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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2007 > Little League International Announces 2007 World Series Umpires

Little League International Announces 2007 World Series Umpires

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 12, 2007) – During the spring and summer, tens of thousands of Little League games are played. Each year thousands of volunteer umpires take to the field giving their time, experience and wisdom, while often receiving no pay. Over the course of several seasons a select group of these invaluable volunteers have displayed their commitment to Little League, while refining a unique combination of judgment, interpersonal skills and patience that has been recognized by Little League International with appointments to one of Little League’s eight World Series.

The 16 Little League umpires selected to officiate games at the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., are: Benny Wayne (Nicholasville, Ky.), and David Thom (Madison, Wis.) representing Little League Baseball and Softball’s Central Region; Rodney Picard (Lake Charles, La.), Tommy Tobias (Dumas, Texas), and Greg Likens (George West, Texas) from the Southwest Region; Lloyd Davis (Largo, Fla.), Jeremy Haley (Athens, Ga.), and Marshall Casey (Irmo, S.C.) out of the Southern Region; Bob McKittrick, Jr. (Lakewood, Calif.) and Kenneth Tyler, Jr. (Oak Harbor, Wash.) from the West Region; Skip Butkiewicz (Southington, Conn.), David Fogerty, Jr. (West Greenwich, R.I.) out of the East Region. Members of the umpiring crew hailing from Little League’s international regions are: Dale Elder (Calgary, Alberta, Canada); Jeffrey Harris (Chevron, Vietnam); Rene Kolb (Schwetzingen, Germany); and Donald Escudero (Ciales, Puerto Rico).

“To be selected for a World Series each of these umpires have been evaluated on their abilities, demeanor and on-field mechanics at virtually all levels of Little League play,” Mr. Konyar, Little League International umpire consultant, said. “Appointment to the World Series Umpire Team is recognition that an umpire has reached the highest level of proficiency and is now considered among the best in the world. To be invited to officiate at the Little League Baseball World Series is the highest honor Little League can bestow upon an umpire.”

Mr. Konyar, who lives in Lewisburg, Pa., is the Little League Baseball World Series umpire-in-chief, and Frank Policano, of Rock Tavern, N.Y., will serve as the umpire supervisor.

Umpires traveling to the World Series are not reimbursed for travel expenses. Listings of the Umpire Teams for each of 2007 Little League World Series tournaments can be found at: http://www.littleleague.org/umpires/2007wsumpires.htm

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.