BYLAWS, POLICIES & PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
Coaches and parents, please take the time to familarize yourself with USSSA's bylaws and the additional policies All League Baseball has prepared below.
Gate fees per person are $8.00 for ages 13 and up and $6.00 for ages 7 through 12 each day with 6 and under being free. Please note that we cannot expect checks, debit or credit cards for gate admission.
Wristbands must be worn on the wrist of all spectators. No exceptions. If you leave the park and re-enter without the wristband on, you will be asked to pay the admissions fee again as we cannot always remember who has previously entered. We have many folks in the parking lot giving their wristbands to others.
A sign in sheet will be provided at the gate. For 8u teams, you are allowed up to 4 coaches. For 9u and up, you are only allowed 3 coaches. When a team is on defense, only 1 coach is allowed out side the dugout during play. If a team is up at bat, then you can have a first base and third base coach on the field.
CALLS ON THE FIELD
If an argument needs to be made, the head coach will address it, not the player or the parent.
COACHES, PARENTS & PLAYERS
There are going to be some bad calls, as there are at every level. Please play the game. If the umpire rings up a player on a terrible call, only the coach should point it out to the umpire calmly or stop the game and ask for a director. Umpires are not to be ridiculed and micromanaged over a job that is extremely difficult. Especially when it is 100 degrees outside. We have some of the best umpires around when compared to other locations and we would like to keep them calling for us.
Each ejection has many different variables. Ultimately it is the Site Directors responsibility to investigate and question all parties involved in a case by case scenario. If needed, the Site Director will discuss it with Dominick Ferraro or Todd Miller to then be communicated to the individual and enforced. A Site Director should never discuss the punishment for an ejection with a player without the players’ coach or a parent present. If anyone threatens, harasses, uses derogatory language, or curses at an umpire it is an automatic ejection from the park for the remainder of the day. If it is a coach it will be discussed with the umpire if they come back the next game. If a parent or a player is ejected, they will be asked to leave the park. The second time a parent gets ejected, them and their child will be asked to leave. If that brings the roster under the required amount to compete, then that team will be forced to forfeit.
SAME FOR UMPIRES
If the umpire is out of line, it will be addressed as we have done so many times. In 2019, we permanently released 9 umpires and suspended 4 for unprofessional conduct. We ask and encourage you to utilize the umpire feedback questionnaire located in your coaches portal.
During the tournaments, foul balls are not returning. Umpires will continue to go on the field with 4 to 5 baseballs and we ask that each team allocate someone to retrieve foul balls along with our staff. We will no longer provide additional balls to a field if they are not returning and we will delay games until balls are returned to the umpires. The only way we will provide additional baseballs to the current game is if they are not retrievable or the ball is unplayable.
With a run differential of 5.4 in 2019 and 4.6 in 2018, we will continue match up teams based on their competitive level and to the best of our ability.
There will NEVER be a Bronze bracket.
For 8u to 10u, we will do Gold and Silver brackets for 7 or more teams or if the competition level is equal and we have 9 or more teams, we will bracket them up into two different divisions.
For 11u and up, you will start to see the brackets setup to be played out unless competition is one-sided and only then would we go to two different divisions or Gold and Silver based on the amount of teams.
Team payments must be paid in full on Saturday when you arrive or before. At the end of the day before we seed out for Sunday, if your registration fee has not been paid, you will be removed from the tournament and given a forfeit. We can not spend our week or months chasing down payments. Please remember one-day events are $150 for 8u and $220 for 9u and up. For example, if your team registration fee is $400, that doesn't mean you pay $200. It is $220. Please remember, teams are heavily discounted and the one-day events are expensive as we do not get breaks on our overhead. If there needs to be an exception, you will need to contact Dominick Ferraro directly.
If a tournament is canceled due to non-related weather issues and a team pays prior to the tournament, they will have the option to receive a full credit or full refund. If a team has paid and drops out of a tournament prior to the schedules being released, then the full amount will be credited and carried over to the next tournament. If a team drops out of a tournament after schedules have been released to go play in another tournament, then that team forfeits their registration fee for that weekend.
ALB simply enforces the rules of USSSA which is our sanctioning body. All teams 7u through 14u must be registered with USSSA. There are situations for example you may find a 12-year-old playing 11u baseball because he or she was left back a grade, then that is allowed per USSSA's bylaws.
Team registrations, folks, if you are 7u through 14u, you MUST be registered with USSSA prior to playing in our events. It is a major liability for us, and the kids are not covered by insurance if they are injured.
ALB simply enforces the rules of USSSA which is our sanctioning body. USSSA Pitching is often scrutinized. The rule is, a pitcher can throw 8 innings in a weekend with 6 innings being the max for that day. You can throw up to 3 innings on Saturday to be able to pitch no more than 5 innings on Sunday. If a pitcher throws more than 3 innings on Saturday, then he cannot pitch on Sunday, so please don't worry about other kids and their pitch count. Let the parent address it with their coach. That's between that team and the parents. If the teams are playing within the rules, then it is what it is. For all the rules and bylaws of USSSA, please review the USSSA Bylaws.
Coaches, time request are first come first serve and are time stamped. Please be sure to make all time requests through your coaches portal. We will no longer accept texts or phone calls. There were 639 time requests out of 2287 registered teams in 2019. That is 33% of the teams. Please only request time if they are truly needed.
After numerous discussions with coaches and directors throughout the Southeast, we have decided to implement some new changes regarding ties and time limits. Starting this Spring of 2020 we will allow ties on Saturday seeding games. This is to help coaches save on pitching and protect the players arms.
GOLD & SILVER CHAMPIONSHIPS
For 8u, all gold championships will have a 1 hour 45 minute time limit. For 9u through 12u divisions all gold championships will have 2 hour and 15 minute time limit. For 13u and 14u and high school divisions all gold championships will have a 2 hour and 20 minute time limit. Silver championships will all be timed at regular times that the director has set for that tournament. The tournament directors have the authority to shorten game times as needed.
All consolation games for all age groups will be drop dead based on the age groups allocated time allowed. Consolation games can end in a tie.
If a bat is not deemed illegal by USSSA than it is legal. We will only pull the bat if it is cracked, rolled, tampered with and or dented. If the bat is webbed, then it is deemed legal as that is a coating issue with the paint or sticker around the barrel. Teams that participate in South Carolina tournaments must use -3 BBCOR bats or wood bats. In North Carolina and Georgia, -3 BBCOR, -5 or wood bats are considered legal to use in tournaments. If there are teams looking to swing -3 BBCOR or wood bat and teams looking to swing -5 on the same weekend, and there are enough teams, we will separate the brackets, and those brackets will not cross paths that weekend.
The State of South Carolina, USSSA and All League Baseball has released guidelines for re-opening County, Municipal and School Athletic Fields. The responsibility of managing and implementing these guidelines is shared by all, including event organizers, tournament directors, coaches, officials, spectators, participants and their parents or guardians. All League Baseball is issuing these guidelines to better communicate the areas of responsibility as we "return to play".
Here are a few high-level bullet points of some precautionary measures and guidelines to take in order to still have fun while protecting the players, parents, umpires, coaches, and the staff.
- No Contact / No Handshake Policy
- No sharing drinks.
- No spitting seeds & chewing gum at the facility.
- Spectators can feel free to bring a mask, bandana etc. or we can provide them at the facilities.
Spectator social distancing & a few recommended guidelines:
- No congregating behind the back stop.
- As for the older kids, we do not have as many in attendance so sitting up and down the fences along their respective sides will give us plenty of room.
SOUTH CAROLINA GUIDELINES USSSA RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES USSSA PLAYER & COACHES WAIVER