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  1. This. We had a coach complain about it, with a new pitcher. PU allowed the glasses. During the first pitch, he called no pitch and had them removed. A brief flash was enough to make it distracting.
  2. Looks like the stiches broke, anyone with basic sewing skills should be able to put that back together.
  3. I've had a couple kids that go thru a 25 second ritual after they enter the box to hit. This is after taking 20-30 seconds to get the signs. Both teams get warned, then I start calling strikes.
  4. Mister B


    I just had a coach in Districts respond with a mumbled "uh-huh" I looked at him and and said, it's a yes or no question. If I don't hear, "yes" we don't play. As for bats, at the Juniors level, every player should have their own bat, it's not my decision as a coach to let somebody else use it. About half of my 13u team is swinging BBCOR. My son (13) just moved from a 32 drop 5 (USA) to a 31 inch BBCOR. But he's still hitting the ball 250-300 feet. And $300 is the midrange for anything heavier than a drop 10. I had one coach tell me that I was robbing him of distance by using a USA bat vs. a bpf 1.15, the next game he put one over the fence straight-a-way center. 330 feet. How much further does he need to hit it? Personally, I think the transition from USA to BBCOR is better.
  5. Similar in the sense that the rules are the same in every park.
  6. IIRC, every field had a different ground rule, so MLB made it universal to make it easier. Plus there are places where the yellow line is painted on the wall. Above the top of the yellow line, HR, below the top of the yellow line, play on. Similar rules as the foul poles.
  7. We got warned once for stealing signs, when a couple of our players told the batter to watch for the curveball, on a 2 strike count. (not a fan of that rule) I agree with making sure the other team doesn't disrupt the pitcher. I also don't like when teams yell, "Trouble!" on a fly ball.
  8. Are coaches considered part of the team? There's a reason they wear a uniform at FED and above. Many LL Majors players are probably smarter than you think. I was watching a game, R1 with 1 out, hard ground ball hit right to F3, he touches the base and throws to 2B, F6 steps on the base and runs in, flipping the ball to the mound, BU calls R1 out. R1 says he was never tagged. BU says he was out on the force. R1 says there was no force, runner was out at first. BU looks very confused. PU overturns and calls him safe. Most of the defensive players, stayed on the field, as they knew he was safe. Both F1 and F4 were yelling, "you gotta make the tag!" during the play. Both BU and F6 looked like they wanted to disappear. The best part was F5 explaining what happened to the defensive coach, who kept insisting there was a force. I had worked a majors game with R1 and R2 and no outs. Short fly to F3 in foul territory. Both runners go on the hit. F3 makes the catch, flips it to F1, standing on 1B, who fires it to F6 on 2B. Triple play. I didn't need a verbal explanation, their intent was crystal clear. The offensive coach did need an explanation, as he thought all foul balls were dead. The question in your scenario, was F5 confused because he was waiting for a call that didn't happen, or because he didn't know what he was doing?
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    Last batted out

    Because he was the last to complete an at bat and make an out. Because he wasn't out. Okay, I'll amend my initial answer. The last batter to complete an at bat and be called out or complete his at bat on or just prior to the third out. R1 and R2 with 2 outs, R2 gets picked off for the third out. R1 would be the last batted out.
  10. The fielder had his foot blocking the front half of the base. There was more than enough room to get back. One of the runners got back standing up. No fancy swim move needed.
  11. Mister B

    Last batted out

    I would assume by the name, it was the last batter to complete an at bat and was called out. So, if there were no outs and R1, B/R rips a line drive to F3, who catches it, and then touches 1B for a double play on R1, who didn't make it back in time. So even though R1 was the last out, the B/R was the last batted out. R1 and R2, B5 is up, B4 was a K. B5 grounds into a FC at 3B. B4 is the last batted out. If there were no outs, R2 would be the last batted out.
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    Runner Interference

    What if the infield moves into the grass?
  13. Had a couple this week that just have me scratching my head, it's like they read the rulebook, but then don't exactly know how to apply it. I'm U1, pick thrown from F1, runner dives back, safe. 1B Coach looks at me and says, "He's blocking the base, he's got to give him a clear path to get back!" "Coach, he was safe." Batter gets a hit and makes it to 1B. Back pick from F2, runner is back safe again. "He's blocking the base again! He can't do that!" "Coach, he was safe again." "Yeah, but he can't block the base." "Coach, I suggest arguing calls that aren't in your favor." I PU, R2 stealing third, runner slides way early and never makes it to the base, easily tagged out. Defensive HC asked for time and says, "That was Batter Interference!" It took me a minute to figure out what he was asking for. I look straight at him and said, "He was out." "Yeah, but it was batter interference." SMH.
  14. My fitbit versa has a countdown timer app. Not included, but I can set it to vibrate, so I know when the game ends without having to keep looking at it. That said, I try to keep the games moving. Had a LL asst. coach, complain that I wasn't giving their catcher enough time to get ready, so he, the coach, had to warm up the pitcher. I told him, he's got 4 other kids in the dugout that can do that. He told me, they didn't know how to catch. I said, Great, here's a chance for them to learn. I then let his manager know that although I won't be restricting that coach, I don't want to see him out of the dugout. We finished the game in 1:39. The asst. coach stayed in the dugout. I did coach a MS game, where the other team's pitchers were throwing picks on all our runners. We had one runner taking a 2 foot lead off 1B, and they tried picking him 12 times in one AB. This happened about 20 times in the game. I know it's not illegal, but talk about making a travesty of the game. Nearly a 4 hour game.
  15. Our DA (District Administrator) gets them. He's been around LL for a long time, so he knows who to call.
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