Continuing our interview series with a man who has had a very full baseball career and still growing by beginning a relatively new one in the Umpiring ranks.
Clifton Glidewell is a Junior College umpire in the Kansas City area, but also was a standout pitcher during a D-I career and a time in the Dodgers organization. He has also served as pitching coach at the High School and Junior College level.
It’s cold outside! Due to climate and the way high school and college schedules fall, baseball starts earlier and earlier. Since many of us cannot travel to warmer climates like Texas, the SouthWest or Florida to umpire in the late winter and early spring, we have to get games where we can. And that means games starting in early to mid-February or stretching the season into October and November.
Sometimes, those fields are frozen. Sometimes there’s snow and other precipitation falling. And it’s important to make sure you prepare. Here are nine tips for umpiring games in cold weather. Bundle up!!
Check with AD or Head Coach on what temperature a game will be cancelled at and call ahead. Sometimes a field will clear and games will be played – especially when teams are traveling.
You can look like a boss and wear a plate coat – but since nobody wears plate coats anymore…
Layers is the key here. Not sensible to buy a winter umpire jacket unless you really need it, so you can buy a nice ump jacket a size up and then wear a sweatshirt underneath it. Trick is that you need to fit it all in your pants so don’t wear anything too bulky. Multiple thin layers is key.
These are super nice for the coldest games. It’s so important to trap that heat that’s released from your head. This covers your ears and your head and also neck. Plus it’s thin enough to use under your base had
Greg Harmon is a D-I official for NCAA’s Big 12 and Big 10 Conferences. He is based in the Topeka area and last year worked the NCAA Sectionals an important step to the College World Series. Greg has also worked the NCAA D-II World Series and umpires in the Missouri Valley, Summit Conference and MIAA.
Umpiring is all about getting in position, doing the right thing, making the right call – but there are certain “Nevers” in umpiring that are important to learn as well. This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but a great start to further conversation.
New to umpiring? Veteran? Looking to break into college ball? Looking to advance to the highest levels of college ball? You’ll get no greater expert at all of these than the Supervisor of Umpires for the MIAA Conference (NCAA D-II) and also the Umpire Supervisor for the Jayhawk Junior College Conference, Jon Browar. Continue reading Umptalk #2: Jon Browar – MIAA Umpire Supervisor→