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Fairball Newsletter - February

VOLUME 20 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2014
The Director's Corner
Thomas Haines, Jr., the Director of Umpire Development, has made the Little League® Umpire Registry a top priority in recent months. Those efforts have resulted in the Registry’s membership receiving an improved and valuable resource dedicated to the umpire’s significant role in our program.

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From the Field! If You Have a Rule or Mechanics Question, Just Ask the Director
This month’s question comes from Dwane in West Virginia 4. Dwane asks, “Batter has a full count. Pitcher pitches the ball that hits in front of the plate and bounces into the catcher’s mitt. Batter swings at the pitch. My question is, can the batter run or is that a catch?”

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You Make the Call – Runner-Pitcher Stare-Down
In the Little League Baseball® Division, a batter walks, then runs to first base, rounds the base, and proceeds to entice the pitcher into throwing over to the first baseman. The pitcher, standing a few feet from the pitcher’s plate, is holding the ball looking at the runner. This goes on for approximately 10 seconds before the runner returns to first base. Is this allowed?
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The Umpire Resource Center Is a Quick, Free Reference for Umpires at all Levels of Little League®
Check out the Little League® Umpire Resource Center for a variety of training and educational materials. The variety of video clips and related information can serve as an introduction to umpiring for those who are considering joining the crew. This resource also provides specific points to help the veteran umpire refine techniques.

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