Fair Play Code:

  • Softball Manitoba has entrusted us to assist them in the development of our youth through athletics.  The proper operation of such a process requires that officials shall be independent, impartial and responsible to people they serve.
  • An official must devote time, thought and study to the rules of the game and the mechanics necessary to carry out these rules so that one may render effective and credible service in a fair and unbiased manner.
  • An official must work with fellow officials and Softball Manitoba in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of differences of opinion that may arise during debate of points or rules at issue.
  • An official must resist every temptation and outside pressure to use one’s position as an official to benefit oneself.  Under all circumstances, officials must avoid promoting the special interest of any person or group of persons other than the athletes we serve.
  • An official must constantly uphold the honor and dignity of the avocation in all personal conduct and relations with the athletes, coaches’ administrators, colleagues, and the public, to be a worthy example to the athletes under one’s jurisdiction.
  • An official will be prepared both physically and mentally, dress according to expectations and maintain a proper appearance that is befitting the importance of the game and Softball Canada’s expectations.
  • The official shall avoid the use of tobacco products, drugs, and alcohol at the contest site.
  • Every member of the officiating profession carries a responsibility to act in a manner becoming a professional person.  The conduct of any official influences the attitude of the public toward the profession in general as well as toward the official in particular.

Commitment to Athletes and Coaches:

  • I will make sure that every athlete has a reasonable opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability, within the limits of the rules.
  • I will avoid or put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of the athletes.
  • I will maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition.
  • I will not permit the intimidation of any athlete either by word or action.  I will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward officials, other athletes, spectators or myself.
  • I will be consistent and objective in calling all infractions, regardless of my personal feelings toward a team or individual athlete.
  • I accept my role as a teacher and role model for fair play, especially with young participants.
  • I will remain open to constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view.

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