Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

II. Comments about our policy:

Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
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Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

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By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

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    • Dr. Mike Marshall's Pitching Site

      1974 Cy Young winner and holder of many MLB pitching records including pitching in 106 games in one season and pitching in 13 consecutive games. He has a PHD from MSU.

      You can read his book and watch his pitching instructional video for free.


      • Originally posted by Go Cardinals View Post
        I'm glad I saw this. Monroe has always been one of my favorite players, boy was his swing SMOOTH.


        • Has anyone seen this site? any feedback?


          • Thats AWESOME!!!!...
            Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post



            • Originally posted by CGG View Post
              Thats AWESOME!!!!...
              That's not my son, but it is one of the kids I coached. My son looks similar though.
              Here is the pic.

              You have to piss with the puppies before you can bark with the dogs. - SFC Norman Dutram, Company B, 242d Combat Engineers


              • This is a great example of A-ROD keeping his hands inside the ball.

                Art of Baseball


                • I've had a few requests for this. I am uncertain who the original contributor was.


                  "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                  - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
                  Please read Baseball Fever Policy and Forum FAQ before posting.


                  • Here's a glove board
                    "Show me a man who will jump out of an airplane, and I'll show you a man who'll fight."
                    Author: General James Gavin


                    • College Scholarships

                      Baseball scholarship site:

                      "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                      - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
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                      • To all experienced coaches that moderate this forum!

                        I have been a lurker here for a long time and your knowledge that you contribute is outstanding. All the different views really keep me interested. As most know a good percentage of us come here seeking advice on coaching the youth and mentoring to our son or daughter as a parent. I have read for days here and still is not even a drop in the bucket to what could be learned from the experience that posts on this board. I have noticed numerous posts lately on practice plans for young coaches.
                        With that I think this board would do great for all the experienced coaches here to make a sticky with practice plans and drills with what they know works with the youth. I know there will be numerous variations but I think that is good for the community and coaches because as with life there is not just one path to get to the desired destination. Thank you in advance if you decide to or not I will keep lurking my son is 10 so we are really just getting started in this journey.


                        • JoBoo
                          there are only two moderators here... myself and Cannonball. We have both posted information on practice schedules.
                          "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                          - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
                          Please read Baseball Fever Policy and Forum FAQ before posting.


                          • joboo,

                            I am getting ready for my upcoming season. I just reworked my practice checklist but have not completed it as of right now. When I get it done, I'll post the entire thing. Wow, I have so much to do and time is running out. The excitement is obvious and my wife has commented several times about I'm the old me again. In fact, she said that next week we should plan on going out for that one last time before the season gets going since when it does, while we will still go out to eat, I'll be off in my own world.

                            There are several coaches here that have a lot to offer as well. You guys can chime in as well.
                            Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.


                            • Nice thread, I came to this forum thinking I was the guy with all the answers, soon I realized I was the guy with all the questions. Truly, part of the fun in life is the process and this site provides me an opportunity to broaden that process.

                              CB, I look forward to seeing your plan. I didn't know you guys had them available on this mistake.


                              • I'll start with this. The title of this is "Basic Fundamentals Checklist" The intent of this list is to have something to look at to plan practices during the pre season. Hitting is not included but is covered. I apologize that the format won't copy like it does in word.

                                I. Throwing:
                                a. Playing catch with a purpose.
                                b. Step and Throw
                                c. Dead leg throw
                                d. Switch your feet throw
                                i. Look runner - Throw to first
                                ii. Look runner – fake throw to first – throw to 3rd
                                e. Crow hop – OF
                                f. Spin moves – OF but include infield
                                g. Throws on the run
                                h. Teach backward chaining for OF
                                i. Pivot throws
                                i. 2b to SS
                                ii. Ss to 2b
                                iii. 1b to SS
                                iv. 3B to 2B
                                v. Catcher to infield
                                1. Include foot work for bunts
                                2. Include throws from backstop
                                II. Fielding:
                                a. MAJOR EMPHASIS THIS YEAR – ANGLES!
                                i. Drop step work
                                ii. Foot work to plant and throw
                                b. Short hops
                                c. Backhands
                                d. Soft hands drills
                                e. Fly Ball
                                i. Infield work on angles
                                ii. Infield work on communication
                                iii. Infield work on sun
                                iv. Repeat all for OF
                                f. Catcher must be individual off of Catcher’s checklist.
                                g. Tags
                                i. Snap Tag
                                ii. How to position player for catch and tag
                                iii. Tags for contact w/runner
                                iv. Rundown throws and tags
                                h. Relays and Positioning
                                i. Diving Drills
                                j. Cutoffs
                                III. Base-running:
                                a. Leadoffs from First
                                b. Diving back in
                                c. Proper shuffles and reads
                                d. Reads off the bat – all bases
                                e. Reading Coach
                                f. Sprinting through the bag
                                g. All slides
                                h. Tag up plays
                                i. Read ball in dirt all bases w/emphasis at 3rd base

                                Again, I'll add more later.
                                Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.