- Published on Monday, 18 April 2011 06:05
- Written by Baseball New Zealand
Baseball umpiring can provide you with some great personal rewards and lifelong friendships.
As an umpire you must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the rules, quick decision-making, an ability to explain and defend decisions and a willingness to keep the game moving at a steady pace. You are in a position to be a positive role model around children and young adults.
The Baseball umpiring program is great fun and offers both males and females the opportunity to improve their fitness and knowledge of the rules as well as work with some of the most enthusiastic people in Baseball.
Most Baseball umpires start at the domestic level, from umpiring junior right through to senior competitions. All you need to become an umpire is an interest in sport and a willingness to be involved.
As umpires gain skills and confidence, they often seek optional ongoing accreditation, which can lead to umpiring region, national and international games.
An umpire is also someone who can be put in a position of authority and handle the responsibility without being overbearing. As an umpire, you're in charge, but it's the players who the fans have come to watch, not you.
More than 30 accredited Baseball umpires throughout New Zealand spend their summer ruling the diamond at local Clubs and Associations. They dedicate their time to umpiring as the benefits include helping improve fitness and knowledge, enhancing leadership and management skills in high-pressure situations and also having fun.
Baseball New Zealand has developed an extensive range of educational umpiring resources for beginner, intermediate and advanced umpires.
New Zealand has some of the best umpires in the world and for those that progress to our New Zealand Championships or represent New Zealand at a World Championship it is a much deserved honour.
Further assistance and support can be provided through the Regional Umpiring Directors and National umpiring committee listed in the umpiring directory.