The City of Jackson adopts the National Federation rules, with exceptions, as the primary rulebook governing all tournament play.

Exceptions

  • Any State Tournament and/or World Series play will be governed strictly by the sanctioning host rulebook. National Federation Rules will govern any rule not addressed by host rulebook. All other City of Jackson Tournament events will be governed by USSSA amendments to the National Rederation rules. Any rule not covered will be reviewed and acted upon by the tournament director.
  • The Extra Hitter (EH) is allowed at the coaches’ discretion in all age divisions. The EH can be substituted the same way as a position player.
  • The contact rule is in effect at all times in all age groups. The runner(s) must either slide or try to avoid the tag on close plays at any of the bases. This rule does not apply on runners returning to their occupied bases on pick-off attempts, unless a rundown results.

Tournament Entry Fees

Tournament entries are only guaranteed after receipt of the entry fee. Online payment is available here, or the entry fee check and registration form may be mailed to:

West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex
250 BancorpSouth Pkwy.
Jackson, TN 38305

The check should be made out to “City of Jackson.”

Any team withdrawing from a tournament within the business week (Monday-Friday) of the weekend start of that tournament will not receive a refund if the game schedule for the tournament has been posted online. If a team has yet to pay its entry fee, it will be required to pay that entry fee before entry is allowed into any future tournament, and any subsequent tournament entries must be paid in advance.

Proof of Age

It is the head coach’s responsibility to have the players’ proof of age in possession and be able to produce on demand the players’ birth certificates or legally accepted proof of age.

Team Insurance

All teams are required to provide proof of team insurance. A copy of the team’s certificate of insurance must be provided at the team check-in prior to a team’s participation in any City of Jackson tournament event.

Team Check-In

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

Game Time Limits and Rainouts

Age Division Time Limit Game Length Full Game/Event of Rainout
5-8 1 hour 15 minutes 6 innings 3 innings *
9-10 1 hour 40 minutes 6 innings 3 innings *
11-12 1 hour 40 minutes 6 innings 3 innings *
13-14 1 hour 50 minutes 7 innings 4 innings **

* or if home team is ahead after 2 ½ innings
** or if home team is ahead after 3 ½ innings

NO NEW INNING WILL BEGIN IF A GAME IS WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF THE TIME LIMIT RUNNING OUT.  (Example: A game in the 11-year-old division has a time limit of 1:40.  The 5th inning ends at the 1:36 mark of play, or 4 minutes remaining on the scorekeeper’s timer.  The game is OVER without the 6th inning beginning.)

For the age division championship finals, a standard 2-hour time limit will apply for all age groups. The time limits stated above in the boxed graphic apply to all other games, including championship round semifinals and silver division finals.

The City of Jackson reserves the right to modify game times as needed, especially if play is affected by inclement weather.

If rainouts occur: Full refund if no games are begun; 2/3 refund if one game is started; however, should one game start and rainout occur, instead of 2/3 refund, you have the option to play in one other tournament, during same season and for same tournament classification type, at no additional charge; 1/3 refund if second game is completed.

No refund once third game begins. There will be no gate or admission refunds at any time. If play is in doubt due to inclement weather in the area, parents and fans should remain outside the gate until play actually begins or is announced to begin.

Placement Points

Every team entered in Sportsplex events receives placement points for their finishing position by the organization sanctioning the event. If a tournament is canceled by inclement weather after bracket play has begun, but has not been completed, the following policies apply

For single-elimination brackets – All teams that have not yet suffered a bracket-play loss will be ranked by the order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been defeated in bracket play. All teams competing in a “Gold Division” bracket automatically finish ahead of all teams competing in a “Silver Division” bracket. All teams competing in a “Silver Division” bracket automatically finish ahead of all teams who did not qualify for bracket play, if any. As long as a No. 1 seed is still alive in bracket play, that team will be declared the champion in the event of a rainout.

For double-elimination brackets – All teams that have not yet suffered a loss in the winners’ bracket will be ranked by the order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been defeated in bracket play. All teams that are still alive in losers’ bracket play will be ranked by the order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been eliminated from bracket play, if any. Examples: If six teams are still in the winners’ bracket at the time of a rainout, and four others have dropped into the losers’ bracket, the six teams still alive in the winners’ bracket will occupy the first six positions of the ordered finish, ranked by their seeds entering bracket play. The four teams in the losers bracket would make up the bottom four positions of the 10 teams involved.

