Standing Rules


SR I: Complaints
Section 1All complaints as to the conduct of the members clubs or their athletic teams of this Association must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association. The Secretary-Treasurer of this Association shall immediately notify the member of the Executive Board of this Association, who resides in the nearest to the troublesome area, to proceed to investigate the complaints. He/she shall submit his/her report to the members of the Executive Board of this Association within thirty (30) days after said investigation.
Section 2The expense of such investigation shall be paid from the treasury of this Association and, if deemed advisable, the Executive Board of this Association shall require the offending member club to reimburse the treasury of this Association for the amount.
Section 3Any individual player of this Association that is involved in complaint charges as to conduct unbecoming a member of good standing of his/her member club shall be suspended immediately. His/her case shall be in the hands of the Board of Directors of this Association and a verdict shall be obtained at the earliest possible date.
Section 4If two (2) member clubs of this Association involved in a breach of contract fail to reach a satisfactory settlement, the matter shall be handed over to the Executive Board of this Association, whose duty shall be to decide which member club is guilty. The Executive Board of this Association shall decide what the guilty party must do, and if it fails to abide by the decision of the Executive Board of this Association, it shall be subject to suspension from this Association and cannot participate in any sanctioned tournament of this Association until it complies with the decision of the Executive Board of this Association.
Section 5Any protest as to a player's eligibility or conduct shall be made to the officers of this Association before or during a tournament game session.
Section 6
Penalties are as follows:
First OffenseFine (See Appendix B11)
Second OffenseFine (See Appendix B12)
Third OffenseOne Year Suspension
SR II: Conditions Of Competition
Section 1Clubs signing new players from mainstreamed programs or regular programs (not attending a residential school for the deaf) must obtain an audiogram report from a licensed or certified audiologist showing the degree of db loss and attach to players' registration forms. In order to be eligible to participate in any sports, said player must have at least a 55-db loss in the better ear. Should audiogram not be included, such players will be ineligible to participate in the current tournament. (In deserving cases, the Executive Board may grant eligibility status.
Section 2The conditions of competition and the rules governing any athletic tournament given by this Association shall be these prescribed in the Rules and Regulations of the USADB and NSAD and of the CAAD.
Section 3No contracts or agreements between a member club of this Association and a player shall be recognized. Only the official registration forms of the USADB and NSAD and of the CAAD shall be used as evidence in cases of dispute over a player.
Section 4The athletic teams of this Association must represent bona fide clubs of the deaf.
Section 5The players representing a member club must be deaf or hard-of-hearing and must be bona fide members of their club. Such deserving player must have been a member of his/her club for a period of sixty days (60) before any sports tournament except Softball in order his/her eligibility becomes effective. Hearing individuals are permitted to be coaches of member clubs' teams of this Association.
Section 6Students attending any educational institution shall not sign with nor play for any member club team unless they are barred by age limitations from playing for said educational institution team, and must have the written permission of the heads of their schools and their parents. College students, except those playing for their college team, shall be permitted to play for their member club's team.
Section 7No student who has quit on educational institution during the scholastic year of any USADB basketball tournament may play in any interclub or tournament games in basketball during the said year without first furnishing a justifiable reason for having left school. Such reason shall be deemed justifiable upon written proof of the institutional head.
Section 8There shall be no discrimination toward any player in this Association because of his/her race or creed.
Section 9Only members in good standing with their member club they represent, shall be permitted to play in any inter-club and tournament games of this Association.
Section 10In all inter-club and tournament games in basketball, softball and volleyball, each participating player in this Association must be a bona fide member of his/her member club for which he/she plays and his/her club membership dues must be paid up to date. His/her manager and coach must be prepared to present evidence of the status of the player's good standing, if challenged.
Section 11All CAAD Club Teams of all sports must participate any of the CAAD Sports Tournament in order to participate any of the National Level Sports Tournament.
Section 12Any CAAD Club Member Team of any sport, who had bypassed any of the CAAD Sports Tournament and had participated any of the National Level Sports, shall be suspended for 5 years, except for the Club Member to be suspended for 1 year and for the Player(s), who has a valid reason(s) for not able to attend any CAAD Sports Tournament, shall be decided by the Executive Board.
Section 13Any player in any regional tournament of this Association, who signs the official registration forms of both the USADB and/or NSAD and the CAAD for two (2) different club teams shall be automatically suspended for one (1) year.
