Concussion Risk Management Guidelines




2016 Online Rule Books





Baseball Rules

Softball Rules

Rule Changes for 2016

The following are rule changes effective for the 2016 season

(Actual wording that has changed is listed in red)


Common Rules:

4:06   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 a manager or coach) more than one (1) time at bat (overall maximum of 3 timeouts per inning) will be required to remove the current batter from the game and make the substitution in the lineup.

·                    He may re-enter at completion of the inning if he can do so without violating the substitution rule.

·                                                  NOTE: The only exception to rule 4:09 and 4:10 is in case of injury or if time is called by the opposing team or the umpire.


4:08   Any manager who calls time and goes onto the playing field more than once (1) in one (1) inning per pitcher (not game) to talk to a player or players, will be required to remove the current pitcher.

·                    He may not return to the mound in the same game.


9:09   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.

·                    Leaping/Jumping over an upright player is an out.




Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. has endorsed and supports each States laws relating to Concussion training and education in youth sports.  In addition to the “Official” wording (below), a link has been placed on the Dizzy Dean National Website (left hand column of every web page) taking you to the Sadler Insurance Risk Management web page.  There, you will be able to find the law, as it is written, for your state, find information for concussion training and find information in setting up a concussion management system for your park.



 Dizzy Dean Baseball, Inc. strongly recommends that all teams/leagues adopt and implement a concussion risk management program that keys in on training and education for staff, parents, and players in the areas of understanding concussions and their impact on health; recognizing concussion signs and symptoms; removal from play; and return to play protocol. Such a program normally includes web video training for staff and the distribution of an information sheet each season to all staff, parents, and players. Guidelines for developing a plan are available on the Dizzy Dean website.





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