TOURNAMENT FORMAT

4 Game Guarantee Tournaments -- a blind draw with be done and teams will be placed into brackets to play a three-game Round Robin on Friday and Saturday based on that draw. Single elimination play will begin on Sunday. A 4 Game Guarantee format is just that, a format -- not a guarantee of 4 games in the event of inclement weather or other adverse conditions.

SEEDING: Teams will be seeded for single elimination play based upon the following round robin play results:

1. Best Record        2. Head to Head         3. Fewest Runs Allowed        4. Coin Flip

NSA also uses a three game minimum format and double elimination format. Teams will be placed in these brackets by a tournament draw conducted by the tournament director.

ALL TEAMS MUST HAVE THEIR ROSTER ENTERED ONLINE PRIOR TO PLAY IN ANY NSA TOURNAMENT. All teams must turn in a copy of their signed roster and a copy of their proof of NSA Westpoint insurance to before their first tournament game. The tournament director will purchase a tournament insurance policy for any team Northeast NSA that does not carry NSA Westpoint insurance. Teams that have provided the tournament director with a copy of their own Westpoint Team Insurance Policy 4 weeks prior to the tournament will receive a $10 refund. Teams must have a copy of their properly filled out roster (entered online, printed out, and signed by parents), birth certificates, and proof of NSA Westpoint insurance available for review by the tournament director at all times during the tournament. PLAYERS CANNOT BE ADDED TO THE ROSTER DURING THE TOURNAMENT ONCE PLAY HAS BEGUN IN A WORLD SERIES QUALIFIER.

IN THE EVENT THERE ARE AN ODD NUMBER OF TEAMS IN AN AGE DIVISION, the tournament director will decide if the host team will play the extra game needed in pool play or can request a volunteer from all teams in the age division. If no one volunteers, the host team will have to play the extra game. If there is no host team and no one volunteers, a team will be selected randomly to play the extra game. Regardless of who plays the game, in a Pay As You Play Tournament the tournament host will pay the umpire fee for the team playing their 4th game (their opponent pays their own umpire fee). At the conclusion of all pool games, including the extra game, one game will be selected randomly from all of the games played by the team playing the extra game and that game will not count toward the team playing the extra game seeding. For example, in a 4 game guarantee tournament with an odd number of teams, one team will play 4 pool games, and after all 4 pool games are played one will be picked randomly and will not count toward that team's seeding. Although the game chosen will not count for seeding for the team playing the extra game it will count for their opponent's seeding.

ALL TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING ALL GAME SCORES TO THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

GAME TIME IS FORFEIT TIME (15 min. grace 1st time slot of day only). IF A TEAM FORFEITS TWO OR MORE ROUND ROBIN GAMES, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IN THE SINGLE ELIMINATION PORTION OF THE TOURNAMENT

HOME TEAM DETERMINED BY COIN FLIP DURING ROUND ROBIN PLAY--WINNER OF COIN FLIP HAS CHOICE

NO TIEBREAKER IN ROUND ROBIN PLAY AFTER TIME LIMIT -- GAMES CAN END IN TIE IF TIME LIMIT HAS EXPIRED

THE HIGHEST SEEDED TEAM WILL HAVE CHOICE OF HOME OR VISITOR DURING SINGLE ELIMINATION PLAY ON SUNDAY

ALL GAMES WILL CONSIST OF 1 HOUR AND 30 MINUTES -- NO NEW INNING WILL START AFTER THIS TIME

NOTE: Tournament Championship Games will have no time limit.
NOTE: When DROP DEAD TIME LIMIT is used, if the home team is not ahead at the drop dead time, the score will revert back to the last completed inning. If the home team is ahead then the score at the drop dead time is the final score. Stalling by either team will not be tolerated.

WORLD SERIES BERTHS

Please refer to the World Series Berth Matrix to determine the number of berths to be awarded for each age group. If the first place team has already qualified for the World Series in a previous tournament, that berth may then be awarded to the second place team, provided there are a minimum of 6 teams in the age division. Berths will be passed down solely at the discretion of the State Youth Director.

Any team wishing to activate their World Series berth must play in their NSA State Championships, unless the tournament is full at the time they earned their berth. In this case, they must be placed on a waiting list and be available to fill a slot up to 1 week before the tournament. Northeast NSA will make every effort to accommodate every team wishing to play in the State Championships.

EQUIPMENT
All tournaments will use Worth Dream Seam yellow softballs with the NSA logo.
All bats must be listed on the NSA approved bat list -- coaches are responsible for verifying bats used.

RULE HIGHLIGHTS SUMMARIES -- REFER TO RULE BOOK FOR ACTUAL RULES TEXT

BATTING HELMETS
It is mandatory that all teams wear face guards. [Rule 1, section 10)].

COURTESY RUNNER
The player in the batting order where the last out was recorded or any player not currently in the game may replace the current (player physically playing the position when the 3rd out was recorded) pitcher/catcher as a courtesy runner at any time. The pitcher/catcher will remain in the game and the courtesy runner will retain all substitution rights (if the courtesy runner has substitution rights). SEE RULE BOOK FOR ADDITIONAL TEXT FOR THIS RULE, INCLUDING CHANGES FOR 2017 IF TWIN PLAYERS ARE INVOLVED AND THE PENALTY. [Rule 4, section 8].

INTERNATIONAL TIE BREAKER RUNNER
This would involve the last recorded out assuming a position on second base. (Rule 1, sec. 54).

RUN RULE (MERCY)
Northeast NSA will use a modified Run Rule (Mercy Rule) for all Pool Play games unless noted in the individual tournament rules. Northeast NSA will use a 10 and 8 run rule in all Pool Play. If one team is 10 or 8 runs ahead after 4 or 5 innings respectively, or after 3 1/2 or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead by 10 or 8 or more runs respectively, the team with the 10 or 8 run lead shall be the winner (modification of Rule 5, Section 3(a)exception).

Northeast NSA will use the 12, 10, and 8 run rule in all Elimination Tournament Play. If one team is 12, 10, or 8 runs ahead after 3, 4, or 5 innings respectively, or after 2 1/2, 3 1/2, or 4 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead by 12, 10, or 8 or more runs respectively, the team with the 12, 10, or 8 run lead shall be the winner (Rule 5, Section 3(a)exception).

TWIN PLAYERS
Any two players may be designated as "TWIN PLAYERS" (see rule for more details)(Rule 4, sec. 2).

EXTRA PLAYER (EP)
The extra player can play defense. You have the option to use up to 2 EPs.
EXCEPTION -- Northeast NSA is not allowing unlimited EPs during Pool Play unless specifically allowed in the tournament rules sent out before any particular tournament (Rule 4, sec. 3).

GUEST PLAYER
Northeast NSA is not allowing GUEST PLAYERS during any tournament (Rule 4, sec. 4).

CONDITIONS
The Tournament Director reserves the right to change any game time, playing field, or date; or make any other changes necessary to conduct the tournament, including dropping the round robin bracket or dropping teams from the single elimination, due to inclement weather or other valid reason. The Tournament Director, sponsors, and hosts assume that all players are competing at their own risk and will not be liable for any accidents or injuries. Entry into the tournament constitutes agreement to these conditions.