Qualifying Procedures

YBOA QUALIFYING PROCEDURES


State Championship Tournament

Qualifying for the YBOA National Championship varies by state. Please contact your State/Area Director for more information. Each team may only qualify for the YBOA National Championship through one State Championship Tournament. Only teams that reside in the state of their State Championship are eligible to qualify for the YBOA National Championship except as outlined in YBOA Rule 7.4.


Cross-State Qualifying

Qualifying for the YBOA National Championship from a State Championship Tournament other than a team’s registered state requires written approval. These requests are only considered in unique circumstances or situations in which extreme distances to participate are not reasonable in comparison to a team’s geographical location. Contact the YBOA National Headquarters for additional information.


Super Regional Championship Tournament

A tournament held in a specific region of the country with the purpose of qualifying teams for the YBOA National Championship. Teams that earn a bid to the YBOA National Championship in these events must still participate in their respective State Tournament (if their state has a qualifying tournament) to qualify for the YBOA National Championship. There are no boundary or border restrictions for teams participating in a Super Regional Championship Tournament.


Automatic Bids

1st - 6th place teams in the YBOA National Championship (National Division) and 1st - 2nd place teams in the YBOA National Championship (American Division - if applicable) earn an automatic bid to the YBOA National Championship the following year at the next highest grade level. However, teams earning automatic bids must still meet State qualifying requirements including participation in their respective State Championship.


 At-Large Bids

If a state does not have a Qualifying Tournament or a team failed to qualify through their State Championship, they may request an At-Large Bid.  A team that participated, yet failed to qualify through their State Championship must request and have approval from their State/Area Director, who will forward the request to the National Headquarters.  All teams must receive approval from the National Headquarters.