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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Have a great time & let’s PLAY BALL!