Topics for Clarification


All HDL members in good standing (Dues & active attendance), are guaranteed playing time when they participate in HDL games.

Team managers should always make every effort to balance offense and defense to make their team’s competitive advantage. 

With the HDL’s free substitution rules, multiple extra hitters, and unlimited re-entry, there is no reason a player will not have an opportunity to experience adequate playing time during the span of an entire season.  With rosters of five teams averaging 12-15 players, that seldom means there will always be 12-15 players attending each and every scheduled game.

Due to work or business demands, some players may arrive late or have to leave early so having plenty of players is necessary.  As the season rolls along, players personal and family obligations and vacations will take precedence at different times during the season.  The optimum number of players to be dependable each week is probably 10, 11, or 12.


When teams are unusually short their assigned players, we encourage recruiting any players from another team who agrees to come out to “HELP” fill a spot or a need.  In the past, the HDL has followed the guideline to place “non-rostered and paid-up” extra, fill-in players in the line-up after a team’s rostered players have been listed in the line-up.  All “FILL-IN” players should be listed at the bottom of the batting order of the team they are helping.  This guideline helps reward a teams’ loyal players who show-up when their team needs players to play the scheduled game.

So if any players has anxiety about their utilization or participation, please discuss openly with your manager to improve communication.  If your concerns are not met with compassion, contact a league officer for additional support.

What other topics would you like to see posted on the Blog?  Please contact Larry Rutledge or any HDL officer for follow-up.

Larry Rutledge


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