Affiliation: Swift Creek Athletic Association (SCAA) is a member of the Chesterfield Baseball Club (CBC), which is one of the longest standing youth athletic organization in the county of Chesterfield. It is comprised of 26 athletic associations based on elementary school attendance boundaries. CBC is nationally affiliated with Pony Baseball, which governs the rules of play and hosts an international tournament for post season all-stars. WAA conducts registration, selects coaches, forms teams and provides uniforms. Game schedules are provided by CBC.
Eligibility: Children who live within the Swift Creek Elementary School attendance boundary or eligible free agents (no athletic association for baseball established within your elementary school zone) may play for the SCAA. Boys and girls that are at least 4 years old and no older than 14 years old on August 31st of the current year.
Fees: Each player fee ranges from $100 to $150.00 depending on age group. Fees are subject to change from year to year.
Equipment: Players are required to provide fielding gloves, bat, helmet, baseball pants (coaches will communicate white or grey) and belt. Catching equipment will be provided as needed, since many players are opting to provide their own. Jersey and baseball hats also provided by the association. Bats must conform to USA Baseball Bat Standards effective January 1, 2018. See USABat.com for list of approved bats and FAQ page.
League Age Descriptions (double click on league name to see complete rules):
5 & 6
Developmental; coach pitch; 7 swings and misses before the batter is out; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes; coaches umpire; no league championship tournament
7 & 8
Coach pitch; 3 swings and misses with max of seven pitches before the batter is out; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes; coaches umpire; no league championship tournament
7 & 8
Kid pitch; traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including no leading off from bases or base stealing and 5 run per inning limit; 6 innings or 1 hour and 30 minutes
9 & 10
Traditional baseball rules with exceptions, including no leading off from 3rdbase or stealing home without a play; 6 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes
11 & 12
Traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 6 innings or 1 hour and 45 minutes
13 & 14
Traditional baseball rules with limited exceptions; 7 innings or 2 hours
Season: The length varies by league. Pre-season practice begins following assessments. The regular season runs mid-April through mid-June for Pee Wee through Pony leagues.
Practice: Practice times vary based on field availability and coaches’ personal schedules. Practices are typically 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and start between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on weekdays. CBC assigns practice times and fields to SCAA.
Games: Pee Wee through Pinto will play most of their games on Saturdays. Pinto through Pony may have games during the week. Bronco and Pony will play a majority of their their games on weeknights with start times between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. A majority of games will be played at Rockwood Park, but Bronco and above may play games at Ironbridge Park. Sundays are typically reserved for makeup games. Game schedules are typically distributed by CBC the week prior to the first game. Please note: the Swift Creek Athletic Association does not set the game schedules.
Playing Time: SCAA coaches will abide by player participation rules set by CBC. Pee Wee through Pony have offensive and defensive participation requirements.
Post Season Play: Pinto League and above have postseason tournaments. Participation and seeding is dependent on team record. Not all teams will make the end of season tournament.
All-Stars: There are various all-star opportunities following post season play. CBC will form all-star teams to participate in Pony Baseball’s international tournaments to crown 9U through 18U World Series Champions. CBC will also form all-star teams to participate in local tournaments and tournaments specifically for coach pitch teams or non-travel baseball players.
Free Agent Policy: Children who live outside of Swift Creek Elementary School attendance boundary and do not have CBC member association within their elementary school boundary are considered to be open players and may consider registration with SCAA. Children who live within the Swift Creek Elementary School attendance boundary will only be released to play for another association if we are unable to place them on a team. Players who request to play for another association will be released according to the request date and the merits of the individual case.
Insurance: Supplemental insurance is provided through CBC and is funded by the player’s registration fee. This insurance covers injuries sustained during a league game or authorized practice. Primary coverage provided by the player must be utilized first before the supplemental plan becomes effective. The CBC insurance plan has a $25 deductible and will pay any claims over and above primary coverage up to a maximum of $10,000 for medical claims and $500 for dental claims.