Benefits of becoming an accredited umpire
The Baseball New Zealand National Umpire Program and Accreditation system is currently being developed to ensure that New Zealand Baseball umpires are recognised by IBAF. Accreditation means an individual is deemed as competent in the on-diamond aspects of umpiring (such as mechanics, rotations, strike zone, safety management etc.) and rules knowledge (as tested by a rules exam), to officiate an appropriate game. Expected competencies increase in line with the standard of game, as does the required rule knowledge.
The benefits of becoming an accredited umpire include:
- Gives credibility to the role of umpiring
- Provides a defined pathway for acknowledged improvement and professional standards
- Presents opportunities for tournament selection and travel at region, national and international levels
- Provides a natural pathway as involvement in the sport does not have to end when playing days are over and instead, an umpire's career can last a lifetime
- Provides a sense of purpose and personal achievement and reward
- Empowers people to apply the correct rule for a given situation
- Offers a unique opportunity to work with many different types of people and situations and these personal skills can be transferred into other aspects of life ranging from business to family
- Gives unique perspective, as often a former player or coach will report that umpiring has been very beneficial in terms of better understanding the rules and the umpire's perspective and crew signals
- Offers the best seat in the house on field
- Provides a social outlet, where the friends made often last a lifetime
- Provides Baseball New Zealand an identifiable number of accredited participants.