Little League Southeastern Region: News: Eddie Smith Appointed to Region Volunteer Umpire Staff
Little League Southeastern Region is excited to announce that Eddie Smith of Winter Garden, FL is joining the Southeastern Region Volunteer Umpire Staff. Eddie's appointment comes after longtime staff member Craig Dewey retired from the staff after this past October's Umpire School. Get to know Eddie below.
Eddie, what is your current location?
"Winter Garden, FL"
What is your hometown?
“Winter Garden, FL”
What local Little League and/or district to you call home?
“Winter Garden Little League and Florida District 14”
Have you umpired regional and/or World Series tournaments? If so, what division and when?
“I have had the honor of umpiring in the 2004 Big League Softball Eastern Region Tournament, 2005 Little League Baseball Eastern Region Tournament, 2006 Little League Softball Eastern Region Tournament, 2012 Junior League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament, 2014 Senior League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament and the 2016 Senior League Baseball Southeastern Region Tournament.”
"I have (also) umpired the 2008 Big League Softball and the 2017 Junior League Softball World Series (Tournaments)."
When and why did you first get started umpiring in Little League?
“I got started umpiring in 1996. I was at my son’s Minor League game and the umpire that was scheduled did not show up. The coaches asked for a volunteer, so I helped out. ”
What are some of your most rewarding experiences while involved in Little League?
“Watching a child for the first time make a catch or hit a ball they thought they could not do. The smile they make is priceless. Meeting new people from all walks of life and all over the world. The memories and friendships you create, will last a life time.”
What do you enjoy most about instructing and training umpires?
“Seeing your fellow umpires make it to the next level that they are trying to achieve. Someone thanking you for your input in making them a better umpire.”
Why are you a Little League volunteer?
“It is my way of giving back to the communities, meeting new people and helping kids succeed on the ball field and gain confidence.”