Rules

Code of Conduct

The CSA in an effort to promote good sportsmanship, values and ideals have adopted a zero tolerance for any violation of the below listed Players Code of Conduct and Ethics. It is of the utmost importance to instill the proper behavior and sportsmanship necessary to have a fair and fun sporting experience for all players involved. Any appeals to the sanctions imposed will be reviewed by the CSA Coordinator and the Baseball or Softball Liaison.

ALL PLAYERS WILL ABIDE BY THE FOLLOWING RULES:

  1. Play by the rules and follow all Park Rules. Rules are for your safety and enjoyment of the game.

  1. Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your coach approach the official during a break or after the game.

  1. Control you temper. Verbal abuse of officials, other players, coaches or parents are not acceptable or permitted behavior in any sport.

  1. No foul language or fighting will ever be permitted on or off the field at anytime.

  1. Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.

  1. Be a good sport. Cheer all good plays and never make fun of injuries that occur.

  1. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another player.

  1. Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them there would be no games.

  1. Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not just to please parents and coaches.

  1. Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all players regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

  1. Any player, parent, family member, umpire or coach that posts on social media any comments that are critical or derogatory of the CSA, CSA’s administrators, the City of Chandler, another player, parent, family member, umpire or coach of CSA, may be banned from participating or attending any further league activities.

If a player is removed from a game or otherwise notified by a CSA Board member that they have violated the Players Code of Conduct and Ethics, that person shall provide a written statement describing his/her version of the events and /or other explanation to the CSA Board within twenty-four hours of the incident or notification. He/she may not participate in any game or practice until doing so.

In the event that the League is notified of a violation of the above guidelines, the CSA Board will conduct an investigation of the facts consisting of interviews with those involved. The CSA Board shall review the statements and gather any other information from other parties that they may deem necessary to determine if a further penalty should be assessed. The person accused of the violation will be notified of the decision from the Board in writing within one week of the final hearing.

It is not the intent of the CSA to limit the growth or development or any player, coach, or official within the program. It is with this in mind that we feel firm guidelines, on which our coaches, officials, players and parents can rely, will encourage an attitude of good sportsmanship and mutual respect that will serve them well in this area and other areas of their lives. With all your help these actions will never need to be imposed.

Registration in CSA and team placement indicates that they have received, read, understood and will abide by the CSA Code of Conduct and Ethics. Failure to abide by this form will prevent child from participating in the CSA.

The Board reserves the right to revise the Players Code of Conduct and Ethics at any time.

CSA DRaft Rules


1. All team drafts shall be conducted according to CSA and TTAB rules.

2. The drafting system used shall be open board drafting.

3. Each team within an age division is entitled to reserve or protect up to three players with written consent of the player’s parent or custodian.

4. The children of head coaches and any assistant coach actively participating in the draft of a team must be counted as a reserve or protected player of that team. The first reserve players listed in the draft order will be the children of the head coach followed by the children of any assistant coach.

5. All reserve or protected players must have a reserve/protected player form, completed and signed by a parent or guardian, before reserve/protected status will be granted. This includes the children of coaches.

6. A reserve/protected player may be released from a team by mutual consent of the coach, parent, and relevant Vice-President, but must re-enter draft as an unprotected player if still in same age division. The reserve player release form must be signed by the coach, parent, and relevant Vice-President and must be submitted prior to the registration deadline.

7. If a team already has the maximum number of reserve players and a coach’s child would, in effect, make a fourth reserve player, the team must release a reserve player to make room for the coach’s child. The reserve player released will be the last reserve player in the previous draft order not the child of a coach. The released player must be placed back in the draft. The released player is available to be reserved by another team. The player released can be redrafted by the team that released him, if he has not been reserved by another team. In addition, the first available draft pick of the offending team shall be skipped and filled with the last player in the draft.

8. A player may also be released from reserve status due to cause, but only with approval of the CSA Board. Cause is defined as any situation arising that justifies a release from protected status regardless of the consent of the coach or parent. The CSA Board must also decide if a player released for cause is available for protected status on another team based on the circumstances surrounding the release.

9. A player shall remain the property of the same team as long as the team remains intact within the same age division and said player does not promote to the subsequent age division. Any unprotected player may re-enter the draft for any reason. A player wishing to re-enter the draft must so indicate on the player’s registration form. Otherwise, the player will remain with the same team. The CSA Coordinator, must be contacted by a parent prior to draft to correct an indication to re-enter the draft on a registration form.

10. A parental request not to be drafted by a particular team or coach must have a valid reason and be approved by the CSA Boardprior to draft.

