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Fairball - March 2012

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 18 - Issue No. 1
March 2012 

2012 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT  

Mar 21-25 Umpire School

Mar 28-Apr 1 Umpire School

Sept 19-23 Umpire School

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA 

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN 

April 14-19Umpire School

Southwest Region  
Waco, TX

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

International Headquarters
Williamsport, Pa


March 24 -25
Spring Umpire Clinic

April 15-20
Umpire School

Sept 15-16
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 March'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.

Teaching Life Lessons 

Winning is a pleasant by-product of competition. 
Read more here.

 Don't Let Resources go to Waste

Back in May of 2011, we discussed the combination of rules that deal with a batter being hit by a pitched ball.

Read more here.

There used to be a TV program years ago entitled “Father Knows Best.”  Dad was the all seeing, all knowing, person who had every situation under control.

Read 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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