Playing More Baseball, this is the USSSA Baseball slogan.
USSSA baseball is a program designed to allow your league to
offer programs that fit the level of play of each team in your
offers single age division play and four classes of play within most
ages. Every division
and class is offered post-season play that extends to a State level
Championship at a minimum. Most
age/class divisions are offered post-season opportunities that
extend to the National level. All
of these programs are as advertised, opportunities or
options that can be taken advantage of or not, but no longer
will any team not have a place to play.
The USSSA process
involves registering teams and then presenting those teams with
opportunities created by the league itself, and/or opportunities
provided by a host of other USSSA affiliated leagues and tournament
hosts. Once a team is
registered, they can play in as many sanctioned events as they
choose to. The team
registration is good through the entire baseball year (August 1st
– July 31st).
involves filling out the “League Information Form”
registering your teams, and posting your league results into the
USSSA National computer.
Information Form gives USSSA the contact information necessary when
issues arise that regard you. It
also contains information that allows USSSA to plan and structure
the upcoming season.
teams by filling out the registration template (see illustration).
Every registered team receives a log in ID and Password to
log into the USSSA computer to their specific team site.
At the team site, manager’s can enter their rosters, view
rankings, search for tournaments, post player statistics and email
messages to players about day-to-day team business.
Once a manager receives a log in ID and Password, he retains
that for life and can easily access his home page to register a new
team year after year.
affiliated league designates an individual to serve as “Area
Director” for the league. This
individual will receive a special log in ID and Password to log into
the USSSA computer and handle certain league functions, including
setting up the league and/or tournaments and posting results of
those league or tournament games into the computer.
The “Area Director” will also be a point of contact for
the State office when issues or questions arise concerning the
Baseball Registration Template
Below are the fees
associated with sanctioning a league with USSSA:
$25.00 per team in the league.
Teams and up)
$20.00 per team in the league
if your league decides to host a USSSA sanctioned qualifying
$75.00 Sanction Fee plus
$40.00 per team in the tournament
(2 - 9 teams) or
$30.00 per team in the tournament
(10 - 19 teams) or
$20.00 per team in the tournament (20 teams and
NIT / Global WS
Qualifier Tournament Fees
Sanction Fee + $20.00 per team in the tournament
Directors Site on the USSSA National Computer
are encouraged to host at least one tournament during the season.
It may be a pre-season tournament or post-season tournament
that is closed to the league, or may be a tournament open for
registration from teams around the state. Either way, it a) qualifies additional teams for post-season
play and b) enables you as a league to re-coup your registration
fees several times over.
One of the
objectives of the USSSA structure of play is to get more of your
teams playing more baseball (and more post-season baseball) and make
it financially rewarding for you as a league to do so.
Sanctioning with USSSA
If your league is
currently sanctioned with another organization and is satisfied with
that affiliation, West Tennessee / Mississippi encourages leagues to
dual sanction with USSSA. You would continue to organize your league
the same way as you have in the past. You would select your Allstars
and send them to your present affiliation’s post season events. No
longer will your league just offer post season play to the top 12
players of an age group, you have now opened your program to give
this opportunity to more players. By dual sanctioning you are now
creating an opportunity for additional teams from your league to
form and participate in post-season play with teams of equal
caliber. “More Kids
Playing More Baseball”
Taking league play
to a new level. Once
your league teams are registered, your league representative can set
up the league season in the USSSA computer.
Game scores are entered for all games played and teams can
monitor the progress of the season online.
All teams receive a USSSA power rating which ranks them along
with all other teams in their age and class in the State and
country. Your top
league teams qualify for post-season play and are rewarded now for
having a good season.
Rosters and Qualifying
registered teams enter their rosters online in the USSSA computer
through their team home page. When
a team actually qualifies for post-season play (the West Tennessee
or Mississippi State Tournament or a USSSA National Championship or
World Series), their team roster is frozen.
Once a roster is frozen, the players listed on that roster
cannot be added to a roster of any other registered team.
When a roster is frozen, from that point, teams can make up
to three additions and/or make up to three deletions to their
roster, up to 72 hours before whatever USSSA national event they are
attending begins. The
USSSA computer tracks every move that is made to every registered
team and counts the number of moves a team makes after their roster
has been frozen.
are League Teams Classified?
Every team in a
single league may be registered as a League Based team.
If leagues opt to form All-Star teams at the end of the
regular season, those teams will then be registered as a new team
and then placed in the All-Star classification.
USSSA gives you the
flexibility to form your league with opportunities for teams to
participate in post season play that best suites your needs.
Players may still
be eligible to play with a league All-Star team and be on a Major,
AAA, AA team that participates in tournament play during the
season. Participation on tournament teams does not disqualify
players from still being eligible to play in league play.
Qualifying for the All Star State
and World Series Tournaments
USSSA now offers two divisions of post season play
for Drafted League All Star teams.
Any team that participates as a league team in a drafted league that
is registered with USSSA is eligible. This team must meet all of the
criteria for being an allstar team with their league as well as with
USSSA. To participate in this program the following conditions must
1) All-Star teams may be chosen by any method.
2) Leagues may have multiple All-Star teams in any age division.
3) The League President (or Highest Officer) shall submit an
official roster to the State Director for approval.
