Umpires announced for X Junior Mens World Championship

By Steven Embree | Feb. 26, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Fourteen umpires from ten countries will partake in the X International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Men’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada later this year the ISF announced recently. The list includes three umpires from the United States based on their performances umpires with the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.

Umpires selected from the United States are Casey Waite (Boise, Idaho), David Hardage (San Diego, Calif.) and Larry Tait (Holly, Mich.).  Waite has been an ASA umpire for over 15 years, is a member of the National Indicator Fraternity, is an Elite Umpire and has silver status in the ASA Umpire Medal Program.  Hardage is also an Elite Umpire.  Tate has been a member of the National Indicator Fraternity since 1998 , has gold status in the ASA Umpire Medal Program and is an Elite Umpire.

“It’s a real honor to represent the ASA and USA at the Junior Men’s World Championship,” said Waite. “This has been a long road in preparing and working hard, and to see my goal of being able to work on the world stage has been fulfilled.”

ISF X Junior Men’s World Championship Umpires

Jason Carter (Australia)

Abel Metaboge (Botswana)

Terry Richter (Canada)

Daryl Helmer (Canada)

Scott Maclaren (Canada)

Valdimir Liss (Czech Republic)

Thomas Lohnert (Germany)

Motoichi Ueda (Japan)

Bob Gieskins (Netherlands)

Gavin Shepherd (New Zealand)

Casey Waite (USA)

David Hardage (USA)

Larry Tait (USA)

Manuel Tovar (Venezuela)

“I’m both humbled and grateful to be selected for the Junior Men’s World Championship,” said Hardage. “I will do my very best to represent the ASA, the ISF and USA Softball to the best of my abilities.”

The ISF Junior Men’s World Championship will take place July 11-20, 2014 at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse and include teams from 12 countries.

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected to work such a prestigious tournament,” said Tait. “I thank all of the umpires that have gone before, establishing the great training programs that we have available to us today that give us these opportunities.”

The USA Softball Junior Men’s Fast Pitch National Team will look to improve on a fifth place finish from the last ISF World Championship in 2012.  The 17-player roster, plus alternates, that will compete in Whitehorse was announced earlier this year. Click here to view the USA Softball Junior Men’s roster.