Below are excerpts from the CHLL rules pertaining to sportsmanship and safety.
CHLL Sportsmanship Rules. The following sportsmanship rules are applicable for games across all CHLL teams and divisions.
All players, coaches, and parents will learn and follow principles of good sportsmanship, which include respecting umpires, teammates, coaches, the fields, and especially players and coaches on the opposing team. CHLL’s official Code of Conduct is found here and the CHLL complaint procedures are here.
- Teams will shake hands after each game.
- Each team is responsible for cleaning up their bench areas after the game. The home team is responsible for field preparation prior to games and providing game balls for the game. The visiting team is responsible for field clean up, including raking the field and returning equipment (e.g., pitching machine) to the shed and locking up. Teams should also rake the field, return any equipment, and lock up following practice.
- Players and coaches will encourage teammates.
- Players, coaches, and parents will recognize good play by the opposing team and, in all instances, refrain from shouting at, taunting, attempting to distract (e.g., the catcher may not speak to an opposing batter), or making disparaging comments (such as “no batter”) directed at players on the opposing team.
- Players, coaches, and parents are not to sit behind the backstop because doing so distracts the players, especially the pitcher.
- When a batter is hit by a pitch, the batter and pitcher will shake hands.
- At no time will any player, coach, or parent curse or use abusive language.
- Players, coaches, and parents are not to question the umpire’s call of balls and strikes, fair and foul, or safe and out. Coaches may ask umpires before the start of a game to describe the strike zone that will be used during the game and communicate the answer to the players.
- Players will not argue with an umpire. A coach who has a question about an umpire’s call may ask for time and in a calm and respectful tone ask the umpire to explain the call. At no time is a coach to raise his or her voice and argue. If a coach believes that an umpire has improperly interpreted the rules, the coach has the right to continue to play a game under protest and/or report the matter to the Division Commissioner.
- Players and coaches will thank and/or shake hands with the umpires at the end of each game.
- The display or consumption of tobacco or alcoholic beverages in any form is strictly prohibited on the playing field, benches, dugouts, or bleachers.
- Per Little League regulations, the actions of players, managers, coaches, umpires, and league officials must be above reproach. Any player, manager, coach, umpire, or league representative who is involved in a verbal or physical altercation, or an incident of unsportsmanlike conduct, at the game site or any other Little League activity, is subject to disciplinary action by the local league board of directors. When a manager, coach, or player is ejected from a game, they shall leave the field immediately and take no further part in that game. They may not sit in the stands and may not be recalled. A manager or coach ejected from a game must not be present at the game site for the remainder of that game. Any manager, coach, or player ejected from a game is suspended for his or her team’s next physically played game and may not be in attendance at the game.
CHLL Safety Rules. To download a printable copy of the Capitol Hill Little League Safety Plan, please click here and the incident report form. The following sportsmanship rules are applicable for games across all CHLL teams and divisions.
- In the Major, AAA, and softball divisissons, penalties are enforced solely by the umpires. In the AA and tee ball divisions, penalties are enforced by coaches.
- The home team is responsible to have the first aid kit in a dugout during the game.
All players shall sit on their team’s bench or in the dugout unless participating in the game or preparing to enter the game.
- There is no on-deck batter.
- Batters and base runners must wear helmets. A base runner must never purposefully remove his/her helmet while on the field. The penalty is that the player is out. Any runner is out who does not either slide feet first or attempt to get around a fielder who has the ball and is waiting to make the tag. The penalty is that the player is out, and the ball is dead.
- Throwing the bat is an automatic out. It is at the umpire’s discretion on whether a bat has been thrown. Warnings should be given to players who show this tendency.
Headfirst sliding is not allowed. The penalty for sliding headfirst is the runner being called out. A headfirst slide isonly permitted when returning to a base.
- A defensive player without the ball may not fake a tag to induce a runner to slide unnecessarily or to return to previous base. This is considered an obstruction. If a play is being made on the obstructed runner, the runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base last legally touched by such runner, before the obstruction and the ball is dead.
- Catchers and defensive players will not block a base, home plate, or the base line without possession of the ball. This is considered an obstruction. The obstructed runner is safe anda dead ball is called.
- Runners must attempt to avoid contact with all defensive players at all bases to the extent possible. The best practice with respect to this issue is if there is a play at second base, third base, or home plate, a player should slide. Sliding, however, is not required.
- There is no sliding into first base except when returning to the base. The penalty is that the player is out.
- Male catchers are required to wear a protective cup.
- Players must not wear jewelry such as, but not limited to, rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, nor any hard cosmetic/decorative items. Exception: Jewelry that alerts medical personnel to a specific condition may be worn.
- Players and umpires may not wear casts during the game. Persons wearing casts, including managers and coaches, must remain in the dugout during the game.
Shoes with metal spikes or cleats are not permitted. Shoes with molded cleats are permitted.
- All injuries where a player is unable to return to a game or practice or must seek outside medical assistance must be reported to the Safety Officer and the CHLL President within 48 hours of the incident. An incident report form must also be completed and submitted to the Safety Officer.