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1998 DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

Rule Book & General Information

(Internet Edition)

Disclaimer: This page contains the text of the 1998 Dizzy Dean Baseball Rule Book; however, this page has not been specifically screened and approved by Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

GENERAL

Dizzy Dean Letter

Leagues

Communicable Disease Procedures

Disclaimer

Safety Equipment

Rules Notice

OFFICERS, DEPUTY COMMISSIONS & NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

Officers

Deputy Commissioners

National Board Members

STATE PRESIDENTS & DIRECTORS

State Presidents

State Director Coordinators

State Directors

COMMITTEES AND SPECIAL MEMBERSHIPS

Committees

Honorary Board Members, Gold Circle Club Members, & Past Commissioners

DIZZY DEAN PRAYER

Dizzy Dean Prayer

RULES

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Article I -- Team Structure

Article II -- League Structure

Article III -- District Structure

Article IV -- State Structure

Purpose of the Program

Tournaments

Finance

Scholarships

COMMON RULES AGES 9-18

1:00 -- The Playing Field

2:00 -- Equipment

3:00 -- Re-entry Substitution

4:00 -- Managers and Coaches

5:00 -- Regulation Games

6:00 -- Pitching Rules

7:00 -- Forfeiture and Protest

8:00 -- Schedules

9:00 -- Special Rules

10:00 -- Teams

11:00 -- All-Star Teams

12:00 -- Player Eligibility

13:00 -- Birth Certificates

14:00 -- Player Registration

15:00 -- Selection of Players

16:00 -- League Registration

17:00 -- Team Sponsors

18:00 -- Admission to Games

19:00 -- Tournaments

PLAYING RULES FOR T-BALL AGES 5-8 YEARS OLD

20:00 -- Player Eligibility

21:00 -- Equipment

22:00 -- Playing Field

23:00 -- Offense

24:00 -- Defense

25:00 -- Miscellaneous

FARM LEAGUE 5-8 YEARS OLD

30:00 -- Eligibility

31:00 -- General Rules

32:00 -- Equipment

33:00 -- Playing Field

34:00 -- Offense

35:00 -- Defense

36:00 -- Pitching Rules

37:00 -- Miscellaneous

38:00 -- Appeals and Protests

39:00 -- Tournaments



































DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL

"FUN, CHARACTER, WINNERS"

Dizzy Dean Baseball is not for coaches, parents, or spectators, Dizzy Dean Baseball is for the youth that play the game. One of the greatest outlets for youth is baseball. As a professional, Dizzy Dean played baseball for the love of the game and with the enthusiasm, intensity and energy of the youth that play the game today. He played because it was fun. We must continue to make baseball a fun game without placing undue pressure and stress on our youth. Our youth come first, winning second. When you build the character in a youth, you build a winner.

There was no organized baseball in Arkansas while Dizzy Dean was growing up and he was denied the opportunity to play baseball as a young boy. It was Dizzy Dean's dream that one day every young person would have the opportunity to play baseball. We, the National Board of Directors of Dizzy Dean Baseball, are dedicated to giving our youth this opportunity and promise to provide them with the best baseball program available today. This was Dizzy Dean's dream, this is what Dizzy Dean Baseball is about.

Billy J. Powell

Commissioner

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

Leagues

T-Ball Ages 5-6 Years Old

Farm League Ages 5-8 Years Old

Minors Ages 9-10 Years Old

Freshman Ages 11-12 Years Old

Sophomore Ages 13-14 Years Old

Juniors Ages 15-16 Years Old

Seniors Ages 17-18 Years Old

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROCEDURES

While risk of one athlete infecting another with HIV/AIDS during competition is close to nonexistent, there is a remote risk that other blood borne infectious diseases can be transmitted. For example, Hepatitis B ran be present in blood as well as in other body fluids. Procedures for reducing the potential for transmission of these infectious agents should include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. The bleeding must be stopped, the open wound covered and if there is an excessive amount of blood on the uniform it must be changed before the athlete may participate.

2. Routine use of gloves or other precautions to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when contact with blood or other body fluids is anticipated.

3. Immediately wash hands and other skin surfaces if contaminated (in contact) with blood or other body fluids. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves.

4. Clean all contaminated surfaces and equipment with an appropriate disinfectant before competition resumes.

5. Practice proper disposal procedures to prevent injuries caused by needles, scalpels and other sharp instruments or devices.

6. Although saliva has not been implicated in HIV transmission, to minimize the need for emergency mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, mouth-pieces, resuscitation bags, or other ventilation devices should be available for use.

7. Athletic trainers coaches with bleeding or oozing skin conditions should retrain from all direct athletic care until the condition resolves.

8. Contaminated towels should be properly disposed of/disinfected.

9. Follow acceptable guidelines in the immediate control of bleeding and when handling bloody dressings, mouth guards and other articles containing body fluids.

Additional information is available from your state high school association and from the National Federation.

DISCLAIMER

Dizzy Dean Baseball Inc. is not responsible for non-related activities at Dizzy Dean Tournaments. Furthermore, Dizzy Dean Baseball Inc. expressly disclaims any and all liability for injuries sustained that include but not limited to: injuries sustained at hotels, dormitories, restaurants, swimming pools, water parks or other fun parks, beaches, lakes or other recreational activities engaged in by coaches, players, family members or other spectators away and separate from the playing field of the Dizzy Dean Tournament.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Any and all safety equipment specified by Federal, State, or Local legislation will be required.

RULES NOTICE

Any rule not covered under an age group playing section see next age group and/or official baseball rules as published by Sporting News. See your State Director for clarification.

OFFICERS

COMMISSIONER BILLY J. POWELL

902 Hwy. 9 North, Eupora, MS 39744 601-258-7626

PRESIDENT DENVER C. (TED) BATES

1721 Jenkins Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421, 1-423-892-6422

VICE-PRESIDENT JOHN D. GUTHRIE

601 Parsons Drive, Hueytown, AL 35023

205-491-1322/Fax: 205-491-3753/Beeper: 888-651-5769

SECRETARY BILL NORTON

114 Norton Trail, Ringgold, GA 30736

Bus: 706-937-2425/Res: 706-937-4539

TREASURER & ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE COMMISSIONER

D. B. STEWART

37 Adkinson Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506 850-455-8827

DEPUTY COMMISSIONERS

Joedy Bates 706-866-1907

P.O. Box 202, Chickamauga, GA 30707

Jimmy Wahl 205-631-4595/Beeper: 1-888-841-8335 PIN 0754

509 Krystal Lane, Birmingham, AL 35217

Dent L. Tullis 850-874-9908

7743 Betty Louise Drive, Panama City FL 32404

Gordon Turner Ball: 423-843-2961 /Res: 423-842-2676

P. 0. Box 31, Hixson, TN 37343

NATIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

John D. Guthrie 205-491-1322/Fax: 205-491-3753

Beeper: 1 888-651-5769

601 Parsons Drive, Hueytown, AL 35023

Rick Hollis Res: 205-791-0130 / Pgr: 205-869-9126

2200 Roberta Road, Birmingham, AL 35214

Bill Snider Res: 205-647-2076/Pgr: 205-869-5204

695 Moss Rock Circle, Warrior, AL 35180

Donnie Stone Res: 205-647-0238

Fax: 205-808-7904/Pgr: 205-869-5241

1903 Morris Majestic Road, Morris, AL 35116

Jim Wahl 205-631-4595/Pgr: 1 -888-470-1362

509 Krystal Lane, Birmingham, AL 35217

Richard Rogers - Chaplain Res: 334-809-0733/Bus: 334-867-6412

100 Brooks Street, Brewton, AL 36426

D. B. Stewart 850-455-8827

37 Adkinson Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506

Dent L. Tullis 850-874-9908

7743 Betty Louise Drive, Panama City, FL 32404

Don Luker Res: 850-941-0971

4621 Pebble Creek Dr., Pensacola, FL 32526

Joedy Bates 706-866-1907

P.O. Box 202, Chickamauga, GA 30707

Glenn W. Fuller 770-963-3306

952 Northside Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Frank Seabolt 706-935-3272

P.O. Box 985, Ringgold, GA 30736

Bill Norton Bus: 706-937 2425/Res: 706-937-4539/423-550-1125

114 Norton Trail, Ringgold, GA 30736

William Jones 770-475-7953

602 Christy Ct., Woodstock, GA 30188

Sunny St. Pelcovich 504-366-0741

2186 Daniels Rd., Gretna, LA 70056

David R. McCuller Res: 504-835-5532

Day Bus: 504-737-4453 Night Bus (After 6:30 p,m.): 504-468-7211

227 Metairie Lawn Dr., Metairie, LA 70001

Noble Pat Patterson Bus: 504-873-6584

P.O. Box 883, Gray, LA 70359

Roger Faw Phone & Fax: 410-780-0354

P.O. Box 43186, Baltimore, MD 21286-0186

Danny E. Phillips - Publicity Director & Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner Bus: 601-429-6262/Res: 601-429-7790

2153 Paris Cove, Hernando MS 38632

Billy J. Powell 601-258-7626

902 Hwy 9 North, Eupora, MS 39744

Peggy Ramsey Bus: 601-283-1540/Res: 601-283-4445

P.O. Box 308, Winona, MS 38967

Mary Sue Gallo 718-948-4387

49 Adlai Circle, Staten Island, NY 10312

Tommy B. Davis - Parliamentarian 405-330 8840

700 N.E. 122nd St., Unit 4910, Oklahoma City, OK 73114

Denver C. (Ted) Bates 423-892-6422

1 721 Jenkins Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421

Ronald Berry 423-894-0689

6104 Marietta St, Chattanooga, TN 37412

Earl Rayburn Res: 423-238-7070

7000 Lanes End, Ooltewah, TN 37363

Gordon Turner Ball: 423-843-2961/Res: 423-842-2676

P. 0. Box 31, Hixson, TN 37343

James Jones Bus: 423-334-4000/Res: 423-334-5539

Rt. 4 Box 266, Decatur, TN 37322

STATE PRESIDENTS

ALABAMA CHUCK MOSLEY

625 Poplar St., Warrior, AL 35180, 205-647-9569

FLORIDA JACK HENDRIX

400 E. Oakfield Rd, Pensacola, FL 32502, 850-476-6181

GEORGIA BILL NORTON

114 Norton Trail, Ringgold, GA 30736

Res: 706-937-4539/Bus: 706-937-2425

LOUISIANA DAVID R. McCULLER

227 Metairie Lawn Dr., Metairie, LA 70001, Res: 504-835-5532

Day Bus: 504-737-4453/Night Bus (After 6:30 p.m.): 504-468-721 1

MISSISSIPPI PEGGY RAMSEY

P.O. Box 308, Winona, MS 38967, Res: 601-283-4445/Bus: 601-283-1540

NEW YORK (T-Ball, Farm & Minor) GUS GALLO

49 Adlai Circle, Staten Island, NY 10312, 718-948-4387

NEW YORK (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior & Senior) TOM URSO

