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    Should coaches or catchers call pitches?

    You are missing what I said. I said “most” 14 and unders have two pitches. That’s a fact. Then I immediately mentioned location. Given what I said and not what you said l said, I say stick with catcher deciding calling pitches and location. A good coach will be able to prepare their catcher for...
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    Should coaches or catchers call pitches?

    Why would anyone pitch a hittable pitch on 0-2. That’s junk time Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Swing or no?

    Why have a fictitious strike zone and a count at 2-1? No one learned anything that day. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Should coaches or catchers call pitches?

    Most pitchers 14 and under only have two pitches. Fastball and change. They think they have a rise. Especially their parents who tell their friends they have a private pitching coach. The rise….It’s typically just a high ball. Catchers at 10 and 12U need to understand location set up more than...
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    Look Back Rule? I don't know what happened.

    The LBR is an opportunity for the teams that understand it. First - your players need to know it cold. Make them teach their parents it as well. Second- if you’re confused by it, ask any umpire to take the time before or after a game or off location to explain it to your team. He would love to...
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    Dropped 3rd, catcher hits runner.

    The running lane is merely an option to protect the runner. It is not a requirement. Any coach worth their salt would tell their players to throw straight to fist base Thru the runner who is running in fair territory. It’s not malicious at all Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Strike three dead ball?

    I don’t think a deflected ball off a fielder can be interference unless it’s intentional. That batter-runner should have the opportunity to proceed to first with liability. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Look Back Rule? I don't know what happened.

    It does say how fast. NFHS and USSSA says immediately. But they have to stop first. Then the decision must be immediate. A runner may stop once while pitcher has ball in circle . Then they must immediately go one or the other. Without altering direction, unless the pitcher makes a play on...
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    Hello from Virginia!

    I’m a 15 year coach and now a first year umpire. Learn the uncaught third strike rule and infield fly as a team. It probably isn’t in effect until 12U, but by that point every kid on the team needs to know it cold. I can’t stress that enough. Anytime the uncalled third strike rule was an effect...

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