Minors Pilot Program
Posted 15 August 2017 - 11:43 PM
"Every inning begins with runners on first and second base, and every batter steps to the plate with a 1 ball 1 strike count. Starting the innings in this manner increases the likelihood the defense can make a play for an out somewhere on the infield and heightens the players awareness of situational baseball. Having players start their at bats with a 1-1 count similarly increases the odds of batters being more aggressive at the plate."
Posted 16 August 2017 - 01:23 AM
It's sad to me that baseball itself can't be entertaining/fast enough for some people so we have to modify the game.
Posted 16 August 2017 - 03:13 PM
Our 10u AAA team played one game with a 1-1 count as part of the pilot program, but didn't have runners on to start the inning.
My son pitched, so I think his experience was a pretty unbiased opinion of the pilot program, since the trial rule certainly gave an advantage to the pitcher. He hated it, as did every single player on his team. He said it was very hard as a batter to go up, foul off the first pitch and be down 1-2. I think our team had 15 or 16 strikeouts out of the 18 outs. Hitting seems to be the most important thing for kids to enjoy baseball and this idea really didn't do anything to help that.
It only shortened our game by 15 minutes.
Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:34 PM
It seems every Minors game I umpired this year (maybe a dozen) (league has a 2 hour limit) barely got through 4 innings.
Not one was a complete game.
Any ball hit to the 3B side was pretty much an infield single.
I can see how it could speed up the game....
Posted 16 August 2017 - 05:59 PM
But for Minors LL, skill development is by far the biggest factor in game time/entertainment/pace of play.
Start with a 3-2 count and bases loaded, if kids can't throw strikes/hit/field the ball, it'll be the same poor quality.
Posted 16 August 2017 - 06:14 PM
Trying to force them to be a hitter.
I would not like using it in a game.
I wouldn't mind a runner on 1B or both 1B and 2B in a game.
I already did that during practices so they are familiar with it anyway.
If the program is to speed the game up then I don't like it.
If it is to teach them to play with runners on base I don't mind it, it's Minors.
However, when they go to All Stars the training wheels come off.
Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:51 PM
Too many minor games were only 3-4 innings long (too many walks, problems getting 3 outs, etc).
I know of a league that has a local rule for minors that limits every half-inning to 3 outs or 3 runs.
Most of their games now go 6 innings.
I'm not in favor of putting runners on base or starting batters with a 1-1 count (maybe that's just me).
Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:43 AM
We played a tournament at the 15U level this summer where the 8th inning had R2, 9th had bases loaded to begin the inning.
They clearly were trying to end the games although this was only for the elimination rounds.
Posted 17 August 2017 - 02:03 AM
In our District Mid-Season Tournaments we start the first "extra inning" with R2, later innings start with R3.
We never start batters with a 1-1 count.
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Posted 17 August 2017 - 01:33 PM
The pitchers would throw more strikes for the hitters to hit.
The game pace would drastically improve and more kids would be available to pitch.
Presently, the 2 kids who can throw strikes get burned up.
Posted 30 August 2017 - 08:18 PM
Even in PONY, 9-10 year olds pitch from 46 feet.
With the 5 run limit it allows you to give some more players the opportunity to pitch knowing they can't give up 8 or 9 or 20 runs. Who knows, you might be surprised what you find.
Posted 10 September 2017 - 05:19 PM
Apparently the other league only did it for a couple of games, which to me was not long enough to see who it worked. I was interested if other league had tried it.
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