Ohio Playing Rules & By-Laws

I. OHIO USSSA BY-LAWS (updated for 2014 season)

 

A. TEAM & PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

1. A team must register and be classified within its own district. Teams must participate under the sponsor’s name or names that they register.  If a team wishes to play under a different name, it must re-register.  If a team cannot provide its current year state registration card, it must re-register.  If proof can be provided after the tournament, the registration fee will be refunded.

2.  Teams earning World, National, or State Tournament berths may continue to participate in the USSSA tournament program at the level in which they qualified, or higher.

3.  Teams may only qualify for and participate in their respective Co-State Tournament.  NOTE: Any exceptions must be approved by the appropriate Ohio USSSA District and State Director.

4. The final four teams in the Men’s Class B, C, D and E, and the Women’s Class B, C and D State Tournaments may be required to provide suitable identification to the tournament director.  The USSSA National Constitution requires that: “All players participating in adult USSSA tournament play shall have photo ID available.  Failure to do so will result in Rule 4, Sections 11-4 and 11-5 in the USSSA Rule Book to be applied (The offending team loses the game, is ejected from the tournament, placed last in the standings and forfeits all awards, sponsor travel money and tournament berths that would have been awarded at the tournament.).

5. The Ohio USSSA Mixed Couples State Program shall feature five divisions, which will be called Mixed Major, Mixed C, Mixed D, Mixed E and Mixed E Rec.

a. Mixed Major Program – Mixed teams that have male players on the USSSA’s Major Player List or Watch List, or who competed during the current season on a Class A team or higher, shall be required to play in the Mixed Major Division.

b. Mixed C Program – Mixed teams that play in the Mixed C Division may not have players who competed during the season on Men’s Class B teams or higher, or Women’s A teams or higher.  EXCEPTION: A Mixed C team may have one player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class B team or a Women’s Class A team.

c. Mixed D Program – Mixed teams that play in the Mixed D Division may not have players who competed during the season on Men’s Class C teams or higher, or Women’s B teams or higher.  EXCEPTION: A Mixed D team may have one player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class B or C team or a Women’s Class B team.

d. Mixed E Program – Mixed teams that play in the Mixed E Division may not have players who competed during the season on Men’s Class D teams or higher, or Women’s C teams or higher.  EXCEPTION: A Mixed E team may have one player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class D team or a Women’s Class C team.

e. Mixed E Rec Program – Mixed teams that play in the Mixed E Rec Division may not have players who competed during the season on Men’s Class D teams or higher, or Men’s E teams that have qualified for the State, National or World Tournament, or Women’s D teams or higher.  EXCEPTION: A Mixed E Rec team may have one player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class E team or a Women’s Class D team.

NOTE: After the Ohio USSSA State Tournament, Mixed C teams may add one additional player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class B team or a Women’s Class A team; Mixed D teams may add one additional player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class C team or a Women’s Class B team; Mixed E teams may add one additional player who competed during the season on a Men’s Class D team or a Women’s Class C team.

B. MEN’S FALL STATE TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY

1. MEN’S CLASS C – A maximum of either one Major player, one A player and one B player, or a maximum of four B players, who competed on a USSSA Major, A or B team, respectively, during the current season, may compete in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class C Fall State Tournament.  EXCEPTION: Any player who competed on a USSSA Major, A or B team during the current season and was subsequently released and became frozen on a C team or below may compete in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class C Fall State Tournament.

2. MEN’S CLASS D – A maximum of two players who competed on a USSSA C team during the current season may compete in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class D Fall State Tournament.  EXCEPTION: Any player who competed on a USSSA A, B or C team during the current season and was subsequently released and be-came frozen on a D team or below may compete in the Ohio Men’s Class D Fall State Tournament.

3. MEN’S CLASS E – A maximum of three players who competed on a USSSA D team during the current season may compete in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class E Fall State Tournament.  EXCEPTION: Any player who competed on a USSSA A, B, C or D team during the current season and was subsequently released and became frozen on an E team may compete in the Ohio Men’s Class E Fall State Tournament.

C. MANDATORY STATE TOURNAMENT

All men’s class B, C, D and E teams receiving berths to National or World Tournaments must play in their respective State tournament provided such a tournament is held.  Failure to play in the State Tournament, if held, will result in forfeiture of the National or World berth.  NOTE: Any exceptions must be approved by the appropriate Ohio USSSA District and State Director.

D. STATE TOURNAMENT ELIGIBILITY FOR OUT-OF STATE TEAMS

A team can only participate in a State Tournament in its respective program and class in one state during a season. For example, a Men’s Class “A” team can only participate in one Men’s Class “A” State Tournament, a Men’s Class “B” can only participate in one Men’s Class “B” State Tournament.  (USSSA National By-Laws, Article IV, Sec. 3).  NOTE: Out-of-state teams may participate in Ohio USSSA State Tournaments providing: a) their home state does not offer a State Tournament in that particular classification, and b) there is joint approval by the respective State Directors.  This may include teams playing in a higher class.  E. g. An Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan or Pennsylvania Men’s C team may play in the Ohio USSSA Men’s Class “B” State if their home state does not offer a Men’s “B” State Tournament.

 

E. AUTOMATIC RE-CLASSIFICATION OF TEAMS

The teams listed below will automatically be required to compete in the next higher classification:

1. The winner of the Men’s Class D State Tournaments based on 25 or more teams.

2. The winner of any Men’s Class E State Tournament, the top two finishers in the Men’s Class E State Tournaments based on 17 to 24 teams, and the top four finishers in the Men’s Class E State Tournaments based on 25 or more teams.

3. The winner of the Men’s E Rec State Tournament.

4. The winner of any Ohio Mixed Couples Class D State Tournament based on 17 teams or more.

5. The winner and runner-up of any Ohio Mixed Couples Class E State Tournament based on 17 teams or more.

6. The winner of the Southern Ohio Mixed Couples Class E Rec State Tournament.

 

All teams that are automatically reclassified by the Ohio USSSA State Constitution may appeal their reclassification in writing using the official “USSSA Classification Appeal Form,” available at www.usssa.com under “Team Information.”  Appeals must be approved by both the District Director and the State Director. Teams affected by the above rules must compete in at least four tournaments in their new classification before an appeal will be considered (two tournaments in the Women’s and Mixed program).  Appeals will only be considered between June 1st and August 1st.  Teams reclassified by Ohio by-laws must participate in their new classification for a period of one year.  Teams that fail to participate the following year will remain at their new classification until such time as they participate and meet the requirements above.  This applies to any team with four or more players from any combination of teams moved up within the same classification (see USSSA National By-Laws Article II, Sec. 10 a. and 10 b.).

 

II. OHIO USSSA PLAYING RULES

 

A. RUN RULE

Continuing in 2015, all Ohio State Tournaments will abide by the National run-rules as reflected in the Official USSSA Rulebook.  Note:  District programs may adopt their own run rule but may not supersede State and National rules.