Thank you for your interest in running a USA Softball of Illinois Points Tournament.  It is our desire for you to have a very successful tournament by providing our teams with an outstanding experience.

The purpose of the USA Softball of Illinois youth point system is to enhance the USA Softball of Illinois program for our registered teams and for our host tournament sites to reach their individual tournament goals.

The point system should lead to increased USA Softball of Illinois team registration across the Association and provide point tournament host sites the ability to offer participating teams a valuable commodity (points) and an additional reason to play in USA Softball of Illinois tournaments. In order to participate in the USA Softball of Illinois State Tournament, all teams must play in a minimum of one (1) sanctioned USA Softball of Illinois point tournament.

The point system will be a benefit to our USA Softball of Illinois teams by:

·         Using points to seed teams into the USA Softball of Illinois State Tournaments. The higher the number of points, the better the seed.

·         Awarding direct berth(s), when available, to the USA/ASA National and Northern National Tournaments. When additional berths to these tournaments are available, we will use the season point's leaders to determine what team gets the berth.

In order to ensure that the USA Softball of Illinois Points System is truly an USA Softball of Illinois benefit, no USA Softball of Illinois Point Tournament may be run in conjunction with any other softball organization. For example, no USA Softball of Illinois Point Tournament can be run at the same time, or in conjunction with, an NSA World Qualifier or a USSSA National Qualifier, etc.

HOSTING REQUIREMENTS

Our goal is for you and your organization to meet your tournament hosting goals while providing our teams with an outstanding experience.  We believe that hosting a USA Softball of Illinois points tournament is a privilege as your tournament will now have access to the greatest number of teams in the state.  As such we expect you to run a tournament that meets certain standards.  They are as follows:

·         Tournament only sanctioned by USA Softball of Illinois

·         Utilize the Tourney Machine software to create brackets and to provide teams needed information

·         Pay $12 per participating team (which includes the ability to use the Tourney Machine software)

·         Provide the complete order of finish at the conclusion of the tournament

·         Use USA Softball rules and code

·         Use only USA Softball of Illinois patched umpires, in their proper uniforms and approved UIC

·         Ensure your UIC has successfully completed an umpire clinic run through the State UIC

·         Provide fresh water in both dugouts for each game

·         Repair the pitching circle and batters boxes each game

·         Drag the infield and re-line the base lines every other game

AWARDING TOURNAMENTS

The USA Softball of Illinois will offer sanctioned point tournaments to tournament directors and organizations that agree to put-on first-class tournaments and abide by USA Softball of Illinois rules. Each Tournament site will pay a $12.00 USA Softball of Illinois sanction fee for each team entered. The USA Softball of Illinois Youth Committee will determine tournament sites as requested. Special consideration will be given to:

1.       The previous years' Points Tournaments who provided an outstanding experience to our USA Softball of Illinois teams, complied with the Point Tournament Requirements and forwarded the $12.00 Sanction Fee to the USA Softball of Illinois Youth Program.

2.       Areas deemed to be hardship areas, or areas where the USA Softball has a difficult time registering teams because of competition from other softball organizations

All Point Tournament requests shall be submitted to the Youth Committee by September 15th. Every effort will be made to limit tournaments within the same area for the same age group point tournament on the same weekend.

AWARDING POINTS

Teams receive and earn points for every sanctioned point tournament entered.  The following is the breakdown of points for teams that enter sanctioned point tournaments:

·         For each pool play win a team will receive 1 point

·         For each elimination bracket win a team will receive 2 points

·         Semi-final elimination bracket game winners will receive 3 points

·         Tournament Champions will receive an additional 5 points

 

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