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Published on November 28, 2007

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IHSA Rule Change Flex Player :  IHSA Rule Change Flex Player 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) Slide4:  LINE-UP CARD FLEX RULE OPTIONS COURTESY RUNNER(S) No. Player Pos. 19 1 Harris, Heidi 6 Sub 17 2 Able, Ann 4 Sub 20 3 Thomas, Tonya 8 8 Sub 24 4 DP 8 9 6 Sub Smith, Sarah DP 15 5 Alexander, Angie 3 Sub 22 6 Moore , Melissa 2 Sub 25 7 Cooper, Cathy 7 Sub 7 8 Morris, Mary 5 Sub 3 9 Rodgers, Rachel 1 Sub 18 10 Green, Ginger (FLEX) 9 Sub Substitutes: 10 Howell, Heather 4 Baker, Barb 6 Smith, Sarah 55 Brown, Brenda Jones, Jane Note: At the Pre-Game, when line-ups are exchanged at Home Plate… the IHSA requires the Plate Umpire to check each team’s line-up. Each must include the First and Last Name on all starters and substitutes. If first names have not been listed…It must be completed and returned to Plate Umpire as close to the start of the game as possible. #10 is CR for Pitcher #3 #55 is CR for Catcher #22 Slide5:  LINE-UP CARD / FLEX RULE OPTIONS No. Player Pos. 19 1 Harris, Heidi 6 Sub 17 2 Able, Ann 4 Sub 20 3 Thomas, Tonya 8 8 Sub 24 4 DP 8 9 6 Sub Smith, Sarah DP 15 5 Alexander, Angie 3 Sub 22 6 Moore , Melissa 2 Sub 25 7 Cooper, Cathy 7 Sub 7 8 Morris, Mary 5 Sub 3 9 Rodgers, Rachel 1 Sub 18 10 Green, Ginger (FLEX) 9 Sub Substitutes: 10 Howell, Heather 4 Baker, Barb 6 Smith, Sarah 55 Brown, Brenda Jones, Jane DP and FLEX must be listed on line-up prior to start of the game. DP and FLEX are linked to same spot in batting order. If FLEX bats for DP, sub for DP, in DP’s Spot in Batting Order (in #4 spot on line-up for this game)… use arrows to indicate this change. Note: Arrow up and Arrow down show FLEX option and also shows that FLEX has not been out of the game. When FLEX is replaced on defense by DP, that is when the Plate Umpire will draw the line through the number, name and position of the FLEX player. (All starters and substitutes have one re-entry). FLEX player is always listed in the #10 spot. DP and FLEX can play defense at the same time, but DP and FLEX can never both bat. A team can go from 10 to 9 to 10 an unlimited number of times throughout the game. Slide6:  LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner No. Player Pos. 19 1 Harris, Heidi 6 Sub 17 2 Able, Ann 4 Sub 20 3 Thomas, Tonya 8 8 Sub 24 4 DP 8 6 Sub Smith, Sarah DP 15 5 Alexander, Angie 3 Sub 22 6 Moore , Melissa 2 Sub 25 7 Cooper, Cathy 7 Sub 7 8 Morris, Mary 5 Sub 3 9 Rodgers, Rachel 1 Sub 18 10 Green, Ginger (FLEX) 9 Sub Substitutes: 10 Howell, Heather 4 Baker, Barb 6 Smith, Sarah 55 Brown, Brenda Jones, Jane #10 is CR for Pitcher #3 #55 is CR for Catcher #22 A Courtesy Runner must be reported to the Plate Umpire. If a Courtesy Runner fails to report, she is considered to be an unreported substitute. Once the courtesy runner is designated for that half-inning, the pitcher or catcher (for whom she is running) may not return to run while courtesy runner is on base. LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner:  LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner Courtesy Runner is a player on the substitute list who is called into the game to run for the Pitcher or Catcher who has safely reached a base as a result of her turn at bat. The same courtesy runner may NOT run for both the pitcher and catcher. A player may NOT be a substitute for any player in the half inning that she ran as a courtesy runner. If courtesy runner becomes injured, the pitcher or catcher may return to run the bases. LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner:  LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner If a substitute replaces an injured courtesy runner, the substitute is a substitute… not a courtesy runner. If the pitcher or catcher replaces the injured courtesy runner, then at a future time in the game if the pitcher and/or catcher get on base… a substitute (not yet in the game) may become the new courtesy runner. Exception #1: If an injury or disqualification occurs and no substitutes are available, the courtesy runner must be used as a substitute, and take the place of the injured or disqualified player. Should the courtesy runner be on base, and is entered as a substitute, the pitcher or catcher for whom the courtesy runner is running, must run in her place. LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner:  LINE-UP CARD Re: Courtesy Runner The pitcher and catcher must bat and reach base legally (or earn their way on base) in order to be eligible for a courtesy runner. Players who are currently in the game or have participated in the game in any other playing capacity are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners. The courtesy runner is not permitted to run as a courtesy runner for the Designated Player (DP), if the DP is only batting and not playing defense, as the pitcher or the catcher. LINE-UP CARD / Re: Courtesy Runner:  LINE-UP CARD / Re: Courtesy Runner Once the courtesy runner is designated for that half-inning, the pitcher or catcher for whom she is running may not return to run while that courtesy runner is on base. A courtesy runner may not run for a courtesy runner. Exception #2: If the courtesy runner is injured or disqualified, the player for whom she is running (pitcher or catcher) may return to run the bases or a legal substitute may be entered. Universal System of Marking Changes in Line-ups::  Universal System of Marking Changes in Line-ups: Make sure that any starting player, her number & her position is marked out when replaced by a substitute. 24 Jane Jones DP Make sure that a player who re-enters, re-enters in the same spot in the batting order. Player’s name is circled to indicate that she has used her re-entry. 24 24 DP 8 DP 9 Make sure that the number, player and position is crossed out, or the position only if DP plays defense and bats, while another starter/ player in another spot in batting order bats only. Tonya Thomas 8 8 Make sure that the number (#) of the Courtesy Runner is recorded on the Line-up Card and that the Plate Umpire lists whether she is the Courtesy Runner for the Pitcher or Catcher. #10 is CR for Pitcher #3 #55 is CR for Catcher #22 CR = Courtesy Runner Be sure to place an “X” through a player if she has used her re-entry and is no longer eligible to play for the rest of the game. 24 24 DP 8 DP 9 Jane Jones Jane Jones 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. Slide24:  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).

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