The Rhode Island Umpires Association (RIUA) became the latest organization to take advantage of NASO's group membership program. The program entitles an association a break in the cost of an annual membership, plus NASO's unparalleled supplemental liability insurance coverage, Referee magazine, educational materials, discounts with major officiating suppliers and advocacy on behalf of sports officials.
The RIUA, based in Warwick, R.I., requires all its umpires to be professionally trained before working any assignment for the association. The RIUA trainers include 17 major league, minor league and NCAA Division I umpires, which are listed on rhodeislandumpiresassociation.org. All of RIUA's umpires must attend the training sessions and are required to attend a fall clinic as well.
"We believe in constant training to improve our umpires in all the variety of levels that we assign," the RIUA states on its website. The RIUA assigns all levels of baseball from Little League to the Can-Am League of Professional baseball.
For more information on NASO's group membership program, contact Ken Koester at 262-632-5448, ext. 132.