Dizzy Dean Park Rules

Updated Friday March 6, 2015 by Randall Cupp.

Dizzy Dean Park Rules

MERIDIAN PARK JUNIOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
 
PARK RULES - SPRING 2015
 
The Meridian Park Junior Major League Park Rules are to be followed in conjunction with official 
 
Dizzy Dean rules; please read and familiarize yourself with them. A copy of the Dizzy Dean 
 
rulebook is available at all games, and park rules will be posted at the park. All rule questions not 
 
addressed in these park rules should be referred back to official Dizzy Dean Rules. The Junior Major 
 
League program is for 13-14 year olds and is structured utilizing a 54/80 format. 
 
 The head umpire will be provided with 1 new and 2 used game balls for each game. 
 
Umpires and coaches are responsible for the return of the balls at the end of the game. 
 
Please return the balls to the concession stand at the conclusion of evening play. 
 
 Each team will be scheduled 2 games per week and games times will be at 5:45 and 7:45. 
 
 No new inning will begin after 1 hour and 45 minutes has past from game start time as 
 
determined by the umpire. If an inning has started, it must be completed. There will be NO 
 
immediate call of a game due to time. The current inning will be completed based on the 
 
team in the lead. If no winner is determined at the conclusion of the final inning, the game 
 
will be recorded as a tie.
 
 Weather decisions will be made as soon as possible but not more than one hour before 
 
game time. Check the Meridian Park website at www.meridianparkbaseball.com or visit us 
 
on Facebook for updates.
 
 Summary of City of Tallahassee Lightning Policy: the City utilizes a weather notification 
 
system. Park officials are notified in real time about weather issues and delays; Information
 
will be shared as it is received, and every effort will be made to notify coaches and parents
 
of weather delays and cancellations. The board is required to respond to the weather 
 
notifications which are received from the City, regardless of weather conditions present at 
 
the park at the time for safety and liability reasons.
 
 Games that are rained out will not be rescheduled unless determined necessary by the 
 
Meridian Park Board for the season to be considered complete. 
 
 Meridian Park applies a 15 run rule applicable after four innings and a 10 run rule after five
 
innings. If after four complete innings the winning team is ahead by 15 runs, the game will 
 
be called; likewise if the winning team is ahead by 10 runs after five innings.
 
Batting Cages/Warm Up
 
 The visiting team will have the batting cage for 20 minutes 50 minutes prior to game time 
 
and the home team will have the batting cage for 20 minutes 30 minutes prior to game time. 
 
Please remember to be courteous to the team awaiting their turn.
 
 To avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the batting cage surfaces, players (and coaches) are 
 
asked to avoid wearing rubber cleats in the batting cages if at all possible, and under no 
 
circumstances should players enter the cages in metal cleats. Food and drink are NOT
 
permitted in
 
 The visiting team will have the field for 5 minutes 15 minutes prior to game time with the 
 
home team following for 5 minutes. 
 
 Any coach or player warming up a pitcher from the crouch must wear a protective helmet, 
 
whether on the field before/during an inning, or in the bullpens. No exceptions!
 
Player Participation
 
 All teams will bat through their entire rosters, regardless of the number of players present.
 
 No player will sit for more than one defensive inning in a row. Coaches are expected to 
 
comply with the play rule, and failure to comply may result in forfeiture of the game in 
 
question.
 
 Metal bats must be BBCOR certified drop three (-3). The diameter of the bat shall be no 
 
larger than 2 5/8” barrel, and bats must be 36 inches or less in length. Wood bats are 
 
permitted for league play.
 
 Metal cleats may be worn by players or coaches.
 
 Players wearing permanent casts are not allowed to play until the cast has been removed 
 
and proof of doctor release has been verified for the player’s subsequent participation.
 
 There is no “must slide rule” in effect for play; however, any runner is out when he does not 
 
slide or attempt to avoid the fielder who has the ball in the proximity of the base and is
 
waiting to make the tag, or if the base runner maliciously runs into a fielder.
 
 There will be NO slash bunts—violations will result in the batter being declared out.
 
 Any player warming up a pitcher needs to have full head protection.
 
 If a player is injured, becomes ill or must leave the game site after the start of the game, the 
 
team will skip over him/her when his/her bat comes up in the order without penalty. If the 
 
injured, ill or absent player returns, he/she is merely reinserted into their original spot in 
 
the batting order. 
 
 A team must have 8 players to play. Should a team be short the required 8 players to start a 
 
game, there will not be an automatic forfeit. If the game is to be a forfeit, it must be agreed 
 
upon prior to game time by both coaches and the board member on duty. It is preferred to 
 
play the game. The needed players may be sought from the opposing team’s roster, or from 
 
the pool player rotation as approved by the board and as practicable. If a team is unable to 
 
secure the required 8 players, a game will be declared a forfeit. Pool players will be 
 
required to be placed at the bottom of the “borrowing” team’s roster, and must play in the 
 
outfield. Teams may use a maximum of two pool players per game, unless otherwise 
 
approved by the board member on duty.
 
 If there are 2 outs and your catcher is on base, the team at bat may call time out to replace 
 
the catcher with a courtesy runner. The courtesy runner must be the batting team’s last 
 
recorded out. No courtesy runners are permitted for pitchers.
 
 For the health and safety of players, coaches are responsible for monitoring the responsible 
 
use of pitchers in compliance with the pitching rules listed here. As coaches, it is up to you 
 
make sure that players do not damage their arms. If you have questions, please ask. Some 
 
pitchers may be stronger than others, but USE GOOD JUDGEMENT!
 
