TNTTournaments: Tournament Rules

Tuesday, September 27

Check-In Information:
All Teams must register prior to their first game. The Registration table will be located at the VETERANS PARK. Coaches must be prepared to submit the following:
A. Copy of team insurance.
B. All teams most stay at authorized TNT Hotels, failure will result in $500 additional payment at check - in, email bob at
rsadowl@aol.com , Read Rule #3

C. All tournaments are "Pay as you Play" pay plate umps before game, usually $40 per game

Refund Policy-

  1. Condition A) Heavy rains for several days, before tournament, that causes the entire tournament to be cancelled will result in a partial refund. usually 1/2 entry

  2. Condition B) Rain during tournament, once games have begun, every attempt will be made to play, once a team has played a game or part of, there is no refund.

  3. Condition C) Teams that pull out of tournament after being accepted – no refund

Special Note: 2011 Last Look- all teams must be prepared to start on Friday at 1pm
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1. NO players, team coaches, nor parents/spectators will be allowed in areas designated "College Coaches Only". This includes the Hospitality Tents and the Scouting Areas behind each field's backstop. Please do not take the chairs.

2. Parking areas will be designated for "Tournament Staff Only" & "College Coaches Only".

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3. Hotel Policy:
IT IS MANDATORY THAT ALL TEAMS BOOK THEIR HOTEL ROOMS THROUGH OUR HOTEL COORDINATOR, Bob. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN A $50.00 PER PLAYER SUR-CHARGE (not to exceed $500.00). Teams are only allowed to stay at tournament sanctioned hotels; these are hotels that give the tournament reduced rate rooms for the college coaches. TEAMS ARE NOT TO CALL OR CONTACT HOTELS DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE INTERNET.
* Minimum Number of Rooms to book per team is 5. (effective 01/1/11)

* Teams from 80 miles or more are subject to the Hotel Policy.
(effective 01/1/11)

Please submit your hotel request through the Hotel Request Form. Please allow at least 14 days for Bob to contact you. When Bob contacts you, you will be given a selection of hotels to choose from. Once you have selected a hotel that best suits your needs, Bob will send your contact information to the hotel representative, who will then contact you (Bob will give you a deadline to provide a rooming list to her once you have chosen your team hotel. The rooming list will then be sent to the hotel and the hotel will contact you and provide you with a contact and deadline). For any further questions you can contact Bob at 215-852-4828. Please be sure to leave your name, team name, and a phone number where you can be reached day or evening.

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4A. Summer Showcase: is a 6 game guarantee, NEW TEAMS SHOULD READ VERY CAREFULLY : June 29 thru July 3 Showcase: Expect to play on Wedesday night June 29, 2011. (Please note: there is a recruitment camp Wednesday morning June 29, that many of your players may wish go to, details posted in Feb.) New teams are expected to play on Wednesday Night. All teams will definately need to be ready to play early thursday morning. New teams to this tournament will have to earn their stripes and may only have one game at the main complex. You will find this to be the case in other major showcases including Pennsbury, Rising Stars, Surf City and other national major showcases. Expections are established 18U Gold teams which will play the majority of their games at the main complex.

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FALL Tournament only - Is a 4gg (out town teams may be given a 5th game), and pay as you play, we will do our best to get out of town teams an extra game, 1:25 min drop dead, most teams will play at least one game at Veterans Park.



4B. Tournament Format: Summer Only
The teams will be divided into brackets OF EQUAL STRENGTH. All teams will play a minimum of 6 round robin exhibition games. Some teams may play an extra game against an opponent from another bracket.

5.
Mercy Rule:
The 8 runs after 5 innings "mercy" rule will be in effect for ALL games.

6.
Playing Rules:
Teams may use unlimited defensive substitutions during this tournament and may bat up to 10 players. This means you may put the 9 or 10 girls that you want to hit in your lineup, then put the girls in the field that you want to play defense. Defensive players may be changed at anytime. Any changes made in the batting order must be related to the umpire. Umpires do not need to know the defensive changes, nor the reentries, unless they are going back into the batting order.

7. Uniform shirts must be numbered. Pick up players may wear their original teams uniform. No duplicate numbers allowed. No jewelry other than post type earrings in ears is allowed. Post type earrings in ears may be worn but must be taped. Umpires will be the judges in jewelry matters. If the umpire deems the earring unsafe, then the player must remove them with no argument. ALL SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN


8. Protests:
This is a non-protestable tournament. The home plate umpire will settle rule disagreements at the time. Please don't argue. Remember the spirit of the tournament. College coaches don't want to spend their time watching arguments. Teams that refuse to play when umpire says "Play Ball" could be penalized, upon review of tournament director, with forfeit of all remaining games.

9. NO glass containers, and NO alcoholic beverages are allowed at the park.

10. Please assist in keeping the dugouts clean for the next team by picking up your trash after the game and placing it in the receptacle provided in the dugout.

No bat bags are to be placed in dugout, please place to the side or directly behind dugout, this makes the transition between games quicker and helps get the game started sooner.

11. Game Times:
A. Official game will end at 7 innings or 1 hour 20 minutes.
B. Drop Dead Rule: If time expires before the inning is completed, the game is over immediately (Drop Dead). The score will revert to the last complete inning, unless the home team is up to bat and ahead in the score. Drop DEAD 1 hour 25 minutes.

