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Player stuck on a non frozen roster:
- Players who have left a team for any reason must be released by their previous team manager prior to going to a new team. A player who is added to a second team prior to being released from their first team runs the risk of being ruled ineligible.
- If a parent wants a player removed from a team they previously played for, they should contact the manager and request a release. This is the first step. If the manager refuses to release the player, then the parent should email the manager requesting the release and copy the state office firstname.lastname@example.org on the email. In the request, team name, age and class along with player name should be included.
- The next step would be for the state office to try and communicate with the coach to see why they are not releasing the player. The state office will not remove a player on short notice in most situations. Please plan accordingly since this process can take up to a week.
- Once all options are exhausted in trying to work through any issues, the state office will make the determination on whether to remove the player or not. Players are not always removed immediately. It is always best to try to resolve this internally between parents and coaches if there is a quick turn around needed on the release.
How a roster freezes:
- If you are a major team and you win a super nit, dual super nit, or Select30 qualifier at any point during the spring, your roster is frozen. The date of your roster freeze will be no earlier than May 1 of the current season.
- If you are a major or aaa team and you finish in the top 25% of an event after May 1, your roster will freeze.
- If you are a AA team and you finish in the top 50% of a tournament after May 1, your roster will freeze.
- Why did my team get frozen when I didn't finish in the top 50% of a AA or top 25% of a AAA/Major event? If there are teams that have previously been frozen, the freeze/berth will pass down to lower teams. Teams that don't win a game in an event will not be frozen.
- Can I add players after my roster is frozen/qualified? Yes you can add up to three players after you are frozen but they can not be on another frozen roster in the same age group.
- Can I drop players from my frozen roster? Yes, but you can not add a player back to your frozen roster if you dropped them after you were frozen.
- Can players be on multiple rosters? NO, a player can use the guest player system in order to guest play on teams. A player must meet all guest player guidelines. Those are listed online in the rulebook at www.usssa.com .
- Can a player play on two teams in the same weekend if they are different ages? NO
- Can a player who was frozen to a AAA team come to my AA team? No, if a player is frozen to a higher classification of equal or greater age team, he can not go down in class until August 1.
- Can I protest a pitcher who is over his innings on the next pitch after he has reached his max innings? NO, you have to let him record an out above his pitching limits and he has to be the pitcher of record to win the protest. If he has been replaced as the pitcher, you have missed your chance to protest.
- If a pitcher is over his innings and he is in the dugout on offense, can I protest with that team being on offense. Yes you can, that player is still the pitcher of record.
- If a starting pitcher is removed from the mound can he return to the mound? NO. If the pitcher has innings left, the pitcher is replaced and there is no forfeit
Pitching rules to keep in mind
- You can never pitch more than 3 days in a row.
- You can never pitch more than 6 innings in a day for 12 and under and 7 in a day for 13 and 14u.
- If you pitch more than 3 innings in a day, you must rest the next day.
- There is an 8 inning max for any three days for all ages. Remember, you must always look back 2 days from the current day to check on the 8 Inning max.
- An out has to be recorded before a pitcher is in violation of any pitching rules.
- A day of rest does not reset pitching.
Pitching examples for tournaments longer than 2 days:
Examples that apply to all ages 14 and below:
- Day 1: 3innings, Day 2: 0 Innings, Day 3 max is 5 innings.
- Day 1: 1 inning, Day 2: 1/3inning, Day3: 2-1/3 inning, Day 4 player can’t pitch because it would be the 4th day in a row. Day 5: max of 5-2/3.
- Day 1: 6innings, Day 2: 0 innings, Day 3: 2 innings max. 4. Day 1: 2innings, Day 2: 3 innings, Day 3: 3 Innings, Day 4: 0 innings, Day 5: 5 innings max.
B. Example that only applies to 13 and Up: 1. Day 1: 7 innings, Day 2: 0 innings, Day 3: 1 Inning, Day 4: 3 Inning, Day 5: 4 Inning max
Any verbal answers received by park staff will still be the responsibility of the coach to make sure he is within the pitching guidelines. It is easy to be confused when talking about pitching. Please use this along with the national USSSA rule book to determine what pitching you have left each day. There are no free passes on pitching violations for any reason. Don’t ask umpires about pitching rules. That is not their job. This is the responsibility of the manager and there are no acceptable reasons to violate the pitching limits. You will forfeit if protested for being over the pitching limits.
How to Register for USSSA Baseball
1. Visit www.usssa.com
2. Click log in on top right.
3. Click the manager Account if you do not have one. If you do have one, log in.
5. Once you have your login information visit the same page and log in.
6. Click the register a new team on the left and follow the prompts to register your team and/or take a background check if you have not for the current season.
7. Enter your roster online once you have passed the background check and registered your team.
If a team has not played any games in a new season and they have five or more players from a higher classification, they should move themselves up in classification.
5 players of a higher classification can still be an issue and a team should request to be evaluated prior to playing. If you have 2 major players on a AA team, you should ask to be evaluated prior to your first event.
How do I get removed from an event I am in and enter another event?
- Email the director of your current event to drop/refund you if their deadline to withdraw has not passed. Always email so you have a date and time stamp.
- Email the other director to add you to his event. It is ok to forward him the request you have submitted to be dropped so he knows you are indeed trying to get removed.
Can I protest a Team’s Classification during or prior to an event?
- Classification on a team’s roster should be done prior to an event starting unless the team has added players after the schedule coming out. If a team protest prior to the event starting and schedules coming out, it is anonymous. If a team protest after the event has started, the team will have to put up the protest fee and officially protest. A team’s roster will determine their classification prior to them having results. After they have USSSA results posted, the results dictate their classification.
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