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Important - Roster Rules

 Managers- 

 We have been getting a lot of questions regarding the roster rules for the 2023  International World Series.  Please read thoroughly and carefully as this will give the full breakdown of roster rules.  

 

We will be following the National Guest Player Rules for the IWS.  Players will be able to play in multiple weeks of the World Series as long as the National Guest Players Rules are followed.  If a player is on a Major Roster and plays in the Major World Series, he would not be able to be dropped from that roster after the first week and be approved to be added to a AAA roster for the AA/AAA week.  If the player is on a Major Roster for the IWS as a guest player, but is normally on a AA/AAA roster, he would be allowed to play on his normal AA/AAA rosters.  There could be teams that play up in the Major IWS and also sign up to play in the AA/AAA IWS.  If that team picks up guest players from Major teams for the Major event, that would be allowed, but they would not be allowed to add those players as guest players for the AA/AAA IWS.

 

Players' names must be correct on your roster.  If there are any mistakes on names, please let us know ASAP, so we can make sure we fix the names.  This will also trigger us to make sure the player is not on another roster with the correct spelling.  If such does occur, we will merge the player profile and remove the incorrect player from the roster that had him incorrectly.  We are going to do our best to make sure that rosters are correct.  If a player was added to a roster incorrectly and not caught, and protested during the IWS, the team will likely be removed from the tournament with no refund.  It is the Manager's responsibility to make sure their roster is correct.  

 

There will not be any exceptions made to these roster rules, so please do not ask.  Also, please begin to get your rosters up to date as soon as you can.  If you guys have any questions or concerns, please reach out to myself, Robert Ribera, Anthony Silva or Enrique Guillen.

 

Thank you, and we look forward to 3 fun filled weeks of the International World Series.

 

Jeremy Huffman
CA State Director - Baseball

* State Director will have the final say in all roster decisions.

Playing Rules

IWS Roster Rules

2023 USSSA INTERNATIONAL WORLD SERIES RULES

 

LOCAL RULES

Please note that there are local rules herein that apply to this tournament in addition to the national rules.  To prevent any confusion make sure you are using this set of rules specifically to guide your International World Series play.  Rules accessed online using the USSSA National website or through the USSSA APP may differ from the rules herein. The rules listed below solely govern the 2023 USSSA International World Series.

 

RULES NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED

Playing rules not specifically covered herein, shall be governed by The Official MLB Rules of Baseball – National League. If any conflict in rules between these Official USSSA Baseball National By-laws & Rules and The Official MLB Rules of Baseball – National League, these Official USSSA Baseball National By-laws & Rules shall govern.
 

WORLD SERIES OVERVIEW
RULE 6.00 – WORLD SERIES
6.01  World Series play shall be under the jurisdiction of the USSSA Baseball National Committee. The Baseball Committee Chairman shall appoint a duly qualified person to serve as T
ournament Director.
6.02  The Tournament Director shall have the authority to amend these National By-laws & Rules to accommodate the needs of the World Series with the approval of the Baseball Committee Chairman.
6.03  All teams receiving berths to the World Series shall participate in their (home) state’s Spring/Summer State Championship provided such a State Championship is played. Failure to participate in the State Championship if played shall result in forfeiture of the World Series berth. Other requirements can be set forth by the state director and must be followed. It is the manager’s responsibility to verify all requirements to play in a World Series with their respective State Director.
6.04  State Directors shall approve all entries entering the World Series. If the State Director position is vacant, the Baseball Committee Chairman or his designee shall give such approval. All World Series must be entered and paid for online at USSSA.com
6.05  A deadline for accepting entries in the World Series shall be set by the USSSA Baseball National Committee.
6.06  A team shall participate in the highest classification World Series in which it wins (is awarded) a berth unless the team is re-classified by the State Director or USSSA Baseball National Committee.
6.07  A team may participate in a higher age division World Series but shall participate at or above the team’s current classification. Rule 6.08 Example: A 10U AAA team can participate up in the 11U AAA or 11U Major World Series but cannot participate down in the 11U AA World Series.
6.08 Teams can add up to 3 guest players. In accordance with Rule 3.06.
6.09 Only USSSA licensed baseballs shall be used in World Series play.
6.11  USSSA prohibits the visual display of any non-USSSA association’s logo anywhere on the uniform.

 

RULE 7.00 – RULES OF PLAY

SCOREKEEPING

LOCAL: The umpire is the official scorekeeper.  Both teams are responsible for communication with the umpire at the conclusion of each half inning to confirm the score.  Any discrepancies regarding the score must be settled immediately before game play continues. 

 

THE SCORECARD: FINAL SCORE & INNINGS/OUTS CHARGED TO PITCHERS, FINAL SIGNATURE

LOCAL: The scorecard is the official record of the game with regards to the final score and innings/outs charged to your team's pitching. 

 

Check with the umpire to review the scorecard when pitching changes are made to make sure there are no discrepancies. Make sure the pitcher's first and last name and number are clearly written along with the correct amount of innings/outs pitched, this will help prevent any errors.  Any discrepancies in pitching must be settled immediately before the game continues.  

Tip: Assign someone from your team just to keep track of pitching.  That person can confer with the manager before the scorecard is signed to make sure everything is agreeable.  

 

FINAL SIGNATURE:  EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

Review and make sure the final score / pitching is correct BEFORE SIGNING THE SCORECARD. ONCE THE SCORECARD IS SIGNED IT BECOMES THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE GAME AND NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE THEREAFTER.

 

BATS

6U-13U DIVISIONS

7.01.C Local: All bats for age divisions 13U and younger must be permanently stamped with the new USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark (Chart 7.01.C), or BBCOR.50 Certified Mark or made of wood and manufactured by a licensed USSSA manufacturer.
7.01.C.1 All 13U players must use a maximum drop 8 (-8) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently stamped.

 

7.01.D Local Any bat permanently stamped with the official USA Baseball logo is legal to use in any USSSA baseball event, except where BBCOR is required. In all 13U AA/AAA Events all Players and all Teams must use a max drop of 8 (-8). In all 14U Events all Players and all Teams must use BBCOR or wood bats only. SEE BELOW FOR 13U MAJOR DIV.

 

13U MAJOR DIVISION
7.01.C.1(a) World Series, 13 Majors must use drop 5 (-5), BBCOR or wood bats only.

 

14U DIVISION

7.01.C.2 Local: All 14u players must use BBCOR or wood bats only.
7.01.C.3 All bats for scholastic divisions (High School Events) must conform to the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) bat standards including a length to weight ratio no greater than negative three (-3) ounces. These bats must be permanently stamped with the BBCOR.50 Certified Mark or made of wood and manufactured by a licensed USSSA manufacturer. 

 

BAT VIOLATION PENALTY

Rule 7.01.C Penalty: (First Offense) – If the Umpire discovers that a bat does not conform to USSSA Rule 7.01.C until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out and/or ejection from the game. If the Umpire discovers that a bat has been used to put a ball in play and before the next legal pitch, the defensive team shall have the choice of the result of play or the batter being called out and all runners returning to the base occupied at the time of the pitch. (Second Offense)–If a team is found in violation of this rule a second time, then the manager shall be ejected in addition to the First Offense penalty.
 

