The Following rules pertain only to regular season USSSA San Diego California tournaments. Rules do not apply to any World Series events or out of area tournaments. (San Diego World Series Rules) SCROLL DOWN FOR SAN DIEGO WORLD SERIES RULES
2018 Rule Changes
Effective in San Diego area tournaments only. 11U and above may utilize a DH and EH to bat 11 players in the line-up.
Once the DH has enter the game defensively the DH is eliminated for the rest of of the game.
No extra innings will be played in preliminary play. Games will end either when time expires or the scheduled number of innings has been played, whichever comes first.
All bats used, no matter the division, must have the USSSA 1.15 BPF bat mark or be a BBCOR Bat.
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PLEASE NOTE: In Southern California Tournaments, 14U teams and older must use BBCOR or Wooden Bats.
Divisions & Age Regulations
Divisions are based upon a player’s age as of the 2019 League age(April 30th, 2019. To determine a player’s League Age, use USSSA’s age calculator. Players may play up in age but may not play down. The 2019 season runs fromAug. 1, 2018to July 31, 2019
Players are permitted to play on only one team during a weekend tournament. This rule applies no matter where the USSSA tournament is located in Southern California. Any team knowingly using an illegal player shall be subject to discipline including but not limited to: forfeiting a game, ejection from tournament and/or suspension from all USSSA sanctioned leagues and tournaments for a one year period.
Teams are required to have non-duplicating numbers on their jerseys at least 4 inches in size. Players may not change numbers during the tournament. The number they wear in the first game of the tournament shall be their number for the remainder of the tournament. The only exception is if a player must change jerseys due to blood on the original jersey. Should this occur, the change must be reported to the tournament director immediately. If a player plays with a different number during the tournament, both the player and team manager will be ejected from the game.
Metal cleats are prohibited for teams 12U and below.
Teams are prohibited from warming up or conducting their pre-game on any of the infields, no matter what the facility. Warm up is permitted in foul territory only!
Pitching – THESE PITCHING RULES PERTAIN ONLY TO REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENTS. Scroll down for WORLD SERIES PITCHING RULES
Right handed pitchers may not fake a pickoff attempt to third base. This is a balk. A pitcher who steps toward first or third must throw to that base. Pitchers are permitted to step toward second base without throwing to that base.
To intentionally walk a batter, a coach simply needs to inform the umpire and point to first base. No pitches are thrown.
Tournament Pitching Restrictions: Team Pitching Log Verify your teams pitching after each game, the recorded pitching records on the score cards are official.
All tournaments, regardless of how many days, ( 7U, 8U 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U ) 6 innings in a day, 9 total in the tournament. (Throwing one pitch in an inning , equals an inning pitched)
13U, 14U: 7 innings in a day, 11 in the tournament.
15U & up: no pitching restrictions
Pitching Distances for all USSSA baseball tournaments are as follows:
7U – 8U: 42 foot mound, 60 foot bases
9U: 46 foot mound, 65 foot bases
10U: 46 feet mound 65 foot bases,
11U – 12U: 50 foot mound 70 foot bases
13U: 54 foot mound 80 foot bases (Some 14Us will play 54×80)
14U & up – 60.6 foot. mound 90 foot bases
On a single weekend tournament, pitching does not recycle for the playoffs. Once a pitcher is removed from the mound, he may not pitch again in that game. Umpires show leniency on balks in 9U and below.
Violation of pitching restrictions will result in the automatic ejection of the offending Manager. All teams will receive a Pitching Log at check in for their own records. Official pitching logs will be available at the tournament site after each round of games.
Teams in the 7U and 8U divisions may not lead off or steal home. Home plate is dead. Runners from 3rd base may only advance on a hit ball or when forced-in by a walk. Runners may steal after the ball crosses home plate. Bunting is allowed. When a runner is stealing home from third is put out, the runner is out. If called safe the runner is returned to third base.
The ball is dead when the pitcher has the ball in area of mound. The infield fly rule is in effect.
Courtesy runners will be allowed for the pitcher or catcher at any time. The courtesy runner must be a player not currently in the game or if the team has no players on bench, the last out. A courtesy runner may only run one time per inning. It is the base runner’s responsibility to avoid contact with the fielder when he has the ball. Slide or avoid is in effect at all times when fielder is in possession of ball. Intentionally running into a fielder who is in possession of the ball is grounds for ejection.
Teams may elect to bat 9 players AND/OR bat 10 players with the 10th player being an EH. The EH is considered a defensive player and may switch in and out defensively. Teams may also bat their entire roster. If a team bats entire roster or has no subs when a starter is injured, an out is recorded each time the injured player’s spot comes up to bat. Once a player is removed from a game due to injury, he may not return. Starters may re-enter only one time only in their original spot on the line-up.
