On Saturday, Feb. 29, Louis Lang of Coffeen attended a mandatory USA/ASA softball umpires clinic at the Wood River Recreation Center. This meeting was hosted by the 3 Rivers Softball Association and the Alton-Wood River ASA.
Every year ASA/USA umpires must be a part of this clinic as they are informed of rule changes, how to use the Safe Sport program and review and take the annual test. Discussion is also held on many facets of softball.
During the meeting, Lang was recognized by the 3 Rivers Softball Association with the group’s “Blue Rock Award.” The certificate given to the former Marion resident stated, “The Blue Rock Award in Recognition of Your Solid and Consistent Achievements in Umpiring.”
“This was definitely an honor and a surprise to me as I had no clue whatsoever that I was going to receive this prestigious award,” Lang stated.
A veteran umpire with 43 years of experience in the ASA/USA softball network, Lang has 13 national championships under his belt and has also had the privilege of umpiring on the local and state levels. With the high school season scheduled to begin next week, Lang has already been chosen to be involved in another state tournament in Decatur in July.
According to Lang, the ASA/USA softball association would love to have some new umpires get involved and invites anyone who may be interested to contact him for more information.