Little League Southeastern Region: Region News

National Anthem Auditions Now Open for Little League Southeastern Region Tournaments

2015 Umpire School Now Open for Registration

2015 Southeastern Region Umpire School
October 13-18, 2015 -- Warner Robins, Ga. (Southeastern Region Headquarters)
The Southeastern Region Umpire School is designed to provide the information and training necessary to allow any umpire to take his/her game to a higher level of proficiency. Participants will be instructed in two-umpire field mechanics on the 60’ and 70’/90’ diamonds. Learning will take place while participating in mechanics drills and actual games during the course of the school. All on-field activities are recorded and reviewed, which provides participants a better understanding by seeing themselves in actual umpiring situations. Detailed plate mechanics are covered in daily cage sessions which are recorded with a DVD provided to each student which shows individual instruction time. Playing rules and regulations are discussed during classroom sessions along with actual or simulated game situations. Each student will additionally receive rule books, mechanics manuals, and a notebook with informational documents, all of which provide the tools necessary for becoming an advanced level umpire.
Registration Link
 Price: $425 per attendee
Includes housing, lunch and dinner beginning Tuesday through Saturday evening plus School shirt, hat and a wealth of materials.

Tuesday, February 10
Southeastern Region Mourns Loss of Georgia DA Bernard Ashley

Little League Southeastern Region mourns the passing of Georgia District 8 Administrator Bernard Ashley. He was 74.

Mr. Ashley, a native of Green Cove, Va., settled in Columbus, Ga., and began his volunteer service with Columbus Eastern Little League in 1978. For several years with the local league, he served as a Minor Division baseball coach, manager, Vice President and President.

In 1992, Mr. Ashley moved to Pioneer Little League in Columbus, and later volunteered on the Georgia District 8 staff as the umpire consultant. Elected as Georgia District 8 Administrator in March 1998; he received his 15-year service pin at the 2014 Little League International Congress in Minneapolis.

An Army veteran, Mr. Ashley, worked for the United States Civil Service in the Department of Public Safety. Mr. Ashley was preceded in death by his wife Betty Joyce.

He is survived by his son, Charlie; and grandson, Bryan Keith Gregory II.


Tuesday, September 9
Brian Wolfe Honored as Golden Mask Award Winner

Spotsylvania County Little League Umpire-in-Chief Brian Wolfe was honored as the second recipient of the Little League Southeastern Region Golden Mask Award winner.

Wolfe was presented the award, by surprise, in advance of the Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament championship game in Warner Robins, GA August 8.

The Golden Mask Award is designed to recognize the volunteer umpire within the Southeastern Region. The award, which was introduced in 2013, honors a volunteer Little League umpire for his/her outstanding service to Little League Baseball and Softball programs across the region. Larry Adams, of Tennessee was the first honoree.

A volunteer with his league since 2008, Wolfe was selected as an umpire for the 2014 Little League Softball Region Tournament and completed his time in Warner Robins less than two weeks before accepting the award. Wolfe was the first umpire from Spotsylvania County Little League to be selected for a region tournament.

Wolfe was presented with his own personal “golden mask” and his name will hang with fellow winners at the Region Headquarters.


Tuesday, September 9
Toni Perrigan Named Inaugural Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year

Toni Perrigan, of Chester (SC) Youth Baseball Little League was recently honored as the inaugural Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year.

Perrigan was honored during an on-field ceremony prior to a game on the first day of action during the Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament in Warner Robins, GA.

Perrigan has been an indispensable part of Chester Youth Baseball for over 14 years. During this time she has worked tirelessly to ensure that all youth who wanted to play baseball were able to, and that their experience was a positive and formative one. The league says she epitomizes what a volunteer in youth sports should be.

Her volunteer career with Chester as a team parent and quickly embraced the role of team mom. Over the years she has served in many capacities, including marketing and public relations, scorekeeper, administrative roles, concessions manager, player agent and fundraising coordinator. To this she continues to serve as an active volunteer with Chester in spite of the fact she has no children active in the league.

Most days Toni is the first to arrive at the league complex and is frequently the last to leave. Over the year Toni has essentially taken on the role as the parent over the whole league (so called "league mom"). Her efforts allow the league to run as efficiently as possible. She is quick to laugh and is rarely seen without a smile on her face. To sum it up, Toni Perrigan is the quintessential volunteer!

Congrats to Toni and Chester Youth Baseball Little League for being the first recipient of the Southeastern Region Awards Program.


2014 Southeastern Region Tournament Umpires Announced

The Southeastern Region has finalized the list of umpires who will work the nine region tournaments this summer. Below are the individuals who have been selected. We congratulate these umpires on this accomplishment.  


