Kennewick National Baseball: Umpire's Corner

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Sunday, January 8

Kennewick Youth Baseball Umpires

Welcome to the information page for the Kennewick Youth Baseball Umpires. We serve the two local Cal Ripken Baseball Leagues in the Tri-Cities: Kennewick National Youth Baseball and Kennewick American Youth Baseball. Umpiring is just one way to give back our time to the leagues and to our communities, as well as to be involved with the sport that we love. It's also a great way for interested teenagers to earn a paycheck.


Our third meeting in preparation for the 2012 season!!


WHEN: Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:00 PM


WHERE: Kennewick American Clubhouse (S. Olympia St. and W 22nd Pl.)


This meeting is intended for new and second year umpires. It's time for planning and training for the 2012 season. We will continue with field mechanics and
covering the Cal Ripken rules. Another fun season is ahead for us, and we will be providing excellent training to prepare you, or to refresh your knowledge and skills, for the 2012 season. 

For more information:

Glenn Egert

Glen Stewart

2.00—Definitions of Terms.

A FAIR BALL is a batted ball that settles on fair ground between home and first

base, or between home and third base, or that is on or over fair territory when bounding to

the outfield past first or third base, or that touches first, second or third base, or that first

falls on fair territory on or beyond first base or third base, or that, while on or over fair

territory touches the person of an umpire or player, or that, while over fair territory, passes

out of the playing field in flight.

A fair fly shall be judged according to the relative position of the ball and the foul

line, including the foul pole, and not as to whether the fielder is on fair or foul territory at

the time he touches the ball.

Rule 2.00 (Fair Ball) Comment: If a fly ball lands in the infield between home and first base, or

home and third base, and then bounces to foul territory without touching a player or umpire and before

passing first or third base, it is a foul ball; or if the ball settles on foul territory or is touched by a player

on foul territory, it is a foul ball. If a fly ball lands on or beyond first or third base and then bounces to

foul territory, it is a fair hit.

Clubs, increasingly, are erecting tall foul poles at the fence line with a wire netting extending along

the side of the pole on fair territory above the fence to enable the umpires more accurately to judge fair

and foul balls.

FAIR TERRITORY is that part of the playing field within, and including the first

base and third base lines, from home base to the bottom of the playing field fence and

perpendicularly upwards. All foul lines are in fair territory.

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.  ~Ted Williams
It ain't nothin' till I call it.  ~Bill Klem, umpire (in the Baseball Hall of Fame)