USSSA offers fastpitch for ages 5U – 18U in single age divisions. The age of your team is determined by the age of your oldest player. The age cut off date is May 1st. To calculate the legal participation age for a player, click here. For the fall / winter season, players play up to the age they will be the following spring / summer.
Now that you know the correct age of your team, it’s time to determine your “starting” classification. USSSA Baseball is the only association that successfully offers four (3) levels of play (i.e.; A, B, C). Keep in mind, pursuant to USSSA Rules, the State Office will monitor each teams performance and can classify and reclassify any team at any time.
- If your team can hold their own with - and occasionally beat - the better teams in your state, then you should consider yourself an "A" team.
- If you're a newly formed team that plans on playing in a number of competitive tournaments or an existing team that consistently finishes in the middle or at the bottom of the pack in most tournaments, then you're more of a "B" team.
STEP 2: CREATE LOGIN ID & PASSWORD
USSSA team managers are required to create a Login ID & Password for use within the USSSA.com web site system. Your Login ID & Password will be needed to access your team’s USSSA web page, to register your team, complete and / or edit your online roster, enter tournaments, etc. If you have coached teams in USSSA before and still have your Login ID & Password, click here. To begin creating a new Login ID & Password, click here. Complete the required fields including a valid email address and password and click the SUBMIT button, you now have your Login ID & Password.
Comment: Make sure the sport listed above the blue left margin menu is “BASEBALL”, if not; use the drop down window to change.
STEP 3: CREATE & REGISTER TEAM
All USSSA teams are required to register annually with the Association. Team registration is valid from August 1st – July 31st.
To create and register your team, click here. Enter your Login ID & Password and click the ENTER button. You are now at the Team Manager Menu, select the third option at the top, “Create Baseball Team”. You will be required to fill in your Complete Team Name, Team City, Team State and Class Requested, click the SUBMIT button. You have now created your team but you MUST still register the team. With a credit card, click on the gray button in the yellow box at the top of the screen and enter your credit card information. Once registered, you’ll see your new team listed on the Team Manager Menu with your Team Registration Number and you’ll be ready to complete your USSSA Online Roster. USSSA Baseball does not charge an Individual Player Registration fee.
Comment: No team will be allowed to play in any USSSA event without registering with the Association and completing an Online Roster in advance of taking the field of play!
STEP 4: COMPLETE ONLINE ROSTER
All USSSA teams are required to have their roster online on the USSSA.com(national) website system before they play. It’s a quick and simple process.
To begin entering your roster data, click here. Enter your Login ID and Password and click the ENTER button. You are now at the Team Manager Menu. Make sure your current year team is highlighted and click on the ROSTER ADDS & UPDATES link below the dialogue box. Read and Agree to the USSSA Roster Manager Affidavit. Follow the directions at the top of the page to enter each player’s personal data. Only enter each player’s LEGAL FIRST & LAST NAMES as they appear on the Birth Certificates. DO NOT include middle names, nick names, shortened names, slang names, initials, prefixes or suffixes (i.e.; Jr., II, III, etc.)…ONLY the LEAGAL first and last names. After entering all your player’s personal data, click on the VIEW TEAM button to verify the entered information.
Once satisfied with all players, click the PRINTABLE ROSTER button to print your online roster. A parent of each minor aged player must sign the roster on the same line as their child’s name. Players 18 years of age and older must sign the roster themselves.
The Team Manager must sign the bottom of the roster. This is now your Official USSSA Online Roster. This is the only official roster USSSA will recognize. Make copies for safe keeping and always, always, always have one on hand along with your player’s birth certificates in case of a protest.
STEP 5: TEAM INSURANCE
USSSA does not require teams to purchase USSSA Team Insurance. Teams are however, required to carry General Liability coverage in the amount of $2,000,000.00 and Medical (Secondary Medical) coverage in the amount of $100,000.00 from a reputable provider.
Comment:Teams should never take the field without General Liability coverage of at least $2,000,000.00 and Medical coverage of at least $100,000.00.
The USSSA policy covers all team personnel including players, coaches, volunteers and bat boys / girls for games, practices, team meetings, banquets and even fundraisers; it also covers legal defense expenses. In addition, the policy also includes sports accident medical coverage.
With the GREAT RATES for USSSA Team Insurance, why would you even consider taking a chance?
To download a USSSA Team Insurance Brochure, click here.
STEP 6: REVIEW THE RULE BOOK
Make sure you know what the USSSA fastpitch national rules are. Click here to review.
Click here to review USSSA bat and equipment rules.
STEP 7: FIND YOUR TOURNAMENT
You are now ready to play USSSA fastpitch softball!