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Japan Amateur Baseball to introduce umpire licensing system in 2015

by on Feb.07, 2013 @ 2:27 am, under College, High School, Industrial

The Zen Nihon Amateur Yakyu Renmei (Baseball Federation of Japan) held a meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday and formally decided to switch their name to Zen Nihon Yakyu Kyokai (not sure how the English name will change) when their status changes to ippan zaidan hojin status (general incorporated foundation) on April 1.

The Japan Rubber Baseball Association (全日本軟式野球連盟) is also set to become a part of their network.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

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The Japan Amateur Baseball Rules and Regulations Committee met on Wednesday and agreed to introduce a licensing system for umpires.  Planning and preparation will require two years.  The new system will come into effect on January 1, 2015.

There will be four levels to the license: S-kyu, 1-kyu, 2-kyu, and 3-kyu.  Umpires with an 1-kyu or above license will be able to work major domestic tournaments, like the Inter-city Tournament and the All Japan University Championship.

The licenses will not apply to the Koshien tournaments.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/6/2013

UPDATE @ 5:23pm - A little more on the levels.  Umpires will be able to earn the basic 3-kyu license by taking a training course.  After that they will have to take tests and wait at least three years in between each new level.

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013

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The Japan High School Baseball Federation sent two notices out to all federation members on Wednesday.

  1. all participating members should take any necessary steps to eradicate physical punishment (by coaches and players) and bullying
  2. all participating members must create an itemized list of expenses when accepting reimbursement money from caregivers.  The list should contain expenses incurred when coaches travel with players on trips to places like potential job sites or universities (places the player might go to after they graduate).

Source: Sponichi 2/6/2013