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About slogar1

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    Coaching youth football 12 years<br />Coached youth baseball for 20 years<br />Coached youth softball 7 years<br />Umpired youth baseball 28 years
  1. I've been living on 3-4 of sleep this week. I work midnights so, by the time I come on here I am pretty well toast. I understand what you are saying and I have had many discussions like this over the years where people quote things out of the rulebook and been wrong (ie. applying tournament rules to regular season games). I admitted I was not sure of the rule, which is my I called regional. (When I was younger, I called Williamsport many times and spent hours talking to Dr. Hale, national head honcho of the rules committee; GREAT GUY!). In my discussion with Mike at LL Indianapolis, my questions were very distinct & specific regardong the 5 run rule (not "can a league make up stuff as they go along"). Make no mistake that his answers were also very specific: people do not have to use the 5 run rule, can invoke a 10 run rule in the last inning, can invoke a no run limit in the last inning. As he said, if people do not want to keep score, they may do that also and ALL W/O A WAIVER. Yes, I kept asking him that point-blank with every question. Mike actually got a little irritated with me (like I was asking stupid questions? like I was being too persistent?) and told me I could find all the answers in the rule book. Rule modification, made by a league at the beginning of the season, is a far cry from "making things up as they go along". I am going to try and take the time this weekend, break out the book, and see if I can find the section that covers all this but, for now, I will take the word of a guy that does this for a living. We've really gotten off the subject of trying to help CoachBob. Sorry it's too late to make things right with your organization but when your Commissioner told you his rule came "straight from Pa." I would doubt that but it sounds like you must live with the rule for now. I'm assuming you are not sanctioned LL but use the LL rule book, thus your coaches should lobby your Association's Board of Directors for rules changes for the good of all. Regardless, after everyone sees how unfair the rule is, I'm certain it will be changed; too bad some kids may get hurt during the learning curve. Good luck.
  2. I'm not going to argue with you. I have umpired LL for 30 years and served on various league boards for 20+ years. I know the book allows local chapters to adopt their own rules (or modify them w/o a waiver) but I have neither the time nor the patience to look up specifics, which is why I called Indianapolis. The gentleman I talked to confirmed what I have read & understood and how we've run our leagues for years. Call the Indianapolis LL number and tell them you have a question about a baseball rule and ask for "Mike" (I called about 1 pm. EST). I have talked to him years prior so I know he has been there for quite some time. The only thing I ask is that you come back and be totally honest with his reply.
  3. OK, I have an answer for you. I just got the phone to Little League Central Region HQs in Indianapolis. Little League adopted the max 5 runs/inning rule 2 years ago and it applies to Minor League. I was correct. A waiver is not needed to alter this rule as Little League gives local leagues the right to adopt their own rules (he said to see page 11). He also said there are leagues that don't even keep score and that is their right so, in this case, whatever the local Association decides concerning run limitations can be binding, it is not black & white by LL rules. If you are santioned LL, you need to talk to the District Representative; if not, what your Association determines can be binding but, as told to me, it should be an Association decision, not implimented by one person. As I stated in my earlier post, our Association gives BOTH teams an equal scoring opportunity in the last inning. Locally the norm is to use a max 10 run rule limit in the last inning, pertaining to both teams, thus, if either team is down by 11 runs or more before their LAST at bat, it is considered a mercy rule and the game is over. Anything less, the game continues to its entirety. Hope this helps.
  4. Excellent detailed information. Thank you for taking the time to share!
  5. To my knowledge, this is not in the Little league rule book but I could be wrong. I am more familiar with the Little League rule book from Minor League on up. But our local league has been using such rules for years now here in Ohio. It started in the 7-8 year old division and has been extended to the 9-10 year old division as well as the 8 year old & under tournament that we've been running since 1986. However, the rule pertaining to the last inning is extended to both teams. Two formats have been used: in the last inning, there is no run limit for either team, which gives BOTh teams a chance to win. The most recent rule change is a limit of 10 runs in the last inning for BOTH teams. Thus, if the visiting team is up by more than 11 runs in the bottom of the last inning, the game is over, and if the home team is up by 11 or more in the top of the next to last inning, the game is over. The Little League rule book allows organizations to adopt local rules. If your organiztion choses to adopt a run rule, it should make it apply to both teams, IMO.