UNIFORMS

Protests on uniforms shall not be allowed. It shall be the League / Tournament Director’s responsibility regarding uniform legality. Violation of the uniform rules shall result in the violator being allowed to immediately conform or be removed from the game. Managers and coaches may wear athletic type gear.

 

FOOTWEAR

7.01.F Local:  In age divisions 4U – 12U, non-metal cleats shall be worn. In age divisions 13U and older, traditional metal baseball spikes shall be permitted. Non-metal cleats must be worn on all portable mounds, as well as on turf fields, regardless of age division.

 

CATCHER’S EQUIPMENT

7.01.G  The catcher shall wear all appropriate protective gear including a catcher’s helmet with face mask and either a built-in extended throat guard or a separately attached throat guard, chest protector, shin and / or leg guards, and protective cup. 

Rule 7.01.G Comment: In all age divisions 14u and below, the catcher’s helmet shall fully cover both ears.

 

OTHER EQUIPMENT

7.01.H  All offensive players shall use a double ear-flap batting helmet whenever at bat, on deck, on base or any other time outside of the dugout and the ball is live and in play.
7.01.I  Special Protective Gear: USSSA continues its long-standing policy of permitting p
layers to determine the use of the protective equipment when they deem it appropriate.
7.01.J  Bat / ball boys / girls unde
r the age of eighteen (18) shall not be permitted.
7.01.K  All Playing equipment shall not contain undue commercialization of the product.
7.01.L  The Ball. USSSA licensed baseballs must have a USSSA Mark, m
ust weigh between 5 and 5.25 ounces,must have a circumference of between 8.95 and 9.25 inches, have a COR of between .5 and .555 and have an ASTM standard compression of between 200 and 350 pounds. Molded balls without a traditional cover will be allowed in USSSA play but will require at least 6 weeks of field testing by USSSA and written approval of USSSA in advance of applying the USSSA Mark to such balls, which written approval may add additional performance/design requirements not otherwise applicable to other USSSA licensed balls.
7.01.M  The use of one way Electronic Signaling devices are permitted to be worn by all players.

 

DETERMINATION OF HOME TEAM

7.02 Game Preliminaries:
7.02.A  A flip of a coin between the two teams shall determine th
e home team for each pool play game. In double elimination brackets, the highest seeded team shall be the home team until the winners and losers bracket meet, the team representing the winners bracket shall be the home team. In the championship game, the team in the winner’s bracket shall be the home team and a coin toss shall determine the home team for the “IF” game.

 

GAME TIME LIMITS

7.02.C  In World Series play, time limits may be used in pool play and consolation bracket games with approval of the Baseball Committee Chairman.

POOL AND BRACKET PLAY

6U: 5 INN. / NO NEW INNING: 1:15

7U-8U: 6 INN. / NO NEW INNING: 1:30

9U-12U: 6 INN. / NO NEW INNING: 1:40

13U-14U: 7 INN. / NO NEW INNING: 1:55

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

ALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SHALL HAVE NO TIME LIMITS

6U: 5 INNINGS

7U-8U: 6 INNINGS

9U-12U: 6 INNINGS

13U-14U: 7 INNINGS

 

SEEDING CRITERIA AFTER POOL PLAY

4.12  Pool Play / Tie Breaker Criteria: Once advanced to subsequent tie breaker criteria, do not return to a previous criterion. These Tie Breakers will be for all events: Qualifying, State and World Series.
1.  Winning Percentage (ex. Divisions with odd number of teams) – Descending
2.  Number Wins – Descending
3.  Number Loses – Ascending
4.  Tied Teams (vs. each other) Winning Pct. – Descending (more than 2 teams tied, skip this tie breaker)
5.  Avg. Runs Allowed – Ascending
6.  Avg. Run Differential with a maximum of (8) – Descending
7.  USSSA Points – Descending
8.  Date Team Entered USSSA Database
9.  Coin Flip

 

BATTING LINE UP

ALL PLAYERS LISTED ON ONLINE ROSTER ARE ELIGIBLE
7.02.D  Approved Team Line-ups:
7.02.D.1 Teams may bat a nine (9) player line-up, or a nine (9) player line-up with a Designated Hitter (DH), or a ten (10) player line-up with an Extra Hitter (EH), or a 10-player line-up up with a DH and EH, or a continuous line-up of all present, eligible, uniformed players. Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game. A Designated Hitter (DH) can be used for ages 9u thru 14u.
7.02.D.1(a) If a team uses a line-up that contains substitut
e players, all starting players may be removed and re-enter the game once but must re-enter in their original position in the batting order. Non-starters are not allowed to re-enter. When a starter re-enters, the player in the starter’s batting position in the batting order must be removed from the game and is ineligible for the remainder of the game.
7.02.D.1(b) If a team uses a line-up that contains ten (10) players, the player in the Extra Hitter position has free defensive substitution.
7.02.D.1(c) If a team uses a continuous line-up, all players other than the nine (9) defensive position players are Extra Hitters and may move freely in defensive positions with the exception of the pitching position. Any player(s) arriving after the game has begun, shall be added to the bottom of the batting line-up. When using the continuous lineup and a player has to leave the game for any reason (including injury), that position in the line-up becomes an out when that at bat comes around.

 

DH SPECIFIC RULES

7.02.E  Designated Hitter playing rules:
7.02.E.1 The DH can bat for any defensive player (not just the pitcher, as in some leagues).
7.02.E.2 The DH would normally bat for one player and any of that player’s substitutes on defense for the original player.
7.02.E.3 The DH must be listed next to or under the player he is batting for in lineup.
7.02.E.4 The DH and the player he is batting for are both locked into the same batting slot; neither of these two players can ever bat in another batting position.
7.02.E.5 If the DH enters the game on defense, the player he was batting for must come out of the game.
7.02.E.6 A replaced DH can re-enter the game one time since he was considered a starter. The defensive player being hit for can also re-enter the game one time if subbed for. Both must always stay in the same batting spot.
7.02.E.7 The DH role for a team is terminated for the rest of the game if:
7.02.E.7(a) A replaced DH re-enters the game on defense (the acting DH is disqualified from further participation.
7.02.E.7(b) The player for whom the DH was batting pinch hits or pinch runs for the DH.
7.02.E.7(c) The DH assumes a defensive position.
7.02.F In Scholastic divisions (15U-18U), if the Extra Hitter (EH
) is not utilized, then the Designated Hitter (DH) may be utilized in accordance with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) rules.

 

THROWING OF BAT

LOCAL: If the umpire or defensive player is hit by a carelessly thrown bat, he is almost certain to warn the batter that such action must be stopped.
On the second offense, the player is told he will be ejected if he continues.
On a third offense, the umpire should eject the offender.

