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Veteran Little League umpires Jack Conway and Russ Ruslender will conduct a Little League baseball and softball umpires’ clinic March 13-16 at the MWR Training and Development Center in Schwetzingen, Germany.

Conway, of Florham Park, N.J., is the president of the American Legion Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Florham Park Little League umpires. Involved with youth baseball since 1975, Conway has officiated the Big League World Series and the Little League World Series.

Ruslender, of Danville, Calif., has more than 30 years of experience as a manager, coach and umpire at all levels of Little League baseball. For the past 21 years, he has concentrated on umpiring Little League and NCAA Division II baseball.

The duo will teach current rules, proper signaling, points of emphasis, rule changes, plate-and-field mechanics and procedures. The clinic will culminate with a written test and a practical examination. Attendees who complete the clinic are certified to provide follow-up clinics and serve as subject matter experts at their installations for Child and Youth Services.

For information on this clinic or becoming a sports official, contact Tom Hlavacek of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation training and center at DSN 379-7693 or civilian (+49) (0)6202-80-7693, or Connie Larson at DSN 379-5091 or civilian (+49) (0)[/BODY]6202-80-5091.

Soccer officials’ clinic at HeidelbergThe Kaiserslautern Officials Association will hold a National Federation of High Schools soccer officials’ clinic March 10 in the Installation Management Command-Europe conference room, Building 3796, at Mark Twain Village in Heidelberg, Germany.

The clinic is free and will consist of classroom work and the federation’s 2007 test. Attendance at the clinic and passing the test are required to officiate high school soccer games, which begin the following Saturday.

For information, call either Mike Donohue, at DSN 370-6763, or Gerd Backhaus, at DSN 484-7133, or e-mail mike.donohue@ima-e.army.mil or gerd.backhaus@hq.21tsc.army.mil.

Cougars open strongly in Small Units hoopsThe RAF Croughton Cougars remained unbeaten in the round-robin standings with a pair of victories Tuesday on the second day of the USAFE Small Units Basketball Championships at Sembach Air Base, Germany.

Croughton bounced Morón, 75-63, and Fairford, 66-52, to improve to 4-0, one game better than Geilenkirchen. Geilenkirchen lost to Croughton, 69-36, on the first day for its only loss so far.

Fairford is third at 1-3 and Morón last, 0-4.

Each team plays two more games on Wednesday to end the round-robin, which will establish seeding positions for a single-elimination knockout phase that concludes with Friday’s 1 p.m. title game.

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