1. UNBECOMING OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR:
All players and coaches will be expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Any player, coach, or parent/fan whose conduct is unbecoming or abusive will at a minimum be warned and may be removed from the playing field or stands at the discretion of the Tournament Officials or the Umpires. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated under any circumstances. This includes a team forfeiting or being removed from the tournament if necessary.
2. BEHAVIOR NOT ALLOWED:
A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not:
A.) Fake a tag without the ball.
B.) Carelessly throw a bat.
C.) Fail to wear or deliberately remove helmet when it is required to be worn.
D.) Wear metal cleats or metal toe plates where prohibited.
E.) Wear jewelry or any exposed ornament which in the umpire's judgment is dangerous while participating in the game.
F.) Hit the ball to teammates on defense after the game has started.
G.) Use electronic communication, television monitoring, or replay equipment during the course of the game. Electronic scorebooks may be used to record the current game.
H.) Use tobacco products in any form.
I.) Be in possession of any object in the coach’s box other than a scorebook, which shall be used for scorekeeping purposes only.
J.) Be outside the designated dugout/bench or bullpen areas unless they are a batter, runner, on deck batter, in the coach’s box or one of the nine players on defense.
NOTE: A single on-deck batter shall remain in their team’s on-deck circle while the opposing pitcher is warming up.
K.) Hit the ball with an illegal bat.
FIRST OFFENSE is a team warning.
SECOND OFFENSE and any subsequent violation the offender is restricted to the bench for the remainder of the game and their current head coach shall be ejected.
NOTE: a reminder at home plate by the Umpire does not constitute a warning for either team.
L.) Using words or actions to incite spectators to demonstrations.
M.) Using intimidation tactics or baiting or taunting.
NOTE: ALL AMERICAN YOUTH SPORTS disapproves of any form of taunting which is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule or demean others under any circumstances including race, religion, gender, or national origin.
N.) Behaving in any manner not in accordance with the spirit of fair play.
O.) Be located in the area behind the catcher while the opposing pitcher and catcher are in their positions.
P.) Charge an Umpire.
Q.) Use amplifiers or bullhorns for coaching purposes during the course of the game.
R.) Argue ball and strike calls or other Umpire judgment calls.
S.) Call “time”, employ any other word or phrase, or commit any act for the purpose of causing an illegal pitch.
T.) Commit any other unsportsmanlike act.
If it is the FIRST OFFENSE and is judged to be of a minor nature, an offending player may be warned, or an offending coach may be restricted to the bench. If not minor or a subsequent offense, the Umpire shall eject the offender from the game. Failure to comply shall result in the game being forfeited. Any coach restricted to the bench shall be ejected for further misconduct. A coach may leave the bench/dugout to attend to a player who becomes ill or injured.
U.) Curse or use profanity
V.) Deliberately throw a bat, helmet, or any other piece of equipment.
W.) Initiate malicious contact.
X.) Engage in a fight.
NOTE: Fighting is any attempt by a player or nonplayer to strike or engage an opponent in a combative manner unrelated to softball. Such acts include, but are not limited to, attempts to strike an opponent(s) with arm(s), hand(s), leg(s), or foot (feet), whether or not there is contact.
Y.) Leaving their positions or bench area when a fight has broken out. Coaches who enter the field to restrain combatants from their team shall not be considered to have violated this rule.
Z.) A coach, player, substitute, attendant, or other bench personnel shall not bring the rule book (hard copy or electronically) onto the playing field while the game is in progress to discuss/dispute the umpire(s) ruling and/or decision.
PENALTY U-Z: The umpire shall eject the offender from the game. Failure to comply shall result in the game being forfeited. A player ejected for malicious contact is declared out unless they have already scored.