Virginia Slow Pitch State Rules
Updated: January 22, 2015
1. All USSSA official playing rules will be used.
2. Entry Fees MUST be paid prior to a team's first game in a tournament.
MONEY ORDER, CASH, OR CERTIFIED CHECK ONLY! (Unless
approved by the tournament director) NOTE: Entry fee may change
if tournament format changes.
3. Rosters MUST be entered online at www.usssa.com,
printed off and brought to the tournament and turned in before the
first game. For the 2015 season, teams
MUST have their roster online prior to an event. Prior to July 1st,
teams will have 5 days prior to the start of the event to put their
roster online. If roster is not online in this time period, to retroactive
points will be awarded. Beginning on July 1st, teams will not receive
points unless their roster is online prior to the start of the event.
Virginia USSSA can enter your roster for you for
a $25.00 fee. Rosters MUST be online to play in the State Tournament
or to receive a berth to a World Tournament! (Virginia USSSA will
help any team needing help getting their roster online, all that
is needed is first name, last name and date of birth of all players.
Driver License and Social Security numbers are no longer needed!)
4. No protest will be allowed on umpire judgment calls.
5. PROTESTS: Any protest regarding application
or interpretation of either official printed playing rules or ground
rules or adopted ground rules must come from team manager or coach.
All players participating in adult USSSA tournament play shall have
a photo ID available, failure to do so results in Rule 4, section
11-A 4-5 being applied. The offending team loses the game, is ejected
from the tournament and forfeits all awards and berths. EXCEPTION:
If the loss incurred by the offending team was its first loss of
the tournament and if the player(s) in question can subsequently
furnish a valid photo ID prior to their next scheduled game, the
offending may remain in the tournament.
6. Home team will be determined by coin toss, unless tournament
is an equalizer format, in that case the team spotting runs will
be the home team.
7. When no official scorekeeper is present, the home team will
furnish the official scorekeeper.
8. Players found ineligible WILL
be suspended by the State Director. Managers could also be suspended.
If the ineligible player is discovered during the game, the offending
team loses the game, is ejected from the tournament, placed last
in the standings, and forfeits all awards, sponsor travel money
and berths that would have been awarded at that tournament. If the
ineligible player is discovered after the completion of the game
(but during the tournament), the game shall stand as played. However,
the offending team is ejected from the tournament and assumes the
same penalties as above.
|9. When a team qualifies for a state, national
or world tournament, the roster turned in for that tournament
becomes frozen immediately. Each team will receive an official
copy of the roster at this time. NOTE: (It is the MANAGER'S
responsibility to sign the roster or the roster is assumed correct.)
No changes or additions are allowed except:
|Up to three players can be added provided there
is room on the roster.
|Up to three players can be released but these spots cannot
be used for add-ons.
|Any player released from a team cannot return to that team
during the current season.
|A player may be released from only one qualified roster per
|No more than twenty players are allowed on a roster.
|On frozen rosters, all releases shall be in writing to the
State Director before release is in effect.
|No releases after 1 August EXCEPT: See Article III, Section
5 of the USSSA Slow Pitch National By-Laws of the USSSA Rule
10. SOFTBALLS: Teams will hit their own ball during
Virginia USSSA weekend tournament play.
All 12 inch MEN'S softballs must be stamped Classic M (.40 COR/325
compression) or Classic Plus (.52 COR/375 compression) and be USSSA
All 11 inch WOMEN'S softballs must be stamped Classic W (.44 COR/400
comp) and be USSSA stamped.
Each team must start the game with a new softball. Worth
is the official softball of Virginia USSSA
Slow Pitch. Softballs may be changed in and out
of the game when fouled out of play, or between innings, or at umpire's
discretion. Umpires will control changing in and out the softball
during the game. IN THE MIXED PROGRAM THE 12 INCH SOFTBALL
MUST BE STAMPED CLASSIC M (.40 core/325).
11. BATS: Begininning January 1,
2013, bats will be legal for sanctioned USSSA play if the bat is
manufactured by an approved USSSA bat manufacturer on the approved
USSSA bat manufacturer list and has the NEW
USSSA mark/logo (THUMB PRINT DESIGN) on the taper of the bat. See
12. The 3 ball/2 strike count will be used in all programs except
the youth. Youth will use 4 ball/3 strike count.
NEW FOR 2014: There is no courtesy foul
after first strike. Batter is out, when batter hits ball foul after
first strike. Ball is dead if this occurs. See USSSA Rulebook, page
37, section 2, paragraph D.
