When people think of sports and how the rules are abided by, they think of the referee as the judge on the field or ice. The baseball referee is called an umpire. The umpire (commonly known as the head umpire) stands behind the home plate and is in charge of calling strikes and balls as well as fair and foul balls. This referee is commonly assisted by anywhere from one to six field umpires. These baseball referees make the calls specific to their bases and the outfield. They are positioned near the bases and sometimes even in the outfield. The calls made by these umpires will make are if a runner is safe or out and all nearby plays.
Baseball umpires calls are not the same as referee calls in American Football. Their word is final, unless the umpire making the call decides to ask another umpire for their opinion on the matter. If the other umpire says they think it should be reversed the calling umpire has the option to reverse their call. When an umpire’s call is protested and it is noticed that they are persistently making the same types of calls the matter is settled later by the league officials.
In 2008 Major League Baseball put in place the ability to review close calls when the ball is hit close to the foul poles or the outfield fence. This is to help decide if the ball is fair or foul because the umpires are normally more than two hundred feet from this point. They realised that the technology of instant replay was a great way for helping umpires make correct calls in outfield balls.
When professional baseball first started the umpires were not set up by the league. They were chosen between the playing team’s captains. When we entered the modern era in 1901 the league had taken over the responsibility of assigning an umpire to a game.
The fact that baseball calls their referee’s by a different name than some other sports does not mean that they have different guidelines. They are still the ones who are in charge of ensuring fair play by all on the field. They are also in charge of ensuring that all calls are made appropriately. This means they are just like a referee from other sports like Hockey, Boxing or American Football.
If one wants to become an umpire there is a lot of training required. For an umpire to have the ability to officiate a professional game it will normally take anywhere from seven to ten years. The first step the person needs to take is to attend one of the two private umpiring schools run by Major League Baseball. They are The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School or The Umpire School at Vero Beach. Both of these schools are located in Florida in the USA. The schooling is tough to get through but puts you into the right path to become a professional umpire if that is what you are looking to become.