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From NBC Sports:

  “Little League Baseball will use instant replay at this  year’s World Series to review questionable home runs and other close plays at  the outfield fence, beating the major leagues in instituting a system to review  some disputed calls.”


 

So for someone who has been to two* World Series tournaments in Williamsport* I’m not sure  this is a great development. Doesn't instant replay detract from the youth sport  element of the games? Isn't one of the tenants of  Little League  dealing with bad calls/adversity in a healthy way--not make sure we get the call "right." Or has the *Little League World Series* already become a worldwide  media event that has more in common with the *Super Bowl *than the sandlot game down the street?


 

Join the discussion. Would love to hear what you other youth baseball folks think?


 

  The rest of the NBC story.

 


 

 

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(Another great sports tip from guest blogger Jon Doyle of Baseball Training )

 

If you’ve watched any of the Little League World Series you’ve certainly noticed how hard the pitchers throw: 65, 70 even 73 miles per hour shows up on the gun. One of the big issues a hitter faces as he starts playing on regional and national levels is the ability to hit the high-speed fastball.

 

Typically you will see players swing a weighted bat on deck in order to “gear up” for the cheese. If this is part of your routine I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this will not increase your bat speed and, in most cases, will actually decrease it—obviously not what you want.

 

This is because when you swing a heavy bat 15 percent or greater than your game bat you not only change your mechanics (which leads to inconsistent batting mechanics) you also teach your body to swing slow. Sure the bat will feel lighter in your hands, but you will swing slower. Now it is OK to loosen up the shoulders and wrist by moving a heavy bat around your body, just don’t replicate your swing.

 

I know by now you’re saying, “Jon, if a heavy bat will hinder me, what should I do?”

 

It’s quite simple really, swing a lighter bat! Swing a bat 10-15 percent lighter than your normal game bat on deck 5 to 8 times. Try to be as quick as possible when you do it. This will increase your game bat speed because now your body will know what it feels like to swing faster.

 

This is a very simple tip, yet extremely powerful and effective.

 

(Jon Doyle is a former NCAA All-American baseball player who now works as a strength and conditioning specialist. For more tips check out www.baseballtrainingsecrets.com )

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Come visit Active's The Road to Williamsport special section. Check out great articles, interviews, videos, prizes and more!

 

Location: littleleagueworldseries.active.com

 

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Thanks for the plug, Tom.





Hope the weather improves out there...

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You Make the Call

Posted by Trish18 Jul 22, 2007

Ump_2 While growing up, I was a faithful subscriber to Sports Illustrated for Kids. One of my favorite parts of the magazine was a section titled, “You Make the Call.” There were three situations every issue that tested your knowledge on the rules of various sports.

Here is a Little League situation that I came across today. You make the call:

Runners on first and third, one out. Batter hits a fly ball to centerfield which is caught. Runner on first left when the batter hit the ball and before he could return, is doubled at first. Runner on third crosses plate before out is made at first. Does the run score?

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You Make the Call

Posted by Trish18 May 24, 2007

 

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While growing up, I was a faithful subscriber to Sports Illustrated for Kids. One of my favorite parts of the magazine was a section titled, ���You Make the Call.��� There were three situations every issue that tested your knowledge on the rules of various sports.

 

 

 

Here is a Little League situation that I came across today. You make the call:

 

 

 

Runners on first and third, one out. Batter hits a fly ball to centerfield which is caught. Runner on first left when the batter hit the ball and before he could return, is doubled at first. Runner on third crosses plate before out is made at first. Does the run score?

 

 

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Little League Urban Initiative

Posted by Trish18 May 4, 2007

 

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The Chicago Urban Initiative Little League Committee (CUILLC) and the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional Fastpitch Softball League have forged a partnership aimed at bringing the benefits of Little League Softball to the children of Chicago.

 

 

 

In Chicago, five local Little Leagues have coordinated their efforts to form the CUILLC intent on providing awareness, education and opportunity through affiliation in the Little League Softball program. The Bandits franchise has also recognized this working partnership will offer possibilities for growth in Little League Softball participation on the south side of Chicago and throughout the Chicagoland area.

 

 

 

Among the immediate benefits for local leagues will be the coordination of fund-raising projects designed to draw focus to their Little League programs, equipment acquisition, capital improvement cash grants, field improvement and renovation, access to Little League education and training programs, advocacy, and networking, all while creating interest among potential Little League softball players.

