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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 12:56pm
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What are your goals for your umpiring career?

Ok the post about ASA rules and the twist I has taken got me thinking. What are your goals for your umpiring career? I know there are various levels of umpires here from brand new to VERY experienced so this could be a wide range of answers, but I think it is intersting to know what people on here are striving to achieve out of their career.

I know personally I have obtained a lot of my goals, so I keep setting higher ones to work for.

Currently mine are to
1) Umpire a USA/ASA Gold tournament
2) Umpire a FED state finals
Stretch goal:
Qualify for ASA Elite status
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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 01:04pm
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Right now it is simply to decide if I want to start working fast pitch again. If I do, working towards a National would probably be my first goal.

Slow pitch, have some fun and make some money. There's really nothing else I can do locally.
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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 02:03pm
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I achieved my biggie this past year with the State HS tournament, so now I guess I would have to say get good enough at the college game (and work enough games) to at least work a regional. That, and maybe one day get my ISF cert, though I doubt that I will ever use it.
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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 02:57pm
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Ok the post about ASA rules and the twist I has taken got me thinking. What are your goals for your umpiring career? I know there are various levels of umpires here from brand new to VERY experienced so this could be a wide range of answers, but I think it is intersting to know what people on here are striving to achieve out of their career.

I know personally I have obtained a lot of my goals, so I keep setting higher ones to work for.

Currently mine are to
1) Umpire a USA/ASA Gold tournament
2) Umpire a FED state finals
Stretch goal:
Qualify for ASA Elite status
I think at this stage of my career its almost time to retire.
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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 03:11pm
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Well, I'm finishing up my 16th year, which means I've umpired a shade over half my life (I'm 31). I've already called in one National, called some State tourneys, and called a few thousand games in my lifetime. Had my ups, had plenty of downs, but I still enjoy doing it.

I think I have only two goals:

1 - Keep doing my job as best I can, and take things one game, one call at a time.
2 - Eventually, do this long enough and keep learning my job well enough that I might train the next round of rookies.

Beyond that, that's it. If I get more "big games," wonderful! If not, no biggie. I've done my service, and will continue to do my service as long as I can.
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I haven't decided if I should call it from the dugout or the outfield. Apparently, both have really great views!

Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

I won't be coming here that much anymore. I might check in now and again.
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Old Thu Oct 09, 2008, 04:48pm
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My goal is to be the very best umpire that I can be.

I will work to attain that goal by attending clinics, studying the rules, and asking for feedback from other umpires I respect. Whatever level that gets me to will be great.

I learned a while back not to set goals of working a national tournament or a state final HS game or NCAA regionals. I would beat myself up when those assignments didn't come and I saw other officials who I did not have a high opinion of in those games.

I also choose not to play some of the games that may be necessary to get those assignments. I choose to let my work on the field speak for me. If that's good enough...so be it.

I strive to always keep learning and trying to be a better umpire.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 07:49am
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To give back to new umpires like some umpires have given to me.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 08:10am
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To give back to new umpires like some umpires have given to me.
The lumps or the help?
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I haven't decided if I should call it from the dugout or the outfield. Apparently, both have really great views!

Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

I won't be coming here that much anymore. I might check in now and again.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 08:17am
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The lumps or the help?
wanna say both.... but im leaning towards "help"
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 09:22am
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Been at this for 51 years.

Done 15 Nationals, [AFA & NAFA] [Plate on 2 championship and bases on 2]
Was in the tournament on Sunday, all but twice.

UIC'D two Nationals.

Done 17 State tournaments, ASA, AFA, USFA. UIC'D two.

Have done 2 ASA Regionals.
Both times selected to be there on the final day.

No brags, just stating the results.

Most of all, I have enjoyed every year and time I have been on the field.
The game has come a long way.

Have met several of the board members and worked with some. All good
umpires who give their best to the game.

Did I meet all my goals? Only goal I set was to do my very best every time
I stepped on the field and to have fun.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 10:00am
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Been at this for 51 years.

Done 15 Nationals, [AFA & NAFA] [Plate on 2 championship and bases on 2] Was in the tournament on Sunday, all but twice.

UIC'D two Nationals.

Done 17 State tournaments, ASA, AFA, USFA. UIC'D two.

Have done 2 ASA Regionals.
Both times selected to be there on the final day.

No brags, just stating the results.

Most of all, I have enjoyed every year and time I have been on the field. The game has come a long way.

Have met several of the board members and worked with some. All good umpires who give their best to the game.

Did I meet all my goals? Only goal I set was to do my very best every time I stepped on the field and to have fun.
Man, all I can say is... Bravo. My cap's off to you, sir!
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I haven't decided if I should call it from the dugout or the outfield. Apparently, both have really great views!

Screw green, it ain't easy being blue!

I won't be coming here that much anymore. I might check in now and again.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 10:02am
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NCAA
-Get into the Big Ten
-Work a Regional and Super Regional

ASA
-Invited to a National every 2-3 years
-Work a Gold
-Elite

FED
-Woark a State Final

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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 12:51pm
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60 years on the field (only because Whiskers is already over 50)

ASA MMFP National
WCWS
ISC World Tournament
ASA Regional UIC

Train at least one umpire to do the same
Train numerous umpires to achieve their goals
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 12:56pm
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60 years on the field (only because Whiskers is already over 50)

ASA MMFP National
WCWS
ISC World Tournament
ASA Regional UIC

Train at least one umpire to do the same
Train numerous umpires to achieve their goals
Congratulations.

I like the last two entries.
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Old Fri Oct 10, 2008, 01:50pm
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ASA
District 11 UIC
Women's A FP National

NCAA
Big 10
Regional
Super Regional
WCWS

NFHS
Train the umpires in my association so they can achieve the assignments I have had.
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