11U division and up may use the DH, and EH to insert 11 batters in their line up.
Teams may play with 8 players with an out being taken for each time the 9th spot comes up. A 9th player may be added any time during the game.
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Length of Game
08U: Play 6 innings with no new inning after 1 hour 30 minutes
09U – 12U: Play 6 innings with no new inning after 1 hour 45 minutes
13U & up: Play 7 innings with no new inning after 2 hours
These time limits will be applied to all pool play and non-gold division championships games. We will make every attempt to put no time limit on Gold division championship games.
Once an inning begins, it must be completed. However, if the home team is ahead and batting when time expires, the game is over and the inning is not completed. In an effort to keep games on time and to conserve pitching, no extra innings are played during pool play. Games will end either at end of scheduled innings or when time expires. If time expires in a tie game during pool play, the game is recorded as a tie game.
In the event a team cannot make it’s scheduled time the tournament director will first attempt to condense the schedule. If the schedule cannot be condensed a forfeit win will be awarded.
A win awarded by forfeit will be scored as 1 run for each scheduled inning. (example, a 12u game scheduled for 6 innings will be scored 6-0 for the winning team). USSSA reserves the right to modify the length of games due to issues involving limited visibility or park curfew. Every effort will be made to finish the tournament but in cases of rain, darkness or other acts of God, the tournament director reserves the right to shorten games or modify schedules in order to finish the event.
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 5. Runs Scored
Requirements for a Mercy rule are as follows:
7 inning game - 13U & Up
15 run lead after 3 innings
12 run lead after 4 innings
8 run lead after 5 innings
6 inning game - 12U & Down
15 run lead after 3 innings
8 run lead after 4 innings
8U Division all innings are open inning, no limit as to how many runs may be scored.
Rosters: Verify that your rosters are online at USSSA.com and up to date. Players not listed on your roster are ineligible to play in the tournament.
You may use a hand written roster if you can not add players to your Online Roster. Hand Written Roster
Print your roster and turn it in to the site director prior to your first game.
Rainout/Tournament Cancellation Policy
In the event of tournament being cancelled 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 rainout with no make-up tournament scheduled, we will offer all teams 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. 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.
The Home team will be determined by a coin flip and occupy the 3rd base dugout. Winner of coin flip has option to choose visitors. In the playoffs, the higher seeded team will be the Home team for duration of tournament. Each team may provide a scorekeeper but all changes must go through the home plate umpire, who is the official scorekeeper.
All conversations with an umpire should be conducted after a time-out has been called and be handled in a calm and professional manner. Verbal abuse of the umpire will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from the game.
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.
To protest a game, the umpire must be informed that the game is being played under protest. Once the protest has been made, you must get a ruling from a Tournament Director immediately. Do not continue the game under any circumstances. Once the next pitch is thrown, both teams have lost the right to protest. Protest will be decided by the Tournament Director, not a site director.
Any team forfeiting a game may not advance to playoff round if it is determined that it is beneficial to that team with regard to runs allowed/differential, etc.
Mechanical noise makers are not allowed at USSSA Southern California events.
USSSA reserves the right to change locations of tournaments.
A. Catchers must wear full catchers gear (Mask, Chest Protector and Shin Guards) No Exceptions
B. The ball should weigh not less than 5 or more than 5 1/4 ounces & measure not less than 9 or more than 9 1/4 inches in circumference.
3. TOURNAMENT PITCHING:
Pitching restrictions for
8U 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U: 6 innings in a day, 9 in the tournament. (No extra innings for a three, four or five day tournament) One pitch equals an inning pitched
13U, 14U: 7 innings in a day, 11 in the tournament. (2 extra innings for a three day tournament)
15U & up: no pitching restrictions
A. Runners (8U) are not permitted to steal or lead-off, and shall remain in contact with the base until the ball crosses the plate.(Penalty: Runner is out).
B. On a batted ball runners may advance until an infielder has control of the ball in the infield
Alcohol on any sites, other then confines of Sportsplex facilities is prohibited.
San Diego WORLD SERIES RULES
SAN DIEGO EVENT
Rosters: You are allowed five (5) write in's (complete a Hand Written Roster to add your write in players).
RULE 7.00 – RULES OF PLAY
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. (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.
7.01.C Effective January 1st, 2018 All 14U players must use a maximumdrop 5 (-5) bat with the official USSSA 1.15 BPF Mark permanently
stamped. (Chart 7.01.C-1)
All bats for scholastic divisions ages 15U to 18U they 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.
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.
7.01.D Any bat permanently stamped with the official USA Baseball logo is legal to use in any USSSA baseball event, except were
BBCOR is required. All 14U players must use a maximum drop 5 (-5) bat.
7.01.E 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.
