Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA

Posted: 2016-10-26

I will have been umpiring baseball and softball games 
25 years this spring. I have worked middle school, high 
school and college, as well as many youth and adult 
recreational league games.

The most important thing I had to learn was the 
mechanics: How to get the best positions and angles to 
make good decisions, and how to signal them clearly. 
I’ve worked the majority of my games alone, but I’ve 
worked every position in 2-man, 3-man, 4-man and 6-man 
crews. The mechanics are different for each size crew.

When I was new I attended clinics presented by local 
umpire groups, but I really didn’t LEARN anything until 
I got out on the field and worked some games.

As I became more experienced I attended clinics done by 
college and MLB umpires. I attend every year. 

For the past 18 years I’ve taught at clinics for new 
umpires. You learn by teaching too.

Now, that’s just the Mechanics. Then there are the 
RULES. There are so many rules!

There are different rules for baseball and softball - 
fastpitch and slowpitch - and modified pitch. Different 
organizations too - and different levels of play based 
on age and/or experience within each organization. I’ve 
worked games for more than 6 baseball organizations and 
more than 8 softball organizations.

I once had a whole shelf full of rule books - and I had 
to replace them all every year. The rules change all 
the time!

I love the Information Age because now I can download 
all those books every year and put them all on my iPad 
for easy access. 

Then there are the optional rules adopted by each local 
league and ball park - and THEY change all the time 
too!

Constant preparation.

Prior to each season I condition myself physically, 
download and study the rule books, attend a clinic, and 
teach a clinic. I take written tests, whether or not it 
is required. Prior to each game, I review the rules of 
the organization’s age division and the local park 
rules.

At the park, if I’m working with a crew, we meet and 
discuss our coverage and signals. Five minutes before 
game time we meet with the two team managers to ensure 
we are all on the same page.

Learning Network Marketing is a similar process...

You attend clinics, study books, learn skills - but You 
don’t really LEARN them until You PRACTICE them.
When 
You are experienced You TEACH others, and thus MASTER 
the skills.

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Your Friend and Servant,

Ken Klemm

P.S. “Be careful WHO You listen to!”