Tournament Policies

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TOURNAMENT POLICIES

ARTICLE ONE – NSAD NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
ARTICLE TWO – NSAD SANCTIONED REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS

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TOURNAMENT POLICIES

ARTICLE ONE – NSAD NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Section 1 TOURNAMENT SITE

1.1 Selection for NSAD National Tournament Site shall be decided at least one (1) years in advance by the Executive Board.

Section 2 BID FOR ANNUAL NSAD NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

2.1 NSAD Member clubs desiring to help for Annual NSAD National Tournament shall contact NSAD Softball Tournament Director:

2.2 At least 5 diamonds with lighted and fenced fields. The length of fenced fields shall follow the ASA, USSSA, or NSA rules for the National tournaments.

Section 3 ANNUAL TOURNAMENT DATES

3.1 The annual NSAD Softball Tournament shall be held during one of first three (3) weekends of August [before the Labor Day weekend.] The exact dates shall be approved by the NSAD Executive Board at least one (1) year in advance and announced accordingly, effective in the year 2003.

Section 4 TOURNAMENT SET-UPS

4.1 The NSAD National Softball Tournament format shall be determined by the Commissioner and Tournament Director.

4.2 The tournament bracketing shall follow the ASA official brackets according to the number of team entries in the tournament.

4.2.1 Bracket pairings of the regional associations shall be at Coaches’ Meeting.

4.2.2 Once national tournament pairings have been made, approved and announced, no changes whatsoever shall be made to the brackets.

4.2.3 Softball Information Director shall create large posters for the Tournament Bracket, at the Fields and as approved by Softball Tournament Director.

Section 5 TOURNAMENT TIMES

5.1 The tournament shall begin on Thursday or Friday of the said tournament dates.

5.2 The completion of the tournament shall be planned on Saturday.

Section 6 TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS

6.1 The tournament games shall be governed by registered ASA, NSA or USSSA umpires, who are certified and listed in the ASA, NSA or USSSA Softball Guide.

6.1.1 All umpires shall have an on-field clinic on Wednesday or Thursday, operated by an appointed Umpire-in Chief

6.1.2 Head umpire (UIC) required to attend coaches meeting.

6.2 Each game, with the round robin games, shall be officiated by either one or two umpires. Each game, with the championship flight bracket shall be officiated by two umpires.

6.3 Championship games shall be officiated by four umpires.

6.4 The championship flight shall have an official scorekeeper.

6.4.1 The NSAD Softball Information Director shall provide official scorebooks for the tournament games with the cost borne by the NSAD General Fund.

6.4.2 The NSAD Softball Information Director shall obtain a pool of names of scorekeepers and spotters who are interested in working during the softball tournaments. They shall assign the scorekeepers and spotters to work for both men’s division and women’s division. Those scorekeepers shall be equally capable, and be assigned to both groups, and shall be rotated in assignments to games without regard to their personal preference as to which men’s division or women’s division to work.

Section 7 TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FEES

7.1 The NSAD shall charge a NSAD registration fee determined by NSAD Executive Board. Each function of the tournament is sold separately.

7.2 The total sum of all registration fees shall be remitted, in full, to the NSAD Treasurer together with a list of all such combination and individual tickets sold, including the participating players. The registration fees shall be applicable to all and collected by the admission Committee for each and every function sponsored by the NSAD during the days and nights of the tournament and also any party during NSAD Tournament.

7.3 For the convenience of the NSAD Treasurer, each and every variation of tickets sold by Admission Committee shall be numbered in sequence and shall be accountable upon request of the NSAD Treasurer at the close of the tournament.

Section 8 NSAD EXECUTIVE BOARD’S EXPENSES

8.1 Transportation expenses of the NSAD Executive Board to the NSAD Tournament Site, in the form of the lowest applicable round-trip airfare, shall be paid by NSAD.

8.2 NSAD Softball Tournament Director shall make sure a suite room for the NSAD commissioner and 4 rooms for NSAD elected officers.