 As the pitching rules apply here, an inning is interpreted to mean the following: 
 
a) If a pitcher pitches to one (1) batter and is removed from the pitching mound 
 
before he is retired, he is only charged with one-third (1/3) of an inning;
 
b) If he is removed after retiring one (1) batter, but after he has pitched at least one 
 
pitch to the next batter, he is charged with two-thirds (2/3) of an inning;
 
c) If he is removed after he has retired two batters (2), and has pitched one (1) 
 
pitch to the next batter, he is charged with one (1) complete inning. 
 
 For the first two (2) weeks of the season, a pitcher may pitch up to 75 pitches per game, and 
 
up to 110 pitches per week. After the second week of regular season games, a pitcher may 
 
pitch up to 85 pitches per game and up to 130 pitches per week. A pitcher may finish the 
 
batter if the limit is reached before the batter is retired. Scorekeepers will record official 
 
pitch counts and innings pitched.
 
 Pitchers may pitch on consecutive days as long as they do not violate any other applicable 
 
pitching rules.
 
 If a pitcher pitches beyond his allotted pitch/innings per game, per day, per week because 
 
of a double or triple play there is no penalty. (He was legal when the pitch was made). 
 
 If any pitcher pitches four (4) full innings and then throws to another batter in the same 
 
game (i.e., into the fifth inning), he will not be eligible to pitch until he has had 36 hours rest, 
 
beginning with the time he leaves the pitching mound.
 
 Once a pitcher has been removed from the mound, he may not return to the mound in the 
 
same game.
 
 Balks will be called an enforced the entire season. There will be no warning period for 
 
Spring ball. Please refer to your DD Rule Book for balk clarification. 
 
 Coaches need to fill out roster cards for each game providing their player’s names and 
 
numbers in the order that they will be batting. A copy should be provided to the umpire,
 
opposing team, and score box at least 10 minutes prior to game start. Please list any pool 
 
players last and identify them as pool players on your lineup card.
 
 It is the responsibility of each coach to make sure that players stay hydrated. Water will be 
 
provided in each dugout during games.
 
 No more than three coaches are allowed in the dugout at any given time. Only one coach 
 
will be allowed on the field during your team’s defensive play. Buckets are not permitted 
 
on the field during games.
 
 The head coach will be the only coach permitted to discuss calls, questions, etc. with the 
 
umpires on field.
 
 Coaches are responsible for the conduct of themselves, their players and the parents/fans of 
 
their players, please enforce Good Sportsmanship.
 
 Any manager, who is ejected, must sit out the remainder of the current game and the entire 
 
next game.
 
 No manager, player, substitute, or coach shall at any time, whether from the bench, coaches 
 
box, or on the playing field or elsewhere:
 
a) Incite or try to incite by word or sign a demonstration by spectators;
 
b) Use language which will in any manner refer to or reflect upon opposing
 
players, an umpire or any spectator;
 
c) Call “time” or employ any word or phrase or commit any act while the ball
 
is alive and in play for the obvious purpose of trying to make the pitcher
 
commit a balk.
 
 Coaches are responsible for making sure their team picks up trash and debris from the 
 
dugout before leaving the field from practices and games.
 
Home/Visitor Team Responsibilities
 
 All teams are responsible for providing their own water cooler for each game. Teams who 
 
play in the early games will need to get a water cooler from the concession stand, fill it with 
 
ice/water and get cups for their own dugout from the concession stand. Teams who play in 
 
the late games have to ensure there is sufficient ice/water in the cooler for the second game, 
 
get extra cups from the concession stand if necessary and empty the water cooler and 
 
return it along with any unused cups to the concession stand following the game. 
 
 The home team will be responsible for providing two parent volunteers for each game. One 
 
parent volunteer will work in the concession stand and one parent volunteer will perform 
 
grill duty. 
 
 The visiting team will only be responsible for filling the water cooler for both dugouts each 
 
game, and to provide a parent announcer for the game. 
 
 Games will NOT start if team responsibilities for home and visiting teams are not covered. 
 
Parents must report for duty at least 20 minutes prior to your player’s “scheduled” game 
 
time. 
 
Disorderly Conduct
 
 Abuse of umpires, players, coaches, or officials by coaches, fans, or players will not be 
 
tolerated. Cheering must be directed toward your own players and not against the other 
 
team. 
 
 Any disorderly conduct, threat of, or act of violence, shall result in the removal and arrest of 
 
the responsible individual(s). 
 
 Security personnel shall also remove any person on the premises who is intoxicated, from 
 
the park. Any person removed under these circumstances, shall be prohibited from entering 
 
the park, including the parking lot areas for the duration of the season. 
 
 No coach, parent of any other person will be permitted to smoke or use tobacco products on 
 
or around the baseball field or dugout area.
 
 Any head coach, assistant coach or player who is ejected must sit out the remainder of the 
 
current game and the entire next scheduled game. Any fan ejected from the game must 
 
leave the park immediately, and may not return for any reason until the next scheduled 
 
game. If the same person is ejected for a second time, he/she will not be allowed into any 
 
park for the remainder of the season. 
 
 Razzing, heckling, chanting or making disparaging remarks towards opponents, in any 
 
manner, is prohibited and is cause for ejection. 
 
 Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in forfeiture of the game. 
 
Meridian Park encourages good sportsmanship at all times. We expect our coaches, parents 
 
and other spectators to help the park by promoting good sportsmanship as demonstrated in their 
 
actions when in attendance at games. The umpire or a Meridian Park board member will step in 
 
when necessary.
 
Have a great time & let’s PLAY BALL!