2021 PG Softball Tournament Rules
PG Softball will follow the National High School Federation Softball rulebook with the following exceptions. If there is a contradiction with language found in any printed copy of this addendum and the version most recently updated online, the online version shall supersede.
The NFHS Softball rulebook can be purchased on Amazon.
- Perfect Game reserves the right to amend these rules at any time for specific tournament play.
- Non-Approved bat list will follow the National Federation State High School Softball Rules.
- A damaged bat is defined as a bat that was once legal, but is broken, cracked, dented, rattles or has sharp edges that might deface the ball (Rules 1-5-1, 7-4-2, 2-4-3).
- A damaged bat is considered an illegal bat, with the penalty being, the bat is simply removed from the game without penalty. https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Certified-Equipment/Equipment-Bats
- Information on the “GHOST BAT“.
- ALTERED BATS
- DEFINITION OF AN ALTERED BAT “A bat which has been subjected to change in its physical makeup outside the original manufacturers’ product”
- At any point, a Perfect Game Director or UIC may request to inspect a bat that is at a Perfect Game sanctioned event. If the owner/user refuses to allow the requesting body to inspect the bat the owner/user accepts an automatic three-year suspension from Perfect Game sanctioned events. Alternatively, the owner/user can allow the bat to be inspected so a conclusion can be formed as to whether the bat was altered.
- The owner/user of the bat have the responsibility of having knowledge whether a bat is altered.
- DAMAGED, WORN, OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE ON BATS
- Bats that are damaged in any way, including but not limited to cracked, warped, missing a knob/cap, having a rattle, etc. are not legal for Perfect Game sanctioned events.
- Bats may not have any certifying markings or graphics worn off the bat. Bats that have certifying or identifying markings worn off the bat shall be removed from play.
- No substance shall be added to the bat barrel. The barrel of the bat and all identifying marks or graphics shall be free of any foreign obstruction. If a foreign substance is discovered as being used or identifying marks on the bat are not visible the bat shall be removed from play.
- The legal 12” ball must have a red stitch, optic yellow covering, must not exceed .47 max COR, not have a greater compression than 375 lbs max, have a weight between 6 ¼ to 7 ounces, and be between 11 7/8” to 12 ¼” in circumference. 12U Divisions and older shall use a 12” ball.
- The legal 11” ball must have a red stitch, optic yellow covering, must not exceed .47 COR, not have a greater compression than 375 lbs max, and have a cork core. 10U Divisions and younger shall use an 11” ball.
- A Blue stitch ball is permissible for the 2021 Spring/Summer season. Red stitch will be required for the 2021 Fall season. Players in 12U and younger divisions must wear a catcher’s helmet that fully covers both ears.
- Players in the 12U and younger divisions will be prohibited from wearing metal cleats.
- Any player catching must wear all necessary protective gear including a catcher’s helmet with a facemask, throat guard (separately attached or built-in), chest protector, and chin/leg guards.
- A team’s lineup card must include first name, last name, jersey number, position, and
the batting order of each starting player and substitute.
- Name shall supersede number regarding lineup errors. Incorrect lineup numbers are
correctable without penalty.
- At the pre-game meeting with officials the team representative must declare which
batting option they intend to utilize for that game.
- Roster Batting Option: Teams may utilize additional EP’S (Extra Players) to bat their
entire roster. Roster batting must be declared at the pre-game conference. Eligible
substitutes may be added to the lineup as they arrive.
- Traditional Batting Option: A traditional line up can consist of up to two EP’s (Extra
Players) with or without the incorporation of a DP/FLEX.
- EX: Batting straight 9, 10, or 11
- EX: Using a DP/FLEX with up to two EP’s (up to 11 batters)
- Any eligible players not present at the start of the game can be:
- Roster batting: added to the bottom of the order
- Traditional batting: added as a legal substitute
- Roster Batting Option: If any player becomes sick or injured throughout the contest,
they may be removed from the line-up and the lineup condensed. No penalty will be
recorded until falling below 9 batters. If any player is ejected an out will be recorded
each time the ejected player would be due to bat.