 

COURTESY RUNNER
7.04.B.1 At any time, the offensive team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher of record from the previous inning on defense. The courtesy runner must be a player not presently in the line-up. If there are no substitute players available, the courtesy runner shall be the player making the last batted out.
7.04.B.2 If Pitcher or Catcher get out prior to an out being recorded in the 1st inning, and there are no substitute players, the courtesy runner shall be the batter furthest from coming
back up to bat in the line-up that is not the Pitcher or Catcher of record. In all other innings, the courtesy runner is the last batted out and if no outs have been recorded, it will be the last out from the previous inning.
7.04.B.3 The re-entr
y status of the courtesy runner, pitcher, and catcher shall not be affected by this rule. If at any time, a courtesy runner is determined to be ineligible, a proper replacement pursuant to these rules (if available) shall be used without penalty.

 

SLIDE OR AVOID

7.04.C LOCAL:  Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner shall slide OR seek to avoid contact with the fielder and / or catcher.  Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties. 

Malicious contact is solely up to the discretion of the Umpire. IF malicious contact AND OR runner interference is determined ,then Rule 7.04.C Penalty: The runner shall be called out and may be ejected from the game at the discretion of the Umpires. Runner interference is the judgment of the umpire.
7.04.D  A runner who jumps over a player will be called out whether or not contact is made with the defensive player.

 

DEAD BALL APPEAL

7.04.E  A dead ball appeal can be appealed directly to the umpire, without the Pitcher throwing to the appealed base. Only one dead ball appeal is allowed on any play.

 

MINIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS

7.02.G  Teams may play an official game with an eight (8) player line-up. If a team plays with an eight (8) player line-up, an out shall be declared for the ninth (9th) position in the batting line-up each turn at bat. A ninth (9th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.
7.02.H  A team may continue a game with a minimum of eight (8) eligible players.

 

GAME START/END CRITERIA | TIEBREAKER

7.03 Starting and Ending a Game:
7.03.A A regulation game consists of six (6) innings for age divisions 4U – 12U and seven (7) innings for age divisions 13U and older, unless the game is:
7.03.A.1 Local: TIEBREAKER RULE -  Extended because the score is ti
ed after the completion of the regulation number of innings, in which case, play shall continue until the visiting team has scored more total runs than the home team at the end of a completed inning, or the home team scores the winning run in an uncompleted inning. In bracket play, extra innings or the next inning after time expires will begin with runners on first and second base and one (1) out. The runner at first base will be the player in the batting order position previous to the lead-off batter of the inning (or a substitute for that player). By way of example, if the number five hitter in the batting order is due to lead off the next inning, the number four player in the batting order shall begin the inning on first base and the number three player in the batting order shall begin the inning on second base. In the event either runner is the pitcher or catcher of record a courtesy runner will be allowed.
7.03.A.2 Shortened because the home team needs none of its half of the last inning or only a fraction of it to win.
7.03.A.3 Shortened because an imposed Time Limit expires; or
7.03.A.4 Shortened because any applicable part of USSSA Rule 7.03.B has been met.
7.03.A.5 Shortened because any applicable part of USSSA Rule 7.03.C has been met.
7.03.A.6 Pool play games can end in a tie if the time limit is up or a complete game has been played.

 

MERCY RULE

7.03.B  An imposed Mercy (run) Rule shall be used to complete a regulation game when one team’s margin of lead is greater than or equal to the listed run differential in the corresponding listed start inning. In enforcing this rule, the home team shall not bat if they are winning, and the mercy requirement is met prior to the start of the bottom half of the listed inning. Similarly, if the home team is batting and meets the mercy requirement in the bottom half of a listed inning the home team shall cease batting and the game shall end.

6U - 15 AFTER 3, 10 AFTER 4

7U-12U - 15 AFTER 3, 8 AFTER 4

13U-14U - 15 AFTER 3, 12 AFTER 4, 8 AFTER 5

 

GAME CALLED DUE TO WEATHER

7.03.C If a game is called due to rain, Weather, light failure, or other acts of Nature and cannot be resumed it is a regulation game if:
7.03.C.1 For a six (6) inning game, if three (3) innings have been played or if the home team has scored more runs after two and one half (2 1/2) innings the game shall be declared a complete game.
7.03.C.1(a) In bracket play if a game is tied after 4 or more innings, the score will revert back to the previous inning. If still tied, the game will be a suspended game.
7.03.C.2 For a seven (7) inning game, if four (4) innings have been played or if the home team has scored more runs after three and one half (3 1/2) innings the game shall be declared a complete game.
7.03.C.1(a) In bracket play if a game is tied after 5 or more innings, the score will revert to the previous inning. If still tied, the game will be a suspended game.
7.03.D All games that for any reason cannot be declared a regulation game pursuant to USSSA Rule 7.03.C shall be a suspended game. A suspended game when resumed, shall resume from the exact point of suspension.

 

PITCHING
7.05.A  A player removed from the pitching position (starting pitcher or subsequent relief pitcher) may not return to the pitching position for the remainder of the game. The defensive team may correct this rules infraction at any time by substituting a legal pitcher without penalty. If an illegal pitcher is permitted to pitch, any pitch or play that results is legal. The rule violation should be caught by the Umpire or the offensive team and immediately corrected. If the violating pitcher has legal innings remaining, the violation is deemed an improper substitution and is corrected without penalty. If the violating pitcher has no legal innings remaining, it’s deemed a pitching limitations violation pursuant to USSSA Rule 7.05. B.7.
7.05.B  The end of the day for the purpose of this rule shall be the time of day or night when the ballpark is shut down and the teams go home for the night break. Games that for any reason extend past midnight (12:00 AM) or start late at night, past midnight (12:00 AM) and are completed before the teams take the night break, shall count as being played on the scheduled day. A game not completed before the night break pursuant to USSSA Rules 7.03.D shall be a suspended game. Suspended games, when resumed (the next day or another day), shall count as being played on two different days. The outs recorded during the portion of the game played prior to suspension shall count as being played on the regularly scheduled day and the outs recorded during the portion of the game played once resumed, shall count as being played on the resumed day.

 

PITCHING CALCULATIONS FOR IWS / 5 DAY TOURNAMENT

A full video guide is available for International World Series pitching at www.internationalworldseries.com

It is important to carefully review the video for a complete understanding of tournament pitching rules. It is a complete guide with rules and examples.  

PITCHING IS CALCULATED USING A MOVING 3 DAY WINDOW

Pitching is calculated in a 3 day window, much like a 3 day tournament, however the 3 days change depending on which day of the tournament calculations are made on. The first 3 day window is day 1, 2 and 3 of tournament play.  On the 4th day of the tournament the 1st day of pitching “falls off” and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day are now the new 3 day window in which pitching is calculated. On the 5th day of the tournament the 1st and 2nd day have now “fallen off” and the 3rd, 4th and 5th days are the new 3 day window. The video mentioned above has a visual representation of this, please review it.  There is no “resetting” of pitching as the days progress throughout the tournament, there is only a new group of 3 days in which the innings, limits and mandatory rest are respected in.

 

IF YOU NEED ANY CLARIFICATION REGARDING PITCHING PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO STOP BY THE DIRECTORS TENT SO WE CAN HELP

 

PITCHER INNINGS CHARGED - CALCULATION FOR WORLD SERIES

7.05.B.5 World Series For all cumulative totals in this rule, one (1) out equals one-third (1/3) of an inning, two (2) outs equals two- thirds (2/3) of an inning and three (3) outs equals one (1) full inning.  A pitcher that pitches in a game and records no outs is not charged with any innings pitched.

