Re: The "age" of diva umpires
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
I have umpired a few hundred baseball games. My dad was the president of the Little League association in the town I grew up in. It was hard to find umpires so I pretty much got drafted. I umpired games mostly for players of 10-16 years of age. It was an easy way to make a few bucks for beer money. I also did some beer league softball games and a whole bunch of school soccer games. I found umpiring and refereeing to be quite easy. Learn the rules (easy), learn where to be on the field (easy), learn to handle the game (easy) and you will be fine. There is no magic necessary. It is pretty basic stuff. I made my share of bad calls no doubt. But I very, very rarely had any problems with players or coaches or "fans". I was friendly, kept the games moving briskly, and didn't try to be a big-shot. I have never had a problem getting along with people in any walk of life, including umpiring. I could go back on the field now 20 years later and I would still be just fine, but I have zero desire to do so.
Of all the various and sundry jobs and careers I have had in my life (quite a few), umpiring was probably the easiest of all of them. It was certainly much easier than learning to be a Chemist, Microbiologist, Auctioneer, website builder, magazine author, construction worker, landscaper, numismatist, Internet e-commerce business owner, computer builder and professional blogger. Umpiring was more challenging than package delivery driver, fast-food cook and lawn mowing. I have done all of those jobs professionally and some others too.
Did you ever stop to think having dad as the president of your Little League Association carried great weight with how the coaches treated you?
I must say you are the first person who I have ever encountered that describered umpiring as pretty easy. I have worked with several first timers and I can never recall one who made such a statement especially walking off the field the first time. Nor have I ever heard of an umpire having an attitude of "if i am just a nice guy the coach will be a nice guy back". In my 16 years it is quite the opposite as Brutus has said.
Regardless I guess not every person encounters the same situations so consider yourself unique.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard
Last edited by George Anderson; 05-12-2013 at 09:49 AM.