Division II Baseball First Round & Quarterfinal Guidelines


  1. Class A Pairings / Dates / Bracket– The Class A First Round and Quarterfinal Round Pairings can be found here.  Division II Class A Quarterfinals must be completed by May 19, 2018. The first round is a single elimination game.  The quarterfinal round is a best-of-three series with two games to be played on the first day, and the if necessary game to be played the next day.  The host team shall be the home team in the first and third game and the visiting team shall be the home team in the second game.
  2. Class AA Pairings / Dates / Bracket – The Class AA First Round and Quarterfinal Round Pairings can be found here.  The first round series is a best-of-three series with two games to be played on Friday, May 11, 2018, and the if necessary game to be played on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  The host team shall be the home team in the first and third game and the visiting team shall be the home team in the second game.  The quarterfinal round is a best-of-three series with two games to be played on Friday, May 18, 2018, and the if necessary game to be played on Saturday, May 19, 2018.  The host team shall be the home team in the first and third game and the visiting team shall be the home team in the second game.  Schools may mutually agree to play the quarterfinal series prior to May 18-19, however, the games cannot be played any earlier than Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
  3. Game Times – The host school shall set the times for each game and contact the visiting school as soon as possible concerning the site and time of the games.  If the established starting time of a first round or quarterfinal round contest between two schools conflicts with the previously scheduled Commencement Exercises of one of the schools, and that school has Senior roster player(s), then at the request of the affected school, the contest will be rescheduled for a mutually agreed upon time and site that falls within the playoff timeline established by the TSSAA. In the event the two schools do not agree on a rescheduled time and site, the TSSAA Office will deisgnate a starting game time and site.
  4. Game Director – The principal of the host school shall be the Game Director.  If additional facilities are secured other than those of the host team, the Game Director must be approved by the TSSAA state office.  It shall be the duty of the Game Director to handle all financial arrangements for the game and to make financial reports to the participating teams.  Additional responsibilities include:
    1. Arrange for scorekeeper, ball boys, ticket seller and takers.
    2. Make arrangements for concessions. Profits from the concessions will go to the host school or to those appointed by the host school to handle them.
    3. Purchase baseballs. The cost of these balls shall be part of the game expenses. The unused balls should be divided between the participating teams after the game is completed.
  5. Suspended Game / Run Rule – Suspended games are to be picked up from the point of suspension, at the next opportunity to play, unless we have completed 4 ½ innings with the home team leading.  Tournament games do not have to go the full 7 innings.  The 10 run rule is mandatory.
  6. Tickets and Passes:
    1. All tickets are general admission and are $7 each. The host school is to furnish tickets.
    2. TSSAA ID Cards are NOT TO BE ACCEPTED AS PASSES.
    3. Players in uniform from each team, plus coaches and bat boys shall be admitted free of charge.
    4. Working press and media shall be admitted free of charge.
    5. The 2017-18 Championship Event Card will provide complimentary admittance for the First Round and Quarterfinal Games. Each member school received two event cards. This card admits ONLY ONE PERSON PER CARD. The Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) card will also provide complimentary admittance for the First Round and Quarterfinal Games. The TACA card admits ONLY ONE PERSON PER CARD.
  7. Game Officials – Game officials will be assigned by the state office. Umpires shall receive $75.  Mileage shall also be paid at a rate of 15 cents per mile for each official traveling from outside the county in which they reside to the contest.
  8. Tournament Roster – At the state tournament, coaches will be able to dress as many players as they bring to the tournament.  There will be, however, only 20 players eligible to participate for each game.  Those 20 will be listed on your line-up card. They will be listed as your starters and then your substitutions. Also, those 20 eligible players will be the only players who can participate during your infield practice prior to the start of the game.  It is recommended that this same policy be followed for the first round and quarterfinal games.  As a reminder, coaches you should have your line-up written out and ready to give to the scorekeeper and umpire when going over ground rules.
  9. Financial Arrangements / Reporting – The Game Director shall make a financial report on the TSSAA Portal based on the financial arrangements listed below:
    1. After game expenses have been paid, the remaining receipts shall be divided with 1/3 going to each participating team and 1/3 to TSSAA.
    2. In the First Round and Quarterfinal games the umpires and administrative cost shall be paid first. If receipts are not sufficient to pay the umpires and games expenses, the host team and TSSAA shall share these costs, and no team expenses shall be allowed.
    3. Team expenses are as follows: Teams within the county where a game is being played shall receive no expense allowance. Visiting teams shall have a mileage allowance of 40¢ per mile round trip. Teams within 150 miles of the game site will receive mileage and $4 per person for food for a maximum of 18 people. Teams over 150 miles from the game site and who spend the night will receive mileage, $6 per person for food for a maximum of 18 people and $5 per person for lodging for a maximum of 18 people for one night.
    4. Necessary local expenses will be paid from the gate receipts. Other expenses such as officials, stadium costs, etc., shall be determined by the local game director and TSSAA.
    5. All checks for district, regional, and sectional tournaments and playoffs must be distributed within 10 business days of the completion of the tournament or game. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 late fee to be paid to TSSAA and is to be used in the A.F. Bridges sportsmanship program to go to schools or students receiving awards. Failure to distribute funds within 20 business days will result in an additional $200 late fee (total $300.00). Failure to distribute funds within 40 business days will result in an additional $200.00 late fee (total $500.00). The school may not host any tournament or playoff until the principal or athletic director appears before the Board of Control to explain their reasons for not distributing the checks within the required time frame. The Board would then determine whether the school can host tournaments or playoffs in the future.
  10. Video / Videostream / Radio – Video taping or filming is permitted as long as the taping or filming is for private use or use by the two schools involved and not for public or commercial use. Video taping or filming must be done from the individual’s seat. Individuals will not be allowed to use tripods. A school taping or filming its own game may use a tripod. A school will not be allowed to tape or film a game unless its team is involved in the game. All taping or filming by a school may be approved by the local Game Director, and the Game Director shall assign space, when available, from which to tape or film. Any media entity, or school wishing to videostream or tape delay broadcast any first round or quarterfinal games must submit their request to the TSSAA in writing for that event. The request must be submitted at least three days prior to the event in question. If such permission is granted, a fee of $300 will be paid to the game director and shall be included as part of the gate receipts.
  11. Submitting Results – Upon completion of the first round games(s), please email your results to: tssaa@tssaa.org. Quarterfinal series hosts please submit the site and time of your games to tssaa@tssaa.org as soon as possible. Upon completion of the quarterfinal series, please email your results to: tssaa@tssaa.org
  12. State Tournament Program – If your team has not already submitted your team roster please do so immediately. Detailed instructions for submitting your teams information can be found here.
  13. State Tournament Guidelines – Information concerning the State Baseball Tournament can be found here.