1.JP Sports tournament management will strive to make this tournament the best of your season. If questions or disputes arise about policies or procedures, coaches shall bring them to attention of the Tournament Director and/or JP Sports Director of Operations, Heath Smith. Any interpretation and decision of the Tournament Director and/or Director of Operations shall be final.
2.Please check-in 30 minutes prior to your first game. Documents for check-in can be found at the bottom of this document.
3.JP Sports will provide an Official Representative of JP Sports for each tournament location. The representative shall be either the Director of Operations, Tournament Director or Site Director.
4.Official brackets and game times are posted on our website (www.playjpsports.com) and the JP Sports App. JP Sports will use the JP Sports App for posting tournament schedules, scores and weather updates. It’s highly recommended that coaches share the JP Sports App link with their team’s players, parents and fans.
5.Any tournament fee’s that are paid at check-in will be assessed a $25.00 late charge fee and promotional discounts shall not apply.
6.JP Sports may charge spectator admission or parking fees for some events. Once admission or parking fees are paid, there will be no refunds or rain checks. Please do NOT enter a park if there is any chance of weather related cancelations. Specific spectator information for each event can be found online at www.playjpsports.com under Tournament Information for that specific event.
7.All teams must be USSSA sanctioned for USSSA tournaments, please refer to www.playjpsports.com to find out if a tournament is sanctioned. For USSSA Sanctioned tournaments teams must have their official roster loaded to the USSSA website. Failure to comply with this requirement may jeopardize your team’s status/eligibility in the tournament.
8.Team and Individual awards for 1st and 2nd place. Some events may have additional awards. In the event of rain and cancellations, awards are only awarded if Championship Game teams have been established. Awards are only awarded at the park. Under no circumstances will awards be shipped.
9.Teams may start and finish games with eight (8) uniformed and roster players. If a team plays with eight (8) players, the ninth spot in the batting order is an automatic out. If the ninth uniformed and roster player arrives, that player may be interested into the ninth spot of the batting order and the automatic out shall stop. If a team has seven (7) or less uniformed and roster players to start a game, or at any point during the game, the game shall be declared a forfeit and scored 8-0 for seeding purposes.
10.Teams should fill first and third base dugouts on a first come, first served basis, irrespective of home and away designation.
11.The home team for pool games shall be determined by a coin flip, and will keep the official scorebook. Either an umpire or a member of the tournament staff must be present for the flip. For bracket play the higher seeded team will be the home team. For One Day Shootouts and Bracket Buster tournaments home and visitors will ALWAYS be determined by a coin flip.
12.No infield practice will be allowed. Teams are allowed to play catch in the outfield and take ground balls in foul territory, if time allows. No team shall do hitting warm up/practice into the fences.
13.Both coaches must sign the official scorecard. It is the responsibility of home team to return the scorecard to the umpires prior to the umpires leaving the field of play. If the umpires leave the field of play prior to receiving the scorecard, the home team MUST return the scorecard to the JP Sports tournament representative.
14.The Tournament Director may modify the number or length of games when necessary due to weather, field conditions, or scheduling issues. This includes modifying the time limit if games get backed up.
15.If a tiebreaker is needed to determine playoff teams (wildcards, etc.) the following criteria shall be used:
- Overall win-loss record (for the tournament)
- Head-to-head (only applies when two teams are involved)
- Runs Allowed – Fewest to Most
- Run Differential (max of +8 or -8)
- Runs Scored – Most to Fewest
- Coin Fli
16.If using Pool Play, meaning all teams within a grouping play each other. The 1st Place teams from each pool will be given the first set of seeds based on the criteria in Policy and Procedure #15 and the 2nd place teams from each pool will be given the second set of seeds based, and so forth.
17.Any team that forfeits in pool play may result in team not advancing to championship bracket.
18.If using preliminary play, we will just seed the teams that are advancing using the criteria in Policy and Procedure #15.
19.All teams are required to adhere to local park policies, rules and ordinances. Alcohol, tobacco, and coolers shall not be brought into the confines of the tournament venue. Personal water jugs for players is acceptable. The Head Coach shall be ultimately responsible and accountable for the conduct of the team’s players, assistant coaches and spectators.