TheRock wrote: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
I think we both know that these two things are because the children are too small to play on 90ft bases.
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.
I'm not as big on the no sliding headfirst part, but it's a safety measure. If any little league catcher did what you described they would be thrown out of the game.
And what does trying to teach a bunch of 12 year olds the infield fly rule have to do with playing fairly?[/quote]
If you don't think there are coaches that would teach children to abuse the lack of infield fly rule, then I think you are a little naive.
The infield fly isn't used as much in little league I would say, because there aren't really any plays in little that would be "routine". If you are taught to play the game correctly you don't exactly need to know what the infield fly rule is, it kinda comes with age and understanding/grasp of the game. As much as anything, it protects the kids from coaches that live vicariously through their players.