COVID-19 Rules and Regulations for the 2022 Season

Chicago Park District Covid 19 / Mask Policy

Effective February 28, 2022, face coverings will not be required for Park District patrons, with limited exceptions detailed below. 
While face coverings are not required in most settings, we strongly recommend that individuals continue to wear face coverings if they are unvaccinated or immunocompromised, or if they are interacting with people that are unvaccinated, including children under the age of five.   
Many patrons and employees may choose to continue to wear a mask – please be kind to anyone that makes this choice. We fully support and encourage any patron or employee that makes the decision to continue wearing a mask.
Read the full Chicago Park district Covid-19 response statement

Baseball Majors Rules

Majors Baseball Rules of Conduct

  1. Good sportsmanship and abiding by the motto "Fun, Friendship and Fundamentals" must be the primary goal of all involved in ESAA, including board members, commissioners, coaches, parents, umpires and players.
  2. All parents must read and abide by "A Note to Parents: What We Expect from You" and all coaches must read and abide by "A Note to Coaches: What We Expect from You," both found on the website.
  3. After one warning, umpires may eject a coach, a player or a parent for unsportsmanlike conduct. If anyone refuses to leave the park after being ejected, the umpire may declare that person's team has forfeited the game.
  4. No one is permitted behind the backstop while play is in progress. Derisive comments, heckling, or "trash-talking" aimed at umpires, coaches or opposing players is not permitted and is grounds for ejection.
  5. Alcohol is not allowed before, during or after games in city parks.
  6. !!! At any time a coach is removed from a game due to an ejection, the offending Coach will be suspended the next scheduled game.  If another incident occurs the coach will be removed from Coaching for the Season.  All cases will be reviewed by the Board to determine further actions!!!

Majors Baseball Game Rules

Dress and Equipment Requirements
Player Participation
Game Limitations
Divisions and Playoffs
Player Safety Restrictions
Ground and Game Rules
  1. All players must be in uniform (cap, shirt, pants and socks) and wear athletic supporters. No metal spikes or jewelry is allowed. Failure to abide by these rules can lead to a player being not allowed to play by an umpire.
  2. Each batter and base runner must wear a helmet. A base runner who removes his helmet while a game is in progress (ball in play and time not called) will receive one warning. A second occurrence in the same game by the same player shall result in the player being called "out" by the umpire. The same rule applies to batters who throw their bats.
  3. Catchers must wear a full set of protective equipment. A catcher on base after two outs may be replaced by a courtesy runner at the request of the coach. This runner must be the last player on the team to make an out who is not on base at the time.
  4. The home team will supply two new game balls and is responsible for setting up the field, putting the bases and equipment away if there is no game immediately following, locking the portable toilet, and any problems to the commissioner. Each coach is responsible for cleaning up the dugouts and area surrounding the team's bench after each game. The winning team shall post the final score, BOTH TEAMS must post the pitching stats for the game within 24 hours or before their next game (this will occur on Fridays) . Any game which the score is not reported within this time frame will be considered a tie unless the Commissioner is notified, NO EXCEPTIONS!
  5. Bats will

    Any batter that enters the batter’s box with an illegal bat ) shall be called out immediately upon discovery (via appeal or umpire’s call). The batter may also be called out after his / her time at bat is complete so long as the illegal bat is discovered prior to the first pitch of the following batter. In this case the defense has the option of taking the penalty (an out) or the result of the play. If the penalty is taken then all runners shall return to their original bases. 

