Hometown: Stoney Creek, ON
Home League:Stony Creek Optimist Little League
Home District and Province:District 1, Ontario
In his 19-year umpiring career, this is Rob’s first Little League World Series. He is honoured to attend the Junior Series this year! Rob has officiated since 2008, at the Canadian Championships,Little League, Intermediate Little League and Senior Little League tournaments.
Rob began umpiring when his Dad became president of the league. His Dad suggested that he try umpiring since they were going to be at the ball diamond so much. He tried it, and that was the beginning of his umpiring career. He is motivated every game to work with younger umpires to help them get better.
Today, Rob also coaches competitive 5-pin bowling. Under his guidance, many of his teams have competed at provincial championships and even earning a provincial title.
Some of his mentors include Mike Marasco, Hal Barton, Steve Meyer, Brad Johnston, John Doyle, Dave Brown, Wayne Kurtz,and many Williamsport Little League Umpire School teachers.
If Rob was to give himself advice in the first game he ever worked, based on the knowledge that he has today, it would be this:“Stay slow on calls. Be loud. Know you’re going to make mistakes so move past them if and when you make them”.