1. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY:
Umpires will work to settle all problems on the field. Protests from the offended team will be allowed for age and rule interpretations and Player eligibility only.
2. PROTEST FEE:
The protest fee is $100. If a team wants to protest a player’s eligibility, it is $100 per player. Teams can only protest 1 player at a time. Once the first player eligibility protest is decided, a team may protest another player if it so desires.
3. PLAY SUSPENDED:
The Plate Umpire shall suspend all action and notify the Tournament Officials of any protest. Tournament Officials and UIC will rule on all protests and their decision will be final.
4. RULE INTERPRETATION:
Rule interpretation protests must be declared to the Plate Umpire before the next pitch following the dispute. No rule interpretation protest will be allowed once the Umpires have left the field at the end of the game. In tournament play, all rule interpretations protests must be settled before any play can be resumed.
5. PLAYER ELIGIBILITY PROTEST TIMING:
Player eligibility protests made during the game must be declared to the Plate Umpire. Player eligibility protests made after the game must be declared to the tournament director. During pool play, protests on player eligibility must be made before pool play has concluded and bracket seedings have been established. During bracket play, protests on player eligibility must be made before either team has begun their next game. If a player eligibility protest cannot be resolved at the time of the protest, the game shall be completed.
A.) If the eligibility protest is upheld before the game is completed: the offending team loses the game, is ejected from the tournament, placed last in the standing, and forfeits all awards, sponsor travel money, and berths that would have been awarded at that tournament.
B.) If the eligibility protest is upheld after the game is completed but during the tournament: the game shall stand as played. However, the offending team is ejected from the tournament and assumes the same penalties as above.
C.) If the eligibility protest is upheld after the tournament is completed: the team shall be placed last in the tournament standings and the standings shall be adjusted accordingly.