Florida USSSA Fastpitch Update

 

Important Information about...

Team Registrations, Rosters, and Fall Tournaments
after August 1, 2016

Locked Rosters in June

Guest Players/Pickup Players

Sanction Your Team HERE

UPDATED 7/30/2016

NOTE: We strongly encourage teams to play in the age group they are playing in the Spring/Summer 2017 to prepare them for that age group.

The softball "year" for USSSA runs from August 1 to July 31. That means that tournaments scheduled after August 1 are considered 2017 events and in order to participate in them a team must be registered for 2017. In short, all the teams that were created and all rosters that were submitted for the 2016 season expired on July 31, 2016. 

Under the USSSA system (ISTS), a manager establishes a one-time online account, and then creates teams under that account from year to year. On or shortly after July 1 managers can create their 2017 team, particularly if they plan on playing any USSSA tournaments in August through December. Otherwise, they can certainly wait until next year to create their team. 

When a manager creates a 2017 team, he/she will then need to enter their roster online just as they did for 2016. 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 2017 (or at least the fall of 2016) then all he/she has to do is highlight the player under the “Add Former Player” section and hit the button. 

Now, here’s the catch. The age cut off is still based on the calendar/sanction year, however the age eligibility for 2017 teams will change beginning August 1, 2016. The best way to explain this is with an example. Let’s say we have a team that played 14U in 2016. They have a mix of players born in 2001 (roster 14 year olds) and 2002 (roster 13 year olds). If they want to keep playing 14U in the fall of 2016 with players born in 2001 they will not be able to create a 2017 14U team because all 2001 players are now considered roster 15 year olds. What the manager needs to do in this situation is to create their 2017 team as a 15U team. That way he/she can keep all the 2001 players for the fall. Tournament-wise we are going to combine all 14U and 15U teams in the fall because that’s the group that played against one another in the spring and summer. NOTE: No metal cleats in 13U in the Fall 2016.

A 14U team was used in the above example, but the same applies to the 8U, 10U and 12U as well. In other words, an 8U manager with 2007 players should create a 9U team (still playing under coach-pitch rules), a 10U manager with 2005 players should create an 11U team and a 12U manager with 2003 players should create a 13U team. Then come tournament time this fall we will combine the 8U and 9U teams (playing under 8U coach-pitch rules), combine the 10U and 11U teams (playing under 10U rules--pitching distance = 35 ft, 11-inch ball), and combine the 12U and 13U teams (playing under 12U rules--pitching distance = 40 ft, NO METAL CLEATS). 16U and 18U is a slightly different story because USSSA doesn’t have a 17U division or 19U division. A manager with 1999 players will have to register as an 18U team. Most of the time that won’t matter because in the fall we often combine 16U and 18U age brackets anyway. In cases where we don’t, we’ll simply open up the tournament to 18U teams. If you have a player who is currently 18 years old but turns 19 before December 31st, the online system will not accept her. Contact your tournament director for instructions. Below is an outline of age eligibility per age group according to a player’s birth year.

AGE CALCULATOR for the new 2017 Season (which started August 1, 2016)

Age Eligibility According to Birth Year for the 2017 Season (which begins August 1, 2016)

AGE

BIRTH DATE

8U

2008 - 2011

9U

2007 - 2010

10U

2006 - 2009

11U

2005 - 2008

12U

2004 - 2007

13U

2003 - 2006

14U

2002 - 2005

15U

2001 - 2004

16U

2000 - 2003

18U

1999 - 2002

 

If a manager creates an odd year team for the fall (9U, 11U, 13U or 15U), then come next spring they have three options: 

  1. If they really want to play next spring as a one year younger team, then they should email the state director to have them reclassified as such after the fall season is finished and after they’ve deleted their older players.  For example, let’s say a 14U team in 2016 decides they want to play out the rest of the fall with their current players which include 2001 girls.  They would register as a 15U in the fall.  However, if in the next calendar year they want to be a 14U team again, then the manager would delete any 2001 girls from the roster and call/email the office requesting that they be reclassified to 14U team.

  2. If they want to play next spring as a one year older team, then they would have to let our office know that as well.  Following the above example, if a team registers as a 15U team in the fall, but then next spring wants to pick up players born in 2000, then we would have to reclassify them as 16U.

  3. They can do nothing and just stay as an 9U, 11U, 13U or 15U team for the spring/summer of 2017.

There are two other side issues to all of this. 

Insurance. The insurance situation changes depending on whether the team purchased their insurance from USSSA or from another association. 

If a team has USSSA insurance: Teams that purchased USSSA had two options when they bought it – to have coverage run through 7/31/16 or have it run through 12/31/16. If they purchased the latter policy then they’re fine through the fall. If they purchased it to expire on 7/31/16 then they’ll need to purchase another policy that runs from 8/1/16 to 12/31/17, which USSSA offers at half price because of the shortened term. Or they can purchase a full “year” policy that runs from 8/1/16 to 7/31/17 which will cover them through the 2017 registration period. 

If a team does not have USSSA insurance: Most non-USSSA policies expire on December 31. If a team has such a policy then it will remain in effect throughout the fall provided that the team is essentially the same. If a 12U team becomes a 13U team in the fall, but otherwise carries the same team name, then their 2016 coverage will apply provided any newly added players are included on the team’s roster. However, if the team name completely changes then a new policy would be required. 

Player Pickup Policy. We are reviewing the Player Pickup Policy at the Florida USSSA Fastpitch State Meeting. More details to come.

Other Roster Notes  

As stated above, Florida USSSA Fastpitch allows open rosters until mid-June. A player may play on several teams before that as long as she is not actively playing for two USSSA teams playing tournaments the same weekend. Sometime in mid-June, I will lock all rosters, then all player moves from one team to another must be approved by the State Director. 

Hopefully this answers any questions that managers and players have regarding the USSSA softball “year.”