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  1. Too bad. I love the pillow for Minors... too many F1's can't pitch and too many F2's can't catch. You haven't been bruised enough yet...
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    Amazing how few people take advantage of this situation... happens all the time, and the runner and 3rd base coach just stand there chatting.
  3. Work the pillow man, work the pillow! LL minors... I don't use anything else.
  4. It's the minor leagues... no one is/was watching anyhow
  5. Having the computer calling the game fundamentally changes the way you umpire... you not longer are umpiring, you are just the flesh and bone version of a light up board. If/when they figure out how to have the computer call all of the other things we do at the plate, I will bet they find an excuse to remove us from behind the plate, all in the name of being perfect. It would be funny to see how many F2's get scored on because the umpire back stop is no longer standing there blocking many could be past balls.
  6. Awesome mile-stone! Congrats! If this is your 3rd time on ESPN, do you now have to get a SAG card?
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    Just considering how expensive some bats can be, I would, as a parent who purchased said bats, not be thrilled to have my kids coach allow the other team to use my son's bat. If only LL baseball would distribute to all of the managers, coaches and umpires some form of document which would codify their rules in one easy to access resource. They could bound such book in an easy to see color scheme, like Green, and hand it out to leagues and other participants so that we can all know the rules and be on the same page. Oh, wait... Too bad for the other coach who allowed his players to use illegal bats all season. Sorry they only will be swinging bats they are not use to... However, keep in mind the old adage "if you're not cheating, you're not trying', so maybe this was the other coach just doing his normal thing and trying to get advantages he was not entitled to. Too bad the illegal bats were discovered prior to the game. as the penalty in Allstars is quite severe for use of illegal bats. Sounds like it would have been fun for this coach to get caught using these not eligible bats.
  8. Thankfully for the regular season, we do not use the stealing signs rules... which let's be honest is silly at 12u. Not much we can do during the Allstar tournament, since it is a rule they want enforced at that point.
  9. If the team is just cheering for their players and nothing is changing during the whole time the pitcher is delivering, then other than some unsportsmanlike issue, I'm ignoring. Now if they crescendo when the F1 is delivering, or they are dead quiet until that point and then suddenly loud, that I am addressing.
  10. @The Man in Blue I will tell him so... we are working a game this evening.
  11. Yeah... this was a 8-9 YO game. If he had demonstrated properly? Most likely I would mention to him that if I'm staring at the feet, I'm not watching his pitch... pick your poison Reality, I would use the old... I'll keep an eye out for it coach.
  12. My buddy is a quick responder: "Yes, I made a change on the audio this past episode... Should be much better for now on. " Hopefully in the future casts, you notice a difference.
  13. @The Man in Blue My buddy is the one producing the GD pod casts. I just sent him your feedback as to the audio quality.
  14. Same result as when the SWEET strike 2 pitch comes in and we do our fantastic STRIKE 3 call and mechanic. Stop - realize your a dumb ass. Chuckle with the batter and catcher, signal strike 2 and move on... You OP? Realize this is an error (obviously) and then ask for clarification as to the actual call.
  15. I had a coach try and get me to call this on the opposing team this season. He even demonstrated the 'out of the box' by stepping on the line. I asked if the player did exactly as he showed me... Yes was his reply. Then awesome, just as you showed, he is 100% legal. LL minors BTW... so handled it as a learning experience for the coach versus the 'drawing a line' kind of result. Next day he and I spoke... he got into the rule book, found out he was in error and learned something new.
  16. Informing the coach to only address his players: appropriate and within the rules. Telling pitcher not to lick fingers and go direct to the ball: appropriate and within the rules. Warning the coach for his response to the finger licking: appropriate response. Telling the coach he cannot play someone who is crying? Depends on the situation... kid is BALLING, where she is not in control of herself, well, the coach just looks like a jerk to everyone and I might get involved there. Kid is just sniveling? Unless it is F2 (my safety!), then I am not grabbing then end of the stick.
  17. I can always ask the coach to remove the player for infractions. He is not obligated to do so. I can then eject the player which costs him today and most likely the next scheduled game. In LL, I have asked the coach to remove a player for infractions such as bat throwing after warnings, or other unsportsmanlike behaviors... but this is a tool I only use for 12U and when the rule set allows for it. If I think the lesson will be heeded, then it is appropriate. What you described above? Should be an ejection since it seems apparent that the hitting of the batter was intentional, especially with the waving bit after the fact.
  18. Your coaches were/are idiots. 4-5 feet up the line, you signaled safe... who cares if you said or they didn't hear 'no tag'... your 5 FEET away from home. How in the world can they think the runner was safe at home when the runner was no where near it, and who at the time of being tagged out had yet to still touch it? Your EJ was not a mechanics issue. Nothing you did would have eliminated the result of their base running errors. Sometimes you just cannot fix stupid.
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    Since the SPR is not a true line up change, but a special provision in the rules, making the change as @johnpatrick stated would be allowed. Your most likely going to blow the fuse of the other coach, scorekeeper and maybe the TD (lower levels)since most of them have enough trouble just handling batting 9 when they have been CBO all season, but once it is explained to them, most likely using crayon, you should be good to go
  20. Working the Seniors Allstar games tonight at Caruthers Park in Bellflower. District 56 vrs 29 at 5pm and then D38 vrs D30 at 730. Should be fun working this as a 4 man.
