, Derry, New Hampshire

June 20, 2012

Earn some extra money; sign up for umpire clinic

The Merrimack Valley Umpires Association will hold an umpiring clinic for adult men, women and teenagers (over 16) who want to be trained as Massachusetts Baseball Umpires Association certified baseball umpires.

The class will begin on Thursday, July 12, and continue on consecutive Thursdays for the next seven weeks. The MBUA state exam will be administered at the end of the class.

The MVUA provides umpires to all levels of baseball from college games, Massachusetts and New Hampshire school games, AAU, Babe Ruth to Little Leagues in the Merrimack Valley.

The MVUA has been providing quality umpires to this area for more than 50 years and is the oldest umpiring organization in Massachusetts.

"I am amazed that even though the MVUA has grown to over 225 members, we still have many games we are asked to cover," said Steve Martinelli of Lawrence, Mass, president of the Merrimack Valley Umpires Association. "We are constantly being asked to provide umpires for leagues and we are not sure we have enough umpires to cover those games. We need more men, women, and teens to umpire games."

Our 16-year-old members can earn $40 for a two-hour Little League which is a lot more than working for $7 per hour and flipping burgers," said Ralph Wade, first vice president.

The clinics will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus. The cost for the seven-week program is $150.

Anyone interested is urged to contact 2nd Vice President Rande Chabot at (603) 845-7954 or email at for reservations and registration. Rules interpreter Ron Annand will be teaching the class as he has done for the past 10 years. Anyone interested should go to

Umpires have the option to work as many or as few games as they like. They make their own schedules and make some extra money in the process. Some umpires do as many as 150 games a season and some do as few as 10 games at an average game fee of $60 for a typical two-hour game.

The MVUA supports candidates of all genders, all ethnic groups and teens (men and women over age 16) to become umpires.

This year, the MVUA has taken steps to ensure that anyone who wants to be an umpire and attends the clinics, but due to language or learning difficulties may have trouble with the written exam, will be assisted as much as possible.

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