Northern California USSSA
2017 Team Matrices

Matrix for Determining Men's Team Classification

To Maintain Team Classification

Major

A

B

C

D

Maximum Number Allowed

A

4

0

0

0

0

4

B

1

2

0

0

0

4

B

0

4

0

0

0

4

C

0

0

3

0

0

3

D

0

0

0

3

0

3

E

0

0

0

0

3

3


Matrix for Determining Women's Team Classification

To Maintain Team
Classification

A

B

C

D

Maximum Number
Allowed

B

3      

3

C

 

3

0

0

3

D

 

0

3

0

3

E

 

0

0

3

3


Road to Vegas!

In order to attend the 2017 USSSA Men’s E World Series in Las Vegas, Nevada, all Men’s E teams must play in two (2) NITs from the following list:
 
Date Location Duration Director Contact
March 18    Antioch 1 Day John McKinley    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
April 29 Antioch 1 Day John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
May 20 Antioch 1 Day John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 3 Antioch 1 Day John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
June 24 Pleasanton    1 Day John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
July 15 Pleasanton 1 Day John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teams must also play in:
 
Tournament Date Location Duration Director Contact
2017 USSSA Men's State July 28-29 Manteca 2 Days John McKinley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
2017 National Championships  August 26-27  Reno/Carson 2 Days John McKinley   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

New USSSA Rules for 2017

Rule 4 Sec. 8
In the Mixed D program (other than Open National Invitational
Tournaments) any untouched Home Run that exceeds the limit will be an inning ending out.
 
Rule 4 Sec 8
In the Men’s program, the offensive player ejected for hitting a home
run is not allowed to be a courtesy runner or coach any base as he is an offensive ejection. Any player caught running the bases is out and ejected. If coaching bases, player is also ejected from the game. If the last out was the offensive player you would need to wait until another out is made to have a courtesy runner.

Rule 8 Sec 13 Courtesy Runners
One Courtesy Runner per inning(one time)
may be used. The Courtesy Runner can be any player in the lineup. If the courtesy runner is still on base at the time his/her turn at bat comes up, that spot in the batting order will be an out. In the Mixed Program, any Male Player in the lineup can run for a Male and any Female Player in the lineup can run for any female. Note: For any program using an offensive ejection, any player who has been offensively ejected cannot become a base coach or a courtesy runner.
 

2017 USSSA Mixed Classification

Article III USSSA National By-Laws

“A State Director has the authority to reclassify any team during the current season except when a team has been reclassified by the By-Laws or the National Classification Committee.”  After much deliberation, the Northern California USSSA Mixed Classification Committee has reclassified the following teams:

2017 Team Classification

E to D Mixed

D to C Mixed

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Northern California USSSA Mixed Classification Committee will continue to evaluate all Mixed teams using class strength and on field performance.

2017 Mixed Program Changes

Article 1V Section 9
The Mixed program shall feature five (5) divisions: Mixed Major, B, C, D, and E
A. Teams or players not classified by the by-laws will be classified by their respective state director.
B. A Mixed Major team shall be allowed any number of players whose names appear on the association's Major Player List (men’s or women’s).
C. A Mixed B team shall be allowed to carry any combination of four (4) players whose names appear of the association’s Major Player’s List (men’s or women’s).
D. Mixed Class C, D, or E teams shall not be allowed to have any players whose names appear on the association's Major Player List (men’s or women’s), Major Player’s Watch List, or competed during the season on a B team or higher.
E. No changes to the Mixed D and Mixed E eligibility rule.

Article 1V Section 9D
Mixed D teams shall only be allowed to have male players whose current and previous classification is D or E and female players whose current and previous classification is C, D or E. Note: No Male C players may play Mixed D.  Mixed E teams shall only be allowed to have male players whose current and previous classification was D and E.

Article 1V Section 9E
Mixed D and Mixed E teams may not add a player who has appeared on a roster from a higher classification after August 1.

Article 1V Section 5(b)2
Add: No player who has appeared on a roster from a higher classification may be added or approved after August 1.

2017 Northern California Mixed Rules

Mixed C Teams
Shall not be allowed to have any male players whose names appear on the USSSA Major Player List, USSSA Major Player Watch List, or who competed during the season on a Men’s A team or higher.

Mixed C teams are also limited to a maximum of four (4) B players from the Northern California USSSA Players List found at www.norcalusssa.com.  This may be four (4) male players, four (4) female players, or any combination thereof of B ranked players, but only a total of four (4) players.