Section 14Any member club of this Association permitting the use of players who are not eligible shall be immediately suspended by the President/Commissioner of this Association and the case presented to the Executive Board of Association for future debate.
Section 15Member clubs of this Association shall not engage in any specific sports activities with any member club under suspension by this Association.
Section 16Only certified officials shall officiate in tournament games of this Association in basketball, softball, and volleyball. At least one (1) deaf referee or umpire shall be retained in all tournaments of this Association.
Section 17Upon the request of the General Chairman of the Host Club, the President/Commissioner of this Association shall appoint a tournament aide to help arrange the annual tournament of this Association. The Host Club sponsoring the tournament shall pay for the transportation and hotel expenses of the tournament aide.
Section 18No other organization/individual sponsoring an affair during the CAAD Regional Tournament shall assume the official usage of the name and logo of the CAAD except those duly approved by the CAAD Executive Board or Board of Directors.
Section 19A former member club of this Association may rejoin this Association after a lapse of several years; however, a full year must elapse after it reapplies for admission before it can bid for the Host, run for any CAAD Officers and participate any of National Level Sports Tournament in this Association tournament subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
Section 20Any club outside of this Association shall not be allowed to bid for the Association tournament in this regional area.
Section 21Any player, who signs on the official team registration form with the bid host club, shall stay with the club a year before the host, that year host and next year host (3 years). Unless the bid host club permitted player(s) to play for other club to be effective immediately.
Section 22All CAAD teams must submit their team pictures before the CAAD softball Tournament.
Section 23Task Force committee shall determine the criteria for All-Star selections and to report the criteria by next scheduled CAAD meeting.
SR III: Final Authority And Appeals
Section 1In cases of conflicts between decisions and rules of this Association and those adopted at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the USADB and NSAD the latter shall be considered official and decisive.
Section 2This Association in doubt as to the applicability of any rule or regulation herein shall write to the Deputy Commissioner of the USADB or NSAD for an official interpretation.
Section 3Requests for any and all exceptions to the rules and regulations of the USADB or NSAD must be made to the Deputy Commissioner of the USADB or NSAD by the Executive Board of this Association.
Section 4 The rulings of the Deputy Commissioner of the USADB or NSAD shall be binding except that:
  1. This Association may appeal the ruling to the Executive Committee of the USADB or NSAD.
  2. The rulings of the Executive Committee of the USADB or NSAD may be appealed to the Board of Directors of the USADB or NSAD at its annual meeting; but in all cases, the ruling in question shall stand until overridden.
SR IV: Hall Of Fame Policy
IntroductionThe purpose of this CAAD HALL OF FAME is to enshrine the names of outstanding deaf athletes, deaf coaches, managers and athletic directors, sports leaders and sports writers who have contributed exceptional services to the deaf world of sports in this region.
Controlling BodyThere shall be a Hall of Fame Committee consisting of the CAAD Hall of Fame Director as chairperson and five (5) persons who are themselves already members of CAAD Hall of Fame. They shall be selected by the Hall of Fame Director with the approval of the Executive Board. The Hall of Fame committee members may not hold office in the CAAD or any CAAD committees. They may be replaced at the discretion of the Hall of Fame committee chairperson with the approval from the Executive Board.
Responsibilities Of The Hall Of Fame CommitteeThe Hall of Fame Committee shall oversee the Hall of Fame, screen and prepare all nominations, handle all ballots and announce the results. The Committee shall have full control of the Hall of Fame banquet. The Host Club shall in cooperation with the Chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee arrange for the reservation of the banquet room, menu and guest speaker. The Committee shall be responsible for keeping an orderly file on all nominations and supporting material, for seeing that photographs and citations are permanently enshrined and for passing materials on to their successors. The Hall of Fame Director shall be responsible for preparing and presenting summarized reports at each board meeting of the Board of Directors of this Association.
Timetable For All Sports
(Basketball and Softball)
Request for nomination mailed10 weeks before Basketball tournament or December 21
Biographies and ballots mailed5 weeks before Basketball tournament or January 28th
Ballots returned3 weeks before Basketball tournament or February 11th
Notification of winnersThe winners will be announced at their respective sports.
Criteria For Selection Candidates for Hall of Fame may be named by interested individuals and each club member. It shall be the responsibility of the nominator to supply all supporting material. The nominator's name shall not be disclosed. Persons who are nominated must be deaf and shall be nominated on the basis of their outstanding performances, integrity, sportsmanship and character. No consideration will be given to race, religion, creed, sex or geographical residence. Current Officers of this Association are not eligible for nomination until 3 years have passed since they last held office. Death or Disability are excepted.
