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The Official's jurisdiction to enforce the Player's Code of Conduct shall extend prior to, during, and after the ballgame.  Said jurisdiction exists from the Official's arrival at the game site to his/her departure from the game site.

? Sec. 1. NO PLAYER SHALL: At any time lay a hand upon, push, shove, strike, or threaten to strike an official.

? Sec. 2. NO PLAYER SHALL: Refuse to abide by official's decision.

? Sec. 3. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of objectionable demonstrations by throwing gloves, bats, or any other forceful action.

? Sec. 4. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of heaping personal, verbal abuse upon any official for any real or imaginary wrong decision or judgment.

? Sec. 5. NO PLAYER SHALL: Discuss with an official in any manner the decision reached by such official except the manager or captain.

? Sec. 6. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of using unnecessarily rough tactics in the play of the game against the body and person of any opposing player.

? Sec. 7. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of physical attack as an aggressor, upon any player, official, or spectator.

? Sec. 8. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of abusive verbal attack upon any player, official, or spectator.

? Sec. 9. NO PLAYER SHALL: Use profane, obscene, or vulgar language in any manner, or at any time.

? Sec. 10. NO PLAYER SHALL: Appear on the field of play at any time in an intoxicated condition.

? Sec. 11. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of gambling upon any play or the outcome of the game with any spectator, player or opponent.

? Sec. 12. NO PLAYER SHALL: Smoke while going on or coming off the field of play, or while on the field of play.

? Sec. 13. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of discussing publicly with the spectators in a derogatory or abusive manner any play, decision, or personal opinion of other players, during the game.  Players shall not mingle of fraternize with spectators during the course of the game, but shall remain on the player's bench or on the field of play.

? Sec. 14. NO PLAYER SHALL: Permit anyone to remain in the dugout or on the player's bench during the game who is not a playing member of the team.

? Sec. 15. NO PLAYER SHALL: Permit the use of any equipment or device which, in the sole judgment of the umpire, compromises the safety of the participants.  This includes the use of radios or similar devices on the person of a player, in the dugout, or in the spectator viewing area, which might inhibit the ability of players to hear verbal calls and/or instructions by the umpire.

? Sec. 16. NO PLAYER SHALL: Be guilty of using a bat that has been altered in any way. Altering includes, but is not limited to: sanding, filing, shaving, lengthening, shortening, weight-altering, heating and cooling.

NOTE: The term PLAYER as used in Rule 9 shall apply to all team personnel, such as manager, coaches, batkeeper, scorekeepers, sponsors, etc