Comments on Little League boundaries

Little League International recently posted information about their boundaries on their Facebook page and some people expressed their displeasure with the current system. Their comments are below. What do you think?

Why Would we need to know our boundaries? When you can just say that your kid goes to a certain school because of his or her friends go there and they can play outside the boundaries.

(Response): You can’t just say it, you have to prove it.

(Response): You know and I know that it’s easily falsified. Don’t try to sit there and justify the boundaries and how difficult it is for individual to prove that they’re outside that boundary. Little league especially the 12U division has become commercialize. That’s all and everyone is striving for to be on television.

There shouldn’t be boundaries. Let the kids play where they want to play.

Every year team after team after team shows up with multiple kids throwing 70 mph. I’ve seen competitive teams from a 30 mile radius that can’t pull that many great pitchers. How can that be? It’s because of waivers and boundary issues that are being broken.

Also the waiver excludes your kid from Allstars! That is ridiculous! There needs to be a better way.

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Controversy in Tee Ball!

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Little League District:
TEE BALL RULES UPDATE: it has come to our attention that there is some confusion about some types of defensive plays in Tee Ball. The issue is a little technical, but to make a long story short…CLARIFICATION (in short): Any defensive player in possession of a ball ruled in play may attempt to legally put out any batter-runner or runner.  This is not an umpiring issue – this was a well-intentioned comment on player development by District representatives as a response to a question during the pre-tournament umpire clinic. The umpires were doing what they were told were the prevailing approved decisions, and they have been informed of the clarifications for all future games. All prior games, whether impacted or not, are final. The games were called equally for both teams. We appreciate the opportunity to learn this game of baseball in front of this community, because sometimes it is hard to keep it all straight.

Post from Individual 1, sharing with Individual 2:
those 3 outs would have counted

Individual 2 replying:
Wow!! Oh well. Now we know for next year.

Post from Individual 3:
So what does this do for the games that have already been played. Rules should have been clarified before the start of this tournament. It is unfair for teams to prepare to play and rules are not carried out across the board. I came to watch games on Saturday, and when it was time for our team to play on Sunday the rules were completely different, and the same umpires were there. This is unfair to the kids involved. This clarification had it been done BEFORE the tournament started would have made a difference in the games. It is unfair and something needs to be done. A conversation needs to be had regarding these games and implementing rules. You can’t post a clarification 2 days into a tournament and say all games are final. What are we teaching our kids if ADULTS can’t take ownership. This is a District issue that needs to be fixed soon.

Reply from Little League District:
I appreciate your statement. It was a pleasure to talk to you today, and I look forward to meeting with you soon to continue the conversation.