Safe! P.A. Minor Baseball to hold umpire clinic on Saturday

Andrew Schopp
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Veteran umpire Terrence Schneider is looking to pass on his knowledge through a Prince Albert Minor Baseball clinic on Saturday at the Lakeland building. 

With more than 35 years of experience as a high-level baseball official, Schneider’s one-day clinic will see participants earn Level 1 certification, allowing them to umpire all PAMB games.

“It’s time to pass the torch,” Schneider said of Saturday’s clinic, which is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. “It’s to learn the basic rules, positioning, to get a feel for and an understanding of how a baseball game is carried out and officiated.” 

Starting at 9 a.m. at the Lakeland building behind the Art Hauser Centre, the clinic is free to attend with all fees paid for by PAMB. Most of the necessary equipment will also be provided free of charge.

Schneider said that once Level 1 certification is achieved, there is always room for further development as an umpire.

“Level 2 we are starting to talk about working provincial ball in major centres like Saskatoon and Regina,” Schneider said of the next levels of umpiring. “The caliber and level of the ball there is a little higher. Level 3 and 4 you are getting into bantam and midget.”   

At one point in his career, Schneider was a certified Level 5 ump who worked national championships across the country.

With Level 5 certification, Schneider officiated more than 10 national championships, working everything from senior nationals to junior and bantam championships.

In 2008, Schneider umpired at the Baseball Canada Cup in Medicine Hat, Alta. 

As the baseball season quickly approaches, Schneider urges those interested to come out to the clinic on Saturday.

“We are low on numbers,” he explained. “We would sure appreciate people taking the time to come out and learn about the game. You’ll have an opportunity to earn a little extra money and work with youth in the community, giving them something to do and keep them off the streets.” 

Those interested in attending the April 26 umpire clinic are encouraged to contact Terry at 306-764-0608. For more information on Prince Albert Minor Baseball, visit paminorbaseball.ca.

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