Our fastpitch season runs from january 1st - December 31st each year.

Our birthdate qualifications run from January 1 - December 31 each year.

When registering your team, ask yourself one question…. What is the age of your oldest player on your roster on December 31st. The answer will tell you what age group your team should register for in fastpitch…..

  • Example: You want to register your team and play 12U all season long.
  • If the oldest player on your roster is 12 on December 31st….then your team is eligible to play in the 12U division all season…
  • If the oldest player(s) on your roster is 13 on or before December 31st, then you MUST either, drop that player(s) from the roster or play the entire team in the 14U division.
  • This same age rule above runs true for all divisions throughout fastpitch 6U – 18U. If a player is older on December 31st than the age group you have registered for, then she is ineligible to play in that age group for the season or you must raise the entire roster to the older age group. 

PPS Fastpitch will play exclusively under NCAA rules with the following exceptions. 

  • Pool Play is 60 min. finish the hitter
    Bracket paly is 70 min. finish the inning
  • 6 runs per half inning 12 and under in pool play unlimited in bracket play Pool Play is bat the line up
    Bracket will revert to NCAA rule of 9 hitters plus DH or EH
  • We will utilize the California tie Breaker, Last 2 batted outs one 2nd and 3rd, 1 out, hitter starts with 1-1 count

Rosters
Rosters are frozen prior to each event on a predetermined date. Players not listed on the roster will not be permitted to play; PPS will be utilizing playbook scoring software to live score the event. Due to using the playbook scoring app there shall not be any ineligible players on the field at any time. Managers & coaches must be listed on a team account or roster in order to be eligible to coach on the field during games.

Accuracy of roster
When listing a player on your official online roster, team managers are required to use the player’s first name, last name. The middle name may be added after the first name & before the last name if the middle name is also listed on the birth certificate. No nicknames, shortened names, slang names, initials, prefixes, or suffixes are allowed. Date of birth (in proper format – mm/dd/yyyy) must be listed EXACTLY as it appears on the player’s original birth certificate, as a member on an eligible team’s Official Online Roster. Failure to comply with this rule shall result in your team being prohibited from participating in PPS events.

Multiple Rosters
Players found to be playing on multiple teams in the same weekend, anytime during an PPS event is prohibited. This includes different age divisions within the event.

Roster Classifications/Guidelines
1) Playing up in age – A teams wishing to play up in age would need to register in A level, B, or Open of the next higher age division of the tournament. If an A level team plays up 2 age divisions, they can play C.

Example – 12u A would need to play 14u B -or- 12u A can play 14u Open.

Guest Player restrictions by classification/division

· A – There are no roster restrictions

· B– A total of 2 players that have been listed on a team with a higher classification in the same season.

· C – A total of 2 players that have been listed on a team with a higher classification in the same season. Of the 2 players, only one can be from a A team.

· (A or B Players cannot pitch in C) Penalty: Remove player from pitching and eject coach from the game.

Teams wishing to lower their classification must contact their Region Director.

Teams with a .500 or better in-class record must register the following season in the same classification if 6 or more players are returning to the same team, new teams my determine their own classification

Sandbagging will not be tolerated. If caught your team could be subject to removal from the event prior too or during.

The parent or legal guardian of the player must be listed as the contact and sign the player waiver.

· If you are a parent or a guardian, you can edit the player’s name in your login. Do not add “nicknames” or suffixes (ex: Jr or IV)

· Listing the player’s name in any other format could make the player ineligible to play!

A player that is found to be illegal due to an age or grade violation during a league or tournament game shall be removed from the field and ejected from the event, the head coach will also be ejected. The illegal player shall be removed from the offending team’s Official Online Roster and additional penalties may be applied.

Classifications

• A is our most competitive division comprised of highly competitive teams from around the Nation.

• B is for strong regional teams that compete at a high level but are not quite ready for A class.

• C is comprised of local travel teams.

Participation requirements

· All teams participating in Premier Prospects Sports events and leagues must be registered for the current season and sanctioned by Premier Prospects Sports.

· All teams must have a liability insurance policy that meets the requirements of PPS and have Premier Prospects Sports listed as additionally insured.

