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beerguy55 last won the day on December 27 2016

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  1. Batter hit in the box

    If by "defensive swing" you mean he was swinging at the ball as you would a mosquito to try to prevent the ball from hitting him, that's a strike.
  2. I alluded to it in my other post. You can blame the star player's coach almost as much as you can blame the coaches that are walking him. Coaches show up at a game with this superstar in their lineup (often through dumb luck of when the kid was born and what his address is) and then just expect to show up for games and have this one kid produce four or more runs every game, and think they are coaching geniuses when they win the league or state or whatever. You want other teams to stop walking your star player, make sure your other kids can hit. Surround your star player with other kids who may not be future pros, but can hit very well...then coaches will either be forced to pitch to him and take their chances, or be punished by the other players who don't get walked. You want to talk about what's good for youth baseball, or not good for youth baseball, it's showing up with a once in a generation phenom on your team and riding him to a state championship. It's supposed to be a team sport. So, coaches are left with one choice to deal with the extreme advantage that another team may have in the lineup and make the rest of the team beat them. Because we're not going to advocate limiting the star player's playing time, or the number of home runs he can hit in a game, anymore than we're going to advocate limiting the IBB's against him I've coached at various levels as well - from community to national championships - facing, and beating, many of the best teams Canada and the US has had to offer. And, more importantly, I've actually played the game. From youth to semi-pro. And there's one universal truth at every age level and skill level - not based on psychological studies, or what parents hope...but based on surveys of the kids themselves, at all ages, of why they play sports...fun is spelled W-I-N. And given the choice between winning with walking the best player, and losing with facing the best player, 9 kids out of 10 will take the win every day and twice on Sunday. Contrary to popular belief, losing doesn't build character, winning does. All losing should do is teach you you hate to lose.
  3. Blind call

    And this is what drives coaches nuts. Most of them aren't stupid. Most of them know you could not have seen this play, and they know you're guessing.
  4. Next? That was done almost 40 years ago when I played LL. Not only is it teaching kids strategy - it's teaching coaches to stop relying on their star players to overcome their coaching shortcomings. Possible choices: Make your best player the leadoff batter, to ensure he goes to first base with nobody out. Put your second best hitter directly behind him in the lineup. Put your third best hitter leadoff, with best hitter batting second. Teach your other players to hit. You can't score if you don't get on base. If I had a player who was walked every time he went to the plate, for a 1.000 OBP, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
  5. Typically, someone brings SOMEONE to the game that can do it. And in those cases where you literally don't have anyone, one or two people are assigned to memorize the action and record it as soon as they get off the field each inning If you are in a league that requires the home team to submit the official score, or for both teams to submit their score sheets, not having a tenth person to record the score is not accepted as an excuse for not meeting your obligations. So, in short, figure it out.
  6. leaving base

    1. Coach is standing there screaming at the kid that he is safe and to return to base - kid just doesn't hear him 2. Kid for reasons known only to himself thinks he is out and starts walking to the bench before coach has any chance to say/do anything - after one or two steps ump calls him out.
  7. Rule 4.09

    Even in a situation where he would be required to touch second - eg. a hit rather than a walk - the defense would be required to do something - that is, make a play at second base in the form of a force play/appeal - rather than the umpire just calling him out for abandonment.
  8. Tag runner on half-off helmet - out?

    What if his head is in the helmet?
  9. And standard newbie response would be "I never said he was forced to advance. He's forced to retreat. The rules say he MUST go back to first...that would be forcing him to retreat wouldn't it? That's why you only have to touch the base...because he's forced...right?" People asking this question don't know that the baseball vernacular for "force" is different than the dictionary version.
  10. Walk off hit???

    Once the BR is out, for any reason, R1 is no longer forced to leave first base. Let's say in your second scenario R1 advances almost to second, trips, and BR rounds first and is tagged - even though he made it safely to first once he is tagged out, the force for R1 is off - he may get up and try to get to either base.
  11. I'm not sure what backing support the home team could provide. They have zero evidence of what the visiting team scored. You haven't said if they claimed that they scored 14 runs, or that you only scored 10. Sounds to me like you went into the last inning being told by the visiting team how many runs they had, and then they "found" some more runs. If that's the case, your score sheet is useless. Depends on what the league rules are. If the home team is responsible for the "official" score I'm not rewarding them for shirking their responsibility - you're telling me no one had a friend, kid, spouse at the game? Otherwise, get in the habit of remembering what the other team did and when you come in from the field quickly update the score sheet - been there done that.
  12. 3rd out appeal

    As a coach/player in what I guesstimate is in the neighborhood of 1500-2000 games I can only recall this happening twice. In one of those games one coach and the umpire believed it was a "force" play and the run was nullified. In the other game, both coaches and the umpire knew the rule. The interesting part is two runs actually scored on the play, with bases loaded and R1 running instead of tagging on a fly ball to the warning track. The only discussion was whether or not R2 beat the appeal on R1.
  13. Concerning Coach Pitch...

    The coaches and parents give the gears to the parent volunteer who is umping just as much as they would give a paid/carded/certified umpire. Christ, just look at the youtube videos that are posted from parents who cammed their kids' game on their phone, and are questioning/complaining about some call the umpire made - who is just some dude in jeans wearing a face mask. If someone's gonna get heckled and ridiculed you may as well make the parents pay for it.
  14. Batter Interference on Strike Three

    OK - now I'm really confused and I'm wondering if someone is pulling my leg. Rule 5 Dead Ball - Suspension of Play SECTION 1 DEAD BALL ART. 1 . . . Ball becomes dead immediately when: n. when backswing interference occurs ART. 2 . . . It is a delayed dead ball when: a. there is interference by a batter (Exception 7-3-5 Penalty), 1. When the batter interferes with the catcher attempting to play on a runner, if an out does not result at the end of the catcher’s throw, the ball shall become dead immediately. I hate life.