City seeks umps for summer

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— The Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreational Services Department is hoping that a series of umpire clinics and a few extra bucks will attract umpires to the field at Howelsen this summer.

The clinics, which will run May 13, May 20 and June 2, are designed to cover the basic rules of the game and prepare umpires for what will take place on the field. They will be run by Jim Fader.

Parks and Rec spokeswoman Christina Freeman said the local softball leagues are seeking individuals with or without experience for the positions. She also added that umpires will be making $14 per hour, which is up from $12.50 last season.

"We have 47 games a week in softball," Freeman said.

So the leagues are always looking for a few more good umpires to help cover the games this summer.

While the May 13 and May 20 clinics will be held in a drop-in format, the final session June 2 will be mandatory for umpires who want to work games this summer.

The clinics will begin at 11 a.m. on Adams Field. For more information, contact Freeman at 879-4300.

Don't feel left out if softball isn't your game. Parks and Rec is also looking for soccer referees as well.

That clinic will take place on June 4 at 6 p.m. Demand isn't quite as high for that league because there are only six games each week.

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