Good afternoon Kyle:
With your first sentence (above)...." I do see the value and relevence of the RIM at the local level."
With that said: Yours and my "DIVISION" narrows as to the RIM being made-[LEGALLY}- available at local LL levels is reduced from "LONG DIVISION" to "SHORT DIVISION" to a binary number of (01). That makes me
You stated earlier.."You can't pull it out in the field or the protest committee meeting.
So, if in fact, it is "only a teaching tool"-- yet those umpires exposed to that RIM teaching are making "calls" on the playing fields--[via instructor's comments]-- impacting results of LL games....where in some instances managers/coaches/protest committees, boards, have no clue if that call is legit or not; the IC's player's action--[right or wrong]- on the field resulting in the "call" is completely absent from the "LL Rulebook" and the "Right Call".
Again, my case on point, "IC"... Rule 7.09, page 59, 2012 RIM----among many others!
Given a very slow board; and as Captain Gridley--[see my OP]--said to Admiral Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay,......Spanish American War......"this is my parting shot Sir." [not really, but fits my OP....as to Admiral Dewey's famous order to Captain Gridley quoted in my OP----and fits my last comment, here, this thread----as follows:
IMO----While the RIM was designed to be used as Kyle stated, the information embodied therein hits "home" as being applicable to the playing of the game at local levels, and would be a valuable aide in settling issues well beyond the scope of the LL Rulebook and The Right Call----combined! Such a waste if, as currently stands, the RIM's DETAILED contents are not legally made available to all decision makers-----up and down the LL "Chain of Command"----particularly during tournament time;
including the "janitors" at Williamsport. [Kyle mentioned---getting "all instuctors on the same page"....very well could apply to those at upper "command" levels fielding issues and questions impacting tournament play.]
Same could well apply to regular season play---when a protest is being fielded by a league's Protest Committee----they being included as "decision makers" to say nothing about the otherwise knowledge gained by league boards, district people, and yes----benefitting where it impacts most; managers at game venues---no secret to those of us who possess a RIM---[legally or bootlegged]--the RIM contains much more info impacting the playing of the game, and settling issues, than does the LL Rulebook or Right Call. Someone, or more than one person, has done a fantastic job in compiling all that comprises the RIM.
Again, what a waste to limit or restrict the distribution of so much relevant and pertinent game info that, by design, is not made available to the very subject the RIM is LL about-----the rights and wrongs in the playing of the game.
However, as stated in my previous posts, umpires having been legally exposed to the teachings of the RIM, and legally having a RIM, are in a position to make a call in a situation a manager is "clueless" as to what constitutes the proper subject play-action because not having any print reference in the Rulebook or Right Call is, literally, "blind-sided" by such a call.