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Fairball - November 2010

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 16 - Issue No. 3
May 2010

2011 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Feb. 2-5 Umpire Clinic 

March 23 -27
Umpire School #1

March 30 - April 3
Umpire School #2

Sept 14-18
Umpire School #3

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Dec 10-12 (2010)
Umpire Clinic

Feb 18-20
Umpire Clinic

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

Jan 14-16 (Indianapolis)
Umpire Clinic

April 16-21
Umpire School

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX


January 29-30
Umpire Clinic
Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
June 18-24
Junior Umpire School

International Headquarters
Williamsport, Pa


March 26 -27
Spring Umpire Clinic

April 10-15
Umpire School

Sept 17-18
Fall Umpire Clinic

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.

The Care and Feeding of Little League Umpires

Umpiring is as important to the successful conduct of a local league program as is managing and coaching.  Traditionally, Little League has maintained a high-level standard in this area of the game.

Read more here.


It Is What it Is: Video Replay Is a Part of the Game

Legend has it that Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem, in a World Series game, once asked the spectators beyond right field if a batted ball had flown into the stands for a home run or bounded into the stands for a ground-rule double.

Read more here.

The End of the Season

At this time of year as I go out to run errands, I often run into people who say “What are you going to do with yourself now that the Little League season is over?” I smile and acknowledge them and think to myself “If they only knew.”

Read more here.

The OffSeason

The season has ended and you are sitting there with time on your hands.  This is the perfect chance to reflect on 2010 and prepare for 2011.

Read more here.

Developing a Volunteer Umpire Program

OBJECTIVE: To develop a core of volunteers that have a desire to follow the mission of the Little League Program of being an all Volunteer Program by providing a service to the Local League in a way that provides a safe and fun environment for the children while at the same time being cost effective for the league.

Read more here.

Text of Rule Book Changes Now Available

Learn more here.

Registry Members-Only Section Added to Umpire Site

60Ft ManualLittle League Umpire Registry members CAN 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 2010 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 .
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