OFFICIAL USSSA 
SAN DIEGO BASEBALL
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Rosters: You are allowed to add players to your existing roster, (complete a Hand Written Roster to add your "write in players")
Frozen Players on other rosters can be added to your existing roster as "Write In's"

IMPORTANT! "Write in" players must be included on the roster that is turned in at "Tournamet Check in".


USSSA Oniline or an Official Printed Rosters will be the official roster at the San Diego World Series.
USSSA Baseball reserves the right to alter, change, or abbreviate the tournament format when necessary to complete the tournament due to weather or field conditions.


All playing rules will be governed by the USSSA handbook and the rules for Major League Baseball.


USSSA uses a May 1 cutoff for age qualification. 2019 ages will be used in this tournament.


All bases distances, pitching distances and equipment will be according to the USSSA Rule Book.


All players must be fully uniformed, which includes the following: pants, socks, cap, and team shirt with numbers that are non-duplicating and at least 3 inches in height. Protests on uniforms will not be allowed. There is no changing of numbers in a tournament other than for the “infectious disease“ rule. This change must be reported to the tournament director. If a player changes numbers for any other reason, he and the manager will be ejected from the game.


Managers and coaches must be properly dressed but are not required to wear uniforms. 


While in the field as a defensive player, hats must be worn.


Players may play with only one team in the tournament.


NOTE: A warning may be issued to both teams before the start of the game or at any time during the game.

EJECTIONS: Any player, manager, coach or parent ejected from the game or after a game is concluded may carry an additional game suspension to be served at next scheduled game upon discretion of the tournament director and umpire in chief. Ejected managers, coaches or fans must leave the immediate area of the ball fields; they may remain in the parking lot or out of the immediate area from the field. Managers are responsible for the conduct of his players and fans.

APPROVED LINE UPS 

7U-18U
(1) Bat 9 players
2) Bat 9 players with a DH
(3) Bat 10 players using an Extra Hitter. The EH is considered a defensive player and may switch in and out defensively.
(4) Bat 10 with an EH and DH in the same lineup
(5) Bat entire roster – Free defensive substitution. If a player is injured or ejected, that spot in the batting order will be an
automatic out.
Starters may re-enter one time only in their original batting order.
Teams may play with 8 players, but an out will be recorded each time the 9th spot comes up. 9th player may be added in the
9th spot at any time during the game.

The Batter, Batter Runner & Runner:
An Intentional Walk may be issued upon announcement from either the pitcher or catcher without throwing pitches.
At any time, the offensive team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher of record from the previous inning . The courtesy runner must be a player not presently in the line-up. If no players not presently in the line-up are available, the courtesy runner shall be the player making the last batted out. The re-entry 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 replacement pursuant to these rules (if available) shall be used without penalty.


MERCY RULES: 9u-12u: 15 runs after 3 innings and 8 runs after 4 innings13u-14u: 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 runs after 4 innings and 8 runs after 5 innings


 PITCHING LIMITATIONS:
7U-12U = 6 innings in a day and 9 in the tournament
13U-14U = 7 innings in a day and 11 in the tournament.
A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day
15U-18U = No Limit (Use Common Sense and pitch count)
One pitch in a new inning is considered a full inning no matter how many outs.
Violation of this rule will result in the pitcher being removed from the mound. The manager will be ejected from the game and forfeit participation in the next scheduled game. If a Team violates this rule a second time in a tournament, that game will be forfeited. Scorecards that are signed by each manager at the end of the game will also be used to determine pitching infractions, make sure when you sign them that the score and pitching is correct. Teams must monitor the opponents pitching and report any violations.
Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, that pitcher may not pitch again in that game.
DISTANCES: 7U/8U = 40’mound/60’ bases, 9U-10U = 46’ mound/65’ bases, 11U-12U = 50’ mound/70’ bases, 13U = 54’
mound/80’ bases, 14U-18U = 60.6 mound/90’ bases.


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.  In the 7U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of three (3) innings in one (1) day and still legally pitch the next day. If the player pitches four (4 ) or more innings in one (1) day, the player cannot legally pitch the next day.


ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day.

