ILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Little League has announced the 115 umpires who will be working the nine Little League World Series this summer. The premier youth baseball and softball tournament, the Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. on July 23 and ends with the Little League Baseball® World Series Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa., on August 24.
One of the most important aspects to the success of the Little League International Tournament is the volunteer umpires calling the games. Umpires are selected for a World Series after going through a lengthy, stringent selection process. Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for a World Series is the highest honor Little League can bestow on an umpire, and selection means that these umpires are considered among the best in the world.
The process for selection to work a World Series starts with a nomination from a District Administrator to the regional office. The regional office, along with the region’s Umpire-In-Chief, considers all umpires nominated before selecting those who most closely meet the criteria for selection.
All umpires hoping to make it to a World Series must have recently worked one of the Regional Tournaments in the same Little League division as the World Series they are being considered to officiate and receive a World Series recommendation. Regional Tournament experience at other divisions is also considered when making the appointment.
An umpire is eligible to be selected for a World Series assignment once every four years. Each year, thousands of umpires officiate Little League games around the world, with most not receiving any payment for their time. Umpires who are selected to work a World Series are not reimbursed for their travel expenses. But, just like for the player and coaches, umpires who make it to a World Series come away with life-long memories.
This year, Thomas Haines Jr., Little League Director of Umpire Development, organized Little League’s first-ever Little League Baseball World Series umpire orientation. For two days, the 16 umpires that will be officiating the World Series came to South Williamsport to become familiar with the administrative aspects of umpiring as well as what to expect on the fields during this year’s World Series. Lead by a panel of Little League staff, volunteers, and former Little League Baseball World Series umpires, the volunteers learned about World Series expectations, video replay, becoming familiar with the stadiums and umpire mechanics.
“The training was very valuable for the 16 umpires,” said Haines. “After receiving positive feedback on the program, it is safe to say that all umpires took away a great deal of pertinent information and will feel more comfortable and relaxed on and off the field when they arrive for the tournament. Volunteer service, such as umpiring, plays an integral part in making Little League successful for 75 years.”
The list of umpires at each of the nine sights follows:
2014 Little League Baseball World Series (Aug. 14-24; South Williamsport, Pa.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Leroy Fraser (Philipsburg, St. Maarten), Robert Freeman (White Bluff, Tenn.), Kevin Henderson (Rockland, Mass.), Jeremy Kautza (McFarland, Wis.), Randy Lee (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Marcin Mankowski (Kunto, Poland), Mark Merchant (Nederland, Texas), Steven Muña (Mangilao, Guam), Sèbastien Poirè (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quèbec, Canada), Robert Rigg (Macomb, Ill.), Ron Roberts (San Jose, Calif.), Carlos Rodriquez Jr. (Marietta, Ga.), Thomas Saeur (Indianapolis, Ind.), Garry Smith (Sweeny, Texas), Chris Thomas (Old Forge, Pa.), Mike Yon (Lake Worth, Fla.).
2014 Big League Baseball World Series (July 23-30; Easley, S.C.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Dawn C. Becker (Spring, Texas), Dave Bragg (Livermore, Calif.), Alex Caballero (Guaynabo, P.R.), Bill Hendrick (Albuquerque, N.M.), Steven Kurkowski (Oak Creek, Wis.), Thomas Lawrence Dolan (Foster City, Calif.), William Oliver Jr. (Atco, N.J.), Troy Richardson (Brewer, Maine), Bennie Roach (Westland, Mich.), Darren Schuberg (Fairfax, Va.), Ken Story (Thunder Bay, Ontario), Dominic Wright (Tampa, Fla.).
2014 Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division World Series (July 29-Aug. 4; Livermore, Calif.) (by Name, Place of Residence): D. Mark Alenius (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Gary Allmond (Centerville, Va.), Joshua Einhorn (Nanuet, N.Y.), Kenneth Fitts (Atlanta, Ga.), Steve Genia (Cohassut, Minn.), Greg Handley (Portland, Ore.), Chris Juarez (Los Lunas, N.M.), Ramon R. Hernandez (Lubbock, Texas), Andrew LaTurner (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Robin S. Murray (Sierra Vista, Ariz.), Andy Ruben Lucasius (Williamstead, Curacao), Tony Russo (Jefferson, Md.).
