1. Protest Fee: $100 cash (on rule interpretation).
  2. BIRTH CERTIFICATES must be in possession at all times.
  3. 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.
  4. Home team will be determined by coin flip during pool play, and the home team will be required to keep the official book.  
  5. Championship games: Gold Bracket - (Extended 20 Minutes - Weather Permitting) Super NIT - No Time Limit in Gold (Weather permitting). 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
  6. 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 pitcher's mound.)
  7. Bat Rules -
  8. Ages 9 - 14:  When time expires and there is a 15 run lead, game will end (Drop Dead)
  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.  
Last completed at bat in the previous inning will be placed on second base and 1 Out.
 The following rules will determine the order of finish after pool play.
  1. HEAD TO HEAD (2 Teams)
  2. FEWEST RUNS ALLOWED (3 or more teams)
  3. RUN DIFFERENTIAL– Determined by taking total runs scored minus total runs allowed. The maximum run differential per game is +8 or –8.
  4. USSSA Points
  5. 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 45 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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