The Midcoast Umpire Association of Maine (MUA) will provide training for interested new members, or individuals looking to learn more about baseball or softball, in early-March.

The association assists with “providing professional, quality officiating” to area baseball and softball teams, grades 7 to 12, as well as youth amateur leagues, including Babe Ruth baseball and Little League baseball and softball, said Chris Barstow, assignor and baseball interpreter of Midcoast Umpire Association of Maine.

Those interested are encouraged to apply, he said. Training and education are provided by veteran umpires using hands-on, online, visual and written study resources.

In-person, new member, separate sessions training will begin on Tuesday, March 8 (softball) and Wednesday, March 9 (baseball) at the Hampton Inn and Suites Rockland/Thomaston.

Barstow said those interested in this “challenging and rewarding opportunity” are encouraged to register at midcoastumpires.com under the “Join Us” section, or by contacting Barstow at crbarstow@gmail.com.

Midcoast Umpire Association of Maine has served Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties since 1956.

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