Order of Finish in Inclement Weather Situations

This policy only applies for the City of Jackson invitational events. When a tournament cannot be concluded due to inclement weather, the following policies shall govern all baseball events conducted by Sportsplex staff, with regard to determining the order of finish …

  • If the tournament is canceled during or after the completion of pool play, the tournament order of finish will be set by the tournament tie-breakers listed in the Divisional/Pool Play Tie Breakers section of the rules. Normally, two complete rounds must be completed in order to establish a tournament order of finish, but the Sportsplex reserves the right to establish different criteria if warranted by the circumstances. In the event that teams have completed an unequal number of games (including suspended games that have reached official status at the time of the cancellation), the winning percentage of all teams will be used to determine placement. For undefeated teams, teams will be ranked by the number of wins. (Examples: A 3-0 record is better than a 2-0 record; a 2-0-1 record is better than a 2-1 record; a 1-1-1 record is better than a 1-2 record; a 0-2 record is better than a 0-3 record.) For purposes of win percentage, ties count as a  half-win and a half-loss. (Examples: A 1-0-2 record is equal to a 2-1 record; a 1-0-1 record is better than a 1-1 record.)
  • If the tournament is canceled after bracket play has begun, but has not been completed, the following policies apply:
  • For single-elimination brackets: All teams that have not yet suffered a bracket play loss will be ranked by order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been defeated in bracket play. All teams competing in a “Gold Division” bracket automatically finish ahead of all teams competing in a “Silver Division” bracket. All teams competing in a “Silver Division” bracket automatically finish ahead of all teams who did not qualify for bracket play, if any. (Examples: As long as a No. 1 seed is still alive in bracket play, that team will be declared the champion in the event of a rainout; if the No. 1 seed is not still alive in the bracket, the next-highest seed that is still alive will be declared the champion. If four teams are playing in a Gold Division bracket, the highest position a Silver Division team can place is 5th.)
  • For double-elimination brackets: All teams that have not yet suffered a loss in the winners’ bracket will be ranked by order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been defeated in bracket play. All teams that are still alive in losers’ bracket play will be ranked by order of the seeding with which they entered bracket play, and automatically finish ahead of any teams that have been eliminated from bracket play, if any. (Examples: If six teams are still in the winners’ bracket at the time of a rainout, and four others have dropped into the losers’ bracket, the six teams still alive in the winners bracket will occupy the first six positions of the ordered finish, ranked by their seeds entering bracket play. The four teams in the losers’ bracket would make up the bottom four positions of the 10 teams involved.)
  • If a tournament is canceled before its completion, no consolation awards will be presented, unless the Sportsplex staff has determined that unusually special circumstances warrant their distribution. No awards of any kind will be made if less than two rounds have been completed.
  • These policies are only specific to Sportsplex staff-run events and have been designed to reflect the staff’s belief that these are the fairest ways to determine final placement. They are not intended to represent the policies of any other facility or organization.

Pitching Limits

Any Qualifier, State Tournament, and/or World Series play will be governed strictly by the sanctioning host rulebook. The USSSA has an 8-inning limit per tournament for all ages; the daily limit for a pitcher to still be eligible for the next day (as long as the tournament limit has not yet been reached) is 3 innings.

A team is allowed one defensive-charged conference per inning per pitcher. The second conference will result in the pitcher being removed from the game as a pitcher. The pitcher may be moved to another defensive position, but may NOT return as a pitcher for the remainder of the game.

Run Rules

USSSA rules:

Age Division Winner of Game Declared (if it occurs) Maximum Runs per Inning
6-8 15 runs ahead after 4 complete innings
or 8 runs after 5 innings.
7 per inning
9-12 15 runs ahead after 3 complete innings
or 8 runs ahead after 4 complete innings
n/a
13-14 15 runs ahead after 3 complete innings
or 12 runs ahead after 4 complete innings
or 8 runs ahead after 5 complete innings
n/a

 

Home Team

Will be determined by coin toss. Home team scorekeeper will be the official score keeper and must record starting time in scorebook. In championship finals, the higher-seeded team will be the home team.

Game Tie Breakers

During the initial round of pool/divisional play games, at the end of regulation time limit, if the score is tied, the game will end in a tie. During the single elimination championship rounds extra innings will be played until a winner is determined in USSSA events.

Exceptions: District, State, Regional and World Series tie games will be governed by the sanctioning host tournament guidelines.

Divisional/Pool Play Tie Breakers

At the end of pool play, teams may be tied going into the final rounds with the same win-loss records. The Following tie breakers will determine which teams advance and in which order.

  • Best record (best winning percentage)
  • Head-to-head result (unless more than two teams are tied)
  • Fewest average runs allowed per game
  • Greatest average run differential per game (maximum of 8 runs per game)
  • Most sanctioning body season points
  • Coin toss

Forfeits

Any team that forfeits a game to another will be considered the loser of that game by a fixed 7-0 score. A pre-game forfeit will be allowed only in the event of a team not being able to field enough players to compete in the scheduled game. A game forfeited during play because of a rule violation will be recorded as a 7-0 win for the non-penalized team. A team will not be allowed to forfeit a game as a means to save its pitching for future games in the tournament.

Exceptions: District, State, Regional and World Series tie games will be governed by the sanctioning host tournament guidelines.

Pregame Warmup

All team pregame warmups will only be allowed in designated warmup areas, or in the outfield of a ball field, no pregame practice on any mounds or plates. Absolutely no soft toss (including plastic balls) allowed within any fencing in the complex.

Game Balls

Each team must provide game balls for the games in which they play:

  • Ages 6-8 … One new or good condition baseball per game.
  • Ages 9-14 … Two new or good condition baseballs per game.

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. See Order of Finish in Inclement Weather Situations for award rules under those circumstances.