The San Diego World Series will be governed by the USSSA National Baseball Bylaws and Rules unless noted differently below.


Rosters: You are allowed to add five (5) write in's to your existing roster, (complete a Hand Written Roster to add your "write in players")
Frozen Players on other rosters may be added to your existing roster as "Write In's"

IMPORTANT! "Write in" players must be included on the roster that is turned in at "Check in".


USSSA Oniline or an Official Printed Rosters will be the official roster at the San Diego World Series.
USSSA Baseball reserves the right to alter, change, or abbreviate the tournament format when necessary to complete the tournament due to weather or field conditions.


All playing rules will be governed by the USSSA handbook and the rules for Major League Baseball.


USSSA uses a May 1 cutoff for age qualification. 2019 ages will be used in this tournament.


All bases distances, pitching distances and equipment will be according to the USSSA Rule Book.


All players must be fully uniformed, which includes the following: pants, socks, cap, and team shirt with numbers that are non-duplicating and at least 3 inches in height. Protests on uniforms will not be allowed. There is no changing of numbers in a tournament other than for the “infectious disease“ rule. This change must be reported to the tournament director. If a player changes numbers for any other reason, he and the manager will be ejected from the game.


Managers and coaches must be properly dressed but are not required to wear uniforms.


While in the field as a defensive player, hats must be worn.


Metal spikes are prohibited in all divisions 12 and under. Spikes are never allowed to be worn on the mound.


A full-use batting helmet which covers the top and back of the head must be worn by every player while in the on-deck circle, when at bat and while on the bases.


The catcher must wear all appropriate protective gear. NO SKULL CAPS


Games will be 6 innings for 8u-12u and 7 innings for 13u & 14u.


Players may play with only one team in the tournament.


Time limits will be 1:30 for 8u, 1:45 for 9u-12u and 2:00 for 13u & 14u. There will be no time limit in the Gold Division Championship Games.


These time limits will be applied to all pool play and non-gold division championships games. We will make every attempt to put no time limit on Gold division championship games.


Once an inning begins, it must be completed. However, if the home team is ahead and batting when time expires, the game is over and the inning is not completed.


7.03.A.6: Pool play games can end in a tie if the time limit is up or a complete game has been played.


In the event a team cannot make it’s scheduled time the tournament director will first attempt to condense the schedule. If the schedule cannot be condensed a forfeit win will be awarded. A win awarded by forfeit will be scored as 1 run for each scheduled inning. (example, a 12u game scheduled for 6 innings will be scored 6-0 for the winning team).


Game Time starts after home plate meeting.


7.02.A A flip of a coin between the two teams shall determine the home team for each pool play game The highest seeded team


shall be the home team for bracket play games in single elimination brackets. In double elimination brackets, the highest
seeded team shall be the home team until the championship game. In the championship game, the team in the winner’s
bracket shall be the home team and a coin toss shall determine the home team for the “IF” game.


Bats 

USSSA Baseball | Disallowed Bats

Any bat permanently stamped with the official USA Baseball logo is legal to use in any USSSA baseball event, except were BBCOR is required. 
13U / -5
14U and above BBCOR or Wood 

7.02.D Approved Team Line-ups:
7.02.D.1 Teams may bat a nine (9) player line-up, ten (10) player line-up using an Extra Hitter (EH) or continuous lineup
of all present, eligible, uniformed players. Such line-up must be declared before the start of the game and used the entire game.
7.02.D.1(a) If a team uses a line-up that contains substitute players, all starting players may be removed
and re-enter the game once but must re-enter in their original position in the batting order.
Non-starters are not allowed to re-enter. When a starter re-enters, the player in the starter’s
batting position in the batting order must be removed from the game and is ineligible for the
remainder of the game.


7.02.E In Scholastic divisions (15U-18U), if the Extra Hitter (EH) is not be utilized, then the Designated Hitter (DH) may be utilized
in accordance with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) rules.
7.02.F Teams may play an official game with an eight (8) player line-up. If a team plays with an eight (8) player line-up, an out shall
be declared for the ninth (9th) position in the batting line-up each turn at bat. A ninth (9th) player and all subsequent players
may be added to the bottom of the batting line-up as soon as they become available.


