He was selected after going through a lengthy and stringent selection process. The process for selection to work a World Series includes the umpire being nominated by a district administrator to the regional office. The regional office, along with the region’s umpire-in-chief, considers all umpires nominated before selecting those who most closely meet the criteria for selection.
To be considered for selection, an umpire must have previously worked a recent regional in the same Little League division as the World Series for which they are being considered.
In 2004, Rohr was an umpire at the Senior Softball World Series in Roxana, Del. He has been a District 29 volunteer umpire for 20 years and during those years he has been to several state tournaments and four regional tournaments.
Additionally, Rohr was an umpire for the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) Chapter of San Antonio for seven years and did some part-time umpiring for the Lone Star Conference for college schools.
Rohr said he and fellow umpire Gregg Likens are in dire need of volunteer umpires. “We both got into umpiring because the local league asked for help over 20 years ago. I was one of the guys in the stands that did nothing but complain about the calls, so when I was asked to take a class and umpire games, I figured it was time for me to step up and help or keep quiet. I’ve enjoyed umpiring ever since.”
Each year, thousands of umpires officiate games, with most not receiving any pay. Umpires who are selected to work a World Series are not reimbursed for their travel expenses.