TOURNAMENT INFORMATION: As of July 15th, Ford Park has assured USFA that the tournament will proceed as planned.
TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: To maintain a contactless event as much as possible we are asking all teams to pay the $300 entry fee ($200 for 8U) via PayPal to Stars Over Texas (you can find it on PayPal - firstname.lastname@example.org). PLEASE USE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO AVOID FEES. **If PayPal is not an option, you can pay with EXACT CASH at check-in.
**HEAD COACHES - PLEASE CHECK IN BEFORE YOUR FIRST POOL GAME - to verify roster and insurance, collect team social distancing bands and get team cooler tag if needed. Each coach will need to pick up their own band - we cannot give the head coach bands for all coaches.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OCCUPANCY LIMITS DUE TO COVID-19 - Jefferson County is asking USFA to minimize the number of spectators at the event this weekend to 24 guests per team, per day. Head Coaches will be given 24 Social Distancing Bands for Saturday and 24 Social Distancing Bands for Sunday when they check-in. Anyone 3 years and up will be required to wear a social distancing band (**This does not include roster players in uniform and the coaching staff). These bands do not grant you admission to the park - but you cannot purchase an admission band without a Social Distancing Band. We understand that this is an inconvenice for some teams but we have to follow the orders of Jefferson County in order to proceed with the event.
GATE FEE: $7 per day or $10 for the weekend. Guests 12 and under are free. (Reminder - children 3 years to 12 years will require a social distancing band but will not have to pay at the gate to enter.)
**DOWNLOAD THE USFA APP - remind parents to download the USFA app. Schedules are updated and weather alerts will be shared in the app should they be necessary.
**All teams will play 3 pool games that will seed a Double Elimintion bracket. If a score is enterd incorrectly during pool play, please text Charles Barnhouse 281-639-9098 with the field, game time and scores and corrections will be made.
* Please update your online roster prior to check-in. If your team does not have an online account, please bring a paper roster to leave with the tournament director at check-in. The paper roster should include Player First and Last Name, Jersey Number and birthdate.
* Teams must show proof of insurance at check-in as well if not uploaded onto your team account - either updated on your USFA account or provide a paper copy to be viewed at check in.
* Game lengths: All divisions are playing 60 minute pool games (finish the inning - can end in a tie) and 75 minute bracket (finish the inning - must have a winner). USFA will provide balls for pool and bracket play. PAP is $40 per game for both pool and bracket games. Pool play points: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss, shut out victory earns 1 point bonus. Tie breakers: 1. Head to Head, 2. Runs allowed and 3. Run Differential (maximum 13 runs).
Below is more detailed communication focused around the safety guidelines & protocols for this coming weekend. We are closely monitoring the situation around the virus, and will need help from our teams to make the parks safer. Last week the City of Houston and other Texas communities kicked off the “Mask Up” campaign, to help drive the message on how important it is to wear masks. Our goal this weekend to set the example of how a youth sports event can function, and still adhere to the regulatory guidelines set by the authorities. We have seen video clips of games that have been played over the last week or so, and frankly we can do better adhering to these guidelines. See information below:
*Masks should be worn by all fans attending - especially in concession area and restrooms - AGES 10 and up; major focus here please - coaches and players are aked to wear masks when not on the field for a game.
*NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED - Head coaches will be given a team cooler tag at check-in. Ford Park only allows drinks in the cooler.
*Social Distancing is essential; please spread out along the foul lines and separate from guests who are not immediate family members. Ford Park will have a limit of 24 guests per team per day. Guests must have a social distancing band in order to purchase a band at the gate.
*Metal cleats are not allowed at Ford Park
*Please refrain from chewing gum and eating peanuts or sunflower seeds at Ford Park.
*Players & Coaches temperature checks prior to first game. USFA does not have the staff nor the equipment to administer temperature check for the players or coaches, so we ask that each family do their due diligence in checking prior to playing. This of course can happen prior to leaving the house. The umpires will need the coach at the plate meeting to confirm that his group has been checked prior to the first game starting.
Note- any person with a temperature of 100.4 or over should not enter the parks, as 100.4 is considered a fever
*Dugouts - We ask that each team designate from their parents or coaches someone to do a final walk through to check that everything has been sanitized and cleaned by their team, so that the next team taking the dugout enters a clean dugout. Ford Park will not have communial water coolers in the dugouts during this event.
*Water coolers have been removed from all dugouts. Players are allowed to carry an individual water cooler into Ford Park.
*Coaches are asked to minimize any “post game” team meetings to prevent the group gatherings - or use social distancing when meeting with the team.
* AWARDS - Awards will be handed to one team representative after the game to distribute to the players. This is for the safety of our directors and teams.
We understand that this is a stressful & nervous situation to deal with, so we ask everyone for their help this weekend to try making this as safe as possible.
On-site tournament director - Charles Barnhouse 281-639-9098
On-site UIC - Bubba Harris 409-670-5981