Special MOUNTAIN SPORTS  USSSA Baseball Rules
  1. Protest Fee: $100 cash (on rule interpretation).
  2. Game Time: Starting time is forfeit time, unless delay is created by USSSA. Be Ready To Play 30 Minutes Before Game Time. Game time starts after completion of coin toss.
  3. Home team will be determined by coin flip during pool play, and the home team will be required to keep the official book. Visiting Team Scoreboard.  In bracket play home team will be higher seed until championship game.
  4. Championship games: Gold Bracket - Time Limit Set by Director.  Silver Bracket and One Day events will maintain standard time limit for age group.  Run Rule is still in effect. HIGHER SEED HOME TEAM IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME per NEW USSSA RULE 7.02.A
  5. Pitching Rules: Please refer to “USSSA Baseball Playing Rules” for specifics
    1. Scorecards must be signed by both team managers to eliminate inning validation problems. (Managers are responsible for meeting the umpires immediately following the game at the pitchers mound.)
  6. All games will have time limits set by the director.
  7. Ages 9U - 14U - When time expires and there is a 12 run lead, game will end (Drop Dead.)
  8. Tournament director will furnish baseballs. 
  9.  Adverse weather or rain: The USSSA Baseball Tournament will be played in adverse weather conditions. The format may be changed to lesser time limits or fewer innings only to complete tournament. Coaches and players accept these conditions when entering the tournament.
  10. Slash Bunts

    8U-12U a batter is not allowed to "slash bunt". A batter that fakes a bunt and then takes a full swing will be out, the ball will be dead, and no runners may advance. (Mountain Sports Specific Rule)

  11.  Tournament director shall have final decision on all tournament questions.
North Carolina Fall Season
Players on teams that quit playing until spring will be able to play on another team.  They will be allowed to go back to their original team in the spring.  This is being done so players that want to play baseball in the fall while the rest of their original team is doing soccer, football will not be penalized. 
Games that are tied after regulation in Pool Play or Consolation will end in a Tie. Bracket Play we will go straight into International tie Breaker.  
International Tie Breaker:
Last batter in the previous inning will be placed on second base.
 The following rules will determine the order of finish after pool play.
  4. HIGHEST RUN DIFFERENTIAL– Determined by taking total runs scored minus total runs allowed. The maximum run differential per game is +8 or –8.
  5. USSSA Points
  6. Coin Flip
A.R.1 - The score of the game at the time of a forfeit, if the losing team forfeits, shall be the score of record for purposes of this rule.
A.R.2 - If the winning team forfeits, the score the score of record shall be 1 run per inning for that game in favor of losing team. If in a 6 inning game score will be 6-0. If in a 7 inning game score will be 7-0. 

A.R.3 - When three or more teams are tied fewest runs allowed in all pool play games will be used in determining all 3 places. If there is still a 3 way tie highest run differential shall be used to determine who shall advance.

A.R.4 – If when a 3 way tie is broken 2 teams are still tied with runs allowed go to highest run differential in all games, if still tied use USSSA Points, if this is a tie go to a coin flip.
Age Group
Time Limit
Mercy Rule
1hr 15 min time limit 6 innings 15 runs after 3 innings and 8 runs after 4 innings
1 hr 30 min time limit 6 innings 15 runs after 3 innings and 8 runs after 4 innings
13U - 18U
1hr 40 min  time limit  7 innings 15 runs after 3 innings, 12 runs after 4 innings, and 8 runs after 5 innings


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