Official Rules & By-Laws (Last updated: 4/21/2014)
12U Perfect Game Super25 Rules
2013-2014 Championship Season
Table of Contents
Rule 1.00 Perfect Game Super25 Membership and Participation
Rule 2.00 Team and Individual Player Eligibility
Rule 3.00 Sanctioned Tournaments
Rule 4.00 Ejection Offenses
Rule 5.00 Playing field and Equipment
Rule 6.00 Official Playing Rules
The Official playing rules of Perfect Game Super25 will
follow the National Federation Rules, with the exceptions and variations
contained in the document.
Rule 1.00 Perfect Game Super25 Participation
A player must participate in a Qualifier event to be
eligible to play in a National Championship
Players may play in an older age tournament
A player can play on only one National
Championship team in the same age bracket; however, a player can play on an
additional team in an older age bracket if the younger team does not qualify for
the National Championship.
Rule 2.00 Team and Individual Player Eligibility
A team may not be composed of more than:
Ages 9U-12U, 17 eligible players. Coaches or managers are not included in the 17. Manager, coaches, business manager and scorekeeper may not exceed four (4) total.
Age Eligibility: A player’s age on April 30 of the season will dictate his age group for that season. A player can always play up in age divisions.
A tournament director may manage or coach in any
tournament in which he also serves as the tournament director or host. There
shall be a separate tournament director and protest committee selected to handle
all rule problems within the tournament.
The team’s manager is responsible for all aspects of the
eligibility of the players on his team and that they meet the requirements as
set forth in Rule 2.02.
A player who is in violation of the age eligibility shall
be considered an illegal player.
If anytime during a tournament game, a player is
discovered illegal due to an age violation or participating on more than one
team in the same tournament, the offending player will be suspended from play
for the remainder of the tournament in any age bracket. Upon the second offense
appropriate action up to and including suspension of offending team and coaches
to further participation in future Perfect Game events may be taken.
In each age division, all participating players in Perfect
Game Super25 events shall have photocopies of their original birth certificates
in the possession of their team manager. Failure to have a copy of a birth
certificate upon demand will result in the offending player being ejected from
the game and suspended for the remainder of the event until such document can be
produced. Driver’s License is permitted.
A team must have 100-percent of its roster from its home
area, region or touching regions. A California, Florida, or Texas team is from
either the North or South region of its state.
Residency Requirements will be the sole discretion of
Perfect Game. Perfect Game Contact:
When a team qualifies for a National Championship event,
rosters must be the same each step of tournament play from Qualifier through
Regional or Super Regional Tournament.
A team qualifying in the fall will have the ability to
change its roster. Sixty-percent of the Fall roster must remain the same for
National Championship in all age divisions, however it must play in a spring or
summer Qualifier tournament with its corrected roster. It does not have to win
the tournament since it has already qualified.
A team may only play in qualifiers and regional tournaments from its home region or bordering regions.
California State, Florida State, and Texas State qualifiers and regional tournaments are only open to teams from within that state.
Rule 3.00 Sanctioned Tournaments
Two (2) day Qualifier Tournament events must consist of a
minimum of three (3) games per team schedule, and three (3) or four (4) day
Qualifier Tournament events must consist of a minimum of four (4) games per team
schedule, following the Perfect Game Super25 tournament formats, weather
Regionals and Super Regionals Tournament events must consist of a minimum of four (4) games per team schedule, following the Perfect Game Super25 tournament formats, weather permitting.
Championship awards in all age brackets of Qualifier play
must be presented at completion of event.
All Qualifier winners receive berths to the current
season's Regional Tournament. If a team has already won a Qualifier the
second-place or lower finisher will be chosen until one accepts the invitation.
It will be the sole discretion of the Regional director as to the number of
teams qualifying out of each Qualifier event.
The maximum amount to be charged for a
Qualifier, Regional or Super Regional Tournament entry fee is $750.
Event host will provide four (4) complementary
coach passes per team. All players will be admitted without charge.
Tie-breaking procedure in all Perfect Game
Super25 tournaments are as follows:
Head-to-head (removed in any three way tie in
Runs allowed (1st criteria in three-way tie in
Average runs per inning in pool play games.
