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Hey everybody,

 

 I am so stoked to say that I’ve made the decision to attend the Umpire Training Academy! My wife and I talked about it and came to the conclusion that now would be the best time to attend. Our reasoning behind this is for a few reasons:

 

1.    I graduate college in December and it only seems natural to do this in succession.

2.    I have some extra scholarship money that can be used towards the umpire school.

3.    I’d like to do this before committing to a career path associated with my degree. 

 

Again, I am beyond excited that I’m actually doing this; however, I have some reservations about it as well and that is what I need some help with. 

 

1.    I’m curious how some of you have balanced being focused but also having fun while at the school.

2.    Along the same lines, what is a good amount to participate in the discussions/demonstrations.

3.    What is a good way to prep? I have the rulebook and umpire manual that I read everyday. I’m also working out more, trying to lose a little weight. Is there anything else I should be doing? 

 

I can’t wait to go and feel so blessed for this chance!  

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As a graduate of the class of 2015, I'll try to give you some insight into the UTA, (formerly TUS). Keep in mind, my perspective is from a 50 year old not looking for a job. However, I paid a lot of attention to the dynamics of how the school was run and what it takes to get a job.There was no pressure for me, so I was able to really pay attention to the intricacies of how the school functioned and what they were looking for. I'm assuming you are looking to get placed in MiLB. I blogged everyday I was there for some additional insight. You can do a search here on Umpire-Empire to find the daily posts.

22 hours ago, The Short Umpire said:

1.    I’m curious how some of you have balanced being focused but also having fun while at the school.

While I wasn't looking for a job, I took my time there very seriously. I was there to learn and to test myself. While it was fun at times, it's still a lot of work, the days are long and the curriculum is demanding. If you're looking for a job, it's basically a 4 week job interview. It's not really a place for fun and games. The best way to enjoy the ride is to work hard and connect with your crew mates. Soak up the information and study hard.

 

22 hours ago, The Short Umpire said:

2.    Along the same lines, what is a good amount to participate in the discussions/demonstrations.

You don't really participate in discussions or demonstrations. They tell you what to do, and you follow along. Like the late Tony Gwynn would say, "Keep your eyes and ears open, and your mouth shut." The best way to get noticed is through your work ethic and attitude. You can't hide a good umpire, and you can't hide a bad umpire. Your work on the field and in the classroom should do the talking for you. Take any feedback/criticism with grace and respect. Do not talk back, and do not try to argue/discuss any feedback an evaluator is giving you. It's not a democracy. Remember what the school is looking for, good umpires, but also people that can handle themselves unsupervised in a variety of situations. When a person gets hired, they are representing Minor League Baseball. You'll be on your own most of the time to take care of anything that might happen on a baseball field, but to also interact with players, clubhouse personnel, and team/league officials. You need to be a good soldier.

 

22 hours ago, The Short Umpire said:

 What is a good way to prep?

Read and understand the rulebook, and study up on pro 2 man mechanics. Also, be in shape physically. The days are long and you need to be able to last through the 4 weeks. You don't get a whole lot of time off. There is a lot of running. I would work on cardio and leg strength the most. Also, your appearance each day is critical. Make sure your uniform is clean each day, and your personal hygiene is good, as well. Shave every day and look sharp. 

Hope this helps, and I'm always happy to answer any questions.

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23 hours ago, JonnyCat said:

As a graduate of the class of 2015, I'll try to give you some insight into the UTA, (formerly TUS). Keep in mind, my perspective is from a 50 year old not looking for a job. However, I paid a lot of attention to the dynamics of how the school was run and what it takes to get a job.There was no pressure for me, so I was able to really pay attention to the intricacies of how the school functioned and what they were looking for. I'm assuming you are looking to get placed in MiLB. I blogged everyday I was there for some additional insight. You can do a search here on Umpire-Empire to find the daily posts.

 

 

Hope this helps, and I'm always happy to answer any questions.

Hey thank you for your response! I would really be interested in picking your brain, (I'll PM you). I'd like to get a more broad understanding of what will happen. 

 

 

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