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UNITED STATES SPECIALTY
                                                                         SPORTS ASSOCIATION


                     OFFICIAL BASEBALL
                 NATIONAL BY-LAWS & RULES

                                                       Edition Dated:                                       January 1, 2010



                                    Don DeDonatis........................... .......................CEO / Executive Director
                                    Jim Swint................................ .....................Assistant Executive Director
                                    Danny Brown ..................... ..........................Assistant Executive Director
                                    Rick Fortuna... ................Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
                                    Joey Odom............ .......................... Executive Vice President of Baseball
                                    Don DeDonatis III............ ..................Executive Vice President of Baseball
                                    Wally Fortuna........................ .........................Vice President of Baseball
                                    Frank Griffin................................. ..................Vice President of Baseball
                                    Travis Leming..................... ............................Vice President of Baseball
                                    Scotty Mobley........................... ......................Vice President of Baseball
                                    Bob Egr......................................Vice President of Global Sports Baseball
                                    Matt Trebuchon........................Vice President of Baseball National Events
                                    George Gonzales..........................Vice President of International Baseball
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                                                  UNITED STATES SPECIALTY SPORTS ASSOCIATION
                                                               611 Line Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34744
                                                        Telephone: (321) 697-3636  Facsimile: (321) 697-3647
                                                                National Website: www.usssa.com
                                                             Baseball Website: www.usssabaseball.org
                                                                  Email: webmaster@usssa.com




                                                                                 Copyright  2010
                                                                  UNITED STATES SPECIALTY SPORTS ASSOCIATION
                                                                             ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

No part of the Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without expressed written permission from the United States Specialty Sports Association.

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    OFFICIAL BASEBALL
NATIONAL BY-LAWS & RULES

                      TABLE OF CONTENTS

  Item                                                              Page
  Forward                                                            3
  Amendments & Changes                                               3
  Rule 1.00  Name & Objective                                       4
  Rule 2.00  Membership, Participation & Classifications Of Play    4
  Rule 3.00  Individual Player & Team Eligibility                   4
  Rule 4.00  Drafted Leagues & All-Stars                            6
  Rule 5.00  Qualifying Tournaments                                 7
  Rule 6.00  State Championships                                    7
  Rule 7.00  World Series                                           7
  Rule 8.00  Rules of Play                                          8
               Rule 8.01  Playing Field & Equipment                 8
               Rule 8.02  Game Preliminaries                        9
               Rule 8.03  Starting & Ending a Game                  10
               Rule 8.04  The Batter, Batter Runner & Runner        11
               Rule 8.05  The Pitcher                               11
               Rule 8.06  Coach Pitch Specific Rules                12
               Rule 8.07  Machine Pitch Specific Rules              13
               Rule 8.08  T-Ball Specific Rules                     14
               Rule 8.09  7U & 8U Kid Pitch Specific Rules          14
               Rule 8.10  9U Drafted League Specific Rules          14
  Rule 9.00  Umpires                                                15
  Rule 10.00  Official Scorer                                       15
  Rule 11.00  Sportsmanship & Ejections                             16
  Rule 12.00  Protests                                              16
  Rule 13.00  Acts of Disbarment / Suspension                       16
  Rule 14.00  Global Sports Baseball                                17
  Rule 15.00  Items Not Specifically Covered                        17




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FORWARD
The USSSA Baseball National Committee has condensed the Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules to give quicker access to any
written language pertaining to rules specific to the United States Specialty Sports Association Baseball Program. Playing rule not
specifically covered herein, shall be governed by The Official Rules of Baseball  National League, as published by Major League
Baseball on the MLB.com web site. In the event of any conflict in rule between these Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules and
The Official Rules of Baseball  National League, as published by Major League Baseball on the MLB.com web site, these Official
Baseball National By-laws & Rules shall govern.

In the event of any conflict in language between any past, present or future printed version of these Official Baseball National By-laws &
Rules and the USSSABASEBALL.ORG online version, the USSSABASEBALL.ORG online version shall have priority.

Any reference to a particular gender contained within these Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules such as he, his, himself, man,
men, or boy shall be meant to also include she, hers, herself, woman, women, and girl and are to be interpreted as gender neutral.


