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Get an eye for the game at Hernando-Sumter umpire training clinic

Here's a chance to up step to the other side of the plate.

Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association is offering its third annual umpire clinic Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. as a way to train new umpires for youth-, adult-, and even AAU-league baseball and softball games.

"I took on a lot of games myself," said the president of HSUA, Jerry Theilen, who will be teaching at the clinic. "I was overworked. I like doing it, but I'd also like to have a lot more umpires for the anticipated expansion."

Despite its name, HSUA also covers games in Pasco County. Once they're certified with the three-hour course, umpires can make anywhere from $30-50 per game, depending on the age-level. The clinic is open to men and women, ages 16 and up, and costs $15.

The clinic will focus on topics including rules of the game, basic umpire signals, proper uses of equipment, selling your call, positioning on the field, proper plate-zone coverage and even detailed training on non-routine situations (read, arguments). Each participant will then take a 100-question test based on the MLB, high school, AAU and Little League rules.

"This is a very outdoors atmosphere, however," Theilen said. "We go to the field and try not to worry too much about the classroom. We're on the field because that's where you work."

Theilen also said he already has about 20 umpires, but would like to add at least 10 more. While his ideal number is actually in the 40-45 range, he added that the clinics have been very successful in training new umpires.

"After they learn the basics at the clinic, most of them come through for us," Theilen said. "We've been successful because the training is excellent and we usually don't have many serious complaints."

For more information, call Theilen at (352) 428-0071 or e-mail

SOFTBALL: The City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will have a men's and a co-ed NSA Adult Slow-Pitch Softball League starting Feb. 23 and 26, respectively.

The league is geared toward ages 18 and up. Games will be played at Jerome Brown Community Center, with men on Monday evenings and co-ed games on Thursday evenings. Cost per player for both leagues is $30 and $170 for a sponsor fee. There will be a mandatory coaches' meeting Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

For more information, call (352) 540-3835.

RUNNING: The seventh annual Chasco Main Street Mile will be March 21 at noon, starting at the Schwettman Education Center on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.

Participants must register by Feb. 27. The cost is $12 for ages 17 and under, $17 for adults in advance, and $20 on race day. Each participant will receive a medal. Checks can be made out to Gulf High School Athletic Booster Club and mailed to 5636 Alto Ave., Port Richey, FL 34668.

For more information, call Gulf High at (727) 774-3300.

BASKETBALL/VOLLEYBALL: Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville hosts a three-on-three men's basketball league Sundays. Teams will play at the church gym at 200 Mount Fair Ave.

The church will also start a volleyball league for those in high school and older on Feb. 9, with games in the same place.

For more information on either league, contact recreational director Drew Taylor at (352) 584-7716.

GOLF: Deer Park Elementary will host its inaugural golf tournament at Crescent Oaks Country Club in Tarpon Springs on March 8.

The tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon. The cost is $90 per player. All proceeds will help the school purchase technology items.

For more information, call (727) 774-8900 or send an e-mail to

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