2014 - 13th Edition Rulebook - Printable Version

2014 Quick Reference Rule Changes

Rules changes/clarifications

Online Rosters:
Online rosters will now be mandatory for all State and National events. All teams must enter player information and submit rosters online prior to being scheduled for the USFA State Tournament / National Qualifiers / World Series.  If an electronic roster is not posted online and an issue or protest arises concerning a roster, it will be an automatic forfeit.  Any player(s) not listed on the electronic roster or add-on roster (World Series Only) prior to the start of bracket play will be disqualified.

Mandatory Age-Up
Team registration will run from August 1 through July 31. Beginning with the 2015 season (Aug 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015), all teams must “age-up”, as required to participate in events after August 1st. Tournaments and leagues played after August 1, will qualify teams for the following summer’s State and World Series Tournaments. Exception: August will be a transition month to allow teams to continue playing under the previous year’s registration or reregister and begin earning points toward the new season.

Teams have the option of using EP/DEFO or DP/Flex for the 2014 season. Beginning in 2015 season, the term Designated Player (DP) / Flex will replace Extra Player and Defense Only (EP/DEFO) on the lineup card. Upto 3 DPs are permitted.

18U A & B - World Series Clarification:  
1. 18U "A" - Age Eligible college players are allowed to participate. 
2. 18U "B" -  NCAA DI and  DII level players may not participate in 18U "B" Teams will continue to be evaluated based on skill  level to determine proper classification.  

8U Rule Clarifications: 
1. No intentional walks
2. Player Pitcher must have at least one foot within the pitcher's circle until the ball is pitched.
3. If Coach-Pitcher is hit by pitch. This will be a dead ball, do over. All runner will revert to their previous base and the batter will assume the previous pitch-count.

14U Metal Cleats:
Rule 5004: add 14U to the age groups allowed to wear metal cleats




USFA World Series Qualification Guidelines:

1.      Teams must be USFA Sanctioned.

2.      Must do at least one of the following: 
 a. Receive a direct berth at a National Invitational Tournament.  
 b. Attend at least 1 State Qualifier or NIT (any state).
 c. Attend at least 1 State Qualifier and have accumulated at least 100 points.

3.      Attend the USFA State Tournament in your home state or a Regional Qualifier Tournament for your area.

4.      Receive an at-large berth if no USFA events are available within 200 miles of your team’s home.

NOTE: Teams that have received a berth to a “A” classification National event in USFA or another organization must play in the USFA “A” World Series. Furthermore, any team that has been classified as an “A” team or participates in an “A” State Tournament hosted by USFA or another organization may be required to play in the USFA “A” World Series.



Seeding Points and National Qualifying 






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