Parham pitches for better calls

Little League baseball hopes an upcoming clinic improves officiating.

Jim Parham, who has been involved in the sport locally for years, is leading an umpires clinic on Thursday, 24 January, at 6:30pm upstairs in the clubhouse at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

The clinic, which is endorsed by the Cayman Islands Little League Association, incorporates theoretical and practical teaching. In the clubhouse, time will be spent going over the definition of baseball terms. On the field, instruction will centre on positioning and technique. The total time for the clinic is about two hours.

Everyone is invited to Parham’s clinic, from future and current umpires to coaches and parents. Volunteer help is needed for the clinic, particularly on the bases. For more information, call Jim Parham on 516-2027.

It should be noted that local Little League as a whole needs more volunteer support. The association is always in need of more coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, division coordinators, assistant division coordinators and other persons to facilitate smooth operation of the programme. To get involved, e-mail [email protected]

News of the clinic comes after the Cayman Islands Government held a sports workshop with various local sporting bodies last week. Sports Minister Mark Scotland addressed various issues, including the expansion of the elite athletes programme.

Minister Scotland stated that aside from local Olympians who competed in London last summer, the programme supports other Caymanian athletes on a part-time basis, such as javelin thrower Alex Pascal, squash player Cameron Stafford and baseball player Dequan Bennett.