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Fairball - May 2009

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 15 - Issue No. 3
May 2009

2009 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Sept. 16-20 – Umpire School

Southeast Region
St. Petersburg, FL 

No Clinics Scheduled
Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

No Clinics Scheduled
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 May'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.

Getting Ready for Tournament

By Bill Carter

Tournament time is just around the corner, and it’s not too late to start getting ready. The first and most important thing you should do is get familiar with the baseball and softball tournament rules.

Read more here.

Tips to Keep the Game Moving, Amicable, and Under Control

By Jim Smith

Now that most of us are nearing the end of the season, umpiring a game seems like more of a chore, than an enjoyable experience.

Read more here.

Softball Base Running: The Circle and the Rule

By Dr. Mike Lantiere

In Little League Softball, the proper interpretation of the running rule is imperative. 

Read more here.

THE STRIKE ZONE: Location, Location, Location

By Mike Messick

The “strike zone” is the one area of baseball and softball that causes the most discussions, disagreements, concerns and frustrations.

Read more here.

Registry Members-Only Section Added to Umpire Site

60Ft ManualRecently, 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. 90Ft Manual

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.

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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