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Characteristics of a Successful Umpire

1. Good umpiring is dependent upon complete knowledge and understanding of the rules.

2. Being prepared both physically and mentally to officiate each game.

3. Decisions during a game must be made positively and with good timing. Be fair and unbiased in your decisions, rendering them without regard to score, time, weather, or otherwise.

4. Have the ability to handle situations: Stay calm, be firm, but not overbearing; be courteous, but not ingratiating; be positive, but never cocky.

5. Dress and maintain your appearance in a manner befitting the dignity and importance of the great game of baseball.

6. Execute proper play coverage and field positioning. Demonstrate alertness and hustle. Make your signals crisp and audible when necessary.

7. Competent umpires effectively execute their duties without flair.

8. Cooperate and be professional in your association with your fellow umpires. Do nothing to cause them public embarrassment. Umpires must work as a team, regardless of who your partner is.

9. Conduct yourself as to be a worthy example of our profession to the individuals playing the game and to the spectators. Always keep in mind that the game is more important than the wishes of any individual player or coach or the ambitions of any individual umpire.

10. A successful umpire is one who learns from his mistakes and does not repeat them.

Gaining Respect as an Umpire

1. Remember always that RESPECT is something that cannot be demanded. RESPECT must be earned.

2. An umpire gains respect by exhibiting traits that demonstrate selfless dedication to your profession.

3. This can be demonstrated by repeated demonstration of excellent judgment, proper mechanics, and thorough knowledge of the rules.

4. Respect is also accomplished by acting professionally, confidently, and carrying oneself in a manner that is dignified, and not boastful.

5. When you maintain consistency with your strike zone, your knowledge of the game, and your hustle; coaches and players will know what to expect.

6. Your conscious awareness of how you communicate with the players, coaches, and your partner is vital to how you are perceived.