Tournament Rules

Up & Coming Showcase Tournaments and the tournament site director reserves the right to amend and or modify these rules at any time for specific tournament play. MLB rules will be used and enforced except where NFHS or U&C amendments are listed below. All teams and coaches need to review their event rules prior to the start of each tournament.

Tournament Committee

Our Tournament Committee is made up of the following:

  • Field officials
  • Head Umpire
  • Site Director
  • Tournament Director

This group will be called upon to deliberate on any and all disputes, challenges, or protests that become contentious and cannot be resolved by the game umpiring staff.


All teams need to be prepared to start 15 minutes prior to their official start time.

Field Dimensions and Time Limits

  • All games will be played on 60’x90’ fields.
  • All games will have a one hour and fifty minute time limit except the championship game which will be two hours.

Pre-Game Infield

  • Pre-game infield may be taken before the start of the game unless otherwise specified.
  • No batting practice will be taken on the field during any tournaments.

Coin Toss

  • Home team is determined by a coin toss.
  • Teamsnap has a feature that will list home and away teams prior to the game, please ignore this feature as it will not be honored.


  • Non-wood bats must be BBCOR certified, and marked (silkscreen or other manufacturer placed marking) is legal.
  • Wood bats no thicker than 2-3/4” in diameter or longer than 36” in length, is legal.


  • Each game will be supplied with 4 baseballs and any and all useable baseballs from the previous game.
  • Once all Up & Coming's supplied baseballs have been exhausted, teams will be required to supply useable high school quality baseballs to complete the game.

The Head Coach

  • The head coach is the accountable person for their team. The head coach will take responsibility for their staff, players and parents conduct.  They will enforce the policies outlined in the Up & Coming Showcase Tournament rules document.
  • The head coach will be held financially accountable for any and all fines incurred by their team. The head coach and his coaching staff will display and maintain a professional decorum.
  • The Head Coach or representative MUST have available upon demand proof of a valid/current team insurance policy.
  • The Head Coach will report all injuries or incidents to the site director who will file an incident report.

The Players

Age Restrictions (Either/Or)

  • Your high school graduation year.
  • Or age, your age is determined by the May 1st date of that year.


  • All rosters should be submitted prior to the start of the tournament either by email or entered in to TeamSnap Tournaments.
  • A player may not be listed on more than one roster per age division.
  • Playing a non-rostered player will result in the removal of the player from the contest, and will not be permitted to participate. If a team has multiple non-rostered players participate, this will result in a forfeit.

 Number of Players/Forfeits

  • A game can start with 8 players. However, if a team drops to seven or less, the game will become an automatic forfeit.  The tournament director reserves the right to look at and rule on all forfeits.
  • A forfeit score will be scored as 7-0.
  • If a team forfeits a pool play game, they will not advance to championship bracket play.


  • If a team is hitting a continuous lineup and a player gets injured and cannot 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 cannot come back into play.

The Pitcher

Pitcher / Pitching

  • The MLB balk rule will be enforced and will be LIVE, not a dead ball.
  • 3rd to 1st pickoff move is ILLEGAL.
  • The second conference of an inning, a pitcher must be removed.

Note: All teams in Up & Coming Showcase events are strongly encouraged to follow the USA Pitch Smart guidelines that are displayed below. Up & Coming Showcase Tournaments officials will not police these, they are simply guidelines to take care of your pitcher’s arms. Coaches will be responsible for keeping track of the number of pitches for each of their pitchers.

Age 15-16 17-18
Daily Max 95 105
0 Days 1-30 1-30
1 Day 31-45 31-45
2 Days 46-60 46-60
3 Days 61-75 61-75
4 Days 76+ 76+

The Hitter

Hitting Lineups

  • All coaches/teams must turn in a lineup card to the umpire at the plate meeting prior to the start of each game. Once the first pitch has been thrown, the number of batters must stay the same for the entire game and the lineup is locked in.

You will have three lineup options:

  1. Hit 9 hitters with a DH or no DH. We will honor the High School DH Rule.
  2. Use one EH and hit 10 with or without a DH
  3. Use one EH and XH and hit 11 with or without a DH.

NOTE: Hitting the lineup can consist of 9, 10, or 11 batters. The lineup must stay with the same number of batters for the entire game. The 10th and 11th hitter if used will be designated as an EH and XH on the lineup card. XH is a 2nd EH.  Unlike the DH, the EH or XH can be used for defensive substitution.

Designated Hitter

  • Designated Hitter (DH) can be used in two ways.
    1. The DH can be listed as the tenth starter replacing one of the other nine players when it is their turn to bat.
    2. The other method is that that any one of the starting defensive players can be their own DH (in effect having two positions) within the confines of the rule requirements.
      • Rationale: This rule change assists coaches with an alternative to keep their better players in the game to contribute to the offensive output of the team and give another player a chance to participate on defense. In addition, considering the pitch count rules, this change would help pitchers to keep their bat in the game, but can come out of the game defensively to protect their arms from overuse.
  • 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)

The Runner

Intentional Walks

  • Head Coach needs to inform the umpire of the intentional walk and the hitter will be awarded 1st Base. No pitches need to be thrown.

