This page outlines specific policies and procedures for the USSSA Fastpitch Program in South Carolina. It includes information on the Roster Procedures, Heat Policy, and Code of Conduct.
You will find the complete rules and regulations in the USSSA Rule Book.View Rule Book
For the 2022 USSSA Fastpitch Rule Changes, click here
IN SOUTH CAROLINA USSSA ONLY – We allow players to finish out the Fall season with their original team. Due to this, the USSSA system may determine that some of your players will be too old to participate in the age group that they played in the Spring/Summer. If this should happen please enter all "age eligible" players to the online roster and print the roster then handwrite in the players that the system deems as "too old" on the printed roster. Basically, the ages change on a National level is in August, but in South Carolina we force the teams to move up as of Dec 31st.
South Carolina USSSA recognizes that the fall season is a time where players and teams are trying to find their correct fit. For this reason, we hold a more liberal roster policy in the fall; however, please adhere to the following points of reference:
All team must present a copy of insurance when they check in the morning of a tournament. It is NOT required that a team carry USSSA insurance; however, it is strongly suggested that teams check with their insurance provider to make sure they are covered for a USSSA tournament if they are not covered under a USSSA policy. If you are interested in purchasing USSSA insurance please click on the link below:View Insurance Program
The goal of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is to offer our members a quality product in all aspects of the program. This begins with the service and cooperation they receive from our state office and ends with their experience on the playing field. To this end we are committed to making their tournament experience a positive one, both in terms of competitiveness and the comfort they experience in bringing their coaches, players, parents and sponsors to our many venues. To ensure that all of our tournaments are an enjoyable experience for everyone involved and that nothing which occurs during the operation of those tournaments reflects negatively toward the USSSA, its members, the park staffs or host towns, the following rules will serve as our conduct code at all times.
The team manager must have full control of him/herself and all team personnel (i.e., players, coaches, family members, etc), at all times, both on and off the playing field.
In the event of a disputed play or decision, only the team manager or captain(s), as designated at the start of the game, may consult with an umpire or tournament official. Other coaches, players and spectators are to remain in the team's designated area and not participate in the discussion unless called upon by an umpire or official. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the playing field as well as the players' bench area.
Managers are to report any unsportsmanlike conduct or derogatory acts to the tournament director, whether committed by someone from the manager's own team or another. This is to allow the director to prevent adverse situations from further developing into something that would be detrimental to the tournament or its participants.
Any substantiated report by hotel/park/town management regarding a USSSA registered team's destruction or abuse of hotel/park/town property or failure of that team to pay any financial obligation to said hotel/park/town are grounds for permanently barring that team from all future USSSA participation.
Failure to adhere to these or any other rules and procedures as set forth in an USSSA sanctioned event may result in actions taken against the team or individual held responsible. Such penalties include reprimands, fines, probation, suspension (game, event, year or multi-year) or permanent expulsion from USSSA sanctioned events.
We are currently in the 2022 season. The softball "year" for USSSA runs from August 1 to July 31. All tournaments scheduled after August 1 are considered 2022 events and in order to participate in them a team must be registered for 2022. In short, all the teams that were created and all rosters that were submitted for the 2021 season expired on July 31, 2021.
Under the USSSA website, a manager establishes a one-time account, and then creates teams under that account from year to year. On or shortly after July 1 managers should create their 2023 team, particularly if they plan on playing any USSSA tournaments between August and December. Otherwise, they can certainly wait until next year to create their team.
Before a manager can create a 2022 team, he/she must complete a background check through their managers account. Once that is cleared, he/she can then create their team for 2022. Managers must enter their roster online just as they did for 2021,print the roster and have each player and parent sign it. One thing that makes entering your roster easier the second time around is that any player that previously played on a team that the manager has under their account will already be in the system. If the manager wants to retain that player for 2022 (or at least the fall of 2021) then all he/she has to do is highlight the player under the "Add Former Player" section and hit the submit button.
NOTE: If a player has played a prior season with USSSA, do not create another account for this player. Please make sure the correct spelling was used from the prior season. If a player cannot be located, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.