45 Bay - 19th St., Brooklyn, NY 11214, 718-232-4107

OKLAHOMA RON COX

7236 Sky Lark Lane, Oklahoma City, OK 73162, 405-721-0939

TENNESSEE BOBBY DUNN

4908 Willow Lawn Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416,

Res: 423-344-6210/Fax: 423-344-2158

STATE DIRECTOR COORDINATORS

ALABAMA DAVID GRAHAM

P.O. Box 51, Brookside, AL 35036, Res: 205-674-8022

Pgr: 1 888-8335 (PIN 0756)/Pgr: Local-869-6341

GEORGIA ORVIL FOUTS

809 12th St., Chickamauga, GA 30707, 706-375-4612

LOUISIANA (South) DIANE LONG

4035 Lake Trail, Kenner, LA 70065

Res: 504-885-7752/Bus: 504-468-7211

LOUISIANA (Central) PAT PATTERSON

P.O. Box 883, Gray, LA 70359, Bayou & River Parish, Bus: 504-873-6584

LOUISIANA (North) WILL YORK

3200 Wood Lawn Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816-2798

Hammond, Baton Rouge & Lafayette

Bus: 504-751-6742 Ext.: 77/Res: 504-753-7407/Beeper: 504-377-1109

TENNESSEE (North) JOE SHUDAN

Res: 423-745-7510/Bus: 423-855-8878

TENNESSEE (South) GENE RAY

Res: 423-867-3619/Bus: 423-874-0905

STATE DIRECTORS

ALABAMA (T-Ball) MIKE WILLIAMS

1921 Ridgemont Rd., Birmingham, AL 35235, 205-853-8641

ALABAMA (Farm League) MIKE GEORGE

2740 Shoemaker St., Birmingham, AL 35235,

205-853-0124/Beeper 794-1913

ALABAMA (Minors) REX PARVIN

2412 Wine Ridge Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244

Res: 205-403-0208/Bus: 205-425-4337/Beeper 954-9103

ALABAMA (Freshmen) RANDY TEETER

495 1st SE, Graysville, AL 35073

Res: 205-674-8301/Beeper: 205-816-7497

ALABAMA (Sophomores) MICHAEL BRANNON

1007 N. Main St. Warrior, AL 35180

Res: 205-647-9660/Bus: 205-733-7600/Beeper: 205-501-8830

ALABAMA (Juniors & Seniors) TIM GURLEY

604 Old Wagon Rd., Pell City, AL 35125

Res: 205-338-6836/Beeper: 205-818-5755

COLORADO DON SIMMONS

5765 S. Jamaica Way, Englewood, CO 80111, 303-741-2735

FLORIDA DENT L. TULLIS

7743 Betty Louise Dr., Panama City, FL 32404, 850-874-9908

FLORIDA LARRY HANNAH

3258 Abel Ave., Pace, FL 32571, 850-994-9882

GEORGIA (5-6) KEN LAWSON

514 Tonigh Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-924-1296

GEORGIA (7-8) WILLIS WATERS

511 Scottmill Rd., Canton, GA 30114, 770-479-5621

GEORGIA (Minors) TERRY BAKER

100 Joy Lane, Chickamauga, GA 30707, 706-375-5836

GEORGIA (Freshmen) DAVE PLEMONS

125 Hamill Drive, Chickamauga, GA 30707, 706-375-5825

GEORGIA (Sophomores) KEVIN MCMULLEN

112 Lynford Lane, Woodstock, GA 30188

Res: 770-928-2538/Bus: 770-326 1407/Fax: 770-326-1460

GEORGIA (Juniors) WILLIAM L. JONES

602 Christy Ct., Woodstock. GA 30188, 770-475-7953

GEORGIA (Seniors), HOUSTON SUGGS

P.0 Box 24, Cassville, GA 30123

Res: 770-382-9904/Bus: 770-387-5149

LOUISIANA (T-Ball & Farm League) DAVID McCULLER

227 Metairie Lawn Dr., Metairie, LA 70001, Res: 504-835-5532

Day Bus: 504-737-4453/Night Bus (After 6:30 p.m.): 504-468-7211

LOUISIANA (Minors) MARK GOODNER

10964 Effingham Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Res: 504-273-9003/Bus: 504-353-5749

LOUISIANA (Freshmen) , RUSTY LONG

4035 Lake Trail, Kenner, LA 70065

Res: 504-885-7752/Bus: 504-469-7060

LOUISIANA (Sophomores) LEONARD NEVILLE

209 Riley Dr., Houma, LA 70363

Res: 504-876-1939/Bus: 504-873-6584

LOUISIANA (Juniors) JIMMY NEWMAN

6121 Tennyson St., Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Res: 504-751-6763/Bus: 504-753-9782

LOUISIANA (Seniors) JOHN MORGAN

1016 Grinage Street, Houma, LA, Res: 504-873-0829/Bus: 504-873-6584

MARYLAND BILL ALLEN

4516 Allen Rd., Randallstown, MD 21133, 410-922 5023

MISSISSIPPI (T-Ball, Farm League, Minors & Freshmen) BILLY J. POWELL

902 Hwy. 9 Noah, Eupora, MS 39744, 601-258-7626

MISSISSIPPI (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors) DANNY PHILLIPS

2153 Paris Cove, Hernando, MS 38632

Bus: 601-429 6262/Res: 601-429-7790

NEW YORK (T-Ball thru Minors) , ANTHONY PENSABENE

2161 E. 30th St., Brooklyn, NY 11234, 718-692-2656

NEW YORK (Freshmen & Sophomores) GUS GALLO

49 Adlai Circle, Staten Island, NY 10312, 718-948-4387

NEW YORK (Juniors) Frank Sullivan

4 White Spruce Lane, Haupauge, Long Island, NY, 516-582-5110

NEW YORK (Seniors) LOU GIRBALDI

2136 65th St., Brooklyn, NY 11204, 718-256-2316

OH, Ml, IL, & IN ROGER TREMAINE

82 University St., Westerville, OH 43081, 614-882-1361

OKLAHOMA TOMMY B. DAVIS

420 NW 46, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, 405-330-8840

TENNESSEE (Farm League) RILEY WALKER

3706 Sapula St., Chattanooga, TN 37406, 423-698-0565

TENNESSEE (Farm League) DANNY CROWE

7606 Royal Harbor, Ooletwah, TN, 423-238-6403

TENNESSEE (Minors) GARY ST. CLAIR

P.O. Box 676, Harrison, TN 37341, 423-821-3932

TENNESSEE (Freshmen) LEE BUTLER

5760 Lyle Circle, Hixson, TN 37343, 423-877-2947

TENNESSEE (Freshmen) JOHN SHACKLEFORD

8095 Angle Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421 423-894-5421

TENNESSEE (Sophomores & Juniors) DAVID EBERHARDT

3652 Phelps St., Chattanooga, TN 37412. 423-867-9232

TENNESSEE (Sophomores & Juniors) JAMES SCHERMERHON

436 Golden Oakes Drive, Chattanooga, TN, 423-875-8626

TENNESSEE (Seniors) RONALD BERRY

6104 Marietta St. Chattanooga, TN 37412, 423-894-0689

COMMITTEES

RULES COMMITTEE

Joedy Bates - Chairman

Roger Faw

David McCuller

Bill Norton

Noble "Pat" Patterson

Richard Rogers

D. B. Stewart

Donnie Stone

Gordon Turner

Jim Wahl

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

William Jones

Peggy Ramsey

Frank Seabolt

Bill Snyder

Dent L. Tullis

GordonTurner

CONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE

James Jones - Chairman

Tommy B. Davis

Glen W. Fuller

John D. Guthrie

Danny E. Phillips

Billy J. Powell

Earl Rayburn

Frank Seabolt

Dent Tullis

ETHICS COMMITTEE

Glenn Fuller

James Jones

David McCuller

Billy J. Powell

Richard Rogers

D. B. Stewart

Jim Wahl

FINANCE COMMITTEE

D.C. "Ted" Bates - Chairman

Mary Sue Gallo

Rick Hollis

William Jones

Bill Norton

Sunny St. Pelcovich

Peggy Ramsey

WORLD SERIES COMMITTEE

D.C. "Ted" Bates

Bill Norton

Billy J. Powell

D. B. Stewart

John D. Guthrie

Honorary National Board Members

Enuly Blakeney

Jean Hall

Lucy Reno

Frances Arceneaux

Mary Shepherd

Judy Johnson

Neff Bryant

Jeanette Taylor

Sadie Stoufflet

Claudie Wright

Eleanor Sims

Carol Pearson

Gold Circle Club Members

Bobby Rayhorn

A.L. Rigsby

Reese Griffin

James W. Wilson

H. J. "Foots" Pearson

Past Commissioners

A.C. "Ty" Gaulden

William E. "Bill" Taylor

J.T. "Tom" Bryant

Sunny St. Pelcovich

Marion P. Pearson, Sr.

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL PRAYER

Oh Lord, it is with joy we begin this year of Dizzy Dean Baseball. We always want Your blessings and pray for You to give us a desire to make a happy season of games. Help us to be more thankful to You by strengthening our minds, morals and bodies.

Oh God, we thank You for the many blessings You have given us. We pray that the Holy Spirit will lead in the guiding and training of young people in the enjoyable game of baseball. Help us to always remember that growing a strong moral character is very important. Oh God, we ask You to be with our young people that they may always keep their bodies in good physical shape, to always be mentally active, to always play the game fair and square to the very best of their ability. Help them to always be good sportsmen so that they may develop mentally, physically and spiritually even as did our dear Lord in whose holy name we pray. Amen.

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. has been organized as a youth baseball program for all youth regardless of sex, religion, race or color, five (5) through eighteen (18) years of age. The game is played on a baseball field suitable to the physical development of growing youngsters. The main purpose of this program is to expand Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc., and to provide a recreation outlet for as many youth as possible with emphasis being on local league play rather than tournament play. However, state tournaments and Dizzy Dean World Series are for leagues wishing to participate.

The actual playing of Dizzy Dean Baseball is the same as in professional groups except that money fines, and similar penalties are omitted, and coverage which fits the amateur game is provided. Appropriate suspensions are allowed. Leagues affiliating themselves with this program must comply with a basic set of rules and regulations as outlined in this booklet.

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

ARTICLE I

Team Structure

Section 1. The team shall be the smallest unit of organization and shall be governed by those active in the program which make up the managing personnel. There shall be a manager and a coach for each team. The manager will be the official in charge of the team, and the responsibility for the team will be that of the manager. The coach will assist the manager. A team board of directors is optional. The above rule will apply to communities that are only able to field one team, such as where four or more communities come together to form a league. Communities that plan to field a complete league composed of at least four teams will begin their organization with Article II that follows.

