Local Rules


ALL COACHES MUST ATTEND ONE COACHES MEETING PRIOR TO TEAM PLAYING FIRST GAME
 

ALL PLAYERS MUST CHECK- IN PRIOR TO FIRST GAME IN WHICH THEY PARTICIPATE. ALL TEAMS MUST CHECK IN AT THE SITE OF THEIR FIRST  GAME WHICH IS THE SITE TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS AND PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING AT CHECK-IN: 
TEAM ROSTER SIGNED BY COACH AND PLAYERS; 
COPIES OF ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR CERTIFIED COPY FOR EACH PLAYER PARTICIPATING IN TOURNAMENT; 
OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH PLAYER TO SPEAK WITH TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS PRIOR TO TEAM'S FIRST GAME;

IF IN 13U AND PLAYING WITH A SCHOOL AGE PLAYER THAT IS 14 BUT IN 7TH GRADE MUST PROVIDE SCHOOL RECORDS OF ENROLLMENT, REPORT CARD AND STUDENT ID.

IF IN 14U AND PLAYING WITH A SCHOOL AGE PLAYER THAT IS 15 BUT IN 8TH GRADE MUST PROVIDE SCHOOL RECORDS OF ENROLLMENT, REPORT CARD AND STUDENT ID.


PLEASE ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME TO ACCOMPLISH THIS TASK PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST GAME. ROSTERS MUST BE FINALIZED AND ONLINE BY ONE HOUR PRIOR TO FIRST GAME OF CURRENT TOURNAMENT. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN COPY OF YOUR ONLINE ROSTER TO THE EVENT CHECK-IN. 

A COACH AND/OR PLAYER EJECTION IS FOR REMAINDER OF GAME AND THE FOLLOWING GAME. FAN EJECTION IS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TOURNAMENT, NO GATE ADMISSION REFUND. THE RULE IS “GO TO THE PARKING LOT” i.e. "OUT OF SIGHT AND SOUND" 

COACHES UPON COMPLETION OF YOUR GAME PLEASE SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR OPPONENTS; CLEAN, PICK UP TRASH AND VACATE YOUR DUGOUT TO ALLOW FOR NEXT GAME TO START. YOUR TEAM MEETINGS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED OFF THE FIELD.

 

ONLY THREE (3) COACHES ARE ALLOWED IN THE DUGOUT AND OR ON THE FIELD PER TEAM PER GAME.


RUN RULES 20 AFTER 1 INNING; 15 AFTER 2 INNINGS; 10 AFTER 3 INNINGS; 8 AFTER 4 INNINGS AND THEREAFTER TIES ARE ALLOWED IN POOL PLAY ONLY

COACHES WILL BE PROVIDED A COPY OF TOURNAMENT BRACKET, AND ASKED TO FILL OUT COACHES FORM FOR PHONE CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION PURPOSES AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEY ARE WELL VERSED IN TOURNAMENT RULES TO BE FOLLOWED - - PLEASE DOWNLOAD YOUR PERSONAL COPY OF RULES FROM OUR WEB SITE
IN ELIMINATION GAME THE TIE BREAKER RULE IS APPLICABLE, LAST OUT OF PRIOR INNING STARTS ON SECOND BASE (TAKES EFFECT WHEN TIME EXPIRES OR COMPLETION OF REGULATION GAME INNINGS).   THERE CAN BE TIES IN POOL PLAY. 


TIME LIMITS APPLY TO ALL GAMES UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED CHECK AT EACH EVENT FOR TIME LIMITS GENERALLY
6, 7, 8      55 MINUTES
9, 10        1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
11, 12      1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
13, 14      1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
THE TIME LIMITS APPLY TO ALL GAMES INCLUDING ALL ELIMINATION GAMES

THE OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER IS THE UMPIRE.
THE OFFICIAL CLOCK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UMPIRE COACHES PRE GAME MEETING HAS ENDED AND WILL BE MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE.   PLEASE HAVE YOUR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS  READY.