 

ONE DAY MAX TO PITCH THE NEXT DAY

7.05.B.1 ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO PITCH THE NEXT DAY: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day and still pitch the next day. Rule 7.05.B.1 Example: In the 7U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of three (3) innings or (9) outs in one (1) day and still legally pitch the next day. If the player pitches three and one-third (3 1/3) or more innings in one (1) day, the player cannot legally pitch the next day.

 

ONE DAY MAX

7.05.B.2 ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day. Rule 7.05.B.2 Example: In the 7U – 12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six (6) innings or 18 outs in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to pitch the next day. Similarly, in the 13U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of seven (7) innings or 21 outs in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to legally pitch the next day.

 

THREE DAY MAXIMUM

7.05.B.3. THREE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in three (3) consecutive days is 8 innings / 24 outs.

 

MANDATORY DAYS OF REST

7.05.B.4. MANDATORY DAYS OF REST:
7.05.B.4(a). A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.
7.05.B.4(b) A player that pitches eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days MUST rest the next day.
7.05.B.4(c) A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total quantity of innings pitched) MUST rest the next day.

 

PITCHER’S INNING CHARGED / FINAL SCORE FOR FORFEITED GAMES

7.05.B.6 LOCAL: Outs recorded during a game that ends in forfeit shall count towards a pitchers’ innings limits. Forfeit score for a game in progress will be 15-0.

 

EXCEEDING PITCHING LIMITATIONS & EXCEEDING AS A RESULT OF DOUBLE/TRIPLE PLAY

7.05.B.7 For purposes of pitching limitations rules, a pitcher is in violation of the rule if he records any out above the legal pitching limits pursuant to these rules. 

Rule 7.05.C.7 Exception: Exceeding the maximum innings allowed in the case of a double or triple play shall not be counted against the pitcher for the purpose of this rule but shall be counted towards the pitcher’s limits with regards to the eligibility to pitch the next day, etc.

 

PITCHING VIOLATION PROTEST

7.05.B.8 It shall be the responsibility of each team to challenge pitching violations by notifying the Umpire and then filing a Protest with the League / Tournament Director. A protest may be filed at any point after the pitcher in violation records any out beyond his legal limit AND while the pitcher in violation is in the game as the pitcher of record. If such violation is the last recorded out of the game, the protest MUST be filed prior to the Umpires and the protesting team leaving the field of play.  

PITCHING VIOLATION PENALTY

Rule 7.05.B.1 – 7.05.B.7 World Series Penalty: Any violation shall result in immediate forfeiture of the game.

 

MOUND VISITS
7.05.C Pitching mound visits will remain 2 coaches visits per inning, with the second coaches visit to the same pitcher in the same inning resulting in a pitching change.

 

INTENTIONAL WALKS
7.04.A  An Intentional Walk may be issued upon announcement from either the pitcher or catcher without throwing pitches.

 

MINIMUM NUMBER OF BATTERS ONCE TAKING THE MOUND

7.05.D A Pitcher shall pitch to one batter, until the batter is put out, or reaches 1st base, or the inning is over. A pitcher that starts an inning must pitch to the first batter until the batter is put out or reaches 1st base. USSSA will NOT be using the MLB mandatory batter limits.

 

NO VIDEO REVIEW

LOCAL:  Umpire judgment calls shall stand.  At no time will a director or official use video for review of gameplay.  Video will also not be reviewed to determine errors in score, pitching or any other game play issues.  The best practice is to make sure you are checking with the umpire each inning to review all pertinent information regarding your team's score and pitching calculations.

 

PROTESTS

RULE 16.00 – PROTESTS
16.01  Umpires shall work to settle all situations on the field. Protests shall be allowed for age and pitching violations or rule interpretations only. Uniform numbers cannot be protested. 

Protests must be declared to the Umpire-in-Chief and then to the League / Tournament Director before the next pitch following the dispute. If a call to be protested is the last recorded out of a game or on a game ending play, the protest MUST be filed prior to the Umpires and the protesting team leaving the field of play. No protest shall be allowed following the game. League / Tournament officials shall rule on all protests and their decisions shall be final.
16.02  LOCAL: Any roster Protest shall be subject to a $10
0.00 CASH fee. The fee shall be returned only if the protest is upheld. Leagues may develop their own fee structure and methods of recording and settling protests.

 

6U SPECIFIC RULES

RULE 8.00 – COACH PITCH SPECIFIC RULES

7.02.B: Length of Game: (Local Rule) 5 innings or no new inning after 1 hour  15 minutes.

7.03.B (Local Run Rule): 5 inning game, 15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after 4 innings.

Distance between bases will be 50 Feet. A 2-foot commitment line will be drawn halfway between each base to assist the umpire in determining where to place the runner when a batted ball is dead. Runner must have both feet completely over this line to be entitled to the next base. Ten foot horizontal lines will be drawn 15 feet from the base lines and second base to determine where the outfield begins and the infield ends.

8.01  Fair Ball Arc: There shall be a twenty (20) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. A batted ball must go past this line to be a fair ball.

8.02  Safety Arc: There shall be a thirty (30) foot arc drawn from first (1st) baseline to third (3rd) baseline in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this line until the ball is hit.

8.03  Pitching Circle: There shall be a ten (10) foot diameter circle with the front edge at forty-two (42) feet from the rear point of home plate.

8.04  Pitcher’s Line: There shall be a line drawn from the pitcher’s circle to the safety arc.

8.04.A  The pitching coach shall keep one foot on or straddle the pitcher’s line. The Coach can pitch anywhere in-between the 30’ Safety Arc and the 42’ Pitching Circle.

8.04.B  The pitching coach shall not verbally or physically coach while in the pitching position

8.04.C  The pitching coach shall position himself as not to be an obstruction to the defensive team on any possible play once the ball has been hit.  Rule 8.04.C Local Penalty: If a batted ball strikes the pitching coach, the ball is dead, the pitch counts as a strike and no runners shall advance. Rule 8.04.C Additional Local Penalty: If a coach violates this rule, First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of coach as the pitcher for the remainder of the game.

8.05  Pitching Coach: The Pitching Coach shall be an adult at least eighteen (18) years of age.

8.06  The catcher shall receive the pitch in the catcher’s box in a normal baseball manner. If in the Umpire’s judgment, the catcher is not receiving the ball in a normal baseball manner, there shall be a warning issued. If the act continues after the warning, the offending teams’ manager shall be ejected.

8.07  Ten (10) defensive players shall play in the field with four (4) outfielders. The fourth (4th) outfielder shall not assume an infield position.All outfielders shall stay behind the baseline.

8.08  The defensive player listed as pitcher shall not leave the pitching circle until the ball is hit.  Rule 8.08 Penalty: The play continues. After the play has ended, the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or no-pitch.  Rule 8.08 Additional Penalty: First Offense: Warning; Second Offense: Removal of player from the pitching position for the remainder of the game.

