SABL/SDBC Policies

SABL Heat Policy



(1) The SDBC Board shall ensure that a copy of the Spectator and Parent/Care Giver code of conduct, as prescribed hereunder, shall be signed by, and a copy provided to, all parents/care givers at the time of player registration.   A copy will also be maintained by the SDBC.

(2) Further, the SDBC Board shall ensure that a copy of the Spectator and Parent/Care Giver code of conduct is displayed in a prominent location both within and without the SDBC clubrooms.

(3) Code of Conduct:

a. All participants of our game have a responsibility to promote respect and good behaviour.

b. Spectators must demonstrate the behaviour that they expect their coaches and players to follow. Therefore, it is essential that YOU play your part and abide by this Code of Conduct at all times.

The SPECTATOR shall:

1. Abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the SDBC and Baseball SA.

2. Not be adversely affected by alcohol or drugs while representing the Club at activities, competitions or functions. The Spectator should observe Local, State, Baseball SA and Federal laws in relation to using, possessing, giving or selling of alcohol or illicit drugs.   All members and officials of the Club share responsibility for protecting the competitive environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.

3. Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment – not yours.

4. Encourage children to play according to the rules -settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.

5. Never ridicule or yell at a child – for making a mistake or not winning.

6. Respect the officials’ decisions – encourage children to do likewise.

7. Show appreciation for coaches, officials and administrators – remember they are usually volunteers.

8. Applaud good performance and efforts – from all individuals and teams.

9. Congratulate all participants – regardless of the game’s outcome.

10. Condemn the use of violence, verbal abuse or vilification in any form – regardless of whether it is by spectators, coaches, officials or players.

11. Support all policies and practices (lead by example). – This includes responsible alcohol and drug use and support of child safe strategies.

12. Support involvement in modified rules games and other junior development programs.

13. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person – regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

14. Ensure you are aware of and follow the correct processes if you have an issue or complaint – do not perpetuate issues with gossip or general criticism.

15. Make no detrimental statements in public (internet, social media, print, radio) in respect of the performance of any match officials, or any policy decisions of the Club.

16. Understand that you have a responsibility to abide by this Code and that the following sanctions may be imposed if you do not do so:

i. Be required to apologise to the person or people who may have been offended.

ii. Be required to attend a meeting with the Club’s officials.

iii. Be counselled, suspended or dismissed by the Club.

iv. Attend a Disciplinary or Tribunal Hearing as prescribed the By-Laws and receive sanctions imposed by the SDBC and/or Baseball SA in accordance with the competition rules and regulations.

Social Media Policy

Social media platforms of all available kinds are embraced by the Southern Districts Baseball Club (SDBC). This policy
affects all SDBC teams, brands, players, officials, coaches’ parents and family members of players. SDBC considers any
breach of the policy will be dealt with in the harshest manner; some offences may be referred to the SDBC Tribunal and may
lead to fines, suspensions and or bans.

SDBC acknowledges social media in all forms are powerful tools and should be used for source of communications only.
All forms of social media used for team’s group platforms must be endorsed by the SDBC. SDBC CEO and or Director of
Baseball Operations must be made a member of the group.

Comments, notes and photos posted on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and on-line forums are usually
constructive and positive. But negative comments and images, bullying, criticism and sexist remarks can be dangerous and
harmful to people’s wellbeing and reputation and the image of the sport.

SDBC recognises the use of social mediums and has established the following policies.
1. Invitations to online group pages to be kept to players, and their immediate families only.
2. All communications from team’s staff must be conveyed by the executive officer (team manager) only.
3. NO team line up, listing of positional players are permitted on any social mediums for any team/s
4. Do not use social media to be critical of teammates, coaches, officials, administrators, volunteers, spectators or
opponents. Any comment you make on social media sites has the potential to be seen by millions of people. That is great if
comments are positive. But it can be extremely negative and harmful if critical of people. Before you post a comment on social
media ask yourself this: Would I want millions of people to read something negative about me?
5. Always assume the person you are talking / writing about will see what has been said / written. Just because an
online chat is between two people does not mean it remains private and nobody else can see it. Social media is accessible to
everyone. Even if the person you are discussing does not see it, somebody else may. The result is you rather than the person
you are ridiculing will be seen in a negative light.
6. Use social media as a positive outlet to promote players, teammates, teams, clubs and others involved in baseball.
Posting results and acknowledging individual and team performances on social media makes many people aware of team and
individual achievements. That can have a positive effect for many people and should be used, encouraged and embraced
wherever and whenever possible.
7. Remember to show respect. When using social media, show the same respect and regard for people that you would
show and are expected to show when playing, officiating or attending a baseball game.
8. When in doubt leave it out. SDBC suggest, if you are unsure if what you are posting on social media is appropriate
then it is best not to post it.
9. Do not tolerate or condone poor social media behaviour or actions. If you are aware of or observe poor social media
behaviour or actions, do not accept it. There is no place for it in baseball and it will not be condoned. You should remind
people of their responsibilities when using social media and warn that action can be taken against them. In the instance of
minors breaching the code of conduct, alert their parents to the situation. If you believe the breach is serious, report it to team,
or club officials.
10. Be aware that your actions on social media may have serious consequences. Negative comments and images,
bullying, criticism and sexist remarks do not only impact negatively on the people they are about. If you are found to have
acted improperly on social media regarding a baseball related matter, you are liable to disciplinary proceedings and may be
required to face a tribunal hearing to explain your actions. A suspension from baseball could be imposed.
11. SDBC considers social media to be ours and your personal brand. Your Internet presence fuels any perception of
your personal brand – whether you like it or not. Does your social media identity match your real identity? Be mindful of the
content of photos, status updates, Tweets. Are they truly reflective of who you are and how you want people to see you?

This SDBC Social Media Policy is to ensure that all mediums are used for what they are intended for, a form of
communicating. This policy is not limited to the said media platforms mentioned within, but encumbers ALL online social
mediums in all formats.