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Team Registration Part I - Team Activation

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Sanctioned Post-Season Play - What is it?

  • Sanctioned National Championship Tournament Series (NCTS)
  • A Quick Summary/Overview Of ENYTB Tournament Registartion Options
  • Sanctioned Tournament Availability Via ENYTB
  • What are the benefits of being in a League that affiliates with multiple sanctioning bodies?
  • What is the ala carte cost of registering for sanctioned tournament eligibility?
  • How does a team qualify for a playoff berth in a particular sanctioning e.g., AABC, NABF, ECTB or PONY?

    How does a team qualify for a playoff berth in a particular sanctioning e.g., AABC, NABF, ECTB or PONY?

    To be eligible for (as opposed to qualifying for) an entry-level tournament in a sanctioned National Championship Tournament Series (NCTS) under any of ENYTB's national affiliations, a team must designate its sanctioning and tournament eligibility choices on its online registration form (see Registration > Options/Fees).

    Further, to be eligible for any sanctioned NCTS, a team must:
    • Pay the sanctioning fee to register with the applicable sanctioning body;
    • Pay an additional tournament hosting fee where applicable; and, lastly
    • Complete/submit an official regular season (eligibility) and tournament roster form for the applicable sanctioning body.
    All eligible teams then compete for limited berths based on the results of regular season play (see Standings).

    NOTE: ENYTB hosts one sanctioned tournament in each age division from 13U thru 16U. All Gold/HS teams registered in these age divisions shall pay a mandatory general tournament hosting fee. The proceeds from this fee help cover the costs for all sanctioned tournaments hosted by ENYTB.

    ENYTB's online registration form is customized to each team, listing all available sanctioning and tournament opportunities for the upcoming season based on a team's age level and competitive classification (Gold, HiSilver, LoSilver). Thus, the sanctioned tournament options available to a 13U Gold team and a 14U Gold team would be very different. Beginning in 2013, Low Silver teams are not eligible for sanctioned NCTS events.

    To be eligible to compete for a tournament berth in any National Championship Tournament Series (NCTS), a team would go to its online registration form and place a check-mark in the registration box for whatever sanctioned NCTS event it wishes to be eligible for.

    Detailed information for any tournament option on the eligibility list can be accessed directly from a team's online registration form by simply clicking on the name of any individual tournament listed. Similar information can be accessed by going to the top menu bar and placing your cursor on Tournaments and clicking on Tournament Master Schedule. The difference is that the latter is organized by age division only. Thus, any differences due to a team's competitive classification are not shown.

    Registration begins in late January each year. Registration closes April 1 (March 1 for teams 12U and younger). It is recommended that teams attend the Annual Kick-Off Meeting before making their registration decisions for two reasons. One, these decisions will be the focal point of that meeting, and two, changes in the tournament program could be made at that meeting.

    Q. Is registration different from "activation".

    A. Yes.

    Activation begins as soon as the website is re-initialized each year, usually in mid to late November, following the completion of the Fall League season.

    Activation is really the first step in the annual registration process and should be completed by all new and returning members before January 31st. Your club and team are "established" on the website during the activation process. This provides you and all your club and team members with website access and it costs nothing.

    Any information provided during activation can be changed at any time prior to the closing of registration without penalty i.e., teams can be added or deleted, team names can be changed, even their competition level, age, registration choices, etc. Nothing is official until April 1. For teams at 12U and younger, this date is March 1, as they begin play in early April. After those dates, scheduling begins, and all monies are non-refundable.

    Team registration can be done online by the club GM or team manager or anyone with a manager/coach level password or higher for that team.

    Anyone requiring assistance in this process may contact their League Navigator by phone. This information is available on the club/team's TEAM PROFILE page. The League Navigator may be able to offer advice on registration options and help the member make the right choices for himself.

    An itemized online invoice is provided each team and is available when registration opens, usually in late January. Payment is due no later than April 1 (March 1 for 12U and under). When the League receives registration payment, it is recorded on the team's invoice and a receipt is provided at the bottom of the online invoice webpage. This receipt can be printed out for the team's budgetary and tax records. When a team is fully paid for the current season, its team name will appear in green on the League's Team Activation Page (see League Play > Members > Teams).

    This completes the registration/eligibility process. Now let's review the actual QUALIFYING process.

    Depending on the registration choices of all ENYTB members, ENYTB qualifies to purchase so many tournament berths from each sanctioning body at each age division.

    ENYTB teams compete for these sanctioned tournament berths based on the results of regular season play. ENYTB offers separate divisions of regular season play under each affiliation, with a specific number of berths earmarked to each division. Each of these divisional competitions is represented by its own STANDINGS. The same teams don't register for all NCTS. For this and other reasons, teams are placed in multiple Standings based on their registration decisions. Standings may or may not combine teams from different competition levels. In those Standings where teams from different competition levels are combined, sometimes certain berths are earmarked to individual competition levels. For example, there may be seven total berths available in AABC14. One of these berths may be earmarked to the highest finishing team in each competition level, leaving five berths. The remaining five berths may be earmarked as wildcard berths i.e., the five highest finishing teams remaining AFTER the class specific berths are awarded, would qualify for these berths.

