Have you ever stood behind home plate and hear a coach or parent complain about that pitch you just called a ball, even though it was in the dirt?--------------------------------------- Or how about getting flack for calling off-sides on a player who would have just scored their first goal ever.------------------------------------------------------------------- Or maybe fans are yelling at you for not calling a shooting foul even though the player was still dribbling the ball?-------------------------------------------------
Yes, this blog is for those moments when we officials have to deal with those people who don't understand how hard our job really is, and more than likely only dream of being as good as we are.---------------------------------------
Feel free to submit your own officiating problems! I'm just a little league baseball/softball umpire and youth soccer referee, but youth and major league problems are both accepted!

12th July 2012

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Problem 4 ~ Being the only female umpire in the league a female baseball umpire.
From the mod: I can’t say how much flak I get as a girl arriving to umpire a baseball game.  While the verbal response is mostly from the players (“It’s a girl?!”), I can clearly see the body language of some coaches during ground rules when I introduce myself.  I’ve gone through taunts from fans before the game has even started (“Go back to softball!”), and I’ve even had a thing of lip gloss thrown at me.  I’ve earned the respect of local coaches, but out-of-town teams that come in for all-tournaments can still be hostile.  Not to say all of them are, but some are.  I’ve been an umpire for eight years now, so I’ve gotten used to it, but half the time I want to talk to those kids and say “Hey, I played baseball for longer than you’ve been alive, I know what I’m doing, even if I’m a girl.”

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Problem 4 ~ Being the only female umpire in the league a female baseball umpire.

From the mod: I can’t say how much flak I get as a girl arriving to umpire a baseball game.  While the verbal response is mostly from the players (“It’s a girl?!”), I can clearly see the body language of some coaches during ground rules when I introduce myself.  I’ve gone through taunts from fans before the game has even started (“Go back to softball!”), and I’ve even had a thing of lip gloss thrown at me.  I’ve earned the respect of local coaches, but out-of-town teams that come in for all-tournaments can still be hostile.  Not to say all of them are, but some are.  I’ve been an umpire for eight years now, so I’ve gotten used to it, but half the time I want to talk to those kids and say “Hey, I played baseball for longer than you’ve been alive, I know what I’m doing, even if I’m a girl.”

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