7.04 The Batter, Batter Runner & Runner:
7.04.A An Intentional Walk may be issued upon announcement from either the pitcher or catcher without throwing pitches.
7.04.B At any time, the offensive team may use a courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher of record from the previous inning . The courtesy runner must be a player not presently in the line-up. If no players not presently in the line-up are available, the courtesy runner shall be the player making the last batted out. The re-entry status of the courtesy runner, pitcher, and catcher shall not be affected by this rule. If at any time, a courtesy runner is determined to be ineligible, a replacement pursuant to these rules (if available) shall be used without penalty.


7.02.E In Scholastic divisions (15U-18U), if the Extra Hitter (EH) is not be utilized, then the Designated Hitter (DH) may be utilized
in accordance with the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) rules.


7.05 The Pitcher:
7.05.A A player removed from the pitching position (starting pitcher or subsequent relief pitcher) may not return to the pitching position for the remainder of the game. The defensive team may correct this rules infraction at any time by substituting a legal pitcher without penalty. If an illegal pitcher is permitted to pitch, any pitch or play that results is legal. The rule violation should be caught by the Umpire or the offensive team and immediately corrected. If the violating pitcher has legal innings remaining, the violation is deemed an improper substitution and is corrected without penalty. If the violating pitcher has no legal innings remaining, it’s deemed a pitching limitations violation pursuant to USSSA Rule 7.05. B.7.
7.05.B (Chart 7.05.B-1) The end of the day for the purpose of this rule shall be the time of day or night when the ballpark is shut down and the teams go home for the night break. Games that for any reason extend past midnight (12:00 AM) or start late at night, past midnight (12:00 AM) and are completed before the teams take the night break, shall count as being played on the scheduled day. A game not completed before the night break pursuant to USSSA Rules 7.03.D shall be a suspended game. Suspended games, when resumed (the next day or another day), shall count as being played on two different days.
The outs recorded during the portion of the game played prior to suspension shall count as being played on the regularly scheduled day and the outs recorded during the portion of the game played once resumed, shall count as being played on the resumed day.


7.05.B.1 ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO PITCH THE NEXT DAY: The maximum number of innings a player
can legally pitch in one (1) day and still pitch the next day.
Rule 7.05.B.1 Example: In the 7U – 14U age
divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum
of three (3) innings in one (1) day and still legally
pitch the next day. If the player pitches four (4 ) or more innings in one (1) day, the player cannot legally pitch the next day.


7.05.B.2 ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day.

Rule 7.05.B.2 Example: In the 7U – 12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six (6) innings in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to pitch the next day. Similarly, in the 13U – 14U age divisions,a player may legally pitch a maximum of seven (7) innings in one (1) day.


The player would be ineligible to legally pitch the next day.

If the player pitches four (4) or more innings in one (1) day, the player cannot legally pitch the next day

One pitch equals one inning pitched.


5 DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in five (5) consecutive days
8U - 12U     9 Innings MAXIMUM
13U -14U  11 innings MAXIMUM
Verify your Teams Pitching Records After Each Game - Team Pitching records on the tournament score cards are Official.  Pitching Logs for each team will be available for public view.


8U – 12U age divisions a player may pitch max of nine (9) innings in a tournament.
13U -14U age divisions a player may pitch eleven (11) innings in a tournament.


MANDATORY DAYS OF REST:

A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.


A player that pitches eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days MUST rest the next day.
A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total quantity of innings pitched)
MUST rest the next day


MERCY RULES: 9u-12u: 15 runs after 3 innings and 8 runs after 4 innings
13u-14u: 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 runs after 4 innings and 8 runs after 5 innings


All elimination games excluding the championship game, extra innings or the next inning after time expires will begin with a runner on second base and no outs. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position previous to the leadoff batter of the inning (or a substitute for that player). By way of example, if the number five hitter in the batting order is due to lead off the next inning, the number four player in the batting order shall begin the inning on second base. In the event the runner is the pitcher or catcher of record a courtesy runner will be allowed.


Protests
A protest may be filed on rule interpretations or roster eligibility only. A $100.00 protest fee is required in order to file a protest with the site director. The site director will forward the protest to protest committee. If you lose the protest, you will lose the $100.00. Once a pitch is thrown you lose your right to protest, If you feel you are 100% correct, have the umpire stop the game and get a ruling. 


San Diego World Series Rules