The Midcoast Umpire Association of Maine will provide training for interested new members, or individuals looking to learn more about the game of baseball or softball.

The association assists with providing professional, quality officiating to Midcoast baseball and softball teams, grades 7 to 12, said Chris Barstow.

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

New member sessions for baseball will be scheduled for five consecutive Thursdays, beginning on March 1.

Softball training sessions will be scheduled in March, based on the availability of interested candidates.

Anyone interested in this challenging and rewarding opportunity, Barstow said, are encouraged to register online at midcoastumpires.com under the “Join Us” section, or by emailing Barstow at barstow@midcoastumpires.com.

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

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