IF NEED BE AN OPTION TO ADJUST TIME LIMITS WILL BE INSTITUTED AS FOLLOWS:
6U,7U, 8U ---30 MINUTES - - 6 INNINGS OR LESS TO ACCOMODATE WEATHER
9U-12U---55 MINUTES - - 6 INNINGS OR LESS TO ACCOMODATE WEATHER
13-14U----60 MINUTES - - 7 INNINGS OR LESS TO ACCOMODATE WEATHER
THIS MAY NOT BE THE ONLY LIMITATION PLACED BY THE STATE DIRECTOR.
THE POSTED TIMES AND FIELDS AT THE SITE ARE CONTROLLING. BE PREPARED TO PLAY 45 MINUTES PRIOR TO SCHEDULED GAME TIME, IN CASE OF FORFEITS OR GAMES STOPPED BY RUN RULE OR POTENTIAL WEATHER ISSUES.
THE OFFICIAL CLOCK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UMPIRE COACHES PRE GAME MEETING HAS ENDED AND WILL BE MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE.

9U / 10U (46' MOUND DISTANCE/65' BASES)
11U / 12U (50' MOUND DISTANCE/70' BASES)
13U (54' or 60' MOUND DISTANCE /80' or 90' BASES)
14U (60' MOUND DISTANCE/90' BASES)

YOU MAY HIT ENTIRE ROSTER BUT MUST BE ENTIRE ROSTER IN ATTENDANCE. 

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR MAY COMBINE AGE AND CLASS GROUPS WHEN NECESSARY DUE TO LACK OF ATTENDANCE, FOR EXAMPLE 7 AND 8, 9 AND 10 OR 11 AND 12 OR 13 AND 14 OR 14 AND HS.

USSSA DOES NOT REQUIRE 13U AND OR 14U BATTERS TO USE -3 BATS BUT PLAYERS MAY USE - 3 BAT DIFFERENTIAL IN TOURNAMENT AND EVENT PLAY BUT USSSA LEAGUES MAY REQUIRE 13U AND OR 14U TO USE -3 WITHOUT NATIONAL OR STATE REQUEST OR APPROVAL.  


IN DESIGNATED AREAS OF TOURNAMENT PLAY, 13U AND OR 14U MAY NOT USE ANY DROP LESS THEN -8, -5 OR -3.  DROP -13, -12, -11, -10, -9 AND DROP -8 ARE NOT ALLOWED IN 13U AND 14U EL PASO, LAS CRUCES, CARLSBAD, SILVER CITY, RUIDOSO, ALAMOGORDO TOURNAMENT PLAY.  PENALTY IS REMOVAL OF THE BAT FROM PLAY.

IN DESIGNATED AREAS OF TOURNAMENT PLAY, 12U MAY NOT USE ANY DROP LESS THEN -10, -8, -5 OR -3.  DROP -13, -12, -11 ARE NOT ALLOWED IN 12U IN EL PASO, LAS CRUCES, CARLSBAD, SILVER CITY, RUIDOSO, ALAMOGORDO TOURNAMENT PLAY.  PENALTY IS REMOVAL OF THE BAT FROM PLAY.

ALL PLAYERS MUST HAVE A NON-REPEATING NUMBER ON THEIR JERSEY OR SHIRT

ALL TOURNAMENTS PLAYED IN NM AND TEXAS WILL FOLLOW “TEXAS SAFETY RULES” IN AGES 9, 10, 11, 12:
THIS RULE ONLY APPLIES WHEN THERE IS A RUNNER AT THIRD BASE.

IF THE PLAYER BATTER SHOWS BUNT AND THE PLAYER RUNNER ON THIRD BREAKS OR SHOWS AN INTENT TO BREAK,
WHEN THIS OCCURS, THE BATTER MUST EITHER 
1) LET THE PITCH TRAVEL TO THE CATCHER WITHOUT SWINGING   OR   
2) MAKE A MOVEMENT CONSISTENT WITH BUNTING THE BALL. 
IF THE BATTER MAKES A MOVEMENT INTERPRETED AS SWINGING OR BUNT/SLASH AT THE PITCH, THE BATTER IS AUTOMATICALLY OUT. FURTHER MORE THE PITCH WILL BE RULED A “DEAD BALL” WITH THE RUNNER RETURNING TO THIRD BASE AND THE THIRD BASE COACH WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE GAME.  
 
EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE OCCURS ONLY WHEN THERE ARE TWO OUTS AND THE BATTER COUNT IS FULL (3-2): IN THIS CASE RUNNER AT THIRD MUST PROCEED TO HOME PLATE CLEARLY IN FOUL TERRITORY.


MAJORS PLAYERS MAY PLAY IN AAA BUT WILL CAUSE A REVIEW OF THE AAA TEAM AND THAT TEAM MAY BE RECLASSIFIED TO MAJORS.   MAJORS PLAYERS MAY NOT PLAY IN AA OR ON AA TEAMS FOR AA SPECIFIC TOURNAMENT PLAY AND ANY VIOLATION WILL CAUSE AUTOMATIC RECLASSIFICATION OF THE AA TEAM TO AAA OR MAJORS DEPENDENT ON THE STATE DIRECTOR DECISION OR REMOVAL OF THE OFFENDING PLAYER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENT.  A MAJORS PLAYER SHOULD NOT PLAY DOWN IN AGE IN ANY OTHER DIVISION CLASSIFICATION EXCEPT MAJORS AND MAY NOT PLAY AA IN A LOWER AGE EVEN IF THAT PLAYER IS THE LOWER AGE ELIGIBLE EVENT.



COACH PITCH
1. WARNINGS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THROWN BATS AND AT THE ABSOLUTE JUDGEMENT AND DISCRETION OF THE UMPIRE A PLAYER MAY BE CALLED OUT FOR THROWING A BAT AFTER A FIRST WARNING HAS BEEN MADE.
2.  ONCE TIME IS CALLED, BASED ON ALL RUNNERS THAT HAVE EITHER STOPPED RUNNING OR RETURNED TO BASE.  BASERUNNERS WILL BE SENT BACK TO THE LAST BASE OCCUPIED AND THE STOPPAGE OF PLAY OR RUNNERS SHALL BE AT THE ABSOLUTE JUDGEMENT AND DISCRETION OF THE UMPIRE. RUNNERS MAY LEAVE BASE AT THEIR OWN DETRIMENT.
3. 55 MINUTE TIME LIMIT ON THE CLOCK MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE WITH THE INNING BEING COMPLETED ONLY IF THE HOME TEAM IS LOSING OR THE GAME IS TIED.
4. THE OFFICIAL CLOCK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UMPIRE COACHES PRE GAME MEETING HAS ENDED AND WILL BE MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE.
5. THE PITCHING COACH MAY NOT COMMUNICATE IN ANY WAY, VERBALLY, BY MOTIONS, OR SILENT CODE, WITH ANY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OR COACH AT ANY TIME WHILE HIS TEAM IS ON OFFENSE.
6. PITCHES MUST BE THROWN AT 32-40 MPH OR ON A ROPE WITH NO UPWARD LOOP OR LOB. PITCHES MUST BE FLAT OR ON A DOWNWARD TRAJECTORY AT THE ABSOLUTE JUDGEMENT AND DISCRETION OF THE UMPIRE
7.  YOU MUST HIT ENTIRE LINEUP IN COACH PITCH.
8.  YOU MUST PLAY WITH 10 FIELDERS.  
9.  YOU MAY START WITH 8 PLAYERS BUT THAT 9 AND 10 SPOT WILL BE OUTS UNTIL AND WHEN A ROSTER TEAM PLAYER SHOWS UP AND AT THE POINT MAY BE INSERTED AT THE 9TH AND 10TH SPOTS.
10. THE FIELD FLIPS AT 7 RUNS.  THERE IS NO CONTINUATION RULE UNLESS THE LAST BATTER OF THE INNING CLEARLY HITS THE BALL OVER THE OUTFIELD FENCE AND DECLARED A HOMERUN BY THE UMPIRE.
11.  EACH PLAYER IS ALLOWED SIX PITCHES ONLY SO IF THE SIXTH PITCH IS FOULED OFF THE BATTERS TURN AT BAT ENDS IN AN OUT.

