Rules

CMSUSSSA SPECIFIC TOURNAMENT RULES

CMSUSSSA IS PROUD TO ADOPT THE USSSA RULEBOOK, WITH EXCEPTIONS,

AS THE PRIMARY RULEBOOK GOVERNING ALL TOURNAMENT PLAY.

TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES

Tournament entries are only guaranteed after receipt of the entry fee. Online payment for entry fee is available @ www.usssa.com for all USSSA events.

TEAM INSURANCE

All teams are required to provide team insurance. By entering the event each team acknowledges proof of insurance..

PROOF OF AGE

It is the Head Coaches responsibility to have his players proof of age in his possession and be able to produce on demand his players' birth certificate or legally accepted proof of age in the event of any question regarding the age of his players.

GAME TIME LIMITS

Ages 7 & 8 will play 1:00

Ages 9-12 will play 1:15

Ages 13 & 14 will play 1:30

At the conclusion of a games time limit, the inning being played will conclude and ONE subsequent inning will be played, if at the end of the top of the final inning the home team is ahead the game will end.

Championship games will add 15 minutes to each time limit.

** CMSUSSSA reserves the right to modify game times as needed.

TOURNAMENT ENTRY CANCELLATIONS / WEATHER RELATED REFUNDS

Entry into a tournament implies that you are aware of and can play during the advertised / specified dates and times that tournament games will be held. Please do not enter an event you can't commit to. CANCELLATIONS are NOT subject to refund within 14 days of an event.

REFUNDS

  • If a tournament is completely cancelled due to weather, facility owner or other Acts of God, each team will be refunded their entry fee minus a $100 administrative fee. There are a lot of expenses that go into promoting, planning and having everything ready for a tournament.
  1. If a team plays at least one game and the tournament is completely cancelled due to weather, facility owner or other Acts of God, each team will refunded HALF of their entry fee less admin fee.
  2. If a team completes their SECOND GAME and the tournament is completely cancelled due to weather, facility owner or other Acts of God, their will be NO refund.
  • No gate refunds or rain checks at any time. Tell your players and fans, if play is in doubt due to inclement weather or rain, to wait until play begins to enter park.
  • No refund for a team that forfeits for any reason.

INDIVIDUAL GAME TIE BREAKERS

In Pool Play, if all regulation innings have been played or the imposed time limit has expired and the score is tied, the game shall be considered complete and will end in a tie.

In Bracket Play, if all regulation innings have been played or the imposed time limit has expired and the score is tied, the game shall continue using the Extra Innings guideline below. The following applies to all age divisions EXCLUDING the 6, 7 and 8 year old coach pitch divisions.

Extra Innings will be governed by the following:

  1. Each team will have the opportunity to bat with NO outs.
  2. Baserunners will be placed on 2nd base and 3rd base with the 2 batters in front of the proper batter in the lineup being placed on 2nd base and 3rd base respectively. EXAMPLE: If the proper batter is the 6th batter in the lineup, the 5th batter in the lineup would be placed on 2nd base, the 4th batter would be placed on 3rd base.
  3. Each team will bat until 3 outs are recorded. At the end of the complete extra inning, the team with the most runs will be declared the winner. If the game is still tied, the extra innings with the prior stipulations will continue until a winner has been declared.
  4. All substitution and courtesy runner rules remain in force.
  5. For the purposes of the divisional pool play tie breakers and the order of finish, all runs scored and all runs allowed will NOT be recorded for the extra innings played.

EXCEPTIONS: District, State, Regional and World Series individual game tie breakers will be governed by the sanctioning host tournament guidelines / rules.

DIVISIONAL / POOL PLAY TIE BREAKERS

At the end of divisional pool play teams may be tied going into the final championship rounds with the same Overall Won / Loss record. The following tiebreakers will determine which team advances and in what order of finish.

  1. Winning Percentage – Descending
  2. Number Wins – Descending
  3. Number Loses – Ascending
  4. Tied Teams (vs. each other) Winning Pct. – Descending (more than 2 teams tied, skip this tie breaker)
  5. Avg. Runs Allowed – Ascending
  6. Avg. Run Differential with a maximum of (8) – Descending
  7. USSSA Points – Descending
  8. Coin Flip
  • EXCEPTIONS: District, State, Regional and World Series divisional / pool play tie breakers will be governed by the sanctioning host tournament guidelines / rules.

Any team due to the unsportsmanlike conduct of any of the coaches or fans which result in the forfeit of a pool game for that team OR the conceding of a pool game to reduce the # of runs allowed will result in that team not being eligible to advance to the Championship rounds.

CANCELLATION OF TOURNAMENT AFTER PLAY BEGINS

In the event that a Tournament is cancelled due to inclement weather after play begins and can not continue, the following Tie-Breakers will be used to establish a final order of finish. Please note: ALL GAMES PLAYED (pool play and bracket play) will be used to determine the order of finish

  1. Winning Percentage - Descending
  2. Number of Wins - Descending
  3. Number of Losses - Ascending
  4. Tied Teams (vs. each other) Winning Pct. - Descending (more than 2 teams tied, skip this tie breaker
  5. Fewest Runs allowed in all games played - Ascending
  6. Run Differential (Runs scored minus Runs allowed) - Descending
  7. USSSA ranking points (Applicable only in USSSA sanctioned events) - Descending
  8. Date Team Entered in USSSA Database

** Once advanced past one tie breaker, do not go back to a previous tie breaker.

  • EXCEPTIONS: District, State, Regional and World Series divisional / pool play tie breakers will be governed by the sanctioning host tournament guidelines / rules.