8.09  Defensive coaches shall not be allowed on the field of play and shall coach from the dugout.

8.10  The Infield Fly Rule shall not be in effect at any time.

8.11  The batting order shall constitute all present players on the team roster at the beginning of the game. Late arrivals shall be inserted at the bottom of the batting order. All players on the roster shall bat before returning to the top of the batting order.
8.11.A Teams may start a game with eight (8) players. The ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) positions in the batting order shall be declared an out each turn at bat.  Rule 8.11.A Approved Ruling: A ninth (9th) & tenth (10th) player and all subsequent players may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.
8.12  Teams may use free substitution on defense, but the batting order shall remain the same.
8.13  Bunting shall not be allowed.
8.14  The batter shall receive a maximum of six (6) pitches or three (3) swinging strikes. 

LOCAL: (The batter is out if the last pitch (6th) is hit foul)
8.15  A player may only be Intentionally Walked once per game by announcement from the defensive team.
8.16  Runners shall not lead-off or steal bases. A runner is out for leaving the base before the ball is hit or reaches home plate.
8.17  A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base. If the team batting has not played defense yet and a courtesy runner is used for a player, the player that was run for must assume the catching position the next inning. This scenario only applies in the first inning for the visiting team.
8.18 Local  A team may score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning for the 1st 4 innings.
8.19  The game is over, when the opposing team is mathematically eliminated from scoring enough runs to win or tie the game. (Run Rules still apply)
8.20  Umpires shall call “Time” after every play and declare the ball dead. “Time” shall be called as soon as all the runners are not attempting to advance. “Time” does not have to be called by the defense for the purpose of this rule.  Rule 8.20 Comment: When a runner stands off a base and “jukes” or “feints” back and forth, this is to be interpreted as “not attempting to advance” and “Time” shall be called.
8.21  When a batted ball hits the Pitching Coach, the following shall apply:
8.21.A  If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did not make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the batter is declared out and no runners shall advance.
8.21.B  If in the Umpire’s judgment, the coach did make a legitimate attempt to avoid contact, the ball becomes dead and a no-pitchis declared.
RULE 9.00 – MACHINE PITCH SPECIFIC RULES
9.21  When a batted ball hits the pitching machine, the ball is dead, the batter is awarded first (1st) base and all runners shall advance one (1) base.

 

7U & 8U SPECIFIC RULES

RULE 11.00 – 7U & 8U KID PITCH RULES
7.02.B: Length of Game: 6 innings or no new inning after 1 hour 30 minutes
Chart 7.03.B-1 (Run Rule): 6 inning game, 15 run lead after 3 innings, 8 run lead after 4 innings
LOCAL: In the 7U Division, a team may score a maximum of five (5) runs per inning for the 1st 3 innings.
11.01  Nine (9) defensive players shall play in the field
11.02  Balk rules shall not apply.
11.03  A batter shall be automatically out on a dropped / missed third (3rd) strike by the catcher.
11.04  Runners shall not advance when the pitcher is on the pitching rubber with the ball in his possession and the catcher is in position to receive a pitch. On a base on balls, the batter may attempt to steal second prior to the pitcher and catcher coming set at his own risk,but if a runner is on third, he may not advance home even if the defense attempts to throw the runner out at second base.
11.06 Runners shall not lead-off but may advance at their own risk (steal) once a pitched ball has passed home plate. 

When a runner tries to advance prior to the pitched ball passing home plate, the following shall apply: LOCAL:

If the runner advances safely, the Umpire shall call “Time” and the runner shall return to the base last legally occupied at the time of the pitch. The TEAM will be warned for the first violation.  If the runner is called out, the call shall stand, and the runner is out. If the ball is hit, the defensive team shall have the option of the result of the play or a no pitch. For the second violation, when a TEAM warning has already been issued, the runner will be called out regardless of the outcome of the pitch.

11.06 Runners shall not advance from third (3rd) base to home unless the runner is batted home or forced by a base on balls, hit batsman, or award from the Umpire. Runners shall not advance from third (3rd) base to home on passed balls, wild pitches or dropped / missed third (3rd) strikes by the catcher.
 

SAFETY RULES

RULE 13.00 – SAFETY RULES
13.01  FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL CONCUSSION LAWS: USSSA, as a sanctioning body of athletic events, shares the concerns being raised on a national and local level regarding concussions and concussion symptoms in participants, coaches/managers, and umpires/referees in USSSA sanctioned activities. USSSA encourages its directors, umpires, coaches, referees, teams, team managers, and all adults involved in youth activities and participants to learn all they can about concussions in athletics and requires each of them and each of the USSSA directors to follow all federal, state and local laws (including concussion training and reaction laws) with regard to athletic competition sanctioned by USSSA. In addition, USSSA has added the following to the rule books of each USSSA sport which does not defer to another organization for its rule book.  Upon becoming aware that a participant or coach/manager of his team has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), the Team Manager will not allow that person to participate in any USSSA sanctioned event and if occurring during a USSSA sanctioned event, shall have that person removed from the playing field of any USSSA sanctioned event. Upon becoming aware that a participant, coach/manager or official/umpire/referee has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), a USSSA official/umpire/referee or director will have that person removed from the playing field of any USSSA sanctioned event. Without a written medical clearance from a licensed medical doctor to return to play, such persons will not be allowed to return to the USSSA playing field in a USSSA sanctioned event. For officials/umpires/referees, the medical written consent form must be presented to the Tournament Director and retained permanently by the USSSA State Director. For participants and coaches/managers, the medical written medical consent form must be presented to the Team Manager and retained permanently by the Team Manager. Any Team Manager, who allows a coach/manager or participant back on a USSSA sanctioned event playing field without first obtaining the required written consent, may be suspended by the State Director for up to one year and upon request of the State Director, may be suspended for a longer duration by the USSSA disbarment committee. State Directors allowing an official/umpire/referee back in the field of play without the necessary consent will be subject to being disciplined as determined by the USSSA Board of Directors.  In the event of severe head trauma in a USSSA sanctioned activity, the injured person will not be moved, and an ambulance will be called, unless otherwise directed by a qualified medical professional. The parent or guardian of the injured person, however, will not be bound by this protocol and may choose a different approach consistent with their legal rights as the parent or guardian.


