Author Joe Nardini’s new book “Youth League Umpire: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Games Our Children Play” is a resource for improving the youth sports experience.

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Recent release “Youth League Umpire: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Games Our Children Play” from Page Publishing author Joe Nardini is a must-read for parents, coaches, and officials involved in youth sports. Ump Joe’s perspective, reflecting nearly a half century of working youth league games in baseball and football, makes his book a timely resource for anyone wanting to improve the industry on behalf of those who matter most- the children who play.

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Joe Nardini, a veteran baseball umpire and football official, educator, rehabilitation administrator, juvenile justice reformer, and labor union representative who lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Pat, has completed his new book “Youth League Umpire: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Games Our Children Play,” an invaluable read for anyone involved with young people who play sports.

Nardini shares, “Youth travel baseball represents one of the few remaining recession-proof industries in America. The promise of scholarship offers and professional contracts, though fleeting and infrequent, fuel the phenomenon. It has spawned the rise of travel team competitions and venues in youth sports everywhere. At no time in the recorded history of youth sports has the importance of teaching and learning formed such an important component to youth development. After their playing days end, our children carry forward the life lessons they learn in youth sports. As the adults giving way to future generations, we must capitalize on the opportunities afforded to us to provide for the practical, wholesome development of our youth. Youth League Umpire sheds important light on the backdrop of that development process. From the lifelong perspective of a youth sports official, Ump Joe provides valuable insight from which the young and old may all benefit. His work and his perspective will make his book a timely and much-read resource for those who want to improve the youth sports industry on behalf of the people who matter most, our children who play the games.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Joe Nardini’s must-read perspective attempts to counteract the too-frequent failure of the adults involved in youth sports to teach kids properly and ensure positive experiences for the kids on the field.

He continues, “This book reflects on nearly a half century of working youth league games in baseball and football. I became a certified Babe Ruth League National Umpire in 1974 and a state-certified baseball umpire and football official two years later. I served as a football official for twenty-one years, ending that escapade in 2007. As of this writing, I still retain my Babe Ruth League certification and work a variety of local and regional tournaments, forty-four years and counting. I often say to anyone who will listen that I will continue to umpire until someone has to wheel me off the field. I wanted to write this book to share my observations and beliefs about the nature of sports officiating, at all levels ranging from pee-wee and T-Ball all the way up to college Division 1, with the intention of impressing on adults, who officiate, who coach, and who spectate at youth league games and tournaments, the importance of keeping the focus on youth development and teaching appropriate life lessons that translate into
the non-sports world.”

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase “Youth League Umpire: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Games Our Children Play” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

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