|Knoebel selected to ump Little League World Series|
|Written by George Browning|
|Wednesday, 09 June 2010 00:00|
When many local citizens are glued to the televisions watching the Little League World Series, one local man will have a front row seat to this year’s action. Jeffrey Knoebel has been chosen to be one of the 16 umpires working the series.
The 16 umpires who will be working the 64th Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, have been selected after going through a lengthy and stringent selection process. Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for the World Series is the highest honor Little League Baseball and Softball can bestow on an umpire.
The process for selection to work a World Series includes the umpire being nominated by a District Administrator to the regional office. The regional office, along with the region’s Umpire-In-Chief, considers all umpires nominated before selecting those who most closely meet the criteria for selection.
To be considered for selection, an umpire must have previously worked a recent regional in the same Little League division as the World Series they are being considered for. Regional Tournament experience at a division different than the World Series level requested is also considered when making the selection.
An umpire is eligible to be selected for a World Series assignment once every four years.
Selection as an umpire at any of Little League’s eight World Series means that person has reached the highest level of proficiency and by virtue of their selection is considered among the best in the world.
Each year, thousands of umpires officiate games with most not receiving any pay. Umpires who are selected to work a World Series are not reimbursed for their travel expenses.
The Little League Baseball World Series will be played August 20-29.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.
2010 Little League Baseball World Series Umpiring Crew
*Jeffrey Knoebel of Charlestown
*Rob Bleggi of Shelton, Connecticut
*Stephen Meyer of Hamilton, Ontario
*Michael Bute of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
*Kenju Ogyu of Hong Kong, China
*Ted Collins II of Marietta, Georgia
*Keith Petersen of Coventry, Rhode Island
*Kenneth Garrison of League City, Texas
*Robert Scherzer of Rockport, Texas
*Patrick Griffin of Galesburg, Michigan
*Rene Sedillo of Corrales, New Mexico
*Dennis Hockensmith of Boonsboro, Maryland
*Jerry Westfall of Grass Valley, California
*Michael Kincaid of Prescott Valley, Arizona
*Clifton Yaguchi of Pearl City, Hawaii
*Richard Zohler of Orlando, Florida
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 10:00|