I WANT TO START A TEAM. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FIRST AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
Aside from the obvious (finding players, buying equipment and uniforms, setting up practices, etc.), there are 4 basic functions that new teams need to perform.
1. Register your team with USSSA.
2. Purchase team insurance. Fax a copy to 410-437-8139 or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Carry a copy of this document with you when participating in USSSA tournaments.
3. Complete the online roster form, print it off, get all players and parents to sign it. Have this document with you at all times when participating in USSSA tournaments. We do not require you to send a copy of your roster to our office.
4. Choose which tournaments you wish to participate in and register for them online.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO REGISTER MY TEAM?
Teams need to register with at least one of the sport's sanctioning bodies. The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is one of those bodies. The cost to register your team online with USSSA in 2014 is $35 and is valid from August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. By registering with USSSA you become part of a nationwide group of youth softball teams. Your team will be placed on a mailing list for important information, have the ability to purchase team insurance, be able to participate in USSSA tournaments and leagues, receive a rule book as well as other benefits from being part of the USSSA program. To register your team with USSSA, you’ll need to go to the Team Registration section of this website, read the instructions, then click on the link found there to begin the procedure. You will be given a USSSA sanction number once you’ve completed the simple registration process.
WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH PURCHASING TEAM INSURANCE?
Every team that participates in even one tournament needs to purchase team insurance. Simply put, none of softball's sanctioning bodies will allow a team to participate that doesn't have team insurance. USSSA’s insurance carrier is K&K. Teams do not have to purchase their insurance through K&K, but it’s an easy and quick process to do through the USSSA website, www.usssa.com. The USSSA policy provides both liability and accident coverage for either a full year, running from January 1 to December 31, or a half year, at half the cost of full year coverage, running from March 1 to July 31. If your organization or in house program consists of six teams or more you are also eligible for a 25-30% discount on insurance. Just contact the SYO if you think your organization is eligible for this discount. In order to purchase team insurance from K&K, teams will need to be registered through USSSA and will need to provide K&K with their sanction number upon application. Click here to purchase a policy or to find out more about the K&K insurance program. Once your team has purchased insurance, whether it was from K&K or another carrier, you should immediately send a copy of your policy to the SYO so it can be placed on file.
HOW DO I ENTER MY ROSTER ONLINE?
First you’ll need to register your team online (see section above). Once that’s been done, go to the Roster Procedure section of the website and read the instructions, particularly the section “Information Regarding the Online Roster”. Once the roster has been completely entered, you need to print off a copy, and have the players and parents sign it. Have this document with you at all times during a USSSA tournament.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY TEAM FOR USSSA TOURNAMENTS?
To get a list of all available tournaments, go to www.usssa.com and login under your ID. Once you’re in under your ID, click on “Find a Tournament /League”, select the parameters you’re looking for, then click on the payment option (either online payment or without online payment).
CAN USSSA REGISTERED TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN OTHER ORGANIZATION'S TOURNAMENTS?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage teams to play in tournaments run by other organizations. Although we believe USSSA will offer your team the most opportunity overall, we also understand that each weekend is different, and depending on your team's situation another organization might provide you a better solution for that particular weekend. Contrary to what many people might think, the directors of each sanctioning body do get along with one another and help each other in every way they can. For the most part, the various associations work with, not against, each other.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT USSSA?