Adult Classification

GENERAL POLICIES

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APPEAL HEARINGS

TEAM REGISTRATIONS – To be eligible for ASA Championship play, teams must be registered with Southern California ASA on or before July 1st of the current year, or one day prior to entering championship play, whichever is earlier.  Registrations must be submitted to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or the appropriate Commissioner for the team’s division of play.

ROSTER DEADLINE – Official ASA championship rosters are due to Southern California ASA by July 31st, or one day prior to entering championship play, whichever is earlier.  Rosters must be submitted to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or the appropriate Commissioner for the team’s division of play.

APPEALS AND VOLUNTARY MOVE-UPS – Appeals of a team’s or player’s (if applicable) classification, must be submitted to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or the division Commissioner for the team’s division of play, on or before the deadlines established by Southern California ASA or the Pacific Coast Region.  Such deadlines for appeals may be obtained on the Southern California ASA web site.  Teams that are reclassified at a higher classification by the ASA Code due to their finish in an ASA National, can not appeal their classification for one year, unless permitted by Code.  Teams may voluntarily move themselves to a higher classification at any time by submitting a request to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or the appropriate division Commissioner for the team’s division of play.  Teams that do voluntarily reclassify themselves must submit a proper appeal to move to a lower classification.

CLASSIFICATION POLICIES

  1. The Pacific Coast Region’s classification policies and procedures shall take precedent over classification of Southern California ASA Men’s Fast Pitch teams.
  2. Not withstanding the Pacific Coast Region’s classification policies and procedures, Southern California ASA shall have the right to classify any men’s fast pitch team based upon action of the Southern California ASA Men’s Fast Pitch Classification Committee.
  3. Any Men’s Fast Pitch Team registered with Southern California ASA, shall be automatically classified in accordance with the Pacific Coast Region’s classification policies and procedures.
  4. Any teams or pitchers may appeal their classification by submitting a written appeal request to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or Men’s Fast Pitch Commissioner at least fourteen (14) days prior to any regularly scheduled Pacific Coast Region Men’s Fast Pitch Classification Appeal Hearing.  Said appeal should contain statistical and performance information upon which the merits of the appeal may be judged.  Submitted appeals shall be reviewed by the Southern California ASA Men’s Fast Pitch Classification Committee for review and recommendation to the Regional Classification Committee. The manager submitting the appeal, or the player submitting the appeal, shall have the right to attend the appeal hearing and make a verbal presentation.
  5. Men’s Fast Pitch pitchers who live outside the boundaries of the Pacific Coast Region, or who, due to a change in residency, have not been classified by the Pacific Coast Region, must adhere to the Region’s classification policies available from the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or Men’s Fast Pitch Commissioner.
  1. Women’s Fast Pitch teams that are reclassified to a higher division by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament, shall be required to play at the higher classification in their next season of championship play.
  2. Women’s Fast Pitch teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification than their “base” classification of play.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their “base” classification the following season.
  3. Women’s Fast Pitch teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification than their “base” classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to play at the same classification of play the following year  must play at the higher classification the next year.  The following year, unless prohibited by Code, the team may submit an appeal to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or Women’s Fast Pitch Commissioner to return to a lower or their “base” classification of play.  Said appeal shall include information to justify such reclassification.  Under no circumstances shall such a team be permitted to drop more than one classification of play.
  4. Once a team has participated at a specific classification of play for three (3) or more consecutive years, that classification shall become the team’s “base” classification.  Once a “base” classification has been established, the team must submit a proper appeal to play at a lower classification.  Said appeal is to include statistical and performance information upon which the merits of the appeal may be judged.
  1. The Pacific Coast Region’s classification policies and procedures shall take precedent over classification of Southern California ASA Men’s Slow Pitch teams.
  2. Southern California ASA shall establish and maintain a team and player classification list.  Teams and/or players contained on said list may appeal their classification to the Southern California ASA Adult Commissioner or any adult slow pitch staff member.  Said appeals must be received by the Southern California ASA representative at least ten (10) days prior to any scheduled appeal hearing date.  Submitted appeals shall include statistical information as justification for said appeal.  The manager submitting the appeal, or the player submitting the appeal, shall have the right to attend the appeal hearing and make a verbal presentation.
  3. Southern California ASA shall have the authority to classify or reclassify any team registered with the association and/or any player participating on any registered team.  Teams and/or players so classified shall have the right to appeal such classification.
  4. Any team that is required to be classified in a higher classification based upon their participation in an ASA National Championship tournament, shall not be eligible to appeal their classification for at least one year.  Teams that are required to remain at their classification of play based upon their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament may appeal their classification, provided that statistical information or roster changes provide a basis for such reclassification.
  5. Teams that finish first or second in any So Cal Championship tournament, or in the top 10% of the ASA Western Nationals, shall be reclassified up one division.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Western Nationals.
  6. Mandatory or self classification shall be based upon the following policies:
    • Men’s “A” teams may have a maximum of two (2) players from the ASA Resticted Players List.
    • Men’s “B” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “A” rated players and no players from the RPL.
    • Men’s “C” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “B” rated players and no players from the RPL.
    • Men’s “D” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “C” rated players and no players from the RPL.
    • Men’s “E” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “D” rated players and no players from the RPL .
    • Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
    • Players are not allowed to drop down two (2) classification levels of play.
  1. Women’s Slow Pitch teams that are reclassified to a higher classification by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament shall be required to play at the higher classification.
  2. Women’s Slow Pitch teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their lower classification the following season.
  3. Women’s Slow Pitch teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to play at the same classification of play the following year, must play one season at the higher classification.  After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Western Nationals.  Under no circumstances shall such a team be permitted to drop more than one classification of play.
  4. Teams that finish first or second in any So Cal Championship tournament, or in the top 10% of the ASA Western Nationals, shall be reclassified up one division. After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Western Nationals.
  5. Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
  6. Mandatory or self classification shall be based upon the following policies:
    • Women’s Open teams may have any female player.
    • Women’s “C” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “Open” rated players.
    • Women’s “D” teams may have a maximum of three (3) “C” rated players.
    • Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
    • Players are not allowed to drop down two (2) classification levels of play.
  1. Coed Slow Pitch teams that are reclassified to a higher classification by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament shall be required to play at the higher classification.
  2. Coed Slow Pitch teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification of play.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their classification the following season.
  3. Coed Slow Pitch teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to remain at the same classification of play the following year, shall be reclassified at the higher classification for the following year.  Such teams must play at least one season at the higher classification.  After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Nationals.
  4. In addition to those divisions of championship play identified in the ASA Code, Southern California ASA will offer local tournaments and a So Cal Championship tournament for Coed “D” and “E” teams, pending sufficient teams.  The top two (2) teams from the Southern California ASA Coed “E” So Cal Championships shall be classified as “D” the following year.
  5. Teams that finish first or second in any So Cal Championship shall be reclassified to the next highest division.  Said reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Nationals.
  6. Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
  7. Mandatory or self classification shall be based upon the following policies:
    • Coed Open teams may have any female player a maximum of two (2) players from the ASA Restricted Players List..
    • Coed “C” teams may have no Male player rated B or above and No Open Rated females.
    • Coed “D” teams may have a maximum of two (2) “C” rated men players and two (2) “C” rated female players..
    • Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
    • Players are not allowed to drop down two (2) classification levels of play.
  1. Modified Pitch teams that are reclassified to a higher classification by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament shall be required to play at the higher classification for at least one year.
  2. Modified Pitch teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification of play.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their classification the following season.
  3. Modified Pitch teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to play at the same classification of play the following year, shall be reclassified at the higher classification for the following year.  Such teams must play at least one season at the higher classification.  After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Nationals.
  1. 16 Inch Softball teams that are reclassified to a higher classification by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament shall be required to play at the higher classification for at least one year.
  2. 16 Inch Softball Pitch teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification of play.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their classification the following season.
  3. 16 Inch Softball teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to play at the same classification of play the following year, shall be reclassified at the higher classification for the following year.  Such teams must play at least one season at the higher classification.  After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Nationals.
  4. Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.
  1. Master or Senior Softball teams may participate in the age division/classification in which they are eligible to participate, or any lower age division/ classification.
  2. Master or Senior Softball teams that are reclassified to a higher classification by ASA Code as a result of their finish in an ASA National Championship tournament in any age division, shall be required to play at the higher classification for at least one year in that age division.
  3. Master or Senior Softball teams may voluntarily play at a higher classification of play.  Such action of playing up in any age division shall not effect the team’s classification of play in another age division.  If permitted by ASA Code, such teams may return to their classification the following season.
  4. Master and Senior Softball teams that voluntarily play at a higher classification at an ASA National Championship tournament, and finish in a position that requires said team to play at the same classification of play the following year, shall be reclassified at the higher classification for the following year.  Such teams must play at least one season at the higher classification.  After one year such reclassification may be appealed by the team.  This appeal must be based upon the team’s performance at the higher level or the ASA Nationals.
  5. Southern California ASA reserves the right to classify or reclassify any team based upon performance.