SPORTSMANSHIP & EJECTIONS

RULE 14.00 – SPORTSMANSHIP & EJECTIONS
14.01  All players, coaches, managers, sponsors, and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. The league/tournament director has the authority to remove anyone from the event at any time for unsportsmanlike conduct. Any player, coach, manager, sponsor, or spectator whose conduct is unbecoming or abusive shall at a minimum be reprimanded with a warning. If warranted, the offending party shall be ejected from the game at the discretion of the Umpires and / or the League / Tournament Director.
14.02  Any player, coach, manager, sponsor or spectator leaving their position or base, in the field, on the bench, in the dugout area or grandstands to participate in a fight, brawl or altercation shall be immediately ejected from the game and may be disbarred / suspended.
14.03  Any coach, manager, sponsor, or spectator ejected from a game shall immediately remove themselves from the vicinity of the playing field and / or grandstands for the remainder of the game. Any player ejected from a game shall either immediately remove themself from the vicinity of the playing field for the remainder of the game or be confined to the dugout area for the remainder of the game at the discretion of the League / Tournament Director. Additional penalties may be assessed at the discretion of the League / Tournament Director.
14.04 Local If necessary, a team may be forced to forfeit a game and / or be removed from the league / tournament. Any manager or coach ejected from the game is required to sit out the next game also. After being ejected, a manager or coach must vacate the premises of the current game and the next game in which he is suspended. Any manager caught continuing to coach after being ejected or suspended will be suspended for an additional period of time. Any player ejected from a game is subject to a one game suspension at the Tournament Director’s discretion. Managers are responsible for the conduct of his players and fans at all times. Managers are subject to ejection if his players or fans are out of control. No more than three (3) coaches will be allowed in the dugout during USSSA games. All assistant coaches must be listed on your team’s online roster on www.usssa.com. There is a drop down menu to add them. In addition, no one other than official team coaches and players are allowed in the dugout at any time.
14.05  USSSA reserves the right to deny admission to or eject any person/team who USSSA, in its sole discretion, determines poses a risk to the health and safety of other participants, officials, or spectators and/or whose conduct violates any applicable code of conduct, or whose conduct is otherwise disruptive or disorderly.


ALTERED BATS

13.02  ALTERED BATS:
13.02.C.1 Altered Bat Director Inspection and Suspension: A USSSA Director may at any time ask to inspect a bat that has been brought into the location of a USSSA sanctioned event or any other USSSA facility. The owner and / or user may either:
13.02.C.1(a) Withhold the bat from inspection and accept an immediate two-year (automatic life time for second time offenders pursuant to USSSA Rule 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2) suspension from USSSA sanctioned activities with no right to appeal; or,
13.02.C.1(b) Allow the Director to inspect the bat and reach a conclusion as to whether or not the bat might be altered.
13.02.C.2 Altered Bat Determination by Altered Bat Committee Chairman or Manufacturer: If, after making the inspection of a potential altered bat, the Director in his discretion decides that the bat might be an altered bat, the suspected offending owner and / or user and may either:
13.02.C.2(a) Withhold the bat from further examination by the USSSA Altered Bat Committee Chairman or Manufacturer and accept an immediate two-year (up to life time for second time offenders pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2) suspension from USSSA sanctioned activities with no right to appeal; or
13.02.C.2(b) Allow the Director to send the bat to the USSSA Altered Bat Committee Chairman and / or Manufacturer for a determination as to whether or not the bat is altered. If the Manufacturer or the USSSA Altered Bat Committee Chairman determines that the bat has been altered, the Altered Bat Committee Chairman in consultation with the Director who inspected the bat at the USSSA facility may suspend a first-time offender for up to five (5) years from USSSA play. For a second-time offender pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2, any such suspension shall be lifetime.
13.02.C.3 Ownership and Knowledge of Bat Being Altered: The responsibility for knowing whether a bat is altered is that of the users and the owner of the bat. If an individual uses an altered bat in USSSA sanctioned play or is the owner of an altered bat that is brought into a USSSA facility, the suspensions pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2 shall be imposed without regard to what the individual actually knew about the altered bat. An individual must know that his bat is not an altered bat, if he brings it into a USSSA facility or used it in a USSSA sanctioned activity. If not, the individual can be suspended from USSSA activities for using or owning an altered bat. The fact that the individual did not know that the bat was altered is not a factor in imposing the suspension. The only question is whether the bat is altered or whether the owner / user has refused to let the bat be examined to determine if it is altered. After the Director, Altered Bat Committee and Manufacturer examination of a bat to determine if it is altered have all been completed, or upon the decision of the owner / user to not allow further inspection of the bat pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2, the bat shall be returned to the owner. If no one claims to be the owner, USSSA shall retain the bat. Once the bat has been returned to the owner, no appeal can be made with respect to whether the bat is altered or not.
13.02.C.4 Investigation Cooperation: Any coach, manager, player or other person who fails to cooperate in the investigation by USSSA of a potential or actual altered bat may be subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct suspension. A manager or coach of a team that has more than one of his team’s bats determined to be altered (or not allowed to be inspected upon request for an altered bat inspection pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2, may be subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct suspension.
13.02.C.5 Awards and Coach Suspensions: If an owner / user chooses to submit a suspected altered bat to the USSSA Altered Bat Committee or Manufacturer no awards may be given to the team until the bat is determined not to be altered. If the bat is found to be altered, no awards or berth shall be given, and the team shall be placed last in the standings and the listed manager and coaches may be suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct.
13.02.C.6 Participation in, Profits from, or Encouraging the Altering of USSSA Marked Bats: Anyone who participates in, profits from, or encourages the altering of USSSA marked bats shall be suspended indefinitely from all USSSA activities, until the offending party has satisfied all requests of the USSSA Altered Bat Committee with respect to his altered bat activities including but not limited to publicly swearing under penalties of perjury to never again participate in, profit from, or encourage the altering of USSSA marked bats. Violation of such an oath shall result in permanent suspension from all USSSA activities.
13.02.C.7 Compression Testing: Failure of a USSSA approved compression testing device test shall result in the offending bat being removed from play for the duration of the tournament or league game but no longer without the permission of the owner / user – such as in the case of an allowed USSSA altered bat determination pursuant to USSSA Rule 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2. Multiple failures of such USSSA compression testing may in the discretion of USSSA be viewed as unsportsmanlike conduct of the owner/user, coaches, manager, and team.
13.02.C.8 Custom Bats: No approved manufacturer may make a custom USSSA bat for a player or a team. All USSSA marked bats made by a USSSA approved manufacturer must be available to the public for purchase. Individualized graphics (such as a team name, different color, player name or number only changes for a team or player), however, do not constitute custom bats for purposes of this rule.
13.02.C.9 Worn / Abused / Damaged / Foreign Substance Bats Not Allowed in USSSA Sanctioned Play:
13.02.C.9(a) No bat is legal for USSSA sanctioned play, if it is damaged in any way. Damaged bats include those with damage to the knob or end cap, those which have loose knobs or end caps, and those with cracks or dents in the bat material. For example, if the end cap is in any way loose or appears damaged, the bat should be removed from play for being a damaged bat. If an end plug has come out or the knob has come off, the only way that such bat is legal in USSSA play, is if the knob or end cap is replaced by the manufacturer. Replacement by anyone else results in an altered bat with potential suspension for the owner/user of the bat.
13.02.C.9(b) No bat is legal for USSSA sanctioned play, if any of the graphics of the bat have worn off. For example, even if the only graphics that have worn off are not Key Graphic Information and are only items such as the patent no., a manufacturer logo, or the approval mark of another association, the bat should be removed from play for being too worn.
13.02.C.9(c) No bat is legal for USSSA sanctioned play if the paint has been worn through and the actual bat material is showing. For example, if at the end of the barrel next to the taper where there are no graphics the bat paint is worn off and the underlying bat material is exposed, that bat should be removed from play for being too worn.
13.02.C.9(d) No bat is legal for USSSA sanctioned play if there is a foreign substance on the barrel or taper of a bat. Foreign substances included among other substances, pine tar, stick-em type products and even dirt or mud, but only if the substance adds to the thickness of the barrel or covers Key Graphic Information such as the USSSA 1.15 BPF mark, the serial number of the bat, the model or manufacturer name, official softball, etc. Players are responsible for their equipment and must clean such substances off of their bats so that the substance does not add to the thickness of the bat or obscure any Key Graphics Information about the bat. For example, while bats shall surely get dirt on them under normal use and may have pine tar added to the grip, if the dirt or pine tar obscures Key Graphic Information or adds to the thickness of the bat, such bats cannot be used in USSSA play until the dirt or pine tar has been removed to the extent necessary to make all such Key Graphic Information readable and the bat not have increased thickness. If Key Graphic Information about a bat cannot be read, the bat should not be used in USSSA play.
13.02.C.9(e) If any removed bat pursuant to USSSA Rule 13.02.C.9 is brought back into play at any USSSA sanctioned event at any time, the owner and user of such bat may be suspended for up to one year for unsportsmanlike conduct. And if the worn / abused / damaged / foreign substance is apparent enough that the batter should have been aware of it, the batter may be so suspended for bringing such a bat into the batter’s box without having been warned in advance. Players are responsible for their equipment and must not use equipment that is even potentially illegal for use in USSSA sanctioned play.
13.02.C.9(f) In addition to the player being suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct, coaches of youth teams may also be suspended when their players attempt to bat with such bats. Also, coaches of adult teams which have multiple offenses under this rule may also be so suspended for failing to have his team follow USSSA equipment rules. Please be reminded that unsportsmanlike conduct can result in a game or tournament suspension in the discretion of the Umpire or tournament director and up to a year suspension in the discretion of the State Director.
13.02.C.10 Youth Player Altered Bats: The parents or legal guardians of a youth player suspended pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and / or 13.02.C.2 may be suspended for any time period, including life, from all USSSA sanctioned activities. If both parents are suspended, the player even after his suspension has ended pursuant to USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and/or13.02.C.2 cannot participate in USSSA sanctioned activities until the suspension of one of the players parents has also ended or until the player reaches the age of eighteen (18) years old. In addition to any other penalties pursuant to USSSA Rules, any coach or manager of a youth team that has more than one suspension imposed on his players in connection with USSSA Rules 13.02.C.1 and /or 13.02.C.2 may be suspended from all USSSA activities for any time period, including life.
13.02.C.11 Altered Bat: An “Altered Bat” is a bat that has had its physical structure changed, including, but not limited to:
13.02.C.11(a) The bat has had the surface of the barrel or the taper changed in any way such as by addition of graphics, painting, repainting, removal of bat material or paint by any means including but not limited to sandpapering or applying a solvent to the surface such as fingernail polish remover or by any other means.
13.02.C.11(b) The bat has had the plug, or the knob removed / replaced or changed in any way.
13.02.C.11(c) The bat has had anything removed or added or inserted to the inside or outside of the bat other than tape at the handle or knob. Other examples of altering a bat would be changing or replacing manufacturers’ markings or replacing the handle of a bat with a new handle. Replacing the grip, adding tape or adding a build up to the handle is not considered altering a bat.
13.02.C.11(d) The bat has been subjected to pressure in a manner that exceeds that of striking the bat at game speed swing speed against a USSSA approved ball traveling at game speeds. Such pressure would include, but is not limited to, compressing the bat, rolling the bat, vicing the bat or hitting the bat against an object such as a tree or pole. The bat has in any other way had its on-field performance improved by physically changing the bat (other than by hitting the bat at game condition swing speeds against a USSSA approved ball traveling at game condition speeds).

