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Thinking About Umpiring?

posted Feb 5, 2018, 7:04 PM by Saskatoon Blue Jays
Hello Everyone,

Some information for you as the baseball season is just around the corner.

On the great news side, our sport is growing in Saskatoon with more players and teams signing up.  From 2015 to 2017 we grew from 1,000 players to almost 1,700!

With the growth come challenges, one of which is the number of qualified umpires.  If you were a player, coach or parent last year you would have noticed the impact of umpire shortages:

·       Postponed or cancelled games when no umpires available

·       Parents put into situations to umpire without appropriate training

·       30% of our games were negatively impacted by the shortage

We need your help to change this trend.  No matter your skill level we can train you to be a qualified umpire and help as we grow baseball in Saskatoon and our Province.

 

You might ask, what are the benefits of becoming an umpire?

1.       Improve your knowledge of baseball and apply it to your game.

2.       Build meaningful relationships that can expand throughout the province and even Canada.

3.       Make your own schedule!

4.       Being an official can look great on a resume.

5.       Develop skills that are transferable to sport, work and play.

6.       Give back to baseball in a meaningful way.

7.       Opportunities to travel - stick with it and you could experience amazing opportunities throughout Saskatchewan & Canada!

8.       And finally perhaps the most obvious – you can make a quick buck while having the 'best seat' in the game.

 

Dates and times for 2018 Umpire Clinics have been set:

April 8, 2018; 9:00am – 4:30pm; Level 1; Evan Hardy Collegiate; 605 Acadia Drive; Library

April 14, 2018; 9:00am – 4:30pm; Level 2Evan Hardy Collegiate; 605 Acadia Drive; Commons #1405

April 28, 2018; 9:00am – 4:30pm; Level 1; Nutana Collegiate; 411 11th Street E.; Classroom 1119

Registration is as simple as clicking the link below.   Please note that the clinic in May on the registration link is not open for registration now and will only take place if there is a need for additional umpires.  Please register for a clinic in April to ensure we have adequate umpires to start the season.

 

This year the Saskatoon Baseball Council  has made a commitment to cover all Level 1 and Level 2 Umpire Clinic Fees for Saskatoon residents - even more reason to register!

For any questions, please contact Matt Schule (President of Umpires) at schule.matt@gmail.com or Aaron Szejvolt (VP) at skbaseballump@gmail.com.
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