Super25 : : General
Monday, June 03, 2013

Perfect Game Super25 to debut

Jeff Dahn        
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 3, 2013) -- Perfect Game Baseball is pleased to announce the creation of the Perfect Game Super25, a nationwide series of qualifying, regional and super regional tournaments that will culminate in the crowning of a true National Champion in each of the 9u through 17u age divisions.

What will set the Perfect Game Super25 apart from other national tournaments is its emphasis on the concept of "TEAM." Every team in each age group must submit a roster before the start of play at every PG Super25 qualifier tournament and maintain and adhere to that roster throughout each step of tournament play. All teams must play in a qualifier before competing in a super regional.

"The Perfect Game Super25 mission is simply to keep baseball a 'Team Sport' for decades to come,” said Perfect Game founder Jerry Ford. "By keeping teams together from the qualifying tournaments through the regional tournaments and onto the National Championships, the Perfect Game Super25 emphasizes team commitment, integrity, chemistry and the reward of winning as a team.

"All amateur baseball teams will have the opportunity to become the No. 1 team in their region and represent that region in the Perfect Game Super25 National Championship."

The PG Super25 map will consist of 20 regions throughout the United States and the Caribbean. All teams must play in a PG Super25 qualifier tournament within their designated region or a bordering region before they can advance to their respective regional tournaments.

Teams will advance to the regional tournament based on their performance at the qualifier. Teams are encouraged to participate in more than one qualifier in their attempt to advance on to regional play. By doing so, teams will be playing more games that matter, games that will move them closer to attaining a spot in the Perfect Game Super25 National Championship.

There will also be five (5) super regional tournaments in each age group -- West, South, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast. These tournaments are open to any team that played in a PG Super25 qualifier tournament regardless of their finish at that qualifier. The super regional tournaments act as a "last chance" opportunity for teams to advance to their respective PG Super25 National Championship.

Qualifier tournament play will begin in the fall of 2013; most of the regional and super regional tournaments will begin in late spring of 2014. The tournaments will be scheduled so they won't interfere with any other Perfect Game tournaments already on the schedule.

The 20 regional champions and five super regional champions in each age group will contend for national championships at five sites -- Nashville, Tenn. (9u/11u), Charleston, S.C. (10u/12u), McKinney, Texas (13u), Fort Myers, Fla. (14u/15u/16u) and Phoenix, Ariz. (17u) -- in July, 2014.

There will be all-tournament teams named at each step along the way. Every championship team will receive a custom-made championship trophy and team members in the 14u through 17u age-groups will receive a specially designed championship ring they can treasure the rest of their lives. The younger age-groups (9u-13u) will receive individual medals and every roster member of each age-group championship team will receive special caps and T-shirts.

There will be several other events being offered during championship week at each venue. There will be a Classic Tourney for each age group, which is a single-elimination tournament for the 17 teams that don't advance to the round-of-eight. There will also be skills events -- a Home Run Challenge and Fastest Man Competition -- held between pool-play and playoff elimination rounds at each venue.

An All-Star Game will be played at the PG Super25 16u and 17u National Championships, to be contested right before the national championship games are played; the All-Star games will include only players not involved in the championship game. All championship games for each age-group and the All-Star games are scheduled to be televised.

The Perfect Game Super25 tournament series will offer an excellent opportunity for young players at nine critical age groups to find enjoyment in the game of baseball while experiencing it strictly from a "TEAM" concept, with the added benefit of pursuing a true National Championship. It's certain that parents and coaches will enjoy the experience as well.

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