ARTICLE II

League Structure

Section 1. Each team within the league shall play a regular schedule of games. In order to qualify for tournament play each league must play a twelve (12) game schedule. It is recommended that you play an eighteen (18) game schedule if possible.

Section 2. Each league shall have a president, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer, and a board of directors. All team managers may be a member of the board of directors. The remainder of the board of directors may come from those people interested in the Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. program. The officers of the league will be elected from this board of directors.

Section 3. Small nearby towns unable to field a league within its own territorial limits may form four to eight team leagues. All team presidents and managers will be members of the league board of directors, and the officers of the league will be elected from this board of directors.

Section 4. The state director has the option of franchising less than a four (4) team league on an annual basis. Your organization will not be considered to be franchised until your application has been received and approved and your acceptance notification form is received by your organization. All organizations must reapply each year for consideration.

Section 5. Each league or group of leagues are to adopt a set of rules and regulations for the operation of the league or leagues which do not conflict with rules of Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. In communities having two or more leagues, it may be advisable to have one set of officers and adopt the same rules and regulations. This, however, is optional and will be determined by the various leagues. The operation of more than one league with the same officers must be agreed upon by the managers of the various leagues.

ARTICLE III

District Structure

Section 1. The districts within the state will be determined by the state director and the state board of directors.

Section 2. Each district should have a district director, a district president, a vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer, and a board of directors.

Section 3. All league presidents and vice-presidents will be members of the district board of directors.

Section 4. The district director along with the approval of the board of directors will determine the site of the district tournament. The district director will be the director of the district tournament, and will work with the local hosts.

Section 5. The State Board working under the supervision of the National State Executive Board shall have the power to disqualify, suspend, or remove any manager, coach, player, league, organization, umpire, or any person involved directly or indirectly whose actions in their opinion reflects on or discredits this program or who violates any of the rules within their jurisdiction.

ARTICLE IV

State Structure

Section 1. Each state shall also have a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer.

Section 2. The president shall preside at the state meeting. The state director will coordinate the site of the state tournament and all franchise leagues shall have the opportunity to bid for all tournaments. The state director and the state president will be co-directors of the state tournament and they shall work with the local officials in promoting the tournament.

Section 3. The state director will be in charge of organizing Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. within the state. He will work with all leagues and keep them informed of necessary information that is pertinent to the Dizzy Dean Baseball program.

Section 4. The state directors with the approval of the National State Executive Board shall appoint as many district directors as they deem necessary. The district directors will be under the supervision of the state director and the National State Executive Board and with their approval, will have the power to disqualify, suspend, or remove any manager, coach, player or team, whose actions, in his opinion, reflect on or discredit this program, or who violates any of the rules in effect within their jurisdiction.

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

The purpose of the program is to provide a recreational outlet for as many youth as possible, with emphasis being on local league play rather than tournament play. However, district and state tournaments and a Dizzy Dean World Series are held each year for leagues wanting to participate.

The official rules of baseball shall be the basic set of rules for this program. However, special Dizzy Dean Baseball rules, as set forth in this rule book shall govern in the event of conflict.

Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. is not responsible for any non-related activities that are not directly related to the playing of Dizzy Dean Baseball games.

Dizzy Dean Baseball is designed to allow as many youth as possible to participate in a fair and equal community baseball program No youth shall be turned down.

Select teams will not be sanctioned. A team made up of superior players by any means such as recruiting, selecting, etc. will be declared illegal for Dizzy Dean tournaments.

Team Certificate of Entry must be sent to the State Director by the deadline for each age group. They must be made available to the National Commissioner or the Tournament Director by the State Director upon request.

All rules governing player selection, schedules sanctioning and tournament teams are covered in our rule book and must be followed.

TOURNAMENTS

Section 1. The corporation shall conclude its baseball program each year with a tournament which shall be known as the Dizzy Dean World Series. In tournament play each league may enter an all-star team or a league champion.

Section 2. The tournament shall be awarded to the city, which in the discretion of the board of directors, offers the best conditions and facilities. The city awarded the world series shall be permitted to field a host team.

Section 3. All applications for the tournament shall be submitted to the national commissioner under such terms and conditions as he may require. For information call the commissioner.

Section 4. All world series sites must be inspected by a member of the Dizzy Dean World Series Committee or a representative chosen by them.

Section 5. Invitational World Series Tournaments will be held for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 13 year olds at the conclusion of the regular season.

NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

WILL BE ALLOWED

AT ANY DIZZY DEAN TOURNAMENT

FINANCE

Section 1. A franchise fee shall be charged each team affiliating itself with the corporation, division of fee will be determined from time to time by the board of directors to suit particular needs and circumstances.

Section 2. The franchise fee shall be $12.00 per team for T-Ball & Farm League (5-8) with $2.00 returned to the state.

Section 3. The franchise fee shall be $15.00 per team for Minor, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior & Senior Leagues with $3.00 returned to the state. (If double franchise for Junior & Senior Leagues, the franchise fee will be thirty ($30.00) dollars per team.) Return $3.00 to state for Juniors and $3.00 for Seniors when double franchising,

Section 4. All profits from the Dizzy Dean World Series, after the expenses of the tournament have been paid, will be retained by the host team.

THE TY GAULDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

FUND OF DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC.

Section 1. A college scholarship fund shall be established by the board of directors. The scholarship shall be awarded by the board of directors, under such rules and conditions as it may determine, provided however, that only those boys who participate in the program of the corporation who are in need of financial help shall be eligible. The sons of members of the board of directors and of the officers of the corporation, for the time being, shall not be eligible for a scholarship. The deadline to submit an application for scholarship is July 1st of the current year. Application must be submitted for renewal.

See Later Sections For T-Ball & Farm League Rules.

COMMON RULES OF DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC. AGES 9-18

1:00 THE PLAYING FIELD

1:01 The playing field shall be regulation size for age group participating (See field layouts & Official Measurements), all other conditions are covered under major league rules.

1:02 Fence distances are recommended distances, see field layout section for proper age group. (See state director for approval for tournament play if conditions are less.)

2:00 EQUIPMENT

2:01 All players must be in full baseball uniforms (cap, numbered shirt, pants & socks). Team Uniforms should be of the same color. T-shirts (sleeves) of not more than two colors may be worn with the uniform. The Dizzy Dean patch must be attached in a manner not to appear temporary and be located in the same place on all jerseys. In all district, state, and world series, coaches must wear a full baseball uniform that matches and coordinates with their teams uniforms as close as possible (not coaching shoes or trousers). PENALTY: Violators will not be allowed to participate.

2:02 A protective helmet with full ear flaps will be worn by all batters and base runners. A player refusing to wear a helmet, after being warned to do so by the umpire, will not be allowed to continue as a player in the game and shall be replaced by a substitute. The substitute will assume the ball and strike count if the player was a batter, or will take his position on the base he occupied if he was a base runner. It is recommended that all players and especially the catchers must wear athletic supporters. A catcher must wear a protective cup, and a throat protector.

2:03 A player is not allowed to play any position or to bat without his shirt being tucked into his pants in the proper manner.

2:04 Players not in full uniform shall not be permitted to play in the game.

2:05 All uniforms must be same color for tournament play.

2:06 A number must appear on the back of the uniform shirt to assist the official scorer and spectator in identifying the players in tournament play.

2:07 The bat shall be a regulation baseball bat (not softball) made of either one piece wood or an approved alloy.

2:08 Catchers must wear a protective helmet or plastic cap with or attached to the mask while on defense.

2:09 Any player warming up the pitcher must wear a mask and a cup.

2:10 Beginning with the District Tournaments all levels of tournament play must use the officially approved Dizzy Dean Baseball manufactured by Baden Sports, signed by the Commissioner. It is recommended local league use an officially approved ball.

2:11 Metal cleats will not be allowed for (12) twelve years and under.

2:12 Metal cleats will be allowed for ages 13 through 18.

3:00 RE-ENTRY SUBSTITUTION

3:01 Dizzy Dean Baseball is played under re-entry substitution in all local league and tournament play. Any starting player (pitcher included) may be removed from the game by being replaced legally with a substitute, and then return to the lineup one time; however, he must replace the first player that replaces him and be inserted in the same position in the batting order that he possessed at the start of the game. The player may return to the lineup at any time, on offense or on defense. This includes all games. Once the substitute has been removed from the game he cannot return. He can make only one appearance in the game. EXCEPTION: See Rule 3:03.

3:02 A batter removed from the game because of too many appearances on the field by the manager in one inning, cannot return to the game until this half inning of play has been completed. Should this batter be a substitute player, he cannot return to the game at all, because a substitute can make only one appearance. EXCEPTION: See Rule 3:03.

3:03 It a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured, or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING MANAGER must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill, or injured player or players. This only applies to a substitute and not to an ejected player. If there is no one for the opposing manager to select then the game will be forfeited. An injured player, who has been replaced, cannot return to the game. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.

3:04 Under the re-entry substitute rule, a pitcher maybe replaced on the mound during any part of the game, and return to the mound ONE TIME. EXAMPLE: He may pitch five innings and be replaced with a substitute, and then return to the mound in the sixth inning as a pitcher. See Rule 3:01.

4:00 MANAGER AND COACHES

4:01 Two adults may coach the bases if they choose to do so. ln all tournament play, district, state and world series, coaches must wear a full baseball uniform that matches and coordinates with their team's uniform. Coaches must wear a complete baseball uniform (not coaching shorts or trousers).

4:02 With the exception of the coaches, all players, managers, etc. must remain in the dugout, on the benches, or in the prescribed areas throughout the game.

4:03 Only registered players or adult coaches and manager of the team are permitted on the coaching lines. The adult manager or coaches, whether or not they are on the coaching lines, may moderately dispute any decision or may discuss any point with the umpires to the extent allowed by the rules of professional baseball; but, if he at any time makes any derogatory remarks or undue criticism about or to the opposing players, he shall immediately be ejected from the game.

MINORS

4:04 Any manager who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than two (2) times in one inning (not game) per pitcher to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher from the mound. Under the re-entry substitution rule, the pitcher may return to the mound after the side has been retired, if eligible.

4:05 Any manager or coach going onto the playing field to talk to the same batter (or a batter going to the dugout or bench to talk to the manager or coach) more, than one (1) time per batter or more than three (3) times per inning not batter will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make a substitution in the line up. NOTE: The only exception to Rule 4:04 and 4:05 is in the case of injury or if the time is called by the opposing team or umpire.

FRESHMEN

4:06 Any manager who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than once in one inning, per pitcher (not game) to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher. He may return to the mound after the side has been retired, if eligible.