- Traditional Batting Option: A team may play with only one batting position unfilled. If a
team falls to more than one batting position unfilled for any reason and no eligible
substitute is available a forfeit shall be declared. If any player is ejected an eligible
substitute may be inserted into their position in the lineup and an out for future at-bats
will not be recorded. However, if there are no eligible substitutes the team will take an
out each time the ejected player would be due to bat.
- In both batting options, playing shorthanded if the injured/sick player is a batter-runner or runner, the player may be replaced by the LCAB (Last Completed At Bat) to fulfill baserunning responsibility. However, this does not apply to any future at-bat. The
injured/sick player may not return to the lineup unless they left due to blood.
- A team may not start a game with less than 8 players. Also, any team that falls below 8
players during a contest will forfeit the game.
- Roster Batting: The courtesy runner for the pitcher and catcher will be the LCAB (Last Completed At Bat). The same Courtesy Runner cannot be utilized for both the pitcher & catcher in the same half-inning.
- Traditional: 1) Any eligible substitute. The same Courtesy Runner cannot be utilized for both the pitcher & catcher in the same half-inning. 2) If no eligible substitutes then the LCAB may be utilized. The same Courtesy Runner cannot be utilized for both the Pitcher & Catcher in the same half-inning.
- A regulation called game will consist of a minimum of 3 innings.
- Pre-game meeting shall take place 5 minutes prior to game time and the head coach must be identified however not required to attend.
- Game time will begin at the conclusion of the pre-game meeting.
- Run spreads will be: 10 runs after the 3rd inning, 8 runs after the 4th inning, 6 runs after the 5th inning.
- Tie Breaker shall be utilized in bracket games in games tied after regulation time limit or after 7 innings. In a tie breaker situation, the player who had the Last Completed At Bat shall be placed at 2nd base. A substitute may be inserted for any player or a courtesy runner for the pitcher/catcher. This will be repeated until a winner is declared.
- The rulebook is prohibited on the playing field.
- Addition of the Post-Game Ejection: A Post-Game Ejection is determined by game officials to be in effect after a member of one of the playing teams exhibits conduct that would normally result in an ejection if the game had not ended. Post-Game Ejection results in the offender being ejected until their next played game is completed.
- Coach ejections resulting in the final game of a tournament will carry a suspension into the succeeding first game of their next PG Softball tournament.
- If ejected personnel refuse to leave the vicinity of the playing field or ballpark in a reasonable amount of time after being ejected the contest may be forfeited. Ejected personnel should leave expediently to the parking lot (out of sight and sound).
- The UIC (Umpire In Charge) and GM (General Manager) of the site have the ability to levy game suspensions for coaches/fans as the result of poor conduct.
- Appeals can be made to ask officials to come together on a call; the UIC may be called to the field to rule on rule discrepancies.
- Protests are to be allowed for player eligibility only. The team protesting must make a cash payment of $100 to the GM at the time of the protest. If the protest is ruled in the protesting team’s favor the $100 will be refunded. Protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch if during a game, or before umpires leave the field if after a game.
- The site GM has the final say regarding the fitness of the playing field and the decision to play, delay, or cancel based on his/her evaluation of the field.
BATTER HIT BY PITCH
- The batter has no requirement to avoid being hit by pitch. The batter must not make a movement in an attempt to intentionally get hit by a pitch. If the batter moves intentionally to get hit by a pitch, a “Dead Ball” shall be declared, and the pitch is a strike or ball depending on location.
CLARIFICATION OF A LEGAL SLIDE
- The NFHS definition with the inclusion of the following: If a runner elects to slide headfirst her torso and/or arms must be on the ground prior to contacting a defender.
CLARIFICATION OF LYING ON THE GROUND
- The definition of “Lying on the Ground” shall be: A player whose physical position is no longer upright, and their front/back plane of the body is in contact flat with the ground. (Front Plane: Chest, Stomach, or Legs. Back Plane: Shoulder blades, back, glute, or legs.)
- Perfect Game shall utilize officials who are registered with Perfect Game and administer the contest in accordance with Perfect Game rules and expectations.