Final Pool Standings
|Pool A Scores
|Reds 6 Mets 3
||Reds 2 Jays 3
|Jays 3 Sox 2
||Mets 6 Sox 5
|Cubs 0 Reds 1
||Jays 4 Cubs 0
|Mets 5 Jays 2
||Sox 0 Reds 1
|Sox 3 Cubs 2
||Cubs 0 Mets 13
Three teams tied with .750 win percentage Move on to head-to-head.
None of the 3-1 teams beat both the other two 3-1 teams.
Therefore head-to-head is thrown out for now.
Reds had the lowest runs allowed of the 3-1 teams so they win the pool.
The Pool Winner (Reds) is taken out of the equation to figure out the second-place team.
The Mets and Jays had the same win percentage Move on to head-to-head.
The Mets beat the Jays so they are the second-place team of the pool.
With the top two teams removed, win percentage is the criteria which determines third- through fifth-place of the pool.
Super Regional Tournament events must consist of
a minimum of four (4) games per team schedule following the Perfect Game Super25
Regional and Super Regional tournament event
champions receive a berth to the current season's National Championship.
Champions must confirm attendance at the National Championship immediately
following their championship game at the Regional or Super Regional by filling
out necessary documents with payment for the National Championship.
Perfect Game decides the Champion on
incomplete Regionals and/or Super Regionals.
Perfect Game Super25 National Championships are
open to all travel and competitive baseball teams from 9U-17U age brackets.
Teams must qualify to play in the National Championship.
Rule 4.00 Ejection Rules
Ejection offenses include:
Physical attack on an umpire, tournament
official, associate director, associate officer, and/or any player or fan prior,
during, or immediately following a game played under the authority of Perfect
Players, coaches, managers, or sponsors
threatening an umpire, tournament official, associate director, or associate
officer with physical harm.
Any player, coach, manager, sponsor, director or
officer who engages in physical fighting.
Using unsportsmanlike conduct or abusive
language, symbol tactics, or derogatory or unbecoming acts.
Destruction of property or abuse or failure to
Receiving money directly or indirectly for
playing on a team and/or based on athletic performance.
Competing under an assumed, false and/or altered
Use of any illegal equipment, substance, or
falsification of any kind.
Tournament hosts have the authority to eject a
player, fans or team anytime during a tournament of committing any of the above
A player ejection carries removal from that game
and the next game.
A coach or manager ejection carries removal from
that game only.
Tobacco in any form is prohibited for players
and coaches and is subject to ejection.
Rule 5.00 Playing Field and Equipment
The playing field should be laid out according to age
specific dimensions. The field must have a protected player dugout.
Perfect Game Super25 Field Dimensions
11U-12U 50-feet x 70-feet.
The official Baseball shall be a Rawlings
baseball with specifications of which ball to be used determined by Perfect Game
Super25 National Office.
The official bat shall be constructed of wood or
aluminum or any other material or combination of materials. Max of 2 and 3/4
barrel and must be non-wood bat which are manufactured meeting BPF (1.15 or
Official uniforms must be complete with matching team
jerseys with numbers that are non-duplicating. Only customary baseball shoes
shall be worn by any and all players. Regular metal cleats are not allowed.
Managers and coaches must wear a matching
baseball hat and shirt with team insignia. Managers and coaches may wear
athletic type shorts.
Catcher’s requirements are the use of a catcher’s mitt, chest protector, leg guards, protective cup, and catcher’s helmet with face mask and throat guard. In 9U-14U, catchers must use hockey style mask.
Offensive players are required to wear a double
ear cover batter’s helmet whenever at bat, on deck, base running, or base
Rule 6.00 Official Playing Rules
The Official Playing Rules of Perfect Game Super25 will
follow National Federation Rules with the exceptions being contained in this
Game time limits shall adhere to the following
Age innings (in parentheses), time limit:
9U-12U (6) 1 hour, 45 minutes
***No new inning can start after listed time ***
**No time limit for Championship Game**
If there is time remaining, extra innings will be played.
Slide rule is in effect at all age levels
9U-17U. Any player is out when the runner does not slide when the defensive
player has the ball and is waiting to make a tag. All players are required to
avoid violent contact with another player while running the bases. Players
running to second-base must slide directly into the base. If, in the opinion of
the umpire, the runner does not make an effort to avoid collision, he is to be
declared out. If the act is deemed by the umpire to be malicious, the runner
will be ejected from the game.