Courtesy Runner

  • Courtesy runner is optional for pitcher/catcher of record at any time.
  • The courtesy runner must be a legal sub or the last out if you are batting a continuous lineup.
  • The same player is allowed to run for the pitcher and catcher
  • If an error is made on a courtesy runner, it is a correctable error and the runner will be replaced with correct runner
  • The courtesy runner will never be mandatory.

The Game

Time Limits (continued)

  • Pool Play will have a strict one hour and fifty minute time limit with no new inning starting after that time. Time will be announced and kept by the home plate umpire and/or the Up & Coming Showcase Tournament field manager. If a game is tied after complete 7 innings, then the game will end in a tie. In the case of a tie, each team will receive a tie.
  • Game start time will begin at the conclusion of ground rules.
  • Playoff games will continue to follow the one hour and fifty minute time limits, except for championship games which are two hours.
  • The tournament director may adjust these as needed.

Mercy Rules

  • 15 runs after 2 innings
  • 12 runs after 3 innings
  • 10 runs after 4 innings
  • 8 runs after 5 innings

Weather Delays

  • Delays in the game can be caused by lightning, or field conditions.
  • Delay will be used to wait out a condition that has made playing unsafe.
  • The delay period is 15 minutes.
  • The delay period can be used to:
    • Allow lightning to leave the area (5-mile diameter).
    • Perform field maintenance.
    • Other.
  •  Total delay period can be no longer than 60 minutes.
  • After 60 minutes, the game is canceled or considered complete (if at least 4 innings (3 1/2 if home team is winning) have been played or at least one hour of the game has been played).

Complete Games and Extra Innings

  • In the event of inclement weather, all rainout games may not be made up due to time constraints and/or field availability.
  • If rain or weather suspends a game in a 7-inning contest, 4 innings (3 1/2 innings if home team is winning) or one hour of game play could be considered a complete game. The host facility and tournament director will make the final decision on all complete games.

Extra Innings (Bracket Play)

  • Last hitter from previous inning at 2nd base.
  • Normal substitution rules apply.
  • Play continues until one team is ahead at the end of the inning.

Score Keeping

  • The home team MUST provide a scorekeeper and will maintain the official game book.
  • Disputes on balls, strikes, outs and runs will be managed by the head field umpire and the official scorekeeper.

Tie Breaker and Advancement Rules

  • Win Loss Record
  • Run Differential (Group)
    • The total number of runs scored by a team in all games, minus the total number of runs scored by the team's opponent in all games. The Max Differential is set to 10, the largest difference a winning team can attain is 10.
  • If two teams with the same record have played each other, the determining factor will be head-to-head, except in the scenario where a third team (or more) has the same record, and assuming they have not all played each other it would revert back to run differential.

Bracket Play

Bracket play will consist of the top seeded teams by divisions.


  • The higher seed is the home team throughout the entire playoffs.
  • The championship bracket size and qualifications are based on seeding / standings.  The seed or standings of a team may be based on their pool or their entire division.  The number of teams that advance to this bracket may vary from tournament to tournament.


  • Consolation games may be used to provide each team with the number of games advertised, the only exception being when an outside factors such as weather prevents this. In the case where the bracket play field is rained out, it would be prioritized over consolation games and may be moved to the consolation games field.



  • A protest is only available for a violation or misapplication of a rule, not for coach/fan/player disagreement with an umpire’s judgement call (ie. ball and strikes, out and safe, interference, etc).
  • Pitching limitations are not eligible for protest.
  • Protests must be filed and ruled on before the next pitch if during a game, or before umpires leave field if after a game.
  • The team protesting must make cash payment of $200 at the time of protest and the protest will only be heard and ruled upon by the tournament committee (Field officials, Head Umpire, Site Director, Tournament Director).
  • If the protest is ruled in favor of the protesting team, the $200 will be refunded to the team.


  • It is required that all teams, coaches, and fans comply with all tournament and facility rules.
  • Team managers/head coaches MUST have full control of their players and parents at all times. This means “on” and “off” the field. Tournament directors and hosts have the authority to eject a player, fans or team anytime during the tournament for threatening any member of our staff and others with physical harm, physical attack, abusive language, destruction of property, or failure to pay.
  • Any physical altercation between two teams before, during, or after a contest could result in the removal of both teams from the remainder of the event and future events.
  • The tournament committee reserves the right to eject any person from the site for unruly or unsportsmanlike behavior.
  • Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their parents/ fans/ spectators and could be removed from a game if they cannot control their behavior.


  • Any player, coach, manager, spectator and fan that is ejected from a game shall be suspended and removed for the remainder of that game only. Any individual ejected must leave the complex and exit to the parking lot.
  • If a team is hitting a continuous lineup, the ejected player’s spot in the lineup will remain and his team is forced to take an out.
  • Any player or coach that acts maliciously or performs an act with intent to injure, the tournament committee has the final say in the penalty for that individual(s). Any individual that gets ejected for a second time in a tournament shall be removed and eliminated from participating in the remainder of that tournament.

Illegal Bat Penalty

  • It is the responsibility of each team’s 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.
  • If the bat is found to be illegal, the batter will be ruled out and runners will not be allowed to advance.
  • If a team has three illegal bat rules infractions the Head Coach will be ejected for the rest of the tournament.