Hit the Road: Little League® Road Show Season Is in Full Swing
During the offseason, staff from Little League® International, along with district and league officials, team up to offer a “Little League Road Show” in your area. This training and education component of Little League® Baseball and Softball, welcomes local volunteers to a series of clinics and seminars in order to provide education and support to its chartered leagues.
In early February, Little League International was the venue for a Road Show and umpire clinic hosted by Pennsylvania District 12. The day-long event was attended by nearly 50 league officials and more than 20 umpires from several of the local Little League programs.
Throughout the day, Corey Wright, Assistant Eastern Region Director from Bristol, Conn., spoke about real-world situations and explained adjustments to Little League’s rules and regulations. In this setting, he was able to address specific questions from volunteers regarding the operation of their local programs.
“Knowledge breeds success, and the Road Shows are about how we can help local leagues build a foundation that will allow them to be successful for years to come,” said Mr. Wright.
Each Road Show presents “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League.” The seminar addresses the day-to-day operation of a given Little League, while providing a forum for volunteers to discuss how to efficiently organize activities and access the resources that can help make the Little League experience enjoyable for everyone.
“We do around six Road Shows during the offseason, including one at the East Region Headquarters in Bristol,” said Mr. Wright. “By the end of August, we want to know where we are going for Road Shows. We consider location where District Administrators have reached out to us and target places we have not been recently.”
Assisting Mr. Wright were Little League International’s Jim Ferguson, Assistant Director of Risk Management; and Jamie Joy, Manager of Operations.
At the PA District 12 Road Show, Thomas Haines, Jr., Director of Umpire Development, unveiled a new, one-day, mechanics-based umpiring seminar.
Run in conjunction with the Road Show, this clinic explained the importance of an umpire’s appearance and physical presentation; and worked through home-plate mechanics.
“The umpire clinic at the PA District 12 Road Show was designed to introduce the basics of umpiring in an informative an interactive way,” said Mr. Haines. “The point was to give each person at least one takeaway. We did not want to overwhelm anyone. Instead we wanted to encourage each attendee to focus on one mechanic and do it well, before moving on to the next one. We are working in a new direction for our weekend umpire clinics and school, and this was a positive step toward that new direction.”
Tom Rawlings from Harrisburg, Pa., and Williamsport’s Mike Sharrow, assisted Mr. Haines during the clinic. The duo, with more than 50 years of combined Little League umpire experience, were joined by Junior umpire Colin Haines.
All five Little League Regional Centers in the United States, and the four International Regional offices, follow a similar approach to scheduling Road Shows, with each Regional office coordinating its own dates and locations.
In addition to the Little League Road Shows, Little League’s Regional Centers also offer instructional programs to District Administrators, local league officers, umpires, managers and coaches at clinics and seminars, in several U.S. states.
For dates and locations of Little League Road Shows please visit the Little League Event Calendar page, where you can browse all events from Road Shows to Clinics. Each event has been categorized for your convenience.