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Fairball - May 2011

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 18 - Issue No. 1
May 2011 

2011 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Sept 14-18
Umpire School #3

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX

Western Region
San Bernardino, CA 
June 18-24
Junior Umpire School

International Headquarters
Williamsport, Pa


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 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.

Rules Are Rules, Year Round

 It happens like clockwork. Each and every district, state, and regional tournament someone shows up with a bat that doesn’t meet specifications, or catcher’s masks without dangling throat-guards, or the coaches insist on standing outside the dugouts (as if their voices can somehow be heard better if not passing through a chain-link fence). 

Read more here.

 Award or Not, It's Your Call

Let’s talk about a rather common occurrence in a baseball game: The batter being struck by a pitched ball.  We’ve all seen it.

Read more here.

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. 

League-Age 12-Year-Old Softball Players Are Permitted to Play in Two Divisions

Several questions, along with some confusion and uncertainty has arisen concerning league-age 12-year-olds playing Little League Major Division and Junior League Softball simultaneously during the season.

Read more here.

Stump the Ump

This month we will be doing something a little different. The Fairball newsletter would like it’s readers to submit questions that you would like to have answered and we will put them in an upcoming edition of the Fairball newsletter. Please submit your questions to: fairball@LittleLeague.org . Thank you and keep reading!

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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