Three Reasons to Start Umpiring

Sept. 25, 2012, 12:32 p.m. (ET)


Get back on the field and get paid to give back to your sport!

Written by: Amy Hassick

No. 1: Stay Involved

Whether your playing career is over or coaching isn't for you, it is another avenue to be part of the game you love. If you are still playing, you will get a better understanding of the rules and a better fee for what players/teams are doing. 

No. 2: Challenge Yourself 

Not one game is the same. Your goal is to call a game the best you can with the tools you have. It is both mentally and physically challenging and a part of umpiring that many people do not understand. 

No. 3: You Love It!

I've loved the sport since I've played it, coached it, and now umpire it. I enjoy the challenges I get every match. There will be matches that are difficult. You called something incorrectly or your positioning was off, but at the end of the day, you walk back on the field for another one. 

Amy Hassick began her umpire career when she was 28 years of age and just 11 years later her Olympic dreams came true. On July 31, 2012, Hassick became the first U.S. umpire to officiate an Olympic Games since the Athens Olympics in 2000.