  6. It is not necessarily a playbook, but a very good tape on basic fundamentals is "Bo Schembeckler's Teaching Kids Football". I found this at our local library 15 years ago and it is a very good source of information of the basics. I don't remember it containing offensive or defensive plays per se, but you will find it very helpful with young players. As for actual offensive & defensive plays, you might want to just go talk to your local high school coach and ask his opinions. If nothing else, it will start a good repoire with the school program and hopefully get on the same page as them.
  7. "We will try a blend of yelling it out and running it in." That's what we mostly do, but we can also deliver the plays by hand signals, holding up fingers, as long both the formation number & the play number is each 10 and under. Works very well but, again, not designed for no-huddle. We usually use it when the player bringing in the play is not ready and the team is too far away to yell to. Try it.
  8. We use a two number system. The center has one wristband which contains all our formations and the QB has a wristband that contains most all of our plays. The call 3-2 would be formation #3, play #2, the center calls out the formation & the QB calls out the play. While it is not a no-huddle concept, you can yell it from the sideline or most anybody can carry in the play; they just have to remember 2 numbers and with it, you can call 80+ plays. Gary
  9. Good explanation, it's basically a cheap sled. All the devices shown are not much more than conditioning tools and are not of much use when it comes to proper technique and developing real life football skills. Gary
  10. You are quite welcome, glad I could help. I went from shoulder blocking to hand technique after attending many football clinics. It is amazing that high school & college blocking techniques are much the same, just the schemes & responsibilities are vastly different. Six of my coaches & I will be attending a youth coaching clinic in Pittsburgh the end of May. This is my 16th year and have been the offensive coordinator for the past 14 years as well as serving as head coach, but it seems most of my time is spent line blocking because so few people truly understand it. Going to football coaching clinics goes a long way in keeping you in step with the times and there's always something new to learn. Good luck to you in your young career and may you & your kids enjoy sucess! Gary
  11. You guys are funny. But seriously, I always drated the best pitcher(s) first because the ones that don't start that day are usually your SS/1B. We used to joke about drafting the ones with the best looking mothers. One thing I learned after 20 years, and this may sound mean and certainly is not always true, I stopped drafting kids with single mothers. I REPEAT, this is not always the case, but I've had more trouble from singles mothers over the years than everyone else combined.
  12. Hi Mike, It's been my experience that shoulder blocking in youth football is pretty much old school, but if you are set on teaching it, so be it. The key to trap blocking is speed, not the usual step/power/explosive hand blocking move. I would only use shoulder blocking with traps as long as the blocker is much faster & more comfortable using it, providing his head is in front and the D-lineman is caught off guard. Like you said, players tend to stand up while hand blocking but they also tend to drop their head and have bad foot position and balance shoulder blocking. At 9 years old, I would teach hand blocking only because you have so much more to teach, such as responsibilities. Adding another technique at that age would only serve to confuse them more and teach them bad habits. We used to equate shoulder blocking to being in a bullring; when the blocker lowers his shoulder like a bull, it only takes the matador one step to make him miss.
  13. I have been up for almost 24 hours and am ready to go to bed, so I'll give you a quick reply and maybe go into detail later. Who pays for your umpires? Who pays for the upkeep of your fields? Who pays for your equipment? Your Association does things different than most as the organization is usually the one who gets the sponsers, but ultimately all the money goes into one fund, then the Association pays for almost everything from that fund. It has been my experience that they pay for almost everything except team trophies, but are responsible for league trophies, if any are given out. That depends on the league; some younger leagues do not give out trophies. My football team's cheerleaders do their own fundraisers to offset the cost to the parents but, in all my years of baseball, I have never heard of a baseball team doing their own fundraiser and keeping any money. I have seen some unhappy sponsers wanting to know where their money is being spent or who want to say in how it is spent, but when it all goes into one fund for the good of the entire organization, it takes away the burden of responsibility from the individual coach/team. If you are not receiving the proper equipment, or the fields are in terrible shape, etc. then you have a legitimate complaint. Keep in mind the majority of the money will probably go to the older teams as their expenses are generally more and, unfortunately, they usually bring in less. It all works out in the end.
  14. My best advice is not to seek such recommendations here because they would be generic in nature and if your son (and you) are that serious, you'd be better off with a 'personal trainer". Not someone Hollywood stars would use but someone, with knowledge, that would be there working one on one. Each person is different and, given the recently injury, I think it best if you had someone that could put together a program based on his build, needs, rehab, and could monitor his progress and could change or adjust his program daily to meet his immediate needs while preparing him for the future. Football coaches/assistants with a degree in physical therapy would be good. Ask your local high school football coach for recommendations as there may be former players going to college for such a degree that would take on such an assignment free of charge. Good luck.
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