|Umpire clinic teaches mechanics, situations|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Seven men and young adults from the area gained valuable information from an experienced umpire at a clinic here Sunday afternoon.
And, by completing the clinic and the open book test given at the clinic, they can become certified for umpiring at area Legion baseball games.
However, those completing the clinic will be able to use the information umpiring at any level of baseball.
Larry Ross of Scottsbluff, who has umpired at most levels of baseball including college, put on the clinic at Campbell field in perfect weather Sunday.
Ross is liaison for American Legion Baseball’s Area D in Nebraska, and used his many years of umpiring to provide those at the clinic with the situations he’s learned from over the years.
Marc Mroczek of Imperial, a certified Legion umpire for several years, coordinated the clinic. He agreed that Ross’ years of experience made it a great clinic.
“It was nice to have someone here from the Legion with some valuable experience to share,” Mroczek said.
After the group reviewed the test, they moved to the baseball field, where Ross demonstrated proper positioning behind the plate and on the bases.
He also reviewed the correct route paths an umpire should take in getting in position to make calls.
He reviewed a number of situations an umpire can get into, and how to resolve conflicts.
Those completing the clinic included Mroczek, Matt Jablonski, Darrin Schultz, Nick Schultz, Bill Christensen, Kale Gockley, all of Imperial, and Kevin Large of Wauneta.
Darrin Schultz is serving as summer recreation director for the city of Imperial and indicated he would be in contact with those who completed the clinic to help umpire this summer.
Anyone interested in helping out as umpires for city leagues can contact Schultz, 308-882-8622, and get their names on the list. The city program pays umpires here for their work at games from Little League up through Legion age.