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CONSIDER THIS: What we do and why we do it - Kurt Morrison
Sports officiating is something that has been at the heart of athletics since athletics began. There are a lot of methods, rules, logistics, mechanics, and judgments that we make as we try our hardest to monitor a competitive game between competitors. A question one must ask, is why do we do what we do? I think this question should be the first question one asks themselves prior to making a commitment to any organization as sports official. What is at stake here is the much more than the time you spend and a win or a loss. What more often is forgotten is one's integrity and purpose behind the motivation to sport officiate. Obviously if ones motivation is $, that individual is probably not a good fit for youth sports officiating. I am going to mention a few things and give my reaction to each, just to give umpires and better understanding of what I expect as the state UIC for Missouri USSSA fast pitch softball.
If your motivation to participate as a sports official is to supply your ego with situations of control and command, then youth sports officiating is probably not your best choice. Missouri USSSA stands completely behind officials that demonstrate a cooperative style of officiating. Cooperative style does not mean that you allow coaches and parents to control the game in any adverse way, it simple means that you are cooperative to listening to questions, you work and develop better listening skills in order to answer concerns about plays, rules and interpretations. Allow your ego to grow in measures of knowing the rules and implementing those rules professional and correctly. Do not allow your ego to grow by ejecting coaches and participants because they had the audacity to question you as a sports official.
Sports officiating is a job, no question about it. However, officials must transcend through ideologies that place the motivation for doing the job on the emphasis of the participant rather than ones personal self improvement. Yes it is important to reward a good days work with monetary gains, but never allow the monetary gains to outweigh ones performance in officiating. Always go out of your way to do all that you can do to make the participant have a fun and invigorating experience with competition and do not allow greed to interfere with that outcome.
Most of us all drank from the same Kool-Aid glass when we learn the importance of being honest as young people. There are many applications to the word honest. In sports officiating one must be honest to themselves and more importantly honest to the organization that contracts you and most of all to the participant. In sports officiating honesty as mother always said is the best policy. A official whom is dishonest does a real disservice to himself and the organization that they work for. One might thing that cutting a game short a minute or two or perhaps making a call to end a game incorrectly helps the bottom line for the day but it does not! Yes a official may leave on time but when one is worried about the bottom line then EGO and GREED have taken over.
In closing I hope that you can apply these expectations to all that you do on and off the field. I am convinced that if you do, you will be happier and as a sports official you will reward the benefits of self satisfaction, as one gains respect from player, coach and parent! To me gaining respect of the participants is worth more than any monetary reward
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IF YOU WANT TO UMPIRE IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
If your Association does not have a tournament during any weekend we would love to have you come to our area to umpire if you are a USSSA registered official. If you read this and are interested in umpiring please contact Kurt Morrison at (816)729-3567 or e-mail him at Kurt@playmsp.com.
No update on status of Boombah and when their uniform apparel will be available. Use the procedure described in the last edition of our newsletter. The three red shirts that are acceptable, the three hats that are acceptable, and the USSSA sanctioned jackets. As soon as any status changes, you will be notified in this newsletter.
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The next issue of our newsletter will come out in three weeks, around April 23, 2013.