2017 Rule
Bat Standard Same – all must have new USSSA thumbprint mark Same – all must have new USSSA thumbprint mark
     
Balls Only USSSA stamped balls Only GSL stamped balls
     
Courtesy Runner One courtesy runner per inning (one time) may be used. The courtesy runner can be any player in the lineup.  If the courtesy runner is still on base at the time his/her turn at bat comes up, that spot in the order will be an out.  No substitution for a courtesy runner. May be anyone on the roster and may be used unlimited times for one player per inning. No substitution for a courtesy runner.
     
Designated Homerun Hitter None currently Player who, without penalty, may hit a homerun every time at bat. Teams must designate their DHH prior to the start of the game. Should the DHH be walked (intentional or not) the next person to hit a home run may do so without penalty until the DHH’s spot comes back up in the lineup.  If the DHH is substituted for, the team loses the DHH until the original DHH returns to the same spot in the lineup.
     
Choice of First or Last Bat Decided by DOUBLE coin toss unless otherwise stated in rules of organization Decided by DOUBLE coin toss unless otherwise stated in rules of organization
     
Run Rules - Men’s A 25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5 with accompanying flip flop rules

25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5, No flip flop rules

Run Rules - Men’s B 25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5 with accompanying flip flop rules

25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5, No flip flop rules

Run Rules - Men’s C 25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5 with accompanying flip flop rules

25 after 3, 20 after 4, 15 after 5, No flip flop rules

Run Rules - Men’s D 20 after 3, 15 after 4, 10 after 5 with accompanying flip flop rules

20 after 3, 15 after 4, 10 after 5, No flip flop rules

Run Rules - Men’s E 20 after 3, 15 after 4, 10 after 5 with accompanying flip flop rules 20 after 3, 15 after 4, 10 after 5, No flip flop rules
     
Home Run Rules - Men’s A 8 – all others are out DHH plus 8 – all others are outs
Home Run Rules - Men’s B 6 – all others are out DHH plus 6 – all others are outs
Home Run Rules - Men’s C 4 – all others are out DHH plus 4 – all others are outs
Home Run Rules - Men’s D 2 – all others are inning ending outs DHH plus 2 – all others are inning ending outs
Home Run Rules - Men’s E 0 – inning ending out and offensive ejection DHH only – all others are inning ending outs and offensive ejection
     
Profanity Rule No shouting of profanity allowed – umpire can eject without warning using sole discretion No shouting of profanity allowed – umpire can eject without warning using sole discretion
     
Re-Entry Any starting player may withdraw and re-enter once to same batting position. Substitutes who are withdrawn may not re-enter Double re-entry is allowed. Teams can substitute all players a maximum of 2 times per game into the same batting position.
     
Pitching Arc 3’ from pitchers hand and max 10’ from ground 5’ from ground and max 10’ from ground
     
Pitchers Mask None currently If pitcher wears mask once the pitcher begins the delivery they may not remove the mask
     
Illegal Pitches Unfairly delivered pitches may not be so declared until the pitched ball reaches or crosses the plate Unfairly delivered pitches may not be so declared until the pitched ball reaches or crosses the plate
     
Base Runner Out When a base runner is struck by a fair, batted ball on fair ground while off his base and before it touches a fielder or passes a fielder When a base runner is struck by a fair, batted ball on fair ground while off his base and before it touches a fielder or passes a fielder
     
  When a defensive player clearly has the ball and is waiting for the runner and the runner deliberately and forcefully runs into the defensive player, the runner is declared out. The offender shall be ejected, the ball is dead and all other runners must return to the last base touched at the time of the collision When a base runner jumps over a defensive player waiting to tag, the runner is out. If the feet go over waist high, or if the defensive player is kneeling, and the base runner’s feet go above the head of the defensive player, the base runner is not only out but may be ejected from the game. If in an umpire’s judgment, it all happened in the spur of the moment, and was not intention, the runner will just be called out