PITCHING LIMITS

Any District, State, Regional or World Series play will be governed strictly by the sanctioning host rule book.

RUN / MERCY RULES

Run Limits and Mercy Rules will be enforced as outlined in the USSSA Rule Book

TEAM CHECK IN

Team must check in at the Tournament Office 30 minutes - 1 hour prior to commencing play in their first game. Please be prepared to produce all tournament documentation, i.e. certificate of insurance, sanction # (if required), roster, etc. Failure to check in will result in a delay in starting your first game.

COACHES PASSES

Each team will receive THREE (3) coaches' passes upon check-in at the Tournament Office. Coaches who lose, forget or misplace their passes will be required to pay a non-refundable gate admission. Individuals who abuse or miss-use these passes shall forfeit their passes for the duration of the tournament.

PRE-GAME WARM-UP

All team pre-game warm-ups will only be allowed in designated warm up areas, or in the outfield of a ball field. No pre-game practice on any mounds or plates. Absolutely NO Soft Toss (including plastic balls) allowed into any permanent fencing within the complex.

LINE-UP CARDS

Each manager must prepare a minimum of 3 written copies of his line-up, listing first name, last name and numbers of all players including all substitutes. Lineups must be provided to the plate umpire and opposing manager. A game shall not start until this is completed. Managers are responsible for providing their own line-up cards.

PREGAME WARMUP

All team pre-game warm-ups will only be allowed in designated warm up areas, or in the outfield of a ball field, no pre-game practice on any mounds or plates. Absolutely No Soft Toss (including plastic balls) allowed into any fencing within complex.

HOME TEAM

During pool play the Home team will be determined by coin toss. During bracket play, the higher seed will be the Home team.

GAME BALLS

Game Balls will be provided (with limitations) by CMSUSSSA for all events.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT ALTERATIONS

CMSUSSSA reserves the right to alter, change or abbreviate tournament formats, when necessary, in order to complete the tournament.

AWARDS

Awards will vary depending on the tournament event. However, individual awards will always be presented to all players of the top two finishing teams. Team awards will vary by tournament.

GATE ADMISSIONS

All CMSUSSSA events will have an admission charge for all persons age 8 or over, EXCLUDING players and up to 3 coaches per team. Children ages 7 or younger will be admitted free. Gate fees will vary depending on the event, i.e. State Championships, World Series, etc.

PETS

NO Pets Allowed.

TOBACCO

Use of tobacco products are prohibited on all fields and in the dugouts during games. Snowden Grove Park is a Smoke Free Facility. No smoking is allowed within the park.

FOOD / BEVERAGES

NO outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought into the ballpark. ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED. Teams are also allowed to bring in their own circular (5 or 10 gallon) Cooler with pre-mixed sports drink. Individual bottled water or bottled sports drinks are NOT allowed. NO CHEST COOLERS ALLOWED.

We ask for the teams' assistance in bringing cups for your players, with the large # of teams that attend our events, we do not have the storage space to accommodate the amount of drinking cups that would be needed for all of the players.

Coaches, Please help us to prevent an embarrassing situation at the gates by informing your teams' parents of this policy. We do allow small personal coolers for towels and "refreshing" water (mixture of ammonia spirits, ice and water) to help keep the players cool during their game that MUST be kept in the dugout. HOWEVER, our gate workers will ask to inspect the coolers for any outside food or drink. NO CHEST COOLERS of any kind will be allowed into the park.

SPORTSMANSHIP

By players, coaches and fans are expected at all times. The Umpire in Chief will handle any rule misinterpretations (no judgement calls will be addressed) immediately and finally. There will be no Protest. Coaches will be responsible for their own fans behavior. Razzing, heckling or making disparaging remarks towards opponents, in any manner, is prohibited.

  • EXCEPTIONS: Protest may be allowed in all District, State, Regional or World Series events. Check with Tournament Director(s) for protest guidelines prior to each respective tournament.

A Letter from Our Tournament Staff:

Good sportsmanship is a vital part of youth sports and is something that we should all be striving to teach our youth. For the most par, coaches and fans act appropriately at Snowden Grove Park. However, when there is pressure and the temperature rises, unfortunately tempers rise as well.

Coaches and Umpires alike are expected to keep their tempers in check and set the proper example for our young people at all times. Just as a good attitude makes an impression upon players and fans, so can a bad one. We are fortunate to have a very small percentage of ejections. Our goal is to eliminate all ejections. Our umpires are instructed not to talk to fans during or after any game. The umpires are in charge of the game until they reach their dressing room. Any inappropriate conduct immediately after the game can result in a game ejection for the coach in his next game. The umpire in chief will be available to talk to the HEAD COACH ONLY (no parents or assistant coaches) about a rule interpretation before, during or immediately after any game.

All ejections for coaches will result in banishment from that game and may also result in the banishment of the following game. Remember, rule interpretations may be disputed. Not judgement calls, especially balls and strikes. Coaches are also responsible for the actions of their fans. Inappropriate conduct by fans can result in a coach ejection.

This is youth baseball; bad sportsmanship will not be tolerated at our events. The game is not for the glorification of the umpires, tournament officials, coaches or parents. Simply state, "It is for the kids".

Let us work together and do our very best to make this a reality.

FINAL NOTE

Teams are expected to pick up trash and debris in the dugout before departure from all games. Your assistance in keeping these facilities in pristine shape would be greatly appreciated. Please urge your coaches, players and fans to use all trash receptacles provided. We believe that the respect of a ballpark and ball fields is something that coaches, parents and fans can, by example, teach young players along with learning how to play the game we all love.