2014 State and Big 10 Rules
January 2, 2014
Altered Bats: Ga. ISA has purchased a bat testing machine that will be on site at one tournament per weekend. National Rules will apply if a protest occurs.
TTo start the 2014 season these are the divisions that will be offered: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Recreational. When the tournament is listed you will register under the division you would like to play.
Rosters: Must be on line by March 30, 2014 or no points will be awarded. Go to isageorgia.com for instructions.
Balls: Any ISA approved ball.
Players that play up in classification: Players from a lower classification that play on a higher class team will be frozen to the higher class and may not come back down in classification without approval.
Qualified Rosters: Until a team’s roster is qualified / frozen the manager may add and release players as necessary within the same classification or lower.
Teams for Recreational Championship: Teams for the Recreational program will advance to this tournament and possibly the lowest end of Bronze but teams must have less than a .400 record or less.
Early Tournaments: Tournaments in January and February will be either 3 GG or Ironman style with a 4 or 5 GG.
Grace Period: Teams that require the grace period will be visitors. If your team has nine (9) players you must start the game.
Ejections: If a player is ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct before the fifth inning he must sit out the rest of this game. If he’s ejected in the 5th, 6th or 7th it’s this game plus the next game, this does not include forfeits and will carry over to the next time your team play if this is your last game of the day.
Bad Checks: Anyone submitting a bad check will be suspended until the check has been paid. There will be a $50.00 bad check fee added to the total of the bad check. Players may be released from the suspended roster by paying $25.00 each. The person who wrote the check will be suspended for one year.
Entry Fees: Will be cash only.
Payout for the Finals:Winning team in the final will receive a team plaque and Championship Rings if all requirements are met. If the winning team tournament requirement isn’t met the prize will be $1,200.00. Runner-up will receive a team plaque and maximum $1,000.00 cash if all requirements are met. If all requirements aren’t met the payout will be ½ of the maximum prize package. Note: If 8 teams or less the Series Administrator reserves the right to cancel this division with no refunds.
Big 10 Point System: Points will begin at the first tournament in January with the following points being award awarded in all tournaments except the must play qualifiers. 1st Place = 10; 2nd Place = 8; 3rd Place = 6; 4th Place = 4; 5th Place = 2; All Others = 1. In addition, Bonus Points will be awarded for participation in multiple events (2 Bonus Points for 2nd tournament, 3 Bonus Points for 3rd tournament, etc.). For example, a team participating in four tournaments would be guaranteed 13 points, even if they went 0-2 in all 4 tournaments -- 4 participation points (1, 1, 1, 1) and 9 Bonus Points (0, 2, 3, 4). This system rewards teams who participate in multiple events.
Tournament Requirements:To advance to the finals your teams must play in at least 11 Big 10 tournaments which include these must play tournaments: Five tournaments will offer additional Points because of their added magnitude: Spring National on April 19-20 at _________, the Super N.I.T. on June _____at Lanier Point, Stars & Stripes at______, Triple Point at _______, and the State Tournament on July _______ at Lanier Point. Points awarded for these four tournaments will be: 1st = 20; 2nd = 18; 3rd = 16; 4th = 14; 5th & 6th = 12; 7th & 8th = 10; 9th thru 12th = 8; 13th thru 16th = 6; 17th thru 24th = 4; All others 2.
Seeding For Finals:The Point System will determine seeding for the finals.
Classifications: The ISA team classification system is the key to equalizing and balancing team competition in tournament play. ISA DOES NOT CLASSIFY LEAGUES. ISA does classify individual teams, in leagues, for tournament play. The class definitions establish a point, or guideline, which is used by ISA to evaluate teams.
2014 homerun rules:
Gold- 3 homeruns and all homeruns hit after the four outs will be recorded.
Silver- 2 homeruns and all homeruns hit after the three outs will be recorded.
Bronze- 1 homerun and all homeruns hit after the first are IEO.
Recreational- No homeruns with any homerun hit IEO and offensive ejections will be recorded.
NOTE: The National Homerun Rule will apply for all Nit's and National Tournaments.
Equalizer Rule: When classes are combined during the 2014 season an equalizer rule will be used to try to promote fair play within the classes of participation.
Men's Gold plays Silver: Teams will use their classification homeruns and the Silver team will be spotted 5 runs.
Men's Silver plays Bronze: Teams will use their classification homeruns and the Bronze team will be spotted 5 runs.
Men's Bronze plays Recreational: Teams will use their classification homeruns and the Recreational team will be spotted 5 runs.
Sandbagger Clause: The Series Administrator reserves the right to re-classify teams, if necessary, for purposes of competitive balance in the Series. That would not affect their classification in ISA championship play. Only a team's home State Director can change their ISA classification.