    Depending on which teams are in each division, team X can be leading one division, in 3rd place in another and in 5th place in another. This is one reason why teams often register to be eligible for berths to more than one sanctioned tournament i.e., a team might qualify for a berth under one affiliation but not another. There is no telling until the season is over.

    Clearly, the greatest benefit of multiple affiliation is that it greatly increases each team's chances of actually qualifying for a sanctioned NCTS, assuming they make themselves eligible for more than one. To maximize your chances of qualifying for a sanctioned tournament berth, register for as many sanctioned tournaments as possible, even if they all fall on the same weekend. In fact, the more that fall on the same weekend and the more you register for, the more likely it is that you will win a berth as the teams finishing ahead of you are likely multi-sanctioned as well. Thus, if they are ahead of you in both AABC and NABF, once they take their top choice, say NABF, that's one less team ahead of you for the AABC berth.

    ENYTB has awarded between 60 and 100 sanctioned tournament berths every year since 2006. That equates to approximately 2 berths for every 3 registered teams. That is by far the highest "berth ratio" for any league we are aware of and certainly way higher than any of the leagues competing with ENYTB for teams. Yes, ENYTB is a bit more expensive than other local leagues but teams get so much more, including customized everything and nearly three times the chances of qualifying for a sanctioned tournament berth, all else being equal.

    As discussed in FAQ re: STANDINGS, standings can be kept in a variety of ways. And, as discussed in that FAQ, ENYTB made a significant change in standings methodologies in 2009, shifting away from the original Non-FLEX approach to the current FLEX approach. The biggest differences between these two approaches is in what games count in each Standings and the use of a strength-of-schedule factor in those divisions that include teams from multiple competition levels. Rather than repeat that discussion here, we refer the reader to How Are Standings Computed.

    (1) For STANDINGS with common schedules: (ENYTB's original Non-FLEX approach not commonly used anymore)

    WINS = 2 points
    Losses = 1 point
    Ties = 1.5 points

    Team rankings are based on most points to reward teams that play all their TQG.

    (2) For STANDINGS with dissimilar schedules but all teams are in same classification:

    All games played with opponents from same competition level, regardless of age or eligibility, will count and teams are ranked by won/lost percentage.

    (3) For STANDINGS with uncommon schedules and teams from different classifications:

    This Standings format includes eligible teams only (e.g., AABC14 only) but count all games played by those teams, regardless of eligibility or level of competition, provided both opponents are age eligible for the current Standings. A strength-of-schedule factor also is applied to each team's W/L record before ranking.

    A greater number of berths are usually allocated to the GOLD division to discourage GOLD quality teams from sand-bagging.

    To determine which ENYTB teams qualify for berths, ENYTB assigns teams to divisions, depending on what each team registered for, and, sometimes, their competition level. Obviously, if you did not elect to register for a particular sanctioning you will not be eligible to qualify for sanctioned tournament play. However, your games will still count in determining whether your opponents qualify for a berth. Otherwise, teams would not treat you the same in terms of trying their best to beat you or giving you the same priority in rescheduling make-ups etc.

    WARNING!!! We make mistakes. Members are required to check to be sure their team is placed in a separate standings under each sanctioned NCTS that it is registered for. Your W-L record can vary among Standings because of differences in which games count in which divisions. Your ranking in one division can be higher than in the other not only because of differences in your W/L record but also because of who else is in your division as well the application of a SoS factor.

    NOTE: Games can count in multiple divisional STANDINGS simultaneously.

    NOTE: Teams must play 12 eligible games in their own competition level to be eligible for a sanctioned tournament berth earmarked to that competition level. A team must play 12 eligible games overall to be eligible for any of the wildcard berths in a division.

    Teams can be awarded berths to NCTS under more than one affiliation, provided the entry level tournaments don't conflict. Teams must be committed to advancing in any sanctioned NCTS that it enters. If a team wins a tournament that is part of a sanctioned NCTS and there are conflicts prior to the World Series level in two or more different sanctioned NCTS, a team must forfeit one or more berths so as to eliminate the possibility of a pre-World Series level conflict.

  • Can Teams Win Berths To More Than One Sanctioned NCTS?
  • When a team qualifies for NCTS berths under two or more sanctionings - how is the selection order determined?
  • What Is The distribution Of Team Registrations By Sanctioning Type?
  • What Sanctioned NCTS Is Best?

Last Man Standing Tournaments - What Are They?

Online Roster Management System (ORMS)

Roster Management Protocols

How ENYTB Regulates Player Movement Between Teams


Customized Scheduling - 101



Schedule Management Protocols

Standings Questions

After You Have Won A Berth To A Sanctioned NCTS

Contact Info

How Do I Change My Email Preferences

How Do I Enter My Scores

Lineup Cards - Mandatory (available Online)

Field Availability


JOE Tournament (ENYTB/ValleyCats Fall Classic)

ENYTB OPEN Tournaments