Photo and caption By Gary Johnston
This photo was taken during the Wanderoos (Wisc.) Men’s Fastpitch Tournament with the umpires wearing some creatively designed uniforms.
From left to right: Jeremy England (Softball New Zealand), Jesse Delorit (yes, that Jesse Delorit, making his umpiring debut – did a fine job too), Steve Vail, Gary Johnston, Rob Durand.
The uniforms were well received by the players and fans but didn’t really work because they knew where we were at all times.
The logo on the shirt is an umpire mask with ‘Wanderoos World Tourney’ above and below. Shirts were sent back with Jeremy for his fellow New Zealand umpires who have worked the tournament in the past.
This years’ tournament was a bit different as we had a couple less teams. The resulting format was a round robin with single elimination playdowns on Sunday instead of the straight double elimination tourney that it normally is.
For the first time I can ever remember, the games stayed pretty much on time all weekend and we avoided going into the wee hours on Saturday night. Unfortunately, less stories created.