13. Teams that do not show up for tournaments once entered will
be required to pay the entry fee for that particular tournament
before they will be allowed to play in another Virginia USSSA tournament.
Teams will be considered in a tournament once they receive their
14. BAD CHECKS: Anyone submitting a bad check
will be suspended until the matter is taken care of. Each member
of the team will be individually liable for an equal portion of
the debt and will be suspended until the debt is paid in full. A
$30.00 bad check charge will be applied to all bad checks.
15. TEAM REGISTRATION: A $25.00 sanction fee must
be paid prior to playing in the first tournament of each adult program.
Each team will be assigned a 9 digit ID number, by entering your
roster online, each team will always have their ID number. Teams
may register online at www.usssa.com
for a fee of $25.00. Teams must register for each program they participate.
To enter roster online, you will need FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, STATE
and BIRTHDATE of each player on roster.
NOTE: Teams must register in Virginia before playing out of state,
teams must also register in the different programs they play, (example,
Men's D team that also plays Corporate or Black American must re-register
in that program to receive their proper points.
|16. HOME RUN RULES: (Virginia USSSA Rule
NOTE: National Homerun Rule will apply
for all NITs, National & State Tournaments
All homeruns will be walk offs in ALL tournaments.
|Penalty for excessive homeruns is an OUT.
|Penalty for excessive homeruns is an OUT.
|Penalty for excessive homeruns is an OUT.
|Penalty for excessive homeruns is an OUT.
|Men's E & Rec
|In the Men's Class E Program, any batter who
hits an untouched fair fly ball over the fence in fair territory
will be declared OUT and will be an end of inning out.
Each subsequent time that position in the lineup is due to bat,
the batter shall automatically be declared OUT.
The player shall remain in the game for defensive purposes only.
This applies to any substitute in that batting position.
17. PROFANITY RULE: Any team using profanity MAY
cause their team to receive one warning, warnings are a courtesy,
and players CAN be ejected without a warning. The third player ejected
will cause the game to be a forfeit. Any team member after being
ejected, who continues to use profanity will be ejected from the
tournament, further abusive language could lead to suspension from
future USSSA sanctioned events. When a player, coach, or anyone
affiliated with a team is ejected, that individual has 60 seconds
to be out of SIGHT and SOUND or the team risks forfeiture of the
game. NOTE: Use of profane or abusive language or taunting WILL
NOT be tolerated.
NEW FOR 2014: EJECTIONS
(State Rule): Any player, manager or fan ejected from a ball game,
must sit one additional game. No exceptions. Person(s) ejected cannot
be in the dugouts or in the stands and must go to the parking lot
to serve ejection. Person(s) refusing to comply with this rule may
be suspended for the tournament and/or the season.
18. Any player, coach or other team member physically abusing
an Umpire or Tournament/League official will be suspended immediately.
19. It is the MANAGER/COACH'S responsibility to read the bracket
board and to know his/her teams next game time and location.
20. RUN RULE:
|Men's and Women's Open Program:
(Virginia USSSA Rule Only) This rule is in effect for
ALL games, including championship finals. NOTE:
National Run Rule will apply for all NITs, National & State
|20 runs after 2 1/2 or 3 innings
|15 runs after 3 1/2 or 4 innings
|10 runs after 4 1/2 or 5 innings
|NOTE: Flip Flop rule will be in effect in
the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th innings
21. FLIP/FLOP RULE--ALL PROGRAMS: In the inning
when the Run Rule for that particular program is exceeded (after
the second inning) and the home team is losing, the home team will
remain at bat and become the visiting team. If the team (new visiting
team) does not score enough runs to reduce the run difference below
the Run Rule the game is over. If they reduce the run difference
to below the Run Rule, then the new home team will bat. If they
subsequently score enough runs to exceed the Run Rule the game will
be over, if they do not, the game will continue under that format.
If the situation reverses, the teams would flip/flop again.
22. COURTESY RUNNER (Virginia USSSA Rule Only): One
courtesy runner is allowed per team per inning. The courtesy runner
used shall be at the manager's discreation. NOTE:
No courtesy runner will be used in all NITs, National & State
23. TIME LIMITS: In all adult tournaments, there
will be no new inning after 60 minutes except for the winner's and
loser's bracket final, the championship and the if game.
This rule applies to all tournaments except all NITs, National and
24. NUMBER OF PLAYERS: In all adult programs a
minimum of 9 players can start a game. (In the Mixed program it
must be 5 female, 4 male) These players MUST be present at the field.
