2017 Team Registration

Welcome to the 2017 CCSA Season, our 37th season. We highly recommend that you read through the following information if you are going to signing up a team, a player and/or be involved in the leadership of a team. You will need to understand and be aware of the following information. Please read carefully!

Content

Statement of Faith

General Instructions

Submissions

Privacy Policy

Team Requirements

Team Name Guidelines

Team Roles

Player Requirements

Message from Head of Governing


Statement of Faith

The CCSA, as a Christian faith-based organization, we believe in the following:

  1. We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God and is authoritative in matters of Christian belief and conduct.
  2. We believe that there is but one living and true God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe that Jesus Christ is both fully Divine and fully Human.
  4. We believe that humans were created in the image of God, that we sinned, and in consequence incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death (separation from God).
  5. We believe that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is sufficient for the atonement of all of humankind sins.
  6. We believe that God in His mercy and grace saves all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ, justifying them through faith in the Saviour and them new life by the Holy Spirit.
  7. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, and in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and the eternal punishment of the lost.
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General

  1. The registration fee is $500.00 per team. The whole fee is due on the first due date. This year due date for the fee is April 1, 2017.
  2. League emails and the hotline are available for requesting and obtaining information, for reporting necessary facts, or to request proper procedures for filing concerns.
  3. Be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the CCSA. Most of the information may be found on this page.
  4. All formal requests for CASE concerns or complaints should be emailed case@ccsasoftball.net or phoned in CCSA hotline (416) 293-0949. In either case, please state that is pertaining to CASE and leave your name and phone number. Do NOT include any details. A member of the CASE committee will contact you. In certain instances, we may require that a formal request be submitted in writing.
  5. Due dates will be adhered to strictly. Failure to submit forms/fees in a timely manner may result with your team/player not registered.
  6. Late period. The league will continue to receive forms until 1 week after the applicable due date, provided that the late fee of $5.00 per form is paid. Forms submitted after this time will not be received.
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Submissions

Form
  1. All information received by the CCSA will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.
  2. All submitted registration forms must be signed in ink. You may keep a photocopy of any signed forms for your records
  3. Please completely and accurately fill out all applicable registration forms
  4. Please print neatly.
  5. Only the team governor or supervising pastor can sign as a witness (governors and supervising pastor cannot be their own witness). The signature must be witnessed at the time of signing.
  6. Mistakes on submitted forms will void the form and the team/player will be unable to participate until the form is corrected.
File
  1. Please submit completed files to info@ccsasoftball on the designated due date, as specified in the application package.
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Privacy Policy

The CCSA collects basic information about you for the following purposes only:

  1. To establish and maintain the league
  2. To provide you and your team with ongoing assistance throughout the season
  3. To better understand your team's needs and preferences
  4. To comply with legal or regulatory requirements

For example, we may use your information to contact you or your team about team schedules, changes in important dates, or notices of upcoming events. We may use your information to ensure that you and your team are in compliance with CCSA rules. We may provide certain personal information to our insurance providers to ensure that the league is adequately insured. We may also use your information to help CCSA executives determine what events or activities would be appropriate for you or your team.

Your privacy is important and we will not collect, use or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than those identified above, except with your consent. We will protect your personal information appropriately. We will protect the confidentiality of your personal information when dealing with third parties. We will strive to keep your personal information as accurate and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes identified above. We will honour any request you may make for access to your personal information.

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices, please contact the CASE Committee at case@ccsasoftball.net. Otherwise, we will assume that we have your consent to continue to collect, use and disclose your personal information for the purposes identified above.

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Team Requirements

  1. Appointed team leaders must meet minimum league requirements. No appropriate leaders = No Teams. See Team Roles for more information.
  2. Every participant of your team is responsible to know all the rules that CCSA plays by. Contact the league for a copy of the rules.
  3. Be sure that each team name will glorify God, and reflect and demonstrate Christianity. See Team Name Guidelines for more details.
  4. For new teams or teams wishing to change their names, there is a New Team Name form to be filled out online. Please submit the application form and accompanying explanation by the first due date. This will be reviewed by the league for approval.
  5. Each team is expected to maintain a minimum Christian/non-Christian ratio of 70% (i.e. for every 10 players on the team, there must be at least 7 Christians). A non-Christian is a participant who indicated either ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’ in their player waiver form.
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Team Name Guidelines

While CCSA respects the right of each team to choose a team name that best reflects the team's objectives and character, we ask that the following guidelines be adhered to:

  1. Team names should glorify God
  2. Acronyms or names that do not clearly or obviously relate to Biblical teachings should nevertheless have a meaning that is consistent with the mission of the CCSA. The league may ask team leadership to elaborate upon the meaning behind the team's name.
  3. Care should be taken to ensure that team names do not have secondary meanings that may be misinterpreted or misconstrued in a manner that is hurtful or inconsistent with Biblical teachings.
  4. Team names must be approved by the pastoral advisor to that team.

