Little League Southeastern Region: Region News

League Official Road Show Headed to Columbia, S.C.

The “Little League Road Show,” a training and education component of Little League Baseball and Softball and the Southeastern Region will be on the road in Columbia, S.C.. for a League Official Road Show beginning Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and concluding Sunday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The League Official Road Show supported in part by AIG Insurance, cover the operation of a local Little League and include the presentation of “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League,” in which the workings of a fictional league are followed throughout an entire year. The Road Show provides local league administrators an opportunity to review the latest information on Little League rules, equipment, and programs, while creating a forum to interact with Little League staff members, who will conduct the Road Show.

The South Carolina Road Show will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, located at 434 Columbiana Drive in Columbia. Attendee check will begin at 7 a.m. and the presentation will commence at 9 a.m Saturday. Sunday’s presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12 p.m.

It is $40 per person to attend the event if registered by December 5. It will cost $50 if registered between December 6 and the start of the event. Early registration is encouraged as it ensures the individual will receive all printed materials provided at the event. The registration fee includes a catered lunch during the day.

Interested individuals can register either online or offline, through the provided links below.

Online Registration Offline Registration

Monday, November 16
Little League Rules and Regulations Seminar to Be Held Jan. 8-10

The annual Little League Rules and Regulations Seminar will be held in Warner Robins, GA at the Southeastern Region Headquarters January 8-10.

The Region education and training event, conducted by the Region’s volunteer umpire staff, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and conclude by 12 p.m. Sunday. The Seminar is a classroom-based event. Each level of the Little League® volunteer, including league officials, managers, coaches, umpires and others are encouraged to attend the seminar.

During the Rules and Regulations Seminar many “myths of the game” will be dispelled while providing an extensive overview of Little League Baseball and Softball rules. Proper application of the rules will be covered by the umpire staff as they review, answer questions, and interpret Little League Rules and Regulations.

An early bird rate is available to $30 per person if registered by Dec. 8. For those registering between Dec. 9 and Jan. 1, the rate is $40. Any individual registered after Jan. 1 and prior to the event will be assessed a late fee of $50. The registration fee includes Saturday lunch and all event materials.

Interested individuals can register either online or offline, through the provided links below.

Online Registration Offline Registration


Southeastern Region Honors 2015 Awards Program Recipients


Little League’s Southeastern Region recently honored its three Awards Program recipients during the 2015 Little League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament in Warner Robins, GA.

Each award recipient was presented with a framed certificate and an engraved paperwork, thanks in-part to Friends of Little League’s Southeastern Region (FOSER). Each award recipient is also recognized within the Southeastern Region Headquarters office.

Ben Ravenel, league president North Seminole Little League in Tampa, Florida was presented the inaugural Southeastern Region Urban Initiative Volunteer of the Year.

Ben has been president of North Seminole Little League in Tampa, Florida for 17 years. He is known to be the first volunteer to arrive to the league’s complex each day, working hard to do what is needed to prepare the fields for play, whether that is to drag, rake, and line or water the fields. He is also known to be the last volunteer there each day as well. Whatever role is needed, which could include being an umpire, he jumps on it.

If you spoke to those around the North Seminole complex, most would tell you how much love and respect they have for him for what he has done not only for the league but the people of the league, even when assistance is needed outside of the league. His hard work and leadership has helped this league stay afloat year in and year out. 

Tom Ketterer, league president of Land O’Lakes Little League in Florida was presented as the Southeastern Region Volunteer of the Year.

Tom’s volunteerism with the league has spanned over the past 25 years as he carried out the Ketterer family tradition which started in 1970 with his father coaching him in the league.

Tom has served as president of the league three separate times in his 25 years. During his time, he has helped the league build a second set of fields and improved safety at the league by having a traffic light installed at the intersection leading into the park.

Additionally, Tom’s work has helped the league introduce the Intermediate 50 70 Baseball division this past year and headed up the task of setting up interleague schedules with nearby leagues for both baseball and softball.

Tom’s time, dedication and integrity with the league has really shaped the league and has left a lasting impact on many of the players and volunteers that have come through the league.

Charles Austin, a Florida District 25 staff member, was honored as the 2015 Golden Mask Award, which is awarded to a volunteer umpire within the eight-state Southeastern Region for his or her outstanding service to Little League Baseball and Softball programs.

Charles has been volunteering for Little League for 19 years as a coach and umpire, which includes 10 years on the district staff.

