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Fairball - July 2010

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 16 - Issue No. 3
May 2010

2010 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Sept. 15-19 
Umpire School 

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX


Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
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 July'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.

Hit Batter Procedure

One of the toughest calls for an umpire is deciding whether a pitch hit the batter or the bat. However, by following some guidelines, umpires can considerably increase their accuracy in getting the call correct.

Read more here.

I Have Just Been Selected to Umpire Tournament Play, What Do I Need to Know?

If the site of the game is new to you, get there early and walk the field with your crew in order to ensure that there is nothing that will require an additional ground rule.

Read more here.

Preparing for the Tournament Season

As the teams are being selected, starting their practices and preparing for their tournament games, we as umpires should also be preparing for the upcoming tournament games

Read more here.

Dropped Infield Fly - What Happens Next Is Anyone's Guess

If you look up the word “chaos” in a dictionary you will find various definitions.  However, one common thread includes disorder or a state of utter confusion.

Read more here.

Little League has Served as a Feeder System for Higher-Level Baseball and Softball Umpires From Its Early Years

Once these umpires have attained a certain level of competence, they enter the world of high school ball, college ball, and even the professional ranks.  These umpires find that the skills and knowledge they have obtained have a marketable value and many make a nice side income from their talents.  Sadly, however, once these men and women have the taste of profit in their mouths, it is difficult to regain their services without a monetary cost.

Read more here.

Stump the Ump - July 2010

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 2010 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 .
 Coaches Registry 2010
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