Team Registration

  • Team membership fee is $30 if team registers through the State Director or Tournament Director. Teams may also register directly the USSSA National website for $35 with direct payment on the website.
  • Registration is for one season beginning August 1st through July 31st.
  • Team Managers must register their teams based upon the age group - ages of players and skill level at which they are capable of playing competitively. (All teams are subject to re-classification.)
  • Teams must enter team roster on the USSSA National website upon registration. This needs to be completed before participating in any USSSA sanctioned event.

Team Classification 

 

  • Teams are classified on skill level, not school district
  • Rosters of a minimum of 9 players will be locked after entered online
  • Roster Manager locks rosters to ensure fairness, consistency and proper team classification.
  • A team may add or drop players with approval of Roster Manager
  • A team can be re-classified anytime during season.
  • Most tournaments for Odd Year Age groups are "open" tournaments, but these teams have "A" and "B" classifications when playing in Even Year Age groups - based upon talent level of players and previous team classification.
    • Classification may also be used for selecting pools in Odd Year Age group tournaments and follows same general guidelines for "A" or "B" classification.
    • If roster has more than 3 players who have been on an "A" roster during the current season, as well as 2 previous years, team is not allowed to play Class "B".
  • "A" level teams are any team that has the higher skill level to complete in Class "A" Division of the National Tournament.
  • "B" level teams may lack the experience and number of skilled players and pitchers to compete on a National level with higher skilled Class "A" teams.
    • Class "B" teams are allowed up to 3 former Class "A" players. Only 1 of those 3 can be a former Class "A" pitcher.
    • Adding an "A" player to an already strong "B" team may result in a reclassification to "A" for the entire season.
  • The Girls' Fastpitch Class "C" program is limited to any team that might have limited tournament experience and has no more than 2 former Class "B" players and no former Class "A" players.

Frozen & Locked Rosters

(NEW 2018)

  • A team must have their roster on the ISTS within a few days upon registration and all rosters must be verified by the State Office.
  • Should any team without a roster on the USSSA web site enter a tournament they may be removed from said tournament by either the Tournament Director or the State Director. 
  • Rosters will remain unlocked up until March 1st, 2017. After that date, only the State Office will have access to make any changes to your teams' roster. You will be allowed multiple changes to your roster as long as the players meet the age/class requirements to play in that program.

 USSSA Fastpitch Roster Rules -  2018 

 New Roster Rules

       1. Players may only be on ONE active roster in the sport at a time.

           a. USSSA and USAES Teams are considered separate sports/programs and do not count              against one another. 

           b. Players MUST be removed from their current roster to be added to another team. 

           c. Players will be eligible to Guest Play based upon the Guest Player Rules

      2. If a player is REMOVED from a roster, they are not eligible to be added back to that team for 30 days. 

 Frozen Roster Rules

1. After being Frozen, a team will have a limited number of roster moves available:

      a. Each team with a Frozen Roster will have 3 Player Additions to use for the duration of the season 

      b. Each team with a Frozen Roster will have 3 Player Removals for the for the duration of the season

2. Once a player that gets removed from a Frozen/Qualified roster she may not return to that team for the remainder of the season. 

3. Frozen teams will be permitted to use Guest Players during allowable events. 

4. Frozen teams will not be allowed to add a player that was rostered on or after March 1 on a higher division team.

      a. Players will be evaluated based upon the class of the team when they were dropped from their team. If a team gets reclassified down and then removed, they will be considered at the age/class the team was when they were removed. 

      b. If a player is dropped from a roster and the team subsequently gets reclassified, the player will be considered at the age/class the team was when they were removed. 

Roster Freezing

Prior to March 1: All teams that earn a Post Season Berth are NOT Frozen 

● Any team that earns a berth (Direct or At-Large) will not be frozen at the time the berth is earned. 

 On March 1, all teams that are Qualified will be frozen. 

After March 1: All teams that earn a Post Season Berth ARE Frozen 

       1. As soon as a team is qualified after March 1 (Direct or At-Large) it will be frozen.

When Frozen, appropriate roster moves are made:

  •  Team is Marked as Frozen 
  •  Players are removed from other rosters 
  •  Team/Players notified regarding removals 
  •  Only players on the permanent roster are frozen, guest players are allowed to fall off. 

Notification Process

Prior to March 1: 

  1. If a team earns a Direct Berth or collects 150 Points through USSSA Events:

       a. Team is sent an email to inform them of their Post Season Berth.

           i. Email will detail Freezing Process on March 1

       b. Team is marked as “Qualified”

       c. On March 1, team will get an email detailing their Frozen Status

After March 1: 

  1. If a team earns a Direct Berth or collects 150 Points through USSSA Events:

       a. Team is sent an email to inform them of their Post Season Berth. 

       b. Email will detail their Frozen Roster 

       c. Team is marked as “Qualified” 

Additional Rules

  • World Series/National Championship Berths are not required to play in a State Tournament to validate.

Team Insurance

  • Contact the Tournament Director to determine if the Illinois tournament in question has an automatic team medical insurance program.
  • An Affordable Team Insurance program offers a discount for 6 teams or more that purchase the insurance. Teams do not have to be in the same league, age group, etc.; only have to be purchased at the same time. www.USSSAinsurance.com
  • Recreational League Insurance for non-travel teams that only play in leagues has a $500 deductible on medical and secondary coverage for 5 months only. www.USSSAinsurance.com

National Championship Eligibility

(New 2018)

 

 USSSA Fastpitch Post Season Qualification Guidelines

 

 Direct Qualification Through Events

At the conclusion of designating qualifying events (based on stature) the system will identify and award the appropriate teams with a Qualified designation. The following is the criteria being used

  1. Event Statures to Award Berths:

          a. One Day Tournament

                 i. Top 20% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth

                 II. Team must be at or above .500 in the event

          b. Qualifier

                 i. Top 25% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth 

                ii. Team must be at or above .500 in the event

          c. NIT

                 i. Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth 

                 ii. Team must be at or above .500 in the event 

          d. State

                 i. Top 30% of teams that are unqualified will receive a berth 

                 ii. Team must be at or above .500 in the event 

 

 At-Large Qualification

There are two processes by which a team can gain an At-Large USSSA Post Season berth: 

1. USSSA Points: Teams can earn an At-Large by participating in USSSA events throughout the season. If a team earns 150 Points through USSSA participation they will automatically be granted an At-Large Berth 

2. State Director Application: A team can apply for an At-Large Berth with their State Director. For a team to be given an At-Large Berth by their State Director, it is recommended that they accrue a minimum of 4 USSSA Event Credits. USSSA Event Credits are earned by Stature of the event: 

       a. League/One Day Shootout/Qualifier = 1 Point 

       b. NIT = 2 Points

       c. State Championship = 3 Points