2013 Clinic Dates are Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21 at Windham High School
2013 Clinic Dates are Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21 at Windham High School
Everything is in place and ready for the 2013 State O Maine Umpire Clinic. There are many new and exciting sessions to explore and many new people to meet.
Registration at the door are $25. Please plan to arrive early if you need to register.
See you all on Saturday!
The State of Maine Umpire Clinic would like to congratulate the following umpires for their assignments to Little League World Series and Eastern Regional tournaments. This umpires have served their leagues and districts for many years and are highly deserving of these assignments!
Junior Baseball World Series- Joseph Ouellette , ME D3
Junior Softball World Series- Lou Dublin, ME D2
Major Baseball Eastern Region- Wayne Parslow, ME D4
Major Softball Eastern Region- Jamie Erskine, ME D6
Major Softball Eastern Region- Dick Marshall, ME D4
Junior Baseball Eastern Region- Tony Buzzell, ME D6
Junior Softball Eastern Region- David Willey, ME D4
Senior Baseball Eastern Region- Chris Parker, ME D3
Senior Sofball Eastern Region- Brian Chandler ME D4
One of more popular events during the day is the raffle drawing for prizes especially for umpire gear and uniforms.
This year our first confirmed gift certificates will be coming Ump-Attire!
Sportsfields will also be sending a representative.
More vendors and suppliers to be announced soon!
New this year will be our panel discussion on “Sticky Situations” those areas that cover rules and situations that come up infrequently or you just don’t know how to handle. We’d like to have your input! Please share some of the nagging questions you’ve had or a situation you’ve been in that you just didn’t know what do do or how to handle it.
Please leave your questions in the comments or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions!
April 20-21, 2013
Windham High School
Saturday, April 20
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Check-In and coffee Vendor area
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Softball Dennis, Wayne, and Jim
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. to Noontime Baseball Basics Ron and Robbie
Noontime to 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. New 2013 BB/SB Rules and Changes Mike and Jack
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Sticky Situations (Panel Discussion) Mike (Moderator), Jack, Dennis, Chris, and Alex
2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mechanics Overview Ron, Jack, Robbie, Chris, and Alex
Field and Mechanics Clinic
Further information to be announced.
2013_changed_rules(Courtesy Kevin Hunter, llumpires.com)
By Communications Division
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.
December 20, 2012
Little League International has announced the full list of significant changes to the rules and regulations of the program. These changes will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.
Among the new baseball regulations is description of the Little League Intermediate (50/70 Baseball Division – Note: Regulation IV (a).
A list of all the significant changes, along with a summary and explanation of the changes, is below:
NOTE 1: Each year, Little League International provides each league 125 free criminal background checks that exceed the minimum standard required in this regulation. Information on how to utilize this benefit, as well as how to conduct background checks, can be found on the following Little League website: Child Protection Program
NOTE 2: The United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry is free and available at www.nsopr.gov.
IMPORTANT: If no sex offender registries exist in a province or country outside the United States the local league must conduct the more extensive of a country, province or city-wide criminal background check through the appropriate governmental agency unless prohibited by law. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in the suspension or revocation of tournament privileges and/or the local league’s charter by action of the Charter or Tournament Committee in Williamsport. If a local league becomes aware of information, by any means whatsoever, that an individual, including, but not limited to, volunteers, players and hired workers, has been convicted of or pled guilty to any crime involving or against a minor, the local league must contact the applicable government agency to confirm the accuracy of the information. Upon confirmation of a conviction for, or guilty plea to, a crime against or involving a minor, the local league shall not permit the individual to participate in any manner.
NOTE: Information regarding background checks is available on the Little League website: Background Check Information
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, this modifies Note 1 and 2 to highlight the reverse in laws of four states with regards to sex offender registries, and the free criminal background checks Little League strongly recommends.
A Little League Challenger Division team should not have more than 15 players per team on its roster.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, this mandates a maximum roster size of 15 players.
