WATCH: Scooter Morrison Has Been On the Call for 16 State Baseball Final Fours, Two State Football Championships
By Alan Zlotorzynski // May 13, 2018
began at age 15 when he was summoned out of the stands to help out during a little league game
ABOVE VIDEO: Scooter Morrison has officiated too many games to count but has been on the call for 16 state baseball Final Fours, two State High school football championships, he also referees basketball, and did high school wrestling for seven years.
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Having a heart and being a sports official aren’t two things that people associate together. But when asked what his favorites moments were behind the plate, on the gridiron or basketball court, Royce “Scooter” Morrison, replied, “The human moments.”
“I don’t remember one specific call or game but what I remember most are the human moments like the young little leaguer, who wasn’t a starter and had his grandfather and biggest supporter pass away the day before a championship game, and the young man still came to play and placed his grandfather’s empty lawn chair in his usual spot behind home plate.
The young man, who was inserted into the lineup as a starter at the last minute went 3-4 and caught the game’s final out.”
Scooter had to pause and hold back tears telling that story and several more stories like it as he highlighted a 28-year career as an official, a career that began at age 15 when he was summoned out of the stands to help out during a little league game that had no umpires.
He blew his first ever call, a slide at second base and he remembers thinking, it can only be uphill from here.
The oldest of three siblings, his mother, Virginia “Ginger” Morrison was the biggest influence and positive role model in his life, and he also credits his “best friends in life,” his sister Angie Larson and brother Wesley Morrison, as the rock to his foundation for success in life.
Scooter attended South Lake and Madison Middle School before moving to Titusville High School where he was a member of the band for four years.
Mentored by Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Larry Torchia, Morrison is one of the most accomplished officials anywhere in the state of Florida. Scooter has officiated too many games to count but has been on the call for 16 state baseball Final Fours, two State High school football championships, he also referees basketball, and did high school wrestling for seven years.
Scooter has also worked in the professional ranks as a fill-in umpire for over 100 minor league baseball games in the Florida State and Gulf Coast Leagues.
He worked the Washington Nationals Spring and extended spring training every year they were in Viera and has occasionally also worked spring training games for the Astros, Yankees, Braves and Indians.
SPORTS OFFICIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Scooter is also a successful entrepreneur and is the founder, co-owner and president of American Sports Officials, Inc., a company that has over 600 sports officials serving four states. While being an official for so many years has given Morrison a great deal of satisfaction, he considers this company to be his biggest accomplishment.
Morrison never does anything halfway, and when he rededicated his life to God in 2007, he decided that he needed to help others who wanted to do the same. Scooter became a Pastor and in March 2010, along with a few others, started Life Pointe Ministries in Titusville.
When asked about the downside of being an official he could only say marriages don’t survive because of the travel, but he was blessed to have a supportive wife that understands his passion. Scooter and his wife Dawn have been married since 2005 and are the proud parents of six-year-old son Jace and 17-year old daughter Bailey.
Scooter is not done behind the plate, on the gridiron or on the court, and when asked what he’d like to accomplish next he replied, “Do for someone else what Larry Torchia and a few others did for me, help a person realize their goals and passions of wanting to be an official.”
No matter how many games or many calls Scooter has made in life, all he wants, he says when it’s all over, “Is to be safe on his final play at home.”
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