by Daniel Freeman
He does it for the kids.
"I just enjoy it (umpiring). I like getting out there and giving back to the community and helping the kids out. (Also) providing (the league) with umpires," said Yale.
He has been umpiring for about 20 years. Yale got into umpiring because his kids played little league. He remembers watching the games and said he wanted to improve the way games were called.
"The only way to make things better was to get involved as a volunteer and I have been involved ever since," said Yale.
Now Rising Sun Little League Umpire Vince Yale has been selected for a great assignment.
Yale will work the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon.
"I'm excited and a little nervous," said Yale. Yale has worked two Eastern Region tournaments in recent years. He umpired the Senior Softball tournament in 2010 and was assigned to Little League Softball in 2014. He also has worked the Eastern Region tournament that was in Europe in 2015 and a Senior Softball World Series in 2012 in Delaware.
Umpires are recommended for future assignments if they receive an outstanding assessment. Before that, local umpires must be recommended by Joe Smith, the District Five's chief umpire, and district administrator Martin Thompson.
The only Maryland umpire selected to call a Little League World Series this season, Yale will be paying most of his way but also Rising Sun Little League has donated some funds for his trip. The Senior Softball Series begins August 9 and ends August 16.
"It was unexpected (to receive funds from RSLL). They called me into a meeting and honored me with a gift for being Rising Sun District Five umpire going to an upper level tournament. That meant a lot to me, I was not expecting that," said Yale.