The league reserves the right to reject names that are clearly inconsistent with the mission of the CCSA. The league will contact teams if it feels that a team name is problematic. In general, the league will not reject any name that was used by that team in the prior season.

Duplicate Team Names

With the growing number of teams in the league, we are concerned about the number of confusingly similar or identical team names and consequently we are hoping to eliminate future duplication of team names. Teams are not allowed to register a team name that has the same "root" as any other team in the league.

EXAMPLES: A team will not be allowed to register "Christians Jr." if the name "Christians" has already been used by any other team in either the junior or senior division. Similarly, a team will not be allowed to register "Christians II" if "Christians" or "Christians I" has already been registered.

EXCEPTION: Teams are allowed to register a team name if that same name was used by that team in the immediately prior season. Teams using the same names as used in the immediately prior season will always have priority over any new team that chooses to register the same name.

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Team Roles

The minimum league requirements for all teams leaders are:

  • Mature Christian
  • Regular church participant

Supervising Pastor

The duties of this position include the following:

  • Understand the league’s Statement of Faith
  • Understand the league’s Statement of Faith
  • Should any issues or concerns arise with any teams within your church, you may be contacted
  • Should you or other church members have a concern about the C.C.S.A., you may assist in passing on this information to the league

League Liaison

The duties of this position include the following:

  • Assist in disseminating league communications and administrative procedures
  • Aiding in the registration of church teams and players
  • Attend organizational meetings
  • Be the main contact for any announcements that come from the CCSA
  • Should any problems arise with any team within your church, you may be contacted

Governor

The duties of this position include the following:

  • Counsel, advise, correct and discipline team members from Scripture
  • Prepare, or assist in the preparation of, pre-game or post-game devotions for participating teams
  • Review and witness player registration forms
  • Address team concerns, and request assistance from the church and league when necessary

Coach

The duties of this position include the following:

  • Ensure all participants are prepared and able to participate in league games
  • Promote safety through proper observation and training
  • Arrange team logistics and administration
  • Submit required information to the league in a timely manner (e.g. score sheets, registration forms, etc)

Umpire

The duties of this position include the following:

  • Ensure all participants are familiar with league rules and educate when necessary
  • Communicate to the team new rules, rule amendments, clarifications
  • Provide/coordinate umpires to officiate designated league games
  • Inform the league of any issues or incidents that may occur during officiated games

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Player Requirements

  1. Participants may only join one team. They may not transfer to another team once their registration form has been submitted.
  2. CCSA Age Requirements
    • Junior division: 14-19 years inclusive Please note: This is only avaliable only for the 2017 season only.
    • Senior division: 18 years and above
    • Varsity division: 14 years and above
  3. A player's age is determined as of December 31st of the present year
  4. Players 18 or 19 years of age can choose to be on either a senior or junior team. No additional league approval is required.
  5. A Special Exception form must be filled out for juniors playing on seniors. All exceptions must be directed to CASE in writing by the designated due date.
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Message from Head of Governing

Greetings Team Governors, Coaches, and players,

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.

Matthew 6:24

Sometimes we think or believe that we can divide our loyalties in this life. After all, that's what we have become as a society. At any moment we chose to do so. When in church or with church people, we serve God. When you’re a student you are studying, you serve the school or educational institution you attend. When working, we serve my company or our superior and so on. Jesus Christ says this is impossible. "No one can serve two masters..." Because, our human nature is to love one thing more than another.

Everytime we make the choice, about anything, we are expressing our fondness or commitment to one thing over another. I.e. do we choose to attend church or do something else like sleep in, run errands, do chores, go to work, study, play sports, spend time with family or friends, etc.

The CCSA theme for this year is 'Just His League'. As a league executive, we believe that we need to continue to get back to just this very simple fact that this league is His!!

This league was started as a way to use softball as way to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be honest, the Gospel may in some cases has become secondary to softball. As a league and a “Christian softball community”, we should be fearful that things that don’t really matter like wins and losses or success on the field take precedent over changing lives for Christ sake!!

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular; it’s why he does it.

A.W. Towzer

In the passage, Jesus' teaching is that we should only worry about ones eternal salvation in order to motivate us to do very things that God has commanded us to do. Everything and anything else is completely secondary and up to Him. This season let’s make God more important in our lives because He will be there long after CCSA. Honouring God, the one who gives us this league and the ability to play softball.

Serving Him and being committed to His purpose for this ministry is far more important than winning a trophy (sometimes by any means) at the end of the season. When Christ becomes the focus of our lives and we put our faith and trust in the direction He is leading us, all the other things become meaningless.

In closing let’s ask ourselves these questions this season – who am I really serving? What or whom dictates my actions? Who has/ is the final authority? Will I do or act the way God says or serve my own interests. Let’s all carefully examine our principles and make this 'Just His League' not just this season, but beyond!

In Christ,
CCSA Governing

So when you are ready, click here to proceed to register your team for the 2017 season.