Picks and Pans Review: Official Little League Baseball Rules

updated 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/23/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The littlest little players—those kids who have trouble remembering which hand they wear their glove on—may not get too much out of this tape. It never gets into the basic three outs, four balls, three strikes, how-many-innings stuff. And baseball being the complicated enterprise it is, even the tykes who are already lining up their agents may still have questions. They may wish, for instance, that the tape offered better explanations for force plays and tagging up on fly balls (which are not addressed very clearly) or the infield-fly rule (it wrongly implied that base runners can advance with impunity without waiting for a fielder to touch the ball first). The hour-long tape does, however, provide clear (and obviously repeatable) sections on most aspects of the game, both important and peripheral, including demonstrations of various kinds of interference, a lengthy explanation of the now chic balk infractions, a discussion of the national Little League organization's rather militaristic uniform-dress code, and reminders for coaches about such things as substitutions, unsportsmanlike conduct and rules for using pitchers (no pitcher is supposed to pitch more than six innings in any given calendar week, for instance). Slow-motion replays and computer graphics are sprinkled throughout. The tape was produced by a company based in Houston, using players and adults from leagues in the area (it's integrated in every direction, with girls as well as black, white and Hispanic players), and it is approved by the international Little League operation in Williamsport, Pa. (Village Productions, 713 524-4484, $49.95)

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