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Roster rules

Please remember when adding players for qualifying tournaments, the players must meet age, region and skill-level requirements. 

You can add players that meet the requirements – and have not played on another team in the 2024 season with another team in the same age division – for any National Qualifier.  

You can add the players yourself until the entry-fee deadline.  After that deadline, you must email or call the office to add players (916-326-5303 or email

There are four special tournaments in which you are required to use a 2024 National Qualifying Roster to enter:

The SSUSA World Championships, Western and Eastern National Championships and Tournament of Champions are premier events on the SSUSA Tournament calendar. Teams participating in those tournaments must designate a “Qualifying Roster” from a prior SSUSA event to be used as the starting point for their Eastern or Western Nationals, World Championships or TOC roster. NOTE: Only teams winning their divisions in TOC Qualifying Tournaments are invited to the Tournament of Champions.


For these four special tournaments, SSUSA believes that: 

  1. Participating teams should play with the same roster, or as close as reasonably possible, to the roster they used in their designated Qualifying tournament. This is to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for all teams.
  2. Due to a variety of legitimate circumstances, some teams may not be able to bring the exact same players to these premier tournaments that were on their Qualifying roster.
  3. Any team participating in these four tournaments with ‘roster exemption players’ should have up to five reserves available on their roster. Thus, teams that add players, and normally play with 10 defensive players, will have a roster limit of 15 players, and teams that normally play with 11 defensive players will have a roster limit of 16 players. NOTE: An invited team may have more than 15/16 players on its roster if that team is not adding ‘roster exemption players.’ 
  4. If a participating team has at least 15 (or 16, depending on the number of defensive players normally used) from the original Qualifying roster, that team is prohibited from adding ‘roster exemption players.
  5. If a participating team has less than six players remaining from the original Qualifying roster, that team is considered a ‘new team’ and is not eligible to participate in any of the four special tournaments.
  6. Managers may request to add players who are regular members of the team, but were not able to attend the Qualifying tournament. Managers must APPLY to SSUSA for approval of these players in writing. These players are approved or denied on an individual basis.
  7. Any player from the original Qualifying roster not planning to attend one of the four special tournaments and who’s spot on the roster was filled by a ‘roster exemption player’ is considered removed from the Qualifying roster. That player is not eligible to participate unless a recently added ‘roster exemption player’ is removed from the roster and the original player is reinstated to both rosters, thereby maintaining the 15/16 player roster limit.
  8. Women’s Senior teams (55+ and older) and Men’s 85+ teams are generally exempt from these Qualifying roster provisions and may add otherwise eligible (as to age and residency) up to a maximum of 20 players. 

‘Roster Exemption Player’ requests may be sent to the SSUSA Home Office by e-mail to Inquiries are always welcome in the SSUSA offices at (916) 326.5303.

Senior Softball-USA
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12
Sacramento, CA 95827
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