‘Pitch In’ : Umpire
Umpire baseball or softball games as and when required.
This will depend on league or tournament fixtures and your availability during the playing season.
What you’ll do:
- Promote and uphold a high level of officiating.
- Keep knowledge, skills and qualifications up to date.
- Work with coaches to ensure that their knowledge of the rules is kept up to date.
- Support community sport by officiating whenever possible.
- Promote good sportsmanship wherever possible.
- Join your sport's Umpire Association and attend relevant Committee meetings as required.
- Encourage others to take up officiating.
- Monitor, evaluate and feed back on player-umpire relations to the relevant league or Federation and to Head Coaches and Team Managers.
- Understanding the rules of baseball and/or softball -- and how the games work on the field.
- Goods judgement in game situations.
- Good communication and people skills.
- The ability to be unbiased and impartial.
- Contributing to well-managed games in your sport. Both baseball and softball in the UK suffer from a shortage of trained umpires.
- Learning new skills and developing existing skills through hands-on experience.
- Personal and professional development and/or training.
- The ability to explore career or job opportunities in a voluntary capacity.
- A chance to have fun and meet new people, enjoying the traditional social life that baseball or softball clubs generate.
- Experiencing new challenges.
- Supporting your local community, with the personal satisfaction that comes with knowing you have helped others.
- A written/verbal reference.
- A brilliant CV booster (73% of employers will employ a candidate with volunteer experience over one without).
If an Umpire has contact with young people or vulnerable adults, he or she must have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.