So, you’ve been drafted out of the stands to be an umpire, or you are looking to step on the field for the first time as a part-time gig. Welcome to Umpiring!!
We’re going to have lots of advice for you on this website, but first, we need to ease you in slowly. Here are 8 tips that all new umpires must know.
Podcast 1 Show Notes
- Don’t skimp on equipment
- Don’t underestimate situations – Be ready for them
- Ask your peers about situations that come up and heed their advice
- Be on time
- The quickest way to a doghouse is to show up late – and know what “on time” means for your particular association
- Most of the time, that means at LEAST 30 minutes prior to game time
- And means 15 minutes on the field for pregame
- Don’t leave your assigner hanging
- The second quickest way to a doghouse is to give back games to your assigner – especially inside of 24 hours
- Don’t work multiple leagues starting out
- Work in one league, completely understand their rules and environment
- Working multiple leagues can lead to conflicts which lead to giving back games which leads to trouble
- Don’t work over your level
- Know your lane when you’re starting out
- Don’t try and jump up too high for fear of the dreaded “umpire landmine” that you don’t recover from
- Ask questions – Expect honest feedback
- Umpires are your best evaluators – but also be ready for honest feedback and critiques
- Read the rulebook
Do you have more tips for new umpires? Sound off in the comments below! Or check in on our facebook page and let us know about it!