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Free MLB Umpire Camp to be held for Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Friday, May 13
05/11/2011 12:16 PM ET
As a part of the ongoing spirit of partnership with the United States military, Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day Umpire Camp for the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

Among those who will be on hand to train attendees will be MLB Director of Umpiring and former Major League Umpire Randy Marsh; current MLB Umpire Supervisors Chuck Meriwether, Ed Montague, Steve Palermo, Charlie Reliford and Larry Young, all former Major League Umpires; MLB Umpire Supervisor Cris Jones; MLB Special Assistant for Umpiring Bruce Froemming; and MLB Director of Umpire Medical Services Mark Letendre.

The Major League Baseball Umpire Camps train both aspiring umpires at all levels and baseball fans alike. Launched in 2006, the MLB Umpire Camps feature on-field training and classroom instruction, as well as lessons on rules enforcement and interpretation, game management, conditioning, nutrition, safety and equipment needs. The MLB Umpire Camp, which is scheduled for November 6-13, 2011, is held annually each November at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

The free one-day Umpire Camp at Camp Lejeune is the latest in a series of steps that the MLB Umpiring Department has taken as a gesture to honor members of our nation's military. Last August, a free one-day Umpire Camp was held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, and in March 2009, during the World Baseball Classic, MLB and the Department of Military Affairs of the San Diego Padres organized a free one-day Umpire Camp for Marines at San Diego State University's Tony Gwynn Stadium. More than 100 Marines attended each of these special MLB Umpire Camps, receiving instruction from MLB staff on all facets of umpiring.

In addition, in January 2010, Major League Baseball announced a collaboration with Columbia College (MO), a leader in military-friendly education, on the development of a certificate of professional umpiring. Following the completion of online coursework in subjects relevant to sports officiating, the program incorporates a week-long training program at the MLB Umpire Camp in California.

For more than 30 years, Columbia College has helped military personnel, their family members and Department of Defense civilians earn college degrees during their service. One out of every four students at Columbia College is in the military or is a military dependent, and 18 of the institution's 35 nationwide campus locations are located on military bases.

Several members of the MLB Umpiring staff, including Mark Carlson (U.S. Marine Corps), Laz Diaz (U.S. Marine Corps), Marsh (U.S. Army Reserve) and Montague (U.S. Navy), have military experience.

"Major League Baseball is proud to continue our partnership with the heroic members of the United States military," said MLB Director of Umpiring Rich Rieker, who coordinates the MLB Umpire Camps. "Our staff has wonderful memories of each of the previous Umpire Camps for the Marines, and we look forward to providing another outstanding baseball experience to these brave young men and women."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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