Comments on Mandatory Play

Little League recently posted on their Facebook page their rules for “Mandatory Play.” This rule, that a player in Little League must play a minimum of two innings in the field and get a minimum of one at-bat is in place to ensure no coach sits a child on the bench an entire game. Is this rule fair? Is it enough, or is it too much? Here is a comment posted by a parent. What do you think?”

Mandatory play is a joke when last I knew. I remember fighting that battle the first year my kids played, they put 1 twin in 3 outs 1 @bat then swapped him out for his twin brother,not once all season were both my kids on the field together. I do think that the mandatory play time should be 50/50 of the game for substitutions. Also the sub’s can’t be the same every game and must change every game and at no point during the season can you use the same set of sub’s. That’s the most fair and accurate way to ensure fair playing time for all. Because as a parent I’ve seen coaches pick a lots of favorites and that’s that. So I got involved in LL baseball and coached both my boys and made a point of always picking them last. They understood. And we’re fine with it.

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