Shortage of local technical savvy a concern: Umpire

Normal, Sports

The National, Thursday 20th of February, 2014

THE acute shortage in softball umpires and decline in umpiring standards in Papua New Guinea is a major concern, says leading umpire Peter Chalapan.
He made the remarks following last month’s trip to Canberra where he officiated at the Australian Under 19 championships as part of his accreditation for the 2015 Pacific Games.
He admits it is his duty to ensure all aspects of umpiring at all levels were improved.
Following an outstanding performance officiating at this high standard competition, Chalapan wants to now impart his knowledge to his colleagues. He is ready to work with Papua New Guinea Softball Federation to address these problems and help deliver PNGSF’s development plans.
“In PNG, we really have a lot to improve in all aspects and my duty is to ensure I pass this knowledge and skills to my fellow umpires to make a change,” Chalapan told The National.
He said umpires must accept new knowledge and skills applicable to the changing trend in softball standards. He has also challenged players and their club officials to appreciate umpires and scorers who officiate as they deserve some respect.