Tag: Umpire

Inspired 18-Year-Old Chooses Umpiring as Best Way to Impact His Life, Motivate Others

Zachary Frattaroli is just 18 years old. A freshman at Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) University. He loves the game of baseball. But he never was the best player on his team. Still, he has something over his teammates: He was the most knowledgeable on every field he ever stepped on. “They called me Coach Frat,” said Zachary. […]

For Jennifer Woof, Umpiring Is Where She Found Her Little League® Volunteering Niche

In March 2022, Jennifer Woof took the field as the only female among a class of 24 volunteers participating in Little League® International’s week-long umpire training academy at its complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. However, being the only female attending the rules and mechanics training made her even more determined to get better at something she […]

Little League® International Applauds Umpire Gerry Davis on His Milestone Achievement – 5,000th MLB Game

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, in a contest between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, Veteran Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpire Gerry Davis, 68, made history by umpiring in his 5,000th career game. Mr. Davis has become closely affiliated with the Little League® program in recent years. First, through his involvement with the Little […]

Kelly Dine: Desire to Excel Earns World Series Umpire the Experience of Her Lifetime

By Will Desautelle One afternoon this past winter, Little League Baseball® umpire, Kelly Dine, went outside to get the mail, something she seldom does. As she returned inside, with her husband and three sons in the kitchen, she flipped through a pile of letters before finding a thin envelope from Little League®. “I know through […]

A Different Point of View: Persistence, Self-Awareness, Confidence Prevail as Teenager Takes on Umpiring

Taegen McCoy is 16 years old and a sophomore at Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pa. In many ways, she’s a typical high schooler. She enjoys playing the viola in the orchestra and competing on the women’s tennis team, and won the title of Farmer’s Fair Queen. One year ago, she added another activity to […]

Canadian Umpires Cross Border to Experience Unique Learning Opportunities; Foster Friendships at Umpire School

Annually, Little League® International holds a spring training for Little League Umpires. At the 2019 school, nearly 40 game officials from across the United States and Canada, made the trek to Williamsport, Pa., including 10 from various Canadian provinces. “We don’t have a regional school (in Canada), which makes it even more important that we […]

2019 Europe and Africa Region Tournament Umpires Announced, Regional Clinic Held

The Little League® Europe and Africa Region officially announced its selection of umpires for the 2019 Europe and Africa Regional tournaments. In addition to announcing the selections, the region also hosted a regional training clinic for 28 students from nine different countries across the region, marking the first umpire clinic in several years for the […]

New Tournament Tiebreaker Structure and Roster Guidelines Highlight 2019 Little League® Rule Changes

Following the annual fall meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, Little League International officially announced the rule and regulation changes that will take effect in 2019. The two most notable changes will take place in the International Tournament with a new tiebreaker structure in all divisions, as well as a regulation establishing […]

Debra Crerie: Breaking the Mold of Little League® Umpires

Debra Crerie is out-numbered, to say the least, when it comes to umpiring. She is one of only a few female Little League Baseball® umpires, but does not let those statistics hold her back from doing what she loves. Since she was a little girl, Ms. Crerie has loved baseball. Although girls’ participation in Little […]

I Relied On Baseball Knowledge, Not Umpiring Skills

By John Valverde California District 65 Little League® Umpire I’ll never forget my first year as a Little League® umpire. Unfortunately for me, I started officiating baseball late in my life. I say unfortunate because some 15 years later, I regret not starting back in my 20s. I was in my mid-40s, and was so […]