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Shoals hosts annual AHSAA training conference for umpires

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Through Sunday, the AHSAA will spend time with umpires from across Alabama. Through Sunday, the AHSAA will spend time with umpires from across Alabama.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

This weekend more than 70 umpires are in the Shoals for the annual Alabama High School Athletic Association's training conference.

There's a lot riding on the officials at a high school baseball game, which is why they spend countless hours both on the field and in the classroom brushing up on their skills.

Through Sunday, the AHSAA will spend time with umpires from across Alabama.

They have also lined up high school teams looking to get a little extra practice in to scrimmage against each other to give umps hands on experience.

Instructors said there is a lot of pressure on officials at the high school level because a wrong call could cost players scholarships and coaches their jobs.

"It's very stressful. Being an umpire is the only sport where they're expected to start perfect and end perfect," said AHSAA instructor, Eddie Loggins. "They want you to get every single play, every single call, every single pitch right. So it takes a great deal of concentration. After an umpire finishes his day for tow hours, two and a half hours, concentrating on every pitch is so exhausting and so draining."

The umpires who take part in this training are able to then apply to call the state playoffs and championship games.

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