Being an Umpire
Little League umpiring is quite different than that of standard umpiring. You are put in a role of authority, often over coaches and fans much older than you that don’t take too kindly to some eighteen-year-old kid making the final calls. You have to know rules to a game with endless possibilities and outcomes where literally anything can happen. You have to be able to make judgment calls on close plays where, if you end up getting it wrong, you’ll get one angry coach running towards you screaming and cussing in your face. But it’s all about being confident, staying focused, making good calls, and keeping a game that everyone there loves flowing smoothly.
I have been an umpire for about three years now and I love it. It’s a job where I get to watch a game I love all day, and get paid for it. Yes, it can be stressful at times but I think umpiring has really shaped me into the person I am today. I’ve become more confident because of it, it has taught me people skills, and has really shown me what it’s like being an authority figure. It is definitely not an easy job, especially when you work five, two-hour games back to back in the middle of June, but it’s a job I wouldn’t trade for anything. We have traveled to Omaha for it, I’ve made tons of connections with a lot of great people, and I get to watch kids just having fun playing baseball. There have been many experiences that I’ve had as an umpire over the years and I want to describe what it has been like for me.
The company I work for is called Metro Umpires Kansas City. My bosses’ name is George who is one of the best bosses I have ever had. He is a short, black guy with a high-pitched voice and an extremely loud, over the top laugh that will instantly make you laugh along with him no matter what he’s talking about. He’s very laid back, and tends to goof around most of the time and play pranks on the guys that work there, but he can also be very serious when it comes to the job. He also...
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