 Example: In the 7U – 12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six (6) innings 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 in one (1) day.



5 DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in five (5) consecutive days
8U - 12U     9 Innings MAXIMUM FOR THE TOURNAMENT 
13U -14U  11 innings MAXIMUM FOR THE TOURNAMENT
Verify your Teams Pitching Records After Each Game - Team Pitching records on the tournament score cards are Official.  Pitching Logs for each team will be available for public veiw on the game schedule website.


MANDATORY DAYS OF REST:

A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.

A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total quantity of innings pitched)
MUST rest the next day


FORCE PLAY SLIDE RULE: A runner may slide in any direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering
the play of the fielder. Runners are never required to slide, but if a runner elects to slide, the slide must be legal. If contact
is made on either side of the bag or behind the bag, the ball is immediately dead. The runner is out, interference is called
and the batter/runner is also called out.


COLLISSION RULE HOME PLATE: If a defensive player has the ball in hand ready to make a tag, the offensive player must apply one of the following:
1. Proper Slide going into the base
2. Go around the defensive player
3. Give your-self up
4. Go back


BAT REGULATIONS 
USSSA Stamp, Wood and USA Bat Stamp Acceptable in 7U-13U
14U MAJ, AAA,AA must swing BBCOR or Wood. 
13U Majors must use USSSA Stamp or USA -5, BBCOR OR WOOD
(Teams playing up in age must use bats for that age group that they are playing in)
Illegal Bat Penalties
If an illegal bat is discovered after a fair batted ball and before the next pitch legal/illegal or play, the offended coach has the
option of selecting the outcome of the play or the penalty. If he chooses the penalty then the batter is out, bat removed and
all runners return to the base legally occupied at the time of the pitch. Should a second infraction occur, then the manager
is ejected, and the offended coach gets to choose the outcome of the play or the penalty again as stated.
NOTE: There shall be no penalty for discovery of an illegal bat until a fair batted ball occurs. If an illegal bat is discoveredduring the ab, the bat is then removed from the game.


READY TO PLAY: Please have your team ready to play up to 15 minutes prior to the posted game time in case of a run
rule in a prior game. This will help us to stay on schedule.
TIME LIMITS: Divisions 7U-8U will play 6 innings with no new inning after 1:30. Divisions 9U-12U will play 6 innings with no
new inning after 1:45. The 13U-18U divisions will play 7 innings with no new inning after 2:00.
CA Tie breaker in all Championship games with extra innings or after time has expired including. Refer to TIE GAMES for
CA Tie Breaker Rule. No time limits in “Gold” Championship games.

Silver/Bronze Championship game time limits 
No New Inning after:
7U-8U = 2:00
9U-12U = 2:15
13U-18U = 2:30


Pool Play Standing will be sorted on the following
1. Winning PCT, 2. Head to Head (only used when two teams are tied, with three or more tied, the next tie breaker is used) 3. Runs Allowed 4. Runs Scored

TIE GAMES: Playoffs and Championship Games will be played out in extra innings or after time limit has expired using the
California Tie Breaker. A runner will start at second base. Runner cannot be a player who is or was in the game, even if they
are a starter with reentry remaining. If a team has no substitution, then last batted out will be the runner. Game will be
played until a winner is determined. In Pool Play a tie stands and will not be played out.


RUN RULES:

15 run rule after 3 innings, 8 run rule after 4 innings in 6 inning games,
15 run rule after 3 innings, 12 run rule after 4 innings, 8 run rule after 5 innings in 7 inning games.
**Only 5 runs Max per Inning can be scored thru first 3 innings in 7U Only**


HOME TEAM: Will be determined by coin flip and will keep official scorebook with all changes going through home plate
umpire. In playoff rounds, the higher seed will have choice of Home or visitor. Dugouts are not assigned; first team to arrive
has choice.


METAL CLEATS: No Metal Cleats allowed in 12U and younger age divisions. No Metal Cleats allowed on portable
mounds at any park.


CATCHERS HELMET: All ages, must wear a hockey style helmet. NO SKULL CAPS


BATTING HELMETS: All ages, must have two ear flaps

PROTEST: All protest will be ruled on immediately by tournament director and Chief umpire. Only a rule interpretation can
be protested not a judgment call. A $50 fee is required to protest a call and will be refunded if the protest is upheld.


