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Rec League Affiliations

The USSSA Baseball Recreation League Program is designed to be hassle free with the understanding that less government is better.  This “less is more” philosophy has made USSSA the fastest growing league association in the world!  The rules by which a league is required to follow are very liberal because USSSA fully understands that what may work in one community may not necessarily work in another.

 

USSSA's program offers recreational level players a League play / All-Star play format.  Leagues will play a regular season schedule then based on the number of teams registered in each age division, advance the appropriate number of All-Star teams to the USSSA Postseason.

 

Leagues that meet the following Guidelines are eligible to become a USSSA Sanctioned.  All member teams are eligible to compete in league play and tournament play:

Leagues must register all teams within the league ages 4U – 18U, not a portion of or a division of, for the league to be eligible to award Postseason berths.

Leagues for recreation level teams (League / All-Star) may draft, choose or pick teams by any means, system or format approved by the League Board of Directors or Chief Officer but must use rosters with pre-draft freeze restrictions and / or teams with geographic boundary limitations.

Leagues may play their regular season by any rules of play approved by the League Board of Directors or Chief Officer.  Although USSSA recommends play using the USSSA National Bylaws & Rules, it is not required.  The Postseason will be played by the USSSA National Bylaws & Rules.

It is recommended that regular season play be concluded by Memorial Day weekend.

Leagues must submit all proper Electronic Registration and Sanction Forms as well as Fees to the State Office prior to the designated deadline.

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Leagues that become USSSA Sanctioned enjoy a plethora of extra benefits no other brand of baseball can offer:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGES 4U - 18U…

Keep your children playing the clean and healthy game of baseball!

CLASSIFICATIONS OF PLAY FOR ALL LEVELS…

Allow every child to excel at their skill level!

FLEXIBILITY TO CONTROL YOUR LOCAL LEAGUE RULES…

Less government equals more league success!

TEAMS QUALIFY FOR POSTSEASON TOURNAMENTS…

Postseason Tournaments are offered for ages 5U – 18U!

ALL POSTSEASON TEAMS MAY ADVANCE TO WORLD SERIES…

Playing on a national level enhances the overall development of every player!

DISCOUNTED LEAGUE INSURANCE PACKAGES…

Cost Savings - covers players, coaches and volunteers!

GENERATE LEAGUE REVENUES BY HOSTING TOURNAMENTS…

Leagues automatically qualify to become tournament host sites!

THE FASTEST GROWING LEAGUE ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD…

League growth is climbing at the rate of 255% per year!

THE LARGEST TOURNAMENT ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD…

Last year USSSA sanctioned 47,000+ tournaments!

NATIONAL SAFETY & EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE STANDARDS…

On-going bat, ball and equipment performance testing program!

THE LARGEST MULTI-SPORT ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD…

The United States Specialty Sports Association covers all the bases!

THE 2nd LARGEST BASEBALL ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD…

Programs in the Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Peru!

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IMPORTANT 2016 DATES

January 1, 2016

Last day for players age 5U – 8U to participate on a team of higher classification than Triple-A (AAA) and players age 9U – 18U to participate on a team of higher classification than Double-A (AA) and still be All-Star eligible.

March 1, 2016

All-Star teams may begin playing together as a team.

March 15, 2016

Last day to email electronic Sanction Reports and postmark and mail hard copy Sanction Reports & Sanction Fees to the State Office without late penalty (teams will not be registered until fees are received).

April 15, 2016

Last day to email late electronic Sanction Reports and postmark and mail late hard copy Sanction Reports & late Sanction Fees to the State Office with late penalty applied (teams will not be registered until fees are received).

April 16, 2016

No Sanction Reports will be accepted that are emailed and / or postmarked after April 15, 2016.  League will be ineligible for USSSA Postseason play.

May 1, 2016

State Office declaration of League minimums for required All-Star team participation (pursuant to Rule 8.02.B).

June 1, 2016

Last day to receive State Championship Team Entries in the State Office (late entries will not be accepted).

June 2, 2016

State Championship Host Sites announced.

June 6, 2016

State Championship schedules released by State Office.

June 9, 2016

State Championship Round One begins (weather permitting).

June 18, 2016

State Championship Round Two "Championship Finals"  (weather permitting – make-up day June 19, 2016).

June 28, 2016

World Series play begins in Gulfport, MS (weather permitting).

July 3, 2016

World Series play ends in Gulfport, MS (weather permitting).

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2016 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT

Two Rounds of tournament play will be used to crown All-Star State Champions.  ALL teams that complete their State Championship obligation are automatically awarded a World Series berth to the All-Star World Series.

Round One:

Unique three game guarantee (weather permitting) double elimination bracket.

Teams will be placed into the bracket by "blind draw".

The designated "host" team is automatically Home Team in their first game.

The winner of each bracket (i.e.; North & South) will advance to Round Two.

Round Two “Championship Finals”:

The two winning teams advancing from Round One (one from the North and one from the South) will play a "Best 2 Out Of 3" series on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Locust Grove, GA to crown the All-Star State Champion.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 will be the weather make-up date.

The State Champion ONLY is awarded a PAID World Series berth to the All-Star World Series in Gulfport, MS.