AMENDMENTS & CHANGES
Item                      Page                                                                   Subject
3.05                        4                 Player Roster Eligibility .................................................... ................................ ...
3.05.A                      4                 PRIOR TO BEING FROZEN TO AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ROSTER; ...............................
3.05.A.1                    4                 Players shall be permitted to participate with multiple teams in the same age division. .......
3.05.A.2                    4                 Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament , week or.....
3.05.B                      4                 SUBSEQUENT OF BEING FROZEN TO AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ROSTER; ...................
3.05.B.1                    4                 Players shall only appear on one (1) Official Online Roster per age division and shall........
3.05.B.2                    4                 Players participating in multiple age divisions shall only appear on one (1) Official......... ...
3.05.B.3                    4                 Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament , week or.....
3.06.B Comment              5                 State Directors with approval of the Association's Executive Vice President of Baseball.....
3.06.G                      5                 State Directors shall have the authority to approve or reject all players contained on a.......
8.04.B                     11                 At any time, the offensive team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher of...
8.04.B Comment             11                 The re-entry status of the courtesy runner, pitcher and catcher shall not be affected by......
8.05.C.1                   11                 ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO PITCH THE NEXT DAY: The maximum number of innings a.....
8.05.C.1 Example           11                 In the 7U  14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of three (3) innings...
8.05.C.2                   11                 ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in on....
8.05.C.2 Example           11                 In the 7U  12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six (6) innings.......
8.05.C.3                   11                 THREE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in.....
8.05.C.3 Example           11                 In the 7U  14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of eight (8) innings...
8.05.C.4                   11                 MANDATORY DAYS OF REST;.......................................................................... ...
8.05.C.4(a)                11                 A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.........
8.05.C.4(b)                11                 A player that pitches eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days MUST rest the next.......
8.08.C.4(c)                12                 A player that pitches eight (8) innings in three (3) consecutive days MUST rest the next.....
8.08.C.4(d)                12                 A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total innings pitched).........
11.01                      15                 All players, coaches, managers, sponsors and spectators are expected to conduct........ .
11.02                      15                 Any player, coach, manager, sponsor or spectator whose conduct is unbecoming or.........
11.03                      16                 Any player, coach, manager, sponsor or spectator leaving their position on base, in the.....
11.04                      16                 Any coach, manager, sponsor or spectator ejected from a game shall immediately......... ...
11.05                      16                 Any player ejected from a game shall either immediately remove himself from the vicinity...
11.06                      16                 All persons ejected may be asked to leave the park and / or venue at the discretion of........
11.07                      16                 Abusive language or cursing shall not be tolerated under any circumstances and shall.....
11.08                      16                 Throwing of equipment shall result in an automatic ejection......................................... .
11.09                      16                 If necessary, a team may be forced to forfeit a game and / or be removed from the...........
11.10                      16                 As these rules indicate, the matter of disorderly conduct shall be taken seriously. ..............
14.02.C                    17                 Teams participating in the Elite World Series are ineligible for the Global Sports Baseball ...
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                                 AMENDMENTS & CHANGES ARE HIGHLIGHTED




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RULE 1.00  NAME & OBJECTIVE
1.01   This organization shall be known as USSSA Baseball.
1.02   The objective of USSSA Baseball shall be to organize and promote youth and adult baseball, to perpetuate the interest and
       love of the game. To coordinate the providing of an opportunity for teams to compete in league and tournament competition
       that leads to state championships and world championships in their respective competitive classifications and age divisions.


RULE 2.00  MEMBERSH IP, PARTICIPATION & CLASSIFICATIONS OF PLAY
2.01   Team Membership  A team registration fee shall be paid seasonally to participate in the USSSA Baseball program. The
       USSSA Baseball season begins August 1st and concludes July 31st.
2.02   Umpire Membership  An umpire registration fee shall be paid yearly to officiate in the USSSA Baseball program. Included
       with membership is general liability and accidental medical insurance while officiating in the USSSA Baseball program. In
       addition, umpires may choose to purchase optional insurance that will cover the umpire during non-USSSA Baseball contests.
2.03   League Participation  In all USSSA Baseball sanctioned leagues, teams shall qualify for State Championship s and / or World
       Series play.
2.04   Tournament Participation  In all USSSA Baseball sanctioned tournaments, teams shall qualify for State Championship s and /
       or World Series play.
2.05   Classifications of Play  The USSSA Baseball program shall offer four (5) classifications of play: Major, AAA, AA, A & All-Star.
2.06   State Directors shall adopt an acceptable method to classify teams within their respective state. State Directors shall have
       sole authority to classify teams within their respective state and the authority to classify and / or re-classify any team within
       their respective state during the current season, except when a team classification has been assigned by the USSSA Baseball
       National Committee.


