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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.”