The Geelong Baseball Association is looking for people - men and women - interested in umpiring during the winter season.
Although summer numbers have continued to rise over recent years, winter associations - for a number of reasons - have struggled to provide umpires at all levels of competition. The Geelong Baseball Association and its affiliated clubs have a core of enthusiastic and qualified officials in this most noble - and necessary - of sporting "callings". They can guarantee plenty of support for newcomers and will provide the opportunity to work with and be mentored by experienced umpires.
The winter competition is based in Geelong, but there are plenty of games played at other venues - including Werribee, Lara, Bacchus Marsh, Colac and Ballarat. If you live in one of those centres, would like to umpire but perhaps do not want to travel or may not be available every week, please do not be deterred from contacting us. We are flexible.
Although a modest payment is made to appointed umpires, most - probably all - find that there are other, more substantial rewards to be derived from taking up umpiring. It offers the opportunity to former players to stay involved in the game, to "put something back", to maintain old friendships and to form new ones. There is also the satisfaction, simply, of doing a job well.
And there is plenty of scope for advancement, as evidenced by the selection of Victoria's Mark Gooding as one of the umpires for the InterContinental Cup in Taiwan in late 2006. As baseball continues to grow in popularity - with more elite competitions and with Masters series, women's and girl's competitions complementing the mainstream club competitions, there are great opportunities for umpires - men and women - to have a diverse and interesting range of experiences while plying their trade.
“With increased pay rates for baseball umpires, increased recognition, the introduction of ‘zero tolerance’, increased levels of ‘mandatory sentencing’ and with the possibility of umpiring taking people to the upper levels of the game, the vocation appears to be on the rise”, said former Baseball Victoria CEO Brett Hidson.
For an overall perspective on the development of the umpiring profession in Victoria, you may like to visit the Baseball Umpires' Association of Victoria (BUAV).