Little League West Region: Umpires

Wednesday, January 27
Rules I Clinic Recap

Hello All!

For those of you who participated in the Rules I weekend I want to thank you for being open minded. My desire will always be to push the envelope as we continue to take this Region to newer and greater levels. I have always asked for your candor on the evaluations and I thank you for all of your comments.

While most students acknowledged the benefits of an integrated approach to understanding how the rules would be applied in situations, the majority opinion was that a more traditional approach was what the students expected and desired. The PowerPoint training method used the last several years was more appropriate for brushing up on the material, preparing for the upcoming year and better utilized by new umpires as well as league officials.

Listening and hearing all of your input, we will be revising the Rule II weekend as follows:

A. The PowerPoint material will be updated and utilized as the foundation on Saturday;

B. The scenarios will be simplified and reduced to no more than two and presented Sunday We will continue to evaluate our presentations regularly and implement changes based on the comments provided by the students.

We thank you for your patience, your honesty and your understanding as we continue to strive for perfection.

Thank you,

Mark Bernstein Western Region UIC

Thursday, April 30
2015 Little League Softball Regional & World Series Umpires

Thursday, April 30
2015 Little League Baseball Regional & World Series Umpires

Thursday, January 22
Letter From Chief Umpire Mark Bernstein

As the Umpire Coordinator of the Western Region for Little League Baseball and Softball I am humbled by the responsibility and look forward to working with each and every one of you. It is only with the support and participation of all Little League volunteers that we can reach our ultimate goal. It is our responsibility to utilize the Little League program to teach each youngster the positive life skills necessary to help them become better adults and hopefully the future leaders of our country and the world. It is a responsibility I take very seriously and look forward to partnering with each of you.

We are excited about continuing to improve both the instruction and the support of the Volunteer Umpire. A special thank you to the Western Region Little League Umpire Alumni Association (WRLLUAA) for the complete overhaul and improvement of the sound system at the Regional Training room. If you are eligible please become a member of the Association and/or make a contribution as they are doing yeoman’s work to support the Western Region volunteer umpire.

We will continue to support the Volunteer Umpires. We will be establishing a Western Region Rules Committee which will be the advocates for potential changes to the rules directed to Williamsport. It will also be couched with the responsibility of responding to rule questions within the Western Region and where appropriate communicate some of those discussions via the website for the benefit of all within the Western Region. Contact me and I will work with the Committee.

At some point we will be announcing a Regional/World Series Advocate. For those of you who have been selected as a Western Region or World Series Volunteer Umpire, we want you to have a go to point for any questions you may have relative to items as tangible as what to bring with you and as internal as what you can expect when you get there. It is our desire to continue to work hard to have both the Baseball and Softball Regional and World Series umpire prepared to represent the Western Region positively and help you excel when there.

We would like to expand everyone’s understanding of the commitment of the Volunteer Little League Umpire. As a community based organization, we want to promote the work and support all of you are providing to the community under your umpire banner. Are your League or District Umpires supporting an organization or cause in your community? Are they participating in Golf Tournaments, Walks or Runs, donating umpire equipment, etc.? If so we want to know. We would love to receive photographs of that involvement with a little blurb for the Regional website so we can broadcast to all, the involvement of the Volunteer Little League Umpire off the field.

Finally, as many of you have requested, we will be advocating for the return of the Junior Umpire School to the Western Region. Without any promise of outcome, please know that we in the West believe that the Junior Umpire program is an important aspect of the success we hope to attain and another opportunity to affect a young person in a positive way.

These are some of the areas we will be working on. We will continue to try new ideas, listen to your needs/desires and continue to partner with you. Thank you to all who have reached out to me and expressed your support. I look forward to work with each of you. I hope to see you all at a Western Region or Outreach Clinic. Please don’t hesitate to ever contact me or stop me to say hello.

Thank you


Mark Bernstein

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It is time to start submitting your applications for the World Series and Western Regional Tournaments. In order to provide consistancy and clarity with this years applications, the following recommended process must be followed.  
1. Tournament Applications may be and downloaded  by clicking hereAll Tournament Applications must be returned to Regional Headquarters by November 1, 2014.
2. Only one applicant for each level of tournament may be submitted.
3. Each applicant must be on a seperate form.
4. The form must be completely filled out and signed by the District Administrator.
5. The volunteer application attached to the Volunteer Form must be filled out completly and signed for each candidate. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required and must be on the Volunteer Form along with a copy of your drivers license or state issued identification card do not use the returning volunteer form to apply for tournaments.
Note: Any forms not filled out completly will be returned to the District Administrator. Forms recieved after November 1, 2014 will not be considered.
Any candidate who has previously umpired a World Series or Regional Tournament at any level should not be submitted again for the same level. 

Kutno LL Field
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Effective immediately, a new process has been established, for all qualified umpires in the Little League Program, to apply to umpire in the EMEA Tournaments in Kutno Poland and other European sites.
Beata Kaszuba, EMEA Director for the European Region recently stated, “My goal is to get as many new umpires for the EMEA Regional Tournaments.
We do not have enough European umpires to work our Regional Tournaments and we always rely on umpires that come from the United States. By working with our European umpires, they contribute to EMEA more than just umpiring games; they become instructors to our less experienced local umpires, which, at the end, improves our program”.
This is a great opportunity for all umpires to work an upper level tournament and at the same time improve the program by helping less qualified umpires while being abroad.
Below is the application process and requirements:
1.  Download and fill out the EMEA Regional Application form...Click here2.  The District Administrator must approve and sign the form.
3.  Fill out a Volunteer Application Form. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required and must be on the form along with a copy of your drivers license or state issued identification card.
download here.
4.  Forward both forms to the Regional Director for consideration.
5.  The Regional Director will review all applications and make appropriate recommendations.
6.  Background checks will be conducted on selected applicants.
7.  Recommendations will be forwarded to Little League Baseball Inc.
8.  Little League Baseball Inc. will forward all applications to the European Regional Director.
9.  The European Director will inform all Applicants, Little League Headquarters, and Regional Directors the status of each umpire, if selected or not, and notify them which tournament they will be participating in.
Note: Only volunteer umpires who have not been paid for any level of baseball or softball during regular season or tournament are eligible to apply.
All applicants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the tournaments. Umpires could receive per diem and housing at some of the European Tournament Sites.
Being recommend and approved for any European Tournament does not qualify that person for any World Series Tournaments.
If the applicant does not send all the proper documentation to the Regional Center, all paperwork will be returned to the applicant.
Forms are due at Western Regional Headquarters by November 1, 2014 for the year submitted. Any forms received after November 1, will not be considered.
Any questions on this procedure may be directed to the Regional Office 909-887-6444.

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Various forms and publications are available to Little League Umpires from the Little League International website.

To view and download administrative forms click here. For tournament resource forms click here.

Umpire Registry Patch
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The Little League Umpire Registry offers Little League umpires a smart way to stay on top of their game. The registration is now available online and umpires can sign up in minutes and start enjoying the benefits.

By joining the Umpire Registry, umpires immediately become part of a unique information network charged with enhancing umpire services for Little League players everywhere.

To find out more about the Umpire Registry and sign-up to become a member, click here.

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