Little League Baseball and Softball announced today the 115 umpires who will be working the nine Little League World Series this summer. The Little League World Series schedule kicks off with the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C. on July 24 and ends with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game in South Williamsport, Pa. on August 25.
Umpires are selected for a World Series after going through a lengthy and stringent selection process. Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for a World Series is the highest honor Little League Baseball and Softball can bestow on an umpire, and selection means that these umpires have reached the highest level of proficiency and are considered among the best in the world. The men and women volunteering for these series come from 28 states, six countries, Aruba, Curacao, and Puerto Rico.
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. Twelve individuals have been selected as the inaugural crew of the Intermediate (50/70) Baseball Division World Series, which starts on July 30 in Livermore, Calif.
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. 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 pay 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 a World Series come away with life-long memories.
The list of umpires at each of the nine sights follows:
2013 Little League Baseball World Series (Aug. 15-25; South Williamsport, Pa.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Luis C. Alvarado (Cayey, Puerto Rico), John Bell (Milford, Pa.), Nicholas James Bonnar (Glace Bay, Nova Scotia), James Gregory (Coon Rapids, Minn.), Jon Gregory (Columbus, Texas), Wayne Hurm (San Tan Valley, Arizona), John Ignacio (Adams, Tenn.), Chuck Latini (Trenton, N.J.), Bruce Marcellus (Fremont, Calif.), Richard Muffley (Arlington, Va.), Ron Nagy (Kelseyville, Calif.), Markus Rucker (Heindelberg, Germany), Vincent Sarullo, Jr. (Milford, Conn.), Cynthia Smith (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Paulo M. Tabirara (Caloocan City, Philippines), Garland Timms (Lubbock, Texas)
2013 Big League Baseball World Series (July 24-31; Easley, S.C.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Tena Bartlett (Windsor, Ontario), Jeffrey Bise (Steinbach, Germany), Lawrence Bonnette (Missouri City, Texas), Don Frommeyer (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jim Hallonquist (Seguin, Texas), Trevor Hayes (East Ridge, Tenn.), Ted Loblanco, Jr. (Haverstraw, N.Y.), Sandley R.E. Martina (Willemstad, Curacao), Edwar Moran, Jr. (Camden, Del.), Reggie Neary (Charleston, W.V.), Steve Nuyen (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Michael Jon Peterson (Carson City, Nev.), Brad Pollard (La Miranda, Calif.)
2013 Intermediate (50/70) League Baseball World Series (July 30-Aug. 5; Livermore, Calif.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Donald “Troy” Carmont (Surrey, British Columbia), Jack Conway (Florhan Park, N.J.), Mark Cyganiak (Port Charlotte, Fla.), Jimmy Darden (Odessa, Texas), Donald Dozier (Austell, Ga.), Stu Hartenstein (Columbus, Ohio), Jonas Jackson (Escondido, Calif.), Jorge Lebron (Yabucoa, Puerto Rico), Charles Lloyd (Arbutus, Md.), Ken Mitchell (Everett, Wash.), Thomas Plaster (Freeport, Ill.), David Rast (Albuquerque, N.M.)
2013 Senior League Softball World Series (Aug. 4-10; Lower Sussex, Del.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Mark Bolter (Bloomington, Calif.), Kerry Coffelt (Los Alamos, N.M.), Johan DeVries (Veenendall, Netherlands), Nelson Diaz-Lozada (Las Piedras, Puerto Rico), Louis Dublin (Cherryfield, Maine), William Dwyer (Glendale, N.Y.), Fred Lesser (West Deptford, N.J.), Jeffrey Miller (Palm City, Fla.), Gerald Parish (New Port Richey, Fla.), James Powell, Jr. (Sacramento, Calif.), Charles Sacrison, Jr. (Port Orchard, Wash.), Sara V. Turner (Tucson, Ariz.), Chris Villarreal (San Antonio, Texas), Pat Wiley (Lasalle, Ontario)
2013 Big League Softball World Series (Aug. 4-10; Lower Sussex, Del.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Carlos Allers (Penuelas, Puerto Rico), Isidro F. Bautista (Guagua, Pampanga, Philippines) Jason Braidford (Windsor, Ontario), Walt Bukowski (South Bend, Ind.), Mike English (Concord, Calif.), Jeffrey French (Orlando, Fla.), Luciano Garcia (Albuquerque, N.M.), Phillip E. Hamilton (Valparaiso, Ind.), John Kelly (Rockfort, Texas), Keith Resler (Torrington, Conn.), James Schroeder (Kirkland, Wash.), Charles Stimson (Shunk, Pa.), Danny Williams (Elizabethton, Tenn.)
2013 Little League Softball World Series (Aug. 8-14; Portland, Ore.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Michael Comeau (Manchester, Conn.), Chuck Ehret (Seattle, Wash.), George Hinojosa, Jr. (Brownsville, Texas), John Joerger (Portland, Ore.), Kenneth Jordan (Kirbyville, Texas), Fardy K. Lard (Willemstad, Curacao), Greg Ramos (Munster, Ind.), Mark Sikkenga (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Wout Van der Horst (Wormer, Netherlands), Danny Vines (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Jeff Ward (Fort Myers, Fla.), William Yale (Conowingo, Md.)
2013 Junior League Baseball World Series (Aug. 11-17; Taylor, Mich.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Eric Black (Pomona, N.Y.), Giovanny Antonio Boscan-Martinez (San Francisco Estado Zuila, Venezuela), Jeffrey Shane Davis (Placerville, Calif.), John Deisbeck (Peru, Ill.), Scott Goodman (Lake Forest, Calif.), Jaime Ledesma (Lapryor, Texas), Gilbert Mayfield (Tococa, Ga.), Richard Ochs (Vienna, Va.), Joseph Ouellette (Brewer, Maine), Dale Rader (Elkhart, Ind.), Jason Fred Ruyan (Lakewood, Colo.), John Valverde (Ramstein Air Base, Germany)
2013 Senior League Baseball World Series (Aug. 11-17; Bangor, Maine) (by Name, Place of Residence) Keith Allison (Martinsburg, W.V.), Wayne R. Beaumier (Houston, Texas), Bill Bruce (Dillsburg, Pa.), Glenn Kugel (Portland, Ore.), Dave Lange (Menomonee Falls, Wis.), Aubrey C.N. Maduro (Noord, Aruba), Giuseppe Mariella (Novara, Italy), Richard Neff (Springhill, Fla.), Douglass J. Pfaffenberger (Houston, Texas), Ken Peterson (Sacramento, Calif.), Paul Sammon (Whippany, N.J.), Clifford Sands (Bradley, Ill.)
2013 Junior League Softball World Series (Aug. 11-17; Kirkland, Wash.) (by Name, Place of Residence) Barry Brown (Hudson, N.Y.), Hilary Chick (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), James Crist, Jr. (Austin, Texas), Gerry Edtl (Franklin, Tenn.), Bill Fuller (Hewitt, Texas), Anibal Gonzalez (Moca, Puerto Rico), Jeff Groce (Kernersville, N.C.), Jayne Lee (Cottonwood, Ariz.), Paul Malnarich (Victoria, British Columbia), Shawn Richardson (Wheelersburg, Ohio), John Striby (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jeffrey Yates (Hudson, N.Y.)