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Fairball - March 2009

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 15 - Issue No. 2 
March 2009

2009 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

March 25-29 – Umpire School
April 1-5 – Umpire School
Sept. 16-20 – Umpire School

Southeast Region
St. Petersburg, FL 

No Clinics Scheduled
Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

April 19-24 – Umpire School
Southwest Region  
Waco, TX


No Clinics Scheduled

Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
Jun. 20-26 – Junior Umpire School

As you can see there is still an opportunity for you to improve your umpiring. Why not make plans to attend the school?

Contact your Regional Headquarters for more information


Welcome to March's
"Fairball" e-Newsletter

As we move forward with the new Fairball newsletter, how are we doing? What can we do to help you as a volunteer umpire? What would you like to see included in the newsletter? Let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you and make the newsletter bigger and better. Send your comments and/or recommendations to: fairball@LittleLeague.org. This newsletter will only be as good as you make it.

Registry Members-Only Section Added to Umpire Site

Recently, user names and pass codes were issued to current Little League Umpire Registry members to access a registry members-only section of the website. The members-only section is located under the umpire’s link.

Currently on the members page are downloads of the 2009 Rules Instruction Manual as well as the 60- and 90-foot Field Mechanics Manuals.

Little League International plans on providing additional training opportunities in the months to come through presentations and articles specifically related to umpiring. 

Please send an e-mail to fairball@littleleague.org and suggest training topics you believe would benefit Little League Umpire Registry members.

Umpiring Softball Is No Different Than Umpiring Baseball, As Long As You Know the Rules
By Doc Lantiere 

Have you ever heard a fellow umpire say, “I can’t umpire softball … The Game Is So Different?”

Read more here.

Have You Considered an Umpire Mentor Program?
By Bill Carter

Now that most sign-ups are over for the local leagues, and all the volunteer applications have been collected, it’s time to start calling and training the new volunteer umpires in you league.

Read more here.

Your questions,
Responses by UICS

1. If a defensive player moves forward into the base path trying to make a play on a grounder, and collides with the base runner who is running in the base path to the next base, so as not to be able to make the defensive play, how do you determine if it is interference by the defensive player or obstruction by the base runner?

Read more here.

Reader's Submission

I'm a Little League Umpire and Assistant District Administrator in Pennsylvania District 27.

A question I like to have fun with is:
During a six-inning Little League baseball or softball game, on average, how many times does the umpire get hit by a foul tip?

Read more here.

Official Communications

Thinking about conducting an umpire clinic for your district or league? Want to brush up on rules and mechanics for your own information? There are now videos available to help you with those training or brush-up sessions. “Rules Made Easy” with a workbook, “See A Balk, Call a Balk,” “Basic Umpire and the Two Umpire System," "60’ Diamond Mechanics”, “Behind the Plate with John McSherry” and for your scorekeepers clinic, “How to Keep Score in Baseball & Softball”, Interested? Call Al Kaplon: 805-496-8123. Or mail your order in to: Official Communications, 2899 Agoura Rd #172, Westlake Village, CA  91361. You can also order On-line at: www.videoump.com .
These are outstanding videos and should be in every umpire’s library. Al and his videos are licensed with Little League Baseball, Inc. Give Al a call and add these videos to your library. Al’s videos also are available through the Little League Baseball Order Department at 570-326-1921, ext. 361 or 362.

Thinking about some new equipment for the 2009 season? Need a new chest protect or shin guards? Thinking about changing to a different colored shirt for next season? 


Honig’s continues to offer a complete line of Little League Umpire shirts, tee shirts, jackets, mock turtleneck shirts, etc. Give Honig’s a call to help that special someone prepare for the coming season. For more information, current catalogs contact Honig’s at: 800-468-3284, or www.honigs.com .

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