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State & Regional UICs
Please contact the UIC in your region. If no Region is listed, please call Ross McCulligan at 916-326-5303.
Rick Seifman, Vice President/Umpires - email@example.com 623-776-3525
John Barner, Florida Regional UIC FL - firstname.lastname@example.org 352-516-6651
Fredrick Craig, UIC UT - email@example.com 435-862-1068
Cathy Duncan, UIC TN - firstname.lastname@example.org 901-604-9396
Larry Haden, Colorado UIC - email@example.com 303-435-8569
Ron Grassi, Umpire National Director, Northwest UIC - firstname.lastname@example.org 253-678-1844
John Lytle, UIC Las Vegas - email@example.com 954-648-5665
Tim McElroy, Mid-Atlantic Regional UIC MD - firstname.lastname@example.org 301-514-2676
Donna McGuire, Central Regional UIC MO - email@example.com 816-517-2903
Keith Parker, UIC TX - firstname.lastname@example.org 903-315-6374
Don Reddig, UIC Southern CA - email@example.com 760-221-0531
Doug Robbins, UIC Northern CA - firstname.lastname@example.org 916-802-9422
Tom Bussey, Deputy UIC Northern CA - email@example.com 916-505-6917
Jim Stellmon, UIC WA - firstname.lastname@example.org 253-535-6216
SSUSA Rules Summary
SSUSA Rules Summary
• 6 feet to 12 Feet from the ground.
• Illegal Pitches are verbalized and hand signaled in flight.
• Four balls and three strikes used with no foul to give.
Batters and Pitcher boxes
• Batters must start with both feet in the box.
• Before starting the pitch the pitcher must take a position with at least one foot in contact with the Pitcher’s Box.
• Pitcher’s Box is 10 feet long.
• Emphasis on the batters’ box is the front and inside lines.
• Starting count is 0-0
• 4balls, 3 strikes
• No foul to give
Double First Base and Scoring Line
• Must be used.
• Violations are live calls.
• Not appeals.
• A runner's foot must be in contact with the scoring line, or over the scoring line and down to score the run prior to the catcher
catching the ball.
• All plays at home are force outs.
• When a runner passes the commitment line, they must continue.
• If they retreat back over it, it is a live ball out.
• A runner must make every effort to avoid collisions.
• If in the umpires’ judgment, a runner misses a base avoiding a collision, they may be declared safe.
• A base runner may advance on any third strike which is caught on the field of play. The ball is live.
• Any rostered player may be a courtesy runner that is listed on the lineup card.
• A courtesy runner may be used for a base runner at any time, but the same courtesy runner may notbe used more than once in an
inning. If so, they will be declared out.
• Should a courtesy runner be onbase when it is their turn at bat, an out is declared, the base is vacated, and the person due to bat hits.
• Should a runner be determined to be illegal, an out is declared only after they have touched the base.
• Teams must meet the minimum for their division. It is either ten or eleven players. Should the team be short-handed one, they may
continue to play. An out will be declared the first time only for that spot.
• If a player is ejected an out will be declared each time his/her turn at bat comes up.
Line Up cards and Game cards
• Proper game cards are critical.
• You will be given a game card that has been filled in with all the information needed for that game.
• It is your responsibility to complete that card fully as the game progresses.
• Total everything at the end and have the coaches sign to verify the results.
◦ Check your card for time limits.
◦ Check your card for an equalizer if used. HRs and runs per inning is always the lower teams.
◦ Be sure the back is filled out with both lineups, number of players and subs
◦ Make sure the pitchers have signed the card if necessary (Shins & Face Protection both)
◦ Your game card is official. Exchanged lineups are a courtesy.
◦ CONFIRM all of this BEFORE you flip the coin.
• During the game
◦ Record all runs each half inning and announce to both sides.
◦ Record all substitutions on the back of the card as they occur.
◦ Track the number of balls hit over the fence, whether they are home run, walks, or outs.
◦ Total and verify the score with both coaches and have them, you and any partner sign the card.
◦ Be sure it is accurate and complete.
◦ Don’t forget to rate the teams.
Flip Flop Rule
• In seeding or pool play both teams must agree to it.
• If used, when the visiting team is ahead by 10 runs, and going into the open inning, the home team hits twice. Should they take a
lead, the visiting team hits.
• In Bracket (tournament) play, it applies with a 10 run lead and is mandatory.
Home Runs / Runs per inning
• Major Plus: 9, walks over the limit, 7 runs per half inning
• Major: 6, walks over the limit, 5 runs per half inning
• AAA: 3, outs over the limit, 5 runs per half inning
• AA: 1 Only, outs over the limit, 5 Runs per half inning
• Note: Any ball hit over the fence must be counted on your card. HR, a walk, or an out. Keep track as you go. A four base award is
not included in home run totals. In either case, all runners are required to touch the next base, including the batter touching first.
• In timed games, must be announced when your clock expires. If not announced, another inning be played.
• Watch your clock.
• Make sure both coaches are informed.
International Tie Breaker Rule
• Each team will start with a runner on second base.
• The runner must be the last person who batted the previous inning, whether they made the third out or not.
• No substitute or courtesy runner may be used until that runner has advanced one base.
• Should the proper runner be unable to continue due to injury, an out is declared, and the next previous out becomes the proper
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