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USSSA Road To Orlando Information Packet

USSSA World Series Info Packet
Orlando, FL 2017

Welcome to the 2017 USSSA Road to Orlando World Series!
Congratulations on an outstanding season and welcome to the 2017 USSSA Fast Pitch World Series Tournament held in Kissimmee, Florida. Games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Osceola Softball Complex and Fortune Road Softball Complex.

We will be splitting the age groups over two separate weeks based on their age/division.

  • July 10-16, 2017: 13U, 14A/B/C, 16A/B, 18A/B, High School C
  • July 17-23, 2017:  8U, 10A/B/C, 11U, 12A/B/C

The USSSA Fast Pitch program will use a 5-game guarantee format in its World Series Tournament. Teams will be seeded into pools based on current USSSA ranking points and play a round robin. All teams will be seeded into a double elimination championship bracket following pool play. Seeding will be based on pool finish. The exact format of the tournament, e.g., number of games, number of teams in each pool, etc., will be set by the tournament director following USSSA Fast Pitch guidelines as approved by the USSSA Fast Pitch National Committee.

To guarantee your spot in the tournament, your team will need to complete the online entry process. All entries must be made through the www.usssa.com website. You will be required to submit your entry and payment online. Official entry and payment process must be completed no later than June 25. The entry fee for all age/class divisions 10U & older is $595. The 8U entry fee is $395.

All players participating in USSSA Fast Pitch youth tournament play shall have proof of age in possession of their team manager at all times. All team rosters must be on the USSSA website, www.usssa.com, and all teams must adhere to all rules and regulations as outlined in the current edition of the USSSA Fastpitch playing rules and by-laws. Proof of age must be verified by a government issued document that identifies the player by name, gender and birth date.

Teams will not be subject to qualifying procedures for this event, meaning that any USSSA registered team is eligible to participate and can make plans to attend now. However the number of USSSA tournaments in which a team plays and their performance in those tournaments will assist in determining their World Series classification. Any team that does not attempt to play in any USSSA events prior to the World Series will be automatically placed in the “A” division to play at the highest level of their age group.

NOTES:
All playing rules shall be governed by the official USSSA Fastpitch softball rulebook and national by-laws. Note that the rulebook online at www.usssa.com will always supersede the latest printed version if a discrepancy exists.

Additional Tournament Information…

All inquiries pertaining to Registration, Team Check-In, Managers Meeting, Athletes Ceremony, Housing, Accommodations, etc., should be emailed to stephanie.taylor@usssa.com.

All inquiries pertaining to “On The Field Between The Lines Play” should be emailed to elite.fastpitch@usssa.com.

Tournament Hosts

Osceola County
ESPN Wide World of Sports

Website

The tournament website is www.usssaroadtoorlando.com. Check it frequently for updates.

Tournament Headquarters

ESPN Wide World of Sports
700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL disneyworldsports.disney.go.com

Venues

July 10-16, 2017

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL 34747
  • Osceola Softball Complex 3000 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34741
  • Fortune Road Softball Complex 2500 Fortune Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744

July 17-23, 2017

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Awards

Awards Package sizes will be based on the number of teams in the tournament. Below is the full size package that will be awarded for divisions.

  1. Team & Individual Awards (Places determined by # of Teams)
    1. 8-12 Teams     Top 3 team and individual are awarded
    2. 13-32 Teams   Top 4 teams and individual are awarded
    3. 33 + Teams      Top 6 teams and individual are awarded
  2. Team Sportsmanship award
  3. Outstanding Pitcher award
  4. Outstanding Offensive Player award
  5. Outstanding Defensive Player award
  6. MVP award

Hotels

For a full list of lodging available for this event, please go the to following links:

Check-In Materials

All teams will be required to check-in prior to the event. At this check-in, there are mandatory pieces of information that must be turned in:

  1. ESPN Wide World of Sport Waiver Form. ALL PLAYERS & COACHES MUST SIGN the ESPN Wide World of Sports Waiver Form.
    • These completed forms need to be brought to the check-in. Completed Waiver Forms are required to obtain the pass that allows players and coaches access to ESPN Wide World of Sports.
    • Click Here to download the Waiver Form.
  2. Proof of Team Insurance. Each team will be required to show a valid certificate of insurance at check-in.
  3. Duplicate roster for verification.
  4. Lodging Form filled out: Registration Form

 

Tournament Itinerary

Below is the tournament itinerary for 2017.

 

Mon 7/10/17 MANDATORY CHECK-IN at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Coaches only, NO PLAYERS 11am-1:30pm
Mon 7/10/17 MANDATORY MANAGER’S MEETING @ ESPN WWOS 2:30pm
Mon 7/10/17 Stage for Tournament Ceremony @ ESPN WWOS TBA
Mon 7/10/17 Tournament Ceremony March @ ESPN WWOS TBA
Tues 7/11/17 World Series Pool Play Begins  8am
Wed 7/12/17 World Series Pool Play Continues
Thurs 7/13/17 World Series Bracket Play Begins
Fri 7/14/17 World Series Bracket Play Continues
Sat 7/15/17 World Series Bracket Play Continues
Sun 7/16/17 World Series Bracket Play Concludes
Mon 7/17/17  MANDATORY CHECK-IN at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Coaches only, NO PLAYERS 11am-1:30pm
Mon 7/17/17 MANDATORY MANAGER’S MEETING @ ESPN WWOS 2:30pm
TBA Stage for Tournament Ceremony @ ESPN WWOS TBA
TBA Tournament Ceremony March @ ESPN WWOS TBA
Tues 7/18/17 World Series Pool Play Begins  8am
Wed 7/19/17 World Series Pool Play Concludes
Thurs 7/20/17 World Series Bracket Play Begins
Fri 7/21/17 World Series Bracket Play Continues
Sat 7/22/17 World Series Bracket Play Concludes
TBA NPF, USSSA PRIDE GAME TBA

Note that all times are subject to change. Please verify itinerary during Team Check-In. Once the tournament begins, managers must check the main bracket board for any changes in game times, field assignments or other items related to tournament play or functions.Bracket schedules will not be mailed out in advance. The pool play and double elimination brackets will be given to coaches during the Managers Meeting. Player, coach and other pre-tournament items will also be distributed at the Team Check-In.

Gift Exchange

There will be a non-mandatory team gift exchange during one of your pool play games. Teams wishing to participate should bring something that is representative of their home area, the value of which is not important. It is recommended that teams bring a minimum of 16 gifts to exchange. We will assume you will be participating in the gift exchange unless you tell us otherwise. Click Here for more information.

Admission

Spectator Admission is as follows: $17.50 per adult per day or $87.50 per adult for a tournament pass/LOE. For children ages 3-9 it is $12.50 per day or $62.50 for a tournament pass/LOE. Children under 3 are free.

A maximum of 3 coach passes and 20 player passes will be issued. Player passes will only be issued to those listed on the submitted roster, and only players in uniform will be allowed to enter on a player pass. Players and up to 3 coaches will get in for free. The LOE pass is good for ESPN WWOS AND all other ballparks being used that week.

Food Policy

For a full rundown of the policies and procedures for each of the parks, please visit each park on the Main Menu.

World Series Merchandise

USSSA World Series apparel and souvenirs, will be sold at the Opening Ceremonies and throughout the tournament.

8U Rules

For more information on rules Click Here.

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