4:07 Any manager or coach going on to the playing field to talk to the same batter (or a batter going to the dugout or bench to talk to the manager or coach) more than twice in one time at bat will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make substitution in the lineup. NOTE: The only exception to rule 4:04 and 4:05 is in the case of injury, or if the time is called by the opposing team or umpire.

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS & SENIORS

4:08 Any manager who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than once in one inning, per pitcher (not game) to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher. He may return to the mound after the side has been retired, if eligible.

4:09 Any manager or coach going onto the playing field to talk to the same batter (or a batter going to the dugout or bench to talk to the manager or coach) more than twice in one time at bat will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make substitution in the lineup. NOTE: The only exception to rule 4:04 and 4:05 is in the case of injury, or if the time is called by the opposing team or umpire.

4:10 SEE T-BALL AND FARM LEAGUE SECTION FOR AGES 8 AND UNDER.

4:11 Manager is responsible for the conduct of coaches, team and fans.

5:00 REGULATION GAMES

MINORS & FRESHMEN

5:01 It is a regulation game if it is called by the umpire on account of darkness, rain, or other cause which in the umpire's judgement interfered with further play, provided that: (a) four (4) or more innings have been played, or (b) three and one-half innings shall constitute a legal game if the team second at bat will have scored more runs at the end of its third inning, or before the completion of its fourth inning, than the first at bat scored in its four (4) complete innings.

5:02 In the event that a game is halted before completion of three and one-half or four innings as outlined in rule 5:01 ; due to rain, darkness, protest, tie, or any other cause, it must be resumed from the point of termination when the game is rescheduled by league officials, with as nearly the same line-up as possible. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.

5:03 If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs at the end of the fourth inning or any inning thereafter through the sixth inning, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. This rule to apply in all local play and all tournament play.

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS & SENIORS

5:04 It is a regulation game if it is called by the umpire on account of darkness, rain, or other cause which in the umpire's judgment interfered with further play, provided five (5) or more innings have been played, or four and one-half innings shall constitute a legal game if the team second at bat shall have scored more runs at the end of its fourth inning, or before the completion of its fifth inning, than the first at bat has scored in its five (5) complete innings.

5:05 In the event that a game is halted before completion of four and one-half or five innings as outlined in Rule 5:01 due to rain, darkness, protest, tie, or any other cause, it must be resumed from the point of termination when the game is rescheduled by league officials, with as nearly the same line-up as possible. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULES.

5:06 If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs at the end of the fifth inning or any inning thereafter, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. This rule to apply in all local league play and all tournament play.

5:07 Except 12 & under (6 innings), games shall be seven (7) innings duration. In case the score is tied at the end of seven (7) innings (6 innings - Minors & Freshmen), the games shall go into extra innings until a winner is established, or the game is called by the umpire.

6:00 PITCHING RULES

6:01 A pitcher can pitch in consecutive games in the same day, if he does not violate any of the above rules.

6:02 Any pitcher playing in the same ball game may return to the mound one time. If a game is delayed for any reason, he may be allowed to continue. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE AW PITCHING RULE OR RE -ENTRY RULE. Refer to rule 3:01 and rule 3:04.

6:03 An inning is interpreted to mean the following: if a pitcher pitches to one man and is removed from the pitching mound before he is retired, he is only charged with pitching one-third of an inning. If he is removed after retiring one batter, but after he has pitched to the next batter, he is charged two-thirds of an inning. If he is removed after he has retired two batters, but after he has pitched one pitch to the next batter, he is charged with pitching a complete inning. This rule is to be used both in season play and in tournament play.

6:04 It is not necessary to register pitchers. Any team member may pitch, subject to the other restrictions of the pitching rules.

6:05 If a pitcher pitches beyond his allotted innings per game, per day, per week or per tournament because of a double or triple play there is no penalty. (He was legal when pitch was made.) The pitcher will be removed after the outs are made.

MINORS

6:06 A pitcher is allowed eight (8) innings each week.

6:07 A pitcher may pitch twelve (12) innings in a tournament.

6:08 If any pitcher pitches three full innings and then throws to another batter in the same game or day, he will not be eligible to pitch until he has had forty-eight (48) hours rest, beginning with the time he leaves the pitching mound as a pitcher.

6:09 If a pitcher pitches no more than three full innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed the eight (8) innings rule.

6:10 Pitchers are limited to six (6) innings in any one game or day; however, if the game is interrupted for any reason before becoming official and is postponed for a period of 48 hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to conflict with the number of innings per week or per tournament rule. In case of tie, pitcher may pitch seven (7) innings. No pitcher may pitch over seven (7) innings in one (1) day.

6:11 No pitcher may pitch over 6 innings in one game or day.

FRESHMEN

6:12 A pitcher is allowed eight (8) innings each week.

6:13 A pitcher may pitch fourteen (14) innings in a tournament.

6:14 If any pitcher pitches three full innings and then throws to another batter in the same game or day, he will not be eligible to pitch until he has had forty-eight (48) hours rest, beginning with the time he leaves the pitching mound as a pitcher.

6:15 If a pitcher pitches no more than three full innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed the eight (8) innings rule.

6:16 Pitchers are limited to seven (7) innings in any one game or day; however, if the game is interrupted for any reason before becoming official and is postponed for a period of 48 hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to conflict with the number of innings per week or per tournament rules. In case of tie, pitcher may pitch seven (7) innings. No pitcher may pitch over seven (7) innings in one day.

6:17 No pitcher may pitch over seven (7) innings in one game or day.

SOPHOMORES

6:18 A pitcher is allowed twelve (12) innings each week.

6:19 A pitcher may pitch sixteen (16) innings in a tournament.

6:20 If a pitcher pitches no more than four (4) innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed the twelve (12) innings rule.

6:21 Pitchers are limited to ten (10) innings in any one game or day. However, if the game is interrupted for any reason before becoming official and is postponed for a period of 36 hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to conflict with the number of innings per week or per tournament rules. Thirty-six (36) hours of rest is required.

6:22 No pitcher may pitch over 10 innings in one game or day.

JUNIORS & SENIORS

6:23 A pitcher can pitch fourteen (14) innings each week. This week will begin on the opening day of the league season. If the season begins on Sunday for example, a pitcher will have from Sunday through Saturday to pitch fourteen (14) innings. Then on Sunday, he is allotted fourteen (14) new innings.

6:24 ln tournament play a pitcher may not pitch more than eighteen (18) innings in a tournament. Once he has pitched eighteen (18) innings in the tournament he cannot pitch any more until the next tournament.

6:25 If any pitcher pitches four full innings and then throws to another batter in the same game or day, regardless of whether the batter is retired by the pitch, the pitcher will not be eligible to pitch until he has had twenty-four (24) hours rest, beginning with the time he leaves the pitching mound as a pitcher.

6:26 If a pitcher pitches no more than four (4) full innings in any day, he may be used on as many consecutive days as he wishes, provided he does not exceed the fourteen (14) innings rule.

6:27 Pitchers are limited to ten (10) innings in any one game. However, if the game is interrupted for any reason before becoming official and is postponed for a period of 24 hours or more, then the same pitcher is allotted a new number of innings not to conflict with the number of innings per week or per tournament rules.

6:28 No pitcher may pitch over ten (10) innings in one (1) game or day.

7:00 FORFEITURE AND PROTEST

7:01 Should a question arise as to the interpretation of the playing rules. Only the head coach may appeal.

7:02 A team failing to field at least nine uniformed players within fifteen minutes after the scheduled game time shall forfeit the game. A forfeit shall count in league standing. Teams dropping out of the league will have the results of their previous games discarded.

7:03 A team that does not complete its schedule will not be allowed to put a player on the all-star team.

7:04 Playing illegal players or pitchers will result in forfeiture of games in which players or pitchers participate if protested by the opposing manager or coach. Should both teams use illegal players or pitchers both teams will be credited with a loss. A youth that is not an approved player on the playing roster is an illegal player. If a player belongs to another Dizzy Dean team or league and participates in a game in your league he is illegal. A pitcher who has exceeded his allotted number of innings or who has not had his proper rest is illegal, and the game will be forfeited if protested. It a manager or coach knowingly plays a player that is illegal after being told to stop by the local league, District Director, State Director, or a National Director in that state, and continues playing that illegal player, that team shall lose their franchise.

7:05 An ineligible player is one who is legally a member of the team but who is ineligible to play or pitch in a particular game or games because of an infraction of the rules, or because of a previous violation or disciplinary action. It is the duty of the manager to keep a record of his players and pitchers.

7:06 The playing of an ineligible substitute will result in a protest, if protested by the manager of the opposing team before the completion of the game. The penalty for the playing of an ineligible substitute will result in the replaying of the game from the point of the infraction, it the protesting managers team loses.

7:07 A protest which involves an umpire's judgment may not be made The only legal protest is one in which a violation of playing rules or the use of an ineligible player or ineligible substitute is protested.

7:08 The protesting manager on a play situation must immediately notify the

umpire that the game is being played under protest. Failure of the umpire to make this announcement shall not affect the validity of the protest.

7:09 A protest based on a play situation shall be considered only if it is placed in writing and submitted to the league president within forty eight (48) hours. A ten ($10) dollar fee must accompany each protest. This fee will be returned it the committee rules in favor of the protesting party. The president shall appoint a committee of three (3) impartial managers or coaches from another league, if possible, to act as the protest committee.

7:10 Protests that are made in tournament play, must be made to the umpire in chief who will in turn refer the protest to the tournament director. The tournament director and umpire in chief will then call in the other members of the protest committee. The protest committee in tournament play shall consist of three (3) members as follows: (a) umpire in chief (or alternate umpire on the field I the umpire in chief made the call in question), (b) the district director, the state director or the national president-commissioner or one person appointed by such at their respective tournament, (c) a third member associated with Dizzy Dean Baseball but not connected with either team, this member to be appointed by "b" above or his representative. All other provisions of protests in tournament play to remain the same.

7:11 Tournament protests may be made only on a misinterpretation of a rule and ineligibility of a player or players. A protest based on the misinterpretation of a rule must be made before the next legal pitch. All other protests including ineligibility or legality of a player or players, must be made before the team leaves the playing field. Protests must be made to the umpire in chief. The protest committee after hearing the protesting manager and the manager of the opposing team shall make a decision and that decision will be final. There will be no appeal.

7:12 Rained out or otherwise postponed regularly scheduled league games must be played within seven (7) days, called by the home team and at the convenience of the visiting team. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the game by the home team or they may appeal to the league president who will then set a time and date for play as nearly as possible to suit the convenience of both teams.