11. If a team’s head coach and all assistant coaches promote to the next age division or discontinue coaching, then all players on that team must return to the draft and are available for reserved status on a new team as long as all rules relating to reserve or protected status are followed.

12. The CSA Board will administer and monitor each divisional draft to insure that all league and draft rules and practices are followed and enforced.

13. Prior to the beginning of player selection, the number of teams and players per team will be announced. All teams will draw a number to determine the drafting order. All reserved players and protected players already assigned to a team will be stricken from the available player list. Discussion will be kept to a minimum. Players will be selected from the available player list by number and name. No outside communications are allowed during draft unless deemed necessary by the draft administrator. All phones or other communication devices will be placed on the table and turned off.

14. The team with the fewest unprotected players and, then, the lowest drafting order number will begin the round. When all teams have the same number of unprotected players, selection will be by drafting order only. In the event a team is drafted prior to the assignment of a coach, a.k.a. a ghost team, it will draft according to draft .


15. No team shall have more than 8 of the oldest players allowed in any division of play. If a returning team has more than 8 returning players in the oldest age group, the last player drafted will be the first to return to the draft.

16. NO PLAYER TRADES ARE PERMITTED. This is a TTA rule and cannot be modified or changed by CSA.

 

17. All players are expected to play for the team that drafts them. The CSA Board is charged with protecting the integrity of the draft. Any attempt to manipulate the draft or to otherwise “stack” teams through any means other than set forth in these rules can, at the discretion of the CSA Board, result in the removal or suspension of the offending coach, player, parent, or official.

18. No refunds will be granted to players who refuse to play for the team who drafted them without just cause and approval of the CSA Board.

19. Failure to follow any of these rules can result in penalties, including but not limited to, forfeiture of draft selection turn, removal from draft location, or other penalty as decided by CSA Board members present.

BaseBall Rules

League Rules–Baseball

1. All Baseball league officials, coaches, parents, and players shall abide by league and TTAB rules. If any league rule or policy is found to conflict with a rule of TTAB then the TTAB rule will supersede the league rule.

2. As the highest ruling authority of CSA, the Coordinator shall make rulings that interpret and apply the rules and policies of CSA to any circumstances or situations not directly addressed in the rules and policies of CSA. These rulings shall be made in the spirit of existing rules and policies of CSA and may be appealed to the CSA Board.

3. The Coordinator, Baseball Liaison, CSA Board members, and umpires are collectively and individually charged with enforcing and applying the rules and policies of CSA and TTAB and are authorized to take such actions as necessary to fulfill this charge.

4. Any refunds requested by parents of registered players must be made prior to draft. All refund requests must be for a valid reason and must be approved by the CSA Board. No refunds will be granted after draft.

5. ALCOHOL, PROFANITY, INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, VERBAL ABUSE, FIGHTING, OR INTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION of city property or league equipment will not be tolerated and upon investigation, the individual is subject to removal from City property, criminal charges, and suspension from the park and league functions for a period of two weeks to lifetime. Any appeals to the sanctions imposed will be reviewed by the CSA Coordinator and the Baseball or Softball Liaison.

a. Any CSA Board member or umpire may request the violating individual to leave the park. If the individual refuses, the police will be called to escort the individual from City property.

b. If the individual violating these provisions is a league official, umpire, or CSA Board member, their status as such carries no weight, they are subject to the authority of any subordinate authority present.

c. Nothing in these provisions prevents the City of Chandler from enforcing their laws and regulations in any way they see fit.

6. According to Chandler City Ordinance, Winchester Park is a non-smoking facility.

7. The Coordinator, Baseball Liaison, or any CSA Board member is authorized to call, postpone, or suspend any game due to weather. Any umpire is authorized to temporarily suspend a game due to weather. If 1st inning is not complete and the game is suspended due to weather, the game will restart at a later date. If the 1st inning is completed and the game is suspended due to weather, the game will continue at a later date.

8. There is no limit on team sponsorships. Parents are responsible for furnishing complete uniforms.

9. TTAB rules for innings played, maximum runs allowed per inning, mercy rule, and all other game rules will apply to all age divisions in CSA. However, the Coordinator and the Baseball Liaison can agree together to set time limits, run limits, etc. less than the maximum allowed by TTAB for the regular season as deemed necessary.

