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USSSA Update - May 16, 2013
By Gerry Turnberg
Finally we are out enjoying what we love to do! Let us enjoy this spring like weather and look forward to an exciting and rewarding softball season.
What’s new and what will be emphasize again in 2013:
Bats: All bats used in tournament play MUST have the “new” USSSA “thumbprint” label on its tapered end.
Home Run Limits: The home run limit for Men’s “C” has been increased from 2 per game to 4 per game.
Men’s homerun limits are: “A” – 8, “B” – 6, “C” – 4, “D” – 0, “E” – 0 with an inning-ending out and offensive ejection.
USSSA World Tournaments: All world tournaments will have a 3 game guarantee and all champions crowned in Florida will receive Josten’s rings.
State Tournament Play that Advances to National Competition: A minimum of nine players can start a game. However, an out shall be declared when the 10th position in the lineup is scheduled to bat. A 10th player may be added any time before the end of the game. Any team that starts a game with 10, 11 or 12 players may drop to the minimum nine players to finish the game. All vacant spots in the lineup will be declared an out every time that lineup position is due to bat. If the team starts with 9 or 10 players, they are not allowed to add the 11th or 12th player at a later time.
All Youth State Tournaments and Programs that Do Not Advance Teams to National Tournaments: You may start and finish the game with nine players. You may bat 10, 11 or your entire roster, and you may use courtesy runners. If someone is injured while batting your entire roster, you can skip over that spot in the lineup without penalty.
Mixed 11/12" Classifications:
Mixed “C” – For teams made up of male players that play no higher than Men’s “C” and female players that play no higher than Women’s “B.”
Mixed “D” – For teams made up of male players that play no higher than Men’s “D” and are classified no higher than “D” and female players that play no higher than Women’s “C.”
Mixed “E” – For teams made up of male players that play no higher than Men’s “E” and female players that play no higher than Women’s “D.”
Mixed World Tournaments – Teams will be allowed to add up to three players of higher classification. All add-ons for world tournaments must be approved by the state director.
Roster Online: All teams that play in tournaments must put their roster online at www.usssa.com.
MN Concussion Law: All youth leagues must be aware of and abide to the MN concussion law.
A reminder to individuals who play on teams in different classes: You are eligible only for those weekend tournaments which include your highest-classified team. There is no reason for individuals who play on “A” or “B” teams to participate in “C” or “D” weekend tournaments. This is something that must be policed by the players themselves. Teams found in violation of this will forfeit all awards and travel expense monies won, and individual player eligibility may be placed in jeopardy. Ignorance is not an excuse; know the rules!
Player/Team Classifications: The Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) Recreational Sports Commission (RSC) takes great pride in dealing with classifications and doing what we believe is BEST for Minnesota Softball. This year in the men’s competitive division we classified players. In the other programs, we reclassified teams. Visit www.mnusssa.com for player and team classifications.
State Hall of Fame: We are accepting applications for our State Hall of Fame. The criteria for enshrinement into the Hall are listed on our website. To get applications for this, please contact my office or visit our website at www.mnusssa.com. There is a picture of our 2012 inductees in this issue of Let’s Play Softball.
State Hall of Fame Golf Tournament: Our Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be Thursday, June 20, to benefit our State Hall of Fame. This is a fun-filled day. The tournament is a four person scramble with an 11:30 a.m., shotgun start. The entry fee includes: golf, cart, golf shirt, barbecue, tee gifts, door prizes,and games on every hole. Please contact me or download a flyer from our website.
Minnesota USSSA/MRPA Website:
National USSSA Website Access:
If I can be of any assistance in any of your softball needs, please call me at 763-571-1305 x 108 or 1-800-862-3659 x 108, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by my office at 200 Charles Street NE, Fridley, MN 55432.
REMEMBER – It is you, the player, coach, fan, director, umpire and association that make USSSA a GREAT organization and the place to be!