All game balls must
be purchased at the park from DPS with the
offense - warning
offense and on - batter is out
In the case
that an illegal ball is used on the first
offense the team receives a warning. If runners
advance on an illegal ball being hit runners
must return to their previous position. On the
second offense ad on ; the batter is out and if
runners advance they must return to their
previous position . NO RUNS shall ever
count at any point in time when an illegal ball
is used .
Run Rule is 25
after 3, 20 after 4, or 15 after 5 innings.
Flip-flop rule is in effect.
protest fee. It must be made in the 1st
inning or in the 1st inning of entry
for players or must be made prior to the next
pitch for rules interpretations.
NOTE: A protesting team must have either
turned a roster in or have one online in order
to validate a protest . This does not mean that
the roster will be checked but one must be on
file in case .
1, 2011 ALL ROSTERS must be online with
are to be done prior to the first game.
Effective immediately, for USSSA-sanctioned
tournament play ONLY, anyone caught throwing the
first punch in an altercation, will be suspended
for a period of no less than 180 days from the
date of the incident. In addition, anyone who
retaliates by fighting will also be suspended
for a period of 90 days, also from the date of
the incident. The coach(es) of the team(s), if
not involved in the fight, will also receive a
90-day suspension from the date of the incident.
Any and all non-fighting players on both teams
involved will be placed on probation, to last
the remainder of the 2011 season. The USSSA Code
of Ethics states that “each player is
responsible for the actions of his or her
For a second occurrence, all players involved
will be suspended for a period of one year, from
the date of the occurrence. In addition, both
coaches, if not involved in the fight, will also
receive a one-year suspension, also from the
date of the incident. In addition to a player’s
teammates being responsible, it is also a
coach's responsibility to control his or her
players. If a coach can't control his/her
players, then perhaps that coach or those
players don't need to be playing USSSA softball.
In addition to the one-year suspension, if the
situation warrants, additional penalties may be
sought from the USSSA National Disbarment
Committee on an annual basis at the USSSA
National Convention, held each November.
For those people who say that fighting is "a
part of softball" then you're wrong. There is NO
PLACE for fighting in softball or any other
recreational sport. I'm sure that this will not
be a popular decision with some, but the state
of today's softball game has made this a
In addition, it will be left up to the
tournament directors and umpires to step in and
stop the “smack talking” when it starts and not
wait until it escalates to the point of
fighting. At the first incident of “smack
talking” in a game, the umpire(s) will
IMMEDIATELY warn both teams that ANY further
instance will result in a player(s) ejection
from the game. The first ejection will be for
that particular game ONLY. Any additional
ejections by a particular player will increase
the penalties involved.
regarding the contents of this document should
be addressed to the USSSA South Texas Hispanic