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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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#9311 2016 World Series Umps

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.



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#8201 Special Games or Rule Violation?

Posted by B_Hanlon on 24 November 2015 - 03:50 PM

Everyone involved in Little League knows that they have been trying to become as flexible as possible the past few years to compete with travel ball. We have seen dramatic changes on the softball side to specifically target ASA with double headers, tournaments and pitching rule changes. It only makes sense that Little League targets travel ball to grab that piece of the pie. The dilemma is that they still want to hold the "concept" of tournament teams being sacred (even though they know half of them double as travel teams) and they also want to remain sacred being all inclusive in not allowing leagues to just cherry pick the best kids to play on their "house travel teams" but we all know it is happening.


Personally, I would love to see Little League offer more options for the die hard baseball loving kids to play at a more competitive level on weekends while still playing house during the week. I have a fundamental problem that competitive baseball is only for those that can afford it.

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#8150 Proposed Age Change (The second guessing begins......)

Posted by Mike_Hirschman on 22 November 2015 - 02:29 PM

If you don't understand the comparison, then you don't understand being an administrator. You said no one cared and just dismissed it. Administrators who are in the program for ALL of the kids, not just their own, care about ALL of the rule changes.


I haven't been around a Big League Baseball game in over a decade and can count on two hands how many in my 30 years. But guess what? I ask enough questions and care enough about the program to have a somewhat informed opinion on a current proposed rule change that would allow 19-year-olds to play Big League baseball. Because who knows when my district might wind up with a charter in the program.


The issues of on-deck, head-first, pitch count have been widely criticized for a number of years by parents wanting "real baseball". So yes, by constant adult criticism and some even saying they won't play Little League because of it, there are correlations and comparisons. And yes, those are constantly on the board as "hot topics" even more than a decade after the on-deck circle was removed... which occurred because the third adult coach that had finally been written into the rules didn't pay enough attention and it was costing $500 every time a kid lost a tooth.


If 7-year-olds want to play in a special games event, that's up to a local league to decide. It wouldn't ever get my board vote. But to call them all-stars or make it into a select atmosphere is absurd in my opinion... and it continues to contribute to those wanting to run off and start their own travel teams.

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#7763 Little League Team Expansion

Posted by Dave Poe on 24 September 2015 - 03:43 AM

You keep harping about where LL is.
Call them and ask them. Email them.
It's that simple and they do answer.
Present to someone either in your Regional Office or in Williamsport what the issues are.
Lay it out for them.

A key piece of advice is to leave out anything that personally applies to you and/or any personal opinions.
Stick to the facts that are in the public domain.
They can't act on what they don't know about.

Going on a forum an complaining isn't going to get you or your league anywhere.

Another piece of advice - don't take anyone's word that the higher ups have approved anything unless you see it in writing.
I once had a manager try to appeal to the automatic one game suspension for an ejection. He called WP and the person told him he could appeal. I was confused since I knew he couldn't. When I spoke to the person at WP, I found out that this manager told him a completed different story of what happened. The WP person thought he was being asked about appealing an additional penalty issued by the BOD when that wasn't the case at all.

Call or email your region. Call or email someone in WP. They aren't in hiding....
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#3611 Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Lou Barbieri on 27 November 2014 - 07:18 PM

Wishing the best to you and yours.
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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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#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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#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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