 

TOBACCO & TOBACCO RELATED PRODUCTS

RULE 18.00 – TOBACCO & TOBACCO RELATED PRODUCTS
18.01 The use of ANY tobacco or any electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, vape pens or atomizers shall be prohibited by all participants (including but not limited to players, manager, coaches, umpires) within the confines of the playing field and dugouts. Local facilities may have stricter policies prohibiting tobacco from facility and parking areas. These policies, if any, shall be recognized and enforced during USSSA events.

 

RAINOUT/TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION POLICY
In the event of the tournament being canceled by weather or any other unpreventable occurrence, every effort will be made to complete the tournament.
Schedules may be changed, games may be shortened and a two day tournament may become a one day tournament.In the event of a rain-out with no make-up tournament scheduled, we will offer all tea
ms a credit based on the following criteria: A full rainout, meaning no games were played, a credit will be issued for the entire entry fee.
If one game was played, a team will receive credit for ½ of the entry fee
If two games are played, no credit will be given
All credits must be used in Southern California USSSA Tournaments
If a tournament is rained out while in progress and a make-up is scheduled, there will be no refund or credit for teams that do not play the make-up.

 

RIGHT OF TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR TO ALTER SCHEDULES

The tournament director has the right to alter schedules, adjust time limits, or adjust the number of playoff participants in order to complete the tournament.
The tournament director also has the right to alter the amount of the credits issued.

 

PLAYING FIELD

7.01 Playing Field, Equipment & Safety:
7.01.A  The playing field shall be laid out according to the recommended dimensions contained within these rules. (See Chart 7.01.A-1)
7.01.B  For details on field layout including recommended direction of play, fair and foul territory requirements, infield and outfield grades, pitcher’s mound height and slope, batter’s and catcher’s box dimensions, and base and home plate size and construction should be referred to the Official Rules of Baseball as published by Major League Baseball on MLB.com. Safety bases are allowed to be used when available.

 

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER & TEAM ELIGIBILITY

RULE 3.00 – INDIVIDUAL PLAYER & TEAM ELIGIBILITY
3.01 Age Based with Grade Exceptions Divisions:
4U Division Players who turn 5 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in Pre-Kindergarten-4. Also, any player turning 6 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 4u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
5U Division Players who turn 6 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in Pre-Kindergarten. Also, any player turning 7 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 5u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
6U Division Players who turn 7 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in Kindergarten. Also, any player turning 8 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 6u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
7U Division Players who turn 8 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 1st grade. Also, any player turning 9 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 7u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
8U Division Players who turn 9 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 2nd grade. Also, any player turning 10 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 8u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
9U Division Players who turn 10 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 3rd grade. Also, any player turning 11 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 9u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
10U Division Players who turn 11 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 4th grade. Also, any player turning 12 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 10u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
11U Division Players who turn 12 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 5th grade. Also, any player turning 13 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 11u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
12U Division Players who turn 13 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 6th grade. Also, any player turning 14 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 12u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
13U Division Players who turn 14 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 7th grade. Also, any player turning 15 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 13u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
14U Division Players who turn 15 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are in the 8th grade. Also, any player turning 16 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 14u eligible are eligible for this division regardless of grade.
15U Division Players who turn 16 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are a freshman in High School. Also, any player turning 17 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 15u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
16U Division Players who turn 17 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are a sophomore in High School. Also, any player turning 18 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 16u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
17U Division Players who turn 18 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are a junior in High School. Also, any player turning 19 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 17u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
18U Division Players who turn 19 prior to May 1 of the current season are not eligible unless they are a senior in High School. Also, any player turning 20 prior to August 1 will not be eligible. Players who are 18u are eligible for this division regardless of their grade.
3.01.A In divisions 4U – 18U, all players participating in USSSA Baseball tournament play shall have photocopies of their original birth certificate in the possession of their team manager at all times. Upon protest, failure to have a photocopy of the original birth certificate immediately available upon demand shall result in the offending team losing the game(s), being ejected from the tournament, being placed last in the standings and forfeiting all awards, points, sponsors travel money, and berths that would have been or have been awarded.