 

 

 

My college softball team worked in cooperation with the Chicago Bandits for a fund-raiser and I know a few of the Bandits players from playing ball with or against them. They are an all-around impressive organization, on and off the field. I���m excited about the prospect of softball participation on the south side of Chicago being on the rise soon.

 

 

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Little League Baseball and Softball will be teaming up with several college softball programs throughout the U. S. this season to provide local Little League softball teams a special experience ��� Little League Softball Days.

 

 

 

On Little League Softball Day, Little Leaguers, their parents and local league volunteers may attend the hosting institution���s regular-season game free of charge, or in some cases at a discounted rate. The players will come dressed in their Little League uniform jerseys, and following the games will be permitted onto the field to meet the collegiate players and coaches.

 

 

 

This is such a great initiative. I would have loved a chance to meet college softball players after one of their games when I was young as I looked up to the older softball players a great deal. Now, more than 364,000 Little League Softball players are welcome to take part in this unique experience that will benefit all of those involved. For as excited as the youngsters will be to meet the college ballplayers, hopefully the student-athletes will be reminded of why they fell in love with and play the game of softball. 

 

 

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Metal bats on the way out?

Posted by Trish18 Mar 13, 2007

 

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New York's City Council is now considering a ban on metal bats, with former New York Mets reliever John Franco testifying Monday in support of the proposal. Franco and the bill's supporters are hoping a New York City high school ban would inspire others to follow.

 

 

 

"I'm speaking from someone who was standing on the mound for 22 years, and I can see the difference," Franco told a council committee on Monday. "And while I'm standing in the stands watching my son play, or some of the other Little Leaguers, I can see the difference."

 

 

 

Similar measures have been proposed by youth leagues and lawmakers in other states, including New Jersey, where a batted ball struck a 12-year-old boy in the chest, sending him into cardiac arrest. He was revived by spectators but was in a coma for months, just recently returning home. His father, Joseph Domalewski, told the committee on Monday his son sustained brain damage and still cannot walk. "My son is doing a sentence, and to me the only thing he did wrong is to pitch to a guy holding a metal bat," he said.

 

 

 

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In the Little League Newsletter this month was an interesting story I'd like to share with you.

 

 

 

David Patraeus was a tough competitor as an 11-year-old in Cornwall (N.Y.) Little League. More than 40 years later, he was selected by President Bush to head the Coalition Forces in Iraq.

 

 

 

A lieutenant general in the United States Army, David Howell Patraeus was unanimously confirmed in January by the Senate as Commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq, succeeding Army Gen. George Casey.

 

 

 

���He was shy, but if you gave him the ball, and told him to do something ��� he���d do it,��� Mr. Goldsmith, a retired facility manager with the New York State Parks Service, said. ���When you spoke to him, it was like talking to a grown-up. He was very smart, and a well-disciplined young man.���

 

 

 

Mr. Bloom, who passed away several years ago, and Mr. Goldsmith, 74, appreciated the opportunities that playing Little League afforded the players. Many of the lessons that baseball can teach come through in real-life situations, which was always a point of emphasis in the duo���s coaching philosophy.

 

 

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Alice O'Neil, who last year celebrated her 80th birthday and was selected to her fourth three-year term as Massachusetts District 16 Administrator, was recently highlighted on Littleleague.org. Her story demonstrates patience and enthusiasm for today's generation of Little Leaguers and that feeling young is a state of mind:

 

Serving as DA since 1993, Mrs. O'Neil has been a Little League volunteer for 40 years. Starting in 1966, she kept the scorebook for her husband, Edmund, who was a long-time coach and manager in the East Lynn (Mass.) Little League before his passing in 1999.

 

"I started as scorekeeper on account of my son," Mrs. O'Neil said. "Patrick (O'Neil) played Little League through Senior Division for my husband who managed in Little League for 28 years." That first year made such a profound impression on Mrs. O'Neil that keeping the book became just one of her many Little League-related duties. She was East Lynn's player agent for eight years, and later served as the district's director for Junior, Senior and Big League baseball.

 

 

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Another year, another list of compelling sports stories. Here is a quick review of some of the events from 2006 that make us love sports...

