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Swift Current Minor Baseball looking for umpires

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Baseball season is just around the corner and the board members of Swift Current Minor Baseball (SCMB) are busy planning for the upcoming busy season. 


They have participated in city-wide registration and are now focusing some of their planning to make sure they have enough umpires available to handle the number of teams playing this year.
SCMB will host a Level 1 umpire clinic on Saturday, April 18 and are looking for additional umpires to attend this clinic to become registered. The clinic will be taught by certified senior umpires from the Saskatchewan Baseball Association and will provide updates on rule revisions, teach participants proper positioning on the diamond, and assist with getting the umpires ready to do games at the local level.
The SCMB Board is supportive of growing the number of available umpires within the community.
“Without umpires, our minor ball players are not able to play the game they love,” said Louis Cherpin, SCMB president. “We are going to be covering the clinic registration fees for all Swift Current-based umpires who are planning to make themselves available for games and tournaments throughout the year.”
“Similar to other sporting activities, there always seems to be a need for additional bodies to serve as officials to ensure that there is enough supply to meet the demand,” says Bryce Martin, SCMB umpire co-ordinator. “Baseball is no different and we are looking for individuals of all ages who want to get involved and help out the minor baseball players in our community and surrounding areas.”
Martin added the demand for registered umpires is growing in the community and the southwest, and minor baseball would greatly benefit from additional umpires. 
“Our existing small number of umpires has to be available to do all of the league games for the rep teams, Elks League games, house league games, and tournament weekends. The major AA/AAA tournament in June requires over 130 man games during the weekend and it is growing harder every year to fill these games.”
The Level 1 clinic will provide training for beginner umpires of all ages and those who have umpired in the past, but need a refresher or need to get re-registered. The Saskatchewan Baseball Association has revised its umpire registration processes for those umpires who have achieved their Level 2 or 3 in the 2014 baseball season. More details can be found by visiting their website at www.saskbaseball.ca and clicking on the ‘Programs’ tab found at the top of the page. 
Those interested are encouraged to register for the clinic ahead of time to ensure sufficient materials from the Saskatchewan Baseball Association are made available. All participants will receive a current rule book, umpire badge and other materials.
The more experienced umpires in SCMB will be available to assist and mentor the younger umpires throughout the clinic and the season.
For more information about the upcoming umpire clinic and minor baseball,visit the SCMB website at www.swiftcurrentminorbaseball.ca and look for the individuals to contact.

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