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PYSA Code of Conduct
 
 Parkland Youth Softball Association for all Coaches, Parents and Players
 
 Children's sports are supposed to be FUN and FOR THE CHILDREN. Unfortunately, many parents, fans and coaches don't realize their action (verbal and/or nonverbal) can have a lasting emotional effect on the children. Too many children are leaving sports activities because the fun is unfairly taken away by adults.

In light of this, the following code of conduct is designed to instill and maintain the highest level of sportsmanship, integrity, fairness and professionalism in the Parkland Youth Softball Association.

Teams and spectators should demonstrate good sportsmanship! Team chants/cheers and spectator and coaches comments should not be derogatory or demeaning towards any players, teams, coaches, league officials or park personnel.

Violation of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action imposed by the Parkland Youth Softball Association according to the governing documents of the organization.

COACHES:
  • Present an image of professionalism and competency
  • Encourage and support all members of all teams
  • Comply with established game and league rules
  • Place emotional and physical well-being of players at the top of your priorities (to include a safe playing environment)
  • Treat your players, opponents, umpires, park and league personnel with respect. No yelling or ridiculing will be tolerated
  • Display and encourage sportsmanship, encourage the same by players and fans

PLAYERS:
  • Present exemplary behavior during all events, treat everybody with respect
  • Display and encourage sportsmanship at all times
  • Adhere to the rules of the game
  • Avoid inappropriate behavior during games

PARENTS/FAMILY/SPECTATORS:
  • Remember that coaches are volunteers! Respect the fact that they are willing to give so much of their time to your child
  • Treat your child's coach, teammates and opponents with respect
  • Never yell or ridicule
  • Maintain a clean and safe environment
  • Conform to the rules established by the league
  • Do not direct the play of the game
 
 
PYSA, YSACS and CCGS Spring 2019 Rules
 
1. Report any problems that may occur to your league director as soon as possible.
      A copy of these rules should be with you at every game.
2. 6U No new inning may start after 60 minutes
      An inning consists of one time through the batter order.
    8U 5 innings or no new inning starts after 75 minutes.
      An inning consists of 3 outs or 6 runs, whichever comes first.
    10U 6 innings or no new inning starts after 75 minutes
       An inning consists of 3 outs or 6 runs, whichever comes first
       After 1st walk (runner may not go to 2nd base) of each inning, coach pitch, 2 pitches
    12U 7 innings or no new inning starts after 75 minutes
        7 runs max per inning
        After the 3rd walk of each inning, batter gets 2 pitches from a coach
    16U 7 innings or no new inning starts after 75 minutes
        7 runs max per inning
        Games should be played until the time has expired, even if one team has no chance of
        winning. However, the umpire will stop the game when time has expired after the
        player batting has finished her turn at bat.
3. If a game starts after the scheduled time due to a shortage of players (less than 7), the
    elapsed time is subtracted from the total game time. If the required minimum number of
    players can't be fielded within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time, a forfeit shall be
    declared.
4. A minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 10 players may play the field at one time
    for each team. Once a game is started, a team cannot forfeit because it is unable
    to field the required minimum of 7 players.
5. If a game start is delayed due to inclement weather, or any reason other than a
    shortage of players, the elapsed time of the delay shall be added to the total game
    time. Any scheduled regular season Monday thru Thursday (school night) game that
    is delayed by more than 30 minutes will be rescheduled.
6. There will be no rescheduling of games other than for inclement weather.
7. The umpire is the official time keeper.
8. The team listed last on the schedule will be the home team and shall occupy the
    3rd base dugout. The home team will supply 1 new and 1 used ball for each game.
    After the game, both balls will be returned to the home team by the umpire.
    The home team scorebook is the official scorebook. After each game, each team must
     report the game score within 24 hours. Report using team numbers.

