2 BEGINNING THE GAMEA 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 9 or 10.
3 THE LINEUP CARDThe DP is the offensive player and must remain in same batting position for entire gameThe name of player for whom the DP is batting (FLEX) will be placed in 10th position in lineup
4 THE LINEUP CARDIf replaced by a substitute, the DP position remains in the lineup.A starting DP may re-enter one time, as long as the DP returns to the original position in the batting order.
5 SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP The DP may be replaced by:Pinch-runnerPinch-hitterFLEXIn all cases, the DP has left the game, with one re-entry permitted.
6 SUBSTITUTING FOR THE DP Baker pinch-runs for CooperCooper has left the game and has a re-entry remainingBaker is now the DP
7 THE FLEX MAY PLAY OFFENSE If the FLEX bats or runs for the DP, the DP leaves the gameThe FLEX (Brown) is now batting in the 7th positionAny player may re-enter once.Lineup down to 9
8 THE DP RE-ENTERS The DP (Cooper) re-enters to bat or run The FLEX (Brown):Returns to #10 positionPlays defense onlyHas never left the game
9 THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSEThe DP may also play defense at any positionIf the DP plays defense for a player other than the FLEX, that player still bats and has not left the game
10 THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSECooper plays second base and still bats 7thAble no longer plays defense but still bats 2ndAble has not left the game
11 THE DP MAY PLAY DEFENSE FOR THE FLEX Cooper goes in to pitchBrown has left the gameLineup down to 9Brown may re-enter
12 ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTIONYou CANNOT:Place the FLEX player into the first nine positions for someone other than the original DP…Results in an illegal substitution.
13 KEY POINTS The role of the DP/FLEX is never terminated. A team may go from 10 to nine players and back to 10 players any number of times during the game.The game may end with 10 or nine players.
14 The DP can never be on defense only. EASY REMINDERSThe DP can never be on defense only.The FLEX player can never be on offense only.The DP and the FLEX can never be on offense at the same time.
15 The DP and the FLEX can play defense at the same time. EASY REMINDERSThe DP and the FLEX can play defense at the same time.
16 SAMPLE LINEUP CARDAll samples will use this card and progress through a series of substitutions
17 “Jones" (DP) bats and gets on base safely SAMPLE EXERCISE #1“Jones" (DP) bats and gets on base safelyThe offensive coach asks for time for a change“Green will run for Jones"
18 Green (FLEX) running for Jones (DP) SAMPLE EXCERCISE #1Green (FLEX) running for Jones (DP)
19 SAMPLE EXERCISE #1Note –Jones has left the game
20 Two innings later, Green singles to left SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2Two innings later, Green singles to leftThe offensive coach asks for time to make a change"Smith running for Green and Green will still be playing right field”
21 Smith (sub) running for Green (FLEX) SAMPLE EXCERCISE #2Smith (sub) running for Green (FLEX)Green remains in game playing right field only
22 Smith enters the game for the first time and is the new DP SAMPLE EXERCISE #2Note –Smith enters the game for the first time and is the new DPGreen (FLEX) has NOT left the game – back to defense only
23 “Jones to re-enter and bat for Smith” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3In the 4th inning, the offensive coach asks for time to make another change“Jones to re-enter and bat for Smith”
24 Jones (DP) re-enters for Smith SAMPLE EXCERCISE #3Jones (DP) re-enters for Smith
25 Jones has used her re-entry SAMPLE EXERCISE #3Note –Jones has used her re-entrySmith has left the game and has a re-entry remaining
26 “Jones (DP) will play defense in center field for Thomas” SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4In the next half inning, the defensive coach asks for time to make another change“Jones (DP) will play defense in center field for Thomas”
27 Jones (DP) to play defense in center field for Thomas SAMPLE EXCERCISE #4Jones (DP) to play defense in center field for Thomas
28 Jones the DP is now playing offense and defense SAMPLE EXERCISE #4Note –Jones the DP is now playing offense and defenseThomas still bats in the 3rd position in the lineup and is playing offense only
29 SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5An 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.”
30 SAMPLE EXCERCISE #5Jones (DP) to play defense in right field for Green (FLEX)Thomas goes back to center field
31 Jones (DP) is still playing offense and defense SAMPLE EXERCISE #5Note –Jones (DP) is still playing offense and defenseGreen (FLEX) has left the game since she is not playing defense (still has a re-entry remaining)