The Cal Ripken Baseball World Series is set to begin on August 6th in Florida with an Upper Valley man as one of the umpires.
Nathan Maxwell of Lyme was selected to be part of this year’s officiating crew handling the games in Florida. Eight teams from seven different regions around the US will be on hand to compete, with the championship games to be played August 11th and 12th.
Cal Ripken teams, for players under 12 years of age, compete in a division of Babe Ruth League, Inc. The town of Jensen Beach, Florida is hosting the first ever 8U machine pitch, 8U player pitch, as well as the 9U and 11U in ‘50/70’ games. With the 50/70, the pitcher’s mound is at 50 feet and the base paths are 70 feet, permitting runners to lead off the bag and allowing pitchers to attempt pick-off plays.
Maxwell, who serves as the Recreation Director for the Town of Thetford, is a veteran baseball umpire working Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, and high school baseball in Vermont. In addition to many years as a coach of various youth teams, he also officiates basketball in Vermont and New Hampshire at youth and high school levels.
Maxwell says that it is an honor to have been selected to work the games in Florida.
“I began umpiring ten years ago with a goal to make it to a World Series by the time I turned forty. To accomplish this is a real privilege. It’s all about working with the kids. The spirit of the youth is wonderful to see.”
Serving as a member of the Vermont State Cal Ripken Board of Directors, Maxwell is a District State Commissioner and Assistant Umpire-In-Chief.