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  1. isired

    DH Rule ?

    Most tournaments my son plays in are based on FED rules, but address DH's and EH's specifically in the house rules. If a player that is already in the lineup (other than the DH) enters to pitch, the DH is usually lost, and the incoming fielder (to replace the ppsition the new pitcher vacated) enters in the DH slot and hits, with no option to leave the DH hitting. As for EH, they are generally treated as a position player, and can pitch or play any other position the same as any other fielder.
  2. isired

    Overrunning 1st base

    The thing is, the umpire's responsibility is to enforce the rules. You're not only asking him not to do that job, but your asking him to selectively decide when to enforce and when to ignore them (I'm assuming that there are some rules you want consistently enforced and others that would fall into this category). And what makes you think that the umpire went home pumping his chest? Most umpires I know feel bad having to ring a young kid up for a mistake like that, especially if the kid feels he cost his team the game. Bottom line is, the other team saw it and made the tag. If the umpire doesn't make the call, I bet the other coach would have something to say about it, and he'd be right. So you've got to make the call, you've got to always have the guy thats upset be the guy that's wrong.
  3. isired

    Overrunning 1st base

    I've never seen a 12u team struggle with this rule. I've never seen a any team struggle with this rule. When I've seen it applied, the runner had always made a move toward second. All but one time that I remember, the runner knew the rule and got real sheepish after making the move to second, try to slip back to 1st 'unnoticed.' The one time that didn't happen, the runner, who was in a team I coached, honestly had no idea. He was to the country, and it was his first time seeing baseball, let alone playing it. He knew he could overrun, but didn't grasp that if he made a move to second... But I dont think it happened again - he knew the rule after that.
  4. isired

    Overrunning 1st base

    I've never seen a 12u team struggle with this rule. I've never seen a any team struggle with this rule. When I've seen it applied, the runner had always made a move toward second. All but one time that I remember, the runner knew the rule and got real sheepish after making the move to second, try to slip back to 1st 'unnoticed.' The one time that didn't happen, the runner, who was on a team I coached, honestly had no idea. He was new to the country, and it was his first time seeing baseball, let alone playing it. He knew he could overrun, but didn't grasp that if he made a move to second... But I dont think it happened again - he knew the rule after that.
  5. isired

    Overrunning 1st base

    The runner can overrun and veer into foul territory, I don't care if he's 10 feet foul, if he makes a jab step towards second then thinks better of it he is no longer a runner that overran first, hes a runner that made an attempt to second and has put hi self in jeopardy. If tagged, I have him out.
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    Calling Balls/Strikes Early

    True regarding my assumption but he didn't seem new otherwise, which I guess is good. Zone was fine, hated the letters and loved the ball a few inches below the knee, like many - but no complaints, very consistent, and of course would rather that zone than the opposite. I asked my son about the early calls, he said he didn't notice until some of the other kids started talking about it. I think the parents on both sides noticed it first. I think the kids that were initially 'bothered' by it k'd. Anyway didn't seem to bother too many, we had 2 4 inning wins with him behind the plate. As far as bringing it up to a league official or head of umpires, it was a tournament so our manager is not likely to spend time on a follow up. I'll recommend he do so in any similar situations though, thank you.
  7. isired

    Calling Balls/Strikes Early

    Had this situation in a tournament 2 weeks ago... the umpire had a weird habit of calling balls and strikes before the ball crossed the plate. It was unnerving to some of the batters, others didn't seem to mind (same for both teams though, of course). This is my son's team, 14U club/travel, his manager calls me over and asks what I think he should do (I'm not a coach or anything, just score the game, but he knows I'm a bit of a rules nerd). I said "I don't think you can do anything in-game" - it's the same for both sides, the guy is in his 40s so likely not a new ump and doubtful its something he could change in game if he wanted to. He didn't seem to like the answer but I dont think he said anything. I think that's the right answer but my question for all the veteran umps here is, in a similar situation where maybe there is something bothering the kids on both sides and let's say it IS something that maybe can be changed, when/how should a manager approach it? Or is it always just something you have to let go?
  8. isired

    Infield fly?

    You don't say what level of baseball you're talking about, but from what you describe it sounds like younger kids, nobody settled under the ball, therefore it's just an uncaught fly in the infield, forces at 3rd and 2nd are In play. I ask about the age because an infield fly requires that and infielder be able to catch the ball with "ordinary effort" - which in practice usually means, for younger kids, they're able to get under a fly ball or at least in the neighborhood of it with ordinary effort. For older kids any fly ball within the grass should be an infield fly 99.9% of the time in my experience. But either way, the infield fly is up to the judgement of the umpire, not appealable.
  9. isired

    Missed call?

    This was the case for our local little league in 7s and 8s play, where there were 'house rules' to limit runners advancing at will on throws that got past the intended recipient (not out of play). It was "base he was headed to plus one" so it mattered if the runner was going back to a base or not. I can only imagine this language was put in place by a guy, years before I came along, who thought this was based on a real OBR rule...
  10. isired

    Little batter catches pitch

    He might not have been trying to be funny - young kids often put their hands up instinctively when a pitch is coming at them. I would also say that unless the batter turned and lunged to catch a ball thrown well behind him, the umpire may have felt the batter was going to get hit, thus the HBP award. Picture a pitch that's going to miss the batter by 6 inches or even a foot, he puts his hand up and reaches a few inches to catch it. From the umpires perspective that's a pitch that might have hit the batter if he hadn't moved. Even if he had moved back, as is often the first instinct for young players, and gotten hit in the arm he would get first, right?
  11. isired

    Balk

    Most travel tournaments, at least 12U and up, use Fed as a base and modify from there.
  12. isired

    Runner leaves early on a hit and run

    It's not a smart play IMO - greater likelihood of a line drive double play with little or no benefit if he's not going to third on a hit (which he's not, because he'd be called back to second). Maybe you're less likely to get a ground ball double play, but even with a running jump I would think good fielders could get the lead runner anyway and bad fielders aren't likely to turn 2 consistently anyway.
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    Batter turning at first base

    Assuming you're talking about a BR that has overrun first base - he has to be making an attempt to advance to second, in the umpires judgment.
  14. isired

    Call at the plate

    The plate ump really has to want the help. Had a play in HS playoffs where a kid was coming home and the throw took the catcher up the 3B line where he had to reach up for the ball and back towards home to swipe the sliding runner - the catcher ended up right between the PU and the sliding runner, he called the runner out and then time and pretty much immediately went to conference with the field ump (3 man crew) and they both had angles with no tag, reversed the call. It went against our team, but and some of the fans went crazy, but it worked the way it was supposed to, and I'm pretty sure they got it right. Kudos to the PU and crew.
  15. Yeah pitchers are ahead of hitters at that age usually. 2B and RF get more action than SS and LF with better pitchers throwing. SS of course has other responsibilities so not really a place you can have a poor fielder. I see no problem with positioning stronger players strategically, just not switching mid inning. Not in rec ball or any 'mandatory play' league anyway.
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