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Posted by Lou Barbieri on 25 April 2016 - 12:39 PM
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Posted by Lou Barbieri on 21 March 2016 - 01:34 PM
CONGRATS to all of the Umpires appointed to the various 2016 World Series (announcement/list is linked below).
In addition, a BIG THANK YOU to every Volunteer Little League Umpire.
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 12 June 2018 - 08:07 PM
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Posted by Lou Barbieri on 22 April 2018 - 11:05 PM
BTW, I’m new to this forum and love it!
I’ve learned a lot.
Posted by Plesh on 17 April 2018 - 12:51 PM
I think there's a few reasons it's seen less in LL:
1. Less check swings in general
2. Often there is only one umpire
3. If there are two umpires, they are usually kids
4. Manager/ coach don't know you can appeal
5. And the most obvious answer, because they just don't care. Unless it's an All Star game, I'm not asking for an appeal.
Posted by Mr. Dill on 06 April 2018 - 11:42 AM
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Posted by richives on 01 August 2017 - 02:38 PM
So just implement a rule that newly formed leagues must have been chartered with LL for the two prior seasons before you may enter the tournament. Leagues that have existed intact under a different umbrella or at least two years before chartering with LL may enter immediaely.
Posted by coach andy on 18 April 2017 - 07:37 PM
we do the 9 defensive outs / 3 innings as well for MPR, but we do not insist they are consecutive.
speaking from parents side, that end of the order batter can create some special memories. my stepson really struggled all year at 9 or 10 in minors, had some contact, but not a clean hit all year . tie game, bottom of last inning in "championship" game, he is up, runner on 1st, 2 outs. I am at outfield fence near concessions getting something for mom, and i am just praying he does not make 3rd out. one an early pitch, runner moves to 2B, no attempt made to throw. they are counting on getting the batter, my stepson. he sends one up the middle for base hit, runner scores. coach makes certain to get the ball, and a week or so later gives it to stepson with date, score, and game winning RBI on it. Ball still is in our house (stepson is getting ready for college in the fall), and that hit is still remembered.
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 08 December 2016 - 01:28 PM
Plan A (player retention) is for a normal draft, it is NOT an approved Plan for either Expansion or Reduction.
I guess you could ask for a Waiver to use Plan A to Expand or Reduce the number of teams but you would need to describe exactly how you would do it.
Who knows, LL might approve it!
So, absent a Waiver, you need to use one of the Expansion Plans in 2017 and 2018 and then one of the Team Reduction Plans in 2019.
That said, I do know of leagues that Re-Draft every year that have gotten permission (Waiver) to use Plan B/Alternate Plan B to Expand and/or Reduce the number of teams based on the number of players that year.
In my opinion, they should list Plan B, Alternate Plan B and Plan C as "acceptable" Plans for Expansion/Reduction.
As for Re-Drafting, to my knowledge, 12 of the 14 leagues in my District Re-Draft every year using Plan B or Alternate Plan B - I prefer Alternate Plan B.
As for 12s in Minors, 2% doesn't sound too bad (safety reasons) but 10% sounds way too high (at least it does to me).
I go back to my years with PONY, if PONY can have ALL 11s and 12s play together why do so many Little Leagues have a problem doing it?
Yes, there are some "safety issues" which is why I personally have no problem Waiving "a few" 12s to minors but in my opinion there should only be a few, no where near 10%.
I asked my DA and he said that last year he approved 19 Waivers for 12s to play in minors, that's 19 Waivers for 14 leagues.
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 18 August 2016 - 09:36 PM
What problems have you had with Plan B that makes you want to go to Plan A?
In the past few years the movement has been going away from Plan A to Plan B, I prefer Alternate Plan B.
The decision is up to your BOD and they can use different Plans for different Divisions.
In my experience, Plan A often results in team imbalance.
Plan B has a better chance to end up with better team balance.
Posted by stan.staziak on 13 August 2016 - 12:08 AM
my son is a catcher at the 15U/JV level and he knows to answer that question right.
HPU to catcher before the game, "what's your job?"
Catcher to HPU before the game, "I'm the catcher!"
HPU to catcher: "No. Your job is to protect me from the ball. Do that and we'll get along!"
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 02 July 2016 - 01:40 AM
Posted by Mike_Hirschman on 01 July 2016 - 08:50 PM
How about not having two tournament teams?
That's what special games events are for if you are going to create them as an A/B rather than equally distribute the pool. I am all for giving kids an opportunity for compete. But don't stack the deck by making an A/B
Posted by richives on 30 June 2016 - 08:02 PM
All selection methods are wrong.