Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
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
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
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
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.
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