U.S.A SOFTBALL DISTRICT 31
YOUTH DIVISION GUIDELINES
AGE RULE: A player’s age as of December 31st determines the age of classification in which a player is eligible to play in the following year.
PLAYING UP: Players may play up, but may not play down in a lower age division. Players playing in Class A or on a Travel Team must remain in that division for the entire season. Starting a new season (Jan. 1st) of the new year they will have the option of dropping back down to league play.
RIGHT TO APPEAL: Players playing Class A or Travel Team ball that wish to return back to league play may appeal to the District Office to return back to league play. All appeals must be in written form and sent to the District Office for review. NOTE: Players that are allowed to return back to league play will not be allowed to Pitch or Catch in their own age division of play for the current season. They may do so if they move up in the next upper age division of play.
ELITE PLAYERS, CLASS A/TRAVEL TEAMS: All players in District 31 playing Class A or on a Travel Team will be added to an ELITE players list that will be kept by the District Office. The district will be responsible for keeping this list updated.
LEAGUE PLAY: All teams playing league ball must fill out an Official District Roster form. This form must be filled out completely and turned into the District Office no later than March 1st of the current year.
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY: All teams advancing to State, Regional, or National Tournaments must fill out a Championship Roster and have it signed by a District Official.
ACE CERTIFICATION: At least (1) coach on a team must be ACE certified for a team to advance to championship play, District, State, Regionals & Nationals. NOTE: All coaches & Team Moms in the dugouts or on the playing field must have had a background check done and it must be visible at all times while on the field.
LEAGUE PLAY: All players and teams in District 31 must be registered no later than March 1st of the current year. Registration fee for league players is $18.00 per player. After March 1st, the registration fee is $20.00 per player.
CLASS A/TRAVEL TEAMS: Class A / Travel Teams must be registered no later than April 1st of the current year. Registration fees for teams that do not register through a league will be set at $25.00 per player. After April 1st, the fee will be $28.00 per player.
All U.S.A. tournaments in District 31 must be registered and sanctioned with the District Office. Sanction fees for tournaments are ($10) Ten dollars per tournament. The fee will increase to ($15) Fifteen dollars if there is less than 3 days notice for a request to sanction a tournament. Each tournament director will receive a tournament sanction certificate that should be posted at the tournament.
TRAVEL PERMITS: If requested by a tournament director, teams requesting travel permits must make this request at least (3) three days prior to the tournament from the District Office. There will be a $3.00 fee for travel permits. The fee will increase to ($5) Five dollars if there is less than 3 days notice for a request for travel permits.
DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS: Teams wishing to advance to the U.S.A. State Tournaments must compete in the District Tournaments to advance. (Exception) Class A or Travel Teams.
STATE TOURNAMENTS: All teams advancing to the U.S.A. State Tournaments will be classified at the State Tournament as to which division of play they will compete in (B or C).
NATIONALS: All Class A or Travel Teams that compete in the U.S.A. State Tournaments can automatically advance to the Southern National Tournaments.
LEAGUE ALL STAR TEAMS
All league players competing on their league’s All Star Team must be selected from a leagues common draft system. Any team that recruits players from outside of District 31 boundaries or has a hand picked team and not going by a league’s All Star draft procedure and or openly advertises for players will be classified as a Travel Team. Players that are playing on a Class A or Travel Team may not be picked up on a league’s All Star Team.
PLAYER’S PHOTO I.D.’S: All players advancing to Championship play will be issued a players photo I.D. Card. Players photos should be turned into the District office (1 to 2) one to two weeks prior to the District Tournaments. All Class A or Travel Teams must have all their registration information and photos into the District Office no later than April 1st of the current year. There will be a ($5.00) five dollar fee for I.D. Cards that have to be reproduced.
NON PAYMENT OF FEES: In the event of a failure to pay any fees owed to a league or the District itself, said individual or individuals will be unable to participate in any U.S.A. events or functions until said fees are paid.
LEAGUE PLAY: All Players, Coaches and Teams in District 31 shall be governed by said leagues by-laws and constitution. Any and all discrepancies will be handled by said league.
REQUEST-APPEALS-PROTESTS: All Request, Appeals and Protests shall go through the proper channels: League Representative, District Youth Commissioner, District Commissioner, then State Commissioner. All Request, Appeals and Protests are to be in written form only. Phone calls will not be accepted.
U.S.A. SOFTBALL OF TEXAS & NATIONAL U.S.A.
All Players and Teams registered in District 31 will be playing under the U.S.A. Softball banner and are expected to follow the U.S.A. Code in all championship play.
All of the above rulings are subject to change by District 31 or the Amateur Softball Association of America -The National Governing Body of Softball.
Terry Harper Mike Cappa
District JO Commissioner District Commissioner