Section 9 TOURNAMENT COMBINATION AND SPECIAL RATE COMBINATION TICKETS

9.1 NSAD shall provide complimentary combination tickets to the actual number of participants, up to twenty (20) team members of each regional championship team. However, each participant shall pay the registration fee fifteen dollars ($ 15.00).

9.2 Special-rate combination tickets shall be sold to team members, up to twenty (20), of the regional invited teams and NSAD lifetime pass cardholders.

9.2.1 Special-rate combination ticket shall be ten dollars ($10.00) per lifetime pass cardholders.

9.2.2 Lifetime passes good for all tournament functions except Hall of Fame breakfast or luncheon shall be awarded by the NSAD to following individuals:

a. Members of the NSAD Men’s and Women’s championship team who have actually participated in the NSAD tournament. (limited to 20 team members per team).
b. Past NSAD Commissioners automatically and other NSAD past officers who have served more than four (4) continuous years on the NSAD Executive Board.
c. Past chairperson(s)/liaison(s) of national softball tournament to receive a Lifetime Pass for their services in hosting the NSAD softball tournament.
d. Member of NSAD Hall of Fame shall receive free complimentary pass for all tournament games.

Section 10 TEAM REPRESENTATIVE MEETING

10.1 The NSAD Tournament Director and NSAD Softball Information Director shall be in charge and preside at the Coaches’ meeting. He/she shall prepare the agenda and procedures of said meeting and afford each coach the opportunity to become familiar with all aspects, planning and rules of the tournament games and other such information as the coaches finds necessary.

Section 11 TOURNAMENT AWARDS

11.1 NSAD shall provide tournament awards and for each division as follows:

  1. 1st through 4th place team
  2. Twenty (20) All Stars
  3. Most Valuable Player in Championship game
  4. Batting Average Leader
  5. Coach of the Tournament
  6. Team Sportsmanship
  7. Golden Glove
  8. Most Outstanding Player in the Tournament

11.2 Each player shall play at least four (4) games and shall have at least twelve (12) plate appearances in the Softball Tournament in order to be eligible for an All-Star, Most Valuable Player or the Highest Batting Average Leader Awards.

11.3 Use the All-Star Selection determined by the coaches in the top 5 teams and the breakdown shall be 5 players from Championship team, 4 players from Runner-up, 3 players from Third Place, 2 players from Fourth Place, and A Player from Fifth Place.

Section 12 TOURNAMENT GAME RULES AND REGULATIONS

12.1 During the progress of any games in the NSAD Softball Tournament only the teams’ registered team members may occupy their dugout with required to wear uniforms.

12.2 All tournament games rules and regulations, other than specified in these NSAD Rules and Regulations, shall be followed as outlined in the Official Softball Associations (either ASA, NSA or USSSA), around January 1st, annually.

12.3 PROTESTS and APPEALS – All $100 cash will be imposed for each appeal during the regional and national tournament games. If the protest is valid $100 will be returned to the team otherwise regional or national organization shall keep the appeal money.

Section 13 RESTRICTIONS

13.1 Any NSAD member club host schedules, advertises and carries out any type of major sports event or major entertainment function other than those of a purely local nature and interest on a date which conflicts with the dates of the annual NSAD Softball Tournament shall automatically be subject to a fine of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) and shall be suspended from all participation in NSAD competition for a period of two (2) years dating from such offense. The fine shall be remitted to the NSAD Secretary and the member club shall be suspended from all NSAD activities until such fine is paid in full.

ARTICLE TWO – NSAD SANCTIONED REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS 

Section 1 ANNUAL REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS DATES

1.1 Softball championships of any of the regional associations shall be started by the first weekend of June.

1.2 Softball championships of any of the regional associations shall be concluded by the third weekend of July unless there are 5 weekends in July, it shall be concluded by the 4th weekend of July prior to the NSAD Tournament.

Section 2 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

2.1 No later than April 1st of each year, each NSAD sanctioned regional tournament host shall notify both its regional officers and NSAD Secretary of its tournament including the date, site, address of site, tournament chairperson’s name, address and phone number and the tournament program (tentative or complete).

2.1.1 A fine of $100.00 shall be levied against each region which fails to monitor the deadline of April 1st.

(Revised 2013 Maryland)

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