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West Coast League moves to three man umpiring crews for 2013 season

03/06/2013 1:45 PM

            The board of governors of the West Coast League voted last week to move from 2-man to 3-man umpiring crews for the 2013 season.  This change was made to improve officiating as well as further develop umpires throughout the region.


            WCL umpires work games in DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and JC throughout the spring.  The majority of WCL umpires have experience in DI and DII.  “We believe going to 3-man crews will help us develop umpires and keep higher caliber umpires working in the WCL,” said WCL Supervisor of Umpires Tom Hiler.

            This change is also a result of higher caliber players joining the WCL, requiring an added official and better umpire positioning to rule on plays.  “We are excited at the prospects of improving our umpiring with the third umpire and of helping the West Coast League become the most professionally run league in the country,” said Hiler.

            The West Coast League enters season nine this summer and joins the Cape Cod League featuring three umpires at every regular season game.

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

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