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Fairball - September 2008

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 14 - Issue No. 5 
September  2008

2009 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Eastern Region -
Bristol, CT 

Feb. 7-8 – Umpire Clinic
March 25-29 – Umpire School
April 1-5 – Umpire School
Sept. 16-20 – Umpire School

Southern Region - St. Petersburg, FL   southregion@littleleague.org

Feb. 27-28 – Umpire Clinic – Georgia (Site: TBA)
Central Region -
Indianapolis, IN 

Jan 16-17 – Rules Clinic
Feb 27-28 – Mechanics Clinic
April 19-24 – Umpire School
Southwest Region  

Waco, TX


Jan 16-17 – Umpire Clinic
Feb 28 – Rules Clinic

Western Region
San Bernardino,CA 
Nov 7-9, 2008 – UIC Clinic
Jan 17-18 – Rules Clinic
Jan 24-25 – Rules Clinic
Feb 7-13 – Umpire School
Feb 14-20 – Umpire School
Feb 21-22 – Mechanics Clinic
Jun 20-26 – Junior Umpire School

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 September's
"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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Fairwinds and
Following Seas

Most of you know that 2007 was a tough year for me, losing my wife and best friend of 40 years. So many of you shared my loss, sending words of comfort.

Read more here.

Volunteer vs. Paid
By Jim Smith, PA District 22

Many Little Leagues now pay umpires for doing games. Some even use an association to assign umpires.

Many leagues claim that they cannot find qualified volunteers to help. While others think that it is easier to pay the umpires, because it is one less thing to worry about while running a program.

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 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 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? 


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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