Dhark wrote:I agree that fun is most important, but I would want my kids to atleast grasp the fundamentals at this age. If you are going to play a game, you should atleast know and follow the rules. At what point do you expect them to actually learn the game? I think you are not sending your kids a very good message if you don't teach them to play fairly. I have a level of integrity and respect for the game and I want my kids to share that same value while enjoying the game. You can learn the game and have fun at the same time.
The infield fly rule is "fundamental"? Most adults don't understand it and wouldn't even notice if it was taken out of the game. The players at ANY age don't need to know this "essential" rule of baseball, it's called by the umpire.
And I've never seen little league at any age level play by all
the rules. They typically don't start allowing baserunners to lead off til age 10 or so, they don't play on a regulation sized field til age 13 or 14, there's no sliding headfirst, and you can't clobber the catcher even if he's totally blocking the plate. But he can jump on the prone runner knees-first in full gear, because we're trying to prevent injuries.
And what does trying to teach a bunch of 12 year olds the infield fly rule have to do with playing fairly?