I came from an area that the kids threw from 41 feet to home plate. The area I just moved to they have the kids throwing from the top of the mound witch almost always ends up with the coach pitching because their rules are there are no walks. Is this how it is in most areas or I'm I the only one that thinks its just to far for this kids to throw and moving the mound up would solve the coach pitch issue?
+I came from an area that the kids threw from 41 feet to home plate. The area I just moved to they have the kids throwing from the top of the mound +
How far away is "the mound"?
What organization is it?
What size fields are these kids playing on?
The mound is at 46 feet, but these kids can't throw from that distance. It always ends up a walk witch the rules say no walks awarded. The coach then gives them three pitches they either hit or there out.
Where I coached last year we played on regular fields but the kids pitch for 41 feet at 6,7,8 years old.
6,7, and 8 yr olds pitching is stupid. Although I pitched when I was 7 (July baby). Of course, back in the day kids weren't the weak lil wusses they are today. LOL
6 year olds pitching - where in Texas did you use to live !!! ;o)
Many (maybe most) leagues don't start kids pitching at 6 - 7 or even 8.
Around here most leagues are Tee-Ball for 5-6, and Coach or Machine Pitch for 7-8. Kid pitch generally starts at 9.
Well this league is lame, they'll move a 8 year old up to the 10 and 11 year old divison when he could play in a lower division. They stack the higher division with 14 kids per team and give the lowers 10 per team. The league would be more competitve if they didn't do this. IMO
Is the league affiliated with a national organization (Little League, PONY, Cal Ripken, etc) or is it just a local town/city/county league?
They stack the higher division with 14 kids per team and give the lowers 10 per team.
Wow, seems "backwards" - most manager is the older (more competitive) divisions generally want fewer players !!!
I totally agree, It really makes no sense to me. Why move a younger kid up to basicly sit him on the bench when he could be one of the studs in a lower division. Yes they are a little league program. From what I see they have blended a little bit of the Cal Ripkin ruling into this league which again is "lame" to mix league rules. Had I known all this I would not have signed up to coach...wait this just in apparentlly now we are going to have a meeting this weekend to vote to remove stealing now...OMG! What is up with this league?...I didn't know I was coaching T Ball.
If this truly is Little League Baseball, Inc., then the kids can't pitch at anything other than 46' at these ages. It's a safety thing. Be sure to tell your board this.
Many lower divisions of minors prohibit stealing, as the catchers and infielders just don't have the skills at 7-8 to deal with it. That's nothing new, and it makes the games go faster.
Why move a younger kid up to basicly sit him on the bench when he could be one of the studs in a lower division.
It's not about being a big fish in a little pond. It's about player development. Sometimes having the right younger player practicing with the older kids if FAR more beneficial than having him dominate the younger ones. Notice I didn't say "playing", as it's the practices where these younger kids develop their skills. Game time is just a lesser component of the over all experience.
I see your point on the younger kid player in a higher division, but would you as a kid rather be a dominating player or one of the 6 outs and sit kids?
How does not stealing speed up the game? First two innings are 3 runs and end of inning. A kid gets on base steal to third and base hit scores him seems pretty quik to me.
What the problem is is that there are to many different ages in these divisions keeping the closer pitching from being use. I agree it is a saftey issue some 9 year old would throw pretty hard at that distance
In my opinion they need to stick to the age groups
7 and 8
9 and 10
11 and 12
Its easy play at your age...
... but would you as a kid rather be a dominating player or one of the 6 outs and sit kids?
I asked my son that, when he (not me) had the choice of moving up, or not. He wanted to play with the big guys, yet knew the reality of bench time. He came out a much better player in the end, not because of game time, but because of practicing with the big guys. Dominating little guys is cool for the parents, but doesn't get you better.
How does not stealing speed up the game?
You're not constantly trying (and failing) to throw runners out.
What the problem is is that there are to many different ages in these divisions keeping the closer pitching from being use.
That may be true, but it's not allowed in Little League. Your league is in violation of a basic safety rule if they do. Feel free to bring that up at the next meeting, if safety is important to you.
Well if your son played in this league I would say that too... he would be stuck with a bunch of weak players.
Now the pitching distance, you may be right about little league ruling. But I don't think it is really a safety issue if the pitcher is no older than 8 years old. That's how the league I played in as a kids did it and the whole region for that matter. When all stars came every 7 and 8 year team pitched from 41 feet.