Any teams who have added
new players from a higher classified team (IE D team adds a
player from a C or above team) will need to submit a roster
for review/classification determination prior to
participating in NSA events.
Some of these teams are no longer together, or have combined
with other teams and some didn't participate in the NSA
program last year.
Teams who do not agree with their current classification can
To appeal your classification via mail -NSA, P.O. Box 444,
Bellevue, Wa. 98009 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
include in your appeal
a complete list of the players that will be on the roster
for the current year, what team, and level of play, each
player played at in prior year and the reasons why you feel
your team should be reclassified.
Also include what your teams post season aspirations are (IE
State, Western Worlds or Super Worlds). Teams who have
Worlds aspirations, may be classified differently for
instate qualifiers and for the State Tournament as opposed
to their Worlds classification. Some teams may be on the
bubble so to speak and may need to participate in a few
qualifiers to determine where they may be eligible to
compete for worlds. Example - D classified team may be
eligible for E NIT/Worlds, but must play instate qualifiers
and state as a D team.
Teams who will have a different world classification will
need to participate in at least one NIT in their instate
classification. Example D team (E World/NIT eligible) will
need to participate in at least one D NIT to be eligible to
go to E Western Worlds and E Super Worlds (team still earn a
berth for Western and Super Worlds)
NSA of Washington realizes that instate competition and
worlds competition are different and a majority of teams do
not have world aspirations. Thus the possible different
eligibility. NSA of Washington's thought process/reasoning
is to promote a level playing field for both instate
competition and worldscompetition
NON - CHAMPIONSHIP/WASHINGTON STATE ONLY
Rules: All Baters enter the batters box with a one (1)
ball and one (1) strike count and has a courtey foul on the
3rd strike. Run rule (20 after 3, 15 after 4 and 10 after 4
1/2 innings) for Menís C and below and all Womenís and Coed
classes. For Menís B and above 25 after 3, 20 after 4 and 15
after 4 1/2 innings. 1 courtesy runner is allowed in regular
tournament play. 1 of each gender in Coed. The courtesy
runner is the last out or the next available player.
Courtesy runners are not allowed in post-season (NIT,
Western and Super) play.
2 Menís Home Run Rule: A dead ball
out is assessed after the following home run limits have
been reached: Menís Open -8, One up, Menís B
-4, One up, Menís C -2, One up, Menís D - 1,
One up to 2 max, Menís E - 1, DBO, Progressive
Penalty Menís Rec -0, Double Progressive Penalty
One up means that once both teams have reached the
limit, above, that no team may be more than one home run
ahead of the other team. Exception: Home team in bottom of
official final inning cannot go one up. Progressive
Penalty home run rule is in effect for E class teams.
Once a player hits a home run, the batter is out and a run
is awarded to the defensive team, the second home run the
defensive team is awarded two runs, etc. Double
Progressive Penalty home run rule is in effect for Rec
class and is double the penalties for home runs as compared
to the Progressive Penalty above.
Womenís and Coed divisions will mirror the Menís Home Run
rules per division of play.
3 Players: A team may bat 12
players (Coed 14). In non-post season play a team may start
and/or finish the game with 9 players. When playing with 9
players, the vacant 10th spot will be considered an out. A
team may add the 10th player at any time during the game at
the bottom of the line-up. Pick up players will be as
follows: Menís B & C 1, Menís D, E & Rec 2, Womenís 2, Coed
2. Pick up players must be on a registered NSA roster of the
same class or lower.
4 Protest Committee: Tournament
Director and UIC are the protest committee at each event.
Picture ID must be provided upon request for deciding
5 Home Team: The Home Team will be
decided by a coin flip. In the event of an equalizer, the
higher classed team will have the choice if spotting runs.
The home team is responsible for keeping the official score
if an official scorekeeper is not provided.
6 Equalizer: Upper class teams will
spot 4 runs per non. The lower team can either select the
spot or the lower class home run rule. The lower class team
must score ten runs plus the run spot to have the run rule
come into play. The progressive penalty will not be used in
an equalizer. Exception: E vs Rec - The E progressive
home run rule will be in effect.
7 International Tie-Breaker: This
rule will be used in extra inning games at the top of the
extra inning or the time limit expires, whichever comes
first. Start each extra inning with the last batter of the
previous inning on second base, with no outs, and play
regular rules until the tie is broken. This rule is not
used in State, NIT, Western and Super play.
8 Scheduling: Tournament Director
reserves the right to institute time limits, run rules, or
run differentials appropriate to local field conditions and
9 Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Ejection
from a game will result in the possible ejection from one or
more games or the entire tournament at the discretion of the
10 Player Removal: If a player is
removed from the game for any reason and a substitute is not
available, an out will be taken in the batting order. If the
team drops below 9 players, then the game is a forfeit.
11 Tie Breakers:
A. Head to Head Competition
B. Total Run Differential (All Opponents) - Maximum of
10 runs per game. Forfeits will be recorded as 10-0.
C. Runs Allowed
D. Total Runs Scored
E. Coin Flip
12 Coed Rules for Qualifiers and State
(Western Worlds is run strictly by the NSA rulebook) :
A. Either gender may lead off in
the batting order.
B. Teams may position their players where they
C. Teams forfeit if they drop below 4 of either
gender at any time.
D. When playing with 9, a team may use 5 men and 4
women and take an out for the 10th spot in the lineup, or
use 5 women and 4 men without penalty.
E. When playing with 6 women and 4 men, a man not in
the lineup may be substituted for the 6th woman at anytime.
F. An out is taken in the batting spot vacated by any
dropped player for any reason at anytime if a substitute is
not available. In this situation a batter cannot be walked,
intentional or not, to create the third out.
G. The male batter goes to 2nd on all walks. The
following female batter has the choice to hit or walk.
H. If the wrong ball is used, the
offensive team chooses the result of the play or do it over,
resuming the count prior to the wrong ball being used.
Decision must be made before the next pitch.
I. The Home run limits as mentioned above apply per
team - not per gender. IE - D is 1 and oneup to a max of
two, then dead ball out. Doesnít matter who hits them (male
or female). Team only gets the limit per class.