COURTESY RUNNERS: Allowed for the pitcher or catcher at any time. The runner cannot be a player who is or was in the
game, even if they are a starter with re-entry remaining. If the team has no substitution left then the last batted out can be
used as a courtesy runner. Same runner cannot run for both the pitcher and catcher in the same inning.


INTENTIONAL WALKS: A defensive coach simply needs to announce to the home plate umpire that he desires to intentionally walk the batter. No pitches are thrown.
Intentionally pitch at the batter: Penalty- If the umpire believes such a violation has occurred, a warning shall be issued to the pitcher and both opposing coaches that future violations by any pitcher will be cause for immediate ejection of the pitcher and the coach from the game. Furthermore, if, in the umpire’s judgment, the situation warrants drastic action to defuse a potentially volatile situation, the umpire may eject the pitcher without warning. Each coach should be warned, but the coach of the offending team should
not be ejected at that time unless the umpire believes it is appropriate.
NOTE: A warning may be issued to both teams before the start of the game or at any time during the game.


MISSED BASES: Requires an appeal play.


EJECTIONS: Any player, manager, coach or parent ejected from the game or after a game is concluded may carry an additional game suspension to be served at next scheduled game upon discretion of the tournament director and umpire in chief. Ejected managers, coaches or fans must leave the immediate area of the ball fields; they may remain in the parking lot or out of the immediate area from the field. Managers are responsible for the conduct of his players and fans.


*MALICIOUS CONTACT: If the official in charge of the game judges that there has been malicious contact initiated by a player, the offending player will be called out and ejected from the game.
*This includes a player / runner leaving their feet (jumping over) to avoid a tag. If contact is made with the defender, it is at the judgment of the official to rule malicious or not. leaving your feet (jumping over) to avoid a tag will be an automatic out. The ball is immediately dead and all runner (s) will return to the base they last legally occupied at the time the umpire ruled the ball is dead and the runner jumped over the defensive player. Player ejections that results in a team having less than 9 players, game will continue if the team has 8 eligible players, however an out will be taken when the ejected player is due to bat in the line-up. Teams falling short of 8 players due to player ejections will forfeit that game.


GATE FEES: Private parks will have gate charges.


CONCESSIONS: Will be available at most parks.


TRASH: Each Team is responsible for cleaning their dugout before they exit the field


COACHES BUCKETS: None allowed outside of the dug outs or on the playing field.
GAME BALLS: 2 new game balls will be provided by Top Choice Baseball for every game. Teams will provide one new back-up ball for each game if needed.


FOUL BALLS: The Team at bat shall supply a runner to retrieve any and all foul balls; they shall immediately return them to the home plate umpire.


7U/8U & UNDER KID PITCH RULES
ALL Rules above apply with slight modifications listed below
Nine (9) defensive players will play in the field.
Balk rules will not apply.
Batters may not advance to first (1st) base on a dropped / missed third (3rd) strike by the catcher.
**Only 5 runs Max per Inning can be scored thru first 3 innings in 7U Only*
• Bunting is allowed
• No lead-offs. Players cannot leave base until after ball crosses home plate.
• Stealing is allowed. Runners may advance once the ball is passed home plate at their own risk. If a player leaves early and is thrown out, he is out. If he is safe, he must return to previous base. 2nd offense by same player in same inning will result in out. If ball is hit, the defensive team has the option of the result of the play or dead ball and runner returns and hitter hits again.
• Stealing home is not allowed. Home plate is dead. Runner on 3rd must be forced home by a walk, HBP, or advance on a hit ball.
• Once the ball is thrown back to the pitcher by the catcher or any fielder at the conclusion of a play, at the umpire's judgment,all base runners must return to their previous base if they are not at least halfway to next base.
• No new inning after 1:30


PROTEST: All protest will be ruled on immediately by tournament director and Chief umpire. Only a rule interpretation can be protested not a judgment call. A $100 fee is required to protest a call and will be refunded if the protest is upheld




San Diego World Series Rules