Monday, January 30
John Chivers Selected to Umpire in 2012 Western Region Big League All-Star Tournament

Little League Baseball's California District 14 (Fremont-Newark) is proud to announce that John Chivers has been selected to umpire at Little League Baseball’s 2012 Big League (15-18 year old) Western Region Baseball Tournament in Silverdale, Washington.


John is the ninth umpire with District 14 roots to be selected to umpire at a Little League Baseball Western Region or World Series Baseball Tournament, joining Randy Morris (1999-Little League), Bruce Marcellus (2002-Little League and 2008-Seniors), Mike Martinez (2004-Little League, 2006-Big League and 2007-Big League WS), Tom Curtis (2008-Juniors), Rob McCarthy (2009-Juniors) and Vic Langford (2009 European Regional Little League Tournament in Poland) and Pat Mulhern (2011-Little League). Former District 14 umpire, Bob Slyter (2009-Little League), who represented Idaho District 2, is also counted among this group.


John first became involved in Little League in 1990, when he signed up his 6-year-old son Nick to play tee-ball at Centerville American Little League (Fremont).  John was asked if he wouldn't mind "helping to coach" Nick's team -- "helping" immediately became "managing", and John managed or coached CALL teams for the next 9 years. Like all CALL managers John was required to umpire, and there he found his true calling.  In addition to coaching and umpiring, John was on the CALL Board of Directors for several years, serving as Player Agent and Umpire in Chief.


In 1998 John moved to Niles-Centerville Little League (Fremont), where he continues to umpire to this day (often with Nick as his favorite partner).


John attended the San Bernardino Weekend Umpire Mechanics clinic in 1992, and joined the District 14 umpire staff in 1995, where he has officiated District and Sectional All-Star tournaments at all levels, and Divisional All-Star tournaments for 9-10, Majors and Big League. 


John was honored with California District 14’s Jay Horry Memorial Award in 1995 as a distinguished umpire upholding the ideals of Little League Baseball and California District 14.


The selection to umpire at the Western Region Big League Baseball Tournament is recognition not only for John’s umpire skills, but also for his years of dedicated volunteer service to Little League Baseball and its ideals. This selection also qualifies John to umpire at the Big League World Series, held in Easly, South Carolina.


The Western Region Big League Baseball Tournament is played in Silverdale, Washington and is scheduled to start in August, 2012. Winners advance to the Big League World Series.