Charles "Skip" Waterstreet





Elected : USSSA New York Hall Of Fame in 2004
Inducted : April 2005, Syracuse, NY.

Charles 'Skip' Waterstreet has been involved with sports for most of his adult life. He has been involved as an official, coach, player and administrator in many different sports. Skips first officiating experience occurred at the YMCA during his high school years, where he was a referee in the basketball program. During the summer, he joined the Amsterdam (New York) City Recreation Department as a scorekeeper for youth baseball programs. Here he encountered his first opportunity to umpire.

Years later, after some time as a player and manager of several teams, he joined Rochester's Metropolitan Umpires Association (MUA), which was the first USSSA umpire group. During Skip's years with MUA, he served terms as Secretary, Assignor and President.

Skip took a few years off from umpiring, but still stayed active coaching his wife and daughter in several softball leagues. Still having the craving to umpire, Skip joined the Sports Officials of the Rochester Area (SORA) when this organization formed in 1990. Skip served terms as Secretary, Assignor and At-Large Board member. Skip was a leader in transforming the new organization to the largest officials group in Rochester. While secretary, he rewrote the groups' constitution and created the league rules matrix. The league rules matrix has become an import part of the training process and is used by all the umpires so that they understand the differences in rules used by the multiple leagues serviced by SORA.

For several years he traveled to tournaments in Georgia, Maryland and Florida, as well as within New York State. In 2002, Skip umpired the divisional tournament in Glen Burnie, Maryland and in 2003; Skip worked the World Tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida.