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[12/12/2013] Second stage of coaching licenses; NPB resigns fifty-seven umpires

by on Dec.13, 2013 @ 1:34 am, under NPB

The NPB will most likely hold off on instituting policy to enforce rules that are supposed to keep players from using areas in front of the dugout to warm-up during games.  A trial run was conducted at Ni-gun this past season.  Teams were notified that similar changes would be made at  the Ichi-gun level, but coaches and players were largely against the move.

A final decision will be made during an upcoming executive committee meeting on the 16th.

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2013

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On Thursday, the NPB re-signed fifty-seven of the fifty-eight umpires that were under contract this past season.

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2013

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The Japan Student Baseball Association's portion of the Coaching License Program will take place on December 13 and 14 in Tokyo and December 21 and 22 in Osaka.  About 130 former professional players are expected to attend the Tokyo course.

Source: Sponichi 12/12/2013

[UPDATE @ 7:13pm]

125 former professional players, including Shozo Eto, Akihiko Oya, Takeshi Koba, Satoru Komiyama, Toshihisa Nishi, Yoshihiko Takahashi, Hideaki Okubo, Hiromichi Ishige, Hirohisa Matsunuma, Masayuki Matsunuma, Soroku Yagisawa, Kazutomo Miyamoto, Kenichi Watanabe, Takeshi Yasuda, and Masanori Murakami, were at today's session.

Source: Daily Sports 12/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/13/2013

[UPDATE 12/14 @ 8:25pm]

The first day included six courses focusing on high school coaching that lasted a total of about seven hours.  Topics included physical punishment and health and wellness.  The second day was five courses that lasted about six hour.  Topics included university baseball related issues.

Source: Daily Sports 12/14/2013, Sponichi 12/14/2013