Brewer picked for Big League World Series

Published 8:55 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The 12 umpires who will be working Little League’s 44th Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C., have been selected after going through a lengthy and stringent selection process.

Dowagiac’s Larry Brewer is one of those 12 umpires.

Appointment as a member of the umpiring crew for the World Series is the highest honor Little League Baseball and Softball can bestow on an umpire.

The process for selection to work a World Series includes the umpire being 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 they are being considered for. Regional tournament experience at a division different than the World Series level requested is also considered when making the selection.

An umpire is eligible to be selected for a World Series assignment once 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 their selection is considered among the best in the world.

Each year, thousands of umpires officiate games on a volunteer basis, not receiving any monetary compensation.  Umpires who are selected to work a World Series are not reimbursed for their travel expenses, but their lodging is paid for by Little League.

The Big League Baseball World Series will be played July 27-Aug. 3.  The Big League Baseball World Series features players 16-18 years old.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.