  21. Welcome from another So Cal LL guy! As mentioned, make sure you are using LL rules when enforcing plays on the field. For instance, there is no force play slide rule in LL, but we discuss it all the time for HS on this site. If you do not have a copy of the RIM, I highly recommend obtaining one as it provides all kinds of great insight into how LL wants specific situations handled. Have fun out there! All Star time is upon us!
  22. First lesson learned: At the plate meeting when taking the line up cards, ask each manager if they have any ineligible pitchers. Make a note on your line up card. After the plate meeting make sure the head scorekeeper is also aware of who is not eligible. If a manager then tries to enter these players, there is a good chance the change is caught early and before any issue is created. LL expects the officials, managers and scorekeepers to keep this situation from occurring. It is one of the few times I expect the scorekeeper to interject something into the management of the game. Assuming your league plays this under regular season Green Book rules, and this is an intra-league playoff, then your BOD should have a mechanism in place to deal with any potential protest issue. Waiting until the next day is not going to resolve anything, especially if this is an elimination game and the winner has to play again in a day or two. As for the pitcher, if you caught this prior to pitching to a batter: Regulation VI (page 46 in the 2019 book) states under NOTES: 1. The withdrawal of an ineligible pitcher after that pitcher is announced, or after a warm-up pitch is delivered, but before that player has pitched a ball to the batter, shall not be considered a violation. LL officials are urged to take precautions to prevent protests. When a protest situation is imminent, the potential offender should be notified immediately. AR - Minor League Majors and LL Majors: When warming up, if a pitcher is discovered to be ineligible, he/she must be removed and the previous pitcher of record may not return. But in your scenario, you now have an ineligible pitcher, which as defined in Rule 2 - applies to regular season violations of Regulation VI. (See also Rule 4.19) 4.19 (a) Protest shall be considered only when based on the violation or interpretation of a playing rule, use of an ineligible pitcher or the use of an ineligible player.... 4.19 (d) Protest made due to the use of an ineligible pitcher or ineligible player may be considered only if made to the umpire before the umpire(s) leave the field at the end of the game. Whenever it is found that in ineligible pitcher or ineligible player is being used, said pitcher shall be removed from the mound, or said player shall be removed from the game, and the game shall be continued under protest or not as the protesting manager decides. So bottom line... add asking about the pitcher to your plate meeting, Write it down... Next time this comes up, remove the pitcher, eject him if you think it is warranted, log the protest or resolve it ASAP if a playoff game, and move on. Follow the rest of 4.19 and submit your protest report to the league reps within 24 hours.
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    Guess F6 had better things to do then be part of the rest of the game. Easy EJ.
  24. 10 hours ago, The Man in Blue said: *”If she charges again, pull back and hit her with a line drive.” (Player, later notified by my BU it was the coach’s daughter.) *”If she doesn’t move, just throw the ball through her. She has to move.” (Head coach) You end this, now. Right now, before the game gets seriously stupid. I will call time, go to the coach and address that immediately. Coach, did you just instruct a child to purposely attempt to injure another child on this field? Depending on the answer he/she gives depends on if this is the sportsmanship warning with a chance for the coach to 're instruct' his player(s) or the end of his/her playing time with us in this game. NEVER let this go. By the time jack ass, er, I mean the VHC get's to his comments about the other coach on the bucket... he has already been admonished about his unsportsmanlike conduct, or he has already left for the day. If the latter, he can leave now for continuing unsportsmanlike conduct. Play at the plate, 'powerhouse bone'... see ya. He just called your integrity into question and accused you of cheating. He wants to leave, why not pack his bags for him? AC ranting and raving after your partner told him to get back to his spot... punch his ticket since he is continuing his show. Games get heated... your job is to try and manage the personalities as best you can. If you start when the comments are small, then maybe, just maybe, you have sent a message that poor behavior will not be tolerated. If however you allow the behavior to go on, then like little kids, many adults will continue to push your boundaries until you hit a breaking point and eject. The issue here is that by this time, the game is out of control, the personalities have grown emboldened and now you are frustrated and angry. Treat it like business. It is not personal, you are there doing your job. If they get personal, send them on their way, but do it in a business like manner. If you intercede in a business like manner early, often times you curtail the bigger issues and have a much smoother experience.
  25. Last tournament I did a couple weeks back had a very strict policy, published on their web site and handed to the coaches. They, the coaches, were 100% responsible for the conduct of their fans. They were responsible for their actions, their mouths, and if needed, to send them packing. Not in my game, but in a buddies... couple parents started getting dumb... friend called time, went to the coach and just made small talk, never mentioned the noise coming from the two loud mouths. But he did make sure to look in their direction while having the conversation... Never heard another peep from them the rest of the game. Now thankfully, the coach was wise enough to understand what my friend was trying to accomplish, and in this instance it worked. Game management is a skill and an art form. There is no 'one size fits all' for any situation. You will need to decide, at your game, on that day, and in that moment the best way for you to handle the situation. All of this will be based on your perception of your safety, the safety of the athletes, the demeanor of the coaching staff, the availability of site management, etc, etc. Do what you think you need to to to be safe, secure while protecting the kids and yourself.
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