Mar. 10, 2020

Eleventh Edition, March 2020

Message from the National Umpire Coordinator

Welcome to the Eleventh Edition of the Little League Canada Umpire Newsletter.

It's that time of year! Baseball season is fast approaching, spring training has started in the big leagues andumpire training is well underway across the country,either in the planning stages or already in full swing.

In this edition we are pleased profile two of the six umpires that are attending Little League World Series, in this upcoming season.Additionally, we are pleased to announce major enhancements to the Umpire section of the Little League Canada website.Special thanks to Tyler Charbonneau for his support and help with these updates.

Finally,please remember that our grassroots content for 2020 is now available by emailing me at I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the LLC Canadian Conference in Canmore, Alberta later this month!

As always your feedback on suggested content or questions are always welcome, via email at We also hope that you to forward this newsletter to those in your Little League Umpire network and encourage them to subscribe!

Yours in Officiating!

Brad Johnston
National Umpire Coordinator




Looking forward to seeing you in Canmore, Alberta!


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The umpire section of the Little League Canada website has been updated to include a number of resources such as:

  • LL Canada Umpire Uniform Standard
  • LL Canada Umpire Code of Conduct
  • LL Umpire expression of interest form for LL Canada Region Tournaments

As well as other resources that serve to create a consistency in our umpire program. Finally it is the place to get the latest few issues of the newsletter in case you missed something!Check it out here!




Little League® Canada's 2020 teaching for tomorrow grassroots umpire program is now available please click here.








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”.


Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Home League:Calgary
Home District and Province:Alberta

This is Adrian’s first Little League World Series experience in his 15-year umpiring career. Adrian worked the Junior Little League softball championships in 2018, and softball Canada Nationals from 2012-2019, ranging from U14 girls, to U23 men.

Adrian and his brother grew up around the ball diamond, as his parents were both officials in various sports. He umpired his first Men’s Fastpitch game at 16 and has never looked back. In addition to umpiring, Adrian is a referee for basketball and hockey. He’s currently working on his Level 5 certification from Softball Canada, and one day, hopes to work a World Championship.

Starting his career in Ontario, he learned from Alsie Jack and Chris Lamar. Then in New Brunswick, he learned from many great umpires including Matt Whipple. He currently lives in Alberta and is grateful for the support of many great mentors to continue to learn and improve his skills.

If Adrian was to give himself advice in the first game he ever worked based on the knowledge that he has today, it would be this: “Calm down. This is the first step into a wider world with some of the best people you’ll ever get to meet”.

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