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Fairball - November 2012

Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

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Volume 18 - Issue No. 3
November 2012 

2012-2013 Umpire Schools/Clinics


Eastern Region 
Bristol, CT 

February 9-10, 2013
Umpire Clinic

March 20-24, 2013
Umpire School #1

April 3-7, 2013
Umpire School #2

Southeastern Region
Warner Robins, GA

February 22-24, 2013
Umpire Clinic

Central Region 
Indianapolis, IN

January 19-20, 2013
Umpire Clinic

April 17-21, 2013
Umpire School

Southwest Region 
Waco, TX

January 25, 2013
Umpire Advisory Meeting

January 26, 2013
Umpire Clinic (Experienced)

February 1-2, 2013
Umpire Clinic (New)
Western Region
San Bernardino, CA
February 9-15, 2013
Umpire School #1

February 16-22, 2013
Umpire School #2

International Headquarters
Williamsport, Pa


March16-17, 2013
Umpire Clinic

April 7-12, 2013
Umpire School

September 14-15, 2013
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


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Welcome to November'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.

Before a Pitch Gets Thrown

In a perfect world, we would all be assigned to a permanent partner or crew throughout the entire baseball and softball season, and we would learn to respond to each other and situations instinctively. The real world of Little League is vastly different, therefore the practice of conducting a good, in-depth, pre-game conference with our partner(s) becomes all the more necessary.

Read more here.

 Infield Fly Rule 

The Infield Fly Rule is an easy rule if you can remember the purpose of the rule.

Read more here.

Everyone talks about recruiting umpires during registration and tryouts. There are some leagues that require each team to provide one umpire for a certain number of games during the year.

Read more here.

Working from the “A” Position:
An in Depth View

Let’s spend some time with the “A” position in umpiring. With no one on base, the base umpire will be positioned about 10 to 12 feet behind First Base, just in foul territory and his/her body should be squared up to home plate.

Read more here.

Little League International will be featuring a video tip in each Fairball Newsletter. This month we are going to take a look at the A Position.

Watch 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 2012 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.organd 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. 2361 or 2362.

Thinking about some new equipment for the 2013 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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