So a little rant and plea to ant umps that might read this:
Disclaimer: DD is a catcher
I cant stand when girls are taught/coached to leave early because there is only one ump. First of all coach you are teaching cheating, period.Is that. what you want to instill in these young ladies mind. Somehow this has become almost the standard in coaching. One ump= leave early.
I had one coach tell me he coaches his girl to go on pitchers first motion when there is only one ump. So we throw high and outside (semi pitchout) and DD throws a strike to the ss and runner is safe. Bullshoot, runner was fast but she had a two stride lead. Come on blue, dont tell me you couldnt see her leave early. Umps please instruct coaches in your pregame chat that you will be watching for runners leaving early and plan on calling runners out that do so. At least that would give cheating coaches a thought of concern and bring a little integrity back to base stealing.