  1. Players must have retired as active players for at least three (3) years to be eligible and must have played at least ten (10) years in softball tournaments, eight (8) years in basketball tournaments. Seven (7) years for each women sport tournaments.
    1. Athletics still active in such individual sports as bowling, golf, tennis and track shall not be considered as active for the purpose of eligibility in the annual Hall of Fame nominations.
    2. Athletes who are still active in sports other than for which they are being nominated shall be eligible for election provided that they meet the provisions of paragraph.
      1. above in the sport for which they are nominated.
      2. Coaches, Managers and Athletic Directors must have worked at the profession for at least eight (8) years.
      3. Leaders must have retired as active leaders for at least (3) years to be eligible and c have contributed at least ten (10) years of service to sports.
      4. The Hall of Fame Committee, at its discretion, may elect "Old Timers, Players, Coaches and Leaders". The result of the election shall be announced at each CAAD Board of Directors meetings.
      5. Any member(s) of the Hall of Fame Committee whose name(s) appear on the Official Ballot of the CAAD Hall of Fame election shall not be deprived of voting on the whole ballot, but shall be voided only in the category in which his/her name appears.
      6. No person shall be elected to more than one (1) category to the CAAD Hall of Fame in any given (same) year.
      7. The Hall of Fame Election Committee may submit up to five (5) names in each category for election.
ProcedureThe Committee shall screen all nominations and, on the basis of the criteria, select not less than three (3) nor more than five (5) names of persons who meet the highest standards. In the event that there are less than three (3) suitable candidates in any category, that category shall be left off the ballot. A summary of each nominee's qualifications, not to exceed one hundred (100) words, shall be prepared and these shall be mailed with the ballot.
ElectorsThe Electors shall be the CAAD Executive Board, the four (4) selected of the Hall of Fame Committee, and five (5) members who have been admitted to the Hall of Fame of this Association for a total of fifteen (15) ballots. They shall serve for a period of one (1) year, May 1st to April 30th. The names and residential addresses of all the electors shall be published in each of CAAD Board of Directors meeting minutes. Any elector, who has failed to make the poll the second time, will be replaced with new elector.
Verification Of BallotsBallots shall be counted and the results tabulated shall be sent to the four (4) members of the Hall of Fame Committee for verification. Should any committee member request it, the Chairperson also must send copies of the ballots. They must respond to the Chairperson regarding the verification of tabulations within ten (10) days. The Chairperson then may announce results of the election. After a period of six (6) months, the Chairperson shall destroy all the ballots received.
PointsElectors may vote for up to three (3) candidates in each category on a scale of five (5) points for first choice, three (3) points for second choice, and one (1) point for third choice.
Minimum PointsTo be elected to the Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive the highest number of points but in no case may this be less than thirty-five (35) points. In the event no candidate receives the minimum thirty-five (35) points, there shall be no selection in that category.
Recognition
  1. Each person duly elected into the Hall of Fame of this Association shall receive a scroll and a plague in recognition of his/her honor and a gold membership pass which entitles him/her to free admission, to all CAAD sport games, ballroom, except registration fee and a Program book. At this time of his/her induction, he/she will receive free accommodation for one (1) night, and two (2) banquet meals for the inductee and his/her escort, and a complementary book during Hall of Fame ceremony.
  2. The names of the persons selected to the Hall of fame of this association shall be printed in each program booklet provided by each host member club at his/her induction.
  3. The deceased inductee's immediate family member shall be given the same privilege, except a gold pass and silver pass, as the inductee.
ContributionsContributions from other sources for this Hall of Fame policy may be made by outside persons or organizations.
PhotosThis Association shall take the responsibility of camera - ready proof on Hall of Fame honorees to be used in the program book.
Section 14Each Past President/Commissioner of this Association shall be issued a free permanent (gold) pass, which shall entitle him/her to attend any sanctioned tournament games and ballroom in all regional tournaments held by this Association.
Section 15Each delegate-at-large of this Association shall be issued a free permanent (silver) pass, which shall entitle him/her to attend any sanctioned tournament games and ballroom in all regional tournaments held by this Association.
SR XII: Miscellaneous
Section 1The tournament host shall provide him/her an electric calculator if the Secretary-Treasurer needs it.