HOW DO I START A TEAM?
In order to start a team you will need the following things:
- A manager, coaching staff and business manager.
- Dedicated players and parents
- A philosophy of how your team or club will handle player selections, play time, practice, etc.
- A practice facility
- An operating budget. You will need to figure out what will cost and how you are going to raise the money.
- Team Insurance
You will need to register your team and put a roster online at www.usssa.com
HOW DO I ENTER A TOURNAMENT?
Tournament entries are only accepted when an application and the entry fee are mailed in together. Applications are available on this website. Fill out the application and mail it to the address on the bottom of the application. You may fax the application to the number on the application to reserve a spot. No spot is guaranteed till payment has been received. Keep in mind that many events will close early and it is best to enter as early as possible. Always send an e-mail to the tournament director letting him know that you have mailed an entry and checking on the status of the tournament.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO DROP OUT OF A TOURNAMENT ONCE I HAVE ENTERED?
A team may drop out of a tournament anytime up until the brackets are done. Generally that is 6:00 pm Monday, but they are sometimes posted earlier. Once brackets are completed, a team may not withdraw from a tournament unless the tournament director has a replacement team. If a team does withdraw once the brackets are completed, they are responsible for a $200 dropout penalty.
WILL MY FIELD LOCATION OR GAME SCHEDULE CHANGE?
USSSA makes every attempt to keep changes to a minimum, but sometimes changes have to be made due to circumstances beyond our control. Always re-check your schedule right up until the Friday night before the tournament to make sure that no changes have been made.
WHAT IF OUR RANKING POINTS ARE WRONG?
WHEN IS MY CHILD FROZEN TO A TEAMS ROSTER?
Teams that won a tournament starting on Veterans Day until March 3 will have their roster frozen on March 7. Teams that win tournaments after that will have their rosters frozen immediately after the tournament. In addition, starting April 1, the top 25% of teams in a tournament will have their rosters frozen. If some of the top 25% already have their rosters frozen, then the frozen rosters will pass down to lower finishing teams.
All USSSA roster become unfrozen at the completion of each age group teams World Series. The only exceptions are teams who are participation in the Elite World Series. Those teams become unfrozen at the conclusions of the Elite World Series.
WHY DO YOU HAVE PITCHING RESTRICTIONS?
One of the very first tournaments we ran, we watched as a 13 year old boy threw 180 pitches in an 11 inning game. Both his coach and his father (who was on the bucket calling pitches), refused to take him out because they had lost sight of what was really important and were going for the win. It was after that we decided to make sure it never happened again. How many innings is enough for a 10-year-old kid anyway? We did research and came up with our current system. 8 innings in 48 hours along with warm ups, playing other positions and playing as many as 7 games in a 3-day weekend were all taken into consideration. Our restrictions force teams to develop more pitchers and not rely on 1 or 2 pitchers to get through an entire tournament.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE USE AN OVER AGE PLAYER IN A TOURNAMENT?
Using an over age player in a tournament is a very serious offense and will be treated as such. The team would forfeit all games that the over age player participated in and will be dropped from the tournament. The manager and player would be liable for up to a one year suspension from USSSA play. Under no circumstance will this be allowed.
WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT BY A MANAGER, COACH, OR PLAYER?
If a manager or coach is ejected from a game, they will sit out that game and the next game. The penalty could be longer depending on the severity of the situation. If the manager, coach, or parent is involved in a fight, the penalty could range up to a one-year suspension from USSSA.
Physical abuse of our officials will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely by suspending the guilty party and pressing criminal charges with the police if necessary. A player will usually sit out only the game they are ejected. The penalty for a player could be longer, depending on the severity of the situation.
WHEN CAN A TEAM DROP FROM A TOURNAMENT WITH NO PENALTY?
Normally a team may drop from a tournament up until 1:00 PM on the Monday before the event. Deadlines for some larger tournaments may be set sooner. Once the deadline is passed, a team is responsible for a $200 penalty if they drop out, unless we can find a team to replace them. We consider 5 teams to be a tournament. We will play with four teams if all teams in the tournament agree to play a double round robin.
WHAT ARE THE PITCHING AND BASE DISTANCES IN USSSA?
8U - Pitching 40 feet / bases 60 feet
9U - Pitching 46 feet / bases 65 feet
10U - Pitching 46 feet / bases 65 feet
11U - Pitching 50 feet / bases 70 feet
12U - Pitching 50 feet / bases 70 feet
13U - Pitching 54 feet / bases 80 feet
14U - Pitching 60 feet / bases 90 feet