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  1. I'm a LL UIC in Virginia. This is the sad story we tell. I was playing an adult softball game here once, with the clouds rolling in, light and sound show, and the umpires wouldn't stop it. We ran off the field. Other team followed us. Sorry if you don't get paid because it wasn't an official game, guys, but I'm not getting killed over your game fee.
  2. To me it's just like the players are supposed to do--think about what their role is if a ball goes here, or if it goes there--it's the mental preparation that gives you an edge.
  3. They do? That's not what Williamsport is recommending--though they didn't come down with a hard no. As usual, of course, not a hint of what mechanics should be beyond "behind the mound" so I'm making up a two-person system and calling it good. For the summer, all we're trying to do is let the kids play something...we will do our best, if calls go wack, we'll live with it because 100% accuracy really isn't the most important aspect of the experience right now. Perspective.
  4. LL guy here. Yeah, it's the goofiest rule in organized baseball, but it's kind of fun if you embrace it. It's a compromise between calling an out for a small mistake (like a half-second early jump) and making sure to neutralize the advantage and discourage blatant rulebreaking. There's nothing magic about the red flag other than high visibility. One of my umps uses a purple one; I've used an orange towel at times. Tear up an old shirt if you want and use that. I order red shop towels and hand them out to our junior umpires. In either case, use some rocks and a rubber band if you want to wait it down. Definitely don't pay $6 for a formal flag. I have two, but only because inherited them from a retiring umpire. But don't throw a hat. You just look like a doofus who doesn't know how to size his hat.
  5. Yep, LL says it's your judgement. And it should be. I do think about barrel of the bat with respect to the baseline, but that's not magic--what if the pitch is up and in, and the batter turns forward ducking out of the way? That's not an attempt to strike the ball, and thus not a swing.
  6. We definitely don't have too much space--too little in a growing county and growing school district. The schools need land and are only starting to figure out they have to build up--and they fouled that up at my daughter's new school something fierce with respect to ADA issues. (I would have said requirements, but they blew past so many of those I can't fathom how permits were pulled if they were.) DPR does run some programs, like flag football (which I wish they would kill--no need to train kids for concussionball), but the soccer and baseball are running under the "franchises" of the big youth orgs (LL for us, Ripken/Ruth for our competitors, AGSA for soccer.) The travel is whatever nonsense that is. (I was once invited to work with "Future States Prospect Association" which had a 7U division. Nobody is a prospect at those ages. yikes.) A lot of our t-ball/coach pitch fields are at schools, with one ratty backstop and no seating. Fine for those ages, to be sure. But occasionally lost to trailers.
  7. If they're going to play, then the players are going to be in 6' ranges of each other. Unless we outlaw tag plays or move the catcher back to 1870s setups. They're either going to have to aggressively treat it like a virtual force field dome like yawetag describes and in that case, include the umpires and who cares if they stand close? I agree there will be a lot of refusal to go to that length. It's not like a two week road trip; it's like a four month road trip and families didn't sign up for that. Especially if extended families are at risk on the outside. The same is true of everyone needed in support--groundskeepers, chefs, hotel cleaners--with the exception that I'll be there are some folks worried enough about paychecks to take the risks and the separation. But when you count all those people...man, there's going to be someone who breaks containment. The trash has to leave the safe zone and food has to come in. In summary, "cockamamie" is word that comes to mind to describe this whole idea.
  8. Nope, we don't have control. When they close the fields, we are closed (although we sometimes win arguments and get them to re-open them.) We have a number of fields that don't drain well and are closed for multiple days in the sun after a good rain. You know so they don't get ruined. Dude, they're already ruined, that's why they're like this, give us an incentive to work oon them at least. And of course, now, the damn people exercise their dogs on while we stay off of them. We have permits, and honestly we took the lead in organizing the other youth baseball/softball to present a unified plan to share the fields among ourselves each season, so we looked more like helpers and less like a problem they have to sort out. Every year we end up suspending a game when the lights go out a half hour early one time despite our curfew never changing. We don't even control the concession stand at the big park so we lose that and they just didn't open it last year. (To be fair, we share fields there with the other leagues pus there's a soccer field.) Something about the water being broke and it never got fixed. Every time I get upset about coaches or my teen umpires, I remember that at least I'm not in charge of dealing with those guys. Honestly they're more overworked and understaffed and dealing with NIMBYs than jerks, but eh. Of course, what I wouldn't give for those to be problems I was dealing with right now.
  9. In our case, they're all county fields, which we have to share with another "12U" baseball org, their travel branch, an independent travel org, a softball org, and some overlap with soccer. In a 26 sq. mi county with a vocal small group of old fogeys who want all youth sports obliterated and parks solely for their strolling enjoyment, which has resulted in fences being removed and then jackwagons running their dogs all over wet fields that are closed to us. But I digress. Usually the diamonds are left to unorganized activity over the summer--but since they're fallow now, we see no reason why we shouldn't keep going over the summer in these unusual circumstances. Our biggest problem is it wasn't their business. They get a user fee per participant from all of us, and they didn't announce or tell us they weren't collecting that--just told parents to start hammering us before we had our messaging in place. We were days away from announcing policies ourselves. (default keep as credit, offer refunds to those who explicitly ask, for the record.) Also, while I doubt the opening date will slide to the left, there was fundamentally little advantage to assuming that it won't. When everyone could use a little sunshine to look forward to, they kicked everyone in the shins. Also, Parks and Rec isn't a business. It's a government service--of the people, by the people, for the people. If we can be open for 12 days, we should be. Thank you for coming to my TED rant. (Seriously, it was good to type that out, and sorry for anyone who read this far.)
  10. VA Gov closed things till June 10. Spring permits end June 22...so Parks Department decided spring sports were done and told everyone to seek refunds. This was news to the leagues who were not consulted, whose volunteers were not prepared for the deluge, and would be happy to run three weeks of glorified pickup games just as a respite from all this. Said volunteers do a surprising amount of the diamond maintenance, so we've kinda had it with these jerks.
  11. OK Harry Lime. And Genghis Khan opened up trade routes, don't forget. What's his body count of 40 million dead compared to that? I count as immunocompromised (Type I diabetic) and would just as soon live to see my child grow up, thanks. The point is, yes you will prevent some of the infections if you buy yourself time to figure out how (e.g. vaccine development.) And if the infection rate is low enough, you can keep hospitals from being overwhelmed--at some point, the death rate skyrockets because you don't have enough resources, human or mechanical (and that extends beyond viral cases into strokes and heart attacks that have to be triaged alongside it, plus mistakes by exhausted doctors.) One thing flattening the curve buys you time to do is produce more personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, even adapting other industries to do so, if somebody would make that choice. (See "Defense Production Act"). More PPE would bend that transmission factor even more. As you can see from that chart, changing the rate of exponential growth leads to astounding differences in the integer number of cases. In addition, I would posit that any effect to our economy by these preventative methods is far less than the disruptions that would be caused by millions of dead, mass panics, a failure of one or more states, and the odd hot war or two that might touch off as a result.
  12. Thank you for your service, @BobUmp. Stay as safe as you can.
  13. When somebody talks about "exponential growth," this is as good a social referent for it as you're likely to see. (I'm sure the closings are not perfectly modeled by an exponential, but the feel of gradual change followed by runaway dominoes gives you the sense of it, and it's not like compound interest is a good example any more, with low interest rates and nobody having any savings.)
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