7.01.F In age divisions 4U – 12U, non-metal cleats shall be worn. In age divisions 13U and older, traditional metal baseball spikes
shall be permitted.
7.01.G The catcher shall wear all appropriate protective gear including a catcher’s helmet with facemask 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 age divisions 4U – 12U, the catcher’s helmet shall fully cover both ears.
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 players to determine the use of the
protective equipment when they deem it appropriate.
7.01.J Bat / ball boys / girls under 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, must 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.
7.02 Game Preliminaries:
7.02.A A flip of a coin between the two teams shall determine the home team for each pool play game The highest seeded team
shall be the home team for bracket play games in single elimination brackets. In double elimination brackets, the highest
seeded team shall be the home team until the championship game. 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.
7.02.B In League, Qualifying Tournament and State Championship play, time limits may be used with approval of the League /
Tournament / State Director.
7.02.C In World Series play, time limits may be used in pool play and consolation bracket games with approval of the Association’s
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
7.02.D Approved Team Line-ups:
7.02.D.1 Teams may bat a nine (9) player line-up, ten (10) player line-up using an Extra Hitter (EH) or continuous lineup
of all present, eligible, uniformed players. Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and
used the entire game.
7.02.D.1(a) If a team uses a line-up that contains substitute 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.
8U 60’ 40’ 160’ 185’
9U 65’ 46’ 180’ 210’
10U 65’ 46’ 180’ 210’
11U 70’ 50’ 210, 230’ 275’
12U 70’ 50’ 210, 230’ 275’
13U (54/80) 80’ 54’ 275’ 300’
13U (60/90) 90’ 60’ 6” 320’ 375’
14U (54/80) 80’ 54’ 275’ 300’
14U (57/85) 85’ 57’ 275’ 300’
14U (60/90) 90’ 60’ 6” 320’ 375’
Scholastic 90’ 60’ 6” 320’ 375’
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, that position in the line-up becomes an out when that at bat comes around.
7.02.E In Scholastic divisions (15U-18U), if the Extra Hitter (EH) is not be utilized, then the Designated Hitter (DH) may be utilized
in accordance with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) rules.
7.02.F 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.G A team may continue a game with a minimum of eight (8) eligible players.
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 Extended because the score is tied 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.
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.
7.03.B (Chart 7.03.B-1) 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.
7.03.C If a game is called due to rain, Weather, light failure or other acts of Nature andcannot 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 acomplete 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 back 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.
7.04 The Batter, Batter Runner & Runner:
7.04.A An Intentional Walk may be issued upon announcement from either the pitcher or catcher without throwing pitches.
7.04.B 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 proper
replacement pursuant to these rules (if available) shall be used without penalty.
7.04.C Whenever a tag play is evident, a runner must 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.
Rule 7.04.C Penalty: The runner shall be called out and may be ejected from the game at the discretion of the Umpires.
7.05 The Pitcher:
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 (Chart 7.05.B-1) 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.
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 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.
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
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. The player would be ineligible to
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 pitch equals one inning pitched. (San Diego Events)
5 DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in five (5) consecutive days
8U - 12U 9 Innings
13U -14U 11 innings Verify your Teams Pitching Records After Each Game Team Pitching Log Pitching records on the tournament score cards are Official
Example: In the 8U – 12U age divisions a player may pitch max of nine (9)
innings in a tournament.
Example: In the 13U -14U age divisions a player may pitch eleven (11) innings in a tournament.
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 eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days 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
It shall be the responsibility of each team to challenge pitching violations by notifying the Umpire and then filing
a Protest with the Tournament Director. A protest may be filed at any point after the pitcher in
violation records any inning (Pitching to one batter is n inning pitched) 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.
Penalty: Any violation shall result in immediate forfeiture of the game. If such violation occurs
during Pool Play, the team in violation of the rule may not advance to the Championship bracket regardless of record.
Pitching mound visits will remain 2 coaches visits per inning, with the second coaches visit to the same pitcher in the sameinning resulting in a pitching change.
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:
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 life time.
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
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 an 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
so 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,
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).
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 them self 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
14.04 If necessary, a team may be forced to forfeit a game and / or be removed from the league / tournament.
RULE 15.00 – UMPIRES
15.01 All leagues and tournaments played under the jurisdiction and administration of USSSA Baseball shall utilize Umpires who are
registered with the Association.
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 The Protest fee shall be $100.00 CASH. 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.
Write-in players shall not be entered in the USSSA online system but rather “hand written” on the printable version of the
team’s Official Online Roster form. For pitching records only, write in players must be added online to the tournaments
innings pitched report.
TOBACCO & TOBACCO RELATED PRODUCTS
The use of ANY tobacco product shall be prohibited by all participants (including but not limited to players, manager, coaches)
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.
Alcohol on any sites, other then the confines of Sportsplex USA Facilities is Prohibited.