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Fairball - July 2008

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 14 - Issue No. 4
July 2008

2008 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region -
Bristol, CT

Umpire School – Sept 19 - 23

Southern Region -
St. Petersburg, FL

Central Region -
Indianapolis, IN

Southwest Region -
Waco, TX

Western Region -
San Bernardino, CA

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 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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Game Management Tips
By Jim Smith, PA District 22

Now that most of us are nearing the end of the season, umpiring a game seems like more of a chore, than an enjoyable experience. In most parts of the country; it is getting warmer and warmer and warmer. Heck! It’s down right hot! The games seem to drag along to an eventual conclusion. We start drifting off, wondering when the game is going to end, what’s for dinner, and what troubles lie ahead tomorrow at work. It’s been a long season, and it’s not over yet. Coaches are getting frustrated. Grandma is screaming that we need glasses, and not the type with a cool drink inside!

Read more here.
Simple Explanation of the Game of Baseball
Author: Unknown

This is a game played by two teams, one out the other in. The one that's in sends players out one at a time, to see if they can get in before they get out. If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn't count. If they get in before they get out it does count.

Read more here.

Umpire School - Williamsport, Pa.

The following email was received from a recent student of the weeklong umpire school held in Williamsport, PA every spring.

Find out here.

An Umpire Tip: Who says you’re too old to go to school (clinic)?
Marvin H Young, South Shore Little League
Staten Island, NY  District 24

The first 10 years or so of umpiring, all my knowledge was acquired ‘on the job’.  Guided and coached by mentors.  And of course watching others and learning.  I had what I thought was enough plate time that an hour or two clinic wasn’t really going to be much of a benefit for a veteran like me.  But it did and they still do.  Here’s a tip I leaned at a clinic and to this day as I relate it to other similar veterans each remarks the same – “I didn’t know that?”

Read more here.


Scenario – The pitcher rocks and burns a fast ball toward the plate.  Unfortunately for all, the pitch is a 44-foot fast ball that hits in front of the plate and strikes the batter before he/she can even think about getting out of the way.  Now what are you going to call?

Find out 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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