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DP/FLEX Series of Articles

Here are a series of articles that explain Softballīs DP/FLEX rule, the difference between the DP and Major League Baseballīs Designated Hitter, and itīs subtleties in game tactics and management.

Baseball's DH versus Softball's DP star
There is often a misconception that Softball's Designated Player is the same as Baseball's Designated Hitter. While a DP can be used exactly like a DH, a DH cannot do nearly as many things in a lineup as a DP can. Read on to understand the differences between the two.

The DP and FLEX in Softball star
The DP and FLEX players tend to be a great mystery, particularly to rec league coaches that don't normally have to worry about substitutions. However, fully understanding the DP/FLEX rule is a valuable tool for any coach to use when substitutions matter, like bracket play in tournaments.

When to use the DP FLEX in Softball star
Understood and managed correctly, the DP/FLEX can turn a good team into a great team, hiding weaknesses and emphasizing strengths. This article looks at various implementations of the DP/FLEX that I have used, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each type of pairing.

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