The Unwritten Rules of Baseball
Most people have heard of the basic "unwritten rules of baseball ".
- You don’t walk when you hit a home run
- You don’t steal when you are crushing your opponent
- You don’t peak at the catchers signs
- You don’t blatantly steal the other teams signals
Didn’t Belichick Teach Us Anything?
Didn’t Bill Belichick teach us anything this year? The problem w/ Little League is that quite a few people are volunteers that really don’t know these rules. The problem w/ this is, as the kids get older, if they don’t learn these basic rules early, they are going to get hurt!
Is it OK?
Is it OK to steal the 3rd base coaches signals in Little League? Of course it is! But you have to do it so that the other coach does not know that you are doing it! Or at least the entire stadium doesn’t know!
When the entire team looks at the third base coach , the entire bench, and the entire coaching staff. Then when you are done giving the signals everyone yells "bunt", that is pretty much a dead giveaway! You are blatantly stealing signals at that point!
If you do this in the older age brackets, someone is going headhunting. This is not right, but it is reality. The savvy player will take his beaning and march to first base, knowing he has been busted. The novice is likely to get upset and cause a scene.
That’s the problem with the younger brackets. Unscrupulous coaches can get away with stealing signals because their is no recourse for doing it. Likewise, the signals are simpler and therefore much easier to steal!
What’s a better way to do this? How about not using the information except in key situations or not at all. The fact is, if you steal my signals, I will begin a complicated signal rotation that is simple for the kids to understand, but impossible for you to steal. You are done at that point, advantage me, you have "showed your hand" and lost the war for the sake of winning one little battle.
What is the best way to accomplish this? First you should simply change the indicator. You are using an indicator right? What is an indicator? It is an "on" switch given just prior to the actual signal. Let’s say that the brim of the cap is the bunt sign, it means nothing unless you tap the indicator first and turn it on. Say the indicator is the thigh. Then, thigh-cap would mean bunt, cap alone, would mean nothing.
Now let’s say I know the other team has picked up my signals. All I have to do is change the indicator and they no longer know them. If they pick this up, and there is a chance they will, I can change the indicator every inning, or each batter can have their own indicators. The signal giver always holds the upper hand, not the signal stealer.
Play the Stupid Game
So why are you stealing signs? Just play the stupid game! IF you are a savvy manager , you will know what the other manager is doing before he does it anyway! Knowing what he is going to do takes the fun out of it! Most of the fun of managing is the chess match that occurs between the managers, how fun would chess be if you knew what you opponents next move would be?
Do you steal signals? What is your opinion on this?