Rule Changes

Each year, the CCSA Executive Committee proposes and debates changes to league rule in order to improve gameplay and experience for all players. For the 37th season, CCSA has changed and will implement the following rule changes.

The following only reflect changes, for full rules, please visit on our rules page. We also have compiled a summary of the changes in a video, click here to see it. We have also provided the changes in a pdf, here.

2017 Rule Changes

Mercy Rule

Current Rule

There will be a 7 run mercy rule enforced in the first 7 innings of every game.

New rule: There will be a 5 run mercy rule enforced in the first 7 innings of every game.


Game Mercy Rule

Current Rule

Once the game is official (After 5 innings, or 4.5 if home team is leading), if there is a difference of 20 or more runs, the losing team has the OPTION to end the game.

New rule: Once the game is official (After 5 innings, or 4.5 if home team is leading), if there is a difference of 14 or more runs, the losing team has the OPTION to end the game.


Over-the-Fence Home Run Rule

Current Rule

At diamonds where there is a home run fence, the first fair batted ball over the fence for each team will be declared a home run. All subsequent home runs over the fence for that team during the remainder of the game shall be declared ground-rule doubles.

New rule: Either team may only a team may hit one (1) Over-the-Fence Home Run more than the opposing team. Subsequent Over-the-Fence hits will count as an OUT until the opposing team hits an Over-the-Fence Home Run. This is what will be referred to as “Match + 1”


Outfield Throws to 1B

Current Rule

There is no current rule in regards to this issue.

New rule: An outfielder or rover CANNOT throw a ball directly to 1B to get the (BR) Batter Runner out. When the BR has safely reached first-base an outfielder or rover may throw the ball directly to 1B for a “tag” out.


CCSA Age Definition

Current Rule

The CCSA age of a player is determined as of May 1st of the current year.

New rule: The CCSA age of a player is determined as of December 31st of the current year.


Maximium Age of Players in Junior Division

Current Rule

The Junior division is restricted to those whose CCSA-age is between 14 to 18 years inclusive.

New rule: Only for the 2017 season, the Junior division is restricted to those whose CCSA-age is between 14 to 19 years old inclusive.


2018 Rule Changes

While the following changes will not occur till the 2018 season, this is posted in order to give prior notice.

Maximium Age of Players in Junior Division

Updated Rule in 2017

The Junior division is restricted to those whose CCSA-age is between 14 to 19 years inclusive.

New rule: The Junior division is restricted to those whose CCSA-age is between 14 to 18 years old inclusive.


Junior Leadership

Also scheduled for 2018 and following years the CCSA will be allowing up to two team members to be 19 years old.

These members must obtain a Letter of Approval from their supervising pastor acknowledging that they are to be Mentors to future leaders.

They will assume a role of either Assistant Governor or Assistant Coach.

There will be a maximum of 1 Male and 1 Female that is 19.

Reasoning for this rule change is to allow up to two older teens to mentor/coach younger leaders AND be allowed to play on the team.