2/20/13 ‚Äì This document will change and be added to as we get closer to nationals for the 2013 season. If you have suggestions or changes, please speak with your commissioner about how we can create a better program.
1. Five Berth Methods
a. Qualifiers. Most of the berths will be awarded through qualifiers that are being held in multiple locations. These qualifiers have the number of berths identified on the page and vary based on the size of the event and the age division. (min 2 berth per event)
b. Points Berths – The remaining slots will be offered to teams based on points. For the age divisions 10U, 12U, and 14U these berths will begin to be offered on Tuesday June 4th. (Points earned for a specific age division will not be counted when moving up in age for nationals during the same season. Points count for the age group you are playing in World Series and if you play in a older age group)
C. 75 points. When your team hits 75 points you automatically earn a berth.
D. State Commissioners (other then Texas) may give berths to teams. At least one per age group is guaranteed, however, each state may qualify teams based on their own criteria.
F. If you placed (1st-5th) in the past World Series you get a berth even if you have moved up in age. (your roster is locked and needs to be turned in on June 4th)
2. Qualification Issues
a. Teams will play in the State Tournament (Contact your State Commissioner for any questions)
b. Once a team has qualified and accepts a berth their roster will be locked. Players on the roster will NOT be able to pickup on other teams in Qualifiers or the World Series. If a team picks up a player on a team that has accepted a berth to the World Series plays in a Qualifier that team will be disqualified from that Tournament if a complaint is Filed with the local Rep. (10u-14u)
c. Up to 4 pick-up players will be allowed to be added to a team after their roster has been locked for the World Series. (no pick up form is necessary, just add to roster)
d. If a team declines the Berth all players are free agents to play for other teams.
e. If a Qualifier does not make those berths go to World Series Tournament Director to pass out.
f. If a player voluntary leaves a team after being on a roster of a team that accepts a berth to the World Series will NOT be eligible to play on another team during a Qualifier or the World Series.
g. If a team earns a berth from last year’s World Series or by points before June 4th. The players are locked two ways. A hard copy roster is send to IFA/VTD or they play there first Qualifier. They will be locked June 4th other wise.
3. Berths given out at Qualifiers
2 ‚Äì 5 teams 1 berth
6-11 teams 2 berths
12-17 teams 3 berths
18 teams or more 4 berths.
b. Format of World Series
i. Purpose ‚Äì The purpose of this format is to allow teams to know game times before arriving at the event and to give teams a better placement in the bracket because of points accrued during the season.
(New for 2013!!)