  6. Each team will receive an equipment bag with one full set of catcher's equipment, helmets (if needed) and two dozen new baseballs which is sufficient to meet the team's needs for game balls throughout the season. Coaches must check the condition of all equipment throughout the year and only allow players to use undamaged equipment. All broken or lost equipment should be reported to the commissioner immediately. If a team is lacking equipment, the opposing team must share its equipment.
  7. First aid will be available in the storage box. If it is depleted, the coaches are responsible to report this to the commissioner immediately.
  8. Parents must notify the coach as soon as possible whenever a child is unable to play a scheduled game or will arrive late. Regular absences should be reported to the commissioner and may lead to the commissioner suspending a child from playing.
  9. If a team is unable to field a minimum of eight players to begin a game or seven to begin a subsequent inning, a forfeit must be declared and the win will go to the team able to field a team. If both teams forfeit, each shall be charged with a loss. Forfeits will be declared by the umpire fifteen minutes after the scheduled starting time of a game. (Teams can then play an unofficial practice game utilizing the umpire, with the short-handed team borrowing players from the other team or from among age-eligible spectators.) Teams may not agree to reschedule a forfeited game.
  10. Each player in attendance (unless injured, sick, or suspended by the commissioner--of which both the umpire and the opposing coach should be notified immediately) must be listed in the team batting order and take scheduled at-bats. Each player must play at least three innings on defense during the first five innings and four innings during a six inning or longer game, and must not play in the same position more than 3 innings. If the opposing coach notices an opposing coach's failure to abide by these rules, a protest may be made to the umpire immediately following the game. The commissioner (or the league president if the commissioner is involved in the game) will investigate the situation, and if the protest is upheld it will lead to a forfeit being declared for the team violating the rules.
  11. Up to three ESAA Minor League players may be recruited to avoid a forfeit, but may play only if there are less than 10 Major League players present. Such Minor League players may not be scheduled to play for their own teams at the same time. If nine or less Major League players are present, they must play on defense the entire game. The recruited Minor League players may be substituted freely among themselves to fill available fielding positions and to fill a ten-man batting order. Any Minor League player playing for a team must be reported immediately to the commissioner after the game. Failure to abide by these rules will lead to a forfeit being declared by the commissioner (or the league president if the commissioner is involved in the game).  No callups are allowed in the playoffs unless approved by the league commissioner.  If a team is unable to field enough players, the coaches must find a mutually agreeable makeup date.  If the coaches can not agree on a date, one will be set by the commissioner and decisions of the commissioner are final.
  12. If there is time, each team will have a fifteen minute practice period on the field prior to the start of a game. The home team will have the fifteen minutes beginning a half hour before the scheduled start of the game and the visiting team will have the last fifteen minutes. These practice times may be reversed, but only if both coaches agree.
  13. Coaches will exchange batting orders prior to the start of the game and check the scores every half inning. Any discrepancies will be decided by the umpire.
  14. No more than three coaches will be permitted in the dugouts at any one time. Only the coaches whose team is at bat is allowed on the field.
  15. A maximum of seven runs may score from the first through the fifth inning. Play stops as soon as the seventh run crosses home plate. There is no run limit in the sixth or subsequent innings.  There is a maximum of 7 runs per inning for the first 5 innings in the playoffs, there is no slaughter rule in the playoffs.
  16. A team leading by ten or more runs at the end of the fifth inning (4 1/2 innings for home team) or by one run or more at the end of six innings will be declared the winner.
  17. If the score is tied at the end of six innings, one additional inning may be played, but only if both coaches agree and the umpire believes an additional inning can be completed before darkness or ten minutes before the next scheduled game. Otherwise, or if the score remains tied at the end of the additional inning, the game will be recorded as a tie.
  18. All games must be played as scheduled unless weather conditions interfere. A game can be postponed only because of unplayable field conditions. If the commissioner determines that all games on a particular day will be canceled, both teams' coaches will be called. If there is no rain-out decision by the commissioner, both teams must proceed to the field. At game time, the umpire may decide that the field conditions are unplayable. The commissioner will reschedule rained-out games as soon as possible.  
  19. Lightning rule:  The 30 minute rule will be utilized when lightning is sited or thunder is heard.   All on field activity shall be automatically suspended for a minimum of 30 minutes and participants shall seek appropriate shelter.  An assessment of conditions is to be made after the 30 minute wait period.  On field activity shall resume when it is reasonably determined that additional threatening weather is not imminent.  If lightning is sited or thunder after the 30 minute count, the 30 minute count shall be restarted.  Games are resumed at the point at which play was postponed.  If the game needs to be rescheduled, it will be resumed at the point at which play was postponed.

  20. Games called because of darkness or weather are official after 4 innings or after 3 ½ innings if the home team is ahead or the visiting team is ahead by more than 10 runs.  Once a game has started, if it is postponed by inclement weather before it is an official game, it will be a suspended game and resumed from the point it stopped. If a game is stopped during play after the 4th inning is complete the game will end at the last completed inning.  For example if the game is stopped in the 5th inning of play then the score will revert back to the completed 4th inning and likewise if stopped in the 6th or 7th. 

  21. Any ties in the standings will be decided first by head to head records and then by a coin toss held by the commissioner with both coaches present. Any game which is not played because of weather by the start of the playoffs will be declared a tie.
  22. A double elimination playoff tournament will be held at the end of the season. Home team for each game (except the championship game) will be based first on overall record in the regular season, then head to head records, and finally by a coin toss held with both coaches present.
  23. All games in the playoffs must be six innings or more. (The slaughter rule will not apply, but the seven run per inning prior to the sixth inning will.) No ties are allowed. If a game is suspended for any reason by the umpire, it will be continued at exactly the same point at a time determined by the commissioner. All batting orders, defensive playing time and pitching limits will remain in force. If a player not in the original game comes for the continued game, he may be inserted into the game but must bat at the bottom of the batting order.
  24. During the regular season, no new inning shall begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes from the first pitch of the game. Coaches and the umpire should agree on the exact starting time of the game. If a regular season game ends in a tie it stands as a tie. There are no time limits on playoff games, they are played until a winner is declared.

