Rainout Number

Bellingham Rainout Number 360-778-7055

BBL Rules and Regulations

The BBL’s goal: enjoy competing, play and behave with class, show respect for the game – teammates, umpires, opponents, and spectators

  • The teams’ general managers hire the commissioner; together they form the leadership group
  • Pre-game items
    • The designated home team will occupy the 3B dugout
    • Each team will provide 2 (or more, if necessary) league-approved baseballs per game
    • The “under 28” rule means that only 4 players who are under 28 years old may be in the field or in the batting order at one time; if a team had 5 “unders” show up for a game, it coud have 2 of the 5 alternate in one spot in the batting order
    • Regardless of the length of a game, an “under” may only pitch 9 outs’ worth
    • Each manager’s scorebook will contain: the current schedule, rosters, and regulations
    • Line-up cards with the player’s last names and preferably uniform numbers and starting defensive position in the batting order will be presented to the other team before the game starts as an expected courtesy
    • Ground rules for most ballparks will be on the website; umpires and field managers should clarify ground rules prior to a game’s start at home plate
    • Player eligibility for regular season games requires each player to have his photo ID on file with the commissioner along with contact information (cell phone and email address); by May 1 each GM is required to have sent his season-opening roster with full names and uniform number to the commissioner; a player should be 18 years old to be on the roster. At the openers each team will receive these rosters so that reporting can be done accurately; player eligibility for tournament games in the post-season requires 20 plate appearances or 20 IP; beyond that, any hardship cases must be reviewed by the leadership group.
  • During game items
    • Late arriving players may only bat at the bottom of the batting order if the team is batting all (not just 9) players; also such a player is not an “out”
    • For any inning but the declared last inning by the umpire, there is a maximum of 4 runs scoring with the exception of an extra base runner(s) already past 3B who must be tagged out by a defensive player
    • A head or foot first slide or no slide at all at home plate is acceptable, but an intentional collision at home plate means an ejection; this step is left up to the umpire’s discretion with each manager’s input weighed; catcher obstruction, if it occurs, must be called
    • Bats -4 may be used; -5 bats are acceptable only for players 50 years and older
    • The limit on HBP is 3 in one game; if that number is reached, the pitcher must be replaced unless the “hit” team is indifferent
    • The offensive team may use a courtesy base runner (the player who made the last out) for a batter with an injury or after 2 outs for a catcher or playing field manager; teams are urged not to take unfair advantage of this rule
    • Although there is unlimited free substitution on defense except for the maximum of 4 “unders” at one time, a player may only bat in one spot in the batting order (even if he re-enters) or it is illegal substitution and he’s out then; 2 players could alternate in one spot
  • Game times/lengths
    • Normally Mon.-Fri. evening games begin at 6:00 (or if possible at 7:00 Mon.-Thurs. in Mt. Vernon); Sat. game times will be determined around scheduling opportunities
    • Evening doubleheaders at “pro” fields (JM, FOD, SA) start the first game at 6:00 (to 8:15) and the second game begins at 8:30 (to 10:45); commonly the lights go out at 11:00. If there is a tie at the time limit, a 2B-R (then 3B-R the next inning), player who made the last out the previous inning, is added till one teams wins; any game suspended after 5 innings because of darkness or bad weather will be picked up prior to the next meeting of those 2 teams; new batter orders and pitchers may be used if a suspended game is resumed later
    • The length of all games prior to the last one of a tripleheader or quadheader is a 2 ½ hr. limit unless there is a tie to be broken
    • The umpire declares when the last unlimited scoring inning begins
  • Post-game items
    • The winning team is responsible for reporting the final score and umpire ratings to either the commissioner or the website within 24 hours; if the winning team can’t do this, the losing team should submit the report
    • Each team is responsible for a game summary for their team also to be submitted to either the commissioner or website within 24 hours
    • If there is an ejection, it should be reported to the commissioner who will implement an automatic 1-game suspension for player(s)
    • If a team forfeits a game during the regular season that loss will factor into tie breaker considerations in the final regular season standings
    • Forfeits count for 1 loss and NOT 1.5 as in previous years
  • Playoff Seeding Rules - the following rules will be followed in order as needed to determine post-season tournament seeding
    1. Overall winning percentage
    2. Head-to-head record between tied teams
    3. Best record for 2nd half of the season (for 2015 lets call this last 10 games)
    4. Best record last 11 games, 12 games, etc
    5. Run Differential
    6. Runs Scored Per Game
    7. Runs Allowed Per Game
    8. Coin Toss
  • Special notes
    • Each team needs to have a manager or team rep at clearly agreed upon meeting times so that each team’s voice may be heard and input from each team given; $100 will be added to a team who misses 2 meetings in a row; the commissioner will break tie votes if necessary
    • Every team must pay earnest money of $1000 by April 1; each GM is urged to collect at least a downpayment of each player before the season begins. The leadership group’s goal is to keep per player expenses (beyond team gear and uniform costs) under $200. The balance of all team fees are due by June 1 at 10:00, or earlier, or following games will be forfeited until payment has been completed