7:13 In local play only a team may file a protest on the grounds of ineligibility of a player or pitcher within forty-eight (48) hours after the completion of the game. NOTE: According to the interpretation of this rule, only the game or games protested will be considered and all protests of this nature must be within forty eight (48) hours.

7:14 Any team manager or their adult leader who withdraws a baseball team from the playing field under any circumstance prior to the official completion of the game shall forfeit all rights to protest as prescribed in the section. He shall also forfeit this game by a score of nine to nothing. The pitcher will be charged with all innings pitched.

7:15 Any player playing for more than one Dizzy Dean franchised organization will be declared illegal for tournament play.

8:00 SCHEDULES

8:01 A league is required to play a twelve (12) game schedule to qualify an all-star team for tournament play.

8:02 Leagues are encouraged to play an eighteen (18) game schedule, exclusive of exhibition and practice games when possible.

8:03 A team may play a double header, but for ages 12 & under each game should be six (6) innings in length. Ages 13 and up should be seven (7) innings.

8:04 Under no conditions can league officials set up a schedule of games which would require a team to play more than two games in one day. A continued game of three (3) innings or less does not constitute a game.

8:05 Exhibition and practice games are permitted, but all pitching rules must be followed.

8:06 Leagues may play an interlocking schedule.

8:07 Leagues should play at least two scheduled games a week.

8:08 Teams that are in different congressional districts may play in the same league with another state ff necessary. Also communities that are located on state lines may play in a league with another state if necessary. Players playing in adjoining states must apply for a release and be approved by both states on a boundary release form.

9:00 SPECIAL RULES

9:01 No spectator shall be allowed on the playing field during the playing of any game. In the event that spectators swarm on the playing field during the playing of any game, the umpire in chief will request that the field be cleared by both managers within five (5) minutes under penalty of having the game forfeited.

9:02 No adult will be allowed on the playing field during the playing of any game without the consent of the umpires; and no persons except the officially registered players of the team, the manager and the coaches will be allowed on the bench or in the dugout during the playing of any contest.

9:03 At least two umpires shall be furnished for each game. You may use more if they are available.

9:04 A baseball player, manager, coach, umpire or game official, will not be allowed to use tobacco products or profanity during the ball game. If, in the opinion of the umpires, a player or manager or coach or scorekeeper, conducts himself in an unsportsmanlike manner or commits any act which may maim or injure an opposing player, if deemed deliberate, he shall be removed from the game. Players that are removed may not return to the game under the re-entry rule. An ejected player must leave the dugout or bench. When a player or coach is ejected he must sit out the next scheduled game. The Tournament director shall have the authority to remove any coach or player for the remainder of the tournament for any flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct.

9:05 All ground rules must be given to the visiting manager and coach. Only those rules will be honored. You cannot make up ground rules as the game progresses. These ground rules must be filed with the league president before the schedule begins.

9:06 The home club must have their pitcher warmed up and ready to pitch after eight (8) warm up pitches, or two (2) minutes, immediately after the umpire notifies the teams to play ball.

9:07 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 he maliciously runs into a fielder.

9:08 In Minors three (3) strikes is out even if ball is dropped.

9:09 In Minors, any base runner leaving the base before ball reaches home plate is out (umpires decision). If a runner misses a base, it will be an appeal play to the umpire. (See appeals and protests.)

9:10 In Freshmen three strikes is out even if ball is dropped.

10:00 TEAMS

10:01 All ages 9 thru 14 will be allowed 18 players whose names shall be registered with the league president by May 1 5th.

10:02 Juniors and Seniors 15 thru 18 will be allowed 18 players whose names shall be registered with the league president by June 10th.

10:03 Ages 10 and under shall have a manager and three coaches. The manager will be responsible for the team.

10:04 Ages 11 and up shall have a manager and two (2) coaches. The manager will be responsible for the team.

10:05 Once a player is on a team he is not allowed to transfer from team to team, league to league, or district to district without written release from the league president and approval of the state director and the National State Executive Board.

10:06 Managers may not sign new players after May 15th for ages 5 thru 14. A violation of this rule will make the player ineligible for tournament selections and reason to protest in local league or tournament play.

10:07 Managers may not sign new players after June 10th for ages 15 thru 18. A violation of this rule will make the player ineligible for tournament selection and a reason to protest in local league or tournament play.

10:08 Teams that are now operating under another organizational name that come into Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. program shall be allowed to retain their eligible players who were on the team roster the year before. The only change you have to make to convert the team into Dizzy Dean Baseball is to make an application for a franchise and be approved.

10:09 Communities wishing to franchise one league and one all star team 15 thru 18 may do so with the approval of the state director.

11:00 ALL-STAR TEAMS

11:01 A player must be a member of a franchised Dizzy Dean team and participate in at least one haft of that teams scheduled games to be eligible for the all-star team. Violation of this rule will make such all-star team ineligible. Managers are requested to double check player eligibility. EXCEPTION: A player, injured in play after becoming a member of the team, that is forced to miss more than half of the games, will be eligible for the all-star team, provided it is agreeable with all the managers, involved in the selection of the team.

11:02 Each team should have at least one player on the all-star team. It is recommended that the winning manager of the league, manage the all-star team, and choose his coaches, and the remaining players he desires to fill out his roster.

11:03 Eighteen (18) players ages 9 and up are allowed. Once a player has been named to the all-star team, he cannot be replaced unless he becomes sick, injured, or moves away. No player can be chosen as a bat boy.

11:04 Leagues with more than (8) eight teams or exceeding a player count of 112 players per age group must have (2) or more all-star teams and be divided into two or more equal leagues. EXAMPLE: A league with 9 teams of 12 year olds players would have a league of 5 and a league of 4). However if (2) two age groups such as 11 & 12's are playing together you may exceed the 8 team count and still have (1) all-star team per age group, providing that no age group in the league has more than 112 players (less than 112 eleven year old and less than 112 twelve year olds.)

11:05 A league with fewer than eight teams may have one (1) or more all-star teams with the approval of the state director. Leagues with more than eight teams must have two (2) or more all-star teams. EXCEPTION: See player count Rule 11:04.

11:06 Should there be nine teams in an area that wanted to play together, to keep from violating the eight (8) team league rule, you would put four (4) teams in one league and five (5) teams in another league and play an interlocking schedule. These games played would count in the league standing for both leagues. Age groups 12 and under: Should your league exceed eight (8) teams but not exceed 112 total players you may select one all-star team.

11:07 Leagues of the less than four (4) teams that have been approved by the state director may select an all-star team.

11:08 All players on the senior all-star team may be 18 years old. All players on the junior all-star team may be 16 years old. All players on the sophomore all-star team may be 14 years old. All players on the freshmen all-star team may be 12 years old. All players on the minor all-star team may be 10 years old.

11:09 A league may enter an all-star team or a league winner in tournament play.

11:10 No player may be selected for more than one Dizzy Dean tournament team.

11:11 A player or team cannot participate in two (2) tournaments at the same time. This means Dizzy Dean and (Babe Ruth, Pony, Dixie Youth, AABC, etc.)

12:00 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

12:01 Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. competition for a players age group shall be open to any approved youth whose birthday falls before August 1 st of the current year and any approved youth whose nineteenth birthday falls on or after June the first of the current year, is eligible to compete in the complete and current Dizzy Dean Baseball season. A player may play up one age group in local or tournament play. He cannot play down in tournament play. EXAMPLE: A 11 or 12 year old can play with a 13 or 14 year old team. This will be a state option.

12:02 Only approved youth who are amateurs are eligible for Dizzy Dean Baseball competition.

12:03 Amateur is defined here to be in accordance with the rules of the high school athletic association. NOTE: District presidents or managers in doubt of violating the amateur status of a player are cautioned to contact their state high school athletic association to ascertain its ruling or policy which would affect the athlete.

13:00 BIRTH CERTIFICATES

13:01 Dates of birth of players shall be certified by birth certificate or other legally accepted proof of age to a league official, (president), prior to the leagues first regularly scheduled game. All birth and baptismal records must be signed. A photostatic copy is acceptable if signed by proper authorities as a true copy of same. A valid drivers license is an acceptable proof of age.

13:02 Players who cannot furnish birth certificates, or hospital certificates may mail other documents of proof to the office of the commissioner and the office will mail, if accepted, a certificate in lieu of same. Baptismal certificates to be accepted only if child was baptized within the first six years of birth and shows the actual date of birth.

13:03 A photostatic copy of a birth record will be accepted, provided it is stamped and notarized as a true copy of same and signed by one or both of the parents of the player. This requirement will be necessary, if the birth record is a certified copy and was Issued by the state, county, parish, or United States Government.

13:04 Players, not legally adopted, but using a name different from that which appears on the certificate, will be eligible provided that a notarized statement of this fact is made before a probate judge or clerk of court, and statement attached to the birth certificate with the signature and seal of the probate judge or clerk of court.

13:05 Managers of teams participating in tournament play must have in their possession at all times proof of date of birth as stated above. These records are to be inspected by a credentials committee, appointed by the tournament director, prior to the tournament. These records are to be presented at all tournaments.

14:00 PLAYER REGISTRATION

14:01 All leagues participating in tournament play are required to file a roster of players of each team in each league with the league president, and state director on or before May fifteenth (15) for players 5 through 14 years of age.

14:02 All leagues participating in tournament play are required to file a roster of players of each team in each league with the league president, and state director on or before June tenth (10) for Juniors and Seniors.

14:03 The full name of the player, his date of birth, residence by street road, etc., shall be included in the registration.

14:04 A youth who does not register in time to participate in player selection systems will be ineligible to participate unless he was sick or injured (confirmed by doctors affidavft) or a new resident of the community. New residents following the player selection may be assigned a team provided all managers of teams participating in the player pool approved the assignment and with the written consent of the league president.

14:05 The managers or coaches of teams who live outside of territorial limits of the league are permitted to play their sons or daughters in the league upon the written approval of the state director. NOTE: This does not include sons or daughters of league officials, scorekeepers, etc., only manager and coaches.

14:06 Communities or playgrounds participating in Dizzy Dean Baseball must sanction all teams in each age group that they choose to participate in. EXAMPLE: If a community or playground would have enough youths to have five (5) teams of 15-16 year old players they must sanction all five (5) teams. Violation of this rule could result in the loss of your franchise.

15:00 SELECTION OF PLAYERS

15:01 The state director with the approval of the National State Executive Board will determine league boundaries from which to select players. When two or more leagues operate within a certain locale, they may select players from combined areas by agreement of the officials involved, but all managers must have equal opportunity in the selecting of the players.

15:02 The board of directors of Dean Dean Baseball, Inc. reserves the right to continue as a player any youth (1) whose residence changes after becoming a member of a team in a league or (2) who lives outside the league's boundaries even if the youth then resides in the territory of another league.

