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#13506 LL "Sportsmanship" Story

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 14 June 2017 - 02:43 PM

12 year old with down syndrome gets his wish!

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#9723 Forcing L/A 11 to majors.

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 25 April 2016 - 12:39 PM

If RB56 is correct that the Central Region and Williamsport have been contacted on several of these issues by e:mail and by phone and nothing was done then I am very disappointed in LL.
It sets a bad precedent and it's not fair to the thousands of leagues out there that bust their butts to do things the right way.

More importantly, it's not fair to the 20% of the 12 year olds in the league that are playing in minors instead of majors.
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#9701 Forcing L/A 11 to majors.

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 22 April 2016 - 10:33 PM

Ok, so I'll amend my previous statement, your BOD, your DA, the Central Region Director and the people on the Charter Committee should be fired!!!

This goes against the age old adage that all 12s should play in majors.
Age 12 is their last chance to play majors, why take it away from them?

Of course, maybe that's just me (but I sure hope not).
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#9523 Possibilities of New Teenage Rollout

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 11 April 2016 - 01:23 PM

As of today, LL stops at age 18.
So, I would hope they would go with something like this:
Intermediate (50/70): 11-13
Juniors: 13-15
Seniors: 16-18

If LL approves expanding to 19 year olds, make Seniors 16-19.
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#14999 Boy's Softball

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 12 June 2018 - 08:07 PM

I guess you can blame my District for "Boy's Softball"!

A number of years ago (2000?) an all girls Senior Softball Team from the league next to us made it to the World Series.
There was a team from Arizona that had 4-5 boys on it.
In the US finals the teams were scheduled to play each other.

During the Tournament several girls were hurt/injured playing in games against the boys.
As a result the "all girls" team refused to play against the mixed (girls and boys) team in the US Finals.

As I recall, in the Championship game an all girls team from the Philippines also refused to play the team with the boys on it.

The following year LL established Boy's Softball.
So, as of 2001, boys cannot play with/against girls in Softball.

That said, I have never heard of a Little League that offered Boy's Softball.
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#14897 Vocal Coaches

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 15 May 2018 - 08:22 PM

Call "Time" before the Pitcher pitches.
Send the teams to their dugouts.
Call the BOD Member on Duty and have him/her warn the individual if he/she does it again then he/she will be asked to leave.

By the way, I'm not a big believer that managers control the conduct of their player's parents/fans.
If you want to ask the manager to talk to the individual fine, it might work, but if it doesn't you can't blame the manager for the parent/fan being a jerk. B)

When I managed, I always stressed good sportsmanship to all of my parents.
The vast majority were well behaved but over the years I had my share of rotten apples (IYKWIM).
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#14870 Vocal Coaches

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 05 May 2018 - 01:18 PM

Based on your description, the umpire "could have called" Offensive Interference.
Seems like the loud "Foul" call "confused" the third and second basemen.
Pure judgement call by the umpire.

As a minimum, a Warning to the Base Coach would seem appropriate.
A subsequent outburst could then warrant an ejection.

Players play.
Coaches coach.
Umpires umpire.
It's really pretty simple! B)
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#14771 Batter moving into the Strike Zone

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.

Welcome aboard.
Tell your friends about this site, the more the merrier.
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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.

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#14653 Blind Draft

Posted by Mr. Dill on 06 April 2018 - 11:42 AM

I have a league that has 6 teams in majors and each manager picks each team as evenly as possible.
Then they draw a number out of the hat and they get that team plus their child.
LL says thats looks like a blind draft.
I asked for an approval and LL gave it to that league.
This is truly the fairest way to have each team as even as possible.
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#14059 NE manager willingly was to forego MPR?

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 15 August 2017 - 05:01 PM

Ok, so don't make it a guideline, make it a rule.

10-12 Baseball Tournament Affidavits must have a minimum of twelve players.
Exception: A DA may approve a 10-12 Baseball Tournament Affidavit with less than twelve players if the league, or combination of leagues, has less than four major teams.
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#13928 A Bit Of Controversy From The Dakota's

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.

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#12915 Intermediate division, continuous batting order

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.  

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#12159 LL format - ratio of full redraft to retention + waivers question

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. 

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#11420 Pros & Cons Of Draft Plan A

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.

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#11372 Obstruction Award

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 15 August 2016 - 03:03 PM

Yes, BUT !!!

If I were the opposing manager I would ask the ump Why he awarded second.

If he said "In my judgment the runner would have made it to second if he wasn't obstructed", we're done, runner gets second.

BUT, if he said "It was obstruction and the runner automatically gets second" then, my response is "I Protest" !!!

At that point it's a mis-application of a rule, not an umpire judgment call.

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#11338 Path to State Tournament Questions

Posted by stan.staziak on 13 August 2016 - 12:08 AM


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!"

my son is a catcher at the 15U/JV level and he knows to answer that question right.

according to him it usually works this way; the ump introduces himself and then my son will say my name is ****** and then he says "and I'm here to make sure you don't get hit"

A couple of times the umps laughed and said, is your dad an ump?
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#10751 9/10 Tournament, 2nd team, 13 players on roster

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 02 July 2016 - 01:40 AM

I'm in favor of as many kids playing All Stars as possible but I don't like A/B teams, especially if most of the better pitchers are on the "A" team.
If you don't have pitching on the "B" team you are in big trouble.
Without decent pitching you're setting up your "B" team to fail and it's likely they'll get beat badly.
Not normally a good experience for those players.

In my opinion, if you are going to have two teams, split the talent as even as possible between them.
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#10748 9/10 Tournament, 2nd team, 13 players on roster

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

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#10734 all star selection recourse

Posted by richives on 30 June 2016 - 08:02 PM

All selection methods are wrong.

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