Baseball season is just around the corner and the board members of Swift Current Minor Baseball 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 that will be playing this year.
SCMB will be hosting an umpire clinic on the weekend of April 12-13 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, provincial, or Western Canadian level.
The SCMB Board is very 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 Coordinator. “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 that the demand for registered umpires is growing in our community and the southwest, and that 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, and tournament weekends. The major AA tournament in June requires over 130 man games during the weekend and it is growing harder every year to fill these games.”
The clinic will provide training for beginner umpires of all ages (Level 1), those qualified to do provincial playoffs (Level 2), and more experienced umpires (Level 3) who are able to represent our community at Western Canadian Championships if selected by the provincial coordinator. The more experienced umpires will be available to assist and mentor the younger umpires throughout the clinic and the season.
Those interested are encouraged to register for the clinic to ensure that sufficient materials from the Saskatchewan Baseball Association are made available. All participants will receive a current rule book, umpire badge and other materials.
For more information about the upcoming umpire clinic and minor baseball, please visit the SCMB website at www.swiftcurrentminorbaseball.ca and look for the individuals to contact for additional details.
Contact Louis Cherpin, SCMB President (306-741-7913) or Bryce Martin, SCMB Ump Guy (306-741-3584) for further information.