Bullpen Baseball Tournament Rules

Tournament Format:

Coin Flip: In Pool Play home team is determined by a coin flip. Higher Seed will determine home/away during tournament play. The home team will be the official book and will record game start time when announced by umpire.

  • Teams need to be prepared to play 15 minutes before their scheduled game time.
    1. Record
    2. Runs Allowed
    3. Runs Scored
    4. Runs Allowed in Losses
    5. Runs Scored in Losses
    6. Coin Flip
  •  Roster Submission Required: Rosters must be submitted before the first pitch of your first game. Due to requirements from the health department, rosters must be submitted by all teams attending Bullpen Tournaments. $100 cash will be needed in order to protest a roster. (You may add players during the event, but they must be added to the online roster prior to entering their first game). Players cannot compete for multiple teams on the same weekend.
  •  Age Restrictions: Your age is determined by the May 1st date of that year or your high school graduation year.
    1. If the team is found with an illegal player, that team will be KICKED OUT of the tournament and will forfeit all games with a score, 7-0.
    2. A Player is Only Eligible to play for 1 Team per age group per weekend.
    3. If the player is found legal, the coach protesting will lose their $100.00.

    Tie Breaker and Advancement Rules:

    1. Win Loss Record
    2. Head to Head (does not apply with 3 or more teams tied)
    3. Runs Allowed
    4. Runs Scored
    5. Runs allowed in games against teams tied with
    6. Runs Scored in games against teams tied with
    7. Coin Flip

    Pool Winners will always be the higher seed than a non pool winner.  From there all wild card teams will be determined based on the rules below:   (After Pool winners, pool seed will have no barring on who advances, i.e a 2-0 team who finishes 2nd in there pool will be seeded behind a 1-1 team who wins there pool.) (For ABC TOURNAMENTS, ALL 3 seeds will go to Silver, All 4 seeds will go to Bronze.)

  • Bracket Play for ABC Seeds will be determined by Pool Winners of Secondary Pools (Gold, Silver or Bronze).  They will be seeded based on all 5 games.  I.E. a 5-0 Team will be seeded higher than a 4-1 team.
  • Gold Pool Play Extra Inning rule: If in Gold Pool Play the game is tied after time expires or after 7 innings this is how extra innings will be played.
    • 1st Extra Inning.
      • California Rule: Last Batted out on 2nd base, 1 out, 1-1 count to every batter.
    • 2nd Extra Inning.
      • Texas Tie Breaker:
        • Last Batted out on 1st Base
        • Next Batted out on 2nd Base
        • Next Batted out on 3rd Base
        • 1 out, 1-1 count to every batter.


  • Coaches: Bullpen provides each team with 3 free coaches each weekend.  We strongly encourage that only 3 coaches be in the dugout.  We Reserve the right to limit the number of coaches in the dugout, if deemed necessary.Bats:  (See Banned Bats)
  • 15u-18u BBCOR or Wood
    1. Illegal Bat Penalty
      1. It is the responsibility of each teams head coach to monitor bats  that are in play. If a player uses an illegal bat. The umpire must be notified prior to the first pitch of the next batter or before all defensive players leave fair territory.
      2. If the bat is found illegal, the batter will be ruled out and runners will not be allowed to advance.
      3. If a team has three illegal bat rules infractions the Head Coach will be ejected for the rest of the tournament.

    Balks: Balks will be Live!

    Mercy Rules:

    A. 15 runs after 3 innings

    B. 10 Runs after 4 innings

    C. 8 Runs after 5 innings

    In bracket play, Run Rules will remain in effect Through the Finals.  Championship will have same run rule as Always (15 after 3, 10 after 4, 8 after 5)

    IN Bracket Play, Better Seed is required to be the home team!

  • Intentional Walks: Head Coach needs to inform the umpire of the intentional walk and the hitter will be awarded First Base.
  • Courtesy Runner: Courtesy runner MUST BE A VALID SUB!  The courtesy runner will never be mandatory.
  • Slashing: Is legal.
  • Head first sliding into any base is legal.
  • 3rd to 1st move is legal.
  • Number of Players: A game can start with either 8 or 9. However if a team drops to seven or less the game will be automatic forfeit.
  • Batting Lineups: You will have three options. (Teams must turn a line-up card in to the umpire at the plate meeting)
    1. Hit 9 hitters with a DH or no DH. We will honor the High School DH Rule. (14 and under).
      1. 15u-18u will play by a modified College DH rule where the pitcher can be P/DH. (This means that once you pull the pitcher out of the game he can remain in the batting order as the DH.) (Can DH for anyone, not limited to the pitcher)
    2. Hit 10 hitters with a DH or no DH and 1 EH. EH can be used as free defensive substitute.
    3. Hit 11 hitters with a DH or no DH and 2 EH’s. EH’s can be used as free defensive substitutes.

    All Lineups will follow high school substitution rules.

  • Skunk in the Outfield Play (Where runner on First Creates his own base path by backing up into the outfield will not be allowed.  Runner at first must take a lead with a direct line toward 2nd base.
    • First Offense, Umpire will call time and issue an official team warning putting all players back to their starting base.
    • Second Offense, Runner will be declared out and any pitch or action by other runners will be nullified.
  • USA PITCH SMART GUIDLINES:Bullpen will not police these, they are simply guidelines to take care of your pitchers arms.
    AgeDaily Max0 Days1 Day2 Days3 Days4 Days
  • Ejections:
    1. If a coach is ejected,
      1. He/She will be suspended for the rest of that game and the teams next played game if determined by the tournament committee. If a coach is ejected from a game, he is ejected from the park and must exit the quad. If coach chooses to remain in park his team will be rewarded a forfeit loss determined by tournament committee.
    2. If a player is ejected,
      1. The player shall be suspended for the remainder of the game.  If team has no substitute, the player will remain in batting order and his/her team will be forced to take an out. If it is deemed to be malicious contact, or if the player performed in act with intent to injure the penalty will be determined by the tournament committee.

    Injuries: If a team has no substitutes and a player gets injured and can not continue to play, his spot in the batting order will be skipped with no penalty. Once a player’s spot in the batting order is skipped, the player is out for the remainder of the game and can not come back into play.

    Complete Games and Extra Innings:

    1. If rain or weather suspends a game.  5 (4 1/2 innings if home team is winning) innings in a 7 inning game
    2. There will be NO EXTRA Innings in Pool Play, even if time allows! (Excluding Gold Level ABC).

Forfeit Ruling: 13u and up: if a team forfeits a game, it will be scored 7-0. (12 and under 6-0)

  1. Tournament Director has the ability to amend forfeit scoring
  2. Forfeits cannot better the seed for the forfeiting team

Bullpen Staff has the authority to amend any of these rules due to weather or other unforeseen circumstance.