RULE 3.00  INDIVIDUAL PLAYER & TEAM ELIGIBILITY
3.01   Player Age Eligibility 
       3.01.A      (Chart 3.01.A-1) For age divisions 4U  14U, any player who                  AGE      BIRTHDAY            AGE  BIRTHDAY
                   before May 1st of the current season reaches the listed age                DIVISION RESTRICTION DIVISION RESTRICTION
                   restriction in the BIRTHDAY RESTRICTION column shall not                      4U         Fifth            10U  Eleventh
                   eligible to participate at the listed age in the AGE DIVISION column          5U        Sixth             11U   Twelfth
                   and shall be required to play in the next older division.                     6U      Seventh             12U Thirteenth
       3.01.B      (Chart 3.01.B-1) For scholastic divisions 15U  18U participation is          7U        Eighth            13U Fourteenth
                   based on age and scholastic grade. Any player that does not meet
                                                                                                 8U        Ninth             14U  Fifteenth
                   the listed age restriction in the BIRTHDAY RESTRICTION column,
                                                                                                 9U        Tenth
                   must meet the listed grade restriction in the SCHOLASTIC GRADE
                                                                                                                 Chart 3.01.A-1
                   column AND the listed age restriction in MEETS GRADE NOT
                   BIRTHDAY column. Any player that does not meet BOTH , shall be                 SCHOLASTIC          BIRTHDAY MEETS GRADE
                   required to play in the next older division.                                      GRADE         RESTRICTION NOT BIRTHDAY
3.02   A player that is found to be illegal due to an age violation during or after a          15U  Freshman        Sixteenth Seventeenth
       league or tournament game, shall result in the offending team losing the game
                                                                                              16U  Sophomore Seventeenth Eighteenth
       (if applicable) , being ejected from the tournament (if applicable), being
       placed last in the standings and forfeiting all awards, points, sponsors travel           17U  Junior       Eighteenth Nineteenth
       money, and berths that would have been or have been awarded. The illegal                  18U  Senior       Nineteenth   Twentieth
       player shall be removed from the offending team's Official Online Roster and                              Chart 3.01.B-1
       additional penalties may be applied pursuant to USSSA Rule 13.00.
3.03   A player shall be eligible to compete in the USSSA Baseball program as long as he abides by the USSSA Constitution and the
       Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules when his first name, last name (no middle names, nick names, shortened names,
       slang names, initials, prefixes or suffixes are allowed) and date of birth (in proper format  mm/dd/yyyy) are listed EXACTLY
       as they appear on his original birth certificate, as a member on an eligible team's Official Online Roster.
3.04   A player who is in violation of USSSA Constitution or the Official Baseball National By-laws & Rules shall be an illegal player.
3.05   Player Roster Eligibility 
       3.05.A      PRIOR TO BEING FROZEN TO AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ROSTER;
                   3.05.A.1       Players shall be permitted to participate with multiple teams in the same age division.
                   3.05.A.2       Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament, week or weekend,
                                  regardless of age division and / or classification.
       3.05.B      AFTER BEING FROZEN TO AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ROSTER;
                   3.05.B.1       Players shall only appear on one (1) Official Online Roster per age division and shall only participate
                                  with such frozen team (unless previously released pursuant to these rules).
                   3.05.B.2       Players participating in multiple age divisions shall only appear on one (1) Official Online Roster per
                                  age division and shall only participate with such frozen team(s) (unless previously released pursuant
                                  to these rules) but shall not participate on any team below the classification of the oldest team in
                                  which they participate on.
                   3.05.B.3       Players shall only physically play for one (1) team per day, event, tournament, week or weekend,
                                  regardless of age division and / or classification.
3.06   Team Eligibility 
       3.06.A      No team shall be allowed to compete in any USSSA Baseball program (sanctioned league or tournament ) without
                   first paying their team registration fee to the Association.
       3.06.B      All teams shall maintain an Official Online Roster.

