FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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 is $35 and is valid from August 1 to July 31. 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 learn how to sanction your team with USSSA, Click Here.
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 Jenkins. Teams do not have to purchase their insurance through Jenkins, 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. There is even a furtyher discouted program for Rec leagues. Just contact the CT State Fastpitch Director if you think your organization is eligible for this discount. In order to purchase team insurance from Jenkins, teams will need to be registered through USSSA and will need to provide Jenkins with their sanction number upon application. Click here, to purchase a policy or to find out more about the Jenkins insurance program. Once your team has purchased insurance, whether it was from Jenkins or another carrier, you should immediately send a copy of your policy to the CT State Fastpitch Director so it can be placed on file.
Is my team required to have USSSA team insurance?
No, but every team needs insurance. USSSA has great coverage and at a great price. But if your team or organization uses another sanctioning body for insurance such as ASA, this is allowed.
How do I enter my roster online?
First you’ll need to register your team online and the system will walk you through the procedures. Once the roster has been completely entered, you need to print off a copy, have the players and parents sign it.
How do I register my team for USSSA tournaments?
To actually enter the tournaments you must and login under your ID. Once you’re logged 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).
What paperwork do I need to bring to a USSSA tournament?
You need to bring your official roster, completely filled out and signed, a copy of your insurance certificate and copies of the players birth certificates to be verified, if needed.
Can USSSA registered teams participate in other organizations’ 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.
Are the rules of play different in USSSA tournaments?
The rules of fastpitch softball are virtually the same for all sanctioning bodies but some rules in USSSA do differ from other organizations. For a more detailed view on rules, Click Here.
How can I get more information about USSSA?
Feel free to call the CT/RI/MA State Fastpitch Director at at 860-658-6329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org