Training sessions for the Hudson Kiwanis Baseball youth umpire program are scheduled to take place soon.

Classroom training is set to take place March 6, 8, 13 and 15 and field training is scheduled to take place April 3 and 5 at Hudson High School.

Hudson Kiwanis Baseball provides dozens of young people, on an annual basis, the opportunity to gain work experience through its youth umpire program.

"Umpires learn leadership, responsibility, reliability and gain confidence," umpire coordinator Gary Gough said. "They also learn self-control, to acknowledge and make judgement calls, face-to-face communication skills and how to administer and follow rules."

Kids can begin to umpire at 11 years-old and many of them continue through high school. Hudson youth umpires are assigned to games in Hudson featuring players, who are ages 7-12.

Youth umpires are paid for their working games and can register to be a part of the program by clicking on "volunteer" in the baseball registration page at www.hudsonkiwanis.com. Those who register will be given more specifics regarding the training sessions and requirements.

Registration for players ages 5 through high school also is open at www.hudsonkiwanis.com. This year will be the 42nd season of Hudson Kiwanis Baseball, which serves several hundred young people each year who play in the league, work as umpires or both.