AAWS

USSSA 2017 AA World Series
9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & Under
July 18-23 (2017 ages will be used)
Big League Dreams Sports Complexes
Southern California


Congratulations:
Congratulations on an outstanding season and welcome to the 2017 USSSA 9-13U AA World Series. Your tournament host will be Southern California USSSA Baseball. It is our goal to create an experience that players, coaches, and families will remember for the rest of their lives.
The AA World Series is open to any team that is classified as AA by their State Director and is open to teams from any state.  Please contact your state director for qualifying procedures in your state.  USSSA Southern California teams should contact John Gleason at [email protected] to see if they are eligible.

See who is signed up to play


 

Dates:

Other fields may be used if necessary

Big League Dreams is one of the most spectacular baseball complexes in the United States. The Chino Hills and West Covina facilities have six stadium fields, with each stadium being a replica of a present or past Major League ballpark.  The Riverside facility had three stadium fields and four non stadium fields. Each facility has sports-themed restaurants on site as well as batting cages.

Chino Hills and West Covina are located south and west of Los Angeles. Chino Hills is about 20 minutes from Ontario International Airport and less than one hour from Los Angeles International Airport. It is less than one hour from all major Southern California tourist attractions, including Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Southern California beaches, and a number of Major League ballparks.  Riverside Big League Dreams is about 20 minutes from Chino Hills. West Covina is about 20 minutes from Chino Hills.


Who Can Play:
In order for a Southern California team to qualify, it must be a registered USSSA “AA” team and have come in 1st or 2nd place in a USSSA AA Tournament, or have played 2 or more times in our program in the 2016 season. USSSA Baseball Southern California has the right to reclassify a team at any time. Non Southern California teams should check with their State Director for qualifying standards in their state.

State Directors – Please note the following:

  1. All teams must be entered through the USSSA.com online World Series entry link
  2. All teams must be registered with USSSA and have a roster online
  3. Entry fee of $750 per team for 9U thru 13U
  4. This is the AA Division World Series; all teams must be registered as “AA” teams in your state

How to Enter:
All entries will be done online. To enter the AA World Series, submit the online Tournament Application. The $750 entry fee must be paid online by Saturday, July 8th. No entry fees will be taken by mail. Any entry fee received after the July 8th deadline is not guaranteed entry into the tournament. To pay online, follow the instructions found here. Please note that a separate World Series event will be listed for each age group on USSSA’s online payment page. Be sure to select your team’s correct age group when paying online.


Tournament Format:

The “Pool Play” format will be used in the World Series. Teams will be placed in pools where they will play a round robin within their pool. Teams will be seeded in pool play by USSSA ranking points. In the event of uneven numbers in an age, some teams may play 4 pool play games. A double elimination format will be used in the championship bracket following pool play. A single elimination consolation bracket will be held for the teams that do not qualify for the championship bracket. Teams are guaranteed 4 games.
Tournament brackets will not be mailed in advance. Brackets and other tournament information will be available on the USSSA Southern California website after 3:00 p.m. (PST) Sunday,July 16th. Please check the itinerary for the time and location of all tournament-related events.
Pool play games will be played on  Wednesday &Thursday July 19/20. The championship and consolation brackets will begin on Friday, July 21. There is no midweek day off like in years past. The tournament is scheduled to finish mid-day on Sunday July 23. Remember that the schedules posted online are tentative. Final schedules will be provided on opening day at the Manager’s Meeting.
The tournament director may change the tournament format depending on the number of teams in the tournament.
We will be running night games during Pool Play for teams that have day time/work conflicts.

Rosters:

Your roster must be put online at www.usssa.com. All roster changes must be approved by your State Director and added to your online roster prior to the start of the first game in the tournament.  Any unfrozen roster of a Southern California team entering the tournament will be frozen on Friday, July 14. No new players will be allowed to be added to the roster after the team’s first game has started. Failure to comply with this rule will result in your team’s suspension from play in the tournament. Please check the USSSA By Laws available at www.usssa.com for rules pertaining to AA roster additions.


World Series Rules:

USSSA AA World Series will be governed by the USSSA National Baseball Bylaws and Rules unless noted differently below.
USSSA Rosters will be the official roster at the AA World Series.
USSSA Baseball reserves the right to alter, change, or abbreviate the tournament format when necessary to complete the tournament due to weather.
  1. All playing rules will be governed by the USSSA handbook and the rules for Major League Baseball.  Pitching rules will be by the USSSA rulebook and are different than the USSSA Southern California pitching rules.
  2. USSSA uses a May 1 cutoff for age qualification. 2017 ages will be used in this tournament
  3. All bases distances and pitching distances will be according to the USSSA rulebook.
  4. All players must be fully uniformed, which includes the following:  pants, socks, cap, and team shirt with numbers that are non-duplicating and at least 3 inches in height.Protests on uniforms will not be allowed. There is no changing of number once the tournament starts other than for the “infectious disease” rule.This change must be reported to the tournament director.If a player changes numbers for any other reason, he and the manager will be ejected from the game.
  5. Managers and coaches must be properly dressed but are not required to wear uniforms.
  6. While in the field as a defensive player, hats must be worn.
  7. Metal spikes are prohibited in the in all divisions under 13U.
  8. A full-use batting helmet which covers the top and back of the head and the side of the face must be worn by every player while in the on-deck circle, when at bat and while on the bases.
  9. No Bat-Boys or Bat-Girls are allowed.  Only players listed on the online roster and three coaches may be in the dugout while the game is underway.
  10. The catcher must wear all appropriate protective gear.
  11. Games will be 6 innings in ages 9U-12U and 7 innings in 13U.
  12. Players may play with only one team in the tournament.
  13. Time limits will be in effect in all games up until the final game. Time limits will be 1:45 in ages 9-12 and 2:00 in age 13 during pool play.  Time limits will be 1:55 during Playoffs in ages 9-12, and 2:10 in 13-Under.  There will be no time limit in Championship bracket championship games. Consolation bracket championship games will have a time limit.
  14. USSSA 2017 Bat Rules are in effect.
  15. 9U and 10U fields will be fenced.  11U will be fenced if possible.  12U and 13U will play with Permanent BLD Outfield Fences.

