North Texas Mixed Rules

A player's eligibility is based on both his/her Mixed playing status from the previous season as well as his/her status in the Men's/Women's division at the end of the previous season. A men's or women's status is based upon whether his/her men's/women's team in the previous season have either won a qualifying tournament and had his/her team's roster 'frozen' during the season or participated in the Men's/Women's State Tournament, thus classifying that player for the current year in their particular playing classification.

In addition, a team that was "bumped" at the end of the previous season results in the players on that team's being classified at that level for the current season. For example, a Men's "D" team that was bumped to Men's "C" for the current season, those players are considered to be Men's "C" players and thus would ONLY be eligible to participate in the Mixed "C" program in the current year (or as a "bump" player on a Mixed D team), even if that particular player is playing on a Men's "D" team in current season as a "bump" player. His player classification for current year is that of a Men's "C" player.

Here are the guidelines for the various Mixed programs in North Texas:

Mixed Major
Combines Mixed A and B into one division.
Allows two (2) male players whose names appear on the USSSA Major Player List.
Allows Women's A/B/C/D players.
Allows Men's Major (2)/A/B/C/D/E players.
Allows eight (8) home runs per game by male players; unlimited home runs for female players.

Any Mixed team with one or more male player whose previous year end class is Men's A or whose name appears on the Major Players List or Watch List must register in the new Mixed Major classification and play Mixed Major World.

Mixed C
Two (2) home runs per gender, and 1-up rule.
Allows Women's B/C/D players.
Allows Men's C/D/E players.

Player eligibility will be determined by their previous year end class. Example: any male player whose previous year end class is Men's C or lower may participate in Mixed C for the current season. Any Mixed C team that includes a male player whose previous year end class is Men's A or whose name appears on the USSSA Major Player List must register as a Mixed Major team. Clarification: any male player whose name appears on the Major Player Watch List is not eligible for Mixed C.

Allowable Bumps in Mixed C:
-Teams will be allowed to have 2 male players whose previous year end class is Men's B.
-Teams will be allowed to have 1 male player whose previous year end class is Men's A, provided that player does not play any Men's A during the current season. Such a player will count as 1 of the 2 allowable male bumps as stated above.
-Teams will be allowed 1 female player whose year end class is A.
-Any male any player whose name appears on the 2012 North Texas "Super C" player list may play Mixed C and NOT count as a male bump.

Mixed D
All home runs are outs. No offensive ejection.
Allows Women's C/D players
Allows Men's D/E players.
Player eligibility will be determined by their previous year end class. Example: any male player whose previous year end class is Men's D or lower may participate in Mixed D for the current season.

Allowable Bumps in Mixed D:
-Teams will be allowed 3 Mixed C players whose previous year end class is Mixed C.
-In addition, teams may have 2 Men's C players whose previous year end class is Men's C.
Important: any male player who is classified as both a Men's C and Mixed C will count as 1 of the 2 allowable C males, and as 1 of the 3 allowable Mixed C bumps.
-Clarification: any Mixed D team with a male player whose name appears on the 2012 North Texas "Super C" player list will be re-classified to Mixed C.

Mixed E
Newly created mixed division, intended for recreational teams.
All home runs are outs, offensive ejection, AND ends the inning.
Allows Women's D players only.
Allows Men's E players only.
Player eligibility will be determined by their previous year end class. Example: any male player whose previous year end class is Men's E may participate in Mixed E for the current season.

Allowable Bumps in Mixed E:
-Teams will be allowed 3 Mixed D players whose previous year end class is Mixed D.
-In addition, teams may have 2 Men's D players whose previous year end class is Men's D.
Important: any male player who is classified as both a Men's D and Mixed D will count as 1 of the 2 allowable D males, and as 1 of the 3 allowable Mixed D bumps.
-Clarification: any Mixed E team with a male player whose name appears on the 2012 North Texas "Super C" player list will be re-classified to Mixed C.

Combining Classes of Tournaments

If a tournament is advertised as a "combined" Mixed C/D/E tournament, the tournament will be played using the upper class rules. If a "lower classed" team enters the tournament, they do so knowing the rules but will no longer receive double points.

If two tournaments, for example, advertised as a Mixed D and a Mixed E are combined by the tournament director, then the tournament will be played using the equalizer rule. The tournament will use the upper class home run rule and the upper class teams will spot the lower class teams a total of three runs per class at the beginning of the game. In the event of a Mixed tournament combining three Mixed classes, a Mixed C team will spot a Mixed D team a total of 3 runs and 6 runs to a Mixed E team to begin the game, and a Mixed D team will spot 3 runs to a Mixed E team.

Other notable rule changes:

Reminder to all teams: upon completion of North Texas Mixed State tournaments, any Mixed team that has entered a USSSA World Tournament may use any remaining "adds" as they wish, provided these "adds" are within the guidelines of the USSSA National Rules and By-Laws.

As always, any team re-classified with four (4) or more players from the previous year's roster must participate in the new classification the following season. However, new for 2011, re-classified Mixed teams may remain.

At their former classification with 4 players from the previous year's roster, provided the 4 players include 2 male and 2 female players.

All players' online ID name MUST match their driver's license name and date of birth.
Coaches and players are responsible for the accuracy of the all online player ID information.

The "freeze date" for all North Texas Mixed teams will begin July 1st of current year, except for winners of an NIT held prior to July 1st of current year.

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Shellenberger, North Texas USSSA Mixed Program Director, by either calling/texting his cell phone (817) 798-9952 or by e-mailing him at bsberger10@aol.com.