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Fairball - February 2011

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 17 - Issue No. 1
February 2011 

2011 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

March 23 -27
Umpire School #1

March 30 - April 3
Umpire School #2

Sept 14-18
Umpire School #3

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

April 16-21
Umpire School

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX

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


  Coaches Registry 2010

Welcome to February'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.

A View from Behind the Mask

I have to admit, that when I was first approached to assist in the development and utilization of replay in Little League Baseball, I immediately had many questions and concerns. 
Read more here.

 Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to the letter “Fad for Perfection.”

Read more here.

The Ultimate Letter

Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Most, if not all, of us who umpire Little League Baseball or Softball have entertained the notion that one day we will be selected to participate in a World Series.

Read more here.


What are the Benefits of Attending Little League Umpite Training

I am often asked … “Why should I attend an umpire clinic, or school?”

Read more here.

Stump the Ump - February 2011

Situation - Runner on first base…the batter hits a single into right field.  The runner advances to third but misses second base on his/her way.  The second baseman takes the throw from the right fielder and kicks the second base bag in disgust.  IS THE RUNNER STANDING ON THIRD OUT FOR MISSING THE BASE?

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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