 

 

 

The Winter Olympics in Turin featured highs and lows for the U.S., which placed second to Germany in the medal count.  Among the highlights was Shaun White, deemed the Flying Tomato by dominating the X Games over the years, delivering the same results on an international stage during the Winter Olympics. He twisted, turned, and flipped his way to a gold medal in the Men's Halfpipe competition, an event in which the U.S. had three of the top four highest scores.

 

 

 

The Final Four has been dominated by college basketball's big boys for more than a quarter of a century, with powerful teams and tournament-tested conferences gathering at the end of the season to sort out the champion. This year was a little different thanks to George Mason, a commuter school in suburban Virginia that never had won a single game in the NCAA tournament until two weeks prior to March Madness. What an inspirational run they had!

 

 

 

The world watched as the beautiful game took center stage this summer for the World Cup. We have video clips of the most beautiful goals in effort to forget the ugly image of Zidane's head butt heard 'round the world.

 

 

 

An autistic hoopster made headlines. During his first and only appearance for his high-school basketball team in Greece, N.Y., Jason McElwain, who is autistic, drains six three-pointers, adds another field goal and is carried off the court by his jubilant teammates.

 

 

 

An autistic hoopster made headlines

 

 

 

It was a very exciting and entertaining year for Little League Baseball as well. What a series! The Southeast team became the new world champs winning the 60th Little League World Series in a 2-1 upset over Japan. Also, the USA softball team took gold in the World Softball Championships in Beijing with a little help from Jessica Mendoza.

 

 

 

And in Ottaw[took gold|http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/footballblind.jpg]a, Kansas there is a running back who rushed for 1,000 yards on the football field this season despite being legally blind and having a debilitating disease known as sickle cell anemia.

 

 

 

Thanks for an exciting and memorable 2006 - we're looking forward to 2007!

 

 

 

(Photo provided by Getty Images, taken by Jim McIsaac)

 

 

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Little League pitch counts

Posted by Trish18 Oct 13, 2006

 

Beginning next year pitchers in the Little League World Series will be regulated by pitch counts organized by age. It's the same rule as applies to the regulars season but now they will be enforced during the series. (This issue was a big topic of discussion at the series. Baltimore Oriole pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was asked about it and he said "I don't want to touch that one!"

 

 

 

The breakdown by age is as follows:

 

 

 

11-12....85 pitches

9-10....75 pitches

13-16...95 pitches

 

 

 

For many years the medical community have been calling for pitch counts because of the increases of arm injuries among young pitchers. But others have said it's the kind of pitch--not the amount that really determines injury. There also is the fact that just some young kids are built to throw alot and some aren't.

 

 

 

What do you think? Should Little League institute these pitch counts? Or should this be left at the discretion of the individual managers? Tell us what you think!

 

 

 

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The Road to Kalamazoo

Posted by Trish18 Aug 29, 2006

 

It's around 3:30 in the morning and we are heading West on the Ohio Turnpike and still about 3 hours from home. Isn't technology great? I am able to surf the net while driving down the highway! (actually my wife Holly is doing the typing - I'm just dictating. She tends to get cranky when I take my eyes off the road to see what site she is on)

 

 

 

Let me begin by explaining that we had big plans for the Championship game.  Our friend Larry Brewer was scheduled to umpire in the game and we were more than ready to enjoy a day at the ballpark and cheer him on.  However as you all know by now things did NOT go as planned.  After several weather delays and then the[ final decision to postpone the game|http://active.typepad.com/llbworldseries/2006/08/rain_rain_go_aw.html] until tomorrow night at 8 pm we decided to pack it in and head home to Michigan.

 

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Always wanted to see just what it takes to produce sound for an ESPN broadcast? Join Michael as he talks to Paul Krugman, ESPN sound engineer, as he gives us a tour of this fascinating place where 100 different audio signals come in at once--even those controversial ones captured by dugout microphones.

 

 

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[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/georgia.jpg] It has been a very exciting and entertaining year for Little League Baseball. What a series! The Southeast team became the new world champs winning the 60th Little League World Series in a 2-1 upset over Japan.

 

 

 

In the third inning, Cody Walker hit a 2-run home run for the U.S. champions, Columbus Nothern Little League (Columbus, Georgia).  Pitcher Kyle Carter contributed greatly to the win, stricking out 11.

 

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