15:03 Each league, with the approval of the State Director and the State Executive Board shall determine its own system of selection of players.

15:04 In the rural areas where four or more small communities come together to form a league, the players within a ten mile area belong to that team. All players outside this area are free players and can play with whatever community they choose.

15:05 All players ages 12 & under, who change franchise D. D. B. B. organizations

without changing their legal residence if the original organization offers their age group, will be ineligible for tournament play for one year unless prior approval is obtained. Refer to Rules 7:04 and 10:05.

16:00 LEAGUE REGISTRATION

16:01 Each league must be properly franchised in Dizzy Dean Baseball. The team certificate of entry must be filed and registered in quadruplicate (four copies). The manager will keep one copy, one copy will be sent to the league president, one copy will be sent to the state director, and one copy will be mailed to the office of the commissioner at national headquarters.

16:02 These entry forms cannot be mailed later than June tenth (10) of the current year for Juniors and Seniors, May fifteenth (15) for all other ages.

17:00 TEAM SPONSORS

17:01 Dizzy Dean Baseball teams should be sponsored only by those organizations, firms or companies whose activities or products are not detrimental to the welfare of the youth.

18:00 ADMISSION TO GAMES

18:01 In order to help defray expenses of winning teams competing in tournaments, it is recommended that admission be charged in all tournaments and championship series.

9:00 TOURNAMENTS

19:01 (Minors & Freshmen) In all world series and tournament play, in order for a game to become a complete game, it must be a full six (6) inning contest, regardless of the delay; and no other tournament game can be started until the completion of the interrupted game. All games shall be 6 innings duration unless the losing manager wishes to concede without penalty. EXCEPTION: If a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs at the end of the fourth inning or any inning thereafter, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. This rule to apply in all local league play and all tournament play. (FARM LEAGUE see FARM LEAGUE section and four inning when appropriate.)

19:02 (Soph, Jr, Sr) In all world series & tournament play, in order for a game to become a complete game, it must be a full 7 inning contest, regardless of the delay; and no other tournament game can be started until the completion of the interrupted game. All games shall be 7 innings duration unless the losing manager wishes to concede without penalty. EXCEPTION: It a team is leading its opponent by at least ten (10) runs at the end of the fifth inning or any inning thereafter, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. This rule to apply in all local league play and all tournament play. (FARM LEAGUE see FARM LEAGUE section and four inning when appropriate.

19:03 In tournament play a pitcher may not pitch more than his maximum number of tournament innings. Once he has, he cannot pitch again until the next tournament.

19:04 Tournament protests are covered in Section 7:00.

19:05 All-star teams may have eighteen (18) players, one (1) manager and two (2) coaches on the team for 9 thru 18 years of age, all-star teams for ages 8 and under shall have 14 players one manager and three coaches.

19:06 All teams participating in tournament play will be required to wear the Dizzy Dean Patch attached in a manner not to appear temporary and located in the same place on all jerseys. PENALTY: Violators will not be allowed to play.

19:07 Re-entry substitution will be allowed in all tournament play.

19:08 Tournament affidavits must be filled out by all teams participating in tournament play. This affidavit will include name, date of birth, age, address of the players, and the name of players team.

19:09 Each team must have two (5x7) team photographs with the players names written across the back left to right as they appear in the photograph. A team photograph and a team roster of the state tournament team must be turned in to the state director on the opening day of the state tournament. There will be no changes to the roster after the tournament begins. The other photograph will be kept by the manager. The state director will make arrangements to have teams picture taken if they arrive at the state tournament without this photograph. State tournament directors will mail a team photograph and a team roster of all teams in their tournament to the world series tournament director on the opening day of the state tournament. As soon as a winner is certain in each state, the state director will telephone, collect, the world series tournament director and notify him of the winner. This will not cause a delay in having that states team picture in the program. This will save much time on the part of the program committee.

19:10 Teams participating in tournament play must have a proof of birth, as stated under rule 13:00 Birth Certificates, in their possession. These records are to be inspected by a credentials committee prior to the tournament. The tournament director will appoint the credentials committee. These records are to be presented at all tournaments at the request of the tournament director. Score books from the state tournament will be sent to the world series tournament director by the state director.

19:11 Once a team has been certified as being eligible for tournament play, the team, as well as individual players can be questioned and they may be disqualified if in violation of any rule governing Dizzy Dean Baseball).

19:12 No team will be required to play more than two (2) games in the same day during the same tournament. EXCEPTION: A continued game of three innings or less will not constitute a game. For Farm League see Farm League section.

19:13 It is the duty of the manager to keep a record of eligible players and pitchers.

19:14 Beginning with the district tournament, all levels of tournament play must use the officially approved Dizzy Dean Baseball manufactured by Baden Sports, signed by the commissioner.

19:15 Pitching rules listed in section 6:00 and 7:00 will apply in tournament play.

19:16 Tournaments may be single or double elimination. This is left up to each district and state tournament. The Dizzy Dean World Series will be double elimination. Use the winners bracket for single elimination tournaments.

19:17 If a state has only one (1) league that league will be the state champion. If there are two leagues only, these teams will play a best two out of three series.

19:18 All teams traveling to a tournament shall be required to present proof of the following types of insurance: (1) Excess Accident Insurance that has a Maximum Medical Limit of at least $50,000. (2) General Liability Insurance on an Occurrence Form (not claims Made) that has a Per Occurrence Limit of at least $1,000,000 combined single limits and that does not exclude "participant liability". If the endorsed Dizzy Dean league insurance policy (see advertisement) is not carried by such team, their General Liability policy must name Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. as "Additional Insured".

19:19 Tournament directors should obtain the very best umpires for their tournament.

19:20 Tournament brackets will be furnished.

19:21 There will be no designated hitter in tournament play.

19:22 All teams will draw for position in tournament play. The host team will have the choice of the game time on opening day only, thereafter they will revert to the position drawn.

19:23 If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING MANAGER must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill, or injured player or players. This only applies to a substitute and not to an ejected player. If there is no one for the opposing manager to select the game will be forfeited. An injured player that has been replaced cannot return to the game. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.

19:24 All official score books will be collected after each world series and sent with a picture of the championship team to the administrative assistant of Dizzy Dean Baseball.

PLAYING RULES FOR

DIZZY DEAN BASEBALL, INC. T-BALL

AGES 5-8 YEARS OLD

OPTIONAL: TO BE USED IN LOCAL LEAGUE PLAY

The "T-Ball" division of Dizzy Dean Baseball. Inc. has been organized as a baseball program for ages 5-6 and designed to have the ball hit off of a tee.

20:00 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

20:01 Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. "T Ball" ages 5 or 6 shall be open to any approved youth, regardless of sex, color, religion or race, whose 5th and 6th birthday falls before August 1st (first) of the current year.

21:00 EQUIPMENT

21:01 The officially adopted ball for the 5-6 age group will be the officially approved Dizzy Dean Baseball manufactured by Baden Sports, signed by the Commissioner.

21:02 Tennis shoes or baseball shoes with RUBBERIZED cleats may be worn. NO METAL OR PLASTIC CLEATS. Shirts must be tucked in.

21:03 Approved (unaltered) baseball bats, wood or aluminum, any size may be used.

21:04 All batters and runners must wear batting helmets. Chin straps must be worn with all types of helmets. Any player running the bases and deliberately removing his headgear in the umpires judgment should be given a warning and on any subsequent offense will be called out. Wrap around types may be used but must have a crown protective insert and chin strap.

21:05 Catcher must wear a helmet.

21:06 Equipment must be kept in the dugout.

21:07 Approved batting tees (unaltered) will be provided by each team.

21:08 Approved helmets meeting safety requirements will be furnished by each team.

21:09 A first baseman's mitt may be used by the first baseman and the catcher only.

22:00 PLAYING FIELD

22:01 The coaches box is to be a minimum of three (3) feet wide and six feet long and no closer than (6) six feet to the base path.

22:02 There will be a twenty (20) foot chalked arc from the first base line to the third base line drawn from the back point of home plate. The ball must be on or past this line to be fair, if not it will be a foul ball. The ball is fair 9 it hit inside the arc and travels beyond the arc line. HITTING OF THE TEE WILL IN NO WAY BE A DETERMINING FACTOR AS TO WHETHER THE BALL IS FAIR OR FOUL (ONLY THE 20 FOOT ARC) IF THIS BALL IS STRUCK. If the ball is missed completely, but still comes past the arc, because of the striking of the tee, it will be a strike.

22:03 Forty (40) ft. lines will be drawn on the foul lines between home and first (1st) and between home and third (3rd). Infielders must stay behind these lines until the ball is hit. PENALTY: Offensive team gets choice of the play or re-bat.

22:04 Batters' boxes will be drawn 3 ft. wide and 6 ft. long and positioned 4 inches from the edge of the plate. There should be 3 feet in front and 3 feet in back of the middle of home plate.

22:05 The pitching rubber is thirty-nine (39) ft. from the back point of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber.

22:06 The base paths will be fifty (50) ft.

22:07 The playing field should be a recommended minimum distance of 120 ft. and a maximum of 140 ft.

22:08 There will be a four (4) ft. line drawn ten (10) ft. on the second (2nd) base side of first (1st) base, third (3rd) base side of second (2nd), and home plate side of third (3rd) base to be used by the umpires in determining when time should be called.

23:00 OFFENSE

23:01 The batting order shall consist of nine (9) batters. The offense will have three outs or bat nine (9) batters per inning. No batter shall bat twice in one inning. (Unless a batting out of order occurs.)

23:02 Base coaches shall remain in their coaching boxes at all times, unless play dictates otherwise There may be a batting coach behind home plate in the designated area. Batting coaches may position the batter and adjust the tee one (1) time for each batter. PENALTY: Batter is out the coach resets the tee or batter.

23:03 The tee will be removed by the umpire after each batter

23:04 Four innings is a complete game, unless tied or mathematically impossible for one team to catch up.

23:05 After one (1) warning per game per player for slinging his bat, the batter will be called out for each additional time that he stings his bat.

23:06 Batter is out if he touches the ball that is declared a foul ball or a dead ball.

23:07 Bumping the ball off the tee during warm-up is not a strike and will be called a no-pitch by the home plate umpire.

23:08 The batter will receive three (3) strikes before being called out, any of the following will result in a strike being called on the batter:

A. In the judgment of the umpire the batter misses the ball completely.

B. The batter fails to hit the ball past the 20 ft. arc on the 1st and 2nd hit resulting in the ball being called foul.

C. Any foul ball before the third strike,

23:09 Any ball struck and carries on or past the 20 ft. arc shall be a fair ball, if the ball is touched in fair territory or passes first or third before going foul, even though part of the tee may have been struck. NOTE: Any ball in the judgment of the umpire that carries past the 20 ft. arc, but was not touched by the batter's bat will be called a strike.

