Umpires selected for Junior League World Series in Taylor

The umpire crew for the 2011 Junior League World Series has been announced by Little League International.

The 31st annual World Series for the world’s best teams of 13- and 14-year-old ballplayers is scheduled for August 14-20 at Taylor’s Heritage Park.

The 15-member crew includes three long-time World Series umpires and 13 who will be appearing in Taylor for the first time. Thirteen are from the United States and two are from international regions. A third international umpire was selected for the World Series but was unable to make the trip from Venezuela to Taylor.

Returning are Director of Umpires George Glick, who will make the trip from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Taylor for the 30th year; Assistant Umpire in Chief Orland King, known as the “legend of Taylor”; and his son, USA Central region representative Greg King.

The other umpires include Charles Baker of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Arlin Bedell of Salem, Oregon; Larry Friedman of Coral Springs, Florida; Steve Hilgendorf of West Allis, Wisconsin; Alton Hitchcock of Fountain Valley, California; and Marcin Mankowski of Kutno, Poland.

Others are Joseph Markham of Baytown, Texas; Carl Pelletier of Bristol, Connecticut; Anthony Russo of Jefferson, Maryland; Steven Wagner of Demotte, Indiana; Brian Whitnack of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada; and Roger Woolf of Uvalde, Texas.

Umpires selected to work a World Series go through a lengthy and stringent process. Appointment as a member of the crew is the highest honor Little League Baseball can bestow on an umpire.

The umpire must be nominated by a district administrator to the regional office. The regional office, along with the region’s umpire-in-chief, considers all umpires nominated before selecting those who most closely meet the criteria for selection.

To be considered for selection, an umpire must have previously worked a recent regional in the same Little League division as the World Series for which he or she is being considered. Regional tournament experience at a division other than the World Series level requested is also considered.

An umpire is eligible to be selected for a World Series assignment every four years.

Selection as an umpire at any of Little League’s eight World Series means that person has reached the highest level of proficiency and by virtue of selection is considered among the best in the world.

The 16 umpires selected for the weeklong international event volunteer their time, not receiving any monetary compensation. Umpires who are selected to work a World Series are not reimbursed for their travel expenses, although their lodging is paid for by Little League.

Meet the Umpires: In the front row are George Glick (left), Charles Baker, Roger Woolf, Steven Wagner, Duane Bedell,
Anthony Russo and Greg King. In the second row are Orland King (left), Al Hitchcock, Marcin Mankowski, Brian Whitnack,
Steve Hilgendorf, Joe Markham, Larry Friedman and Carl Pelletier.