New Little League Southeast assistant director ready to play ball

awoolen@macon.comJuly 24, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Baseball is in Matt Weber’s blood.

He started playing when he was 6 years old and his father was the league president in Huntington, W.Va.

Now he is fulfilling one of his life goals by working in youth athletics as the assistant director at the Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters.

Weber’s father, Phil Weber, became a district administrator when Matt was 12 and held the position for 13 years.

“I’ve always been around it,” Weber said.

In 2009, the Little League Baseball and Softball Southeast Regional Tournaments were held in West Virginia, and Matt Weber met Jen Colvin, the regional director, along with a few other Little League International officials.

“I worked beside her for two-and-a-half weeks,” he said.

When a position in Warner Robins came available, Weber was working at Marshall University as a graduate assistant for the sports information department. Weber, now 28, has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management from Marshall.

He started at the Southeastern Region Headquarters on Feb. 11.

“It’s a little different than I thought but in a good way,” Weber said.

Working at the headquarters, he deals with coaches, parents and players, but most of his job duties have come with what he calls charter cases.

Those are cases that are outside of the rules and need to be approved by the region, such as a child playing who is outside of the boundaries of the particular local Little League. Since October, he has handled 800 of those types of issues.

Weber also has made improvements to technology.

He is using Google Drive to help coaches fill out forms online instead of by hand.

Rosters and team photos are just two of the items required for the regional tournaments.

“By allowing them online, we can get them back quicker,” Weber said.

Right now, the focus is on the regional tournament and getting all the information from the teams.

During the tournament, Weber has planned out the duties of press box staff to the point of having an 84-page script for the announcers during pool play.

Although he’d like to see the huge crowds that a local team like Warner Robins American Little League would bring to the tournaments, he said, “I’m just looking forward to the games.”

During the next few weeks, he will get his fill of those and will coordinate with ESPN’s arrival during the semifinal and championship games of the baseball tournament.

“This is always where I wanted to be,” Weber said.

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