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Fairball - November 2009

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 15 - Issue No. 4
November 2009

2009 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Feb. 6-7
 Umpire Clinic

Mar. 24-28
Umpire School 

Apr. 28- May 2
Umpire School 

Sept. 15-19 
Umpire School 

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Feb. 26-28 
Rules and Mechanics Clinics

Mar. 26-28 
Rules and Mechanics Clinics

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

Jan. 8-10 
Umpire Clinic 

Apr. 18-23 
Umpire School 

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX


Jan. 29 
Advanced Umpire School 

Feb. 12 
Elementary Umpire School 

Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
Jan. 29-31
Umpire Mechanic Clinic

Feb. 13-19
Umpire School Week 1

Feb. 21-27
Umpire School Week 2

June 19-25
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 November'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.

2010 Little League Rules and Regulation Changes

Below is a synopsis of the significant changes to the Rules and Regulations for 2010 in the divisions noted, as of this date.

Read more here.

Seeing Blue: Little League Baseball World Series Umpires Share Memorable Experiences

Each August, 16 of the best Little League volunteer Umpires in the World arrive in Williamsport to officiate the Little League Baseball World Series.

Read more here.

Umpire Registry Renewal to Open Later this Month

Online Umpire Registry renewal for Little League volunteer umpires will be available beginning on Nov. 16.  

Read more here.

Stump the Ump: Myths of the Game

Learn more here.

Central Region Names Jeffrey Knoebel U.I.C

Little League International is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Knoebel as Central Region Umpire-In-Chief.

Learn more here.

Little League World Series Umpire Alumni International Affords Renovation to Umpire's Room at Junior Baseball World Series

Learn 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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