23:10 NO BUNTING will be allowed, half-swings, as judged by the umpire, will be called a bunt. PENALTY: A strike will be called on the batter. If on the third strike, the batter will be called out.

23:11 A batter cannot be out of the batter's box when the ball is hit. This includes stepping on home plate. PENALTY: Batter is out.

23:12 If a runner leaves the base before the ball is hit he/she will be called out.

23:13 Any offensive coach physically assisting a base runner while the ball is in play will result in that runner being called out.

23:14 Offensive team may have one (1) time out per batter, but cannot reset the batter or the tee during this time out.

23:15 The batter may adjust his tee himself, if he so decides or the batting coach may ask the home plate umpire to adjust the tee for the batter with no penalty.

23:16 There will be automatically two (2) outs, when the ninth (9th) batter comes to the plate, any out made including touching home plate will be considered the third (3rd) out of the inning. NOTE: The offensive team or scorekeeper must notify the umpire when the ninth (9th) batter comes to bat and the umpire shall notify the defensive team. PENALTY: The defensive team gets the choice of the play or rebat.

24:00 DEFENSE

24:01 There will be nine (9) players on defense There will be five (5) set infielders that must remain in the infield until the ball is hit. Outfielders must remain twenty (20) feet behind the base lines until the ball is hit. PENALTY: The offensive team gets a choice of the play or re-bat.

24:02 The pitcher must have one (1) foot in contact with the rubber, when the ball is hit. PENALTY: The offensive team gets a choice of the play or re-bat.

24:03 Time is automatically called by the umpire when the lead runner is faced off and/or forced into the ten (10) ft. designated line at the base. NOTE: The umpire should not be too quick to call time, if the lead runner is not faced off the umpire should allow the offensive coach time to react to the situation and run his runners if he decides.

24:04 NO ROLLING of the ball intentionally will be allowed. No outs will be allowed

by rolling the ball. Runners will automatically be safe if defensive team rolls the ball.

24:05 Appeals will be made by the head coach after time has been called and before the ball is returned to the tee by the home plate umpire. The coach will notify the umpire involved of his appeal of what runner and what base. NOTE: For the purpose of the appeal play, returning the ball to the tee by the home plate umpire will be the same result as the next pitch being thrown.

24:06 Overthrows inside the fence will be a live ball and allow the base runner as many bases as possible. Overthrows outside the field of play will be declared a dead ball and bases awarded under the rules of regular baseball.

24:07 If a catcher is not used, he can be used as a fourth (4th) outfielder. If a catcher is used, he must wear a protective helmet, but not the full catcher's outfit.

24:08 A caught fly ball will be played the same as regular baseball and play is not dead unless the ball is hit by the ninth (9th) batter of the inning.

24:09 One defensive coach may be out of the dugout at the open end to instruct his defensive players. OPTION: The defensive team may have a defensive coach on the first (1st) base foul line and third (3rd) base foul line thirty (30) ft. from the base path and 6 feet of the foul line.

24:10 The infield fly rule will not be in effect.

25:00 MISCELLANEOUS

25:01 Substitutes should be announced by the official scorekeeper, but failure to do so will not make the substitute illegal. Substitutes will be considered in the game according to the Substitute rules of Dizzy Dean Baseball and the rules of regular baseball.

25:02 Age verification will be shown at the credentials meeting prior to all tournaments. Players may not be seven (7) years old prior to August 1 of that year.

25:03 If a player is injured by being hit in the face, throat or head TIME WILL BE CALLED IMMEDIATELY and all players awarded one base. Any other injury deemed serious enough in the judgement of the umpire will be handled in the same manner. The coach must not enter the field until time is called. NOTE: This is a judgment call and cannot be appealed. An injured player who was been replaced cannot return to the game.

25:04 All teams participating in tournament play will be required to wear a Dizzy Dean Patch in the same place on each players jersey attached in a manner not to appear temporary. A number must appear on the back of the jersey. PENALTY: The player will not be allowed to play.

25:05 Teams may play more than two games in one day with the approval of the Dizzy Dean Tournament Director.

FARM LEAGUE 5-8 YEARS OLD

ALL COACHES & LEAGUES "MUST TRY TO GET RULE INTERPRETATIONS AND PROBLEMS SOLVED BY THEIR STATE & NATIONAL OFFICERS BEFORE CONTACTING THE COMMISSIONERS OFFICE.

30:00 ELIGIBILITY

FIVE & SIX YEAR OLD T-BALL MAY PLAY COACH PITCH OR BAT OFF 'T'. SEVEN & EIGHT YEAR OLD FARM LEAGUE MAY PLAY COACH PITCH OR PLAYER PITCH IN LOCAL PLAY; HOWEVER, IN ALL TOURNAMENTS PLAY WILL BE COACH PITCH.

CALL YOUR STATE DIRECTOR FOR CLARIFICATION OF ANY RULE NOT COVERED IN THIS BOOK.

The Farm League division of Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. has been organized as a baseball program for youth whose 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th birthday falls before August 1st (first) of the current year. Rules set forth in this book shall govern all tournament play. It is suggested that individual leagues follow these rules in local league play; however, they may be adapted to fit local league play at the option of each individual league.

31:00 GENERAL RULES

31:01 Each team will be allowed four (4) adults in the dugout, one (1) manager and three (3) coaches.

31:02 Two adults may coach the bases if they choose to do so. In all tournament play, district, state and world series, coaches must wear a full baseball uniform that matches and coordinates with their team's uniform as close a possible. Coaches must wear a complete baseball uniform (not coaching shorts or trouser).

31:03 Each team shall consist of a maximum of fourteen (14) uniformed players whose names shall be registered on league roster forms.

31:04 Managers may not sign new players after May 15. A violation of this rule will make the player ineligible for tournament play.

31:05 A player must be a member of a franchised Dizzy Dean program and participate in at least one-half of the teams scheduled games to be eligible for the all-star team.

31:06 Dates of birth shall be certified by birth certificate prior to tournament play. A photostatic copy, properly signed by the parent as a "true copy" and notarized will be acceptable. These records must remain with the manager throughout the tournament.

31:07 All players must be in full baseball uniform. (Cap, numbered shirt, pants, socks). Numbers must be on the back of the jersey.

31:08 In all tournaments all teams will be required to wear the Dizzy Dean Should Patch on the same shoulder or same place on each players jersey. Patch must be attached in a manner not to appear temporary. PENALTY: Player will not be allowed to play.

31:09 All teams traveling to a tournament will be required to have an insurance policy covering players and managers. SEE COMMON RULE 19:17.

31:10 A team failing to field at least eight (8) uniformed players within fifteen (15) minutes after scheduled game time shall forfeit the game.

31:11 Playing illegal players will result in forfeiture of the game. Any player playing for more than one franchised Dizzy Dean organization will be declared illegal.

31:12 An ineligible player is one who is legally a member of the team but who is ineligible to play in a particular game or games because of an infraction of the rules, or because of a previous violation or disciplinary action. It is the duty of the manager to keep a record of his players and pitchers.

31:13 The playing of an ineligible substitute will result in a replay of the game from the point of the infraction. (An ineligible sub is a player who is not a starter but one who has been in the game and removed.)

31:14 If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is injured, becomes too sick to continue, or is ejected; the game will not be forfeited. In the case of an injured or sick player, the OPPOSING MANAGER must select as a replacement one of the players on the bench who has already been in the game. In the case of an ejected player, he shall simply be scratched from the lineup and the team will play with a player short. No out shall be charged when that player would have batted. An injured player who has been replaced cannot return to the game.

31:15 No spectator shall be allowed on the playing field during the playing of the game.

31:16 Only officially registered players of the team, the manager and coaches will be allowed on the bench during the game.

31:17 If any player, manager or coach conducts himself/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner he/she shall be removed from the game and playing field. This includes the baiting or heckling of umpires and opposing players from the bench.

32:00 EQUIPMENT

32:01 Tennis shoes with RUBBERIZED cleats may be worn. NO METAL OR PLASTIC CLEATS.

32:02 Approved (unaltered) baseball bats, wood or aluminum, any size may be used.

32:03 All batters and runners must wear batting helmets with a chin strap and should use a protective face mask at bat. Any batter who bats without his headgear is out after the first (1st) pitch. Any player running the base who deliberately removes his headgear in umpires decision is out. EXCEPTION: Home run over the fence or time out.

32:04 Catcher must wear face guard and helmet. Chin strap not required.

32:05 Equipment must be kept in the dugout.

32:06 A first (1st) baseman's mitt may be used by the first (1st) baseman and the catcher only.

33:00 PLAYING FIELD

33:01 The coaches box is to be a minimum of 3 feet wide and 6 feet long and no closer than 3 feet to the base path.

33:02 The pitching circle will be ten (10) feet in diameter and the center will be forty-six (46) feet from the back of home plate.

33:03 There will be a twenty (20) toot chalked arc from the first (1st) base line to the third (3rd) base line in front of home plate. The ball must be on or past this line to be fair, if not foul ball.

33:04 Halfway/safety arc (30 feet) will be drawn from first baseline to third baseline, in front of home plate. Infielders must stay behind this arc until ball is hit. PENALTY: Offensive manager gets choice of result of play or a re-pitch.

33:05 Recommended minimum home run distance will be 140 feet.

34:00 OFFENSE

34:01 In tournament play an offensive batter will receive five (5) pitches before being declared out. He/she may be called out on three (3) swinging strikes. If fifth (5th) pitch is fouled he/she may continue to bat. If fifth (5th) pitch is fouled and caught it is an out. If the 5th pitch or 3rd strike is hunted foul the batter is out.

34:02 After one warning per game per player for slinging his bat, the batter will be out, a dead ball called, no runners can advance.

34:03 Any base runner leaving the base before ball reaches home plate is out (umpires decision). If a runner misses a base, it will be an appeal play to the umpire. (See appeals and protests.)

35:00 DEFENSE

35:01 Only ten (10) players on the field. Four (4) outfielders twenty (20) feet behind base path until ball is hit.

35:02 If a team has less than ten (10) players, the manager may decide which position(s) to leave vacant on defense. EXCEPTION: Pitcher and catcher.

35:03 The defensive player listed as pitcher will stay in the ten (10) foot circle until ball is hit. He/She can have one foot outside of the circle. PENALTY: Offense gets choice of play or rebat.

35:04 No infield fly rule.

35:05 Play shall not be stopped by the defensive team heading off or stopping the front runner. Any other runner may continue at his/her own risk. Any play made on a runner other than the front runner will release the front runner. Other runners may continue.

35:06 One defensive coach maybe out of the dugout at the open end to instruct his/her defensive players. Five & six year olds may have two (2) coaches in the outfield behind the twenty (20) foot line. No coaches or parents will be allowed to coach from off the playing field.

