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Posted by Lou Barbieri on 25 April 2016 - 12:39 PM
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 22 April 2016 - 10:33 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 16 February 2016 - 07:00 PM
Thank you to the Tampa Bay Rays !!!
Just talked to my old DA, he's delivering Tee-Ball Shirts this week (just in time for Opening Day this coming Saturday).
All of the leagues in my old District in Florida were given Free Shirts for all of their Tee-Ball Teams.
The Rays donated about 10,000 shirts to Tee-Ball Teams from LL, CR, Dixie and PONY.
They also held a free Tee-Ball Coach Clinic last Saturday.
They also have a "Day at the Rays" for our District (and other Districts) where any player and his/her family get significantly reduced price tickets for a Saturday afternoon game (usually in late May/early June).
The last year I was there (I think it was 2012) there were several thousand people from our District in attendance.
Again, a big Thank You to the Rays.
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.
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.
Posted by Dave Poe on 24 September 2015 - 03:43 AM
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 27 November 2014 - 07:18 PM
Posted by B_Hanlon on 23 November 2013 - 03:00 PM
Folklore has it that many years ago a gentleman roamed the halls of a famous institution known as “The Hill”. The legend goes on to tell us about that fateful July evening as he was dutifully performing his cleaning tasks and a phone rang from a Little League field a thousand miles away.
After several rings the man placed down his mop and picked up the phone. An All Star game had been halted with a rules question and an immediate interpretation was needed before the game could resume. Now mind you, this was no ordinary maintenance man. As a faithful Little League employee he had spent 30 plus years chatting with the folks about their one common bond, Little League Baseball. In fact one might say that he was the most knowledgeable resource in the world. Relying on his 30 year wealth of knowledge the sage rattled off the interpretation of the rules, he was thanked and the game continued.
In the years that followed the phone continued to ring and The Janitor always answered. He eventually retired, but like many leaguers he never quite went away. To this day there are numerous reports of protest calls being answered and resolved that never make it into the log book.
It is with the spirit of The Janitor that this forum was created. With the primary mission being a discussion forum that serves as a resource for parents, coaches, league administrators and volunteer umpires. This forum is monitored by a group of extremely knowledgeable folks that have dedicated thousands of hours of their life to the greatest youth sports organization in the world Little League Baseball, and they are glad to answer any questions to the best of their ability.
This forum is in no way directly affiliated or associated with Little League Baseball. This is an independent forum and all of the opinions and interpretations posted are the sole opinions of the contributors.
Posted by Lou Barbieri on 15 August 2017 - 05:01 PM
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.