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Unread 11-16-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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I just got informed that I was accepted for membership in a College Baseball Umpire group. Suggestions to make me a better umpire for this level are appreciated.
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That is great news for you. Since I do not do that level of baseball my only advice would be to Study the rules know them frontwards and backwards and be professional and learn from from the mistakes that you may make. Study and only get better as you go along best to you.

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WTG....Start off by getting the NCAA rule book and CCA mechanics book.Now you have to buy new uniforms....pants,shirts,jackets,hats an maybe a plate coat.........theres a quick 500$....Get to a clinic in your area,talk with other college umpires,ask questions and there are many college guys right here that more than willing to help............Lou
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Most HS head coaches are primarilly classroom teachers. In HS the head coach's job is an extra-curricular activity. If the HS head coach is unsuccessful and loses his HC position, he still has a well-paying job and benefits as a teacher.

You now must recognize that being the head coach of many college teams is often his only full-time job. If the college HC is unsuccessful and loses his HC position it often means he is fired. Out of work! So when the college HC comes out to discuss a call and he seems to be very upset about it, realize that his very paycheck might be on the line. If he loses today's game he might be gone! So be prepared for it. You will see more ardent complaints and you'll get harsher treatment. Especially being a rookie, they're going to test you. Discuss with the verterans in your group what the standards are in your conference for the use of profanity by players and coaches when discussing matters with you. You want to get on the same page with your new peers.

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Most HS head coaches are primarilly classroom teachers. In HS the head coach's job is an extra-curricular activity. If the HS head coach is unsuccessful and loses his HC position, he still has a well-paying job and benefits as a teacher.

You now must recognize that being the head coach of many college teams is often his only full-time job. If the college HC is unsuccessful and loses his HC position it often means he is fired. Out of work! So when the college HC comes out to discuss a call and he seems to be very upset about it, realize that his very paycheck might be on the line. If he loses today's game he might be gone! So be prepared for it. You will see more ardent complaints and you'll get harsher treatment. Especially being a rookie, they're going to test you. Discuss with the verterans in your group what the standards are in your conference for the use of profanity by players and coaches when discussing matters with you. You want to get on the same page with your new peers.
Wow!! Richard has hit this one dead on and very well explained and others here have also mentioned some very good points out to you also.
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Most HS head coaches are primarilly classroom teachers. In HS the head coach's job is an extra-curricular activity.
To put a somewhat finer point on it, some teachers are primarily HS sports coaches. As in most of my history and PE teachers. They get a teaching degree so they can coach. No matter how poorly they teach, if they win games, they keep the day job.
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To put a somewhat finer point on it, some teachers are primarily HS sports coaches. As in most of my history and PE teachers. They get a teaching degree so they can coach. No matter how poorly they teach, if they win games, they keep the day job.
This quite true. Even more so for football.
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After many years as a D1 umpire I can tell you this: Umpiring college baseball is much easier than you may think. The biggest reason is that the players are much better. Generally speaking, college pitchers can throw strikes and college batters can hit. Their athletic ability is also above average. However, the demand for umpire consistency is much higher. You might call a low strike in a youth league or high school game without much reaction from the dugout or coach. Try that in a college game and you'll likely hear plenty. Also, the college game is a little different in some respects. For example, a high school or youth league coach wil usually make it a point of asking for "time" before going out to talk with his pitcher. In college ball, they'll just walk right out there. No problem with that, just don't be telling them they need to ask for time. Another item to be aware of is game management. College coaches don't become college coaches overnight. You are dealing with coaches who have been at it for several years. So, as Richard and others have said, watch college games and ask plenty of questions of college umpires. Keep a low profile and work your games hard. Good luck!!
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I just got informed that I was accepted for membership in a College Baseball Umpire group. Suggestions to make me a better umpire for this level are appreciated.
First of all Congratulations.
My only confusion comes from the fact that you have made it into Umpiring at College level, yet are looking for suggestions how to be a better Umpire at that level. Use the same things that got you there. Something your doing must be working.
You obviously have some skills that they accepted you.
As with umpiring at any level the most valuable asset would be a mentor.
So my suggestion is to get one of the Veterans of the group to take you under his wing.
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