USAFL Umpires Association Announces IC2020 Scholarship Winners

The USAFL Umpire Association is pleased to announce the International Cup 2020 Scholarship Umpires: Ryan Minmier and Shawn Farber. They will be going to the Suncoast in Queensland, Australia to represent the USAFL and the USAFLUA in IC2020 from July 25 through the grand finals on August 8.

Ryan Minmier has been umpiring since 2016 and has worked diligently at his craft, achieving Field Level 2 accreditation at the 2019 USAFL Nationals. Minmier hails from New Orleans and currently lives in Houston, Texas. He played for Tulsa in 2015-17 and has played for Houston since 2018. He joined the USAFLUA Board as an At-Large member in October 2018 and has strengthened the Association as a member of several committees, including the Nationals Committee and the Uniform Committee that developed the current umpire uniform options.

“I am honored to be going to IC20 as a scholarship umpire. It is something that I have wanted to do since I first learned of the opportunity. It is going to be so exciting to take my whistle to Australia!”

Shawn Farber first umpired in 2016 and is currently working on his Field Level 2 accreditation.

Farber hails from Washington state and is currently in Oklahoma City. He played for Tulsa Buffaloes starting in 2015 but is now fully committed to umpiring. Shawn joined the USAFL UA Board as an At Large member in October 2017 and has also strengthened the Association as a member of several committees including, like Ryan, the Nationals Committee and the Uniform Committee that developed the current umpire uniform options.

“This is quite a surprise as I wasn’t sure I was ready yet. I am stoked and am looking forward to showing the selection committee that their faith in me is warranted. Look out, Sun Coast!”

The USAFL is the pioneer in umpire scholarships, having sent umpires to all seven tournaments since it began in 2002. The scholarships support most of the expenses associated with going to Australia for the three-week tournament. The Scholarship Selection Committee, led by Head Coach, Jeff Persson, includes Goal Coach Toby Persson, and President Jon Mills. The selection criteria includes more than just on-field performance (of course that is a requirement!); it also looks at criteria like participation in Regional tournaments and Umpire Clinics, commitment to umpiring such as service off the field (both Ryan and Shawn both have served on the Board), recruitment of new umpires, coaching and growing junior umpires, and also committing more than three weeks to the trip down under (it is a long trip, so that commitment can’t be overlooked).

Congratulations Ryan and Shawn and best wishes as they prepare for the 2020 USAFL season which now includes ‘the experience of a lifetime’ at IC2020!

If you wish to support Ryan, Shawn, and the team at the IC2020, you can send your tax-deductible donation via PayPal by clicking on the International Cup Donation Link here.

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