• Maryland & Delaware Fastpitch Softball / Baseball

Softball General Requirements

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General requirements for participation in the Maryland & Delaware USSSA Youth Program.

  • Any team playing in a USSSA sanctioned tournament must be properly registered through the USSSA National website. The annual team registration fee is $40, or $60 to register USA Elite Select, and is done online with a credit card at www.usssa.com. The team registration is effective from August 1 to July 31 of the following year.
  • Team rosters must be entered online. Once that's completed, the manager should print the roster and get all player and parent signatures. We are not requiring that you send a copy of your signed roster to the State Youth Office (SYO) but you must carry a hardcopy of the official USSSA roster with the team at all times which contains all player and parent (regardless of age group) signatures. Any players that are not currently participating on your team should be deleted from your online roster. PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE ROSTER TO THE NATIONAL OFFICE IN FLORIDA.
  • Birth Certificates do not need to be filed with the SYO, but legible copies must be kept with the team at all times. Failure to show a birth certificate for a player when that player's eligibility is questioned, or showing one that is determined by the tournament director or SYO to be fraudulent, will result in that player being ruled ineligible, and further sanctions may be levied against the team, the manager and/or player(s).
  • Proof of adequate insurance must be filed with the SYO two weeks prior to the team's first tournament. The insurance need not be issued through USSSA, but must provide at least $1 million in liability coverage. Every year there are teams who think that they're adequately covered when in fact they either have no liability insurance at all (only accident coverage) or have very low liability limits.
  • Any team that holds a USSSA sanction in a state outside of Maryland or Delaware must send copies of their proof of insurance to the SYO of Maryland and Delaware two weeks prior to participating in their first USSSA event in Maryland or Delaware. Once a non-Maryland or non-Delaware teams does this, that document will remain on file with the SYO and as long as the coverage doesn't change they will not have to submit it to the SYO for any subsequent tournaments in which they may play in Maryland or Delaware.
  • In summary, when participating in any USSSA sanctioned tournament all teams must carry with them copies of their signed roster, birth certificates and proof of adequate insurance. All of these items must be available for immediate inspection upon request of the tournament director. Failure to do so could result in loss of game, ejection from tournament, suspension for season, expulsion from USSSA, etc., with no refund of monies previously paid.

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