First game for all teams in any tournament, there will be a 15 minute
grace period. The tenth spot in the lineup must be listed, an out
is recorded each time that spot comes up, batters may be walked
to reach that spot. The tenth player can be added any time before
the end of the game. A team that starts with 9 or 10 players may
never add the 11th or 12 th player. Any team that starts with 10,
11 or 12 players may drop to a minimum of 9 players to finish a
game; however, all vacant spots in the lineup will be declared an
25. Effective July 1st, 2015,
ALL ROSTERS WILL BE LOCKED by the State Director, that have not
already been frozen or locked. Any team being reclassified to a
lower class will have their roster frozen at that time. Classification
appeals must be made in writing to the State Director.
26. ROSTERS/FROZEN ROSTERS: When a team qualifies
for a State, National, or World Berth their roster becomes frozen,
whether the team accepts the berth or not. Players are bound to
this roster unless released with the proper release form, players
moving up a class still must get the proper release form. All rosters
must be initialed or signed by the team manager for all NITs, STATE
and NATIONAL tournaments.
RELEASES: A team manager may release up to 3 players
from their frozen roster. Releases must be made prior to August
20, on a proper Add On/Release form. A released player cannot be
replaced on the roster. Any player released may not return to that
team during the year. A player may be released from only one qualified
roster during the season.
FROZEN ROSTER ADD-ON'S: A qualified team has 72
hours prior to any State, Divisional, National or World Tournament
to add as many as 3 players, provided that team has available spots
on the roster to add any player. Players must meet the following
requirements: 1. Players cannot be on another team's qualified roster.
2. Players who are added may NOT have played for a team of a higher
classification (any exceptions must have State Director approval).
3. All roster additions must be approved by the State Director,
or in his absence the Division Executive Vice President.
YOUTH WAIVER/RELEASE OF LIABILITY: Any player under
the age of 18 must have a YOUTH
WAIVER/RELEASE OF LIABILITY signed by a parent or legal
guardian before they can play in a Virginia USSSA softball tournament.
27. PAID STATE BERTHS: In the Men's C, D, and
E programs, the team with the most USSSA points as of August 1,
2015 in each division will be awarded a PAID entry
into the respective State Tournament.
28. STATE TOURNAMENTS: All teams earning a berth
to a National or World Tournament are REQUIRED to play in their
respective program's State Tournament, provided one is held. Teams
earning a World Berth must play in their State Tournament and their
Division's National Tournament or forfeit their berth. (Teams must
play in at least 2 USSSA tournaments to be eligible to play in the
State tournament, unless approved by the State Director or have
won an NIT with a World Berth, with which the requirement is to
play in the State and National Tournaments to keep the World Berth.)
Eastern and Western sub-states are optional. Any team that has
not qualified for a division or national can qualify by playing
in these tournaments.
29. NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS: Teams MUST
participate in their respective National tournament to be eligible
for the WORLD tournament.
30. WORLD TOURNAMENTS: To become eligible or qualified
for the World tournament, teams must have met one of the following:
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON WORLD TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY.
|Win an NIT
||Must have won or received a unpaid or paid WORLD
berth from an National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
|National At Large Berth
||Must have earned at least 1000 points in the season.
Berth will be unpaid. Click here for information on National
At Large Berths.
|State At Large Berth
||Must have played in 6 USSSA tournament (1 must be an NIT and
1 must be the state tournament) and received at least 200 points.
Berth will be unpaid. Click here for information on State
At Large Berths.
|Win a State Tournament
||Must have won or received a unpaid WORLD berth from a State
|Win a National
||Must have won or received a paid WORLD berth from a National
31. PROCEDURE FOR TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS: Game times,
pairings and tournament formats are at the tournament director's
discretion. In the event of inclement weather, the tournament format
may be changed. Example: Eliminate loser's bracket, one pitch, etc.
32. ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENTS: All teams whenever
possible will be guaranteed four games. Forfeits and/or byes count
33. HIGH/LOW TOURNAMENTS: This tournament format
carry a three game guarantee and are very popular. Teams are seeded
in the first round with winners remaining in the upper bracket and
all losers dropping into the lower bracket. Both brackets then play
a double elimination schedule with a winner in each bracket. Top
two teams in each bracket receive state berths in their respective
classification. All byes count as games played.
34. "EQUALIZER" TOURNAMENT RULES: All
teams play in one division. Lower classified teams will be awarded
a four (4) run "equalizer" per classification change.
Example: Class B vs Class D. The D team will be awarded 8 runs.
Home Run rule of HIGHER classified team will be used. The higher
classified team will be home team.