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Old Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:14am
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How about this one?
We will play 1:20min drop dead with 10min break. Game every 1:30min

After the team reaches mercy rule runs differential, the winning team will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters until runs differential is no longer subject to the mercy rule.
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Old Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:39am
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How about this one?
We will play 1:20min drop dead with 10min break. Game every 1:30min

After the team reaches mercy rule runs differential, the winning team will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters until runs differential is no longer subject to the mercy rule.
Just another ill-advised local rule that will just screw up the game and perpetuate the ignorance of those playing the game.
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Old Sun Aug 31, 2014, 11:50am
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After the team reaches mercy rule runs differential, the winning team will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters until runs differential is no longer subject to the mercy rule.
Why not just end the game once the run differential rule kicks in?
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Old Sun Aug 31, 2014, 03:35pm
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So there is really no mercy rule. What's to stop the team that's losing, to walk 5 batters
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Old Sun Aug 31, 2014, 10:23pm
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So there is really no mercy rule. What's to stop the team that's losing, to walk 5 batters
It adds 2 runs to the winning team's total and makes it harder to catch up.
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How about this one?
We will play 1:20min drop dead with 10min break. Game every 1:30min

After the team reaches mercy rule runs differential, the winning team will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters until runs differential is no longer subject to the mercy rule.
Do you even understand the "will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters " part?
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Old Mon Sep 01, 2014, 08:49am
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One year my kids little league decided to institute the 5 run per inning rule (8 with continuation of play), but with a twist. A team could only score 5 per inning, unless they were behind. Then they could score up to the score of the team ahead, plus 5 runs.
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Old Mon Sep 01, 2014, 09:51am
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Do you even understand the "will end the inning and will be allow to bat only 5 batters " part?
Yep.

As soon as the run limit is reached (say 10) the inning is over without regard to the number of outs.

After that the leading team can bat no more than 5 in its half inning (inning then ends) unless the other team closes the gap.
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One year my kids little league decided to institute the 5 run per inning rule (8 with continuation of play), but with a twist. A team could only score 5 per inning, unless they were behind. Then they could score up to the score of the team ahead, plus 5 runs.
So if I'm the home team and the visitors score 5 in the top of the first, then I can score 10 in the bottom?

I had a league try to do something like this (not quite identical, but similar) when I was coaching. I think the words, "Do you realize how idiotic this is?" came out of my mouth.
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So if I'm the home team and the visitors score 5 in the top of the first, then I can score 10 in the bottom?

I had a league try to do something like this (not quite identical, but similar) when I was coaching. I think the words, "Do you realize how idiotic this is?" came out of my mouth.
Thats exactly what they did, and those were about the same words I had for them when they did it.
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Old Mon Sep 01, 2014, 10:59am
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Thats exactly what they did, and those were about the same words I had for them when they did it.
And that's after the visiting team may have scored 34, but for the rule that they could only score 5. Amazing people continued to argue that it was a good rule.
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In the parents head, its a good rule to let the kids keep playing. For the rest of the world, its pure misery except to those hoverparents.
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In the parents head, its a good rule to let the kids keep playing. For the rest of the world, its pure misery except to those hoverparents.
Not a problem, kids can play all they want. Doesn't mean the umpire has to stay on the field
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Old Thu Sep 04, 2014, 07:48pm
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Still a misery for all involved still left. Can all but guarantee the kids playing on the mercies team don't want to be there anymore than they were after the first pitch.
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Old Fri Sep 05, 2014, 07:35am
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One year my kids little league decided to institute the 5 run per inning rule (8 with continuation of play), but with a twist. A team could only score 5 per inning, unless they were behind. Then they could score up to the score of the team ahead, plus 5 runs.
Our league isn't that bad. We still have a 5 per inning rule, but the only exception to this rule is the last scheduled inning (not the last inning due to a time limit).

I had a game once where the teams had no problem scoring. We get to the 6th inning with is 23-19. Home team behind. Visiting team scores 7 runs to go up 30-19. Final score 31-30. The last inning took 55 minutes to play, while the rest of the game had taken an hour and 50 minutes.
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