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Nov, 2020

Virtual Umpire Clinic

Little League®Baseball and Softball, as part of its online education initiative, is offering virtual training for umpires with less than four years of experience.

These free-to-access virtual umpire clinics will be provided in three 45-to-60-minute sessions. There will be multiple opportunities to participate in the training, which will be made available to volunteers in each of Little League’s five U.S. regions.

The sessions will be presented by Little League International staff along with members of the respective region’s umpire staff. A detailed schedule of training sessions will be available through theLittle League Event Calendar.

West Region Virtual Umpire Clinics

West Region Virtual Umpire Clinic Sessions:

When:Sunday, November 8, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time
What:Pre- and Post-game Responsibilities
Overview:This session will discuss those tasks and activities to be carried out by umpires prior to the start of every game, and after the conclusion of each game. The topics to be addressed include: the pre- and postgame conferences conducted between the umpires; the methodology for pre-game inspection of players’ bats and equipment; proper procedure for conducting a succinct meeting with the team managers; and the umpire’s uniform and protective equipment.

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When:Sunday, November 15, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time
What:The Basics of Working the Plate
Overview:This session will discuss how to effectively judge balls and strikes, as well as other responsibilities belonging to the home plate umpire. Description and explanation of proper plate umpire mechanics will be provided, including the positioning and the philosophy of why these techniques are used. Video and slide presentations, along with supporting commentary by the presenters will illustrate several common calls made by the plate umpire.

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When:Sunday, November 22, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time
What:Understanding the Basics of Umpiring Bases
Overview:This session will discuss the responsibilities of the base umpire(s), including different positioning based on the number of base runners and evolving situations; and the responsibilities of the field or base umpire in a two-umpire system. Highlighted in the presentation will be examples of the proper footwork used by base umpires to achieve proper position for calls. Video and slide presentations, along with supporting commentary by the presenters will illustrate several common calls made by the base umpire(s).

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As always, thank you for providing the volunteer service to your league’s children, families and community.

Sincerely,

Little League International
Williamsport, Pa.

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