Sep 24

MSF Team Membership

Membership Conditions

To receive the services listed below and be eligible to send a representative(s) to MSF post-season tournament play, all of the teams in the league must be members. For example, if a league has sixteen teams, all sixteen teams must be MSF members to receive the membership services listed below. Exception: Class A men’s slowpitch teams need not play in a MSF member league.

Membership Benefits

Insurance Benefits

  1. The municipality on whose fields you play is eligible to receive a $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy which covers the municipality for bodily injury or property damage to others arising out of all operations in connection with the activities of a member league or sanctioned tournament. (This is not liquor liability insurance). In addition, coverage is provided for costs of defense suits, legal fees, court costs and investigation costs for all suits alleging bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury to others. Contact MSF offices for application form and waiver requirements.
  2. All member teams have the option to purchase low-cost team liability and accident insurance. For further details please contact the MSF office.
  3. All MSF member umpires are also covered under the terms of the $1,000,000 general liability policy and in addition receive a $10,000 excess health insurance policy.


  1. MSF Official Program Guide
  2. NSF-MSF Rulebook
  3. MSF Registered Invitational Tournament Schedule
  4. Scorebook
  5. Membership I.D. Card
  6. Access to MSF publication, “Amateur Sports Review”

Uniform Eligibility and Classification Rules

All MSF member teams are governed by a uniform set of eligibility and classification rules which are designed to promote fair play and equalize competition.

Playing Rules
All MSF member teams compete under rules adopted by local board member and local league directors. Member teams are encouraged to contribute to the development of the game by suggesting rule changes to their local commissioner.

Championship Competition
The NSF/MSF conducts district, state, regional, area and national tournaments in over 35 different levels and divisions of play. Teams are eligible (through their registered league) to compete in post-season tournaments.

Settlement of Protests
If your league so desires, a member of the Umpire-In-Chief staff will serve as your league’s rule interpreter.

Technical Assistance
Members of the MSF staff are available to provide expertise in the development of by-laws, league and tournament schedules and general assistance.

Qualified Officials
The MSF is continually striving to improve the understanding and quality of officiating. MSF umpires are required to attend an annual rule interpretation clinic. Players are also encouraged to attend a rule interpretation clinic.

Registered Invitational Tournaments
The MSF registers weekend invitational tournaments to assure your team receives a quality experience and fair treatment. The MSF works closely with the tournament directors to assure a successful event.

MSF is a Clearinghouse
The MSF is affiliated with other state and national organizations which promote amateur/recreational sports.

Annual Meeting
Option to attend the MSF Annual District Meetings.

Voice in Your Program
Voting representation on the MSF Board of Directors.

Promotion of Softball
By joining the MSF, your league is helping your organization improve and promote the game of softball. The MSF promotes the sport in your community and works for better facilities and league programs.