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Code of Conduct

WVLL prides itself on delivering a positive baseball experience for ALL participants. Codes of Conduct for players, managers & coaches, and parents help us all stay on track. The coach’s code of conduct is included on the Coaches page.

Player Code of Conduct.

As a player in WVLL, I will abide by the Player’s Code of Conduct:

• I will respect the game, my teammates, my coaches and managers, and the umpires.

• I will never argue an umpire’s call or make comments to an umpire from the field or bench.

• I will never argue a coach’s decision and settle disagreements with coaches and other players after games and practices and away from other players.

• I will never fault other players when mistakes occur.

• I will always listen to and look at a coach while they are talking.

• I will always be in control of my temper and understand that swearing, throwing equipment or any other actions that detract from the spirit of the game may result in removal from the game and suspension.

• I will work hard for myself and my team and take pride in myself and everything I do on the field, and I will make every effort to maximize my playing ability.

• I will lead by being an example for my teammates. I will ALWAYS play by the rules.

• I understand that the goals of playing at WVLL are to have fun and develop my baseball skills and create positive team spirit.

Parent Code of Conduct.

As a parent or guardian of a WVLL player, I agree to the Parent Code of Conduct:

• I will remember that my child plays for his or her enjoyment, not for mine.

• I will always encourage my child to play by the rules.

• I will always encourage my child to respect the coaches, their teammates and the umpires.

• I will never criticize an umpire’s judgment or direct negative comments towards them, or become a “Grandstand Manager.”

• I will always address any questions or concerns to the coaching staff at the appropriate time, after games or practices and away from the players. I will be supportive and involved, without interfering with the operation of the team.

• I understand that the game of baseball is very difficult to learn and play. I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud the good plays by both my child’s team and their opponents. I will teach my child that trying their hardest despite the score or situation is extremely important.

• I understand that the goals of WVLL are to have fun, develop my child’s baseball skills and create a positive team spirit. I understand that not abiding by this Code of Conduct or inappropriate conduct may result in my being asked to leave the ballpark and may possibly result in my child not playing.

Coaches and Managers

We appreciate parents volunteering to be coaches, assistant coaches and managers. For those coaches with limited experience, we will support you with coaching clinics offered by Little League Canada, typically in February and March. We sometimes work with our colleagues in Division 5 Little League to deliver coaching clinics as well.

The league provides the Teamsnap team management tool to assist with communicating to your team and coordinating schedules.

Just as our players and parents have codes of conduct, we also have a code of conduct for our coaches and managers.

Coach & Manager Code of Conduct.

As a coach or manager at WVLL team, I hereby pledge to follow this Code of Conduct:

• I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all children, managers and coaches, umpires, league officials and parents including those of an opposing team, at every game, practice and event.

• I will place the emotional and physical well-being of all children on all teams ahead of any desire to win.

• I will expect my players to treat all other players, coaches, umpires, league officials, and parents with respect.

• I will remember that Little League baseball is for children and not for adults.

• I will do all I can to make the game fun and safe for all the children involved.

• I understand that WVLL is a volunteer organization that requires parents to participate in activities such as field preparation, snack duty and scorekeeping. I will therefore enlist the support of all the parents of my players in this effort.

• I agree to be trained in the responsibilities of being a Little League manager or coach, including attending all meetings and training clinics.

Concession

Our primary diamond at Rick Genest has a concession stand that has operated on a sporadic basis for several years.

Our plan for 2020 is to have the concession at Rick Genest open on a regular basis so that players and parents can expect to purchase a snack or drink during and after the game.

The concession is volunteer run, with support from the junior players. We also expect other teams to provide volunteers on a regular basis. Proceeds from the concession will go to support the cost of tournaments for our junior team and other divisions that provide volunteers.

Criminal Record Checks

WVLL’s Risk Management Policy requires every adult (18+) with repetitive contact with WVLL youth to hold a current clean Canada Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sectors add-on, by May 1 of each season. This policy affects Team Coaches, Team Assistant Coaches, Team Managers, adult umpires, the Umpire-in-Chief, the Concession Manager and concession assistants if 18 or over, and all Board members.

CRCs are valid for five years. If you don’t have a current CRC naming WVLL as the receiving entity, WVLL’s Safety Officer will assist you in completing the paperwork required and submitting it to the BC Ministry of Justice’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) for review.

If you’ve done this before, you probably already know whether your birthdate matches an existing criminal record and fingerprinting is thus required to prove that record is not you. If you have used the CRRP system for other youth organisations, you can elect to submit that check including fingerprint clearance, straight to WVLL. Otherwise, you will receive a letter from CRRP directing you to take the further step of submitting fingerprints.