TBALL (WHERE APPLICABLE SEE COACH PITCH RULES 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10)
1. BATS THROWN COMPLETELY OUT OF CIRCLE WILL BE DECLARED DEAD BALL AND BATTER OUT. 
2. TIME WILL BE CALLED WHEN THE BALL CROSSES THE HALF WAY POINT ON THE INFIELD EXCEPT FOR PLAYS AT HOME AND SHALL BE AT AND IN THE ABSOLUTE JUDGEMENT AND DISCRETION OF THE UMPIRE.
3. ONCE TIME IS CALLED, RUNNERS THAT ARE MORE THAN HALF WAY TO THE NEXT BASE WILL BE ADVANCED TO THAT BASE AND RUNNERS LESS THAN HALF WAY WILL BE SENT BACK TO THE LAST BASE OCCUPIED AND SHALL BE AT THE ABSOLUTE JUDGEMENT AND DISCRETION OF THE UMPIRE.
4. 55 MINUTE TIME LIMIT AND NO NEW INNING STARTS AFTER EXPIRATION OF TIME BASED ON THE CLOCK MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE.
5. THE OFFICIAL CLOCK BEGINS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE UMPIRE COACHES PRE GAME MEETING HAS ENDED AND WILL BE MAINTAINED BY THE UMPIRE.
6. THE PITCHER CANNOT MAKE A FORCE OUT AT ANY BASE.  THE PITCHER CAN ONLY TAG THE RUNNER IN THE BASE PATH OR RECEIVE THE BALL AT THE BASE.
7.  ONCE A BASE RUNNER ENTERS THE CIRCLE AT HOME ONLY THE CATCHER CAN MAKE THE OUT.



PROTESTS ARE HANDLED AS FOLLOWS: 
THE PROTESTING COACH AT THE TIME OF THE PROTEST MUST GIVE $100 CASH TO THE UMPIRE PRIOR TO PRESENTING PROTEST.  DECISION MADE DURING GAME, ONLY, AT TIME OF PROTEST LODGED FOR AGE, PITCHING VIOLATION AND RULE INTERPRETATION ONLY. UIC, ONLY AFTER PROTEST HAS BEEN LODGED AND $100 POSTED WILL THE UMPIRE STOP THE TIME.  PROTEST MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO SUBSEQUENT PITCH AND FAILURE TO DO SO RESULTS IN AN IMPROPER PROTEST. TOURNAMENT AND SITE DIRECTORS WILL RENDER DECISION. ONCE GAME OVER THE PROTEST OPPORTUNITY IS LOST.  PITCHING PROTESTS MUST BE MADE AT AND DURING THE TIME OF THE INFRACTION. NO AFTER GAME PROTESTS ALLOWED EXCEPT FOR ROSTER AND ELIGIBILITY VIOLATIONS.  


WEATHER OPTIONS (WHEN APPLICABLE)
1) ELIMINATE 10 - 45 MINUTES FROM GAME LENGTH
2) ALL BATTERS START WITH 2-1 COUNT AND PLAY 1 INNING LESS THAN PRESCRIBED REGULATION GAME
3.  CHANGE TO A 24 HOUR TOURNAMENT WHERE AVAILABLE
4.  ADJUST START TIMES
5.  DECLARE STANDINGS IN POOL AS TO PLACING
6.  DECLARE FINAL STANDINGS BASED ON TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS ADVICE AND DECISION. (MEANS A COIN FLIP)


 
REFUNDS ARE NOT GIVEN ONCE AN EVENT IS POSTED.  IN THE EVENT OF A RAIN OUT OR INCLEMENT WEATHER SITUATION THERE WILL BE A $75 FEE THAT IS NOT REFUNDABLE.  REFUNDS WILL BE DETERMINED BY NUMBER OF GAMES PLAYED AS FOLLOWS:  IF ONE GAME IS PLAYED REFUND WILL BE DETERMINED BY FIRST DEDUCTING $75 FROM FEE THEN A REFUND OF 50% OF THE REMAINING AMOUNT; IF TWO GAMES ARE PLAYED FIRST DEDUCTING $75 THEN A REFUND WILL BE 20% OF THE REMAINING AMOUNT.  THERE WILL BE NO REFUND IF 3 GAMES ARE PLAYED.

