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Old Thu Jan 05, 2017, 12:15am
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New rule for Little League in 2017.

I read an article on the CBS News website about the new rules for Little League in 2017. They are:

1) Local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box during regular-season games.

2) Allow intentional walks by announcing the decision to the umpire rather than throwing four balls.

3) Umpires will also be able to eject a player and manager determined to be stealing signs. What idiot on the LL Rules Committee thought of this rule change. Stealing signs is as old as the game. If a team's signs are being stolen by its opponent then it should do a better job of concealing them.

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I read an article on the CBS News website about the new rules for Little League in 2017. Ther are:

1) Local leagues will have the option to force batters to keep one foot in the batter’s box during regular-season games. Yes. It will be mandatory in the tournaments

2) Allow intentional walks by announcing the decision to the umpire rather than throwing four balls. Yes. Must be before the first pitch to the batter. Four pitches will be added to the pitch count.

3) Umpires will also be able to eject a player and manager determined to be stealing signs. What idiot on the LL Rules Committee thought of this rule change. Several apparently to get it to pass. Stealing signs is as old as the game. If a team's signs are being stolen by its opponent then it should do a better job of concealing them. Haven't seen anyone as of yet say they thought it was anything other than a stupid new rule

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Old Thu Jan 05, 2017, 03:37pm
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#3 is just pitch selection and location. That makes more sense than other signs, I guess. Otherwise, our new bunt sign is yelling "Bunt!" and if you react, you are ejected.

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From Little League® Rule and Regulation Changes Announced for 2017 Season

Stealing and Relaying of Pitch Selection and Location

Starting in 2017, local league umpires will have the option to adopt the rule that the stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire, this behavior is occurring, both the player and the manager may be ejected from the game. The same rule will be mandated during tournament play.
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Old Thu Jan 05, 2017, 04:12pm
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#3 is just pitch selection and location. That makes more sense than other signs, I guess. Otherwise, our new bunt sign is yelling "Bunt!" and if you react, you are ejected.
Seems worse to me. It is unsporting to steal defensive signs but not offensive signs?
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Old Fri Jan 06, 2017, 07:33am
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If the purpose of a pitch count is to protect young arms from overuse, why would you add 4 pitches that aren't thrown to the count?
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Old Fri Jan 06, 2017, 08:35am
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If the purpose of a pitch count is to protect young arms from overuse, why would you add 4 pitches that aren't thrown to the count?
It's a compromise to allow the no-pitch walk (without it, the offense would sometimes swing at a couple of the pitches to drive the pitch count higher than 4).
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Old Fri Jan 06, 2017, 10:46am
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It's a compromise to allow the no-pitch walk (without it, the offense would sometimes swing at a couple of the pitches to drive the pitch count higher than 4).
It's also about not affecting the need to replace the pitcher.
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#3 is just pitch selection and location. That makes more sense than other signs, I guess. Otherwise, our new bunt sign is yelling "Bunt!" and if you react, you are ejected.
Nothing worse than a rule where the consequence is "may be" - talk about inconsistent application.
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Rule Change #3.

I know that I didn't specify that it when I started this thread but the rule change that I thought would generate the most interest would be #3, the stupid sign stealing rule.

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That used to be a thing in the LLWS, you'd see a runner on 2B frantically waving 1-3 fingers in the air after catching simple catcher's signs.

Silly thing to eject coaches/players for...oh wait I thought you couldn't eject people in sanctioned LL?

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Old Tue Jan 10, 2017, 01:17am
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Silly thing to eject coaches/players for...oh wait I thought you couldn't eject people in sanctioned LL?
Never been a prohibition.
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Old Tue Jan 10, 2017, 12:58pm
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Oh boo, hoo, hoo, the runner on 2nd is stealing our signs!
  • Teach F2 how to give the sign properly
  • You need more than one set of signs in a game
Stealing signs is part of the game and it always has been. If you are stupid enough to show them, then the other team has the right to steal them.

No, let's be a bunch of cry baby pussies and put in another rule because we can't take loosing, boo, hoo, hoo!
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