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Fairball - October 2007

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Little League Baseball Softball Umpire e-Newsletter

Volume 13 - Issue No. 5
October 2007
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 2008 Umpire Schools/Clinics

Little League Baseball
Williamsport, Pa.



Umpire Clinic – March 29 - 30
Umpire School – April 13 - 18
Umpire Clinic – Sept 13 - 14

Eastern Region -                Bristol, Conn.

Umpire Clinic – Feb. 9 - 10
Umpire School - March 26 - 30
Umpire School  - April 2 - 6
Umpire School  - Sept. 17 - 21

Southern Region -
St. Petersburg, F

Umpire Clinic – Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 (2008)
Umpire Clinic – Jan. 11 - 13
Umpire Clinic – Feb. 8 - 10

3 and 4 Man Mechanics
April/May 2008

Central Region -
Indianapolis, I

Umpire Clinic – Feb. 8 - 10
Rules Clinic - March 15 - 16
Basic Umpire Mechanics Clinic March 15 - 16
Umpire School - April 20 - 25

Southwest Region -
Waco, Texas

Regional Umpire Advisory
Meeting - Jan. 17
Umpire School Jan. 18 - 20
Rules Clinic - Feb. 16

Western Region -
San Bernardino, Calif.

Chief Umpire Clinic
Nov. - 16-18, 2007
Umpire School - Jan. 12 - 18
Umpire School - Jan. 19 - 25
Rules Clinics - Jan. 26 - 27
Mechanics Clinic - Jan. 25 - 27
Rules Clinics - Feb. 9 - 10
Junior Umpire School
June 21 - 27

EMEA Region -

Umpire Clinic 
Nov. 9 - 11, 2007

As you can see there are still opportunities for you to improve your umpiring. Why not make plans to attend one of these clinics or schools?

Contact your Regional Headquarters for more information.


Welcome to the New
Fairball e-Newsletter

Going forward with the electronic newsletter, I'd like to know 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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EMEA Regional

Interested in umpiring in a Regional Tournament in Europe? Submit your application on a Tournament Umpire Request Form through your District Administrator to your Regional Director for consideration. If you can get yourself to Poland they will allow you to stay in the dorms while you are umpiring some great baseball/softball games. For more information contact: Andy Konyar at akonyar@littleleague.org or 570-326-1921; ext. 245. Remember just because you were there last year does not mean you are automatically assigned again the following year. You must submit a Tournament Umpire Request Form each and every year.

Interested in Umpiring in a Regional Tournament?

Did you get a World Series Recommendation?

The Nov. 1 deadline for the submission of 2008 Tournament Umpire Request Forms to regional directors is quickly approaching.

Any forms received after Nov. 1 will not be considered for Regional or World Series assignments.

This form must be signed by the volunteer umpire, and his/her District Administrator, then forwarded to the appropriate regional director prior to Nov 1. If you have a Tournament Umpire Request Form in your possession, you need to get it moving right now. Time is running out. Forms can be downloaded here:
Good luck to everyone that applies.

Stranger in Paradise
By Tom Rawlings PA  District 14

Every so often in our pursuit of baseball paradise, the stars align correctly and the baseball gods smile down on us. This was the case for me in the summer of 2007.  I hit the “Daily Double”. The following is my meager attempt to re-cap my experiences from July 22 to Aug. 18.

Read more here.

Volunteers, Bless Them

Many will be shocked to find
When the day of judgment nears
That there’s a special place in heaven
Set aside for volunteers
Furnished with big recliners
Satin couches and footstools
Where there’s no committee chairmen
No group leaders or car pools
No eager team that needs a coach
No bazaar and no bake sale
There will be nothing to staple
Not one thing to fold or mail
Telephone lists will be outlawed
But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners
And treats fit for a king
You ask, “Who’ll serve these privileged few
And work for all they’re worth?”
Why, all those who reaped the benefits
And not once volunteered on Earth.

Author Unknown

Official Communications

Thinking about conducting an umpire clinic for your district or league for the 2008 season? Want to brush up on rules and mechanics for your own information? There are now videos available to help you with those training 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 Incorporated. 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.

Honigs - Umpire Gear

Thinking about some new equipment for the 2008 campaign? Need a new chest protector 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 solve that age-old problem of what to give that special umpire for Christmas. I know that umpire in your family would really like plate pants or base pants or how about a new powder blue shirt. For more information, current catalogs contact Honig’s at 1-800-468-3284 or www.honigs.com.
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