|Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 24):|
Are you going to be behind the plate, or out in the bases, or is that something you don't know until the day of or close to?
|Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 25):|
Don't you guys rotate positions like one game you'll be behind home plate and the next game, you'll be first base ump and so on? Is that how it works?
Well, at this level it will be very different from the regular season.
There will be 8 umpires, all from differerent locations. As far as I know, I am the only umpire from Oregon at this tournament. Anyway. Each game will have four umpires. Plate, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. We will be assigned all of our games the day before the tournament begins, and we will rotate clockwise.
So, for example. Let's say I am assigned the plate for the first game:
I will work the Plate for the first game of the day, then rotate to 3rd for the 2nd game of the night. Then, the next day I will start at 2nd, and then move to 1st base for the last game of the night. By day 3, I will be back behind the dish. We will keep this rotation until bracket play begins.
I assume the tournament format will be the same as it has been in the past. Pool play, and then the top two teams from each pool advance tot he semi-final games. I don't know many details yet. My District Administrator, who I know, is still working them out. There is a meeting tonight to actually start to finalize the details. It's only February 28th, I know
If a tournament of this scale is done correctly, the planning begins a year in advance, which is what my district did. Last year, this same tournament was hosted in Oregon. It was hosted technically by District 4 up in Beaverton. However, they were also hosting the Jr. Regional, as well as the anual 11-12 Softball World Series televised on ESPN every year. They were a little thin on resources, so D7
had to step in and cover for them. So, technically, this will make two years in a row my district is "hosting" the tournament. So, for me this means two things:
Less travel. If this tournament were being hosted in another state, or far away....I would be responsible for all my travel to and from the site. This way, I only have a 25 minute commute to and from my home. Now, I'm being told by my DA that they may still put me up in a hotel in Salem. I dunno. The nice thing about being a volunteer umpire is that when you are selected for a Regional or World Series...you are treated like royalty. I'll be purchasing shirts and hats with my assocation logo on them to trade with other umpires at the tournament. You'd be amazed how big pins and hats and shirts are at a Little League event. And when the Hawaiians get there....look out.
In 2001 when they still used a divisional tournament for the Juniors, we hosted it in Salem. I was honored enough to be asked to umpire at that tournament as well, and when they got there it was amazing. Some parents that flew in the morning of the pre-tournament BBQ brought fresh pineapples picked that day before they flew in...To this day the best pineapple I'd had since we went to Hawaii in 1996. At the Senior Regional last year in Beaverton, they brought amazing gifts for the other teams and umpires. It was just so cool to see how well they treated people they didn't even know.
Anyway. To say the least, this tournament is going to be a lot of fun. I'll get to meet a lot of really cool people, and trade for some cool gifts.