2014 Senior League Softball World Series (Aug. 3-9; Lower Sussex, Del.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Max E. Cannon Jr. (Missoula, Mont.), Robert Galding Jr. (Alexandria, La.), Donald Guilford (Cocoa, Fla.), Don Harris (Urbanna,Va.), Tom Howard (Howell, N.J.), Jim Markle (South Bend, Ind.), Sigfredo Martinez (Harlingen, Texas), Edward Perra (Appleton, Maine), Axel Quiles Mercado (Guanica, P.R.), Oscar Rodriquez (Houston, Texas), Eddie Spohr (Apple Valley, Calif.) Kevin Waldrop (Telford, Tenn.).
2014 Big League Softball World Series (Aug. 3-9; Lower Sussex, Del.) (by Name, Place of Residence): William Joe Carson (St. Petersburg, Fla.), David L. Chavez (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Darrell Ray Fannon (Dryden, Va.), Jeff Horner (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Chris E. Mckellivs (Malvern, Ariz.), Richard Perrotty (Boonton, N.J.), Mark Pigg (Arvada, Colo.), Carlos A. Santana Quiles (Las Piedros, P.R.), Hal Schwartz (Fairfield, Conn.), James O. Tuck Jr. (Brownsburg, Ind.), Don Wilcox (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Wayne Wysocki (Old Saybrook, Conn.).
2014 Little League Softball World Series (Aug. 7-13; Portland, Ore.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Theresa R. Bailey (Hamshire, Texas), Clinton Batten (Jacksonville, Fla.), Joseph Broxmeyer (Rialto, Calif.), William Eichenberger (Culver City, Calif.), Jaimie Erskine (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Thomas Ferrarese (Fairfield, Conn.), Wimbert Hato (Willemstad, Curacao), Anthony Scott Jones (Russell Springs, Ky.), Pat Korando (Indianapolis, Ind.), Matthew James Martin (Vicoria, BC, Canada), Armando Sargent (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Joe Raymond Wilson (Albuquerque, N.M.).
2014 Junior League Baseball World Series (Aug. 10-16; Taylor, Mich.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Kurt Bailey (Fort Wayne, Ind.), William Berger (Ventura, Calif.), Bill Freeman (Southington Conn.), Bradley Garrison (Big Spring, Texas), Babe Glumack (Hibbing, Minn.), Wayne Kurtz (Coaldale, Alberta, Canada), Roberto Rivera-Rosado (San Juan, P.R.), Jason Fred Runyan (Central, Colo.), Jack Schultz (Bellvue, Wash.), Larry Taylor Sr. (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Fred Tempels (Winnweiler, Germany), Russell Tudor (Alexandria, Va.), John West Jr. (Holbrook, Mass.).
2014 Senior League Baseball World Series (Aug. 10-16; Bangor, Maine) (by Name, Place of Residence): Benito Angelico Van der Biesen (Aruba), Stephen Blue (Deltaville, Va.), Robert P. Mcclary (Vancouver, Wash.), Pascal Michaud (Val-D’Or, Quebec, Canada) Richard A. Neibert (Indianapolis, Ind.), Greg Pearson (Beaumont, Texas), Steven P. Ritenour (Marquette, Mich.), Robert W. Slabinski (Riverside Calif.), Mark Slacum (Newark, Del.), Sam Vanderwarker (Palm Bay, Fla.), Christopher Wasieleuski (Bristol, Conn.), Patrick Williams (San Antonio, Texas).
2014 Junior League Softball World Series (Aug. 10-16; Kirkland, Wash.) (by Name, Place of Residence): Bob Barnes (Canton, Conn.), Alvaro Rafael Barrios Romero (Paradera, Aruba), Mike Falzone (Salem, Ore.), William Danny Gill (Lake Wales, Fla.), Rick Moore (Fowler, Ind.), William Nevitt (Louisville, Ky.), Courtney Nichole Nunn (Jonesboro, La.), Alice Ruffalo (East Syracuse, N.Y.), Brent S. Smithline (Camas, Wash.), Jack Steven Phillips (Riverside, Calif.), Barbara Stilwell (Albuquerque, N.M.), David Volpe Jr. (Apopka, Fla.).