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Brent McLaren

Brent McLaren is a teacher of mathematics and works as a data manager and programmer for the Centre for Geograhic Information Systems. He has been writing articles on umpiring for over a decade.

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Place of Birth

Cornwall, Ontario


Shelley (nee: McAlear) grew up only blocks from Brent in Cornwall, Ontario yet because they were on opposite sides of the school zones they never met till Kingston in 1975. They married in 1980 and have two children, a daughter born in 1982 and a son born in 1985. Shelley teaches high school and is recognized across Eastern Ontario for her abilities as a vocal coach and also her beautiful soprano singing voice.


Bachelor of Arts, York University (1975), Bachelor of Music, Queens University (1977), Bachelor of Education, Queens University (1978), Master of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane School of Music (1982) In addition he did additional studies in computer programming at Carleton University (1984/85).

Officiating Experience

After too many years as a terrible catcher (and a terrible umpire) he decided to remain behind the plate and focus seriously on umpiring in 1990. He umpires for several leagues across Eastern Ontario from the local youth baseball, to upper level Fastpitch, American Legion Baseball, and Canadian College and University baseball. He has been writing for over a decade.

Officiating Highlight

Brent has umpired at numerous provincial and national championships in both softball and baseball and is a founding member of the Eastern Ontario Umpires Association. 4 Nationals (3 baseball and 1 softball).


Computers and www coding, as well as acting.


There is no time limit on proper umpiring. See the entire play, make one call, make the signals. The players and the fans will wait.

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