Northville, MI (sw suburb of Detroit)
I started umpiring in 1991 for the junior baseball program in Northville, ..I just always wanted to do it. I got hooked up with the UIC, and I was off and running. I umpired 11 year olds to 18 year olds, for 5 years.
I did most of my games with my UIC, but when he moved away, I joined an association and got hooked up with different people every game that I didn't know, and didn't like the way they worked. I put it all aside, as it wasn't as much fun, and 'job' and 'life' were starting to get in the way.
Fast Forwrad to 2010. 2010 was my first season since 1995.
Still working for the association for Northville (NBSA) and again doing 11 to 18 year old travel ball, mostly OBR settings. My first year back was interesting, and brought the passion back I once felt.
2012: I've joined an additional association locally (NFWB), and also am now a registered official of MHSAA! I'm also now doing tournaments for a tourney company out of Indiana called Pastime, higher level travel u15-18.
2013: Same as 2012 with the addition of my first real clinic SEMUC Feb 16/17. And 2013 will be the second season of doing Pastime Baseball Tournament in SE Michigan.
4/9/13: Varsity Game #1
2014: Same as 2013, ... also, year 3 of MHSAA baseball.
2015: No more NFWB, 3rd year at SEMUC, and 4th of MHSAA - First post season assignment -District tournament
2016: No more NBSA, 4th year at SEMUC and 5th of MHSAA - Second post season assignment: Crew Cheif-District. Pastime Tournament games diminishing
2017: Same as 2016, 5th year at SEMUC and 6th of MHSAA - Third post season assignment, 2nd Crew Chief-District. First MHSAA post season assignment: Quarterfinals/plate (game returned due to death in the family) No more Pastime Tournament games
2018: Same as 2017, this year I went to Bruce Doane Jr Umpire Camp instead. 7th year of MHSAA - Fourth post season assignment, 3rd Crew Chief-District. Second MHSAA post season assignments: Quarterfinal/plate, and Semi/Finals! (What an honor and experience!) You receive 3 games when elected to the semis and finals. Photo from my (1st game): Division 2 Semi-Final 6/14/18 (a 10 inning barn-burner!)
2019: 8th year MHSAA - Fifth post season assignment, 4th Crew Chief- District. MHSAA post season assignments TBD.
I'm an equipment hound, (who isn't) and love Umpire-Empire. Feel free to contact me anytime!