Bowen Island and Lions Bay residents go to Squamish RCMP front counter for free online service (it’s no longer necessary to go to Whistler since Squamish is now online too; M-F 8:30 – 4:40, take the letter with you and maybe call 604.892.6100 to check details).

West Van residents go to WVPD at 755 16th Street.  Appointments are required – call the Records Office at 604-925-7300 to make an appointment. Take the letter, pay the $55.00 charge, and submit the receipt to treasurer@westvanll.ca for reimbursement.

Depending on the reason for sending fingerprints to Ottawa, there may be an additional $25 processing fee payable to the RCMP.  West Vancouver Police will collect this fee on the RCMP’s behalf.    If this fee is charged, submit the receipt to treasurer@westvanll.ca for reimbursement.
For more information about this fee please visit the RCMP website at:

LITTLE LEAGUE CANADA VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

The same individuals required to hold a Canada/BC CRC are also required by Little League International to complete a Volunteer Application form. Click on the document link below to download the fillable form, and return it completed to secretary@westvanll.ca by May 1 of each season. Remember to attach a scan or photo of your driver license.

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Equipment and Uniforms

Each team is supplied with jerseys, hats, several bats, and catching equipment.  Players are generally responsible for gloves, baseball pants, socks, belts and cleats.   Players may also bring their own bats.

 

Choosing a Glove

Little League rules stipulate that the maximum size glove that may be worn by a player is 12″. Glove sizes are normally marked on gloves for easy reference. Glove size may also be measured as the distance from the top of the index finger to the base of the palm of the glove.

Youth baseball gloves should be chosen carefully – a common mistake is to buy a big glove for a little kid. This often results in a younger child with a huge glove on their hand that they can’t even close. Youth sizes range from 9″-12″. 8 year olds can often use 11″ gloves, while 11-12 year olds often may fit into 12″ gloves.

Choosing a Bat

Height and weight are usually better ways to determine what bat length may work best for you.  Use the height and weight chart to give you a general idea of the length of bat that fits your body.

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Determine Your Bat Length by Weight and Height
 
Your height (inches)
Your weight (pounds)
36-40
41-44
45-48
49-52
53-56
57-60
61-64
65-68
69-72
73+
Bat length
less than 60
26"
27"
28"
29"
29"
61-70
27"
27"
28"
29"
30"
30"
71-80
28"
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
81-90
28"
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
91-100
28"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
101-110
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
111-120
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
121-130
29"
29"
30"
30"
31"
32"
33"
33"
131-140
29"
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
141-150
30"
30"
31"
31"
32"
33"
33"
151-160
30"
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
33"
161-170
31"
31"
32"
32"
33"
33"
34"
171-180
32"
33"
33"
34"
34"
180+
33"
33"

League Boundaries

WVLL encompasses all areas in West Vancouver as far as Lions Bay and includes Bowen Island.

The player must live or attend school within this area to be eligible for WVLL. If your child does not meet those criteria, please contact us and we will help you find a Little League in your area.

Locations

WVLL plays at the following fields in West Vancouver:

Ambleside South – Ambleside Park
Bowen Island – Orchard Lane
Cypress Falls Park – Woodgreen Place
Eagle Harbour – 5500 Block Marine Drive
Ed Anderson – Morven Drive

Hugo Ray Park – 1290 Third Street
Pauline Johnson – 1100 Block 22nd Street
Ridgeview – 1200 Block Mathers Avenue
Rick Genest – 4300 Block Marine Drive

 

Our batting cage is located at Rick Genest field. In order to book the batting cage you must have attended orientation and been given both electronic lock access (via iPhone or Android phone) and a login to the scheduling system. If you know all of that is in place you can go here to book batting cage time: https://www.skedda.com/account/login

Player Development

West Van Little League provides a number of training opportunities throughout the year for our players. Throughout the regular season we provide optional clinics that are included as part of your regular registration fee. There are also paid clinics offered throughout the year.

Please check the Registration Page for Training Clinics for the latest offerings.

“I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best”

Umpires

We encourage our players to learn more about the game and to gain work experience (and make a little money) through umpiring games for lower divisions.

West Van Little League provides training for umpires before the season and support through the season. Umpires are needed for regular season games, summer ball and fall ball.

Scheduling of umpires is straightforward.   Players make themselves available to umpire on specific dates on Assignr and they receive notifications of game assignments by email or text.

Umpire rates are updated annually, but typically pay from $15 to $35 depending on the level and the responsibility (plate vs. base ump).   Payments are made semi-monthly by Interac transfer throughout the season.