NHSOA Baseball March 2016 Newsletter
Welcome umpires to another NSAA baseball season. As I am writing this newsletter the weather outside has been progressing to temperatures which are almost acceptable to baseball playing. Preseason practice for the teams has begun which means we umpires also need to be preparing for the upcoming season.
My name is Gary Eikmeier from Dodge, Nebraska and I am your representative on the NHSOA Committee for baseball. I have been involved in baseball all my life as a player, coach and umpire. Player at Dodge High School, American Legion in Dodge and Town Team player in Dodge all for about 25 years. I have coached American Legion & Town Team for 15 years. I have been a NSAA umpire for 14 years and worked 7 State Tournaments. I have been a college umpire for 10 years. I am also a football official for 12 years and worked 1 state final and a basketball official for 30 years. I have been a NHSOA member for 3 years and attended football and basketball clinics during this time. My alternate on NHSOA committee is Troy Test from Norfolk, Nebraska. I will let Troy introduce himself as he will be writing our next Diamond Report.
Troy and I want to model our role with the NHSOA after the role football and basketball have taken in developing their officials. We believe our job is to promote, guide and recruit umpires for the NSAA. In the future we will be organizing clinics around the state which will be used to help develop our members and hopefully recruit new umpires. We may be running these in conjunction with other baseball clinics.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Gary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Troy by email at email@example.com. I hope if you are reading this newsletter you are a NHSOA member and if you aren’t please consider joining so we can work for you.
Here is a situation I want you take a look at and give some thought about.
The score is tied 4 – 4 in the bottom of the seventh. There are 2 outs and no one on base. The batter hits a home run, but in his jubilation he misses first base. How are you going to handle this very possible situation? There are many different scenario that could happen are you ready for them?
Now as we approach that first game are you touching all your bases so that you don’t miss your opportunity to win at your craft of being an good umpire.
Good Luck throughout your season!