The Playing Rules and By-Laws of organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball shall take precedence over Minnesota Softball By-Laws and Rules during Championship Play.
7.01 AGE QUALIFICATION. – The playing age cannot exceed age qualification of the organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball during the current playing year.
A. The championship roster of the organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball will be furnished by the Commissioner, JO Commissioner, or his/her designee and shall be the only roster used for championship play.
B. Youth rosters for GOLD, A, or B must be turned in for inspection to the tournament director and will be returned to the team. Rosters will be certified one hour prior to first game in the championship tournament.
C. Youth rosters for class C, D, and Rec must be turned in for inspection to the tournament director and will be returned to the team. Rosters will be certified one hour prior to first game in the championship tournament.
D. Youth GOLD, A, or B teams participating in national or regional qualifier tournaments will contact the Commissioner, JO Commissioner, or his/her designee to have their roster certified prior to the tournament.
E. Completion of youth rosters.
1. Roster shall be completed with the following information included on the heading: Year, Team Name, City, State, Division and Classification of Championship Play. (example - Girls Fast Pitch 18 & Under Class A or Girls FP 18 – A)
2. TEAM MANAGER’S AFFIDAVIT on the roster shall be completed in its entirety.
3. Roster to be submitted to the Commissioner, JO Commissioner, or his/her designee for certification.
4. Photo identification per Minnesota Softball and by the organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball will be turned in for inspection with the championship roster at the time of certification in the order as the players’ names appear on the roster.
5. If a player’s name on the roster is different than the name on the birth certificate or photo identification, they must provide the proper court documents indicating the name change.
6. The championship roster form must be signed by the player and/or his/her guardian after January 1st of the current year. Player 18 years of age can sign the roster without parent/guardian signature.
7. Rosters are due to Minnesota Softball by June 15 or by the first sanctioned league or tournament game, whichever occurs first.
8. Any changes to the roster made between June 15 and the State Tournament must be approved by the Commissioner, JO Commissioner, or his/her designee.
G. Completion of adult rosters.
1. All team participating in Minnesota Softball League or Tournament (Invitational, District, State, National Qualifier, or National) will be required to fill out an online roster.
2. Rosters must to be submitted at all Minnesota Softball tournaments to the Tournament Director.
3. If a player’s name on the roster is different than the name on their photo identification, they must provide the proper court documents indicating the name change.
4. Rosters are due to Minnesota Softball by July 1 or by the first sanctioned league or tournament game, whichever occurs first.
5. Any changes to the roster made between July 1 and the State Tournament must be approved by the Commissioner or by his or her designee.
6. If a player participates with a team that qualifies for state and nationals, that player is locked to that roster and will not be allowed to participate on any other teams.
7.03 PICK-UP PLAYERS. The pick-up player’s rules must comply with rules of the organization affiliated by Minnesota Softball during the current playing year.
7.0.4 OPEN DIVISIONS. - 14U “A”, 16U “GOLD”, 16U “A”, 18U “GOLD”, and 18U “A” are the only “Open” divisions of play for girls’ fast pitch and will be allowed to play outside of their local community. Teams found in violation may be eliminated from league play and ineligible to participate in advancing and post season play.
A. If surrounding association directors are in agreement of moving a player from one association to another in order to fill a roster spot and give a player an opportunity to play.
B. Associations may have a situation of having a younger sibling playing on the same team.
C. Associations may need to fill a roster spot within their association and move a player up a level.
D. Associations may need to combine with neighboring associations to field a team. These will not be considered a tryout team.
E. All of these exceptions must be communicated between associations, agreed upon, and approved by Minnesota Softball.
7.05 COACH CERTIFICATION, BACKGROUND CHECKS, AND MINNESOTA CONCUSSION LAW
A. All Minnesota Softball youth teams that enter Gold, A, or B championship tournament play will be required to have an ACE Certified Coach on the field any time the team is participating in championship play. All field personnel are required to have successfully passed background checks.
B. ACE Certification and Background Checks will be performed on RegisterASA.com.
C. Minnesota Softball leagues/associations are recommended to establish and maintain a coach certification program, which is subject to approval by Minnesota Softball.
D. Minnesota Softball recommends that any person that is on the field during practice or games assisting in the training or coaching process will be required to have a current background check performed each year. Each League/Association will certify that background checks have been performed prior to championship play each year.
E. The Minnesota Legislature passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.