warming up, the bat boy or a player transporting the bat from home plate back to the dugout area during a game. Further, bats may not be swung anywhere around any other person or persons when transporting bats back and forth for game play. Penalty: 1st offense warning to the team. 2nd offense, ejection of the player(s) involved.
6. Defensive Coaches and Managers are required to stay behind the fence & off the field play.
Coaches may not be on the field of play except in the area of the coaching box for first and third base. A warning will be issued to the team of an offending coach, and play will not resume until the offending coach is off the field of play. Refusing to stay off the field of play subjects the coach to ejection by the umpire.
7. Charging the Mound
No manager, coach, spectator or player shall charge the mound at any time. “Charging the mound” shall be defined as any intentional and provocative movement by a player, coach, manager or spectator toward the mound or the opposing pitcher. Penalty: Ejection.
8. Contact Rule
If a runner attempting to reach a base intentionally and maliciously runs into a defensive player, the base runner will be called out on the play and ejected from the game. Defensive players are reminded that unless a play is being attempted, the batter/runner has the right to the base path and any attempt to impede the batter/runner or drawing unnecessary contact will be deemed obstruction. Repeated violations by the defense will be deemed unsportsmanlike behavior and the player is subjected to ejection. The objective of this rule is to penalize the team for crashing into any player. This is a judgment call by the umpire. Rules dealing with ejection apply fully under this rule.
9. Physical Violence
Physical violence will not be tolerated and the umpire will eject the individual from the park immediately. In any case where claimed conduct involves physical violence such as assault as defined under applicable Mississippi Statutory Law, it will be the policy to refer the matter to the appropriate authorities for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.