USSSA Rules

http://web.usssa.com/usssa/usssa-general/2017BBRulebook.pdf

The 2015/2016 Tournament Rules for Tournaments-R-US/USSSA Baseball:

Texas  USSSA baseball tournament rules and refund policy
Effective March 1, 2010
Last Amendment – March 2016

1) These rules are in effect for baseball events in Texas unless posted/advertised by host
and approved by the USSSA State Office.

2) These rules apply to all USSSA Qualifiers, Global Sports Qualifiers and NIT’s.

3) Rules not addressed here, can be found in the USSSA Baseball By-Laws.

4) Sportsmanship – USSSA expects the best behavior out of all involved with the program. This
includes, but not limited too, players, coaches, parents and spectators. USSSA will have
each tournament host report all unsportsmanlike ejections and other incidents similar in
nature, to the state office. We will track at the state office and there will be penalties enforced
accordingly.

a) 1st Incident – Following the game/time of the ejection, there will be an addition 1 game
suspension to be administered by the tournament host. If the suspension carries over to
another event, then the tournament host will report it to the state office and then it will
carry over to the next event in which the team participates.

b) 2nd Incident – Following the game/time of the ejection, there will be an addition 3 game
suspension to be administered by the tournament host. If the suspension carries over to
another event, then the tournament host will report it to the state office and then it will
carry over to the next event in which the team participates.

c) 3rd Incident – Suspended indefinitely. Must request reinstatement with the State Office.

5) Scorebook – The home team is responsible for keeping the official scorebook.

6) Rosters
a) All teams must have roster on-line before they start their first game.
b) Adding players may affect your classification.

7) If a team’s class is changed after entering an event, it is the manager’s responsibility to
notify the host.

8) Batting Order
a) EH (Extra Hitter) is allowed in all age groups. The EH shall be considered a starter. A team
using an EH will have 10 players in their lineup at all times. Teams wishing to use the EH
must declare so before the game.
b) Teams may bat all players present, but if a player is unable to bat for any reason, that
player will be declared out.
c) If not batting your roster, starters may reenter once per game. Substitutes may not
reenter.
d) Free defensive substitution allowed if batting your roster, but all pitching limitations must
still be followed.
e) A team may start a game with as few as 8 players, but they can not go to 7 players. Teams
will take an out if they don’t have an eligible player to appear in a batting position based
on the standard starting positions on Defense.
i) 8U and Under – 10 Positions
(1) If Batting 9 – The 10th position would be an out.
(2) If Batting 8 – The 9th and 10th position would be outs.
ii) 9U and Above – 9 Positions
(1) If Batting 8 – The 9th Position would be an out.

9) Game Times:
a) 6U – 8U – 1:00 / 6 innings
b) 9U – 12U – 1:30 / 6 Innings
c) 13U & 14U – 1:40 / 7 Innings

10) Run Rules:
a) 6-Inning game(12U and Below):
i) After 3 Innings – 15 Runs
ii) After 4 Innings – 8 Runs
b) 7-Inning game(13U and Above):
i) After 3 Innings – 15 Runs
ii) After 4 Innings – 10 Runs
iii) After 5 Innings – 8 Runs

11) Pool Play Tie Breaker Guidelines:
a) Win-Loss Record
b) Head to Head
c) Fewest Runs Allowed
d) Run Differential
e) USSSA Points
f) Coin Flip

g) NOTE: If a forfeit occurs or even number of games can’t be played in pool play, then the
team’s average of the games played will be used to determine seeding.

h) Forfeit in Pool Play may result in team not advancing to Championship Bracket. Teams
no showing will be seeded last.

12) Pitching
a) Once a pitcher is removed from the pitching position during a game, he/she cannot return
to the pitching position. Being pinched hit for does not constitute as being removed from
the pitching position.
b) Pitching Rules and Limitations: Please refer to current USSSA Rule Book located online
at www.usssa.com for current pitching limitations.
c) Once a pitching card is signed by both coaches it is official.
d) Pitching Limitations:

13) Courtesy Runners
a) Allowed for the pitcher and catcher of record from the previous inning.
b) If there is a player not currently in the game, that person will run for the pitcher/catcher.
c) If there is not a person on the bench who is currently not in the game, then the last batted
out will run.

14) Slide Rule – There is no mandatory slide rule, but whenever a tag play is evident, a runner
must slide or seek to avoid contact with the fielder and / or catcher. Attempting to jump, leap,
or dive over the fielder and / or catcher is not interpreted as seeking to avoid contact.
Malicious contact shall supersede all obstruction penalties.

15) Protest
a) $100 cash must accompany protest.
b) If protest is upheld and a ruling is overturned, protest fee is returned.

16) Metal Cleats are allowed in ages 13 and up. No metal spikes are allowed on portable mounds.

17) Ejections
a) Anyone ejected from a game must sit out the next game.
b) Being confined to the dugout is not considered an ejection.

18) Coach/Machine Pitch
a) Players get 3 swinging strikes or 6 pitches.
b) Foul balls will extend an at bat as long as they have pitches left.

19) Delays/Rain Outs
a) If delays occur, then the tournament director will determine the best way to seed teams.
b) In the event a tournament cannot be completed after it has started, place/points may be
awarded based on games played.

9u to 12u

Pitch count one day max and to be able to pitch the next day is 3 innings or 9 outs

One Day Maximum is 6 innings or 18 outs 14U is 7 innings or 21 outs

Three Day Maximum 8 innings or 24 outs

c) Rain Out Policy – if a team has started their first game then there is a 40% refund. If the
team has started their second game there is no refund. If a rain out occurs before any
games begin then entry fee minus $100 refunded. A minimum of $100 will be retained. If
events have a different policy, it will be posted by the event.

20) 7U thru 10U Brackets – Classifications may be combined without notice to teams at any
event.

21) Team Classification – A teams’ classification may be adjusted at anytime including during
the season. If players are added to a roster, it may affect the classification of the team. It is
the managers’ responsibility to follow the guidelines. If a team is found to be playing in the
wrong class, it could mean removal from an event even if it’s during the event.

 

Where Are My USSSA Points?

A question that we (as host) continue to answer is… “Where are our points?”

The answer is simple…it’s a process that takes time.  Although results are almost immediate, typically it takes 10-14 days from the end of the tournament before your points will be awarded.
Here is the process.

  1. Tournament Ends
  2. Results are reported
  3. Sanction report and host fees (check) are sent to the USSSA State Office in Natchitoches, LA 3 days following the event.
  4. Check and reports arrive
  5. Points are awarded

As tournament host, there is nothing we can do to speed up the process or award points ourselves. Only the USSSA State Office can award points.