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                  Rule 3.06.B Comment: State Directors with the approval of the Association's Executive Vice President of Baseball
                  may waive this roster requirement for the traditional "Fall" playing months of August  December.
       3.06.C     Team rosters for age divisions 4U  14U shall be composed of not more than twenty-five (25) players.
       3.06.D     Team rosters for scholastic divisions 15U  18U shall be composed of not more than twenty-five (25) players.
                  Rule 3.06.D Comment: If applicable, coaches or managers shall be included on an Official Online Roster to be
                  eligible to play.
       3.06.E     A teams "home" state shall be determined by the home residency of fifty-one percent (51%) or the majority
                  (whichever is greater) of the players on the team's Official Online Roster.
       3.06.F     The team manager shall be responsible for all aspects of eligibility of the players and the information of the players
                  contained on the team's Official Online Roster pursuant to these rules. This includes but is not limited to; age
                  eligibility, classifications of teams the players may participate on in other age divisions, classifications of previous
                  teams the players may have participated on, legal names of the players, and correct dates of birth of the players.
                  Rule 3.06.F Comment: A player's first name, last name (no middle names, nick names, shortened names, slang
                  names, initials, prefixes or suffixes are allowed) and date of birth (in proper format  mm/dd/yyyy) MUST be listed
                  EXACTLY as they appear on his original birth certificate pursuant to USSSA Rule 3.03.
                  3.06.F.1         The intentional or unintentional act of adding ineligible players to the team's Official Online Roster
                                   shall be grounds for team manager suspension.
                  3.06.F.2         The intentional or unintentional act of incorrectly spelling a player's name on the team's Official
                                   Online Roster shall be grounds for team manager suspension.
                  3.06.F.3         The intentional or unintentional act of incorrectly entering a player's date-of-birth on the team's Official
                                   Online Roster shall be grounds for team manager suspension.
       3.06.G     State Directors shall have the authority to approve or reject all players contained on a team's Official Online Roster.
                  Such authority is to include player additions and / or releases prior to and subsequent of being frozen except when
                  a player addition or release has been approved by the USSSA Baseball National Committee. State Director
                  approval of a team's Official Online Roster shall not release the team manager of his responsibilities pursuant to
                  these rules.
3.07   How A Team Qualifies (Roster Frozen) 
       3.07.A     When a team qualifies (is awarded a berth for a State Championship and / or World Series);
                  3.07.A.1         Prior to April 1st of the current season (whether the team accepts the berth or not), the team's Official
                                   Online Roster shall become frozen on April 1st regardless of the date the roster is physically frozen in
                                   the USSSA online system.
                                   Rule 3.07.A.1 Comment: State Directors with the approva l of the Association's Executive Vice
                                   President of Baseball may option to freeze Official Online Rosters of qualified teams on a date earlier
                                   than April 1st of the current season.
                  3.07.A.2         After April 1st of the current season (whether the team accepts the berth or not), the team's Official
                                   Online Roster shall become frozen immediately at the qualifying event regardless of the date the
                                   roster is physically frozen in the USSSA online system.
                  3.07.A.3         At a Super NIT event (whether the team accepts the berth or not), the team's Official Online Roster
                                   shall become frozen immediately at the Super NIT event regardless of the date the Super NIT event
                                   is played or the date the roster is physically frozen in the USSSA online system.
       3.07.B     When a team qualifies all players on the team's Official Online Roster become frozen to the qualified team (unless
                  released pursuant to these rules) and shall be bound to the qualified team up to and including the teams respective
                  State Championship and / or World Series. No player shall appear on any other team's frozen or unfrozen Official
                  Online Roster within the same age division regardless of classification .
3.08   Qualified Team Roster Additions & Releases 
       3.08.A     Team managers shall be allowed to add a maximum of three (3) players to their frozen Official Online Roster.
                  Players may be added as late as seventy-two (72) hours prior to the start of the World Series. Additional players
                  can only be added to rosters that have openings pursuant to USSSA Rules 3.06.C & 3.06.D.
       3.08.B     All players added to a frozen Official Online Rosters must meet the following requirements:
                  3.08.B.1         Player(s) cannot be on another frozen Official Online Roster in the same age division regardless of
                                   classification.
                  3.08.B.2         Player(s) must not have played on a team with a frozen Official Online Roster of higher classification
                                   in the same age division.
                  3.08.B.3         Player(s) added to a frozen Official Online Roster in the AAA, AA, A & All-Star classifications must
                                   have a traceable playing history within the USSSA online system for the current or previous season.
                                   Rule 3.08 Comment: When a team adds a player(s) and such added player(s) becomes injured, ill or
                                   decides not to participate for any reason, an additional replacement player(s) is not permitted.
       3.08.C     There shall be no limit to the number of players team managers may release from their frozen Official Online
                  Roster. A player released from a team's frozen Official Online Roster shall be prohibited from returning to that
                  team during the current season.
3.09   Disbanded Teams 
       3.09.A     A team with a frozen Official Online Roster listing less than nine (9) players, which has used all options for
                  additions shall be automatically disbanded and shall forfeit all points and / or berths awarded.
       3.09.B     If a disbanded team chooses to reform, it does so as a new team and;
                  3.09.B.1         The team manager shall re-register for the current season pursuant to USSSA Rule 3.06.A.
                  3.09.B.2         The team manager shall be limited to adding six (6) players from the previously disbanded frozen
                                   Official Online Roster to the new Official Online Roster.
                  3.09.B.3         The team manager shall be bound by all roster and eligibility rules contained within these National
                                   By-laws & Rules.

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