ANY TEAM THAT WITHDRAWS AFTER PAYING AN EVENT WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENT WILL NOT BE GIVEN A FULL REFUND AT WITHDRAWAL.  THERE WILL BE A $175.00 FEE FOR SOLD OUT EVENTS AND $75.00 FOR ANY EVENT NOT SOLD OUT.   THERE WILL BE NO REFUND GIVEN IN ANY EVENT ONCE THE BRACKETS HAVE BEEN DRAWN.  RUIDOSO SELLS OUT 10-12 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE START AND THERE ARE ROOM COSTS THAT VENDORS DO NOT REFUND.  A TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR MAY DECIDE ON WHETHER TO EXTEND CREDIT FOR A FUTURE EVENT BUT IS NOT REQUIRED TO DO SO.

GAME REQUESTS CAN ONLY BE MADE BY EMAIL BUT ARE NOT GUARANTEED. 

THE CRITERIA USED ARE A) IF PAID, B) PRIOR PAID REQUESTS, ) FIELD LIMITATIONS.
ABSOLUTELY NO TIME REQUESTS FOR :
WORLD SERIES, RUIDOSO KING OF THE MOUNTAIN OR TXW OR NM STATE TOURNAMENTS.

FORFEITS: ANY TEAM THAT FORFEITS A POOL GAME WILL BE PLACED LAST IN THE POOL STANDINGS AND SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATION BRACKET NO MATTER THE RECORD. IF A FORFEITING TEAM CONTINUES PLAY, EACH PLAYER ON THE ROSTER WILL BE CHARGED AT THE FORFEITED GAME WITH 9 OUTS FOR THAT GAME. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ALLOWED OR GIVEN.

VICTOR FALVEY: USSSA STATE DIRECTOR TXW AND NM

CORY FALVEY: NM AND TXW TOURNAMENT AND SITE DIRECTOR, RULE INTERPRETATION.

ROBERT HERNANDEZ: NM AND TXW OVERALL TOURNAMENT AND SITE DIRECTOR; AND OFFICIAL EVENT AND RULES INTERPRETATION


DIANE ULLOA : MARKETING COORDINATOR


CHRIS FORBES:  TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, SITE DIRECTOR AND RULES INTERPRETATION


WILLIE (GUILLERMO) AGUILAR:  OFFICIAL EVENT UIC, UMPIRE TRAINING, REVIEW AND RULES INTERPRETATION.


ANITA MARES: SITE DIRECTOR, COORDINATOR AND RULE INTERPRETATION


RYAN FALVEY:  TOURNAMENT SECURITY AND SALES

TEXAS-WEST TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS
  
DARRYL ELLIS
ABILENE

ROB WOODS
AMARILLO

CARY SOLLEE
LUBBOCK

TOMMY HAWKINS
MIDLAND, SAN ANGELO, ODESSA,

ANDREWS, HOBBS
   
ROBERT HERNANDEZ

CORY FALVEY
TOURNAMENTS IN EL PASO

LAS CRUCES, RUIDOSO, ALAMOGORDO,

CARLSBAD, SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
915-858-0665
falvictorvey@msn.com​


VIC FALVEY 
USSSA STATE DIRECTOR

TEXAS WEST AND NEW MEXICO

NEW MEXICO TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS

DANA GILMER
ALBUQUERQUE
BELEN
FARMINGTON
GALLUP
LOS LUNAS
RIO RANCHO

DAVID TELLEZ
LAS CRUCES LEAGUE 
  
RON PARRA
SILVER CITY  
505-313-2303
sc-usssa@cybermesa.com


TOMMY HAWKINS

HOBBS

NM/TXW TOURNAMENT RULES THAT APPLY IN ADDITION TO 
USSSA NATIONAL RULES AMENDED MARCH 6, 2008 - - REVISED APRIL 30, 2008 -- 
REVISED 6/26/2008 - - AMENDED SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 - - AMENDED 8/19/2009; AMENDED 4/29/2011; AMENDED 10/27/2011; AMENDED 10/22/2012; AMENDED 10/13/2013; AMENDED 5/18/2014; AMENDED 5/28/2014; AMENDED 6/8/2014; AMENDED 12/31/2014; 3/15/2015; 5/1/2015; 8/1/2015; 1/1/2016; 3/15/2016; 5/15/2016; 10/5/2016; 10/26/2016; 12/6/2016, 12/9/2016, 10/1/2017.


ALL BASEBALLS MAY BE ANY BRAND BUT MUST BE USSSA STAMPED. WE HAVE SOME AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.