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stevis last won the day on January 12 2017

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  1. That's my gear of choice for Little League. I love it and haven't had any problems with it. It's wonderful on muggy mid-Atlantic days.
  2. As a Little League UIC, I would absolutely make accommodations like this to keep you out there with us. Or, if you could do plate, not expect you to get up to third. (I would also try to tap your expertise and get you to help in training and evaluation, but I realize that's not what you asked.) I would suggest being candid with your assigners/association and try to see what can be worked out. Also, you know, give yourself time to heal. Maybe a season off would give you a chance to come back at full strength (but that's more of a question for your medical team.)
  3. Max, I love reading your posts and always learn a lot. But I think I found a distinct difference between you, and many of us less experienced umpires, on signalling needs. Not specifically saying we need a U3K signal--but in my case, running a teen and volunteer Little League umpire program, it's nice to try to instill the signal rituals that reinforce the situational awareness you have ingrained in yourself through experience. I mean so few of them listen to me anyway but i try gosh darn it I try
  4. This is setting off all of my quackery alarm bells. "Wellness industry." An orthopedic surgeon as the medical cite (not that they can't know things, but it's outside their specialty lane. I don't see anything that would hurt anyone, but I also don't see anything that couldn't be done by blending a banana and salt into tap water. I mean, I usually get Powerade Zero so I shouldn't judge. If you're enjoying it, great. But I'm seeing more snake oil than penicillin here.
  5. In LL Majors and below, headfirst slides are outs. I haven't called one in years; I'm up to four so far this season.
  6. Welcome! I'm doing LL up in Arlington. Maybe we'll see each other at a tournament sometime!
  7. Correct--no "receiving the throw" protection in LL. Sounds like a great call to me.
  8. When I moved out for a postdoctoral fellowship, I figured it was time to give back to a community, now that I couldn't claim perpetual studentdom any more. I'd umpired (if you can call it that with no training or support) for youth rec while in high school, so I figured on that and found my local Little League. I had so much to un-learn, but I did. I'm glad to be part of a League and community, stay involved in baseball, stay somewhat active, strive to perfect a craft I'm pretty good at (if I do say so myself), and teach teen umpires to grow in their personal development. The proudest moments are definitely the letters of recommendation I've been able to write for those young folks I've seen grow through our program.
  9. Fielding the throw is not an exception or "protected behavior" in LL. We're weird that way. See the first note from the RIM excerpt Senor Azul posted. For most other codes, I believe, act of fielding the throw is a relevant consideration.
  10. You're allowed to suspend the game for "unsuitable weather conditions" in the Little League code, and I'd assume similar language in other codes. In this case, those conditions would be "insufficient cloud cover in front of the sun." I've done it in our league before, and I think it's completely legit.
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    LHP Feint to 3rd

    Correct; feints to third still allowed in the LL code.
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    Yeah, we put up a cone halfway down. We were literally throwing bases out on park fields every week, it wasn't a precision operation for us.
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    My grad school league did this. We called our own games, was supposed to be friendly. I was F3, bases loaded, did exactly this--stepped on first, then threw home. The 1B Coach, in charge of that call, looked and said "But you took away the force first....OHHHHHH" and acknowledged I had found that exploit.
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    Passing runner

    I mean, you would think that, wouldn't you?
  15. I've seen it in LL, but nobody in my chain is teaching that right now.
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