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Little League's volunteer umpires are a vital part of the program, and being selected as a World Series umpire is a once-in-a-lifetime event! Source: Little League International

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After a lengthy and rigorous selection process, 90 dedicated volunteers have received their official notifications of their umpire assignments for the 2020 Little League World Series tournaments. Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for a World Series is the highest honor that Little League can bestow on a volunteer umpire.

Volunteer umpires are essential to the success of local Little League programs around the world and play a pivotal role in the experience of all players throughout the Little League International Tournament. As a way to continually develop these volunteer umpires throughout the year, Little League International offers a variety of digital training and educational resources, a bi-monthly Fair Ball Newsletter, access to the free Little League Umpire Registry, and formal training through Umpire Clinics and Schools around the nation.

In order to be eligible to volunteer in a Little League World Series event, an umpire must first have competed in a regional tournament event. After that experience is completed, each volunteer umpire submits an application through the Umpire Registry. Once received, the District Administrator may also provide comments to the regional office for review. Little League’s nine regional offices then consider all nominated umpires before selecting those who most closely meet the selection criteria.

Individuals who meet those qualifications are then screened annually by Little League International and regional staffs for selection to umpire in a Little League World Series tournament.

Being chosen to work the Little League World Series is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For the fifth consecutive year, Little League International will support all volunteer umpires at the seven World Series events with a travel stipend.

The list of volunteer umpires at each of the seven Little League World Series tournaments is as follows:

Little League Baseball World Series (South Williamsport, Pa.)

(by name – place of residence – region represented)

  • Wayne Beaumier – Cypress, Texas – Southwest
  • Kenton Bottoms – Lawrenceburg, Kentucky - Central
  • David Brown – Calgary, Alberta – Canada
  • Andrea Galiano – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Southeast
  • Henry Garnett – Ramona, California – West
  • Mark Gilmour – Kahibah, New South Wales, Australia – Asia-Pacific
  • James Hinojosa – Romulus, Michigan – Central
  • Philip Levesque – Nashua, New Hampshire – East
  • Rigobert Obispo – Willemstad, Curaçao – Latin America
  • Michael Orlando Jr. – Peabody, Massachusetts – East
  • Richard Ranalli Sr. – Jersey City, New Jersey – East
  • Scott Strache – Chicago Ridge, Illinois – Central
  • Blake Taylor – Nuneaton, United Kingdom – Europe and Africa
  • William Vikara – Pace, Florida – Southeast
  • Brett Wagner – Odessa, Texas – Southwest
  • Dennis Williams – SeaTac, Washington – West

Little League Softball World Series (Location TBD)

  • Mitchell Lemponen – Astabula, Ohio – Central
  • John Cheesbrew – Fredericksburg, Virginia – Southeast
  • Douglas Durling – Davenport, Florida – Southeast
  • Walter Gross – Rio Rancho, New Mexico – Southwest
  • Greg Hodges – Needville, Texas – Southwest
  • David Mancari – Poughkeepsie, New York – East
  • Joseph Muriente – Camuy, Puerto Rico – Latin America
  • Mark Oda – Pinole, California – West
  • Chester Rice – West Des Moines, Iowa – Central
  • Jamie Sims – Beaverton, Oregon – West
  • Joseph Ungrady – Oxford, Connecticut – East

Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series (Livermore, Calif.)

  • Terrance Bean – Clarion, Pennsylvania – East
  • Sean Belfry – Gansevoort, New York – East
  • Jim Catania – North Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada
  • John Cleary – Moorpark, California – West
  • Mark Dieringer – Port Lavaca, Texas – Southwest
  • Seddrick Dixon – Fort Pierce, Florida – Southeast
  • Chris Ekstrom – Davenport, Iowa – Central
  • Filip Havlik – Prague, Czech Republic – Europe and Africa
  • Josh Koenig – International Falls, Minnesota – Central
  • Todd Marr – Arlington, Texas – Southwest
  • Ucal Palmer Jr. – Austell, Georgia – Southeast
  • Rafael Ruiz – Mayaguiz, Puerto Rico – Latin America
  • Don Tsukamoto – San Jose, California – West

Junior League Baseball World Series (Taylor, Mich.)

  • Carl Anable – Westworth Village, Texas – Southwest
  • Felton Brown – Houston, Texas – Southwest
  • Toby Colon – Havertown, Pennsylvania – East
  • Sal Gambino – Fallbrook, California – West
  • Mike Goicoechea – Tampa, Florida – Southeast
  • Patrick Griffin – Galesburg, Michigan – Central
  • Carlton Harris – Rowland Heights, California – West
  • Rob Macdonald – London, Ontario – Canada
  • Jules Martina – The Hague, Holland – Europe and Africa
  • Michael Phinazee – Tallahassee, Florida – Southeast
  • Gaspar Santos-Gonzalez – Cidra, Puerto Rico – Latin America
  • Owen Sprague – Standish, Maine – East
  • Tomoyuki Tada – Jakarta, Indonesia – Asia-Pacific
  • Roderick Williams – Indianapolis, Indiana – Central

Junior League Softball World Series (Kirkland, Wash.)

  • Rex Fogle – Monomonee, Wisconsin – Central
  • Michael Foltz – Luray, Virginia – Southeast
  • Juan Galarza – Villalba, Puerto Rico – Latin America
  • Scott Goodwin – Phoenix, Arizona – West
  • David Jones – Red Cliff, Alberta – Canada
  • Jeffrey Lindhorst – Ingleside, Texas – Southwest
  • Ross Pease – Vernon, Connecticut – East
  • Milton Pitt – Forest Heights, Maryland – East
  • Jeffrey Pratt – San Jose, California – West
  • Richard Randall – Youngstown, Ohio – Central
  • Ian Tyra – Sterling, Virginia – Southeast
  • Brandi Watson – Elgin, Texas – Southwest

Senior League Baseball World Series (Easley, S.C.)

  • Bill Bailey – Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania – East
  • Robert Curtis II – Bangor, Maine – East
  • Hector Figueroa-Rodriguez – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Latin America
  • David Frye – Fort Pierce, Florida – Southeast
  • Brian Hollowell – Goshen, Indiana – Central
  • Philip King – Lancaster, Ohio – Central
  • Rich LeMieux – Lake Stevens, Washington – West
  • Thomas McDonald – New Braunfels, Texas – Southwest
  • Rodger Moss – Brazoria, Texas – Southwest
  • Andres Pagan Jr. – Clermont, Florida – Southeast
  • Marc Reyes – Maple Ridge, British Columbia – Canada
  • John Yots Jr. – Foothill Ranch, California – West

Senior League Softball World Series (Lower Sussex, Del.)

  • Robert Cain II – Taylor, Michigan – Central
  • Paul Eaton – Redmond, Oregon – West
  • Stephen Gaither – King George, Virginia – Southeast
  • Adrian Gaudet – Calgary, Alberta – Canada
  • John Hill – Portland, Maine – East
  • Kyle Hughes – Ballinger, Texas – Southwest
  • Keith Ludwig – Trappe, Maryland – East
  • Rumini Modestro Thode – Willemstad, Curaçao – Latin America
  • Thomas Peckham – Seattle, Washington – West
  • Vincente Piscitello – Seminole, Florida – Southeast
  • Mark Saurer – Louisville, Kentucky – Central
  • Ronald Thompson – Rio Rancho, New Mexico – Southwest

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