Code of Conduct

a) Disciplinary action may be taken against any player, member or team while either playing in the local competition or representatively, from reports or complaints of unacceptable behaviour received by the Wellington Softball Association.

b) All players and officials shall take positive steps to maintain the high reputation of the game of Softball.

c) The Code shall apply to persons from the Wellington Softball Association whilst associated with or playing in any Wellington Representative teams or any teams affiliated to the Wellington Softball Association.

d) Unacceptable behaviour includes any conduct in breach of the following rules:

  • Players must not assault, or attempt an assault or otherwise threaten any player, umpire, official or spectator.
  • Players must not abuse or dispute, as distinct from question, an umpire's decision, or react in an obvious provocative or disapproving manner following an umpiring decision.
  • Players must not use abusive language.
  • Players must not use crude or abusive hand signals.

e) Note: Before reporting any player for the above type of behaviour an umpire, acting either on his/her own volition or on a complaint from another player, would be expected to have first cautioned the player and to have advised that player's captain of his/her concern. A player, before reporting any other player, would be expected to have firstly lodged an initial complaint with the umpire.

f) Smoking and drinking alcohol on the field of play is always prohibited and this applies to player/umpires whilst they are officiating.

g) Players must not engage in public acts of misconduct or unruly public behaviour whilst representing Wellington or their Club

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Breaches of the Code of Conduct

Acomplaint can be made in writing by an individual or organisation that a member of WSA and/or a member of any of WSA’s Clubs, or any person for whom a member is responsible for, has;

i) breached, failed, refused or neglected to comply with a provision of the Constitution, the Disciplinary Rules, the Code of Conduct, the Playing Rules and By-Laws, and any other rule, regulation, bylaw, policy, resolution or determination of the Executive Committee or any other Committee;

ii) acted in a manner unbecoming of a member or prejudicial to the interests of WSA; and / or

iii) brought WSA or the sport of softball into disrepute.

In the first instance, complaints about breaches within clubs should be directed to the club committee. Otherwise all complaints must be in writing using the WSA Complaint Form available at the WSA Office and the WSA Website.

Complaints relating to misconduct occurring during a game must be received at WSA no later than 5pm on the first Monday following the incident. Except where Monday is a statutory holiday in which case no later than 5pm on the first Tuesday.

Complaints relating to misconduct occurring outside of a game must be received at WSA no later than 14 days following the incident.

A complaint is deemed received on time if: a. Received via email at competitionadmin@wellingtonsoftball.org.nz by the relevant deadline.

Complaints received out of time will be held on record and notified to the person and their club however no formal action will be taken.

Please refer to the full judiciary and complaints policy  as this overrides any inaccuracies that may be identified above.

Protests

1. In accordance with the SNZ Playing Rules, protests that shall be received and considered include matters of the following types:

a) Misinterpretation of a playing rule;

b) Failure of an umpire to apply the correct rule to a given situation.

c) Failure to impose the correct penalty for a given violation.

2. Protests relating to point 1 must be made before the next pitch, or before all infielders have left fair territory or, if on the last play of the game, before the umpires leave the playing field. After one pitch has been thrown (legal or illegal), no change can be made on any umpire’s ruling.

3. Protests made regarding the eligibility of a team roster member must be submitted to the WSA office (not the umpires) and may be made at any time. Refer to the eligibility rules in the WSA by-laws.

4. The official written protest must be filed within 48 hours of the date noted on the team card. 5. The protest form on the WSA website should be completed and be lodged with the WSA Office accompanied by the scorebook and a $50 protest fee.

Please refer to the full judiciary and complaints policy  as this overrides any inaccuracies that may be identified above.