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Fairball - January 2008

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

Volume 14 - Issue No. 1
January 2008
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 2008 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region -
Bristol, CT

Umpire Clinic – Feb. 9 –10
Umpire School – Mar. 26 – 30
Umpire School – Apr. 2 – 6
Umpire School – Sept. 17 – 21

Southern Region -
 St. Petersburg, FL


Umpire Clinic – Jan. 11 –13
Umpire Clinic – Feb. 8 – 10
3&4 Man Mechanics -April/May

CentralRegion -
Indianapolis, IN

Umpire Clinic – Feb. 8 –10
Baseball/Softball Rules Clinic – Mar. 15 – 16
Umpire School – Apr. 20 – 25
Umpire Clinic at Missouri Road Show in Joplin, MO
March 7-8

Southwest Region -
Waco, TX

Regional Umpire Advisory Meeting – Jan. 17
Umpire School – Jan. 18 – 20
Rules Seminar – Feb. 16

Western Region -
 San Bernardino


Umpire School #1 – Jan. 12 –18
Umpire School #2 – Jan. 19 –25
Mechanics Clinic – Feb. 8 –10
Rules Clinic – Feb. 23 – 24
Junior Umpire School –
June 21– 27

Little League Headquarters -
 Williamsport, PA


Umpire Clinic – Mar. 29 –30
Umpire School – Apr. 13 – 18
Umpire Clinic – Sept. 13 – 14


As you can see there are still opportunities for you to improve your umpiring. Why not make plans to attend one of these clinics or schools?

Contact your Regional Headquarters for more information.


Welcome to the New
Fairball e-Newsletter

As we move forward with the new electronic 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 me know and we will see if we can accommodate you and make the newsletter bigger and better. Send your comments and/or recommendations to me at: akonyar@littleleague.org. This newsletter will only be as good as you make it.

This Month's Stump The Ump

Think you got a handle on the rules. Check out these questions and see how well you do. Good luck.
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Stranger in Paradise
(Reprinted with Pictures)
By Tom Rawlings PA  District 14

Every so often in our pursuit of baseball paradise, the stars align correctly and the baseball gods smile down on us. This was the case for me in the summer of 2007.  I hit the “Daily Double”. The following is my meager attempt to re-cap my experiences from July 22 to Aug. 18.

Read more here.


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 at 805-496-8123. Or mail your order into 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 are also available through the Little League Baseball Order Department at 570-326-1921 ext. 361 or 362.

Thinking about some new equipment for the 2008 campaign? Need a new chest protect or shin guards? Thinking about changing to a different colored shirt for next season?

Honigs - Umpire Gear

Honig’s continues to offer a complete line of Little League Umpire shirts, tee shirts, jackets, mock turtleneck shirts, etc. Why not give Honig’s a call to help that special someone prepare for the coming season. For more information, current catalogs contact Honig’s at 1-800-468-3284 or www.honigs.com.
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