Palm Beach Baseball Umpire Association, Inc.
The Plate Umpire must come up with a consistent manner in how they mark the line-up card. Substitutions, re-entry of a starter, courtesy runners, losing the role of DH, substituting for the P/DH, etc. can lead to a mess if not done right - like allowing an illegal substitution. If there is batting out of order and the line-up card is not correct....who is out?
Teams have the option to use a D/H who can hit for any defensive player...not just for the pitcher. A D/H is considered a starter.
Florida added to the DH rule. (The addition is not a NFHS rule). The addition to the rule is Pitcher/DH or P/DH . The P/DH is one player. He is both the starting pitcher and the designated hitter . A team may use a DH, a P/DH or neither. Cannot use both. Important to understand the substitution rules for the DH and the P/DH. Having a good understanding of the DH rule is important before learning the P/DH rule.
VERY IMPORTANT. In High School...substitutes are to be listed on the line-up card. If no subs are listed ask the coach to do so. BUT! If during the game a coach wants to bring in a player that either showed up late or he simply left him off the line-up...the substitution is ALLOWED! There is NO penalty if a sub is left off the line-up card.
If a D/H is used, he is considered a starter. The P/DH (one person) is also a starter.
Rule 10-2 of the High School Rules Book lists the requirements expected from the UIC or Plate Umpire.
Regarding the Line-Up Card: 10-2-3j Keep a written record of defensive and offensive team charged conferences for each team and notify the respective coach each time a conference is charged to his team. He shall also be responsible for keeping a lineup card and recording substitutes, courtesy runner participation,and warnings.
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