RULES

  • Rules of Play

    • The MLB rulebook shall govern the playing of all league games except rules that are specific to the GDSL as contained herein.   

  • Designated Hitter/P:

    • A team can utilize their pitcher as a DH also. On the lineup card the manager will have to designate their pitcher as a DH/1. Once the pitcher is out of the game he continues in the lineup as a DH

  • Slide Rule 

    • If there happens to be a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly is in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge. If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line with clear possession of the ball, the runner may make contact, slide into or make contact with a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base (plate).

    • Contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate.  The runner may not attempt to dislodge the ball from the fielder. Contact above the waist shall be judged by the umpire as an attempt by the runner to dislodge the ball.  The runner must attempt to avoid a collision if he can reach the base without colliding.  If the runner’s path to the base is blocked and (a), (b) and (c) are fulfilled, it is considered unavoidable contact

  • Mercy Rule:

    • The GDSL mercy rule consists of ten (10) runs after seven (7) innings of play for a nine (9) inning game.  It is ten (10) after five (5) innings of play for a seven (7) inning game.

  • Extra Hitter:

    • The extra hitter can play any defensive position with the exception of pitcher.  If you choose to use the extra hitter, he must be used for the entire game.  Once a player is marked on the lineup card as the EH, he is not able to pitch that game.

  • Speed up Runner:

    • The speed up runner is allowed for the catcher only with 2 outs in the inning, If you choose to utilize the speed up runner, it must be the last recorded out that is not a pitcher.