AIU TRAINS RUSSIAN UMPIRES IN MOSCOW
AIU resTponded to an invitation from the Russian Baseball Federation to provide a weekend training for umpires by sending Ron Allen and Trent Stapleton to Moscow from March 6-10, 2014. The Training Clinic featured 36 hours of on site field and classroom work for 32 Russian umpires. It was also attended by many league officials, coaches, and players. The response from all attendees was overwhelming, and the US delegation was honored with an extraordinary tour of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Russian neighborhoods, the subway system, and castles dating to the time of Catherine the Great. Our umpires delivered many baseball items and souvenirs, and were given the same in return. Although the Moscow baseball program has sent teams and leaders to Atlanta and other US cities many times, this is the first time our group has made a visit to Russia. In the history of Russian baseball, this is a historic event, being the first western-led umpire training ever. We are proud of the competency and desire to serve from all of our leadership team in AIU, and are especially proud of Ron Allen for heading up this inaugural trip to Moscow.
RUSSIAN YOUTH TO VISIT ATLANTA
Following the successful exchange of umpire training in Moscow, the Spartak Baseball Club will be making another visit to the Atlanta metro area with two youth baseball teams from March 21-31. Hosted by AIU and in cooperation with many local organizations and agencies, the teams will consist of seventeen players, ages 7-12. This will be the first time ever that we have hosted a coach pitch age from overseas, and the 7-8 year team will play an aggressive schedule of games along with their 9-12 year travel mates. The highly regarded 6-4-3DP Baseball Academy will provide a day of intense skills development, and the teams will kick off their game schedule with a return to the Southwest Baseball Program at Clarkdale Park in Austell for a tournament on Sunday, March 13. Other park programs hosting them will include Ocee Park (Johns Creek), Oregon Park (West Cobb), and Smyrna Little League. Many local attractions will provide entertainment, and a host of volunteers will serve as guides for the boys. The local RussianTown Magazine has connected a number of Russian nationals living in Atlanta to welcome the boys and assist with their activities during their stay. Several of the local Russian churches are also working to insure a quality experience for the entire group. AIU is grateful for all the interest, energy, and cooperation from so many for this ongoing project which involves youth of all ages from other countries to share in our national pastime and see first hand the American way of liAtlanta International Umpires was founded in 1988 and is home based in Cobb County, Georgia. We serve public recreation programs in youth baseball throughout the metro Atlanta area, several private high schools, adult baseball leagues, and the fast growing travel team market. Our umpires are trained annually in basic and advanced umpire skills as well as the rules and procedures for virtually all the various organizations sponsoring youth baseball. Many of our veteran umpires enjoy working tournaments and special events throughout the United States, and several serve as instructors for developing umpire groups in foreign countries. To date we have conducted clinics for 26 National Federations. We also host foreign youth and adult teams in the States and arrange for overseas tournament travel for local teams who wish to play outside the USA.
HISTORY OF AIU
Our members have been honored by being selected to work state, national and world series tournaments for Little League, PONY Baseball, USSSA, Dizzy Dean, Triple Crown, GISA, GCAA, and the Mens Senior Baseball League. We have supplied crews for the World Masters Games in Canada, Australia, and the US, for the World Scholar Athlete Games, the Caribbean Winter Baseball Classic, and for the French National Juniors Championship. Our European tournaments have included Robur ’58 in the Netherlands, Prague Baseball Week, European B Pool Championships in Croatia, the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, and Haarlem Baseball Week. Several of our members have extensive experience in college baseball, and we have members in both the Minor and Major Leagues of professional baseball. We provide umpires for The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and ESPN Wide World of Sports during their Spring Training Schedules. Our membership is open, and we invite you to contact us for further information or to arrange for our services.