3.01.B All grade-based players must have a copy of their birth certificate, current report card, or official school ID with grade, or any official government document stating the grade.
3.02  A player that is found to be illegal due to an age or grade violation during or after a league or tournament game, shall result in the offending team losing the game(s) team and player being ejected from the tournament, team being placed last in the standings and forfeiting all awards, points, sponsors travel money, and berths that would have been or have been awarded. The illegal player shall be removed from the offending team’s Official Online Roster and additional penalties may be applied to the illegal player and / or team manager / coaches.
3.03  A player shall be eligible to compete in the USSSA Baseball program as long as he abides by the USSSA Constitution and the Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules when his first name, last name (no middle names, nick names, shortened names, slang names, initials, prefixes or suffixes are allowed) and date of birth (in proper format – mm/dd/yyyy) are listed EXACTLY as they appear on his original birth certificate, as a member on an eligible team’s Official Online Roster. Failure to comply with this rule shall result in your team being prohibited from participating in USSSA.
3.04 A player who is in violation of the USSSA Constitution or the Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules shall be an illegal player.
3.04.A A team with a player found to be illegal due to age, grade, or class violation, anytime during the USSSA event, will be deemed ineligible. The team WILL be disqualified and put in last place. The manger could face suspension.
3.04.B Any team in violation of any roster rules WILL be disqualified from their current event and be placed in last place. The manager could face suspension.
3.04.C A player found to be playing on multiple teams in the same weekend, anytime during the USSSA event, both teams WILL be disqualified and put in last place. The player, parents and managers could face suspension
3.04.D An ineligible player is any player not listed on the official online roster (when rosters are required), a player with an incorrect birthday, or a player with name listed incorrectly on the official online roster. All players must be listed on a team's prior to their first game or prior to the event's deadline to add players. Penalty: Any ineligible player MAY cause the team to be disqualified and put in last place. Each case will be looked at by the teams State Director to determine if the player is ineligible.
3.04.E For any player to be eligible, they must be listed on the ELIGIBLE PLAYERS list on their teams online Roster. This is done by approving the online RETURN TO PLAY WAIVER and approving the player for the team.
3.05 Player Roster Eligibility:
3.05.A Players shall only appear on one (1) Official Online Roster.
3.05.B Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament, week, or weekend, regardless of location, venue, age division and / or classification.
3.05.C Once a player has been rostered for the season, they may not be added to a team with lower classification in the same age group or younger age group without state director approval.
3.05.D Once a player is released from a roster, they may not be added back to that roster without state director approval.
3.06 Guest Player
3.06.A Teams that earn a berth with Guest Players on their roster will be deemed qualified. The Guest Players will NOT be frozen to the team’s roster, only players on their permanent roster will be considered for freezing at the appropriate time.
3.06.B Guest Player Application System will be disabled for an event 3 hours prior to the Start Date of the event based on Eastern Standard Time.
3.06.C Players that are NOT on a current season USSSA roster will NOT be eligible as a Guest Player. Anyone that is not on a current USSSA roster simply can be added to your team roster to be eligible as long as the player’s classification does not change your team’s classification.
3.06.D Guest Players are only eligible to participate as a Guest Player for one team at a time. Players will be blocked from being used as a Guest Player for an additional team for the duration of their guest playing event (Start Date to End Date).
3.06.E If a Guest Player’s original team registers for an event after being approved as a guest player, the player will. be deleted as a guest player and the Original Team will be required to de-activate the player before the player can be used as a guest player.
3.06.F If the Pick-Up Team moves divisions and moves to a division that would deem the Guest Player illegal, the player will be removed.
3.06.G For leagues, teams are allowed unlimited numbers of guest players. Players who guest play in leagues can also, guest play in tournaments with overlapping dates.
3.06.H From the beginning of the season to December 31st teams can add unlimited Guest Players per weekend or per event.
3.06.I From January 1st to the end of the season Guest players will be limited to 3 per weekend or per event.
3.06.J From the start of the Fall Season until December 31, teams may use unlimited guest players per weekend or per event.
3.06.K Guest Player eligibility is determined by the age and class of the event the team is playing in. See link below for more information. http://usssa.com/baseball/bb-guest-player-help-documents

3.07 Team Eligibility:
3.07.A  No team shall be allowed to compete in any USSSA Baseball program without first paying their team registration fee to the Association.
3.07.B  All teams shall maintain an Official Online Roster. Rule 3.07.B Comment: State Directors with the approval of the Baseball Committee Chairman may waive this roster requirement for the traditional “Fall” playing months of August 1 – December 31.
3.07.C  Team rosters for age divisions 4U – 14U shall be composed of not more than twenty-five (25) players.
3.07.D  Team rosters for scholastic divisions 15U – 18U shall be composed of not more than forty (40) players.
3.07.E  A team’s “home” state shall be determined by the home residency of fifty-one percent (51%) or the majority (whichever is greater) of the players on the team’s Official Online Roster.
3.07.F  The team manager shall be responsible for all aspects of eligibility of the players and the information of the players contained on the team’s Official Online Roster pursuant to these rules. This includes but is not limited to age eligibility, classifications of previous teams the players may have participated on, legal names of the players, and correct dates of birth of the players.
3.07.F.1 The intentional or unintentional act of adding ineligible players to the team’s Official Online Roster shall be grounds for team manager suspension and disqualification of the team.
3.07.F.2 The intentional or unintentional act of incorrectly spelling a player’s name on the team’s Official Online Roster shall be grounds for team manager suspension and disqualification of the team.
3.07.F.3 The intentional or unintentional act of incorrectly entering a player’s date-of-birth on the team’s Official Online Roster shall be grounds for team manager suspension and disqualification of the team.
3.07.G  State Directors shall have the authority to approve or reject all players contained on a team’s Official Online Roster State Director approval of a team’s Official Online Roster shall not release the team manager of his responsibilities pursuant to these rules.
3.07.H  An all-girls team can request roster exemptions from the Baseball Committee Chairman.
3.08  In divisions 4U – 14U a player can only participate on a team up to 2 years older.(Example: a 10U player can be on a 11U or 12U team)
3.09  Area Directors, Executive Board Members, Executive Committee Members, Local Directors, National Committee Members, National Directors, State Directors or Tournament Directors shall not be eligible to participate in the program as a team manager, team coach,team sponsor, Umpire or player without approval of the Baseball Committee Chairman.

 

ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED

RULE 19.00 – ITEMS NOT SPECIFICALLY COVERED
19.01 Items not specifically covered shall be referred to the USSSA Baseball State Director with guidance from the Baseball Committee Chairman.

 

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