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Fairball Newsletter - March

VOLUME 20 ISSUE 3 MARCH 2014
Director’s Corner: Dig Out of the Depths of Winter and Brush Up on Your Little League® Rules
Reviewing the Little League® Rulebooks is a great way to help battle cabin fever. There are plenty of times in the coming season when judgment calls will come in to play. If you are able to refer directly to the definitions of terms, the discussion with managers will likely be easier to address.

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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 Scott in Texas 13. He writes, “The batter begins his swing at the pitch and while doing so, realizes the ball is coming straight at him. He leans back to keep from getting hit; however, the ball does hit him in the chest, clearly out of the strike zone. During this entire action, the batter completes the swing. Is this a ‘dead ball‘ with the batter being awarded first base or is this a ‘dead ball’ and called a strike?”
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Effective Little League® Umpires are Consistent and Understand Their Place in the Game
This month, the Umpire Resource Center (URC) tip is more of an invitation to umpires to explore. Whether a veteran or rookie, there is an assortment of information on the URC that can improve an umpire’s knowledge and technique. We ask you to look into the different videos available and use them as tools to improve your consistency and expertise.
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How a Runner Establishes a Direct Line to a base
In all divisions of Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball ®, a manager may suggest to the umpire that a runner should be called out for running out of the baseline after avoiding a tag. What is proper definition and ruling for this situation?
You Make the Call
Important Note about Regulation VI, Note 3 Exception
In the 2014 Official Regulations and Playing Rules, “Regulation VI Note 3 Exception” from the 2013 Official Regulations and Playing Rules was inadvertently eliminated. The note references the exception for games that are suspended with less than one (1) inning completed. The note remains in effect for 2014. In the event that the first inning is not completed, all records including pitching records, batting records, etc. shall be disregarded.
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