In 2013, the Alaska Amateur Softball Association (Alaska ASA/USA) created a Restricted Player list to increase team and tournament participation in the upper men’s and coed leagues. A similar method is used nationally to create parity among the higher divisions. USA Softball of Alaska (USASA) leadership has adopted similar guidelines for the State of Alaska. USASA ultimately decides who is considered a Restricted Player, and the list is revised before each season. Below is the current Restricted List for the 2018 season, as well as the guidelines teams must follow when building their teams with Restricted and Men’s Comp Players.
|LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||ASSOCIATION|
|League and Division||Number of Restricted Allowed||Number of Men's Comp Allowed|
|Men's Comp||Maximum of 4||N/A|
|Men's C||Maximum of 1||Maximum of 3|
|Men's D and lower||None allowed||None allowed|
|Coed A||Maximum of 2||N/A|
|Coed B||Maximum of 1||Max of 2 (Men's). Max of 3 (Coed A)|
|Coed C||None allowed||Max of 1 (Men's); Max of 3 (Coed B)|
|Coed D and lower||None allowed||None allowed|
Additionally, no team may exceed the maximum limit of Restricted Players allowable for their league during either league or tournament play.
Starting January 1st each year, players who have been placed on the Restricted List may appeal their rating to USA Softball of Alaska. Appeals will be accepted through February 28. After this date, appeals will not be accepted until January of the following year.
USA Softball of Alaska has drafted these guidelines based on the USA SA Code, National recommendations from USA Softball Leadership, and an internal Alaska Softball Committee. In addition, USA SA continually collaborates with local associations and team managers for feedback and input. This player rating system has created parity among teams in the higher divisions over the last several years and will continue to be utilized.