4) Only State
Directors shall register and enter an Official Online Roster for
5) National All-Star Division:
(a) All-Star team players shall not have participated on a team of
higher classification than AA (i.e.; AAA, Major) after January 1st
of the current year. Any player that has participated on a AAA or
Major team after January 1st of the current year is ineligible for
National All-Star Division play but may be eligible for American
All-Star Division play pursuant to these rules.
(b) All-Star teams shall have no more than three (3) players on
their roster that have participated on a AA team after April 1st.
(c) All-Star teams shall not begin playing together as a team before
Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day weekend is defined as starting at
12:00 P.M., the calendar Friday before Memorial Day as observed by
the United States Federal Government.
Any team that is from an approved drafted league that is sanctioned
with USSSA and does not meet any of the requirements listed above
may still participate in the All Star Division, but they must
participate in the American Division. Teams in this division are not
limited in how many tournaments they participate in. They may also
have players who have played on travel teams (A, AA, AAA or Major)
throughout the year. The following conditions must still be met.
1) All-Star teams that do not meet the
requirements pursuant to USSSA Rule 8.02.A.5 but meet the
requirements pursuant to USSSA Rule 8.02.A.6 shall be eligible for
American All-Star Division play.
2) All-Star teams entering
tournaments that do not make must participate in the highest
classification the team would otherwise be eligible (i.e.; AA, AAA,
USSSA Power Rating
The USSSA Power
Rating system is much like the College BCS system of ranking teams.
The Power Rating system, takes into account the strength of
the teams played and the scores of those games to rank every
registered team in their age and class. The development of this system has been so positive, that it
is likely that in a short time, the Power Rating system will be
responsible for determining the classification of all USSSA
Tennessee / Mississippi USSSA Online
West Tennessee /
Mississippi USSSA Baseball provides you and your league participants
with a State website that is kept up to date with all of the
pertinent information for West Tennessee and Mississippi teams
participating in USSSA Baseball.
The website at www.midsouthusssa.com will help you to answer
the many questions that may come your way with a transition to a new
format of play. Team Manager provides all the details and instructions for
any team to register with USSSA.
At Tournament Lookup, teams can search for any USSSA
tournament in West Tennessee / Mississippi or the nation.
The Rankings section, allows managers, parents and players to
stay abreast of where their team stand in relation the rest of the
state and the country. The
State Tournament section gives all teams the information they need
for State tournament play. They can locate where, when and who to contact for their
State tournament. All
the information and links to every World Series site is in the World
Series section. Information
on Insurance, Umpires registration and development, baseball and the
USSSA “Covering All the Bases” program is also located at this
affiliated leagues are strongly advised to make sure that all
managers and team parents know that this website exists and what
information can be found on it.
Baseball offers the most comprehensive and complete insurance
program for their teams. With USSSA Baseball now being the second
largest youth baseball organization in the United States you can
take advantage of the tremendous buying power that this offers. In
most cases, with the league discounts, the reduction in insurance
cost through USSSA more than pays for the sanctioning cost of the
league. Team medical and liability available for all USSSA sports,
League or Association officers and directors automatically covered
for General Liability ($2,000,000 limit), flexible coverage $0
deductible or $250.00 deductible depending on budget.
and Education of the League
For years, youth
baseball organizations have operated in one way.
They have a regular season and then pick the all-star team,
and the remainder of the league players have to wait until next year
to play. It doesn’t
take long to realize that the USSSA structure of play provides
greater opportunity for all players, but qualifying, rosters,
classification, etc. are all questions that managers, parents and
players will have as you switch your affiliation to USSSA.
Communication and Education are critical for you to make as
smooth a transition as possible to USSSA.
Your greatest opportunity to educate changes is during your
spring and fall registration. All
leagues are encouraged to prepare a list of Frequently Asked
Questions (or something similar) to give to parents and managers
during the registration period at the beginning of the season. Use information enclosed herein, information posted at www.midsouthusssa.com
or information based on personal experience to devise some kind of
handout or information sheet that will be ready for distribution
during registration in January and February.
Contact the West Tennessee / Mississippi USSSA State office
for help in doing this if need be.
USSSA League Benefits (Summary)
More Kids Playing More Baseball
Kids Playing on Their Level
Opportunity for Ages 5-18 in
Single Age Groups
Gradual Increase in Field
Flexibility to Control Your Local
Teams Qualify for State
Championships through League Play
Teams Qualify for World Series
through League Play
Drafted Team and All Star State
Drafted Team and All Star World
League Determines which Teams and
How Many Teams Qualify
Discount on Team Insurance
Generate League Revenue
Umpire Training and Travel
Community Economic Impact
Playing Real Baseball
Be Part of the Fastest Growing
League and Tournament Baseball Association (2nd in
the World out of 27 Identifiable Associations)
Be Part of the Largest Tournament
Network in the World
- Be Part of
the Largest Multi-Sport Association
leagues MUST have their league teams registered by May 15th.
Also, if your league is considered a qualifying event, those
teams actually need to be registered and in the computer before your
league play begins in order to get the league set up and game scores
input during the season.
If your league is
forming all-star teams, those teams need to be chosen, registered
and have rosters online by June 10th. In some cases this may mean choosing the all-star team before
the regular season actually ends.
However, it is imperative that those teams be known and
rosters set, so that other teams can adjust their rosters
accordingly before they play in any post-season event.
If your league is
interested in joining the fastest and most dynamic baseball
organization in America, then contact the our State Office @