Volunteer Umpires Hone Their Skills at Little League Umpire School
More than 30 volunteer umpires from throughout the United States, and as far away as Hawaii and Japan, recently attended Little League Umpire School at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.
The week-long session covered the rules, regulations and interpretations (Baseball and Softball); the mechanics of the two-man systems; the philosophy, mental approach and attitude toward Little League Baseball and Softball; the handling of situations and control of the game as well as three and four-man system discussions. The school is one of the essential phases of the overall Adult Leadership Training service, which has benefited thousands of volunteers.
Along with eight instructors headed by veteran Little League Umpire Mike Messick, Umpire-In-Chief of the Pennsville (N.J.) Little League and Rules Consultant for New Jersey District 3, each volunteer umpire who attended the school was afforded the opportunity to become properly trained before the season starts. The Umpire School instructors were: Don Essex (Alexandria, Va.); Jim Smith (Philadelphia, Pa.); Jimmy Floyd (Danville, Va.); Ed Smith (Newfield, N.J.); Tom Rawlings (Camp Hill, Pa.); Roy Smith (Blountville, Tenn.).
Little League Umpire school is held each spring at Little League International. For more information on Little League Umpire School, contact Little League International, at: 570-326-1921; or e-mail Melissa Shaffer, Operations Administrative Assistant, at: mshaffer@LittleLeague.org.