Knowing the rules isn’t the sole determinant as to whether an official will become top class. Knowledge of the rules is critical, but working hard and constantly striving to improve are the keys to becoming a top official. For Gavin Wells, the 13-year-old first-year umpire from Sherwood, he understands what is needed to become a top-class umpire and consistently demonstrates hard work and learning on the field each time he is on the field as an official. While playing 13U baseball with Sherwood/Parkdale, Wells started umpiring in 2020 and loved it. Wells constantly displayed hustle on the field, he worked hard to improve his knowledge of rules – which is essential but also comes with time and experience – but most importantly, Gavin constantly reached out to senior officials to get their feedback on certain situations and how to learn and grow. This demonstrates maturity and humbleness, which indicates Wells will become a leading umpire within a few years. When you see Gavin Wells on the field with his PEIBUA uniform, you will constantly see him smiling and he is a perfect recipient of the 2020 PEIBUA Heart and Hustle Award!