10. All TTAB t-ball teams shall follow the free substitution rule where teams will bat their entire roster and are allowed unlimited substitutions during regular season games except when playing at another league’s facility. When at another league’s facility, teams will follow local rules. The remaining TTAB boy’s baseball divisions may allow free substitution if both team’s coaches are in agreement before the start of the game. When using the free substitution rule, the last batted out may enter the game for an injured player (using the last batted out will insure the substitute will not come up in the lineup while on base) or the last player out will serve as the designated runner for the injured. A player lost to injury while following this rule will not be an automatic out in the batting order as long as nine players remain on the order.

11. In the event that a child refuses to play, the coach of his team must first speak to the parents of the child and explain the situation and rules applicable. The coach should then abide by the wishes of the parent. If the decision is made not to play, the coach should inform the opposing coach, scorekeeper, and the umpire of the situation.

12. All games must start with at least 8 players. If a team only has 8 players when a game begins, the team must take an out each time the ninth batter is up to bat. If the ninth player arrives late, he may enter the game as soon as he arrives and must fill the ninth slot in the batting order. A team without 8 players must forfeit the game.

13. Coaches must play all players at least three outs in the field and have one at bat in each league game. This is mandatory and failure to do so will result in the immediate review by the appropriate Board members and may result in the forfeit of the game and a one game suspension for the head coach

14. Game time is forfeit time.

15. The umpire will discipline a player in the manner that is appropriate as an official based upon the severity of the players’ conduct during the game. (Remember we are molding young lives.)

16. Any and all protests must be made to the Protest Committee. The Protest Committee will consist of the Coordinator, Baseball Liaison, and the Chief Umpire. Protests must be made in writing by the coaches within 24 hours of the game played. A $50.00 fee for the protest must be submitted along with the written document. Decisions of the Protest may be appealed to the CSA Board. If any member of the Protest Committee is the protesting coach or involved in the protest, then the protest will go directly to the CSA Board. If protest is upheld, $50.00 fee will be refunded.

17. Playoff teams are allowed by TTAB to pick three additional players each. The picks will be alternating with the first place coach picking first.

18. Any CSA Board member involved in or affected by a dispute, issue, or protest or reasonably seen to have a conflict of interest shall attend the Board meeting but shall be recused from voting.

19. The Coordinator shall conduct all CSA Board meetings and CSA membership meetings. The CSA will be recused from voting except to break ties. In the absence of the Coordinator, a majority of the CSA Board members present shall select one of the Baseball or Softball Liaisons to fill the duties of the Coordinator. Should the Coordinator become incapacitated or otherwise have to vacate the office, the CSA Board shall elect one of the Liaisons to fill the office for the remaining term.

20. The Coordinator may delegate or assign responsibilities as needed to any CSA Board member or other CSA member for the purpose of accomplishing the normal operations of the league.

21. If the first game of the evening (also second game if three games are scheduled) ends up in a tie, the game will go into one extra inning. If the game is still a tie, then the game will be suspended and rescheduled at the first available date. If the last game of the evening ends in a tie after regular play, then the game will go into extra innings until the tie is broken.

Soft ball rules

1. All Softball league officials, coaches, parents, and players shall abide by league and ASA rules. If any league rule or policy is found to conflict with a rule of TTAB then the ASA rule will supersede the league rule.

2. As the highest ruling authority of CSA, the Coordinator shall make rulings that interpret and apply the rules and policies of CSA to any circumstances or situations not directly addressed in the rules and policies of CSA. These rulings shall be made in the spirit of existing rules and policies of CSA and may be appealed to the CSA Board.

3. The Coordinator, Softball Liaison, CSA Board members, and umpires are collectively and individually charged with enforcing and applying the rules and policies of CSA and ASA and are authorized to take such actions as necessary to fulfill this charge.

4. Any refunds requested by parents of registered players must be made prior to draft. All refund requests must be for a valid reason and must be approved by the CSA Board. No refunds will be granted after draft.

5. ALCOHOL, PROFANITY, INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, VERBAL ABUSE, FIGHTING, OR INTENTIONAL DESTRUCTION of city property or league equipment will not be tolerated and upon investigation, the individual is subject to removal from City property, criminal charges, and suspension from the park and league functions for a period of two weeks to lifetime. Any appeals to the sanctions imposed will be reviewed by the CSA Coordinator and the Baseball or Softball Liaison.

a. Any CSA Board member or umpire may request the violating individual to leave the park. If the individual refuses, the police will be called to escort the individual from City property.

b. If the individual violating these provisions is a league official, umpire, or CSA Board member, their status as such carries no weight, they are subject to the authority of any subordinate authority present.

c. Nothing in these provisions prevents the City of Chandler from enforcing their laws and regulations in any way they see fit.

6. According to Chandler City Ordinance, Winchester Park is a non-smoking facility.