No courtesy runners allowed for ages 9U-13U.
Batting options: Extra hitter (EH) batting ten
(10) players in the line-up may be used in the age levels 9U-17U.
Designated hitter (DH) may be used in all age
levels (9U-17U) according to College DH Rule.
In college baseball, NCAA rules state that the designated hitter must hit for the pitcher, but in many instances the pitcher is also a good hitter, and the coach may elect to let the pitcher bat in the lineup. If the pitcher opts to bat for himself, he is treated as two separate positions — a pitcher and a designated hitter (abbreviated P/DH on the lineup card) — and may be substituted for as such (i.e. if he is removed as the pitcher, he may remain as the designated hitter and vice versa). However, if a player who starts a game as a P/DH is relieved as the starting pitcher, he may not return to the mound even if he remains in the game as the DH, and he may not play any other defensive position after being relieved as the pitcher. Conversely, a player who begins the game as the DH, but not as the pitcher, may come into the game as a reliever and remain as the DH (in effect becoming a P/DH), be relieved on the mound later in the game but continue to bat as the DH.
Tied games in pool play at the completion of
game time limits shall be recorded as ties. If game time still exists there will
be extra innings played. In elimination play, tied games will be completed to
determine a winner. No tie-breakers will be used. No bracket or championship
games can end in a tie and will be completed or resumed until a winner is
Run rules are in effect for all age levels as
listed in 6.09.1 The home team will not bat once the run rule has been acquired,
15 after 3 innings; 12 after 4 innings; 8
after 5 innings.
A game affected by but not limited to the weather, run rule, light failure, darkness (on fields without lights) or time limits, shall be considered a complete game after four (4) complete innings or three and a half (3 ½) if the home team is ahead. A game which is stopped after the 4th inning, but not in a complete inning, reverts back to the last completed inning.
Stop in Play: If a game is stopped, the game must start within 1 hour of the stop in play. If games are not resumed, they will become suspended or called official. Games called by umpires that cannot be resumed within 1 hour will be considered an official game, if 4 innings have been completed, or 3 1/2 innings if the home team is ahead. After 4 complete innings, a tie score will be recorded a tie in pool play. The tournament director can extend the 1 hour if there are extenuating circumstances, i.e. lightning detector, working on fields, etc. A suspended game will resume where the game was halted.
Suspended games of a complete inning (1) will
resume from the point of suspension. Games with less than one (1) inning will
Scheduled game time has a 15 minute grace
period. If a team is unable to start with nine (9) players, the game will be
recorded as a forfeit and the offended team will be awarded a 7-0 win.
Any intentional forfeit will result in the forfeiting team being eliminated from the tournament. The tournament committee will rule on all forfeits. No team should benefit from the result of a forfeit in an unfair manner. This rule could result in a dispute and the tournament committee reserves the right to look at and rule in the fairest possible way. The committee’s decision will be final.
Pitching limitations are described in 6.13.1.
When a pitcher is removed he may not return to the mound. Once a pitcher
throws a pitch in an inning, it will be constituted as an inning pitched.
In age brackets (9U-13U)
Two day events - 7 innings maximum
Three day events – 10 innings
Four or Five day events – 14 innings maximum
National Championship – 16 innings maximum
There will be a maximum of seven (7) innings in a game in all age brackets. When a pitcher throws five (5) plus innings in a day or consecutive days that pitcher must have two (2) days rest.
Protests of official playing rules must only be
submitted to the tournament director with a $100 cash protest fee. The official
rules of protesting a game also must be adhered to for the protest to be
considered. If the protest is upheld, the protest fee will be returned.
Intentional walks at 9U-13U age levels, the pitches must not be made.
Starters may re-enter the game one time, however
they must re-enter in the same place in the batting order. Substitutes may not
re-enter the game.
In the Windup Position, a pitcher is permitted to have his “free” foot on the rubber, in front of the rubber, behind the rubber or off the side of the rubber.
Trips to the mound: The pitcher must be replaced on the 2nd trip to the mound in any inning. MLB Rule.
The MLB balk rule will be enforced. When a balk is called it is NOT a dead ball.
Rule 7.00 Not covered in the Rules
Not covered in the Rules: In the event any item is not covered in the rules, the tournament committee will make the fairest possible ruling and that ruling will be final.