Guidelines for Game Directors and Teams Entering the Division I Regional Baseball Tournament

  1. Regional baseball semi-finals will be May 15 and finals May 17. Sectional games will be played Friday, May 19. The sectional winners shall advance to the central tournament site, May 23-26.
  2. Please refer to the “Tournament Guidelines” found the in the Baseball and Girls Softball Regulations. Information within the regulations show which teams will be host teams and which teams will be the traveling teams through the sectional round.
  3. In the regional semi-finals, regional finals, sectionals, and championship series, the umpires shall be assigned by the state office.
  4. In the regional semi-finals, regional finals, and sectionals, it shall be the responsibility of the host school to set the time of the game. It is the responsibility of the host school to notify the visiting team of the game time and game site. District winners must notify their opponents of the game time and game site.
  5. Players in uniform, coaches, and bat boys are admitted free.
  6. In the regional semi-finals, finals, and sectional the host team shall be the home team.
  7. Coaches should have their line-up written out and ready to give to the scorekeeper and the umpire when going over the ground rules.
  8. TSSAA receives 18% of the gross gate receipts in the region baseball tournaments which must be submitted upon completion of the region tournament. Postseason financial forms must now be completed through the TSSAA Portal . After TSSAA’s 18%, game expenses, and team mileage have been paid in both the semi-final and final game of the region, the net receipts shall be divided between the two participating teams. Teams within the county where the game is being played shall receive no expense allowance. Teams traveling from outside the county to the game site shall receive 40¢ per mile round trip. 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.
  9. The plaque for the region winner will be shipped to the Region Champion the week of Spring Fling.
  10. 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 any part of the region tournament must get permission from the tournament director. If such permission is granted, a minimum fee of $250 (tape delay) or $500 (live telecast/videostream) is required. The fee will be paid to the game director and shall be included as part of the gate receipts.
  11. Games throughout the tournament series are scheduled to be completed by certain dates. It is imperative that we keep the tournaments on schedule. With a compact tournament schedule this spring, this responsibility is very critical.Suspended games during the tournament are to be picked up from the point of suspension, at the next opportunity to play, unless we have completed 4½ innings with the home team leading. Tournament games do not have to go the full 7 innings. The 10 run rule is mandatory.
  12. 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.
    1. In the regional semi-finals and finals, the umpires shall receive $70 per game. Umpires shall receive 15¢ per mile round trip per umpire when they travel outside the county in which they reside. There will be 3 person crews assigned.
    2. Tickets and Passes:
      1. All tickets are $5 each and everyone must have a ticket.
      2. Regional directors shall furnish tickets for the regional play-off.
      3. Admit players in uniform from each participating team, plus coaches and bat boys.
      4. Admit working press and radio.
    3. Arrange for scorekeeper, ball boys, ticket sellers and takers.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.


It is important that the coach of the team winning the regional tournament game contact the TSSAA Office immediately following the game to report the score and winner of the game using one of the following options:

  1. Voice Mail or Text Message: (865) 465-9495 (Please be sure to include your Sport, Class, Region, Game Winner & Score.  (Sample Text Message: BB A 6 Winner Score))
  2. Fax: (615) 889-0544
  3. E-mail: TSSAA