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(Lafayette Journal & Courier)   Get ready for Little Leaguers wearing full body armor   (jconline.com) divider line 33
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2013-07-19 09:20:26 AM
Full Metal Timmy
 
2013-07-19 09:49:35 AM
Remove those faulty genes before he reproduces. Our ancestors could certainly take a hard blow to the chest without keeling over.
 
2013-07-19 09:49:51 AM
That could possibly be the least informative article ever.

Except for the fact that I learned that "Union City is about 95 miles northeast of Indianapolis."
 
2013-07-19 09:49:59 AM
Life is dangerous.  News at 11.
 
2013-07-19 09:52:42 AM
Hey there's an open spot on the All-Star team!
 
2013-07-19 10:07:39 AM
It would have helped to learn on what part of the body was he hit and if he died as a result of being hit.
 
2013-07-19 10:23:04 AM
I used to be a Little Leaguer like you, but then I took a fastball to the knee.
 
2013-07-19 10:25:31 AM
If that article was only a little vaguer, nothing would have happened anywhere and we'd all be fine.
 
2013-07-19 10:29:49 AM

Wellon Dowd: Remove those faulty genes before he reproduces. Our ancestors could certainly take a hard blow to the chest without keeling over.


It happens once in a while. It happened to a kid on my street 30-some-odd years ago. They named a field after him.
 
2013-07-19 10:31:01 AM
Can't find the article I read last night, but he was hit at the base of his skull.
 
2013-07-19 10:42:09 AM
Last night my 5 year old nephew hit a wiffle ball hard enough to draw blood when it hit my niece in the arm.  shiat is real, yo.
 
2013-07-19 10:50:18 AM
Now that guy on here who took the crowbar to the back will know how lucky he really was.
 
2013-07-19 10:52:47 AM
He had to be hit in the chest or the head. Those aren't too hard to cover up.
 
2013-07-19 11:12:41 AM
It is terribly sad, but freak accidents happen.  I'll bet many more little leaguers drown in swimming pools than on the field.
 
2013-07-19 11:13:35 AM
should have typed "than die on the field."

/Friday
 
2013-07-19 11:34:26 AM
Watching the local little league and pony league I am often taken aback by the size difference in some of the kids. Some kids mature early and are six foot, 200+ pounds, already sprouting facial hair. And they are playing against some kid whose voice has yet to crack that is four foot six and weighs 90 pounds. Easy to get hurt with that size disparity.

A few years back they had a kid playing in the Little League World Series who was 6'8" tall, with another kid on the same team being 6 foot tall and weighing 230 pounds.
 
2013-07-19 11:38:55 AM
Jeez, I lucked out in my little league. We only had one or two guys over 5'2" and none of them pitched that fast.

/I couldn't hit, but I could lean in and GET hit to get on base.
 
2013-07-19 11:51:17 AM
We had a kid in LL who was easily over 6' tall and probably weighed close to 200lbs. I'm not sure I had even sprouted my first pube yet. This "kid" would literally CRUSH my 60mph "fastballs" into the next town. It was a farking joke. A bunch of parents tried to protest, but his parents were somewhat famous- The Robinson family of the Sugar Hill Gang fame- and he was allowed to stay and wreak havoc on our pre-pubescent asses.

Until that one day that I faced him and decided I was REALLY farking tired of allowing him to hit 678ft homers off me. I struck him out with three straight change-ups. The only other pitch in my "arsenal". He was so angry that he came after me. His coach held him back and he was ejected.

He's in jail now. Karma biatch.
 
2013-07-19 11:51:20 AM
There's a good chance it was this.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commotio_cordis
 
2013-07-19 11:52:36 AM
That's what the offseason is for, to toughen up

www.mayerreich.com
 
2013-07-19 12:22:10 PM

varmitydog: Watching the local little league and pony league I am often taken aback by the size difference in some of the kids. Some kids mature early and are six foot, 200+ pounds, already sprouting facial hair. And they are playing against some kid whose voice has yet to crack that is four foot six and weighs 90 pounds. Easy to get hurt with that size disparity.

A few years back they had a kid playing in the Little League World Series who was 6'8" tall, with another kid on the same team being 6 foot tall and weighing 230 pounds.


This is where sports like tackle football and wrestling get it right at the pre-high school level.  Weight limits are strictly enforced and the weight ranges aren't too huge and older kids must be lighter than the regular weight limit.  There are still problems with skill(new kid vs a kid that has played for 5 years), but it's a lot better when it's a 120 lbs 6th grader smashing into another 120 lbs 6th grader rather than the 6'2" 215lbs 6th graders I've seen in my son's Pony games
 
2013-07-19 12:35:22 PM
indystar.com says "complications of blunt force trauma" to the right side of his head and neck."

Fark: he wasn't batting - he was playing first base, wasn't looking and a throw hit him.
 
2013-07-19 12:50:36 PM
As long as they continue to let 20 year olds play, I'm fine with giving the 8 year olds some protection
 
2013-07-19 01:32:25 PM
breakingthelawtv.com
 
2013-07-19 01:36:29 PM

darch: This "kid" would literally CRUSH my 60mph "fastballs" into the next town.


I just came here to type HEADS UP!!  But that caught my eye.
 
2013-07-19 02:01:46 PM

bhcompy: varmitydog: Watching the local little league and pony league I am often taken aback by the size difference in some of the kids. Some kids mature early and are six foot, 200+ pounds, already sprouting facial hair. And they are playing against some kid whose voice has yet to crack that is four foot six and weighs 90 pounds. Easy to get hurt with that size disparity.

