OAKLAND COBRA ORGANIZATION COACHES RULES OF CONDUCT
Our First responsibility is to the health and safety of the players.
Be prepared to handle first aid situations as well as medical emergencies at all practices and games, both home and away.
All Coaches will read and follow the rules of the sanctioning softball organization along with rules adopted or added by the Cobras.
A coach must be a leader. All Coaches must recognize that they hold an important position and responsibility in a program that deals with a sensitive and formative period of a youngster’s development. He/she must have understanding, patience, and the capacity to work with all youngsters. The coach must be aware that the attainment of exceptional athletic skills or the winning of games and championships are secondary; and the teaching of good sportsmanship, team work, honesty, loyalty and respect is of primary importance.
All coaches will conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. The Head Coach will take responsibility for the actions of themselves, assistant coaches, and players at any league or function. They must demonstrate that they have an appreciation of the philosophy of youth softball and cooperate with the Board of Directors and others in making the program of mutual benefit to all children.
The selection of the Head Coach is the jurisdiction of the Cobras Organization and its Directors.
No profanity or misconduct (i.e. fighting) is permitted at any event sponsored by the Cobra Organization.
Judgment calls of an umpire cannot be questioned. The Head Coach must show by example that they respect the judgment and position of authority of the umpire and at the same time instill in their players a respect for authority of adult leaders in the league.
The Head coach must exercise a leadership role, but at the same time leave the game in the hands of the players. The Head coach should try to provide an opportunity for every player to take part in games, but must stay within the rules of the sanctioning softball organization and Cobras Organization rules.
If there is reasonable doubt that any umpire’s decision might be in conflict with the rules, the Head coach may appeal the decision and ask that a correct ruling be made. Such appeal shall be made only to the umpire who made the protested decision.
The Head coach and assistant coaches must also encourage players at every opportunity.
The Head coach must know the playing rules set for the Girls Fast pitch travel leagues and be able to interpret them correctly. The Head coach must make every possible effort to correct any violation of the rules before they occur to prevent a protest situation.
It is also recommended that all coaches have a basic knowledge of first aid and safety.
Any Head coach or assistant coach ejected from a game must leave the park immediately. After receiving the umpire’s report that a coach has been ejected, the Board of Director President shall conduct an investigation of the occurrence and determine if further disciplinary action is warranted.
Use of alcohol, drugs or any tobacco by coaches at any practices or games will not be tolerated.
The head coach is responsible for the budget of their team. All monies will be used to support the team and any left over funds will be distributed based on the by-laws of the organization. Any deficits will be the responsibility of the Head coach and team to pay; this will not be a responsibility of the Cobra Organization.
The Head coach must also be aware the Board of Directors, by the power vested therein and within the Cobra Organization by-laws, has the power to remove any Head Coach from his/her position if his/her actions are viewed as detrimental to the team or the well being of the league. The Head coach does have the right to a hearing before the board in such cases as outlined in these by-laws. Remember it is a privilege to coach, not a right.