Mixed C teams spot Mixed D teams six (6) runs and spot Mixed E teams 12 runs if the divisions are combined.

Mixed D Teams
Mixed D teams are limited to a maximum of three (3) C ranked players from the Northern California USSSA Players List found at www.norcalusssa.com. This may be three (3) male players, three (3) female players, or any combination thereof of C ranked players, but only a total of three (3) players.


Mixed D will spot six (6) runs to Mixed E teams when the divisions are combined.

Mixed E Teams
Mixed E teams are limited to a maximum of the three (3) male D players from the Northern California USSSA Players List found at www.norcalusssa.com. No male or female C ranked players from the Northern California USSSA Players list found at www.norcalusssa.com are permitted on Mixed E teams. 

2017 USSSA Mixed World Series Rules

Teams attending the 2017 USSSA Mixed World Series will play by the following rules:

D Mixed Program (Coed)
Mixed D teams shall only be allowed to have male players from current male D and E ROSTERS and female players from C/D/E ROSTERS in the current 2017 season.

E Mixed Program (Coed)
Mixed E teams shall only be allowed to have male players from current Men's E ROSTERS and female players from Women's D and E ROSTERS in the current 2017 season.

USSSA Policy Regarding
Federal, State and Local Law Concussions

USSSA, as a sanctioning body of athletic events, shares the concerns being raised on a national and local level regarding concussions and concussion symptoms in participants, coaches/managers and umpires/referees in USSSA sanctioned activities.  USSSA encourages its directors, umpires, coaches, referees, teams, team managers, and all adults involved in youth activities and participants to learn all they can about concussions in athletics and requires each of them and each of the USSSA directors to follow all federal, state and local laws (including concussion training and reaction laws) with regard to athletic competition sanctioned by USSSA.  In addition, USSSA has added the following to the rule books of each USSSA sport which does not defer to another organization for its rule book.

Upon becoming aware that a participant or coach/manager of his team has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), the Team Manager will not allow that person to participate in any USSSA sanctioned event and if occurring during a USSSA sanctioned event, shall have that person removed from the playing field of any USSSA sanctioned event.  Upon becoming aware that a participant, coach/manager or umpire/referee has received a suspected concussion (or has been struck in the head area with any significant force), a USSSA umpire/referee or director will have that person removed from the playing field of any USSSA sanctioned event.  Without a written medical written clearance from a licensed medical doctor to return to play, such persons will not be allowed to return to the USSSA playing field in a USSSA sanctioned event.  For umpires/referees, the medical written consent must be presented to the Team Manager and retained permanently by the USSSA State Director.  For participants and coaches/managers, the medical written medical consent must be presented to the Team Manager and retained permanently by the Team Manager.  Any Team Manager, who allows a coach/manager or participant back on a USSSA sanctioned event playing field without first obtaining the required written consent, may be suspended by the State Director for up to one year and upon request of the State Director, may be suspended for a longer duration by the USSSA disbarment committee.  State Directors allowing an umpire/referee back in the field of play without the necessary consent will be subject to being disciplined as determined by the USSSA Board of Directors.


