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Umpires start their season

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Wednesday was a perfect afternoon in Pittsburg, Kansas for some high school baseball as the Nevada Tigers take on the Colgan Panthers as the players begin their season.

It was also the first game of the season for two veteran umpires officiating the game.

"I got into umpiring it's because whenever my playing days were over I wanted to do something that keeps me involved in the game - that's why I originally decided to become an umpire," says Paul Sparks.

"It's the game of baseball, it's a fun game and the kids enjoy it and most kids do," says David VanBecelaere.

Like any profession umpiring takes talent, a lot of hard work, a little bit of luck and some skill but to be best umpire out on the field.  You have to take care of your body, with the proper diet and exercise. 

"There's a lot of movement, there's a lot of running involved, you really have to use your muscles especially behind the plate you squat for seven innings so your legs have to stay, you have to keep your legs in good shape and be able to do that." said Sparks.

Baseball is a timeless beauty, so put on a glove, watch a game, and watch the years fall away, time stands still, and the joy of baseball reminds you again of life's eternal sweetness.

"I just love doing it with the kids," says VanBecelaere.  "It keeps me young, you know, it keeps me healthy staying in shape and keeps my mind occupied theirs nothing better to come out here and work with these kids its great."

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