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Everything posted by stevis

  1. Little League (Intermediate) - Play at the Plate

    I agree, out because of the tag of the base. As for waiting, not even the LL Rules & Instruction Manual clarifies. I have always taken it to mean "sufficient time that the runner can actually react by sliding or attempting to get around" which is a really HTBT ruling. (Don't take the quote phrase as authoritative; just using quotes to delineate my reasoning). I don't think I would have it as you describe--I think this a out and a train wreck.
  2. Baseball Umpire

    You haven't lived until you've officiated a game of Brockian Ultra Cricket. You're rarely allowed to live afterwards either, but that's another matter.
  3. 0-2 purpose pitch

    I see this all the time in Little League districts...only it's worse because it's the big kid throwing heat to the 7-8-9 hitters who have no chance of catching up and no power if they do. Then they futz with the curve ball that they have no control of, and end up missing when they go back to the fastball. I want to scream, "You're on a pitch count--blow that kid away! Save the change of speed for the kid your size who can take you deep."
  4. Do you rip the sleeves off your umpire polos too? Cause with arms like those I totally would.
  5. Little League pitcher to catcher

    That's looking forward though--catch four innings, can't pitch after that (for the day.) It doesn't apply retroactively.
  6. Intentional walks

    No. I mean, no more than once per plate appearance, but that's not what you meant.
  7. 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.
  8. Youth baseball HBP Rule ?

    At that age, that is trying to avoid being hit by the pitch. Send them to first.
  9. 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.
  10. 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."
  11. 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."
  12. New umpire getting started with his kids

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

  14. Now THIS is a plot twist.

    Alrighty! Go to it!! It's certainly a career that is more robot-proof that some.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?)
  18. 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....
  19. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Mm-hmm. And Kapernick is employed where again? He's paying the price.
  20. 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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  22. Eclipse

    Just stunning. The sky goes almost twilight, then--it's just eerie. You've got the tiniest amount of direct light you've ever seen. Then--the last sliver goes, you can see the corona blazing, look around in the eerie light from just outside the shadow--sunsets all around, it looks like. Beautiful. Already plotting April 8, 2024. Seriously--take this experience if you can at all get it.
  23. Eclipse

    I am here--I95 took about 2:30 more than it should have--but not too happy with the cloud forecast.
  24. Volunteer UIC survey help...

    Stay away from bad leagues. Never had a problem with either one I've been involved with. Mud, do you have a junior umpire program? Granted, you got to pay the kids too, but at least you can keep it Little League focused and in the spirit of developing young citizens.