Fast Pitch Softball

Fast Pitch - Bylaws & Rules

Team Registration
  • USSSA team membership fee is $30 if team registers thru the State Director or Tournament Director. Teams may also register directly on www.usssa.com, the USSSA National website for USSSA Fastpitch, for $35 with direct payment on the website.
  • Registration is for one season beginning August 1 thru July 31
  • Team Managers will register their teams based upon the age group that they wish to compete at, which is based upon the ages of the players and the skill level that they are capable of playing competitively. All teams are subject to re-classification after initial classification by the Manager. 
  • ALL teams must enter their team roster on www.usssa.com upon team registration and must be completed before participating in a USSSA sanctioned event.
Team Classification & Frozen/Locked Rosters
  • Besides the standard classification of teams and the national rules governing those classifications, the Illinois USSSA has added the following:
  • Teams are classified on skill level and not school district. See “Team Classification” for listing of teams reclassified and requirements at www.ilusssa.com.
  • Once a team’s roster is entered online, and contains a minimum of nine players, the roster will be locked.
  • Rosters are locked by their respective Roster Manager. This is to insure fairness, consistency and proper team classification. A team may add or drop players to or from their team with the approval of their Roster Manager. (A list of Roster Managers can be found under Frozen Rosters) 
  • A team can be re-classified anytime during the season. 
  • Odd Year Age groups (9U, 11U, 13U, and 15U) – 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 the talent level of players and previous team classification. This classification may also be used for selecting pools in Odd Year Age group tournaments and follows the same general guidelines for “A” or “B” classification. If your current roster has more than 3 players that have been on an “A” roster during the current season as well as 2 previous years, your team in not allowed to play Class “B”. You must play in either Open or Class “A” tournaments.
  • ”A” level teams are defined as any team considered to be a higher competitive level travel team within Illinois. This team has the higher skill level to compete in the Class “A” Division of the World Series/National Tournament. Also, any team that participates in another association as Class “A” must play this classification in USSSA.
  • ”B” level teams are teams that may lack the experience and number of skilled players and pitchers to compete on a National or State level with the higher skilled Class “A” teams. This classification may be for the first year team in their age group. As of the 2012 season– Class “B” teams are allowed up to 3 former Class “A” players to their roster. Only one of these 3 additions can be a former Class “A” pitcher. These teams will be monitored closely by the Roster Managers. Note: Adding any “A” player to an already strong “B” team may result in a reclassification to “A” for the entire season.
  • Girls Fastpitch Class “C”- this program is limited to any team that might have limited tournament experience and has no more than 2 (two) former Class “B” players and no former Class “A” players on the roster. These teams would not be competitive at the Class “B” level. The “C” program is open to In-house League or All-Star League teams or players.
Team Insurance
  • Many Illinois tournaments have an automatic team medical insurance program for the weekend. (contact Tournament Director)
  • Affordable Team Insurance program that is not restricted to USSSA only, tournaments and/or practices.  Discount for 6 teams or more that purchase the insurance. Teams do not have to be in the same league/age, etc. just purchase at the same time. Contact www.USSSAinsurance.com for more info.
  • Recreational League Insurance for non-travel teams that only play in leagues. $500 deductible on medical and secondary coverage. This is a 5 month only, coverage from the day of purchase. Contact Lauren or Dalton at www.USSSAinsurance.com for more info.
World Series Eligibility (and Information)
  • World Series tournaments to include; 6U T-Ball & 7U & 8U Coach/Pitch, 7U & 8U Machine Pitch, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 18U and Women’s.
  • Guarantee of 5 games for all World Series play. 3 games of pool play and double elimination. Exception; Women’s division is a 4 game guarantee.
  • Any team may participate outside their geographical area in World Series tournaments. You are not restricted to your own Region.
  • Once a team qualifies for the World Series, no other tournament progression is required except ALL teams must participate in an Illinois State Tournament. If they cannot participate in their own age level they may play in a higher age/class State Tournament.
  • Exception: No State Tournament is required to enter the Women’s World Series.
  • Teams may qualify for the Class “C” World Series. There is a Class “C” State Tournament but teams do not have to play in the State Tournament to attend the World Series but must play in an IL Class "C" tournament prior to a World Series.  This is a restricted program and any team that does not meet the requirements will not be allowed to participate.
  • (Updated 2013) 16U Class “A” and 18U Class “A” and “B” – If you have a problem scheduling your season to include 3 IL USSSA tournaments, including a State Tournament to attend the World Series you can still participate in the World Series if you participate in an IL USSSA State Tournament, only. We realize your weekends are limited due to Exposure Events and we want to be more accommodating. The 16A teams maybe also play in the 18U Open or Class “A” State Tournaments to fulfill this obligation. Note: This is not for the 16U “B” teams, only Class “A”.
  • USSSA sanctioned leagues may qualify league Champions to the World Series if a minimum of 2 USSSA tournaments is played and one of these is a State Tournament.
  • Host teams of a USSSA qualifier can advance to the World Series if they participate in at least 2 more Illinois USSSA tournaments and one of these is a State Tournament.
  • Teams qualifying in Fall/Winter Tournaments may advance the following season to their respective World Series if they participate in at least 2 more Illinois USSSA tournaments which must include a State Tournament.
  • At Large berths (bids) in each class and age group will be awarded to the World Series to teams that have played in at least 3 Illinois USSSA sanctioned tournaments and one of the 3 must be an Illinois State Tournament.  This is for teams to help better prepare themselves for attending a World Series event. If you do not qualify by winning a tournament or receiving a passed down berth you can still prepare by playing in the required amount of tournaments.

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