All parents and players participating in the Rogers - Otsego Youth Baseball Association need to adhere to the code of conduct policy.
We, Rogers-Otsego Area Youth Baseball Association (“ROYBA”) believe that youth baseball plays an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of players. To help achieve this goal we have implemented a Code of Conduct for Coaches, Players, Parents and Spectators. This Code is designed to enhance the player's experience and maximize their ability to learn and enjoy the great game of baseball. We believe that sincere efforts to honor the words of this Code will improve the quality of our program.
I understand that as a Coach, Player, Parent and Spectator, I must act in accord with the following Code of Conduct:
Zero Tolerance Policy for Coaches, Players, Parents and Spectators
All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the umpire. Failure to do so will undermine the umpire's authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for everyone involved. Consequently, ROYBA has adopted the following rules:
I hereby agree that if I fail to conform my conduct to the foregoing while coaching, playing or supporting baseball for ROYBA I will be subject to the following disciplinary procedures and penalties:
Disciplinary Procedures and Penalties: ROYBA League Commissioners or Board of Directors has the right to remove any coach, player, parent or spectator from a game or practice that does not abide to the ROYBA Code of Conduct. Once an alleged violation is reported to ROYBA, the following procedures will take place:
Appeal Process: If an offender disagrees with the penalty issued they have (7) seven days to submit in writing to the ROYBA Board of Directors requesting a formal hearing. A formal hearing shall then take place no longer than 30 days from the date of request. A committee of three Directors, separate from the League Commissioner, shall sit at the appeal hearing. The decision of the ROYBA Board of Directors is final and binding. No further appeals will be available to the offender.
Appeal Hearing: Shall be set within 30 days from date of the appeal request. The committee of 3 Board of Directors from ROYBA shall commence the appeal hearing (the Directors will be free of conflict of the parties appearing). The appeal hearing shall last 60 minutes. The location of the hearing will be decided upon by ROYBA. The appellant may provide testimony, witnesses or documents at the hearing. A final decision will be returned to the appellant no longer than 5 days after the appeal hearing.
NOTE: USSSA Baseball uses a May 1st cutoff birth date to determine eligibility for travel teams. This means whatever age a player is on April 30th of the current year will be their playing age for the current baseball season.
Playing Up Rules
Exception to Rule #2 & #3
If any player has a May through August birthday (5/1 - 8/31) and was not held back a grade in school, they will be allowed to try out for the one level up age group in order to play with their natural grade. They can also try out for their current age travel team as well. They should attend BOTH travel evaluation sessions for their grade and their age. For example, if a player was born on 8/27/2006 and started school when they turned age 5:
NOTE: If trying out for 2 travel ages, the player should attend both sessions of each age group's travel tryouts. Please note that your child is trying out for 2 different travel ages in the "Comments" section of the registration form so that we are prepared at the tryouts.
ROYBA is affiliated with MYAS/ Gopher State thus will follow the bat standards outlined by this governing organization.
MYAS/Gopher State Baseball League officially communicated there is no change to their bat standard for 2020. They are not changing to the new USA bat standard for 2020.
The Metro Baseball League & Minnesota Baseball Tournaments (MBT) announced a hard stance that any MBT qualifier tournament must adopt the new USA bat standards.
Impacts on our 2020 ROYBA Youth Baseball Travel Players:
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