California District 31: My Site News

Tuesday, April 18
District 31 Meeting for April

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL INCORPORATED

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - DISTRICT 31

ROBERTA MOORE, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR

APRIL DISTRICT 31 MEETING

April 20, 2017

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

HOSTED BY: POWAY AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE

Poway Community Center

13094 Civic Center Drive, Billbond Room #3

Poway CA 92064

858-668-4671 

Directions:

From your location make your way to Poway Road between the intersections of Carriage Road and Community Road

From Southbound along Community Road:

  • continue South across Poway Road and turn right onto Civic Center Drive
  • Go to the end and turn left into the parking lot
  • The Community Center is directly ahead.

From Westbound along Poway Road:

  • Turn Left onto Community Road
  • Turn right onto Civic Center Drive
  • Go to the end and turn left into the parking lot
  • The Community Center is directly ahead.

From Eastbound along Poway Road:

  • Go past Carriage Road and turn right onto Tarascan Drive
  • Go to the end and turn right onto Civic Center Drive
  • Turn left into the parking lot
  • The Community Center is directly ahead


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Tuesday, March 14
Tee Ball info
For some articles about bringing your Tee Ball program to the next level; click on the header above to be taken to the Little League webpage with team drills for the Tee Ball experience!

Tuesday, March 14
I was a chirping coach, now I'm a bruised umpire. Parent Confession

Click on the header above to link to the article.

Joe gave me a glare I’ll never forget. He was one of our long-time umpires, and I was a long-time coach in our league. Like any coach, I did my share of grumbling about the umpiring.

Usually, I kept those complaints to myself, muttering under my breath. This time, I was a bit louder, and Joe heard me say, “Oh, come on!” after a close play at the plate. As the dust settled, Joe’s glare blazed at me straight through his mask.

Between innings, I apologized, and Joe waved the incident away with a smile. He was cool that way, but it all takes a toll. A couple seasons later, he announced he was hanging up the mask because he was tired of taking flak from coaches and parents.

Fast forward a few years. After my kids graduated out of Little League, I decided to give umpiring a try. Our league is always desperately short of umpires, and I wanted a good excuse to be at the fields.

I quickly learned how harmful my vocal grumblings as a coach were to my fellow volunteers. And, as a new umpire, the first thing I realized was just how difficult the job really is.

The strike zones are small, and the pitchers rarely throw the ball where the catchers set up. You can’t see the outside of the plate well, especially with smaller batters, and the strike zone is wildly different from one kid to the next. One batter is 5’9” and the next one is 4’2”, which makes a consistent strike zone nearly impossible to find.

Each game, you take a few fastballs and foul tips to the forearm, thigh, shoulder, facemask, or worse. That hurts. Some days, it’s so hot out there that you’re wiping sweat out of your eyes, trying to get a clear look.

You learn that those close tag plays can be really hard to call, especially when ball, glove, foot, and a cloud of sand all come together in an instant.

You try to get used to the “chirping” from coaches and parents, the same chirping I used to do, but it’s still gets to you.

Our league is tame compared to most, but occasionally a coach throws a tantrum in the dugout, and a few parents think it’s their job to ride the umpires from the first pitch.

Spectators might realize that Little League umpires are usually unpaid volunteers who are spending a couple of summer evenings each week because we love baseball and softball, and we enjoy working with the kids. But, once that first pitch is thrown, any sympathy for those volunteers fades away.

What they likely don’t realize is that umpires can hear and see just about everything. We’re constantly keeping our ears and eyes open for unsafe conditions. So, it’s easy to hear that coach moaning in the dugout or those parents complaining behind the backstop. Even that angry guy sitting beyond the outfield fence is clear as day.

Yes, umpires make mistakes. Over the years, I’ve missed balls and strikes and blown a few calls on the bases. But, like almost all umpires, I can honestly say that I’ve never “given” a call to one team or the other, and I’ve never changed my strike zone to benefit one team or another.

Volunteer umpires are out there to have fun, too. When coaches or parents ride the umpires, they are taking the fun away from everyone. The kids get upset. Parents in the stands think something is wrong. The umpire starts thinking this may be his or her last season taking this kind of abuse. It took me putting on the mask to realize that.

Most leagues are experiencing a chronic shortage of umpires. Our league has only a handful of regular umpires, and some of them have been around for a while. If a couple umpires decide they’ve had enough, we may not be able to run the league. That’s kind of scary.

I’ve learned a lot from Joe’s glare and my chirping. Now sitting in his shoes, when coaches or parents go over the line, I chat with them quietly between innings to try to calm things down. I reassure them that the umpires are doing the best we can.

I also tell them we’re always taking applications for any new volunteers who would like to strap on the gear and get behind the plate.  



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Friday, January 13
Rule Changes for 2017 season

Click on the Rules Updates webpage on the left for a listing of the 2017 Rules Updates and Clarifications.


 



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Dave Miller
Monday, December 19
District 31 Umpire selected for Little League Baseball (Majors) Western Regional

Congratulations are in order for District 31 Staff Umpire, Dave Miller, on his selection as an umpire at the Little League Baseball (Majors) Western Regional in San Bernardino, California for 2017.

The dates of the Little League Baseball (Majors) Western Regional are in early August.

The winner of this tournament goes on to play in the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport PA.

Dave hails from Poway American Little League, where he continues to call games, as well as at other leagues within District 31. Dave is also the Assistant Umpire-in-Chief for D31.

Click on the header above to link to the Little League Baseball Western Regional game schedule and results once the tournament begins.

For more information about the Little League Baseball Western Regional, click on this link:

http://www.eteamz.com/llbwest/news/index.cfm?cat=269595



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Heath Messenger
Monday, December 19
District 31 Umpire selected for Intermediate Baseball Western Regional



Congratulations are in order for District 31 Staff Umpire, Heath Messenger, on his selection as an umpire at the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Western Regional in Nogales, Arizona (AZ-08) for 2017.

The dates of the Intermediate Baseball Western Regional are in mid July. The winner of this tournament goes on to play in the Intermediate Baseball World Series in Livermore CA.

Heath hails from Poway American Little League, where he continues to call games, as well as at other leagues within District 31.

Click on the header above to link to the Junior Intermediate Baseball Western Regional game schedule and results once the tournament begins.

For more information about the Intermediate Baseball Western Regional, click on a link:

http://www.llbws.org/llbbws/intermediate5070/west.htm

https://www.facebook.com/NogalesIntermediateTournament/



Jeff Wimbrough
Wednesday, December 21
District 31 Umpire selected for Little League Softball (Majors) Western Regional

Congratulations are in order for District 31 Staff Umpire, Jeff Wimbrough, on his selection as an umpire at the Little League Softball (Majors) Western Regional in San Bernardino, California for 2017.

The dates of the Little League Baseball (Majors) Western Regional are in mid July. The winner of this tournament goes on to play in the Little League Softball World Series in Kirkland WA.

Jeff hails from Carmel Mountain Ranch Little League, where he continues to call games, as well as at other leagues within District 31.

Click on the header above to link to the Little League Baseball Western Regional game schedule and results once the tournament begins.

For more information about the Little League Softball Western Regional, click on this link:

http://www.eteamz.com/llbwest/news/index.cfm?cat=269595



Thursday, January 19
D31 umpire, Jim Clark, on cover photo of World Series announcement

In the recent announcement of World Series Umpires for 2017, there is a photo of an umpire crew from the 2016 Juniors Softball World Series from last year.  District 31 Staff Umpire, Jim Clark, is in the photo on the far left.

You can click the header above, or click on this link to see the pic.