During his time he has helped train both youth and adults in becoming better umpires. He works extremely hard each year to ensure training and education goes as smoothly as possible and has always been ready to jump on the field when needed.

Charles is known for never complaining and always stepping up and doing what is needed, both on and off the field at multiple sites. He goes the extra mile to make sure the job gets done and will stay until it’s completed even if he has to get up early the next day. Furthermore, he always stood up for the best and fulfils all the duties and qualifications a Little League umpire should have.

2015 World Series Umpires Announced

Congrats to the following individuals for being selected to represent the Southeastern Region as an umpire for one of the following World Series tournaments in 2015. 

Little League Baseball  Intermediate (50/70) Baseball  Junior League Baseball 
Guy Vilt - FL 26  Andy Pagan - FL 23  Dan Lawrence - FL 22 
Bill McKinney - VA 10  Brian K. Murphy VA-06  Craig Dewey - VA 7 
James S. Lenas - FL 5     
Senior League Baseball  Big League Baseball  Little League Softball 
Wayne J. Kardel - FL 9  Lowell Brummett - VA 5  Rick Sanzone – FL 9 
Dan Collins - FL 20  Michael L. Duty – VA 11  Jimmie Harrell – FL 20 
Junior League Softball  Senior League Softball  Big League Softball 
Vinnie Piscitello – FL 5  David Crawford – FL 14 John Siegel – FL 15
Carroll Mumpower – TN 5 Michael Goins – VA 11  Louis Nickerson – FL 17 

2015 Region Tournament Umpires Announced

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected to umpire in the respective Southeastern Region Tournaments in 2015.

Little League Softball  Junior League Softball  Senior League Softball  Big League Softball 
Warner Robins, GA  Ft. Myers, FL  Ft. Myers, FL  Ft. Myers, FL 
Mick Davis - FL 6  Robert Anderson - FL 4  Sharon A. Adams - FL 1  Steven Elliot - FL 4 
Clint Cooper - FL 11  Keith Brady - FL 5  James Tucker - FL 4  Steve Walsh - FL 6 
Robert Weiner - FL 22  Jim Thompson - FL 6  Martin Stewart - FL 6  Joe Clark - FL 17 
Donnie Caudill - GA 8  Jeffery Miller - FL 17  Ed Sherer - FL 11  Mark Lucas - FL 20 
Clayton Rose - TN 9  Stan Ball - FL 18  Anthony McGhee - FL 17  Stephen Dye - TN 5 
John Cheesbrew - VA 15  Tommy Owens - VA 5 Brandon Vetten - FL 18  Ron Shultz - FL 4 
Ken Moon - WV 1  William Leath - FL 6  Danny Williams - TN 5   
Andrew Bowen - WV 1  Kris Ratliff - VA 1  L. Guy Bowen - TN 9   


Little League Baseball  Intermediate (50/70) Baseball  Junior League Baseball 
Warner Robins, GA  Apopka, FL  Greenville, SC 
Alan Berson - FL 17  Jack Lynch - FL 1  David Kelsey - FL 6
David Noegel - FL 24  David Byars - FL 4  Dave Head - FL 2
Bill Vikara - GA 2  Christine Webb - FL 4  Mike McCullough - FL 5
Brett Groller - SC 3  Tom Masterson - FL 11  Michael Ochs - VA 4 
Gary York - GA 7  Ray Vos - FL 17  Mike Phinazee - FL 20 
Marty Henry - TN 6  Ray Campbell - FL 18  Joe Driver - TN 9 
Malik Wilson - VA 6  Christopher Mixon - GA 5  Michael E. Grant - VA 14 
Mike Baisden - WV 2  James Perras - TN 9  Jason Smalley - TN 5 
Senior League Baseball  Big League Baseball   
Safety Harbor, FL  Ft. Lauderdale, FL   
Terry Cordle - FL 3  Larry Jones - FL 2   
John Gleason - FL 11  Jonathan Hagen - FL 6   
Tom Green - FL 17  Bob Veleta, Jr. - FL 11   
Joe Cyganiak - FL 18  Fredeick Moore - FL 12   
Leon G. Vetsch - FL 22  Dan Willis - FL 18   
Ron Brainard - GA 5  David Furst - FL 25   
Michael Giocoechea - FL 6     
Gary Benton - FL 2     

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.


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. 

Subscribe to this site