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Fairball - May 2010

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 16 - Issue No. 2

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 



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 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.


Umpires Selected for the Eight Little League Baseball and Softball World Series

The umpires who will be working the eight Little League World Series have been selected after going through a lengthy and stringent selection process.

Read more here.


7:13 Base Running Majors and Below

Many situations arise in Little League Baseball games pertaining to the base running rule.  One of the most prominent is the situation where a batter draws a base on balls and is running to first base.

Read more here.

Conducting an Effective Plate Conference

One of the best ways, as an umpiring team, to demonstrate to both the managers and teams that your crew is ready and prepared to officiate the game is the professionalism that is demonstrated by your crew when conducting the meeting at home plate.

Read more here.

Tips for Being a Successful Umpire

Hello again. As the season starts up, it is important to prepare yourselves as umpires now, before it is too late.

The single most important thing to understand as umpires is that you are salespeople.  You need to sell yourself, and you need to sell your call.

Read more here.

Stump the Ump -May 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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