NOTE 3: If a medical professional, Umpire in Chief, the player’s coach, the player’s manager or the player’s parent has determined a player sustains a possible concussion, the player must be, at a minimum, removed from the game and/or practice for the remainder of that day. The league must also be aware of its respective state/ provincial/municipal laws with regards to concussions and impose any additional requirements as necessary. His/her return to full participation is subject to:
Little League International strongly encourages all leagues and teams to not only comply with any applicable state/provincial/municipal laws, but also, to review the information and training materials on concussions that are available free of charge on the Centers For Disease Control website, accessible from the link below. This link provides concussion information from all 50 states: State Concussion Info
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added regarding the recommended procedure a league should follow when a player sustains a possible concussion.
Intermediate (50-70) Division: Any participant who will attain the age of 11 years before May 1 and who will not attain the age of 14 years before May 1 of the year in question shall be eligible to compete in the Intermediate (50-70) Division. This means a participant who will be 14 years old on May 1 or after is eligible to play that year; a participant who will be 14 years old on April 30 or earlier will not be eligible for either local league or tournament play in the Intermediate (50-70) Division at any time during the calendar year in question.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, a transitional division of play for baseball players 11 to 13 years of age using 50 foot pitching distance and 70 foot base paths was added.
Player, manager and coach data must be supplied to Little League International annually. Leagues may submit information from registration by April 1, 2013 or team rosters by June 5, 2013. Players claimed under Regulation II (d) and/or IV (h) must be declared on appropriate forms available from Little League Headquarters annually. It is highly recommended that data be supplied electronically in approved formats to Headquarters via the Little League Data Center. Look for related information online at http://www.LittleLeague.org/DataCenter.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, wording was revised requiring leagues to submit player, manager and coach data to Little League International annually by April 1.
EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches a day(s) of rest threshold while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, wording was revised allowing a pitcher who reaches his/her imposed days of rest threshold while facing a batter to continue to pitch until the current batter has been retired or reaches base.
The pitcher’s plate shall be a rectangular slab of whitened rubber 24 inches by 6 inches. It shall be set in the ground as shown in Diagrams 1 and 2, so that the distance between the front side of the pitcher’s plate and home base (the rear point of home plate) shall be:
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, revised the Junior pitching distance to 43 feet.
The bat must be a softball bat which meets Little League specifications and standards as noted in this rule. It shall be a smooth, rounded stick and made of wood or a material tested and proved acceptable to Little League standards. The bat shall be no more than 33 inches (34 inches for Junior/Senior/Big League) in length, not more than two and one-quarter (2-1/4) inches in diameter, and if wood, not less than fifteen/sixteenth (15/16) inches in diameter (7/8 inch for bats less than 30 inches) at its smallest part. Non-wood bats shall be printed with a BPF (bat performance factor) of 1.20. Bats may be taped or fitted with a sleeve for a distance not exceeding 16 inches from the small end. Colored bats are acceptable. A non-wood bat must have a grip of cork, tape or composition material, and must extend a minimum of 10 inches from the small end. Slippery tape or similar material is prohibited. An illegal or altered bat must be removed.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added requiring softball bats in all divisions of play to have a 1.20 BPF.
An ILLEGAL BAT is a bat that has been altered or a bat that is not approved for play because it does not meet specifications with regard to length, weight, barrel diameter, labeling or performance standard for the division which it is being used.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, added the definition of an “Illegal Bat.”
(d) the batter enters the batter’s box with one or both feet entirely on the ground with an illegal bat (see bat specifications rule 1.10) or is discovered having used an illegal bat prior to the next player entering the batter’s box.
NOTE: If the infraction is discovered before the next player enters the batter’s box following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat:
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added to impose a penalty for use of an illegal bat.
A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he/she intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his/her glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he/she has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he/she has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 season, language was added mandating a pitcher must indicate which hand the player intends to pitch with to a batter.
Once the District Administrator certifies the Eligibility Affidavit, the tournament team will be required to have in its possession:
IMPORTANT: Alternates are not authorized. They shall not accompany the team and shall not be listed on the Eligibility Affidavit.
Eligibility Affidavit must be certified by the District Administrator or his or her designated appointee and presented by the team manager to the Tournament Director before every game. Each Tournament Team must have twelve (12) eligible players for the District Administrator to certify.
