4.01: State Directors shall have the authority to amend these National By-laws & Rules to accommodate the needs of the Qualifying Tournament with the approval of the Association’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.

2018 Rule Changes

7.01.C Local: 14U teams and older must use BBCOR or Wood Bats.
All bats used, no matter the division, must have the USSSA 1.15 BPF bat mark or be a BBCOR Bat.
More info on 2017-2018 Bat Regulations:

Information on Legal Bat Markings | Approved Bat Manufacturers | Withdrawn/Non-Compliant Bats

7.02.D.1 Teams may bat:

1.) A nine (9) player line-up, or a nine (9) player line-up with a Designated Hitter (DH), or
2.) A ten (10) player line-up with an Extra Hitter (EH), or a 10 player line-up with a DH and EH, or
3.) A continuous line-up of all present, eligible, uniformed players. (No DH allowed)
Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.
Only the batter who is assigned as the DH may re‐enter as the DH under the re‐entry rule.
(Note: The DH can be used for any position player.)

THE DH IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE 6U, 7U OR 8U DIVISIONS

The Following rules pertain only to regular season USSSA Southern California tournaments.

Rules do not apply to any World Series events, out of area, or tournaments run in conjunction with other leagues.

Major League Baseball’s – National League Sporting News Rules shall apply, along with those found in the USSSA Bylaws booklet.

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.A.6 Local: All elimination and championship games, extra innings or the next inning after time expires will begin with a runner on second base and no outs. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position previous to the leadoff batter of the inning (or a substitute for that player). By way of example, if the number five hitter in the batting order is due to lead off the next inning, the number four player in the batting order shall begin the inning on second base. In the event the runner is the pitcher or catcher of record a courtesy runner will be allowed.

Divisions & Age Regulations

Divisions are based upon a player’s age as of the 2018 League Age date (April 30th, 2018). To determine a player’s League Age, use USSSA’s age calculator. Players may play up in age but may not play down. The 2018 season runs from Aug. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018. The minimum age to play in a kid-pitch program is a League Age 6. Players younger than the League Age must have the approval of the state Director, ENRIQUE GUILLEN, to play kid-pitch. For approval contact John Gleason at john.gleason@usssa.com. Players playing up in age may not play up more than two (2) league ages. For example, a 12U player may play up to 14U but not to 15U.

Tournament Participants

3.01.A: In divisions 4U – 18U, all players participating in USSSA Baseball tournament play shall have photocopies of their original birth certificate in the possession of their team manager at all times. Upon protest, failure to have a photocopy of the original birth certificate immediately available upon demand shall result in the offending team losing the game(s), being ejected from the tournament, being placed last in the standings and forfeiting all awards, points, sponsors travel money, and berths that would have been or have been awarded.

3.01.B: All grade based players must have a copy of their current report card, or official school ID with grade, or any official government document stating the grade.

3.05.A.1: A Player can only play on one team in any given tournament and can only play in one tournament at any given time.

3.05.A.2: Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament, week or weekend, regardless of location, venue, age division and / or classification.

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.

7.01.C Local: 14U teams and older must use BBCOR or Wood Bats.

All bats used, no matter the division, must have the USSSA 1.15 BPF bat mark or be a BBCOR Bat.
More info on 2017-2018 Bat Regulations:

Information on Legal Bat Markings | Approved Bat Manufacturers | Withdrawn/Non-Compliant Bats

7.02.D.1: Teams may bat…

1.) A nine (9) player line-up, or a nine (9) player line-up with a Designated Hitter (DH), or
2.) A ten (10) player line-up with an Extra Hitter (EH), or a 10 player line-up with a DH and EH, or
3.) A continuous line-up of all present, eligible, uniformed players. (No DH allowed)
Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.
Only the batter who is assigned as the DH may re‐enter as the DH under the re‐entry rule.
(Note: The DH can be used for any position player.)

THE DH IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE 6U, 7U OR 8U DIVISIONS