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Tournament Rules updated 4/12/15

Tournament Rules Updated 4/12/15.

Just a few clarifications on Coach Pitch Rules:

COURTESY RUNNER

A courtesy runner must be a substitute if one is available (Someone on the bench) IF you hit a continuous line up then your last out will be the courtesy runner. A courtesy runner may only be used for the pitcher or catcher. PITCHER AND CATCHER FOR LIVE PITCH ONLY.

IN COACH PITCH IT IS THE FOLLOWING:  A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the previous out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base.

Coach Pitch Clarification: All 4 outfielders must assume an outfield position that is behind the baselines of a normal field. Our coach pitch fields are grass fields. As tournament director, my ruling is that all 4 outfielders must stay at least 15 feet behind the bases in the outfield since we have no drawn baselines from 1st to 3rd. 

HOME TEAM

In Pool Play Home team will be determined by coin toss. Once in bracket play, the highest seeded team will have the option of choosing home or visitor. In the Championship game, home team will again be determined by the higher seed.  In all games, home team will appoint a scorekeeper who will be the official scorekeeper and must record the game in the official scorebook.

 

 

2015 Jonesboro USSSA Baseball Tournament Rules (Updated 4/27/2015)

 

April 27, 2015 (Updated)

JONESBORO USSSA BASEBALL

TOURNAMENT RULES

2015 Season

For rules not covered in the Jonesboro rules, please refer to the USSSA  By-Laws.

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ENTRY FEE PAYMENT POLICY

Tournament entry fees may be pre-paid or paid at the park before your first game. The tournament director reserves the right to request payment through the website or in advance if requested.  Teams that are not paid in full will not be allowed to start their first game!

REFUND POLICY

If you have paid your tournament entry fee and the tournament is cancelled due to weather or lack of teams, you will receive a FULL refund.

If you pull out of a tournament BEFORE the brackets have been posted, you will receive a FULL refund. Brackets will generally post the Wednesday before the tournament begins.

If you pull out of a tournament AFTER the brackets have been posted, you will be subject to a Forfeit in all pool play games and will still be responsible for paying your entry fee unless other arrangements are approved by the Tournament Director.  

If for any reason a teams backs out of a tournament (after brackets are posted) they will be billed for their tournament fee and will not be allowed to compete in another USSSA tournament until the bill is paid unless other arrangements are approved by the Tournament Director.

You will receive 3 Coaches passes at check in!


 
 
Water Coolers

No coolers are allowed in the park.  Water will be provided in each dugout.

RAIN OUT REFUND POLICY

If a tournament has been rained out or cancelled, the following guidelines will be used regarding refunds to teams that have paid.

If your team has played:

No games - FULL REFUND on entry fee.

One game – HALF REFUND on entry fee.

Two games - NO REFUND on entry fee.

Refund checks will be made out to the team manager and mailed out the week following the tournament. If you are entitled to a full refund and I have the original check from you, it will be returned with “VOID” written on it.

Rainout information will be posted on the www.jonesborotournaments.com site as soon as a decision is made to cancel or restart games after a delay. I will text out rainout information to the coaches.

Fans will not receive an admission refund due to rainout!

The only forfeit that will appear on a team’s score will be if a team does not show by 10 minutes after game time.

If a team / manager ejection results in a game forfeit, the score entered for the game is as follows: At the time of the team / manager ejection the score stands, unless the team / manager ejected was leading. If the team / manager ejected was leading the team trailing will be awarded one more run than the team / manager ejected. (Example: “Team A” gets ejected and was winning by a score of 8-3 over “Team B”. “Team B” will be awarded 9 runs so that the final score is “Team B” 9 and        “Team A” 8).

This also applies to pitching violations. Same as USSSA State and World Series


 
 
COACHES

1.       The coach who turns in the line up to the plate umpire at the plate meeting will be the head coach and only he may address the umpires during the game.

2.       Only 4 coaches will be allowed in the dugout during the game. The Coaches names must appear on the lineup card.

3.       Only 1 coach will be allowed out of the dugout while the team is on defense. This coach must remain in the walkway in front of the dugout area.

4.       Base Coaches must remain in the Coaches Box.

LINE UP

8.03D.1  Teams may bat a (9) player line up, a  (10) player line up using a Extra Hitter (EH) or a continuous line up of all present uniformed players. Such line up must be declared before the start of the game at the plate meeting and used the entire game.

If you choose a continuous line up you will be allowed to courtesy run for the pitcher or catcher with the player that made the last batted out.

If you choose a continuous line up and a player is ejected or injured, you will record an out in his batting position.

If you choose the continuous line up, you will have free substitution of players EXCEPT for the pitcher – all pitching rules apply. If a pitcher is removed from the mound he may not return for the rest of the game.

HOME TEAM

In Pool Play Home team will be determined by coin toss. Once in bracket play, the highest seed team will have the option of choosing home or visitor. In the Championship game, home team will again be determined by the highest seed (updated in USSSA rules for 2013).  In all games, home team will appoint a scorekeeper who will be the official scorekeeper and must record the game in the official scorebook.


 
 
 
GAME TIE BREAKERS
 
During the initial round of POOL play, at the end of regulation time limit if the score is tied, it will be ruled a tie. "International Rules" will only be in effect during bracket play games.

“International Rules” The last out in the lineup is placed on second; the game is then played as usual. After the visitors bat and three outs have been made. The home team does the same!

POOL PLAY TIE BREAKERS(updated 3/31/13 to honor USSSA rules)

 

1. Head to Head (if there is 3 way tie (or more) this tie breaker is skipped)

2. Fewest Runs Allowed

3. Run Differential with Max of 8 runs per game.

4. USSSA Points

5. Date Team Entered USSSA Database

*Once adavanced past one tie breaker, you don't go back to a previous tie breaker.*




SPORTSMANSHIP

GOOD sportsmanship is expected by players, coaches and fans at all times. The umpire will handle any disputed calls on the field immediately and finally. Unruly coaches, fans or players will be removed from the park for the duration of the game in which their conduct!