Southeastern Region World Series Umpires Announced

The umpires that will represent Little League's Southeastern Region in the nine World Series tournaments have been announced recently by the region office. 

These 20 volunteer umpires have all previously worked a region tournament and were selected during that tournament for a future World Series. We thank all of these individuals for their service and congratulate them on this significant achievement.

Little League Baseball  Intermediate (50/70) Baseball  Junior League Baseball 
Mike Yon - Florida 7  Kenneth Fits - Georgia 2   Larry Taylor, Sr. - Florida 18
Carlos Rodriquez, Jr. - Georgia 2   Gary Allmond - Virginia 9 Russell Tudor - Virginia 9 
 Robert Freeman - Tennessee 9    
Senior League Baseball  Big League Baseball  Little League Softball 
Sam Vanderwarker - Florida 2  Dominic Wright - Florida 6  Armando Sargent - Florida 10 
 Stephen Blue - Virginia 15  Darren Schubery - Virginia 10 Gary York - Georgia 7 
Junior League Softball  Senior League Softball  Big League Softball 
Danny Gill - Florida 4   Donald Guilford - Florida 22 William Joe Carson - Florida 5
David Volpe, Jr. - Florida 14  Kevin Waldrop - Tennessee 5 Darrell Ray Fannon - Virginia 13
   Don Harris - Virginia 15  



Region Honors District Administrators for Years of Service at International Congress

At the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn. in early April, Little League and the Southeastern Region honored 43 current District Administrators throughout the eight-state region. These individuals were honored for various years of service, beginning with those who have served in the volunteer role for five years and up to one who has been a DA for 35 years. Thank you all of these individuals and all DAs across the region for their continued service and dedication. 

5 Years     10 Years   
Ricky Thornton, AL-4  Chris Cianciola, AL-8  Ron Covey, FL-1  John Tucker, FL-4 
Kim Davies, FL-3  Eric Pearson, FL-8/12  John Knapp, FL-7  Tese Willis, FL-18 
Larry Geiger, FL-11  Joe LeBlanc, FL-22  Ken Woodburn, FL-23  Jeff Colwell, GA-2 
Denise Sprenkle, FL-24  Beth VanVranken, FL-26  Wayne Treadway, TN-4  Dwayne Tuggle, VA-2 
Don Retallick, FL-27    Fred Corbett, VA-12  LaMott Smith, VA-16 
    Hilda Kilonsky, WV-8   
15 Years    20 Years   
Dewey Hudman, FL-17  Linda North, GA-4  David Viers, FL-19  Terry Giles, NC-4 
Bernard Ashley, GA-8  Bobby Douglas, TN-7  Jimmy Straley, VA-14  John Mitchell, Jr., VA-15 
    Paul Flanagan, WV-4  Donna Haynes, WV-5 
25 Years     35 Years   
Philip Winters, TN-5  Robert Huff, VA-11  Joe Cook, NC-7   
Donald Baker, VA-13       

Southeastern Region Umpire Alumni Association

Are you an umpire who has worked a Southern/Southeastern Baseball or Softball Region Tournament?

The Southeastern Region is organizing a Southeastern Region Umpire Alumni Association. The focus will be on recognizing and forming a brother and sisterhood of volunteer umpires who have worked in a Southeastern Region tournament. If you are a Southeastern Region tournament umpire, please complete this electronic application: Alumni Application.

More information to follow in the coming weeks and months. 

Larry Adams Receives First Golden Mask Award

Warner Robins, Ga. – Little League Baseball and Softball® volunteer umpire Larry Adams received the first Golden Mask Award prior to the Little League Baseball® Southeastern Region Tournament final Friday, August 9 at Little League Southeast Park in Warner Robins, Ga.

Adams, a native of Elizabethton, Tenn., received the award for his continued service to his local league, Carter County American Little League.

The Tennessee District 5 umpire has been a volunteer at Carter County American Little League for the past eight years. In addition to local league games, Adams has umpired both district and state-level tournaments. He was also selected as a volunteer umpire for the 2011 Southeastern Region Little League Softball tournament.

Over the past eight years Adams has been fully involved with league, not only as an umpire but as an active board member and volunteer. He has also recruited new umpires to the league and trained numerous umpires for the league. Included in this was creating a youth umpiring program for the league.

Adams was presented with a hand-crafted award that he can display at his home. A plaque, which will list each award winner, hangs at the Southeastern Region Headquarters for all to see and already includes Larry as the first honoree.

The yearly award was created by the Southeastern Region Headquarters as a way to honor one volunteer umpire from the eight states that make up the region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia). Nominations were accepted earlier in the year from league presidents and district administrators.

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