2007-01-11 / Sports

MLB umpires to host ump camp for experienced amateur officials

A CSRA baseball umpires camp, featuring Major League Baseball Umpires Marvin Hudson and Fieldin Culbreth, will be held Saturday, January 27, at Westside High School in Augusta. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The camp is open to the experienced amateur umpire or beginning umpire and include GHSA clinic for Georgia high school umpires, Dixie certification, and USSSA certification. Cost is $60.

Marvin Hudson is a resident of Washington-Wilkes and has been a Major League umpire for seven years. He became a member of the Major League staff in 1999 and worked the 2004 All-Star Game and the 2005 League Championship Series. He had previously umpired in the Appalachian League, South Atlantic League, Florida Instructional League, Florida State League, Southern League, Hawaiian League, and Dominican League.

Fieldin Culbreth became a member of the Major League umpire staff in 1999 and worked the 2006 All- Star Game and League Championship Series three years. He worked the game when Cal Ripken Jr. and Rafael Palmeioro recorded their 3,000th hit. He had previously umpired in the Gulf Coast League, South Atlantic League, Southern League, Pacific Coast League and International League.

Other umpires for the camp include Ted Miller, Randy Hoback, and Scott Childers. High school umpires from the state of Georgia will be able to receive credit for the GHSA state clinic by attending this umpire clinic.

Sessions will include plate work with pitching machines taught individually to each student; field mechanics taught with two-man crews; umpire professionalism; and a question and answer period.

Early registration is encouraged. For more information, interested persons should contact Ted Miller at 706-564-0051.

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