RULES & 
INFORMATION

USAY SPORTS TOURNAMENT RULES & INFORMATION

USAY SPORTS - TOURNAMENT CHECK - IN INFORMATION

 

WHAT TO BRING TO CHECK IN or COMPLETE PRIOR: 

  1. COPY OF TEAM INSURANCE  - Having an electronic copy that can be emailed or texted is acceptable.   (Team that have  USSSA Insurance are exempt because we have access to a copy ) 

  2. Birth Certificates must be in coaches possession in the event of a protest

  3. Players must be listed on the online roster.  This includes  Guest PLayers (see guest player guidelines)    

  4. A player can only play for one team in any event.

  5. Players cannot be “picked up” from  eliminated teams  regardless of the age group. In non-seeded warm-up games,  a team may pick up player(s) from another or play with less than nine players to prevent forfeit. 

  6. Teams that have not paid in advance must bring cash or money order to check-in  No personal or team checks will be accepted  the day of the tournament.  


 USAY Sports-USSSA Tournament Rules and Guidlines

All games will be played by USSSA rules, with the following additions/exceptions:

  1. Home team will be the official scorekeeper in all tournament games.
     

  2. Each team will need to supply a USSSA game ball per game. (Each team will receive 2 game balls upon check-in.  After that teams can purchase game balls at tournament headquarters for $6.00 per ball.)
     

  3. Pre-game conference between manager and umpires will take place 5 minutes prior to start of the game. No organized infield practice before the games. Teams may warm up beyond the baselines or in foul territory while infield is being prepared. No live batting practice is allowed on the playing field at any time.
     

  4. Time begins after the pre-game conference. Time limit could change in case of tournament interruptions. All teams should be prepared to start their game up to 15 minutes early in case we are ahead of schedule. (This will help the tournament keep on time.)
     

  5. Regulation games will be defined by the tournament game format.  There will be three types of games played in the different formats that USAY Sports will be using:
     

    • Bracket Play Games:  Games will be 7 inning or time limit.  Games that are tied at the end of regulation will use the ITB rule until a winner is declared. Bracket game times will be 70 min (Qualifier) and 75 min (NIT, State and National Events)

    • Seeded Pool Play Games:  Games will be 7 innings or time limit.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation, it will be declared a tie. Pool Play times will be either 60 or 70 minutes finish the inning based on the event.

    • Non Seeded Pool Games :  Games will be 7 inning or time limit.  Games that are tied at the end of regulation will end in a tie. Warm-Up games will be 60 or 70 minutes drop dead (finish the batter)
       

  6. Run rules: 12 runs after 3 innings; 10 runs after 4 innings; 8 runs after 5 innings.
     

  7. Head Coaches only may consult with the umpires.  All players, fans, sponsors and other coaches are to remain out of discussions unless requested.
     

  8. No smoking or tobacco use on the field or in the dugout area.
     

  9. Tournament Seeding (Single & Double Elimination Qualifying events & Round Robin Format)
     

  10. Single Elimination & Round Robin Format - The following procedure will be used to determine seeding after pool play:  
    1. Highest Winning Percentage (number of wins divided by number of games with a result (ties eliminated form formula))

    2. Most Wins

    3. Head-to-Head Games

    4. Runs allowed per game

    5. Runs differential (+/- of 8 runs per game)

    6. USSSA Points
       

  11. Double Elimination – When one or less pool game will be played and/or pool results will not count; seeding will be based on either Points/Power Ranking (see n.) or blind draw at check-in.
     

  12.  Tournament Seeding by Points for State & NIT Events -  Advance Seeding events will be based on Points with 1 pool game / warm-up game.  
     

  13. In case of a rain-shortened tournament, pool play games can be deemed official after 2 ½ innings of play (with home team winning) or 30 minutes of elapsed game time. This policy will only be used through pool play. In addition, if games are cancelled due to weather, there may be an adjustment in application of the tie-breaking procedures.
     

  14. All players will be asked to show the official USSSA stamp to the home plate umpire prior to taking her place in the batter's box to hit. This process will take seconds and eliminate a pregame bat check for all participants as well as insure that all bats in use are meeting the current standards for fair play.
     

  15. Home Team will be determined by coin toss. In Double Elimination Championship Games, the undefeated team will have the choice of being home or visitor. The home team will furnish the official scorekeeper.
     

  16. Pool Play games may end in a tie.  Ties in Bracket play games will be decided by using the international tie breaker after time limit or in eighth inning

 

  1. IF GAME – Qualifiers & NITs -  In the event of an IF game, the “IF” game will be a 2 inning shootout. You will turn in a new lineup as if you are beginning a new game, however the game will be only 2 innings and will begin with the last player in your lineup on 2nd base. If tied after the completion of 2 innings, inning three and subsequent innings will begin with runners on 2nd and 3rd until completion.

 

  1. IF GAME - State Tournaments – The IF Game will be 3 complete innings

 

  • Gate Fees will be $7 per day / $12 Two-Day Pass / $15 Three Day Pass. All players and up to three coaches per team will be admitted free of charge.  Children 10 & Under are free.

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Jeff Strode - USSSA Director
Owner - USAY Sports 

Phone: 850-420-7974

Email: info@usaysports.com

Rhonda Strode  - Team Relations
Phone: 850-225-0579

Email: rhonda@usaysports.com 

Doc Watson  - UIC Florida & SE AL
Phone: 850-496-8418

Email: doc@usaysports.com 

Larry Johnson - UIC & SW AL & So MS
Phone: 251-709-8823

Email: larry@usaysports.com