The first rule of umpiring is to know the rules of the game. This sounds simple enough, but these few rules have so many applications that it can be difficult to apply the rules properly in real time. This is why we pair rookies with veterans and we always strive to have 2 umpires per game.
Find your Voice
Umpires need to be clear and they need to be heard. The non-verbal movements are great, but there is nothing better than an umpire who makes definitive calls.
Knowing where to be comes with preparation and experience. We will supply you with the tools to be prepared and you will make the time to gain the experience. This time gives you the chance to create an awesome experience for the kids.
Looking the part goes a long way to acting the part. We will prepare you with the shirt and hat. You add the pants and shoes to complete the look. We strive to look like we belong on the field, just like the other two teams on the field!
It is important to recognize your number one job when communicating with coaches and managers. Keep your cool. Recognize you are the only one on the field who does not care about the outcome of the game.
Schedule your own games based on your schedule. We understand there are many demands on your time and we provide you the best chance to get games in. Many umpires schedule games on the day of the game while others schedule many weeks out.
The Public wouldn't like the perfect umpire in every game. It would kill off baseball's greatest alibi - "we was robbed!"