35:07 No rolling of the ball intentionally will be allowed. No outs will be allowed by rolling the ball. Runners will automatically be safe 9 the defensive team rolls the ball.

36:00 PITCHING RULES

MACHINE PITCH

36:01 An offensive coach will operate the pitching machine and pitch to his own batters. He/She may only talk to the runner between home and first base and between third base and home while the ball is in play. PENALTY: After one warning the coach will be replaced.

36:02 Any batted ball that hits the pitching coach or pitching machine will be a dead ball and a no pitch. If the coach intentionally (in umpires judgement) allows the ball to hit him/her the batter will be out and a dead ball called. No runner may advance.

36:03 The pitching machine will be set at 36 MPH +/-1 MPH.

36:04 The defensive player listed as pitcher will stay in the ten (10) foot circle until the ball is hit He or she may have one foot outside of the circle. PENALTY: The offensive team gets the choice of the play or rebat.

COACH PITCH

36:05 An offensive coach will pitch to his/her own batters. The coach may only coach the batter until he reaches first base or after he leaves third base. The coach will be replaced after one warning of a violation.

36:06 The pitcher may pitch anywhere from the front of the 20 foot foul arc. He/She must keep one foot on or astraddle the line. He/She may pitch overhand or underhand to the 6&7 year olds. He/She must pitch overhand to the 8 year olds. PENALTY: For not standing on or astraddle the line the defensive team gets the choice of the play or rebat.

36:07 Any batted hall that hits the pitching coach will be a dead ball and a no pitch. It the pitching coach intentionally (in the umpires judgement allows the ball to hit him/her the batter will be out and a dead ball called. No runner may advance.

36:08 The offensive coach (pitcher) must attempt to leave the field and try to pick up the batters bat. The offensive coach (pitcher) that does not attempt to get off the field or interferes with the defensive player to keep him/her from making a play will cause the batter to be out. No runners may advance.

36:09 Teams may play more than two games in one day with the approval of the Dizzy Dean Tournament Director.

PLAYER PITCH

36:10 A pitcher can pitch six (6) innings each week.

36:11 A pitcher may pitch ten (10) innings in a tournament.

36:12 If a pitcher pitches no more than three (3) full innings in any game or day he may be used on as many consecutive days as desired provided he does not exceed six (6) or ten (10) innings. See rules 6:09 and 6:10.

36:13 Team managers are encouraged to use seven (7) year old pitchers as often as possible.

37:00 MISCELLANEOUS

37:01 There will be a maximum of one offensive and one defensive time out per inning with each time out being no more than one (1) minute in length. The scorekeeper will keep a log of time-outs.

37:02 A game will be six (6) innings. The game will be called after four (4) complete innings if one team is ahead by fifteen (15) or more runs.

37:03 The umpire may call time-out for injury or protest. These time-outs will not be charged to a team.

37:04 If a player is injured by being hit in the face, throat or head, time will be called immediately and all players awarded one base. Any other injury deemed serious enough in judgement of the umpire will be handled in the same manner. The coach must not enter the field until time is called. NOTE: THIS IS A JUDGEMENT CALL AND CANNOT BE APPEALED OR PROTESTED.

37:05 Any game called for bad weather after three (3) complete innings will be considered a complete game. If interrupted before three completed innings the game will be rescheduled at the point of interruption. Tournament play will be six (6) full innings always.

37:06 Ground rules will be covered and agreed upon between coaches and umpires before each game.

37:07 Dizzy Dean Baseball is played under re-entry substitution in all local league and all tournament play. Any starting player (pitcher included) may be removed from the game by being replaced legally with a substitute, and then return to the lineup one time; however, he must replace the first player that replaces him and be inserted in the same position in the balling order that he possessed at the start of the game. The player may return to the lineup at any time, on offense or on defense, this includes all games. Once the substitute has been removed from the game he cannot return. He can make only one appearance in the game. EXCEPTION: If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured, or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING MANAGER must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill, or injured player or players. This only applies to a substitute and not to an ejected player. It there is no one for the opposing manager to select then the game will be forfeited. An injured player who has been replaced cannot return to the game. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.

37:08 There is a maximum of seven runs per inning including tournament play.

37:09 No spectator shall be allowed on the playing field during the playing of any game. In the event that the spectators swarm on the playing field, the umpire in chief will request to the managers that the field be cleared within five (5) minutes under penalty of having the game forfeited.

37:10 No adult will be allowed on the playing field during the game without the consent of the umpires. No persons except the officially registered players of the team, the manager and the coaches shall be allowed on the bench during the playing of any contest.

37:11 A baseball player shall not be allowed to smoke, or use tobacco products. THIS INCLUDES ALL COACHES, UMPIRES AND GAME OFFICIALS ON THE PLAYING FIELD.

37:12 If in the opinion of the umpire a player, manager, coach or scorekeeper, conducts his/herself in an unsportsmanlike manner or commits any act which may maim or injure an opposing player, if deemed deliberate, he/she shall be removed from the game and not be allowed to return until its completion. If said person continues unsportsmanlike conduct, such as heckling, or batting the umpire he/she shall be removed from the park.

37:13 ALL-STARS: A four (4) to eight (8) team league may have one (1) or more all-star teams with the approval of the state director. A league with nine (9) or more teams must have two (2) or more all-star teams. Should there be nine teams in an area that want to play together; to keep from violating the 8 team league rule, you will designate at the beginning of the season how these teams will be grouped for the all-star selection. You would place 4 teams in one league and 5 teams in another league and play an interlocking schedule. All games played would count in the league standing for both leagues. Should your league exceed 8 teams but not exceed 112 players per age group you may select one (1) all-star team.

37:14 Any runner is out when he/she 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 he/she maliciously runs into a fielder.

38:00 APPEALS AND PROTESTS

38:01 If a question should arise as to the interpretation of the playing rules, only the head coach may appeal.

38:02 An appeal play will be handled in this manner. The manager will make his/her appeal to the plate umpire, who will consult the base umpire. The manager must identify the correct player by name or number and also the correct base involved in the play, no second chance if he/she names the wrong player or base. If he/she is correct, the base runner is out.

38:03 If any coach should protest the game he/she should make this known to the head umpire and scorekeeper. Protest should be settled before the next pitch.

38:04 In league play the protest must be in writing and accompanied by $25 within forty eight (48) hours of the incident to the league president. If the protest is lost the $25 will go to the league. If the protest is won the $25 will be returned to the manager.

38:05 Protest in tournament play must be made to the umpire in chief. Protest must be ruled on before the game will be allowed to continue.

38:06 Protest may be made only on a misinterpretation of a rule and ineligibility of a player or players. All protests must be made to the umpire in chief immediately after the occurrence and before another legally pitched ball. A protest which involves an umpire's judgement may not be made. The only legal protest is one in which violation of playing rules or the use of an illegal, ineligible player or an ineligible substitute is protested.

39:00 TOURNAMENTS

39:01 District, state, and world series tournaments will be held each year. Each tournament will have three (3) separate age groups, (6, 7 and 8).

39:02 Players may participate up in an older age group, but will not be allowed to participate in a lower age group.

39:03 A player must be a member of a franchised Dizzy Dean program and participate in half (112) of his/her teams scheduled league games to be eligible for the all-star team.

39:04 Dates of birth shall be certified by birth certificate prior to tournament play. A photostatic copy, properly signed by the parent as a 'true copy' and notarized will be acceptable. These records must remain with the manager throughout the tournament.

39:05 All teams traveling to a tournament shall be required to present proof of the following types of insurance: (1) Excess Accident Insurance that has a Maximum Medical Limit of at least $50,000. (2) General Liability Insurance on an Occurrence Form (not claims Made) that has a Per Occurrence Limit of at least $1,000,000 combined single limits and that does not exclude "participant liability". If the endorsed Dizzy Dean league insurance policy (see advertisement) is not carded by such team, their General Liability policy must name Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. as "Additional Insured".

39:06 Each team entering a draw for a tournament slot must deposit $25.00. This will be returned after the team is eliminated from the tournament.

39:07 The HOST team for the STATE TOURNAMENT will be allowed to participate in the district tournament.

39:08 TROPHIES: The HOST team will furnish the trophies for the DISTRICT, STATE, AND WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS. Trophy sizes will be: 1st place (24-32'); 2nd Place (20-24"); Individual trophies for 1st place (6-8"). The state will furnish the STATE CHAMPIONS with T-shirts and certificates. The host will furnish the WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS AND RUNNERS-UP with T-shirts and certificates.

39:09 All members of an all-star team will receive a trophy or certificate for state and world series tournament.

39:10 You may replace a player on the all-star team if a player quits or becomes injured with a written statement from the league president. Once a tournament starts You cannot select a player as a replacement before the next tournament starts.

39:11 In all world series and tournament play, in order for a game to become a complete game, it must be a full six (6) inning contest, regardless of the delay; and no other tournament game can be started until the completion of the interrupted game. EXCEPTION: If a team is leading its opponent by at least fifteen (15) runs at the end of the fourth inning or any inning thereafter, the game shall be terminated and the team in front declared the winner. This rule to apply in all local play and all tournament play.

39:12 Tournament protests are covered in rules 38:05 & 38:06.

39:13 All-star teams may have fourteen (14) players, (1) manager and three (3) coaches on the team.

39:14 All teams participating in tournament play will be required to wear the Dizzy Dean patch in the same place on each players jersey attached in a manner not to appear temporary.

39:15 Reentry substitution will be allowed in all tournament play.

39:16 Teams as well as individual players eligibility can be questioned and they may be disqualified if in violation of any rule governing Dizzy Dean Baseball.

39:17 No team will be required to play more than two (2) games in the same day during the same tournament unless approved by Tournament Director.

39:18 Beginning with the district tournament, all levels of tournament play must use the officially approved Dizzy Dean Baseball manufactured by Baden Sports and signed by the commissioner.

39:19 Tournaments may be single or double elimination. This is left up to each district and state tournament. The Dizzy Dean World Series will be double elimination. Use winners bracket for single elimination.

39:20 All teams will draw for position in tournament play. The host team will have the choice of the game time on opening day only, thereafter they will revert to the position drawn.

39:21 If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING MANAGER must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill or injured player. EXCEPTION: If a manager has used all of his eligible players and a player is ejected, injured, or becomes ill and cannot continue, then the OPPOSING MANAGER must select one or more of the players on the bench who have already been in the game to replace the ejected, ill, or injured player or players. This only applies to a substitute and not to an ejected player. If there is no one for the opposing manager to select then the game will be forfeited. An injured player who has been replaced cannot return to the game. WARNING: DO NOT VIOLATE ANY PITCHING RULE.