The coach shall report to the plate umpire the name of the FLEX who is batting for the DP, or if the DP is assuming a defensive position for the FLEX.
An unreported subsitute is a player who has a legal right to enter or re-enter the game; as the FLEX player, assumes a position on offense; or, as the DP, plays defense for the FLEX but has not been reported to the umpire.
Basic Utilization Strategies for Coaches
The following are basic strategies a coach might utilize to match the skills of the DP and FLEX players to complement one another.
- Objective: Utilize a fast runner who is a weak hitter (FLEX) to run for the solid hitting DP.
- Matchup: Pair up a solid hitter (DP) with a player of exceptional speed but who is a weak hitter (FLEX).
- Typical sequence: DP hits safely; FLEX enters to run for her; DP reenters and hits safely; FLEX enters to run for her; sub #1 hits for DP (since the DP already used her one re-entry), FLEX enters to run for sub #1; sub #1 reenters and hits safely; FLEX enters to run for sub #1; sub #2 hits safely; FLEX enters to run for her; and so on.
- Objective: List a power hitter as the FLEX player when you have a platoon of players who will be the DP’s.
- Matchup: Pair up an average player (DP) with a good hitting, but slow runner (FLEX) who also plays defense.
- Typical sequence: As the spot in the batting order comes up, enter the FLEX who hits safely; reenter the DP to run; enter the FLEX who hits safely; sub #1 enters to run (since the DP already used her one re-entry); enter the FLEX who hits safely; sub #1 reenters to run; FLEX hits safely; sub #2 enters to run; and so on.
- Objective: Create a space in the lineup for relief pitchers who do not hit, while allowing the starting pitcher to also play offense.
- Matchup: Pair up your starting pitcher (DP) with a player you don’t intend to play or with the name of your relief pitcher (FLEX).
- Typical sequence: At the pregame meeting, as soon as the lineups are accepted, enter your DP to pitch. You now have nine players who all are playing both offense and defense and the FLEX has left the game. As the game progresses and relief pitching is needed, enter the relief pitcher for the FLEX (or re-enter her if she was listed as the starting FLEX player) and allow the starting pitcher to continue hitting and running in the DP spot in the batting order. Note: Either the DP can run following her hits or FLEX can run the bases.
- Objective: Create maximum flexibility for a great athlete who will stay in the game as either a pitcher or field player.