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Body cameras go up to bat: Clark County umpires wear bodycams to curb bad behavior

Washington group got the idea from an English adult soccer league

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 14, 2024, 6:08am
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Umpire John Telyea, second from left, talks with Camas JV coach Liam Fitzpatrick, left, Skyview JV coach Trevor Mueller, second from right, and umpire Fritz Porter on April 23 at Camas High School. Telyea is one of a handful of baseball and softball high school umpires in Clark County wearing body cameras as part of a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association pilot program.
Umpire John Telyea, second from left, talks with Camas JV coach Liam Fitzpatrick, left, Skyview JV coach Trevor Mueller, second from right, and umpire Fritz Porter on April 23 at Camas High School. Telyea is one of a handful of baseball and softball high school umpires in Clark County wearing body cameras as part of a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association pilot program. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

John Telyea began umpiring baseball games at age 12 to stay involved in a sport he loved but didn’t play well himself.

Now 38, the Camas resident is in his 27th year as a youth sports official. Over that time, he has seen behavior decline among athletes, coaches and fans, he said.

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