Source:  United States Fastpitch Association
World Series & National Events


New for 2008

The following is not an all inclusive list of changes and revisions; however these are the key points of revision along with comments as needed.

 

·      USFA has reduced the cost of hosting a State Qualifying events from $20 to $10 per team. In addition we will now award more points for hosting larger events....the more teams you have, the more points you earn . Teams will receive 50pts for hosting and event, plus an additional 50pts for every 10 teams entered. ex: 1-9= 50pts / 10-19=100pts 20-29= 150pts / 30-39 = 200pts / 40-49 = 250pts, etc. Points will be awarded by the regional offices once the event has been closed out (all results have been entered online) and sanction fees are received at the regional offices

·     The 10U division (“A” & “B”) will be played during the first week of the World Series. There will continue to be two separate and distinct classifications however they will be played during the same week. This was unanimously voted in based on several issues, including coaches input. By combining the 10U “A” and 10U “B” within the same week of the World Series we hope to encourage more parity within the division.

·       18U “A” division will pitch from 43’.   This was also unanimously voted in based on several issues as well as input from college coaches.  

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The 18U (40’ “B” & 43’ “A”) divisions will be played during the second week of the World Series.  This too was unanimously approved based on several issues, including that of college coaches.  By combining both “A” & “B” we hope to attract a larger number of college scouts by increasing the number of teams (college recruits) within the same timetable.  

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USFA RegistrationBeginning in the Fall 2008-2009 season, the USFA registration season will run from September 1st to August 31st.    This is to ensure teams playing in fall events are correctly awarded points and National berths in the age group in which they participate.  We are also currently working out the details to allow our USFA insurance program to coincide with this change to prevent teams from having to secure new policies.

·       USFA has adopted a High School Division. This division is designed to enhance the playing opportunities for 16U & 18U teams in smaller areas and/or during off-season play.  (16U/18U will be combined in this division) Pitching distances for this division may be either 40’ or 43’. The HS division will not be offered at the State or National levels.

·       Beginning in Fall 2007-2008 Season, National berths are no longer awarded for hosting USFA events. Due to the decrease in hosting fees and the increase in hosting points, USFA elected to eliminate the automatic berth allowance.


 
·       - The official USFA ball may be purchased directly from Baden Sports at a rate of $42.00 per dozen. To better serve our teams, the Official USFA ball is also logo stamped and approved for play for NFHS and ASA. To purchase, contact Baden Sport representative Brent Weidenback (800) 544-2998 ext: 1020

 

Rule Changes for 2008

The following is not an all inclusive list of changes and revisions; however these are the key points of revision along with comments as needed.

 ·       8U Coach Pitch rules have been added. Local events may continue to use adopted Player pitch or Machine Pitch rules however these Coach Pitch rules will be used at all State & National Tournaments unless otherwise specified.

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USFA will now offer both 40’ & 43’ in the 18U Division.  Each state may choose to use either or both distance. Contact your State/Area director for details.

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Age Classification - A player’s age on December 31st of the previous calendar year determines the age classification in which the player is eligible to participate. 

 ·        Use of an illegal bat will result in an automatic out and ejection of player using the bat.  Blatant offense will lead to team being ejected from the tournament. 

 ·        Leap, Crow Hop or Re plant:  When the pitcher’s pivot foot leaves the ground or is planted more than once during the delivery of a pitch.  The foot can drag   but cannot be “replanted”.  Medical officials have deemed leaping and replanting hazardous to the pitcher’s knees.  (The word leap was added to clarify this rule.)

 



2008 World Series Dates Announced

8U July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL
10U B July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL
10U July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL
12U B July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL
14U B July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL
16U B July 13-19 Panama City Beach, FL

12U A July 20-26 Panama City Beach, FL
14U A July 20-26 Panama City Beach, FL
16U A July 20-26 Panama City Beach, FL
18U 40' July 20-26 Panama City Beach, FL
18U 43' July 20-26 Panama City Beach, FL




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