Baseball Umpires’ Learning Blog

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Of all the amateur sports officials, I most respect the rural baseball umpire. Who would really want to wait patiently every year to see if the snow or 3-day rainstorm is going to postpone your first game, deal with a growing number of inexperienced coaches, stand idle in the cold for hours when games lack action, and rarely get a close play that challenges your abilities? For these reasons and more, I retired from umpiring baseball years ago although my love for baseball continues to exceed that of any other sport. Keep reading–I am sure that Steve and I will sufficiently demonstrate why we are so passionate about the game of baseball.


  1. I think that this is a great idea. The guys in our rookie school this year, were wondering how that they could learn from the old guys.
    #1. Is to work with them or watch them work.

    I have learned a lot of things already here, that help out the ‘small parts’ of my game. Thanks to Shawn and Steve for your hard work.

    Comment by troylare | May 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. Troy, you of all people know that your total performance is the sum of all of the parts of your game, and that there are no small parts, only small umpires. You would take a buzillion middle school games if it meant you could be umpiring baseball. Compare that attitude to some umpires who decide not to stay involved if they don’t get “the big games.”

    To the extent you can improve each aspect of your umpiring skills, you will continue on your journey of becoming a great umpire. My feeling is great umpiring is not a destination, but rather a continuing journey. I applaud your endeavor to keep truckin’ along on that journey. The spectators out there have a great deal of admiration for you. Have a great year!

    Comment by Steve Johnson | May 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hey all, I am a senior ump here outside of Toronto and in doing MANY High School games this year, balks are getting out of hand. Pitchers and Coaches up to this level have no idea what is and is’nt a balk. You hear em screaming from the bench when a pitcher steps off the rubber and his arm goes towards first. Almost in Stereo the balk roars come from the crowd. Any ideas on education tactics?

    Comment by John Carr | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  4. John-In regards to educating the “balkers”? You can’t. Just know that if these people who have found themselves sitting at or coaching some baseball game on a tuesday evening had spent enough time learning this great game to realize that the pitcher can almost do what he’d like with his arm once he has removed his foot from the rubber (which 3/4 of the “balkers” have no idea even exists)they would feel most ignorant in regard to their behavior. It is merely a case of young pitchers figuring out the whens, hows, whys and from where they can do things. Enjoy their youthful awkwardness as they develop and keep your ears narrower.

    Comment by Richard Slate | June 20, 2007 | Reply

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  6. Runners at 1st & 3rd base, 1 out. F6 holds runner, but has one foot outside of foul line. Can this be called a balk?

    Comment by Joe Navarro | April 10, 2010 | Reply

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