EXCEPTION: A District Administrator may certify the Eligibility Affidavit for those teams that provide a justifiable reason for not having twelve (12) players.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised regarding the documentation a league needs to provide within their Eligibility Affidavit for each tournament team and the minimum players selected to a roster without a justifiable reason.
The release of names of players selected for the tournament team shall not be made before June 15, or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament within their respective division (whichever is earlier), and not until the availability and eligibility of all prospective team members have been established. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of Tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).
IMPORTANT: Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privilege by the Tournament Committee.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised allowing leagues to release the names of players selected for the Tournament team June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of tournament within their respective division (whichever is earlier).
EXCEPTION: The local league board of directors may permit a player to be eligible for selection, who does not meet the 60 percent (60%) requirement, if they provide a physician’s note documenting an injury or illness prior to or during the current season prohibiting his/her participation and such note releases the player for the balance of the Regular Season and/or Tournament Play.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added an exception to league eligibility that local league board of directors may permit a player who do not meet the 60 percent (60%) requirement to be eligible for selection if they provide a physician’s note documenting an injury or illness prior to or during the season prohibiting participation.
4) All regular season team rosters, player registrations and coach assignments must be submitted to Little League International in accordance with the requirements outlined in Regulation IV (g), not later than April 1, 2013.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added wording making it mandatory to submit player and coach information to Little League International by April 1, 2013, as a condition of eligibility.
Try-outs or practices by tournament teams shall not be held before June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of the tournament within their respective division. Tournament team practice may only take place against other teams within the same or contiguous districts in the same division, providing such practice is done out of uniform. (Little League accident insurance for tournament teams will not go into effect until June 15, or the date of the release of the names of tournament Team members, whichever is earlier).
IMPORTANT: Violation of this rule may be cause for revocation of tournament privileges by the Tournament Committee.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, wording was revised allowing Tournament team try-outs or practices on June 15 or two weeks prior to the start of tournament within their respective divisions (whichever is earlier).
No inning shall start after midnight prevailing time (12:30 a.m. prevailing time for Junior League Softball; 1:00 a.m. prevailing time for Senior/Big League Softball).
NOTE: An inning starts the moment the third out is made completing the previous inning.
NOTE: Neither Tournament Directors and officials nor tournament teams are permitted to circumvent the curfews established above by continuing, suspending and restarting or starting a game after curfew has been reached and play is required to be terminated. If the curfew noted above occurs during a game suspended in accordance with Tournament Rule 11, that game must not be continued after the curfew. It must either be resumed on a subsequent day, or declared ended, as determined by rule.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added language that if curfew occurs during a suspended game, the game must be resumed on a subsequent day or declared ended.
In all Tournament levels and divisions, the penalty for use of an illegal bat [see Rule 6.06 (d)], if discovered before the next player enters the batter’s box following the turn at bat of the player who used an illegal bat, is:
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, added language imposing additional penalties to the player and manager for the use of an illegal bat.
EXCEPTION: If a pitcher reaches the limit imposed above for his/her league age while facing a batter, the pitcher may continue to pitch until any one of the following conditions occurs: 1. That batter reaches base; 2. That batter is retired; 3. The third out is made to complete the half-inning. The pitcher will only be required to observe the calendar day(s) of rest for the threshold he/she reached during that at-bat, provided that pitcher is removed before delivering a pitch to another batter.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, revised wording allowing a pitcher who reaches his/ her imposed days of rest threshold while facing a batter to continue to pitch until the current batter has been retired or reaches base.
MANDATORY PLAY: 9-10 Year Old Division, 10-11 Year Old Division, Little League, Intermediate (50-70) Division, Junior League: If a tournament team has thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of one (1) at bat. If a tournament has twelve (12) or fewer eligible players in uniform at a game, then every player on a team roster shall participate in each game for a minimum of six (6) consecutive defensive outs and bat at least one (1) time.
Summary and Implementation: For the 2013 International Tournament, revised mandatory play minimum for tournament teams with thirteen (13) or more eligible players in uniform at a game.
The 2013 State of Maine Clinic will be held April 20 and 21 at Windham High School. The fee this year will be $18 payable before April 8 or $25 after the 8th, includes all clinic materials and lunch.