9. Once an inning has started, it must be completed, with the exception of inclement weather.
    An inning officially begins at the time of the 3rd out of the preceding inning.
10. Games may end in a tie. Extra innings will be allowed if there is time remaining.
11. Late arriving players must be reported to the umpire and the opposing coach.
      Late arriving players must be added to the bottom of the batting order and will
      be allowed to play regardless of when they arrive. A player is late if not there
      for the 1st pitch of the game.
12. A coach is allowed one charged conference per inning. On the second conference,
      the pitcher must be removed for that inning.
13. When the pitcher is on the rubber in the set position, no more than six defensive
      players including the pitcher and catcher, may be positioned in the infield. The
      infield is defined as the clay area in front of the outfield grass.
14. The catcher speed up rule is in effect and mandatory with 2 outs. The player
      replacing the catcher shall be the player who made the last batted out.
15. Bases & Pitching Rubbers: division            bases            rubber            ball
                                              6U, 8U, 10U          60'                  35'               11"
                                                    12U                 60'                  40'               12"
                                                    16U                 60'                  43'               12"
16. In the event of an injury during a player's time at bat or while running the bases,
      a courtesy runner may be used to replace the injured player only at the discretion
      of the umpire. A courtesy runner can only be used when the injured player is not
      physically able to continue playing the game. This courtesy runner must be the
      player who made the previous out. The injured player may later re-enter the game
      only at the discretion of the umpire.
17. If for any reason, including injury, a player leaves the game early, her place in
      the batting order is deleted (not resulting in an out) and the batters to follow
      move up. This is not up to the discretion of the coaches. It is the offensive
      team's responsibility to notify the umpire and the opposing team of this situation.
      However, if a player for any reason, including injury, leaves the game after the
      completion of the 5th inning or the last 5 minutes of the game, that player's
      position in the batting order will result in an out should that position come up
      to bat. The game cannot end on that player's out.
18. Metal cleats are not allowed
19. There will be no intentional walks allowed.
20. Stealing; base runners may leave the base when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. When a
      coach is pitching, base runners can't leave the base until the ball reaches home plate.
      8U & 6U can't leave the base until the ball reaches home plate.
21. 10U Stealing: only 1 base can be stolen at a time. If the catcher throws down to 2nd
      or 3rd base and the ball heads to the outfield the runner must remain at that base. Home
      cannot be stolen, it must be earned on a hit or a walk if it's the 1st walk of the inning.
      Runner can steal home only if the catcher or pitcher throws the ball to 3rd base.
22. Coaches for the team in the field are not allowed outside their team's assigned
      dugout area during live play. Coaches may stand in the opening to the dugout or
      in the area directly in front of the dugout. There is a maximum of 4 adult
      coaches allowed on the field or in the dugout.
23. There is no bunting or stealing when the coach is pitching in the 10U & 12U divisions.
      The adult coach must pitch from the pitching rubber. When there is a coach pitch
      situation, the coach is to be the pitcher only and may not coach from that position.
24. No jewelry is to be worn by any player.
25. No player may sit two or more innings in a row. No player may sit a second inning
      until every other player has sat once.
26. All team members and coaches are required to shake hands with the opposing team after
      the game. Teams start at 1st & 3rd base and meet near the pitcher's circle.
27. Batters may not show bunt, bringing in the fielders and then swing away.
28. On ball 4 that brings in the coach to pitch, the ball is dead and runners cannot advance.
29. Player's age will be determined by the current USSSA age eligibility chart.
      Age is as of 12/31/18.
6U & 8U Divisions
1. 6U is a non-competitive age group.
    All coaches should work together to help develop all of the players. Players should
    be encouraged to play a variety of positions.
2. There are no walks, no stealing, no bunting, no infield fly rule, and no mercy rule.
    There are no win/loss records in the 6U.
3. 6U: Every player bats and plays in the field.
    8U: 11 players max in the field. Players should be rotated between the infield & outfield.
4. 6U will have a 5’ mark in front of home indicating a fair ball
5. The pitcher and 1st baseman must wear a helmet or facemask.
6. Seven players constitute a team. The opposing team can supply players to help even out the
    teams. A maximum of 6 players may be positioned in the infield (pitcher, catcher, 1B, 2B, 3B
    shortstop). Outfielders must be 10' or more behind the baseline. (Edge of grass at
    Betti Stradling, Cypress Park, and Sabal 2.)
7. A catcher must be used in 8U. It is optional in 6U. The catcher must wear a helmet, mask,
    chest protector,and shin guards. A parent or coach may be positioned behind the catcher to
    assist in retrieving the ball. The catcher should be positioned no more than 6' behind
    home plate.
8. Two defensive coaches will be allowed on the field. They should be positioned behind the
    outfielders. There are four offensive coaches. 1st base coach, 3rd base coach, pitcher, and
    catcher. The adult pitcher is to attend to the batter only and not coach from there.
9. 8U: 5 pitches maximum to each batter (exception: if 5th pitch is fouled off,keep batting)
    6U: 4 pitches from a coach, then 3 tries off a batting tee
    6U has the option to use the batting tee 100% of the time
10. The pitch will be a flat pitch. The coach may move out of the pitcher's circle
      to get closer (minimum of 25’) to the batter. The player / fielder must remain in
      the pitcher's circle. In 8U, only one player may be in the pitcher's circle.
11. A batted ball that hits the coach who is pitching shall be called a dead ball.
      The ball is dead. Pitch doesn't count. The batter gets up again.
12. 6U: No extra base on any overthrow.
      8U: Runners may advance 1 base on any overthrow to any base or a ball in foul territory.
13. There will be no leads on the bases.
      Base runner is allowed to leave the base only after the ball crosses the plate.
14. If a runner is not more than half way to the next base at the time of any of the
      above, the runner must return to the previous base.
15. Time is called (8U) when one of the following occurs; *****
      *When the umpire calls time
      *Pitcher has the ball in the circle
      *When the ball is held in the base line in front of the lead runner
***** In an effort to better teach softball base running, the umpires will be asked to make
more judgement calls on extra bases taken by the runners. They will be asking themselves
would a runner be going to the next base if this was a 16U game.
some examples;
1. ball is dropped by 1st baseman, runner takes off to 2nd runner will be sent back
2. pitcher drops the ball and it rolls out of the circle runner will be sent back
3. ground ball to the ss and batter goes to 2nd without stopping runner will be sent back

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