Arkansas Tournament Rules

2017 Season

Updated 6/19/17

THESE RULES SHOULD BE USED BY ALL ARKANSAS TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS

Additional Individual Park Rules May Be Added

Any individual park rule changes must be clearly visible on the tournament sites web page

For Rules not covered in the Arkansas State rules, please refer to the USSSA National By-Laws and MLB rules

 

ENTRY FEE PAYMENT POLICY:

ALL tournament entry fees are required to be Paid Online at USSSA.com. If you are NOT PAID, you will not be included in the brackets. NO TEAM WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY UNTIL ALL PAYMENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED.

DOUBLE BOOKING:

ANY TEAMS THAT DOUBLE BOOKS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BOTH ENTRY FEES AND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY UNTIL THEY ARE PAID. YOU MUST EMAIL THE DIRECTOR AND REMOVE YOUR TEAM BEFORE ENTERING ANOTHER. YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED DOUBLE BOOKED IF YOU ARE IN MORE THEN ONE EVENT PRIOR TO 11:59 PM ON THE MONDAY BEFORE THE EVENT.

REFUND POLICY:

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

If you pull out of the tournament after the Monday prior to the start of event or you are a “no show” you will receive NO refund, but remember that the winner will be receiving two air compressors for their cars.

RAIN OUT REFUND POLICY:

If a TEAM has played:

NO games – FULL REFUND

ONE game – HALF REFUND

TWO games or more – NO REFUND

It is the team Managers responsibility to contact the tournament director for rain out information. Information should be posted on the city’s website. The tournament director cannot be expected to contact each team if a tournament is rain out.

In case of rain the tournament director with the assistance of the state director has the right to modify or amend the tournament in order to finish the event and award points.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

GOOD sportsmanship is expected by players, coaches and fans at all times. Razzing, heckling, chanting, or making rude remarks towards opponents is strictly prohibited. Unruly coaches, fans or players can be removed from the park for the duration of the game. Any Coach, Player or fan using loud OBSCENE LANGUAGE WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE GAME if sever enough they will also have to sit out the following game. Each Park and or Tournament Director has the right to ban Boom Boxes or any loud noise makers.

ANY COACH OR FAN THAT IS CONSISTENTLY EJECTED FROM THE GAME CAN BE SUSPENDED UP TO 1 FULL SEASON

GAME TIME LIMITS:

6 – 8u                 6 innings / 1 hour 15 min

9 – 12u               6 innings /1 hour 30 min

13 and over        7 innings /1 hour 30 min

Championship games can either be played out to the complete number of innings allowed in their age group, or have time a limit of: 8U and below of 1 hour and 30 min or 9U to 15U of 2 hours

FORFEITS:

All forfeits must be approved by the State Director.

Enough runs will be added to the score to give the forfeiting team the loss.

Example: If the score is 3-0 at the time of the forfeit the final score will be 4-3.

Teams will not be allowed to advance to the bracket play if they forfeit by using an illegal aged player or a pitching violation. If the team forfeit’s for not having a player on the roster, the team can advance but the player not on the roster cannot.

*note a missing player from a roster is not an automatic forfeit. Each case will be reviewed by the State Director to determine eligibility.

BRACKET GAMES:

Bracket games will be played out until there is a winner. The international rule will be used after the completion of a full game (6 innings 12 and under, 7 innings 13 and over) or time has expired and there is a tie, International rule will be used each inning after game time until a winner is declared. *international rule the last out made from the previous inning is placed on 2nd with no outs and then the game is played as usual this is for both visitors and home teams. In Championship games, the International can be used: if using the 2-hour time limit and time has expired or a full game (6 innings 12 and under, 7 innings 13 and over), has been played.

CLASSIFICATIONS:

Any team can be re-classified at any time during the season.

The top 2 teams in the Spring State Championship will be moved to a higher class for the following season.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS:

All teams must play in the same class in which they are playing in the World Series. No team can play up in age in a lower class. (Example- an 11 Major cannot play 12 AA or 12 AAA). A team can play up in class in the same age but can be re-classed depending on their finish.

The Arkansas State Director reserves the right to alter, change, or abbreviate the tournament format, when necessary, in order to complete the tournament or correct errors.  

In case of rain on Friday, pool games times will be reduced or teams will play one pool game. In case of rain on Saturday, bracket games will be seeded by the national system using all complete games. If games are rained out on Sunday, there will one attempt to complete the tournament on Monday. If no games are played, the tournament will be rescheduled for the following weekend.

FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:

AA teams can only have a max of 2 higher classed players on their roster based on the previous Spring Season.

Teams must play in at least 1 fall tournament to play in the AA division, or have your complete roster online. Teams that have not played must play in the Open Division.