A few years back they had a kid playing in the Little League World Series who was 6'8" tall, with another kid on the same team being 6 foot tall and weighing 230 pounds.

This is where sports like tackle football and wrestling get it right at the pre-high school level.  Weight limits are strictly enforced and the weight ranges aren't too huge and older kids must be lighter than the regular weight limit.  There are still problems with skill(new kid vs a kid that has played for 5 years), but it's a lot better when it's a 120 lbs 6th grader smashing into another 120 lbs 6th grader rather than the 6'2" 215lbs 6th graders I've seen in my son's Pony games


My hometown's rec league did this right.  It was a big enough town (55k or so people) that each age level was separated into its own league, so ten-year-olds only played against ten-year-olds, so on and so forth.  I think once the kids got to 14 or 15 or so they started to group them up a bit, e.g. 14- & 15-year-olds in one league, 16- through 18-year olds in another, but at that point you don't have as many players in the league anyway so you have to group them together to have enough games on the calendar.

The way Little League™ does it is insane.  There's such a gulf between the youngest and the oldest players on the field in terms of size and ability that it really hurts the competition.
 
2013-07-19 02:22:29 PM

Robo Beat: My hometown's rec league did this right.  It was a big enough town (55k or so people) that each age level was separated into its own league, so ten-year-olds only played against ten-year-olds, so on and so forth.  I think once the kids got to 14 or 15 or so they started to group them up a bit, e.g. 14- & 15-year-olds in one league, 16- through 18-year olds in another, but at that point you don't have as many players in the league anyway so you have to group them together to have enough games on the calendar.

The way Little League™ does it is insane.  There's such a gulf between the youngest and the oldest players on the field in terms of size and ability that it really hurts the competition.


My hometown did it terribly - They put all of the 10-year-olds in one league, the 11 and 12-year olds in another league, but then there was the "Senior" league, which lumped together all the kids from 13 to 17 years old.  Because of when my birthday fell, I was 12 years old playing against guys who had their drivers' licenses because they rated me as 13 years old.  And we played on a regular diamond, with 90 feet between the bases and the 60' 6" pitchers' mound.  My first year in that league absolutely sucked, although the older guys were surprisingly nice to me (probably felt sorry for me).
 
2013-07-19 02:56:31 PM

ko_kyi: It is terribly sad, but freak accidents happen.  I'll bet many more little leaguers drown in swimming pools than on the field.


...and therefore, Little Leaguers should never have to wear helmets.

/Jumping off the big ol' slope, 'cuz it's so slippery.
 
2013-07-19 03:48:16 PM

IlGreven: ...and therefore, Little Leaguers should never have to wear helmets.

/Jumping off the big ol' slope, 'cuz it's so slippery.


They do, when batting and baserunning.  In our local league on-deck circles were eliminated and no one could handle a bat unless they were stepping up to the plate.

No amount of gear can make the risk zero.  Even if the fielders wore helmets (and might have trouble hearing instructions/warnings/on-field communication) they could still take a ball to the chest and have the heart failure described above.

Your slippery slope ran into a reductio ad absurdum.  You should wear a helmet.
 
2013-07-19 06:45:28 PM

ChrisDe: indystar.com says "complications of blunt force trauma" to the right side of his head and neck."

Fark: he wasn't batting - he was playing first base, wasn't looking and a throw hit him.


Bad on both kids. Sad.
 
2013-07-19 06:47:33 PM
People die from tripping walking too. This is a freak 10 million to 1 accident. Probably in a major city a hundred or so motor vehicle crashes take lives every year.Before that it was people being killed by cows and horses.Don;'t try staying in bed to protect yourself, people die falling out of them.It sucks, but you can't take every risk out of life.
 
2013-07-19 08:01:36 PM
Having had to repair many little leagers faces after being hit by pitches or line drives, I'm not displeased by this.
 
2013-07-19 10:03:01 PM
Here's a better article.  I felt so awful for his dad - they had an interview with the family and ugh. I think the news report said he was hit right at the base of the skull.


An Indiana boy has died after being hit by a baseball during practice.
He was a little boy, with big brown eyes, who thought about baseball 27/4.

Dylan Williams, 8, had already played 31 games on the Union City All-Star Team this year. His life came to a tragic end Tuesday night. He was playing first base when a baseball hit his neck.

"He just fell to the ground," said Erick Williams, Dylan's father, as he wiped away tears. "I even yelled at him to get up."
Dylan's father, one of the coaches on the team, ran over while another dad tried CPR. Dylan was taken to a Winchester Hospital before being airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. He was taken off life-support Wednesday night.

Doctors told the family it was an extremely rare circumstance. They don't know how Dylan went into cardiac arrest.
"They're at a loss," said Georgiana Williams, Dylan's mother. "They didn't know how to explain it to us. They didn't know. They did CAT scans on where the ball hit him. Nothing. No injuries."

After Dylan passed, the family made the decision to donate his organs. They know that's what Dylan wanted.
"[We did that] to help little kids so other families don't have to go through what we did," said Georgiana.
Union City and the Little League community are trying to help as much as they can. Dylan's music teacher has set up a fund to raise money for either scholarships or a campaign aimed at putting up defibrillators in baseball fields.
"[We want to] maybe make sure coaches are trained in CPR because I couldn't help him," said Erick.
Dylan's family says it is the only way to honor him.

"He's a hero and he always will be a hero," said Erick. "No one will ever forget him. We'll make sure of that."
If you would like to help out in honor of Dylan, you can make a donation at the Pacesetter Bank in Union City: 200 W. Oak St., Union City, IN 47390


Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/07/18/indiana-boy-8-killed-after-being-hit-by-b a seball/#ixzz2ZXz6a3GL
 
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