Published on November 28, 2007
DP/FLEX RULE ADOPTED (3-3-6) : DP/FLEX RULE ADOPTED (3-3-6) Designated Player (DP)/FLEX Rule replaces DH Rule. DP/FLEX Rule allows for more participation and flexibility in the game. Gives coaches more options: not to use the DP/FLEX at all, use it to the same extent as the DH was used, or use the DP/FLEX option to its fullest extent. DP/FLEX RULE ADOPTED (3-3-6) : A DP does not have to be used. If used it must be noted on the starting lineup. A team using the DP starts the game with 10, but could end with nine or 10. Practical application and sample exercises to follow. DP/FLEX RULE ADOPTED (3-3-6) THE LINEUP CARD : THE LINEUP CARD The DP is the offensive player and must remain in same batting position for entire game. The name of player for whom the DP is batting (FLEX) will be placed in the No.10 position in lineup. THE LINEUP CARD : If replaced by a substitute, the DP position remains in the lineup. A starting or substitute DP may re-enter one time, as long as the DP returns to the original position in the batting order. THE LINEUP CARD SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP : SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP The DP may be replaced by: Pinch-runner Pinch-hitter FLEX In all cases, the DP has left the game, with one re-entry permitted. SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP: SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP Baker pinch-runs for Cooper Cooper has left the game and has a re-entry remaining Baker is now the DP THE FLEX MAY PLAY OFFENSE: THE FLEX MAY PLAY OFFENSE If the FLEX bats or runs for the DP, the DP leaves the game The FLEX (Brown) is now batting in the No. 7 position Lineup down to nine THE DP RE-ENTERS: THE DP RE-ENTERS The DP (Cooper) re-enters to bat or run The FLEX (Brown): Returns to the No. 10 position Plays defense only Has never left the game THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE FOR THE FLEX: THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE FOR THE FLEX Cooper goes in to pitch Brown has left the game Lineup down to nine Brown may re-enter THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE: THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE The DP may also play defense at any position. If the DP plays defense for a player other than the FLEX, that player still bats and has not left the game. THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE: THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE Cooper plays second base and still bats No. 7 Able no longer plays defense but still bats No. 2 Able has not left the game ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTION : ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTION The FLEX may not go into one of the first nine positions for someone other than the DP. An illegal substitution results. KEY POINTS : KEY POINTS The role of the DP/FLEX is never terminated. A team may go from 10 to nine players and back to 10 any number of times during the game. The game may end with 10 or nine players. EASY REMINDERS : EASY REMINDERS The DP can never be on defense only. The FLEX can never be on offense only. The DP and the FLEX can never be on offense at the same time. The DP and the FLEX can play defense at the same time. Slide15: DP/FLEX RULE SAMPLE EXERCISES SAMPLE LINEUP CARD: SAMPLE LINEUP CARD All samples will use this lineup card and progress through a series of substitutions. SAMPLE EXERCISE #1 : SAMPLE EXERCISE #1 “Jones" (DP) bats and gets on base safely. The offensive coach asks for time for a change. “Green will run for Jones." SAMPLE EXCERCISE #1: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #1 Green (FLEX) running for Jones (DP) SAMPLE EXERCISE #1: SAMPLE EXERCISE #1 Note – Jones has left the game. SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2 Two innings later, Green singles to left. The offensive coach asks for time to make a change. "Smith running for Green and Green will still be playing right field.” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2 Smith (sub) running for Green (FLEX) Green remains in game playing right field only SAMPLE EXERCISE #2 : SAMPLE EXERCISE #2 Note – Smith enters the game for the first time and is the new DP. Green (FLEX) has NOT left the game – back to defense only. SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3 In the 4th inning, the offensive coach asks for time to make another change. “Jones to re-enter and bat for Smith.” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3 Jones (DP) re-enters for Smith SAMPLE EXERCISE #3 : SAMPLE EXERCISE #3 Note – Jones has used her re-entry. Smith has left the game and has a re-entry remaining. SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4 In the next half inning, the defensive coach asks for time to make another change. “Jones (DP) will play defense in center field for Thomas.” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4 Jones (DP) to play defense in center field for Thomas SAMPLE EXERCISE #4: SAMPLE EXERCISE #4 Note – Jones the DP is now playing offense and defense. Thomas still bats in the 3rd position in the lineup and is playing offense only. SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5 An inning later, the defensive coach asks for time to make another change. “Jones will move to right field and play defense for Green; Thomas will go back to center field.” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5: SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5 Jones (DP) to play defense in right field for Green (FLEX) Thomas goes back to center field SAMPLE EXERCISE #5: SAMPLE EXERCISE #5 Note – Jones (DP) is still playing offense and defense. Green (FLEX) has left the game since she is not playing defense (still has a re-entry remaining).