Lyle Rader has been a registered softball umpire for 44 years and currently serves on the state umpire staff as the Deputy UIC for Southeastern North Dakota. While he umpires both slow pitch and fast pitch, his first love remains fast pitch which be started working in Minot. He has umpired in 24 National Tournaments and also umpired in approximately 50 state tournaments. He also serves as the Umpire in Chief for the Wahpeton Softball League and has been in that capacity for 20 years. He has obtained the Elite level of umpiring excellence and is regarded as the expert in fast pitch softball mechanics and rules knowledge. He has attended a number of National Umpire Clinics and is a member of the McQuade Tournament Hall of Fame. His mechanics have been described as “textbook” and his knowledge of the rules is second to none. He has also mentored a number of young umpires and continues to conduct Rules Clinics both locally and around the state.