· 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 by PPS

Online Rosters

· Guest players can be added to your roster as needed. Players will be removed from the roster after the event is complete. Teams can carry a max of 2 guest players from higher classifications(s). Guest players can guest play for a team in a higher division a max of 4 times (per classification – A/B/C). Once this limit is reached (per classification) the player will be re-classified with the higher classification from the team they guest played on if the teams were from a higher division.

PPS Rankings and Seeding procedures

Calculations of rankings

• C – 50 points per win, 100 points per semifinal win, 150 points per championship win.

• B – 75 points per win, 150 points per semifinal win, 225 points per championship win. If brackets are split, the top bracket will receive B points, the second and successive bracket(s) will receive C points.

• A – 100 points per win, 200 points per semifinal win, 300 points per championship win. If brackets are split, the top bracket will receive A points, the second bracket will receive B points, and the third and successive brackets will receive C points.

Points awarded at events will be increased by the stature of the event.

  • Leagues (X1 Points)
  • Qualifiers (X1 Points)
  • Double Points Qualifier (X2 Points)
  • Super Series Events (X4 Points)
  • Region World Series (X4 Points)
  • PPS National Championship (X5 Points)

PPS Bracket Seeding Procedure

• Record

• Head to head with only 2 teams tied

• Runs allowed

• Run Differential (10 Max Per Game)

• Runs scored

• PPS points ranking

• Automated coin flip

Sportsmanship

Premier Prospects Sports will not tolerate any unruly or sportsman like behavior, ejections will be handed out for any of the following behaviors.

  • 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 Premier Prospects. Assault on an official is a felony in some states.
  • Players, coaches, managers, fans, spectators, or sponsors threatening an umpire, tournament official, associate director, or associate officer with physical harm.
  • Any player, coach, manager, sponsor, fan, spectator, 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 pay.
  • Competing under an assumed, false and/or altered name.
  • Tournament hosts have the authority to eject a player, fans, or team anytime during a tournament of committing any of the above listed offenses.
  • A player, spectator, fan or coach ejection carries removal from that game and the following game. Tournament Director for each event will have authority to reinstate if they feel ejection wasn’t warranted.
  • Any spectator, coach, manager, or player who is ejected for the second time during the tournament will be eliminated from participating for the remainder of the tournament.
  • Any event that results in physical altercation (before, during or after a game) could result in a forfeit for both teams. Tournament committee reserves the right to remove teams from playoff contention.
  • Any participant that is ejected by an umpire after a contest is completed must sit the next scheduled game. If it is the last game of the tournament the offender may be required to sit the first game of the next tournament that the team plays in.
  • After an ejection the person ejected must vacate the playing area (Field of play and spectator area) within 45 second of the ejection, failure to do so will result in a forfeit .

Mercy Rules:

  • 20 after 2
  • 15 after 3
  • 10 after 4
  • 8 after 5

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 (13U-14U: after 5 innings or 4 1/2 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. In the event play is stopped for any reason before or during the Championship round, first place, second place, third place, etc. will be awarded based on PG Seeding and Tie Breaker Rules.

Protests:

· Judgment calls are not eligible for protest. Protests for pitching limitations are permissible for non-Playbook events only. Protests will be heard and ruled on by a tournament committee. We will not charge you to protest, Roster violations are not a forfeit! We will use the players first, last name on rosters along with birthdate. Lineups are not considered rosters; matching uniforms are not required and player numbers are not considered a violation. The ruling made by the committee will be final. Protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch if during game, or before time has expired. After time has expired there will be no protest.

Scoring:

We recommend that all teams (home and visitor) keep a scorebook. The Home Team will be responsible to keep our digital live scoring app Playbook, Scorekeeper for each event will gain a coaches access to the event. In case of emergency where staff cannot keep book the home team will be the official scorer. In a situation in which tournament staff and the home team are unable to score the visitor would become the official book. All subs should be reported to the umpires. To eliminate scoring disputes scorekeepers should check with the official scorer during and after the game.

  • Lineup cards must be fully filled out with players first name, last name, position, and accurate jersey numbers. All substitutes should be listed with accurate jerseys numbers. Failure to produce a complete lineup card can result in games not starting on time. Lineup cards are to be given to the official scorekeeper before the home plate meeting.
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