  25. The championship game will be held at the annual picnic at Edgebrook Park, the time is TBD. RAIN DATE WILL BE THE FOLLOWING DAY. This will be a winner-take-all game. The home team will be the team coming out of the winner's bracket.
  26. If a pitcher hits three batters in a game, he must be removed from the mound and may not return in the game.
  27. 1. A pitcher can pitch no more than 9 outs in one game. If a pitcher pitches 9 outs in one game he is ineligible to pitch the following day.
    1a. For example,if a pitcher pitches 5 outs one day he is only eligible to pitch 4 outs the next day, for a total of 9 outs.
    1b. A pitcher can pitch no more than 9 outs in 24 hours or 2 consecutive days, this would happen mostly, but not limited to Friday night/Saturday day/afternoon.
    2. A pitcher who pitches 2 consecutive days must rest the 3rd day regardless of the total outs pitched during the previous 2 days.
    3. A pitcher can pitch no more than 27 outs in a 7 day period. (Mon. thru Sun)
    4. A pitcher can not return to pitch once he is pulled out.
    5. All pitching totals from both teams must be put into the computer within 24 hours of the game or before the start of your next game, which ever comes first .
    6. The penalty for violating the pitching rules for a 1st time offense is a 1 game suspension for the head coach. A second violation is a 1 game suspension for the pitcher and a 2 game suspension for the coach. A 3rd violation leads to an indefinite suspension of the head coach.
    7. A pitcher who hits a 3rd batter in a game has to be removed from that game immediately.
    8. If a coach takes a trip to the mound a second time for the same pitcher in one inning the pitcher must be removed. A trip to the mound before any inning starts does not count as one trip to the mound.
  28. Intentional curve balls are not allowed. If the umpire determines that a pitcher is intentionally throwing curve balls or sliders, the pitcher will be warned once. The umpire will call a ball on all subsequent curve balls or sliders by the pitcher. Fast balls and change-ups are allowed.
  29. Base runners must slide to avoid contact with a fielder on any play at a base or home. At the umpire's discretion, a runner will be called out if his failure to slide causes a collision or otherwise affects the play. Fielders may not block access by a sliding runner to a base in any way except with a mitt and a ball together or the ball alone. A catcher may block home plate only if he has the ball in his possession and is attempting to tag the runner out. At the umpire's discretion, a runner will be called safe if he slides but is blocked by the fielder with anything but the mitt and ball or the ball alone or by the catcher if he does not have the ball in his possession and is attempting to tag the runner out.
  30. All customary baseball rules of the Illinois High School Association apply unless otherwise stated herein.
  31. Bases are seventy feet apart.
  32. The pitcher's rubber is forty-eight feet from home plate.
  33. Bunting is permitted.
  34. Lead offs are permitted.
  35. Base runners may steal any base, including home plate, until the ball is returned to the pitcher and the pitcher toes the rubber. The umpire may also rule the play dead.
  36. Coaches may make fielder switches at anytime during an inning as long as the batter up has no count.
  37. The infield fly rule applies.
  38. The dropped third strike rule applies.
  39. Balks are called, the umpire will issue one warning.
  40. Intentional walks are not allowed. If the umpire believes that a pitcher is not making a genuine effort to pitch strikes to a particular batter, the batter may be awarded an extra base, even if that forces other runners to move up or score.
  41. All ground rules will be reviewed by the umpire and each coaching staff before each game.
  42. Any situations not covered in these rules will be decided on the field by the umpire. There will be no appeals or overturning of these decisions.****


Travel Baseball Player Concession Rule:

If a house league player is also participating on an ESAA-sponsored travel baseball team, the player will be allowed the following concessions when scheduling conflicts arise:

1.     First and foremost, when establishing the house league schedule, ESAA will make a reasonable effort to avoid conflicts.

2.     Practice conflicts – travel player will be allowed to choose between travel and house practices

3.     Regular season game conflicts – travel player will be allowed to choose between travel and house games; however, travel player cannot miss more than two house league games due to travel game conflicts

4.     Playoff game conflicts – travel player will not be allowed to choose between travel and house games; travel player must play in house league playoff game

5.     The house league commissioner has the authority to reschedule games to avoid conflicts between house and travel games

6.     In the spirit of cooperation, communication between house league and travel coaches is encouraged to best deal with each conflict.