Northern California USSSA
2017 Rules and Regulations

Teams that verbally commit to entering a tournament have entered a contract to participate, once the operator draws the bracket. If a team drops after the bracket has been drawn that team is responsible for paying the entire entry fee.
  • All 2017 rosters must be typed and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Teams will not receive points or berths until their roster is in the ISTS System. If thw roster is submitted at the tournament a $25 fee may be charged.
  • All teams playing USSSA tournaments must participate in three (3) USSSA tournaments to be eligible to attend State, or World tournaments. Teams that break up during the season and re-form must keep nine (9) players to have previous tournaments played count towards this requirement. Teams may also qualify through league play.
  • Tournament operators may institute time limits, run rules or run differentials appropriate to local field conditions and restrictions. Directors may also utilize special ground rules, equipment, or variable ball COR modifications to comply with facility distance restrictions. Team representatives should consult with event director for specific information.
  • Any player who participates with a second team after being frozen to a qualifying team (and not being officially released), said player, manager and coach (of second team), may be subject to suspension and any tournaments won or berths secured will be forfeited.
  • If a team wins a World berth, they must physically participate in the State Tournament and National Tournament to keep the respective berth.
  • All Special Program teams wishing to travel to World competitions must participate in their State championship events. Absolutely no exceptions will be made.
  • A team qualifies by winning a tournament - the team roster is frozen. If a team qualifies in a tournament, but does not win the tournament (except World, and double-berth tournaments where more than one berth is being awarded) the team may reject the berth. However, the roster is frozen.
  • When a team qualifies for a State, or World tournament, the team manager may release and add up to four (6) players from their team’s qualified frozen roster. One of the six adds must be made prior to July 1. Additional releases or adds must be made prior to August 1. A team manager does not receive extra adds when players are released. Prior to participating, all roster additions must be approved by the Northern California USSSA State Director. Teams advancing to World events are allowed, by constitution, one (1) player addition 72 hours prior to the event (including State, National and World tournaments), provided the team is still entitled to an addition. Teams exercising this option must receive permission of the addition from the Northern California USSSA State Director.
  • Players added to a frozen roster must come from a league or tournament team registered USSSA in 2017. Players added must also come from teams classified at the same level or lower.
  • A player may not be laundered from classification to classification. Players/teams that violate the above are subject to forfeiture of berths and suspensions. All adds shall be submitted in writing or via email to the Northern California USSSA State Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Failure may affect a team’s/individual’s ability to participate. Team classifications will be closely scrutinized by the Northern California USSSA Classification Committee, based on players added. Teams reclassified shall carry berths previously attained, to the new classification.
  • Call the Northern California USSSA State Office for confirmation of qualification. If a team is not aware of a qualification, it is still subject to the appropriate rules. This applies to picking up players for playing in a subsequent tournament without following official roster addition procedures.
  • Any new player that participates on a team after earning a berth is automatically frozen to that team’s roster and becomes one of the official six (6) add-ons. Also, a player may be suspended if that player plays for another team, even if the player is unaware of qualifying.
  • If a team qualifies outside of Northern California, it is still subject to Northern California USSSA rules and must contact the Northern California USSSA State Office immediately.
  • Returned Check Charges For All Northern California USSSA tournaments and designated leagues will be $50. Failure to provide this penalty payment will result in forfeiture of team berths and suspension until full payment has been made.
  • Rain and One Day Event Policy: If an entire tournament is cancelled due to rain or unplayable field conditions, the team is under no obligation to play a future weekend. However, if a tournament begins, and weather interrupts play, the director has the option to reschedule the unplayed games later in the weekend or at a later date, cancel the remainder of the games and refund a pro-rated refund to the remaining teams. One day tournaments may be scheduled on either weekend day or if started on Saturday, may be completed on Sunday due to delays, field conditions, or any emergency. Teams acknowledge that entering an event is a commitment for the entire weekend.
  • Profanity Rule: Any vulgarity that an umpire or director finds inappropriate shall warrant a one (1) time team warning. After the warning, any audible profanity shall be subject to immediate ejection. Any post ejection demonstrations of profanity or other unsportsmanlike conduct may result in a game forfeiture or individual suspension from the Northern California USSSA State Director. Based on the severity of the outburst, a formal warning may be waived.
  • Men’s D: Men's D teams are allow two (2) home runs per team, per game.
  • Men’s E Home Run Rule: In the men’s class E program, any batter who hits an untouched fair fly ball over a 300 foot fence, in fair territory, will be declared out. In the Men’s E World tournament the USSSA National HR rule will be imposed.
  • Open Division: In an effort to address several concerns regarding our upper division program, a Northern California USSSA Open Division has been formed. This division shall include all A, B C and D men’s teams and this division will solve several problems that currently exist.
Open Division Rules
  • All D and above teams must play in Open division tournaments
  • Entry fee is to be determined
  • World Berths:  Awarded at all Open NITs.  Additional World berths awarded for participation. 
  • All C and D teams must participate in six (6) Open tournaments beginning March 1.
  • Teams are guaranteed three (3) games
  • Flip Flop Rule:  USSSA Rule Book applies
  • Run Spot:  C spots D 4 runs, C spots E 8 runs, D spots E 4 runs
  • Time Limit:  60 minutes
  • Run Rule:  25 after three (3), 20 after four (4), and 10 after five (5)
  • Additional World Berths:  The B, C and D teams accumulating the highest number of points in Open Division play will be awarded a World berth.

Rosters

Before a team is allowed to play in any USSSA event their 2017 registration fee must be paid and their roster must be on line at usssa.com. Rosters must include the players name and birth date as it appears on their photo ID. It is the responsibility of a team manager not USSSA or any USSSA Tournament Director to list the roster at www.usssa.com.

2017 Northern California USSSA Home Run Policy

Northern California
USSSA will adhere to USSSA National Home Run rules in all NIT’s, World Series Qualifiers  (WSQ) , State, and National tournaments.  In all other tournaments, a tournament director shall post Home Run rules to be followed.