C. Extended Play: If 7 innings have been played, and a winner has been decided (see Item #14 regarding tiebreakers), and there is still significant time on the clock, teams may continue to play until time is up. The official final score that will be recorded is that of the 7 complete innings of play. The umpire will determine the significance of the remaining time. "Significant time" means 10-15 minutes or more. Umpire will ask coaches during coin toss whether they wish to continue play if situation arises.


12. Forfeits: Forfeits should be avoided at all costs.
a. Forfeits are at the discretion of the Tournament Director or staff. If you are short a player (due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances) and need one to keep you from forfeiting, please contact the snack bar or Tournament Director immediately. Temporary replacement players may be available, but we do need some notice. To avoid a forfeit, you will be allowed to borrow a player from another team. Forfeits benefit neither team since the objective of the tournament is for the girls to be seen on the field by the college coaches!!!
b. Teams that forfeit a game for any reason, risk not being accepted into the tournament again. If you are unable to play a game, you must advise the tournament officials, plus it is recommended that you attempt to find a replacement team for your game. You are ultimately responsible to make sure that your opponent is not shorted their opportunity to show their players.

13A.
International Tiebreaker:
During all tournament play, if the game is tied at the end of seven (7) innings, the International Tiebreaker will be used IF time is still remaining. This entails placing the last out from the previous inning on 2nd base to start the tiebreak inning with no outs. This will continue until time expires. If the game is still tied at the end of the tiebreak innings when time expires, the tie will stand. If time expires during the tiebreak inning, the game is over immediately (drop dead rule) and the score reverts to the last complete inning unless the home team is at bat and ahead in the score. Umpires will not allow obvious delaying tactics. Remember - the college coaches want to see girls playing, not coaches maneuvering.

13B.
Order of Finish:
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Win/Loss records, 2) Run-Differential and 3) Head to Head - will be used to determine first place finishers in each bracket. All scores must be reported to the snack bars. If scores are not reported, bracket winners will be determined by whatever means available to the tournament director.

14. HOME AND AWAY TEAM TO BE DETERMINED BY COIN FLIP


15. Weather Contingencies:
In case of uncontrollable circumstances or interruptions due to weather, the Tournament Director reserves the right to alter the tournament format in any way necessary to reach a conclusion. This can include, but may not be limited to, shorten game times, fewer games guaranteed, or playing rule changes. Games interrupted might not be resumed. Everything possible will be done to get the players on the field as soon as possible.



16. It is the responsibility of the team managers and coaches to know their field assignments, times, etc, for all games. The Official Tournament Game Schedule will be maintained at both snack bars. Please verify your game schedule occasionally at the snack bar. Teams that no-show a game risk being replaced in their other games, and also may not be invited to future tournaments.



19. WEATHER CONDITIONS: fall
The weather is generally in the mid-50s to mid-60s. We will play under many conditions, since we have teams from as far away as 400 miles & college coaches that have set aside this day. Conditions we will play include light rain, wet fields. Note last year, at many HS softball games, your girls played in temps below 50, if they can do that in HS, we can do that in travel ball


20. Injuries:
It is recommended that each team bring their own first aid supplies. In the event of a serious injury or medical emergency, play would immediately stop. Emergency Medical Services will be called upon, if necessary.

21.
Un-sportsmanlike Conduct:
Managers/coaches are responsible for their own conduct and for that of their players, assistants and spectators. Abusive language and/or un-sportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated in any degree. Noisemakers, whether homemade or store bought are not allowed. Coaches, players, and spectators may be ejected from the game if in violation of this rule. The initial "cooling off period" is the rest of the game. Any manager, coach, player or spectator who is ejected from a game may/will have their behavior reviewed by the Umpire in Chief or the Tournament Director. If necessary, the "cooling off period" may be extended from one game to the rest of the day and even to the rest of the tournament, depending on severity of conduct. Any manager, coach, or spectator who is ejected must leave the park for the duration of the cooling off period. A player who is ejected will be restricted to the dugout for any games during the cooling off period and will not be allowed to play in any games in any manner for the rest of the cooling off period. This is a severe penalty so be on notice that misbehavior on the part of players, coaches or spectators will not be tolerated. Managers/coaches may be held responsible for players and spectators behavior also. If any one who has been ejected fails to follow umpire instructions or fails to abide by the cooling off period, the team will be ejected from the tournament. TNT Showcase has a "zero tolerance" policy.


22. Warm-up Areas: Pre Game Warm-up is to be conducted only in the Open Play Area with respect to fans & other players.

23. Adding Players to your Roster: Open Roster

25. Game Balls: Yellow Optic .44cor balls will be used during the tournament.

26. PARENTS are NOT allowed to talk with college coaches, during tournament, see NCAA rule below_

13.1.7.2 Practice or Competition Site.

(d) Contact shall not be made with the prospective student-athlete involved in competition that requires more than one day of participation (e.g., a softball tournament) until after the prospective student athlete’s final contest is completed and he or she is released by the appropriate institutional authority and leaves the dressing and meeting facility; and (Revised: 1/11/94)

http://www.ncaa.org/library/membership/division_i_manual/2007-08/2007-08_d1_manual.pdf