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  1. In this case, no it wasn't called INT (iirc). But yes I totally agree.
  2. I remember an early llws game where espn's Tim (kerchin sp?) was opining that runner running close in front of the protected fielder was not interference...and I thought to myself - really? At this level? I wish I could recall more...
  3. @Velho if you find them, please post. I think I saw those same plays and I want to talk with our UIC about how he would want those plays called. Would be a great learning opportunity for LL umpires.
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    Umpire Drills

    Find yourself a mentor. Your rec little league coordinator/UIC can probably help you. Ask them lots of questions. Have them give you lots of feedback. Be open to feedback and always say "thank you", but think for yourself and also always try to understand the "why" behind everything. Ask "why" a lot.
  5. I would trust the laces sold by ump-attire.com. They look to be very similar to the NB laces, not expensive, and, per the reviews, maybe more durable?
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    Infield fly rule

    I think you meant "tagged before scoring"?
  7. Had this solo at a field right by a large airport. I thought it sounded odd. About a minute later the AD came by and told me to send the kids to the gym. Ashamed I didn't pull the trigger myself. After 30 minutes we resumed and still got the 7 innings done in just a little over 2 hrs...all good.
  8. Maybe consider an outside protector (balloon/raft)?
  9. I tried the unequal "uncap" and gave it away in favor of the Cobalt skully. The uncap worked, but it didn't feel very secure on my head with my fitted association hat. I had to size up on the hat to fit the uncap (from 7 3/8 up to 7 1/2). I think the uncap would work best with a flex fit hat. I could have lived with it, but simply preferred the fit and protection of the skully - even despite the "Bob the builder" look the skully gives me.
  10. OBR (from the definition of terms section): An INFIELDER is a fielder who occupies a position in the infield. (So yes you are correct.)
  11. @Eric GGG this is a scenario where the word "protest" is your team's friend. If your coach is sure there has been a missapplication of a rule (after hearing the umpires explanation of his ruling), they simply saying "okay, I protest" will start a process in motion whereby the coach or the umpire will learn, and the call can be made right.
  12. Not an approach I would recommend. An alternative approach might be to instead ask - "What rule set are we playing by?"
  13. Re: INT, I'd have INT if R2 collided with F6 *after* F5 had missed the ball and F6 now had a play on it. If R2 collided with F6 as or before F5 missed the ball, I'd have OBS.
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    10u Strike Zone

    This reminder was super helpful to me last night in a 10u (LL minors) playoff game. It had been 5 years since doing that level and it was shocking how small some of the kids were. Smooth game. Thank you Rich!
  15. I did the same switch for the same reason. Love the improved coverage from the Cobalt.
  16. I have the Mag pads in my Nike Ti from @Whosyourcaddy and I like it just fine. Pairs well with my cobalt skully.
  17. What I'm seeing more now (16u and up) is catchers starting with their mitt beyond where they expect the ball to be, and moving forward and in toward the zone to meet the ball to catch it. So the natural movement of the mitt is taking the ball more into the zone and looking good. Classic example is mitt starts in dirt, and then sweeps up to catch the low pitch and make it look like it caught the hollow of the knee. But also very effective on sweeping sliders where the mitt starts outside and moves forward and in to meet the ball. That said, it's not super common.
  18. Welcome! You're right, LL definitely keeps you on your toes (gotta expect the unexpected).
  19. @ErichKeane's solution is easiest if you can find the right size. If replacing with the stock female part, it appears you will need to drill out the rivet that attaches the webbing that the clip is on. You will likely need new webbing if you don't get that with the replacement part they send. In theory you might be able to take out the throat stitching on the existing webbing and reuse it with a new buckle. To install, I would: 1) drill out the rivet from the back side (unvelcro the padding to expose rivet). 2) punch a hole in the new webbing, if necessary, matching where the old webbing had the rivet go through. 3) secure the new webbing with buckle using an appropriately sized chicago screw. Re-use the vinyl cover tab that protects the back side of the chicago screw. Blue thread locker for the screw would not be a bad idea. Fwiw.
  20. Did you read down to the transcript section at the bottom of the usa today article?
  21. Was the "transcript" of her statements incorrect?
  22. How can you not see YOUR words were pejorative? I will say that your situation as described is unusual, and you are correct that he needed to call "time" properly if he was to kill play. You should be curious about the actual infraction. If there had been one that needed correction, he (probably) could have done so retroactively. Letting the kids' play stand seems like a good solution, and IMO the correct solution since time was never called. If the defensive team is looking for a cheesy way to take a kid's hit off the board, in a 10u game, then shame on them.
  23. If your league is a community league, 10u should have parent volunteers/conscripts call the game. If you aren't paying for umps, at least your expectations will be appropriate. Paying for umps at the 10u level seems wasteful, unless it's a pure umpire training ground and understood to be such. And coming to an umpire site openly critical ("wishy washy") and expecting a warm welcome? Wtf you been smoking?
  24. Then you should start with your League UIC, and escalate to your District UIC ... and on up the chain as necessary. It's their interpretations that matter to you and your team, even if the advice here is pretty sound.
  25. LL 4.04 AR says that under CBO "all players listed in the batting order shall be considered starters." As such, I don't think their defensive outs need to be consecutive.
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