2017 USA Softball of Illinois Rules
The USA Softball Association is the governing body of softball in the United States. The Association is directed by a Commissioner’s Council which is made up of softball leaders from all 50 states and 20 metropolitan areas. The National Office of USA Softball is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to housing Executive Director Craig Cress and his staff, the Oklahoma site also is home to the USA Softball National Hall of Fame.
Our Illinois Association follows the Constitution and Bylaws of the USA Softball Association of America. The Official Guide and Rule Book of the national organization includes the most important rules and bylaws of softball. If any direct conflict exists between state and national rules, the national rules have precedence. These can be found at www.softball.org.
One of the purposes of our Brochure and Handbook and our website is to spell out some specific rules of our Illinois organization. These are the rules that seem to be of most concern to our managers and players. We refer to the USA Rule Book for most of your questions, but some “special rules” for Illinois classifications and competition are included herein. Complete rules can be found at www.illinoisasa.org. We note that Chicago Metro has their own USA/ASA organization.
will be used to monitor rosters at this years various slopitch state tournaments.
6. Team and/or player reclassification requests should be submitted to one of the adult Illinois ASA commissioners listed elsewhere in our Brochure and on our website. Requests must be received by April 1st and action will be taken by the Executive Committee at their meeting on April 7 or 8.
7. Concerning pick-ups, add ons and reclassified players, team rosters may not include more
than a total of five “add ons”, pick ups and/or reclassified players.
8.Teams advancing to National tournaments are governed by National eligibility rules .
NOTE: Under ordinary circumstances, THE ASA NATIONAL RECLASSIFICATION COMMITTEE AND THEIR DECISIONS ON PLAYER CLASSIFICATIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER OUR ILLINOIS ASA DATA BASE and NATIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL NATIONAL TOURNAMENtS. However, many of our state tournaments in Illinois are Invitational Tournaments and the Illinois data base will be in effect for those tournaments. It is worth noting that any team that participates in one of our invitational tournaments and then advances to a corresponding USA National tournament must adjust their roster to satisfy national classification rules. Finally, it should be noted that the Illinois uSA Class C National Tournament Qualifier also serves as our “C” state championship . That tournament will again be in Rock Island and the national reclassification data base will be in effect for that tournament.
B. Team Reclassifications
1. Teams posting 0-2 or 1-2 record in state tournament play may request reclassification to
drop down a class for the next season. Final decision made by the Executive Committee.
2. Concerning reclassification requests, the area Vice President can appoint a local committee to
help him/her make a recommendation to the Executive Committee.
3. The Mens Class C Slopitch State Tournament and National Qualifier will again be in Rock
Island this summer. The top two teams in that tournament will advance to the National
Tournament in Oklahoma City in August.