If you like being outside and the game of baseball, the Whistler Slo-Pitch League is looking for some new umpires to step up this year.
Richard Mingotti, the umpire-in-chief for the league expects 10 to 12 umpires to return from last season, but expects that he'll need up to four more umpires for this season.
A knowledge of the game is essential, and all umpires - including the current group - are taking a refresher course on April 16, led by the deputy umpire in chief for British Columbia. The course is from 9 a.m. to the early afternoon at the Chamois le Boutique Hotel at the base of Blackcomb. The cost is $75 per person, but the league is covering the cost.
A league umpire can make $29 per game. Thick skin is an asset, but so is knowing the rules of the game.
"Umpiring is fun until something happens," said Mingotti. "That's when a knowledge of the rules of baseball really helps you."
There will be at least five slo-pitch leagues this season, and most likely a sixth as well. There's been some talk, says Mingotti, about getting rid of the sixth league this year and hosting separate men's and women's leagues, although he doesn't know if that will happen this year.
Mingotti says new umpires generally start in the entry leagues, E and F, and work their way up to the more competitive A and B games.
For more information, visit www.whistlerslopitch.com.
Last weekend for Lost Lake, Olympic Park
This Sunday, April 10 marks the final day in the official cross-country season for Lost Lake and Whistler Olympic Park, although the season at Callaghan Country will remain open until May 8.
There are a few events remaining this season as well.
The Woppet will take place on Saturday, April 9 at Ski Callaghan, with course lengths ranging from 7.5 km to 30 km. It's a free technique race for the longer distances, although there will be a classic track set for the 7.5 km route.
The Callaghan Winter Sports Club is hosting the event, and online registration is available until Wednesday, Apr. 6 at www.zone4.ca. Race day registration is also available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for an extra $10.
The 30 km Quest race is $40 ($50 on race day), the 15 km Challenge is $40 ($50 on race day) and 7.5 km Cruiser is $25 ($35 on race day). A barbecue lunch is included with registration.
The Woppet also includes the second annual "Pole and Pedal" race, joining forces with the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association Toonie race for that week. For more information visit www.sorca.ca.