Tourn. Rules/Info

May Mayhem, Memorial Day Classic, Maple Leaf East, Maple Leaf West & Cinderella Classic  RULES 2018

USSSA Rules
, with the following exceptions:

Pitchers must start with both feet on the rubber and are not permitted to step back as in NFHS rules. 

ALL COACHES, BY PARTICIPATION IN THE PLATE CONFERENCE AT EACH GAME AGREE THAT ALL EQUIPMENT USED BY THEIR TEAMS COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF THE NFHS AND ASSUME ALL LIABILITY FOR USE OF ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT BY HIS/HER TEAM MEMBERS. 

Home team will be the official scorekeeper in all tournament games. BOTH TEAMS MUST REPORT SCORES TO SCORERS TABLE WITHIN 20 Minutes of games end.  If only one team reports, that will be the score.  If neither team reports score, it will be listed as a 7-7 TIE for both teams. As option, Tournament Directors may allow scores to be texted to a designated number.  In either event, the time frame will be the same. 

Pre-game conference and coin flip will take place ten (10) minutes prior to the start of the game. If one team is deliberately delaying start, the umpire will defer to team present.  LINE-UP CARDS MUST BE PRESENTED TO PLATE UMPIRE.  

No organized infield practice before the games. Teams may warm up beyond the baselines or in foul territory. No live batting practice is allowed on the field or in the complex at any time.   

Time limit for all games will be determined by the Event's Director prior to game start. Time limits will be 75 minutes normally. Time begins after the pre-game conference. Time limit could change in case of tournament interruption or rain. All teams MUST 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.) 

Regulation games are also known as Pool Games.  

Pool Play: Games will be 7 innings or time limit. All pool games will finish the inning once time expires.  If the game is tied at the end of regulation, it will be declared a tie in Pool Play only.

Elimination Games will be 7 innings or time limit. Games that are tied at the end of regulation will use the ITB rule until a winner is declared.  Championship games will be played without time limits. 

 In ANY inning, if a team is losing by 15 more runs, after 45 minutes the game will end, regardless of inning.   The 15-run rule is an option for Tournament Directors and will be used in all the the tournaments listed in the header of this section. in advance of the start of tournament if used.  

Only Head Coaches may consult with the umpires.  Players, sponsors, and other coaches are to not to be involved in discussions unless so requested by the umpire(s).  Failure of a non-manager to remove themselves from any discussion after being warned will result in ejected from the game and the tournament.  Head coaches are responsible for actions of players, fans and assistant coaches.  Head Coach will be warned to curb improper behavior and failure to do so will result in his/her ejection.o smoking, tobacco, or alcohol use on the field, in the dugouts, or around the fields. No exceptions. 

2) Batting lineups. Teams can bat up to 12 players for the ENTIRE tournament). This must be declared, however, with the presentation of the Lineup Card at the Pre-Game Conference.  Once it is declared, it cannot be changed. You may use free substitution with all players that are in the lineup.    Teams may use the DP/Flex if batting the straight nine (10 counting the FLEX & DP, in lieu of above).

 3) Courtesy Runners. Teams may run for the pitcher and catcher the entire game. This runner can be someone off the bench or you may use the last recorded, the Pitcher and Catcher of record are exempt from being used in this manner. No player can pinch run for the Pitcher and Catcher in the same inning.

4) Player Shortages. Teams may begin a game with eight (8) players if the additional players arrive after the start of the game, they will be handled in the following manner:

a. Teams may add all players to the END of the line-up. These players must be listed on the line-up card submitted prior to the game. If the players are not present for their time at bat their spot will be skipped until they arrive but an out will be recorded. (Note: In Elimination Rounds an OUT MUST BE TAKEN IF THE PLAYER IS NOT THERE TO BAT WHEN HER TURN COMES UP.

b. In Pool Games, an injured player may be skipped ONE TIME in the line-up without penalty of taking an out.  Abuse of this exception, will not be accepted and may result in ejection of the head coach.  However, this player may not return to that game if this exception is used.

5) Tie Breakers. The following procedure will be used to determine the seeding’s after pool play: a) Head to Head b) Runs allowed c) Run differential (Maximum 10 runs per game) d) Coin flip.

a. If three or more teams are tied with the same record in a pool head-to-head record will be thrown out. Once a level of tie-breaker is used, we DO NOT revert to any steps of the tie-breaking procedure. We will continue down the list until all ties are broken.  When the Brackets are developed a winner of one brackets shall be set as the first seed and then rotated through.  This shall be determined at random.  Printyourbrackets.com is the format for Bracket Play, though some modifications may be made due to weather, number of teams or other factors unforeseen.

b. If a team is playing an extra pool game, the runs allowed and the Win/Loss in that game will not count towards there total. However, the result of the game (win/loss) will be used in head-to-head consideration if a tie in pool play occurs.

6) Pitching Distances 10U - 35', 12U - 40', and 14U, 16U, 18U, & 23U – 43'   No metal cleats for 10U, or 12U.  Metal Cleats are permitted in all other age groups.  Molded cleats are permitted in 10U and 12U divisions.

 7: Umpires decision is final in all Pool Games.  Elimination or Bracket Games Protests may be filed with payment of a deposit of $75 in cash at time of Protest, which will be donated to charity if the protest is not ruled in favor of the protesting team.

 UNLESS AUTHORIZED BY THE RESPECTIVE CITY OR PRIVATE OWNER OF A FACILITY, NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PERMITTED TO BE CONSUMED OR DISPLAYED AT ANY LOCATION.  Persons found in violation of these rules are subject to removal for the balance of the tournament and any applicable State or Local laws. NOTE: BY AGREEMENT WITH VICTORY SPORTS PARK (VSP) and applicable State/local laws, NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY NOT BE BROUGHT INTO VSP.  VSP may serve, for consumption, only in a designated area, alcoholic beverages which MUST BE CONSUMED in that area.  Persons found with alcoholic beverages outside the designated area, will be asked to leave the park for the balance of the day.

 PERSONS FOUND EXHIBITING POOR SPORTSMANSHIP OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR TO PLAYERS, OFFICIALS, OR ANY PERSON WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PARK AND WILL NOT PERMITTED TO RETURN DURING THE TOURNAMENT.

The tournament reserves the right to change schedule as needed to insure safe play in the event of rain or excessive heat.   COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE TO CHECK AT MAIN TABLES FOR ANY CHANGES.  The TD will will use methods to communicate updates, these may include; Message line system 1-440-682-3007 AND/OR TOURNEY MACHINE, USSSA website OR SIMILAR PROGRAMS OR NOTIFICATION METHODS.  Coaches will be notified of the system(s) used, prior to the tournament.

 RAIN POLICY: Two games played (or more) played by a majority of teams, no refund is required.  Other situations, refunds will be given on a per team basis, less unrecoverable costs, plus an amount not to exceed 5%.  (Note: Fees charge by Sanctioning bodies or on-line registrations services are not recoverable.)

The priority is to play as many games as possible for all teams without exposing any teams to an excess number of games per day.  In the event of this not being accomplishable due to weather, the TD may opt to go to a single elimination bracket or eliminate teams with poorer seeding to enable a winner in all brackets.  In the event of rain, the Sunday morning Pool games may be pushed back and elimination games started as early as possible. 

Awards, if no Bracket games are played, 1st & Finalist Awards will be given to Pool Winners based on record.  Other awards may be given, such as MVP Awards and competitioon awards if applicable to a specific event.

If Bracket games are started, best records left will receive awards. Tournament Directors may issue other awards as they see fit.