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stevis last won the day on January 12 2017

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  1. How many batters are allowed to warm up between innings?

    Was the coach used to Little League? Little League only allows one batter out between innings. That could be where he got the idea, in any event.
  2. Youth baseball HBP Rule ?

    At that age, that is trying to avoid being hit by the pitch. Send them to first.
  3. Improving tracking and timing

    That sounds exactly like a first game to me. Good news--you're not behind the curve! And you're asking for advice, looking to get better. Implement the good advice you're getting, and have the patience to let it take root in actual game situations. Your fifth game will be better than your first, and your fiftieth game will be better than your tenth.
  4. Dangling Throat Guard

    This year, I told both our coaches the following about throat guards on catcher's masks: "Do you all see these scars on my throat? Of course you don't, BECAUSE I WAS WEARING A THROAT GUARD. The league gear has them, if anyone brings their own to the game, they need one on there too."
  5. Umpire as a translator for another umpire

    The big issue here is the umpire who threw his partner sous le bus in a language his partner didn't speak. Geez. But no, were I able to translate and doing so, I would not volunteer anything unless asked specifically as an umpire by my partner. The tricky part would be resisting the urge to add on to the translation. "He said there was no way that was interference, and that your mother is a favorite of the sailors."
  6. New umpire getting started with his kids

    Welcome! That is so great to see.
  7. LLWS 2018

  8. Now THIS is a plot twist.

    Alrighty! Go to it!! It's certainly a career that is more robot-proof that some.
  9. Quick Tip Videos

    How basic do you want to get? Just one going over the usual signals would be a wonder for me to send around to our kids in the spring. But I would also use more advanced and tricky plays as discussion points too.
  10. How in the world can you change that call?

    Yes, but why did he listen? That discussion should have been a conversation about how late The Wieners Circle is open.
  11. Backswing interference?

    Here's the second half of that entry from 7.14 though (emphasis mine): Doesn't that imply this interp applies when the catcher is not in the act of making a throw? Although I guess now that I think about it, this is what nompere's second paragraph is getting at--it's not meant to be that broad but it sure looks that way. Now, in my youth games, a kid getting whacked aside the head on a follow-through is more likely to go down wincing than go chase the ball. Is that hindrance then? (Corollary question: Should Wieters have flopped?)
  12. Don't think it was crap; think it was targeted to get the call. Cannot for the life of me figure out what the six-person discussion was after the call, unless it was to wonder whether it could be challenged. I mean, presumably they already had reservations at Rasika, so they didn't need to decide where to eat after the game....
  13. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Mm-hmm. And Kapernick is employed where again? He's paying the price.
  14. Kneeling for National Anthem

    That's what they're trying to do. This started with Kapernick's stand against racial discrimination and police brutality. Drawing attention to it is the first step. I'm stealing from someone on twitter, but I want to work to make this a country where everyone will gladly stand, because they want to. Here's the thing: I can be proud of my country AND work to fix what's broken.
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