EJECTIONS

If a coach or player is ejected from a game, MOST of the time he will be allowed to return to the next game. I (Randy Bearce) as the tournament director reserve the right to decide as to the intensity of the offense that got you thrown out in the first place. Example: If a coach argues a call with the umpire and is thrown out, generally he will be allowed to return to the next game, however if he uses profanity and threatens the umpire before or after he is tossed, he will not be allowed in the next game.


 
 
 
COURTESY RUNNER

A courtesy runner must be a substitute if one is available (Someone on the bench) IF you hit a continuous line up then your last batted out will be the courtesy runner. A courtesy runner may only be used for the pitcher or catcher.

COACH PITCH CLARIFICATION:  A courtesy runner for catcher of record only the previous inning may be used. The courtesy runner shall be the player that made the last batted out. If no outs have been recorded in the game, the courtesy runner shall be the previous batter not on base.



INJURED PLAYER

If a player is injured and cannot continue play that players team will be assessed an out if the team hits a continuous lineup with no substitutions. If they don't hit a continuous line up and fall below 9 players, an out will be recorded for the injured player’s spot in the batting order. If the injury occurs while the player is on base, and he can not continue play, and there are no substitutes, the injured player can be replaced on base with the player that made the last recorded out. However, the injured player will be removed from the games line up and not allowed to return for the duration of the game.

LINE UP CARD

Each manager must prepare a minimum of 3 copies of their lineup, listing first and last names and numbers of all players and subs on their roster, prior to each game. Please make sure each copy can be read.

SCOREBOOK / SCOREBOARD

The home team is responsible, for the scorebook. Visitors will be responsible for the scoreboard. COACHES are responsible for checking the score at the end of each inning.

GAME TIME LIMITS

AGE GROUP
   

GAME LENGTH

6, 7 & 8: 6 innings/1hr 15min

9 through 12: 6 innings/1hr 30min

13 and over: 7 innings/1hr 30min (changed for 2015 Season in accordance with Arkansas USSSA rules). 


 
 
Championship Games will be played out to the full length of innings indicated above. No time limit (unless specified by the Tournament Director before the Championship due to weather,etc.). Extra Innings in the Championship game will not be played using "International Rules".

RAIN SHORTENED GAMES

COMPLETE GAME IF THE NUMBER OF INNINGS LISTED BELOW ARE PLAYED

AGE  INNING

7U to 12U > 3rd Inning

13U to 16U > 4th Inning

FOR AGES 6 THROUGH 12 – 2 ½ INNINGS IF HOME TEAM IS LEADING

FOR AGES 13 THROUGH 18 – 3 ½ INNINGS IF HOME TEAM IS LEADING

PITCHING LIMITS

We will play by the USSSA National Pitching Rules!

PITCHER CHANGES DURING THE GAME

Coaches are responsible for notifying the home plate umpire of all pitching changes during the game.

MERCY RULES PER AGE GROUP   

Winning Team Declared   

6-8 : 15 AFTER 3 / 8 After 4 / or when mathematically eliminated/ 7 Runs Per Inning

9-12 : 15 After 3/ 8 After 4  

13-18 : 15 After 3 / 12 After 4 / 8 After 5  


 
 
 
BRACKET GAMES

Bracket games will be played out until there is a winner. International rules will be used if the game time is used up and there is a tie, International rules will be used each inning after game time until a winner is declared.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

All Championship games will be played out the full number of innings allowed for that age group (unless specified by the Tournament Director before the game due to weather, etc.). If the game is tied after that number of innings, the game will continue until a winner is determined. International rules will not be used in a Championship game. Run rules are still in effect.

GAME BALLS

Each team must provide two new baseballs per game. USSSA stamped baseballs are preferred.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT ALTERATIONS

Arkansas USSSA Baseball Directors reserve the right to alter, change, or abbreviate the tournament format, when necessary, in order to complete the tournament or correct errors.

ADMISSION (Per Arkansas USSSA Rules)

 

The admission for a qualifier, NIT or Global shall be $5.00 for ages 12 and above and $3.00 for ages 11 and under. 

The admission for a State shall be $7.00 for ages 12 and above and $5 for ages 11 and under. 



TOBACCO

Use of tobacco product is prohibited in JOE MACK CAMPBELL PARK!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FINAL NOTE

The city of Jonesboro has been very generous in allowing us to host these tournaments. Jonesboro Baseball thanks the city for the opportunity to use these facilities. Please help us keep trash picked up in the dugouts and around the facilities! We believe that the respect of a ballpark and ball fields is something that we can teach young players by example. We also get to watch our kids play the game that we all love! We hope that your experience with Jonesboro USSSA Baseball will bring you back to Joe Mack Campbell Park again and again!
 
Tournament Director,
Randy Bearce
 
Jonesboro USSSA COACH Pitch Rules

COACH PITCH

 

The Coach can pitch anywhere from the front of the Safety Arc set at 30 feet in a straight line with home plate to the Pitching Circle set at 42 feet, also the Coach must straddle or stand on the line. The Coach can either stand or kneel and either throw over-hand or under-hand

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The Coach Pitch rules can be found in the National By-Laws Rule 9.00 Page 13  http://www.usssa.com/usssa/usssa-general/2013BBRuleBook.pdf  

 
The only park exception from the State and National Rules will be: Each batter will get 6 pitches or 3 swinging strikes. Batter will remain alive on all fouls including 6th pitch and beyond.