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  1. Yeah I didnt understand that. But I know there are different versions for different devices and even screen sizes. I've seen guys using it on a small screen and I think it might take more clicks to get where you want to go. I generally use an ipad, where you see the lineup and the fielders on the same screen so you have no clicks to see the batting order unless you were viewing something else.
  2. I'm confused. I don't see any reason that it would be harder that looking at a book to determine BOO - you just click on the team in questions lineup and you've got the lineup. And confirming runs/scores at the end of each half inning is even easier - GC gives you a summary of the half inning as soon as you record the last out. I used a book for a long time, used the book to wave runners home whole coaching 3B, finally decided to learn gamechanger in the Spring of 2017 and the only issue I see with it is on really hot days with no shade I sometimes have to get creative to keep my device from overheating.
  3. Yeah to be clear its really only the bigger multi-state tournaments and 14u and older that have had scorers. Perfect Game uses DiamondKast (their own system?) and others mostly use GC.
  4. No, nobody would expect the umpire to do that. And in tournaments where there is an official impartial scorer, they're usually right behind home plate, or nearby. In a non-tournament situation,where the closest thing to an official score is each team's book or gamechanger, if the umpire is looking for score confirmation they generally go to each manager. Sometimes as the game progresses and the umpire can clearly see who is keeping score for each team, they'll just ask the scorekeepers directly. I assumed the OP was talking about the latter, with no tournament-provided official scorer. I keep the GC sometimes for my sons 16u team, and I have to say that I don't know about roaming wherever. I want to be able to see foul line to foul line for every play, so I'm likely to be behind or near behind home plate.
  5. I think it's more the 'follow' part - that the coach doesnt need to come to you to check score/pitch count - they just look at their phone before confirming the score with the plate ump or deciding to get a pitcher throwing. With a book they've got to be able to get to you and converse.
  6. Is there a rule set that would allow re-entry in a different spot in the batting order?
  7. Probably because I don't have the casebook
  8. OK I get it - I was looking for the rule, not the penalty, and searching terms like "stop" etc. I assume the rule that was broken in my first example was this snippet from 6-1article 2: "After he starts his movement to pitch, he must continue the motion without interruption or alteration." In my second example, I didn't realize that even though the umpire wouldn't award the batter time out, there is no penalty because pitcher stopped because of the batters action (raising his hand). Looks like both umpires got it right, good to see. Thanks for all the help, I appreciate it.
  9. No runner on base in either scenario...
  10. Thanks. Can I get a rule citation for #1? I can't find it even with a search of "illegal pitch" in the ebook. This was a tournament so I think, even given the weather conditions, strict enforcement is probably the norm. Though in the 2nd inning they informed both teams that they would allow 'neighborhood' plays on the bases due to the conditions, which I've never seen before. Grass/dirt infield.
  11. Come on dude. You omitted the part in bold that makes it perfectly clear - here's the direct quote:
  12. So this happened this past weekend 2x, slightly different circumstances, and was called differently. 15u baseball, NFHS ruleset (with no relevant modifications) Game 1: No runners on. Pitcher starts and then stops motion - re-gripped ball, so I assume that's why he stopped (it was raining all game, the balls were slimy according to my son who pitched later). FU calls "balk" and awards batter a ball. Regardless of whether he called it wrong (shouldn't be called a balk with no runners on I think) - is this the correct call? I thought so, but can't find the relevant NFHS rule for an illegal pitch due to the pitcher stopping his windup. Game 2: No runners on. PItcher on the rubber facing batter taking signs, our batter takes his hand off the bat and asks for time and it is not granted - I assume because as the batter looked back to the umpire the pitcher had started his windup. Batter quickly puts his hand back on the bat and resumes his stance. Pitcher stops. PU calls nothing. In this scenario, shouldn't the call be whatever is correct in game 1 scenario above, or, if there is leeway, a warning issued to the pitcher not to stop? We don't see warnings in 15u so he may not have the ability to warn unless he has the right to decide for himself when a warning is the right thing to do (which I would think it probably is here).
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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