Little League Rules

We’ve been watching a lot of youth baseball, mostly Little League, over the past couple of months. And, at nearly every game and practice we observe, there are rules infractions taking place. While many Little League rules seem overly-strict, they are there for a reason and should be followed. An example that keeps popping up is when a catcher is not ready with his gear on at the end of the inning. Maybe he was on base, or on deck, but now as the pitcher stands on the mound waiting to take his warm-up tosses, the catcher is in the dugout strapping on the equipment. Suddenly, the coach emerges with a catcher’s mitt and squats behind the plate to warm up the pitcher. Meanwhile, three players who are on the bench this inning sit and do nothing. Give these kids something to do! Have one of them put on a mask and catcher’s mitt and take the warm-up tosses. They want to have fun and play ball, not just sit idly on the bench. Plus it is good practice for them. But maybe more importantly…it is a rule. Grownups are not supposed to warm up a pitcher, outfielder, or any player.