Rules of Conduct:

It is the purpose of the Unites States Specialty Sports Association to administer the best possible tournaments. To achieve this objective, USSSA must have the cooperation of each player, manager, coach and sponsor.
We are guests in the cities of Chino, West Covina and Riverside and nothing should occur that would reflect adversely on your team, players, our host city, or the United States Specialty Sports Association.  Therefore, it is required that all teams in the tournament comply with the following rules:
  • Team managers must have full control of their players at all times.  This means “on” and “off” the field.
  • In case of disputed play or decision, team managers may consult the game officials.  The other players and coaches or sponsors are to be kept out of the discussion.
  • Managers, coaches, and players are not to fraternize with spectators while participating in an event.  At no time will any participant be allowed to smoke while participating in any USSSA event.
  • At no time will participants be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages nor have in their possession any alcoholic beverage while participating in any USSSA event.
  • Managers are to report any unsportsmanlike or derogatory acts by players or spectators to the Tournament Director.  The purpose here is to prevent any serious situation developing that would be harmful to the tournament.
  • Managers, coaches, players, sponsors, and teams my be suspended by the Tournament Director for violation of any of these rules. This could mean suspension for one or more tournament games, the duration of the tournament, or in the most extreme cases, a longer duration.
  • A player, coach, manager or sponsor may be suspended for fighting, abusive tactics, or unbecoming acts that are detrimental and not in the best interest of the United States Specialty Sports Association and tournament play.
  • The hotels hosting tournament teams will report any occurrence of destruction of property or abuse of hotel property attributed to a team staying in the hotel. All reports from the hotels will be dealt with very sternly.  Team managers please note that this is your only notice. Also, failure to pay hotel bills can result in team and its manager being disbarred from future USSSA play.
  • Any teams submitting bad checks to USSSA will be subject to disbarment.

World Series Awards:

Both team and Individual awards will be given to the following tournament participants:

  • Team trophies to the first 4 teams in each age
  • Individual player awards to the first three teams in each age
  • Consolation champion and runner-up awards where applicable
  • Individual player awards to the first place consolation winner
  • Outstanding offensive player award (championship bracket)
  • Outstanding defensive player award (championship bracket)

Opening Ceremonies:

Check-in: All teams participating in the 9U thru 13U AA World Series must be checked in prior to the start of the event.  Check-in will be on Tuesday, July 18 at Big League Dreams Riverside, from from 3:00 – 5:30PM. Managers must have copies of their players’ original birth certificates with them at check-in and in their possession at the field at all times during the tournament.  Failure to have a copy of the birth certificate available upon demand or falsifying a birth certificate will result in the offending team losing the game, being ejected from the tournament, being placed last in the standings, and forfeiting all awards. All names on the roster turned in at check in must match the name on the birth certificate exactly.

Parking will be at a premium for opening ceremonies, so please carpool if possible and leave extra time to find a parking spot

Opening Ceremonies: Opening ceremonies will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18th.  All teams must attend and be in casual uniforms – team jerseys and shorts are fine. Details will be available to the teams once they are officially entered in the tournament.  Pin trading with other teams is a popular tradition during opening ceremonies.
Skills Competition: There will be around-the-horn, throwing accuracy, and base running contests held for the players. Awards will be provided to the winners and the runners-up. Exact times and locations will be handed out at Check-In. Players may only participate in one event.
Around-the-Horn: Teams will use five players.  The ball starts at home plate and is thrown from home, to third, to second (second basemen), to first, back to second (shortstop), back to third and finishes at home.  Tags are not required.  Kids feet must touch the base before throwing to the next position.  A dropped ball ends the run.  Teams get one practice run, followed by one timed run.
Running Relay: Teams will have 4 player teams. The first runner will start at home and run the bases. Once he touches home, the next runner starts. The team’s time is the total of all 4 runners.
Throwing for Accuracy: This is an individual competition. Players that did not participate in one of the other events will throw from a designated spot into a net at home plate.  Players participating in this even must have a ticket provided to the manager at check-in to participate.

Itinerary will be posted as the World Series Approaches


Tournament Passes:
Admission for the entire tournament will be $30 for adults and $25 for children (6-12) and Seniors (55+). Children under 6 are free. All attendees are required to obtain a tournament pass. Players, managers and coaches are free. A maximum of three manager/coaches passes will be issued to each team.  The manager’s  passes will be available at the Manager’s Meeting on opening day and are not necessary to attend Opening Ceremonies. Daily passes will also be available for $10 per day for adults and $8 per day for children and senior citizens (55+). Tournament passes are not required for Opening Ceremonies.


For more Information:
Check back regularly for more information on the Global World Series tournament. Should you have questions, feel free to contact:

John Gleason
Southern California USSSA
951-693-0541
[email protected]

Anthony Ciandella
Southern California USSSA
[email protected]