You should have beaned the next kid. If they claimed it was intentional, you could argue back that why would intentionally bean a kid with a curve ball?Don't think I ever posted the reason I quit little league, but here goes.
I want to say I was 12 or 13, whatever the last year (or two?) before Babe Ruth league. I was pitching; never that great, really had no idea what I was doing; basically, at least way back when, the rules were you could throw anything that wasn't a curve ball or a knuckle ball. I think that was the rule anyway. So your option when you have no idea what you're doing is just to throw a 40-50mph fastball and hope your arm/shoulder/elbow doesn't give out. Anyway, we're a few games into the season, and I'm on the mound, and there's this parent on the other team that also happens to be that team's coach. Our families didn't get along or something. I don't know the specifics or I choose now to forget them. So I throw a few pitches. The coach calls time. Goes to the umpire (these are other kids in the town, kids in high school earning a hot dog and a coke for their efforts). Tells the umpire that I'm throwing a curve ball. I wish I could throw a curve ball. Ump tells me to stop throwing a curve. I tell the ump I have no idea how to throw a curve. He asks me how I'm holding the ball. I'm just gripping it like a ball I'm going to hurl, as was the case of basically ever kid it seemed. So I go back to pitch. A batter later, coach calls time, goes to the ump and says "there he goes again, those are curveballs!" Ump warns me one more time. My next four pitches go the backstop. Whomever was up walks. I get moved to center field. That would be my last game. I never go back to little league.
Also, the town was Stoughton for those curious. Also, parents that get that involved just suck.
But Hand Ball is dependent on one word: deliberate. And is called, or not called, dozens of times each game. And is not situational, like IF Fly. (And my sons both quit baseball at a somewhat early age for lax and track and spring soccer, so I wont attempt to comment on how baseball parents react to IF Fly.) I get why some folks don't fully understand off side violations.I had to explain the play not only to the kids but to multiple parents. Lots of confused looks.
You're right based on the rule book, but the confusion comes because it's not called that way in practice. Most refs at all levels of soccer will call a hand ball if the player's arm is out away from his/her side, especially if it results in an advantage for their team.But Hand Ball is dependent on one word: deliberate. And is called, or not called, dozens of times each game. And is not situational, like IF Fly.